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It’s Monday, June 15, 2015! What are you reading?

15 Jun

It is officially summer vacation!  Here’s hoping a lot of reading can happen.

Audio Books

I am almost done with The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman.  I have been really enjoying it.  I have a long drive tomorrow, so hopefully it will be done.

I also finally got I Was Here by Gayle Forman back from the library.  We now get two weeks for audio books!  Some walks with Taylor and driving to work for the few days I am going in for curriculum work will be great for that.

Books

I have been saying for along time I want to read Dorthy Must Die by Danielle Paige.  One of my students read it this year and told me how much she loved it.  It will be my first read of the summer break.

What are you reading this week?

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who Stole My Heart

22 Apr

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they post a new list for bloggers to answer.  This week’s topics is Top Ten Characters Who X.  As I am well known for my love and deep appreciation of many fictional characters, I am focusing on ten who have stolen my heart.  Some have stolen it in obvious ways, and others in ways you may not expect.

1. Gus from Summer Sisters by Judy Blume

This is my number one favorite book of all time.  I have reread it at least seven times.  While I am sure I should have been swooning over Von or Bru, I always loved Gus and totally “called it” early on in the book.

2. Warner from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Okay, he was supposed to be the “bad guy,” but I was intrigued by Warner from the very beginning.  I even got in some heated arguments with coworkers about him.  I was happy with how he developed and came through in the series.

3. Parker Evens from Envy by Sandra Brown 

A mysterious recluse that lives on an island remote island?  An amazing writer?  There’s more to him than meets the eye?  Of course I love him!

4. Noah Shaw from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Oh Noah.  Noah, Noah, Noah.  I just love him.  He is sarcastic and funny and…really I could swoon for a very long time about Noah Shaw.  He is amazing!

5. Adam from If I Stay by Gayle Forman 

Can anything bad be said about Adam?  It also helps that he looks quite amazing in the trailer for the movie.

6. Finn from The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

I swooned over Finn in my review.  He is quite the character and a great match for Hayley.  I really enjoyed reading him.

7.  St. Clair from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

British.  In Paris.  Adorable.  Hilarious.  British.  I mean, what else is there to say about him.  Did I mention he is British?

8. A from Every Day by David Levithan

A is neither male nor female.  A is just a person and encompasses life and love in their purest forms.

9. Rudy from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My last two choices a different from the rest of this list.  They stole my heart in a different way.  Rudy was so sweet and innocent.  He was just a sweet boy and great friend to Liesel.  I loved watching him grow up and he stays with me.

10. Jem from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Jem is one of my favorite characters in all of literature.  Watching him grow into adulthood too early is heartbreaking.  Rereading the novel as an adult, I cried when he was so heartbroken by the verdict in Tom Robinson’s trial.  I think I could relate to what Jem went through as he learned what the world is really like.

What characters have stolen your heart?  Or, what do you focus on when pulling out characters that have hit you?