Top Ten Tuesday – Eight Books I Would Recommend Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they pick a new topic.

These are the books that I would recommend just because they are some of my favorites.

  1. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  2. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
  3. Tell No One by Harlan Coben
  4. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
  5. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  7. Room by Emma Donoghue
  8. Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts

Before I FallHate ListTell No OneThe Best of MeThe NotebookThe Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)RoomMidnight Bayou


Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Would Love to See as Movies or TV Shows

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they pick a new topic.

  1. The Uglies series by Scott Westerfield
  2. Hate List by Jennifer Brown
  3. Tell No One by Harlan Coben
  4. Perfect Little Town by Blake Crouch
  5. Abandon by Blake Crouch
  6. Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
  7. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
  8. anything by Sarah Dessen
  9. Forget You by Jennifer Echols
  10. The Woods by Harlen Coben

Uglies (Uglies, #1)Hate ListTell No One

Perfect Little TownAbandonLook Again

The Forgotten GardenAlong for the RideForget You

The Woods

Weekly Recap – 09/02/13 to 09/08/13

I STILL didn’t get as much reading done as I liked.  The kids were busy in soccer this week and work was busy so my reading suffered.  Oh well!  But now I’ve got a bunch of library books that are due soon and a couple ARC’s that are releasing soon so I need to get reading.  I’m thinking about joining two more challenges this month so that might help motivate me more.

I Read:

I got off to a slow start with The Archived, but I’m glad I stuck with it.  It had an interesting ending.  I plan on finishing my review this week.  Dark Places has been on my TBR list since the beginning of this year and I finally moved up the waiting list on my library’s eBook loan system.

The Archived (The Archived, #1)Dark Places

  • 9/2 read 12 pages of The Archived
  • 9/3 read 27 pages of Archived
  • 9/4 read 123 pages of Archived
  • 9/5 read 178 pages of Archived & finished it
  • 9/6 read 20 pages of Dark Places
  • 9/7 read 50 pages of Dark Places
  • 9/8 read 382 pages of Dark Places

Books From Library:

I actually resisted the library this week.  No more books until I get caught up.


I requested this awhile back, but just now got approved.

The Longings of Wayward Girls

Posts from this past week:

Reviews for Hate List & Abandon

Top Ten Tuesday – Books You Wish Were Required in School

WWW Wednesday

Joined the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VIII Challenge

WWW Wednesday – 9/4/13


To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

This is hosted by Should Be Reading.

What are you currently reading?

The Archived by Victoria Schwab – I really wanted to read this but now that I am I’m having a hard time getting into the story.  I don’t know if it’s just my mood or what but I’ll give it another 50 pages before deciding whether or not to finish.

The Archived (The Archived, #1)

What did you finish recently?

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Hate List

What do you think you’ll read next?

Hunger (Gone #2) by Michael Grant

Hunger (Gone, #2)

Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Should Be Required Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the The Broke and the Bookish.

10 Books That Should be Required Reading in School

These are the books I think should be required reading in school.  All of them are about different issues that kids are either interested in or should learn about.

  1. The Hunger Games – dystopian world
  2. The Uglies series – dystopian
  3. The Harry Potter series – fantasy
  4. Hate List – school violence & bullying, which sadly is becoming more of an issue
  5. Before I Fall – bullying
  6. The Book Thief – holocaust
  7. Twilight – vampires
  8. Warm Bodies – zombies
  9. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – mythology
  10. The Help – racial conflicts

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)Uglies (Uglies, #1)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Hate ListBefore I FallThe Book Thief

Twilight (Twilight, #1)Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1)The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

The Help

Review – Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Hate List

Title:              Hate List

Author:    Jennifer Brown

Pages:     432

Series:    none, standalone

Publisher:       Little Brown Books

Publish Date:   October 5, 2010

Source:    library

Genre:  young adult, contemporary, realistic fiction

My Rating:      *****

Goodreads Summary:

Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.

My ThoughtsThis story is very powerful and heart-breaking to read, but it’s real.  It’s hard to write a review because there are so many feelings and thoughts stirred up by reading something like this.  It is never okay to end another human being’s life.  A story like this you can see Valerie’s and even some of Nick’s point of view and realize how hopeless and hurt they felt by being bullied every day they went to school.  In Valerie’s case she didn’t even have a supportive family to come home to that could have made it better.  I guess I understood the Hate List they made up as a way of venting, but then Nick took it too far.   Bullying is a very serious issue and parents have to teach our society’s kids that it is wrong and needs to stop, but not in a violent way.


