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Monday Reads

Linking up with the fabulous Jenn and Kellee at for the one meme I actually remember to blog about each week (mostly).   I actually didn't post last week so you get a double dose!

What have I been reading the past 2 weeks?
Check it out:

As you can see, I've been on a bit of a graphic novel kick...I'm expanding a bit and it helps for #summerthrowdown as well!

5 star reviews from the past 2 weeks:

Sidekicks by Dan Santat -- WOW!  So much fun!  
I was also excited when Dan talked to me on Twitter after I posted my love for this book.  
Having authors respond never gets old! I guess I'm a true fan girl.  
Check out plenty of fun from the author at

Jane by April Linder
I honestly did not want to read this. I've never actually read Jane Austen so a modern interpretation of it didn't really grab me, but it's on our Eliot Rosewater list for 2012-2013 so I gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised and had a difficult time putting it down!
Find out more about Jane at

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
This came highly recommended by my Twitter friend, Jennifer Fountain.
It pulled me in from the very beginning and wouldn't let me put it down! Fans of dystopian with a touch of romance will really enjoy this on.  I can't wait for the in between novella, Destroy Me, coming out October 16 and especially for the second in this series, Unravel Me (due out February 5, 2013).
  I *think* I have an ARC of it coming my way from a friend who attended ALA! 
Be sure to visit for updates about her books and follow her on Twitter.

One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt
I heard about this book on Twitter, of course.  
Nerdy Bookclub members were raving about it and put it in their top 3 reads for the year.  I picked up a copy at my library, grabbed a box of kleenex, and was ready to roll.  I fell in love with the characters, the story, and lost a bit of my heart to Carley Connors.
Lynda Mullaly Hunt has a great website and is so nice on Twitter!

From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas
I also heard about this book on Twitter (all my book recommendations come from my peeps there!)
So much fun...the movie quotes at the beginning of each chapter, the various characters & points of view, and the all around crazy story... Felt like a smash up of 2 movies: The Hangover & 16 Candles but it worked well.

Stacy & Valerie's website is:
(Both are on Twitter too!)

I just realized the amazing power of Twitter while writing this post.  Out of the top 5 books from the past 2 weeks, I have talked to 4 out of 5 of the authors on Twitter.  How cool is that???!!!

So, what are my plans for reading this week?


(another from our 12-13 Eliot Rosewater nominee list)

These are my 2 definites...we'll see what else I decide to pull out of my TBR pile, what strikes my fancy at the library, and possibly what arrives in the mail!


  1. I just loved Sidekicks too!! It makes my day when an author responds to me to Twitter too! I can't wait to get my hands on One for the Murphys. I have heard so much about it on Twitter that I really want to read it after all the positive reviews.

    I was not in love with the graphic novel of The Lighting Thief. I preferred the novel much more.

  2. Thanks Stacey! I really did NOT enjoy the GN of Lightning Thief either. I love the series. I think the movie was better than the GN and the movie was awful! ;)

  3. A seller at my independent bookstore recommended Jane to me, but like you, I never read any books by Jane Austen. I'm glad you liked it without the background. Maybe I'll try it out too! Thanks!

  4. I have One for the Murphys sitting on my nightstand right now. It's next on the pile after my current read!


  5. Great week! I love many of the books on your list- Sidekicks and Zita are two of my favorite graphic novels and I also enjoyed Knights of the Lunch Table (I have the 2nd and 3rd for the summer).
    I haven't read Shatter Me yet, but I keep on hearing good things- I own it, so I'll get to it eventually :)

    Happy reading this week! :)

  6. I have Shatter Me! from the library since I'm on the ARC tour as well :)

    I adore Zita. I didn't really get into the Amelia Rules I read this week. Though it got better just past the halfway point (it was the first in the series)

  7. I love your wide variety in your reading! My girls love graphic novels, so I know many of yours but will need to check out The Dodgeball Chronicles. All the love for One for the Murphys will definitely move that one up in my TBR. And isn't Twitter the best?


  8. Maria & NotforLunch, you will adore One for the Murphys!

    Maria & MUST read SHATTER ME! It was amazing. I can't wait for Jillian to send me book 2. Definitely my new favorite dystopian series, second to Divergent, of course.

    I was not a fan of Amelia Rules but liked Dodgeball Chronicles. Kellee, I wish my library had more!

  9. I checked out Jane when it first came out, but returned it to my library unread. I will have to check it out again! I thought it sounded intriguing. Loved Zita and Sidekicks.


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