Top Ten Tuesday–Kidlit style

My second attempt at a Top Ten Tuesday post, and I’m not sure I have ten to share, but we’ll see if I get there.

A shoutout, and a link back, goes to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting and managing such a huge blogworld meme.

The topic this week is  Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With. I can think of one or two off the top of my head, a few more if I scan my Goodreads list to remind myself what I’ve read, and I still doubt I’ll end up at 10, but whatever.

In no particular order, other than my memory.

1) Gansey from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I know, I KNOW, I should love him. Everyone does. But wealthy, prep school kids who talk like adults annoy me, maybe because I work at a prep-ish school. Anyway, that leads me directly to my next victim.

2) Frankie from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart. Similar reasons. I liked the book, thought the writing was fantastic, but she bugged me. Just a little too clever, a little too….I don’t know what.

3) Ben from Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel. A lot of people loved this book, and I liked it, and I usually love Oppel’s stuff. I can read me some Airborn all the livelong day, but this character put me off. To me, it felt like there was a lot of gratuituos discussion of girl’s bodies, and it made me uncomfortable. Realistic for a teenage boy? I’m sure. But I got an ick factor off this kid that I couldn’t shake.

4) Grace from Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (don’t hate me, Maggie). I couldn’t even finish this novel. Grace’s obsession drove me to ditch this one. It felt like fan fiction.

I just want to take a moment here to tell you all that I LOVED Scorpio Races. Loved the characters, loved the mythology, loved the story. All of it. Just sayin’.

5) Hermione. WHAT? you say. I actually love  Hermione now, but when I first read Sorcerer’s Stone, she bugged me. A young know-it-all at private school. I guess there’s a theme. But she definitely grew on me, and by the time I finished Prisoner of Azkaban, I was a big fan of hers. (BTW, I love that I could just put her name without the title of the book and you all would know)

6) Ok, that’s all I could come up with, and in order to actually post this on a Tuesday I need to call it a day. Oh well. Consider them doubly annoying and I’ve got 10! 

Happy almost Hump Day! 



Top Ten Tuesday…Book style

According to The Broke and the Bookish, who created and host this particular weekly meme, this week’s Top Ten is “Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read”.  How fitting that after 2 and some months of not blogging, my first post back is one that preys upon some lingering guilt about not reading particular books, especially a few that I tend to booktalk on a regular basis. Sigh.

Anyway, onward ho. Nine childrens/YA books and one so-not YA book that I have not read, but have been hyped/talked about/drooled over/what have you. Let’s just say “people” have talked about these books at one time or another, for better or for worse.

In no particular order….(except the one that I thought of them in)

41865 Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I don’t feel especially guilty about this one. It was huge. Everybody was reading it. There are movies. There is lots of fan fiction, and it inspired another book on my list. That will be at the end.

28187Any Percy Jackson book by Rick Riordan. Or any book by him, actually. I would probably love them, they are right up my reading alley, but never felt compelled to read them since the kids were reading them without book talking, so I moved on to other titles that could use a little librarian help.

15795357Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I do want to read this, but because it is so YA, and my school only goes up to 8th grade we never purchased it. It’s just not at the top of my TBR pile since I have no one to push it on. I will read it eventually. I think. I hope.

389627Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. This kind of humor I don’t need in my life, besides the same reasons apply as Percy, the books just sell themselves without any help from me.

20821284Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. There’s really no excuse, I just haven’t laid hands on it yet. I keep giving it to students or teachers to read, so it’s never around the library. It is on my TBR summer pile. Check in with me in September and ask me how I did.

9673436The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. This one is HUGE and not in the metaphorical sense, it is literally enormous and heavy. I commute by train, so the size of the book matters to me a little bit. I’m sure I would love it, but I just can’t seem to bite that particular bullet.

22628The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I’ve tried this one a few times, but I just can’t seem to get into it. The writing style is not for me, I get confused or bored and give up. Maybe I’ll watch the movie.

39988Matilda by Roald Dahl. Okay, this one hurts. This amps up my guilt factor to 11. I know, I know. I need to read this book. I don’t know why I haven’t. I saw the movie, does that count?

19063The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. Another one that I have attempted a few times, but just can’t seem to find a groove with it. I’ve accepted that, moved on, but still share it with kids because I know some of them will love it.

10818853Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. Definitely not YA, so not at the top of any pile for me. Tons of hype, which is always a turnoff. Started as fan fiction for Twilight, another that I haven’t read, so no need to even start. Not even gonna watch the movie.

That was fun. And kind of freeing.