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Top Ten Children's Books

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Lately, my friends Cait and Mime over at Notebook Sisters have been posting with the Top Ten Lists prompts. I'm not into blog prompts, but I thought it'd be fun to make my own Top Ten list this month. I've been getting things ready for college this fall -- including the books I plan to take with me -- and a lot of those books are my favorite kids' books (goes with the Elementary Education major, you know). So I thought I'd share them with you!

Some of these were my favorites when I was a kid; others are my favorite children's books now. This list was actually a lot harder to make than I expected -- there's just so much genius out there in the kiddie libraries!


10. Cam Jansen

They're not the epitome of great literature, and the stories all blur together in my memory. But I loved these books as a kid. Besides, stories about freakishly cool memories never really get old (and generally involve solving totally creepy crimes). Basically this set me up for my f…

Book Review: The Host

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The Host by Stephenie Meyer Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

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Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact and continue their lives apparently unchanged. Most of humanity has succumbed.  When Melanie, one of the few remaining "wild" humans is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, was warned about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the glut of senses, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.  Wanderer probes Melanie's thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderer's mind with visions of the man Melanie loves— Jared, a human …

Book Review: Divergent

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Divergent by Veronica Roth One choice can transform you.

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In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.  During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As ini…

Book Review: Firstborn

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All right, so that series I was thinking/talking about doing? Decided against it. Instead, here's a book review that I think is over a month late. Sorry, BookSneeze! I really do like reviewing! Just not so much this book. I don't like writing negative reviews.

Firstborn by Lorie Ann Grover
Where does a firstborn girl fit in a world dominated by men?


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When Tiadone was born, her parents had two choices: leave their daughter outside the community to die in the wilds, or raise her as male and force her to suppress all feminine traits. Now, as the first female living as male in her village, Tiadone must prove her father didn’t make a mistake by letting her live. As her male initiation approaches, Tiadone knows every eye on the community is on her, and desperately wishes to belong and finally be accepted. But at every step, traditional feminine gifts and traits emerge, and the bird she's been twined with is seen as a sign of th…

I'm Not Dead

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Hello, my lovely readers.
It's been a while, hasn't it?
I took an undecided, unannounced blogging break. I could explain about my real-world health problems, college crisis, schedule craziness, or high school senioritis. But I don't feel like making a laundry list of the issues driving me in circles this past month. Instead, I'll just say I fell off the blogging bandwagon and didn't really care about getting back on. I'm back now, so let's focus on the happy stuff.
Like my best friend's birthday on March 29. The best friend I based characters in my book Sixteen about. Speaking of Sixteen, something else very important occurred on March 29...

My book is now available for sale! In paper!
So, yeah, go buy it if you want. I'd love a review once you've read it, if you're feeling particularly generous.
Oh, and a bit of other news: since I've been finding it so hard to stick to blogging, I've decided to scale back the blogging schedule once…