Monday, September 30, 2013

Q&A: The Librarian Way - National Reading Group Month

For anyone who likes to discuss books, swap books, analyze books, and review books in a group setting...this is the month for you!  This week is all about book clubs.  Sometimes they work...sometimes they don't, but, for the book lover and the librarian, they're a whole lot of fun.

Book Clubs, Book Clubs, Book Clubs!

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Loners (Quarantine): a review

Author: Lex Thomas
Info: EgmontUSA, copyright 2012, 416 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): Lord of the Flies meets Walter Hill's The Warriors in a dark and rather disturbing dystopia about plague and human behavior.

It was just another ordinary day at McKinley High—until a massive explosion devastated the school. When loner David Thorpe tried to help his English teacher to safety, the teacher convulsed and died right in front of him. And that was just the beginning.

A year later, McKinley has descended into chaos. All the students are infected with a virus that makes them deadly to adults. The school is under military quarantine. The teachers are gone. Violent gangs have formed based on high school social cliques. Without a gang, you’re as good as dead. And David has no gang. It’s just him and his little brother, Will, against the whole school. 

In this frighteningly dark and captivating novel, Lex Thomas locks readers inside a school where kids don’t fight to be popular, they fight to stay alive.

~Goodreads Description~

The Breakdown
Maybe the worst first day of school...ever.  David and Will have just arrived at McKinley High when a terrible explosion demolishes an entire wing of the building.  Within seconds, David watches a teacher bleed profusely and die right in front of him.  Of course there is a moment of pure chaos and mayhem as the student body desperately tries to leave the building.  But a large military force is waiting just outside the doors, driving them back inside the school walls.  Something has gone terribly wrong.  Left to fend for themselves, the school body becomes a warped, disturbing community of gangs fighting for power and resources, all the while wondering what in the world is going on.

The Awesome
An interesting look at human behavior.  Really.  I think the last place I would want to be, if I am ever one day held hostage because of plague, is a high school.  These teens attempting to survive are extremely creative, terrifyingly manipulative, and despite being a bit insane, violently interesting.

The Not So Awesome
Despite being interesting, it is a bit unbelievable.  While I agree there would be a certain amount of chaos, would teenagers really crumble into such disarray?  Maybe.  They are very selfish creatures (and I say this lovingly) and self-preservation would kick in, but this seems over the top.  Teenagers are resilient, caring creatures that I like to believe, when push comes to shove, would embrace their humanity and word together toward a common good.

So back to my connection with Walter Hill's The Warriors. "In 1979 a charismatic leader summons the street gangs of New York City in a bid to take it over. When he is killed, The Warriors are falsely blamed and now must fight their way home while every other gang is hunting them down to kill them."  The Warriors are up a creep, blamed for murder and several city blocks away from home.  They battle The Orphans, The Baseball Furies, and The Lizzies, but in the end, they pull together and make it home.

David and Will have a flurry of gangs standing between them and survival.  It's won't be easy and time is not on their side, but for a thrilling, terrifying adventure, check out The Loners: Quarantine by Lex Thomas.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Chaos: a review

Author: Nalo Hopkinson
Info: Margaret K. McElderry Books, copyright 2012, 256 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): What happens when the mess of high school meets Caribbean folklore.

Sixteen-year-old Scotch struggles to fit in—at home she’s the perfect daughter, at school she’s provocatively sassy, and thanks to her mixed heritage, she doesn't feel she belongs with the Caribbeans, whites, or blacks. And even more troubling, lately her skin is becoming covered in a sticky black substance that can’t be removed. While trying to cope with this creepiness, she goes out with her brother—and he disappears. A mysterious bubble of light just swallows him up, and Scotch has no idea how to find him. Soon, the Chaos that has claimed her brother affects the city at large, until it seems like everyone is turning into crazy creatures. Scotch needs to get to the bottom of this supernatural situation ASAP before the Chaos consumes everything she’s ever known—and she knows that the black shadowy entity that’s begun trailing her every move is probably not going to help.

