A Book Battle

Ok, so one of my favorite blogs to read is Rose Read. The writer, Emily, is a former high school English teacher turned Library and Information Sciences grad student. She posted about a book battle tag today and I decided I’m doing this tag, too, even though I wasn’t tagged in it! I just like this idea, and amazingly, I’ve read all the books in this list. So here goes.

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the blog who tagged you and link back to them
  • Your first book is the last book of the person who tagged you
  • Follow the list of books the tagger you gave you and then face off “book 1 vs book 2”
  • As soon as you have a winner, choose 7 more books and blogs to tag

Emily ended with Cinder by Marissa Meyer, so that’s the beginning of my book battle. Here are the books she chose for the next round:

  1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobosky
  7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

ROUND 1: Cinder vs. Illuminae


Cinder wins. I just finished reading Illuminae two nights ago. While the last 50 pages were thrilling, I am hesitant to read the next book. Cinder, on the other hand, was a wonderful read and I read the next three books in the series…as well as the extra novellas, too!

ROUND 2: Cinder vs. Ready Player One


I’m going to have to choose Cinder again. I really enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles. That being said, I gave both books a 4/5 rating on Goodreads. They’re both good!

ROUND 3: Cinder vs. Ender’s Game


Oooo. This gets tricky. Cinder is fluffier than Ender’s Game, if you know what I mean. It’s girlier and there’s romance. It’s more fun. But then again, I really enjoyed Ender’s Game and read another book in the series too. The writing is smart and edgy. Hm. I guess…Cinder.

ROUND 4: Cinder vs. The Outsiders


This may seem strange, but I’m going to pick The Outsiders. This was my favorite book to teach. This was the one book I had to tell students to not read ahead in, but then was secretly thrilled when they did! I had students who would take the book home and read it in one night. I loved reading this book out loud in class to my students. It’s a classic.

ROUND 5: The Outsiders vs. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian


The Outsiders. Easy. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is important, but Ponyboy, Soda, Darry, and Johnny have my heart.

ROUND 6: The Outsiders vs. The Perks of Being a Wallflower


The Outsiders, no contest. I gave The Perks of Being a Wallflower a 3 out of 5 on Goodreads. I get why people like it, but it wasn’t a favorite of mine.

ROUND 7: The Outsiders vs. Eleanor & Park


Eleanor & Park. This is the book that made me want to read everything that author Rainbow Rowell wrote – including a book that was just a fictional book within a book (I’m talking about you, Carry On!). I feel like Eleanor & Park is going to become one of those great Young Adult books that every teenager should read and love. It wasn’t just instalove like in a lot of YA books – it was a real, full-fledged relationship. The characters truly cared about one another and made each other better. I would have loved recommending this book to my students.

Ding, Ding, Ding! Eleanor & Park for the win!

If you’re interested in completing this book tag, you’ll start with Eleanor & Park for your first book, and here’s my lineup for the next battle:

  1. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
  2. The Girls by Emma Cline
  3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  5. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  6. The Martian by Andy Weir
  7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

A Wrap-Up of Recent Reads #2



Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card:

This sci-fi classic has been on my TBR pile for a long time. I knew that many people were required to read Ender’s Game in school, but I apparently didn’t end up in that class! When the movie version came out in November of 2013, I decided I wanted to read the book before I saw the film. I finally got around to borrowing the book from my local library this summer and was pleasantly surprised by it.

In case you weren’t required to read this book in school either, Ender’s Game is a science fiction novel that follows the life of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin. Ender is an exceptionally smart and articulate six-year-old. He is recruited by the International Fleet (IF), an organization that protects Earth from their enemy: the buggers. Many, many years ago, the buggers (giant insect-like creatures) attacked Earth. Humanity was saved due to the quick thinking of a commander. The IF is now looking for a commander who can save the Earth from a future attack by the buggers. They recruit, train, and test young children in a battle school in the attempts of locating a great commander. Ender Wiggin is their last hope. Ender’s cunning and quick problem solving abilities set him apart from the other students and he quickly rises through the ranks.

