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Bout of Books 15: I’m In! (January 4-10th, 2016)

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It’s one of my favorite bookish events next week: BOUT OF BOOKS! Even though I’m headed back to the School Library on Monday and ALA Midwinter starts on January 8th, I’m still planning to join and intend to read as much as possible during the week (and maybe play a few challenges as well along the way!).

I have a stack of books I’ll be pulling from for my Bout of Books reading for the week, so you’ll have to let me know here on the blog or on Twitter which of these books you think I should dive into first.

I’ve tentatively chosen:

Anna and the Swallow Man

Cuckoo Song

The Babysitter’s Club #1 (Graphic Novel)

The Detective’s Assistant

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Here’s the info on Bout of Books, if you want to join!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Are you participating in Bout of Books? What titles are you aiming to read? What are you most excited about reading?!?

 

What Katie Read

#TopTenTuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

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I think we all know that 2016 is going to be another amazing year for book publishing—and especially for the world of Children’s & Young Adult literature. My top ten includes YA titles (with a few bonus books thrown in) and I couldn’t resist including nine Middle Grade titles as well. It’s kind of hard to narrow it down for each genre, but here goes my attempt!

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—check out their blog and join in the TOP TEN TUESDAY FUN!

Here’s what they have to say about Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up in the community where we provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Feel free to have less than 10 or more if you need to at times and put a spin on the topic if you need to! Just please link back to us if you are participating. :)”

YOUNG ADULT

stars above

STARS ABOVE

my lady jane

MY LADY JANE

A Gathering of Shadows Final

A GATHERING OF SHADOWS

mirror king

THE MIRROR KING

ThisSavageSong_VictoriaSchwab

THIS SAVAGE SONG

a court of mist and fury

A COURT OF MIST AND FURY

girl from everywhere

THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE

passenger

PASSENGER

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TRUTHWITCH

traitor angels

TRAITOR ANGELS

BONUS:

the last star

THE LAST STAR (5TH WAVE #3)

love that split the world

THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD

salt to the sea

SALT TO THE SEA

MIDDLE GRADE

key natalie lloyd

THE KEY TO EXTRAORDINARY

lemoncello library olympics

MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY OLYMPICS

SUMMERLOST

SUMMERLOST

clatter of jars

A CLATTER OF JARS

summer of lost and found

SUMMER OF LOST AND FOUND

Girl-of-Ink-and-Stars

THE GIRL OF INK & STARS

raymie nightingale

RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE

once was a time

ONCE WAS A TIME

class crooks

THE CLASSY CROOKS CLUB

So you basically get a double dose of 2016 releases! Are any of these on your list?

What Katie Read

Goodbye, Lunar: WINTER (2015) by Marissa Meyer

Goodbye, Lunar: WINTER (2015) by Marissa MeyerWinter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel and Friends on November 10th 2015
Pages: 824
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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

It’s time. Time for me to share with you my thoughts on one of my favorite books of 2015, and my most anticipated release for 2015.

The final installment in the Lunar Chronicles: WINTER!

What I Loved

Like many of you I had a bit of trepidation about reading Winter—only because I didn’t want the series to end. At the same time, I spent all those months leading up to its publication extremely excited about its publication. Winter was probably my most anticipated release of 2015, and in the School Library where I work, I threw a party to celebrate the release of Winter for the 5th and 6th grade readers who were excited about the book.

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What’s cool is that more 5th and 6th graders are now reading the series since I started talking about the books!

Don’t you love when you spread your excitement about a series with other readers and they get excited too!?! That’s only one of the many wonderful benefits of working as a librarian!

But, back to Winter! What did I love about this book? First of all, I appreciated the many references to the Snow White source tale that made their way into Winter. Whether it’s a reference to the huntsman, the fear that Winter is more beautiful than Levana, or the threat of a poisoned apple, Marissa included just the perfect number of references to the original fairy tale to make Winter an even more compelling novel.

I also loved the way this last installment in the series featured the reunion of all the star players, and continually shifted between their different perspectives. We get close to Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress all over again throughout the story. 

When CRESS ended, I was really interested in how things would pan out between Cress and Thorne, so of course I was really excited every time Winter switched to a scene about Cress and Thorne’s relationship! What are Thorne’s feelings towards Cress? Would the two ever have that heart to heart we all wanted them to have? I read Winter waiting to see if my questions would be answered…

Speaking of relationships though, I can’t forget to mention Cinder and Prince Kai—loved, loved, loved all their interactions in this book. I especially appreciated the way Prince Kai supported and encouraged Cinder in her journey for justice for Lunar as well as Earth. She wanted to make things right, and Prince Kai showed himself as someone whose heart wanted the same.

And of course, I was on the edge of my seat, wondering what would happen to Scarlet and Wolf. Would Scarlet escape the clutches of the evil Levana? Speaking of Levana, was she redeemable? Well, I won’t give away anything here, but I will say I was completely satisfied with the way everything resolved in the story.

I just wish there was more!

Illuminations of Spirituality

I can’t share my thoughts on Winter, and not mention a few aspects of the story that I think highlight some potential areas of spirituality. I won’t go into great detail in this post about these aspects, but these are dimensions I think could bring up discussion about some of the deeper issues in the story.

-Cinder’s desire to see social justice established throughout the realm of Luna and also on Earth.

-The notion that deep down the members of the “Wolf Army” were still the authentic individuals they had been before they had been “turned.”

-The sacrifice of Ryu for Winter.

-The way Winter was in tune with the animal world, and her connection with the animals she interacted with.

-The deep friendship between Iko and Cinder—two beings that are completely different, and yet their connection was life changing.

Who Should Read This Book

Anyone who started the Lunar Chronicles with Cinder absolutely must finish the series by reading WINTER. This series is epic, and each novel builds on the previous one. Winter is fabulous in the way it weaves together the stories of Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, and Levana, culminating in a tense, exciting, and rich conclusion.

The Final Illumination

This book was just about flawless in the way that Marissa wrapped up all the loose ends from the previous installments.

I am in love with these characters; they seem like dear friends that I now have to say goodbye to. And yet I don’t—as I can read the series over and over again. I sincerely wouldn’t mind if Marissa informed us she was just going to keep writing about this universe and these characters. I would read every book she wrote! Fairy tales are near and dear to my heart, but just as dear are reworked, expanded, and even subversive fairy tales. I appreciated the way that Marissa infused life into these fairy tales but also adapted them and colored them so that they fit within the science fiction setting she created. It really was wonderful!

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