  • Valerie was probably the only character who showed any growth and learned from her mistakes, besides maybe one of the other survivors.  From the days after the shooting until a year later her story shows her growth as a person.  It took a lot of strength for her to walk back in that school and for what she does at the end of the book.  Besides Dr. Heiler, she doesn’t have anybody but herself in her life to count on so she had to face everyone alone.  She also knew she made a mistake with the Hate List, she just didn’t realize it would go that far.  She took responsibility for her part in it as far as the list went.  I think she was a little naïve when it came to Nick and how much bigger his anger was than hers.
  • I liked Dr. Heiler.  He didn’t try to judge Valerie.  Even when Valerie thought she might be evil and doubting herself, he just listened and was supportive and encouraging.   
  • For being Jennifer Brown’s debut novel, I think she did a very good job and I will be looking up her other books to add to my ever-growing TBR pile.


  • Valerie’s parents were awful.  It seemed like they were this before the shooting since they were already having problems.  Not much was mentioned about Valerie’s relationship beforehand, but I didn’t take it that her parents were a big part of her life. All her father cared about was himself.  Neither one of them ever tried to talk to her about Nick, the shooting, nor why she felt like she did to write the list in the first place.  I realize the evidence at first was piled up against her, but they automatically assumed her to be guilty.  I just don’t get parents like that.  I talk to my kids as much as I can.  Teenagers might not always be forth-coming, but parents at least have to make the effort.
  • I was a little bothered by the fact that not a single one of the kids that bullied Valerie and Nick ever apologized.  A few parents or kids implied Valerie was hero for stopping the shooting and saving Jessica’s life, but I thought that one or two might come forward and apologize for treating her that way.  Jessica kind of glossed over that.  She says Valerie saved her life and starts becoming her friend, but she never she’s sorry for calling her Sister of Death.  I realize that what Nick did was worse and Valerie shouldn’t have talked about killing people or making a Hate List, but didn’t any of those kids realize what they did was wrong too?  One girl expresses some guilt, but there still isn’t an apology there. I don’t know, maybe I’m wrong, but it should have went both ways.

About the Author:

Two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award (2005 & 2006), Jennifer’s weekly humor column appeared in The Kansas City Star for over four years, until she gave it up to be a full-time young adult novelist.

Jennifer’s debut novel, HATE LIST (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009) received three starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. HATE LIST also won the Michigan Library Association’s Thumbs Up! Award, the Louisiana Teen Readers Choice award, the 2012 Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award, was an honorable mention for the 2011 Arkansas Teen Book Award, is a YALSA 2012 Popular Paperback, received spots on the Texas Library Association’s Taysha’s high school reading list as well as the Missouri Library Association’s Missouri Gateway Awards list, and has been chosen to represent the state of Missouri in the 2012 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Jennifer’s second novel, BITTER END, (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011) received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults list and is a 2012 Taysha’s high school reading list pick as well.

Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her husband and three children.

August 2013 Recap

I read a little more this month than usual.  I think the Bout of Books 8.0 Read-a-thon helped with that.  I’ve definitely slowed down since the read-a-thon though, maybe to put some time between books?  I did not get as many reviews posted as I wanted to either.


  • Total Books Read – 15 (9 of those were from the read-a-thon)
  • Total Pages Read – 5,144, including Hate List since I finished it today
  • Total for 2013 – 94

Posts for August:

Reviews – 3

Features – 9

Events – 5

Weekly Recap for 8/26/13 – 9/1/13

Books Read This Week:

What Happened to GoodbyeHate List

See my review for What Happened to Goodbye here.

  • 8/26 – read 159 pages of Goodbye
  • 8/27 – read 243 pages of Goodbye & finished it
  • 8/28 – no reading, new project at work  😦
  • 8/29 – read 12pages of Hate List
  • 8/30 – read 50 pages of Hate List
  • 8/31 – read 50 pages of Hate List
  • 9/1 – read 320 pages of Hate List & finished it


The Book of Spells (Private #0.5)

  • The Book of Spells (Private Prequel) by Kate Brian


I requested these books:

1 Year, 100 Pounds: My Journey to a Better, Happier LifeUntil You're Mine

  •  1 Year, 100 Pounds by Whitney Holcombe
  • Until You’re Mine by Samantha Hayes
  • A Life Apart by L.Y. Marlow

I was sent:

Something Borrowed, Someone Dead: An Agatha Raisin Mystery

  • Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by M.C. Beaton