Top Ten Bookish Bucket List

Top Ten Tuesday this week, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is the top ten things on our bookish bucket list.  I swear I could make a long, long list of all the things I want to do, bookish or not.

In no particular order here is my list.

10. Take a vacation somewhere for a week, hopefully longer, with just food and books on the agenda.

9. Try to read all the books.  I mean ALL the books.  Of course, I know I can’t read all the books, but I want to keep reading at a good pace.

8. Read over 100 books in a year, with 300 pages or more in each book.

7. Have my own place with lots of storage for books AND be settled so I don’t have to move that many books.

6.  Attend Book Expo America and any other bookish gatherings.

5. Visit as many libraries as I can and just wander around them.

4. Visit as many bookstores as I can and just wander around them.

3. Find a really cool bookclub and join it.

2. Meet my favorite authors and go to more book signings.

1.Walk around all the cool places I have read about.

 

What would you have on your bookish bucket list?

Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

This week is the top ten books that are on my spring to be read list.  I have a few books that are going to be released in the spring, but most of these are just books I want to get to this spring.  In no particular order here are my books.

Cress by Marissa Meyer

I purchased this book soon after it came out.  I am so excited to read it.

Veronica Mars:The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas (scheduled to be released March 25, 2014)

More Veronica Mars, sign me up.  Totally off topic, but who saw the Veronica Mars movie?  Whoo!

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick (scheduled to be released April 15, 2014)

I loved My Life Next Door, so I can’t wait to see what she will write next.

The One by Kiera Cass    (scheduled release May 6, 2014)

I am excited to finish this series.  I think it has some great promise.  This is one though I really want to go a certain way, or else.

The Program by Suzanne Young

I have heard great things, and I so want to see what this book is about.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

I have heard from some of my students this is good.  I want to find out, and it’s by Suzanne Collins.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I don’t remember reading this in school.  So, now is the time to check it out.  Plus I challenged myself to read 5 classics.  So far I have read none.  Sheesh!

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I keep hearing the most amazing things about this series.  I need to get it started.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I have loved her other two books, and I am ready to read this one.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

This book is described as dark and it would probably be better for the fall.  However, I am in the mood for some historical fiction.  This will fit nicely.

Bonus:

Here is a look back at my Sping 2013 TBR top ten.  I will note whether or not I have read them yet.

Requiem by Lauren Oliver-read this one and liked it, regardless of popular opinion on the ending.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini-have not read, yet.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson-have not read, I started it last spring, but just couldn’t get into it.

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt-have not read

Questions I Ask When I Want to Talk About Myself by Mindy Kaling-have not read

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry-read this one and enjoyed it

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky- read this one and loved it

Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout-read this one, if you want a gooey, fast paced romance-this is for you

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn-read this one and just did not like it

Cinder by Marissa Meyer-read this one and absolutely love it (see wanting to read Cress above)

Read-6             Did Not Read-4

What do you want to get your hands on this spring?

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

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Title: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

Author: Karen Foxlee

Publisher: Knopf Books for Younger Readers

Published: January 28, 2014

Pages: 242

Series: no

Source: review copy on Netgalley

The Story

A retelling of the Snow Queen.  Ophelia meets a mysterious boy who is trapped while visiting a museum.  He says he is a prisoner of the Snow Queen and he has been waiting for Ophelia to break the curse.  Ophelia must discover her strength and courage.  She has to uncover how to rescue the boy and break the curse.

My Thoughts

The book is a mix of present day Ophelia and a flash back to how the boy was captured.  Ophelia is an unlikely heroine.  She wears glasses, has asthma, and is genuinely interested in science.  I loved that about her.  She had to dig deep to conquer the quests she went on.

I loved the setting.  The town that is covered in snow.  The museum, describes as cold and drafty.  The fun of having Ophelia running around in the museum, even after hours.

I did have a problem with how obvious some of the events of the book were.  I also found the dad to be so absent-minded.  Although he did come around.  The sister was obsessed with beauty and a bit predictable.

The book starts off slow and I thought the flashbacks to the boy, wizards, and his capture were slow as well.  I really enjoyed the parts within present day.  The book is a little bit like a mix of the Snow Queen and Night at the Museum.  That, to me, would be appealing to many kids.  I feel like many kids would enjoy this. Overall it was enjoyable.

I give this book bookmark bookmarkbookmark1/2

February Rewind

Ok, Ok, I know it is almost the middle of March.  However, I want to share what I read and enjoyed in the month of February.   Since I slacked off and did not do posts, this seems like a good way to do it.

I felt like I read sooooo slow in the month of february and really I did.  I did manage to finish 4 books.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins on the 5th.  This one is a reread and of course I loved it.  I don’t know why so many people dislike this final book.

Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen on the 10th.  I enjoyed it, but didn’t love it.  I still think Just Listen is my favorite.  It was fun and it filled in for my beach read on my challenge list.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett on the 11th.  I remembered loving the Secret Garden movie when I was a kid.  This was hard to get through.  I did enjoy it.  I don’t think I would recommend this to many children.  It just seems to hard (dialogue wise) for them to read.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen on the 16th.  I liked this one a bit more than the other Dessen book I read this month.  I could relate more to the family dynamics at play.

After that I stalled with my reading, and just didn’t get through anything else.  I found I was just wanting to veg out at the end of the day.  Oh well, I went with it.

I watched one series in the month of February.

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I believe I would have loved this when I was in high school.  It did keep me watching all through the month.  It was good for something lighter. Those kids were really paranoid though.

I watched one documentary.

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Talk about amazing work ethic!

Plus rewatched this in the theatre:

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I was loving these songs:

Still!

 

 

My favorite food find of the month is

Divine chocolate mint

 

Divine chocolate mint yummy goodness!

 

 

The things I am most excited for March.

1. Veronica Mars movie.  I can’t wait.  The theatres around here better get the movie, if they know what is good for them.

2. Spring break

3. Getting out of my reading funk and back into the swing of things.  Cress is not going to read itself.

 

 

What did you enjoy in the month of February?  What should be my next series to start?  Any movies I must watch this month?  I would ask about books, but my TBR is obscenely long.  Plus if I don’t get out of my funk, I am going to feel even more behind.