A blend of fantasy and Caribbean folklore, at its heart this tale is about identity and self acceptance—because only by acknowledging her imperfections can Scotch hope to save her brother.

~Goodreads Description~

The Breakdown
Scotch lives two lives: her cool girl, dance team life at school, and her proper, regimented life at home. Desperate to get away from her parents, Scotch has big plans to move out with her older brother away from their strict rules.  Along with her struggles at home, Scotch is also hiding two secrets.  One, there are strange horse heads following her around, horse heads only she can see; and two, dark, splotchy tar marks are showing up on her skin, creeping across her body.  When her parents go away for the weekend, these secrets take a new turn and the world of myth and reality merge into a terrifying climax.

I was going to do my usual "Awesome" vs. "Not So Awesome" review, but I have no idea where to start with this particular book.  I know that the fantasy elements in Hopkinson's book are based in Caribbean folklore, but many of the images are so unexpected and confusing that I could never wrap my head around what was going on.  There was no base in reality to help me gadge, especially with the book set in Toronto.  Does that particular area of Canada have a large Caribbean population?  The characters attempt to use Caribbean slang and accents, so I assume she is saying there's quite a large population.

Apparently just not my cup of tea.  I do appreciate the multicultural aspects, and I always stand behind storytellers who bring in cultural mythology and folklore.  This stories are informative and entertaining all at the same time.  This one just didn't spark a chord with me.

But if you like whimsical, strange, or chaotic...if you're already familiar with Caribbean folklore, give Nalo Hopkinson's The Chaos.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Library GrabBag: Super Awesome Program Opportunity!

Did you see this?  This little bit of awesome?!

What an easy, fun way to offer programs at our libraries and in our schools that focus on art appreciation! It's interactive and it is practically pre-made.  Community members can participate in the art assignments on the show, and all we have to do is find a way to market and execute their ideas.  Such great potential! You could bring in local professionals, highlight the talents of artists in your neighborhood, and introduce new and exciting forms of art into your display areas.

Two thumbs up for relevant, fun library programming!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

Top Ten Best Sequels Ever
 (Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

Now, the key to a good sequel...the author respects the fact that you, the reader, should be responsible enough to remember what happened in the first installment, thus negating the need to recap for the first two hundred pages before diving into new action.  (This is a sore point.)

I've mentioned this before, but just in case you're new to TheGnomingLibrarian, I'm terrible at reading series.  Terrible.  I read and enjoy book number one, but I very rarely move on through the rest of the volumes.  I don't like to wait.  Inevitably I will have to re-read a book to remember enough to continue, and who has time for that?  There are too many other shiny books to choose from.  So I couldn't come up with 10 great sequels, but I decided to fill in with books I really, really, REALLY hope are as good as their predecessors.

1) Where She Went by Gayle Forman
She stayed.  She stayed because she asked him to.  Now they both
have to live with it...and make Emily CRY.

2) Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
I heart Perry...and Veronica Rossi's terrifying, broken world.

3) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J.K. Rowling
Coming off my least favorite in the series, Rowling brings back
the laughter and emotion without the super angsty Harry.

4) Lost In A Good Book by Jasper Fforde
Miss tour guide ever.

5) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
More of a companion novel than sequel (let's not get picky), Twain's adventure story
is a classic, and one I hope to return to sometime soon.

6) The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
A world so complete and so diverse that it's hard to believe it's not real.
Tolkien is a genius at setting the scene and getting you invested.

Books I on my to-read by the end of 2013 list that I hope are as good as their predecessor.  

 7) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

8) Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

9) Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

10) Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Happy Reading!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Just Turn Your Items In On Time!

Q&A: The Librarian Way - Library Fines

They are, in some shape or form, a part of every librarian's job...library fines.  On today's Q&A, Julia and I sat down to talk about fines in our libraries, the good and the bad, and whether it is a library's job to teach responsibility.  It was a surprising conversation that shows the difference between school and public libraries, but one that always leads back to the main goal, promoting literacy and information.  And as always...there's a fun question at the end.  Stay tuned to find out who are our celebrity crushes :)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Second Chance Summer: A review

Author: Morgan Matson
Info: Simon &Schuster, copyright 2012, 468 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): Oh my goodness was I a blubbering mess.

