28 August 2015

Book Beginnings #5

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

I am currently reading Heist Society by Ally Carter.

No one knew for certain when the trouble started at the Colgan School. Some members of its alumni association blamed the decision to admit girls. Others cited newfangled liberal ideals and a general decline in respect for elders worldwide. But whatever the theory, no one could deny that, recently, life at the Colgan School was different.

I am really just starting this, so no real opinion on it so far. I've always wanted to read something by Ally Carter, and this had the prettier cover out of the two series on sale (at the time) because the Gallagher Girls covers are awful.
 
So, thoughts to come... Hopefully.
 

25 August 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #38

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

This week is Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught... UKYA Lit.

My list spans almost twenty years of UKYA and these books are honestly some of the most incredible works I have ever read, spanning so many different genres and moods and featuring some of the most original plot-lines I have ever come across. From one of the "first" young adult books to a book I finished as I was typing this list, if you haven't read them, then read them now.

These are the wittiest, grittiest and most realistic books you will ever read. Even the fantasy ones. They might even make you cry tears of sorrow or joy or laughter.

This is what YA writing should be. 

Junk by Melvin Burgess
Lucas by Kevin Brooks
Pirates by Celia Rees
Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
Slated by Teri Terry
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Fearless by Emma Pass
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
My Second Life by Faye Bird
Darkmere by Helen Maslin

If you could add a book to my list, what would you add?



21 August 2015

Book Beginnings #4

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

I am currently reading Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti.


 "More coffee?"

Ethan jumped.


I am over half way through this now and definitely enjoying it, despite it being another super-power story.