Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is a freebie. Since my school year ends on June 21 and I'm starting to talk up summer reading plans with my students, I thought I'd share the top ten books I'm looking forward to reading this summer. A few have already been featured on Waiting on Wednesday posts, a few have been recently released but already sitting on the tbr pile.

Texting the Underworld by Ellen Booraem. 320 p. Dial/ Penguin, August 15, 2013. 

I am lucky enough to be waiting for the arc to arrive and will be a blog tour stop. I haven't done any blog tours and find I suddenly have three.

Middle School: How I survived bullies, broccoli and Snake Hill by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts. 309 p. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, June 24, 2013. 

I had snagged an arc of the very first book but it didn't immediately grab me, so I shelved it. Then, Ms. Frazer read it to her fifth grade class as the first read aloud of the year (September, 2011). Suddenly, I had fifty fifth graders telling me that it was the best book ever! Of course, I had to read it. I've been a fan ever since and recently reviewed My Brother is a Big Fat Liar for SLJ.

Seeing Red by Kathryn Erskine. 352 p. Scholastic Inc., June? I thought it was releasing in June, but I saw a September release date on BN just now. Perhaps Scholastic will be giving out arcs at Annual. I've been a huge fan of the author since I read Mockingbird, which won the National Book Award for Literature for Young People (such an awkwardly named award). 

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. 480 p. Penguin Young Readers Group, May, 2013. 

This one's out already and I've been reading nothing but rave reviews. I'm always recommending the author's Alfred Kropp series and The Monstrumologist series to readers who want action. Something tells me this one has action.

Rogue by Lyn Miller-Lachmann. 240 p. Nancy Paulsen Books, May, 2013.

I so enjoyed the author's debut, Gringolandia and am looking forward to reading Rogue. 

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff. 337 p. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, June 11, 2013.

Of Triton by Anna Banks. 256 p. Feiwell & Friends, May 28, 2013.

I must admit that I didn't think I would enjoy Of Poseidon, the author's debut as much as I did. I've read a couple of good reviews of the sequel already.

The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy. 496 p. Walden Pond Press/ HarperCollins Publishers, April, 2013. 

I actually recently read the first book, The Hero's Guide to Saving the Kingdom with my ears. It was absolutely hysterical but made doubly so by Bronson Pinchot's amazing narration. I am eager to read the sequel. I don't know if there are plans for an audiobook, but I'd reread it with my ears if there are.

Poison by Bridget Zinn. 288 p. Disney/ Hyperion, March 12, 2013. 

Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo. 272 p. Candlewick Press, March, 2013. 

These are just 10 of the books I'd like to read this summer but there are at least 65 others that haven't been added. I started reading a book a day during summer vacation back in 2006. What are you planning for summer reading?


  1. Great top ten! I really want to read Poison!

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    ~Stephanie @ Bookfever

  2. Great list! I have The 5th Wave but haven't read it yet...Hopefully I'll get to it soon.

    Here's my Top Ten

  3. I'm definitely looking forward to reading Of Triton. I really enjoyed Of Poseidon, so I'm interested to see where Anna Banks takes this series next. Wonderful list this week! :)

  4. I hope you love Poison! It's such a fun, easy read. The Hero's Guide books sound adorable and the excerpts I've read have been hilarious. Enjoy your summer reading! :)

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