Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Top 10 Books I'd Give a Theme Song To

It's Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top 10 Books I'd Give a Theme Song To

OK, so clearly this is the theme song of all Jessica Darling books by Megan McCafferty:

Who knew I'd come to love Barry Manilow so?

For me, this was always the theme for Sam and Grace in Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver series:

Oh my gosh, so perfect.

This is my theme song for any series that involves a road trip, but specifically Saving June by Hannah Harrington:

Do you know the song "I Will Let You Go" by Daniel Ahern? Love it. It was featured in Pretty Little Liars a few weeks ago, but I always thought it fit Mia from If I Stay and Where She Went. Whether it's Adam or her parents, she's always struggling to let someone go, and this sad, mournful song matches perfectly for me:

For Cinder by Marissa Meyer, I said my review that "I Am Not a Robot" was my theme song. To me, the book was all about vulnerability, and this song is a perfect match. Part-robot humans are people too! HA!

OK, ahhh I could keep going but this is a million videos already so I'm going to end here. Share your "theme songs" in the comments!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Top 10 Most Heartbreaking Young Adult Books

It's Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top 10 Books That Broke Your Heart a Little

Earlier this year, I read a book called The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas. I’ll put the review up a few weeks from now, but I wanted to talk about one thing right away:

How I spent the entire book SOBBING LIKE A BABY.

In The Survival Kit, the main character finds a “survival kit” made by her mom on the day of her funeral – a brown paper bag filled with random objects that she uses, bit by bit, to find a way to get through her debilitating grief.

I mean, if that stuff doesn’t make you cry, I don’t know what will.

Despite being a HUGE crier in my own life (I’m sensitive, whatever), I hardly ever cry in books. But when I do, I sort of love it. It means a book really took me on an emotional journey, really broke through and touched me. Here’s a few recent books I remember sobbing at:

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand (if you’ve read it, you know why)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (any of the death scenes)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (RUE!)
Where She Went by Gayle Forman (bridge scene)
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (another sobby bridge scene)
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready (I’m a Zachary fan, but it’s Logan who made me cry)

So. Guys. For the next time I’m in the mood for a good ole sobfest, what are your recommendations? Please share in the comments!

 Anna Reads young adult book blog

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Under Construction

AnnaReads.com is getting a new look and moving to Wordpress -- so please hang with me while a few things are being sorted out. Sections may be unavailable for awhile -- heck, the whole site might be unavailable -- but keep trying me at http://www.annareads.com and we'll be up and brand spankin' new-looking in no time!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

Friday, February 10, 2012

Let's Be Friends (How Anna Joined Goodreads)

Thank you for being my friends.

Now, let's make it official by becoming friends on Goodreads!

Finally, right? I can't wait to use the site to talk books and to scam on your to-read lists. So, please, be my friends? 

Click here to check out my profile and here to see my to-read list.

Thanks, dears!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton Review

Wings of the Wicked Courtney Allison Moulton ReviewWings of the Wicked
By Courtney Allison Moulton

Jan. 31, 2012
Katherine Tegen Books, 528 pages
Source: Publisher

Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.

Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven's warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell's strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

She's been warned.

Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian's new plan to destroy Ellie's soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian's schemes, the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself.

She'll be betrayed.

Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be Hell to pay.

— Amazon.com description

Maybe when I read the first book in this series (Angelfire) I wasn't in the right mood? Because I don't remember loving it. I liked it, but I don't remember freaking out over it. Was I on paranormal overload?

Well, WHO CARES, doesn't matter now, because when I read this sequel, it was EXACTLY what I was in the mood for and I was FREAKING OUT.

I think it's that I go for forbidden romances. OH, THE TORTURE! Will loves Ellie and has forever. Like, literally, FOREVER. Well, 500 years. And she loves him but they cannot be together and aghhhh the tension my heart I cannot handle it all.

I completely enjoyed it. Okay, let's be critical for a moment: I totally skipped ahead during some of the fight scenes. Yeah, bad reader. I just like to get to the kissing parts, what can I say? But, look, if you haven't read a paranormal series in a while and you are in the mood for a torturous romance (as I was), this will hit the spot!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Waiting on Miracle by Elizabeth Scott

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine to shine a spotlight on upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

By Elizabeth Scott
224 pages
Simon Pulse, to be released June 5, 2012

Megan survived the plane crash—but can she survive the aftermath? An intense, emotional novel from the author of The Unwritten Rule and Between Here and Forever.

Megan is a miracle. At least, that’s what everyone says. Having survived a plane crash that killed everyone else on board, Megan knows she should be grateful just to be alive. But the truth is, she doesn’t feel like a miracle. In fact, she doesn’t feel anything at all. Then memories from the crash start coming back.

Scared and alone, Megan doesn’t know whom to turn to. Her entire community seems unable—or maybe unwilling—to see her as anything but Miracle Megan. Everyone except for Joe, the beautiful boy next door with a tragic past and secrets of his own. All Megan wants is for her life to get back to normal, but the harder she tries to live up to everyone’s expectations, the worse she feels. And this time, she may be falling too fast to be saved...

— Amazon.com description

First of all, E. Scott? She’s an autoread for me. She wrote it, I’ll read it.

But beyond that, I really love the idea of this story. Survivor’s guilt is a powerful thing, and I think it’ll be fascinating to watch the characters battle through it.

Oh, okay, you got me…the “beautiful boy next door” part caught my eye too.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Best Books for Someone Who Doesn't Read

It's Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is:

Top 10 Books You'd Hand to Someone 
Who Says They Don't Like to Read

Dana and me, engaging in nonreading activities.

To answer this week's Top 10 question, I'm calling on the big guns -- my best friend Dana, a (GASP!) nonreader. Dana hasn't read a book since Twilight in 2007.* Sooo, yeah, it takes a lot to get her to read.

Dana's list of qualities nonreaders look for in a book:

First quality -- it's been a movie: "If there's a movie about it, I'll probably read it," Dana says.

OK, honestly, her first response was "Anything I can read on the toilet."** Quickly followed by, "Anna, I don't want to read any books about fairies. Especially if it's spelled with an 'E.'" HHAHAHA.

Second quality -- a shorter read: "I don't have time to get invested," Dana says. "I want something I can just pick up every now and then without a lot of thought."

A lot of people can relate -- they don't have the time to read, or don't want to make time to read a book they don't know they'll like. So, they look for a good guarantee, which usually does mean a super-hyped, blockbuster-type book. And there's nothing wrong with that!

Here's Dana's book wish list, which I think gives you an idea of what appeals to nonreaders:

Dana's To-Read List

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (she likes funny people -- like moi? haaaa, kidding)

Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield (she's a graphic designer)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (movie)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (movie)

• Any book about Taylor Swift (she's a fan, what can I say?)

Personally, I think these are solid books. Crowd-pleasers, you know? And books that aren't going to take you 500 years to read (cough Game of Thrones cough).

So any of you want to join forces and help me convince Dana to ACTUALLY try one of these? Or, knowing what you now know about Dana, any book recommendations for her?

Anna Reads young adult book blog

* After she read it, she was so into it she once ran out of the bathroom yelling, "Anna! I was in the shower and I saw calming shampoo and I thought, 'This shampoo is just like JASPER!'" She's basically hilarious.

** She had Baby-Sitter's Club books in our bathroom in college.
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