This was the first book I ever selected from the science fiction section of the library, and I was skeptical about it at first. I thought the book was going to be slow moving and too “spacey” for my tastes. However, I enjoyed the novel and am eager to read the next book in Ender’s story: Speaker for the Dead. Unfortunately, it wasn’t available the last time I was at my library, but I’ll work on tracking down a copy! Ender’s character was dynamic and unusual. He was a child, but was wise beyond his years. The novel also had other characters who were interesting and diverse. The diversity surprised me, considering the novel was published in 1985 (although, some people may see this diversity as mere stereotypes). I can see why English teachers might want to use this novel in their classrooms. There’s a lot of action, suspense, and plot twists. It’s a book I think boys would actually enjoy because it’s not sappy or romantic. Overall, Ender’s Game was worth the wait for me.

Have you read Ender’s Game? What did you think of it? Should I bother with the film version?


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins:

Last year, I listened to an audio book by Stephanie Perkins called Lola and the Boy Next Door. When I first started listening to the book, I thought, “Goodness, this is cheesy!” But as I continued listening to the story, I began to enjoy it more and more. When I saw bloggers praising another book by Stephanie Perkins called Anna and the French Kiss, I decided to check this Young Adult novel out. While this book also had a cheese-factor to it, I have to admit that I really enjoyed it!

The book’s main character is a high school senior named Anna. Anna’s father has decided to send her off to a boarding school in Paris to impress his friends. At first, Anna is not happy about this decision. Luckily, shortly after settling into her new room, Anna makes friends with the girl across the hall. Anna now has friends to eat with and sit with in class, but she doesn’t make an effort to explore the city of Paris. Her friends take it upon themselves to introduce her to the city—especially a super-cute boy with a British accent named Etienne St. Clair. Anna quickly finds herself drawn to St. Clair, but she puts up a wall since he has a girlfriend. Anna and St. Clair’s friendship hovers and sometimes tips over the line into something more, but St. Clair always returns to his girlfriend. Anna learns a lot about friendship and being true to herself.

For me, the cheese-factor was the premise of an American girl being sent to this idealistic boarding school in Paris where she falls in love with a cute boy with an accent. I mean, that’s like every girl’s fantasy, isn’t it?! The book was pretty much a romantic-comedy movie. However, despite the cheesy premise….I loved it! It was just so darn cute. I got sucked into the book and Anna and St. Clair’s evolving relationship. If you’re looking for a cutesy, girly, easy read, this is the book for you!

What books have you read lately?

Entry #20 – Wish List:


Entry #20 – Wish list:  What books are on your current wish list to read next?

I’m sure you’ve all experienced this feeling too: there’s just never enough time to read everything I want to read!  While I think I read quite a bit, the list of books I want to read just keeps getting longer and longer.  Here are the eight books I’m hoping to read in the near future:

  1. Cress                                                                   wishlistbooks
  2. The Fault in Our Stars
  3. The Monuments Men
  4. Ender’s Game
  5. Delirium
  6. If I Stay
  7. The Spectacular Now
  8. Under the Never Sky

My wish list this summer was based on a post a librarian friend of mine shared on facebook: 14 Books to Read before They Become Movies.  I tried my best to tackle the BuzzFeed list.  Unfortunately, these were super popular books, so I wasn’t always able to get my hands on them at the library.  I only made my way through five of the books on the list!  I’ve been on the waiting list for The Monuments Men for several months.  The movie has already opened and I haven’t read the book.  Five of the books on the list are on my current wish list.  I picked up If I Stay at the Half Price Bookstore recently, so hopefully I’ll be able to cross that one off my list soon.  The 14 Books list has now been updated to 16 Books to Read before They Become Movies.  I’ve read six of the books on this list, but the lists overlap.   How am I supposed to read all the books I want to read when there are so many good books being published all the time?!  Maybe Joseph Joubert had it right when he said, “The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”

What books are on your reading wish list?