Five Favorite: YA Series

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

There’s just something about series, you know? Something about getting to read more of your favorite character(s) while they inhabit your favorite world. Man, I just love ’em. Here are my five favorite for young adults.

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Gemma Doyle by Libba Bray

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Jessica Darling by Megan McCafferty

(So… the publisher decided to revamp the series’ cover design right when Perfect Fifths came out – which is all well and good EXCEPT THAT I grew up with the original covers and wanted to complete my set!!!)

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Have your own five favorite young adult series? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

Five Favorite: Boarding School Novels

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

School is in full swing right now, and there’s nothing more academic than the boarding school novel. Say, Rach, what makes a novel a “boarding school novel”? Well, dear reader, a majority of the whole dang book is set at school and, ho hey, the main characters live there, too. Here are my five favorite.

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the Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles

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Looking for Alaska by John Green

Have your own five favorite boarding school novels”? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

Top Ten: Authors I’ve Only Read One Book from But NEED to Read More

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was books by authors of which I’ve only read one of their more-than-one published books.

  1. Chris Cleave
    Book I’ve read: Little Bee
    Books I want to read: Gold and Incendiary
  2. Cory Doctorow
    Book I’ve read: For the Win
    Books I want to read: Down and Out in the Magic KingdomHomelandLittle BrotherMakersPirate Cinema, and The Rapture of the Nerds
  3. Deborah Harkness
    Book I’ve read: A Discovery of Witches
    Books I want to read: The Book of Life and Shadow of Night
  4. Dave Eggers
    Book I’ve read: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
    Book I want to read: The Circle and You Shall Know Our Velocity!
  5. J.K. Rowling*
    Book(s) I’ve read: Harry Potter series
    Books I want to read: The Casual VacancyThe Cuckoo’s Calling, and The Silkworm
  6. Libba Bray*
    Book(s) I’ve read: Gemma Doyle series
    Books I want to read: Beauty QueensThe Diviners, and Going Bovine
  7. Marisha Pessl
    Book I’ve read: Special Topics in Calamity Physics
    Book I want to read: Night Film
  8. Michael Chabon
    Book I’ve read: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
    Books I want to read: Manhood for AmateursThe Mysteries of PittsburghTelegraph Avenue, and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union
  9. Rainbow Rowell
    Book I’ve read: Attachments
    Books I want to read: Eleanor & ParkFangirl, and Landline
  10. Scott Westerfeld*
    Book(s) I’ve read: Uglies series
    Books I want to read: Afterworlds and Peeps

* I’m including these authors because I’ve only read books of theirs as part of a series