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

~Goodreads Description~

The Breakdown
Taylor likes to run away.  When things get tough or when there is something she doesn't want to face, she packs her bags and leaves.  But when her father is given three months to live, there's no where she can go to escape.  Unfortunately for Taylor, the one place he wants to go is the last place she ever thought she would return to.

The Awesome
Matson knows how to drag things out to make them as painful as possible.  Over the course of nearly 500 pages, you live the fear and impending loss with the entire family.  Slowly.  So Slowly, she describes the decline of Taylor's father and the ways in which each member of the family cope with their uncertain futures.  The camaraderie, acceptance, and forgiveness that happens over the course of the summer is extremely emotional, but written oh so well.

The Not So Awesome
Taylor's mother felt absent for much of the book.  She wasn't the main character, but you see Taylor grow closer to her siblings and her father, recognizing the changes that are happening to all of them, but you don't really get to know her mother much at all. At the end of the book, Taylor and her mother share a moment, but without more context, the moment didn't feel as genuine as it could have.

I absolutely adored Matson's Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, so I was eager to dive into her newest book, and I was not disappointed.  The story absolutely crushed me, especially since you find out almost immediately that her father is gravely ill.  You know the end of the book.  You can't hide from what is happening, and you can't stop it.  But that made it all the more real.  Time is limited, and you have to love and live to the best of your ability with the time you are given.  Taylor's transformation was graceful and heartfelt.  Just an all around enjoyable read with enjoyable characters.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Comic #4: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Author: Frank Miller, Klaus Janson (Illustrator),
             Lynn Varley (Illustrator)
Info: DC Comics, copyright 2002, 197 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): An aging masked crusader dons the mask to save a corrupt city.

Crime runs rampant in the streets, and the man who was Batman is still tortured by the memories of his parents' murders. As civil society crumbles around him, Bruce Wayne's long-suppressed vigilante side finally breaks free of its self-imposed shackles.

The Dark Knight returns in a blaze of fury, taking on a whole new generation of criminals and matching their level of violence. He is soon joined by this generation's Robin — a girl named Carrie Kelley, who proves to be just as invaluable as her predecessors.

But can Batman and Robin deal with the threat posed by their deadliest enemies, after years of incarceration have made them into perfect psychopaths? And more important, can anyone survive the coming fallout of an undeclared war between the superpowers - or a clash of what were once the world's greatest superheroes?

~Goodreads Description~

Sometime in the unknown future, Gotham has once again succombed to the forces of evil.  Left without a hero, Commissioner Gordon has been doing his best to keep the enemies of the night at bay, but with the release of Harvey Dent, the villain known as Two Face, and an army of miscreants known as The Mutants, he is losing the battle. 

In comes Batman.  Bruce Wayne has been failing at retirement, so he dons the cape and mask again to put an end to the string of violence. Harvey Dent, The Mutants, The Joker, Superman...he fights just about everyone in this four part story.

So far, I think I'm more of an Alan Moore girl; there's a smoothness to his writing that I found lacking in Miller's.  The story kept bouncing back in forth between inner-monologue and newscasts that it was kind of difficult to follow.  In fact, at some points, the entire story seemed to be told on the evening news.  I didn't realize Robin was a girl.  Has Robin always been a girl?  And I really enjoyed Dr. Wolper, an illustrate cross between Kurt Vonnegut and Adolf Hitler.  He's a pretty goofy looking man.

This dark tale is stuffed full with a lot to ponder.  Aging and broken, Bruce Wayne/Batman sees it has his duty to fight against evil even though it's killing him, even though there is a price on his head for doing good.  And where do vigilante's stand?  He never did kill anyone.  Does that make him a criminal?  Fighting evil forces in the night?  My only hiccup with Batman is bringing in an innocent.  Risking your own life is one thing, putting someone else in danger is another.  Not that girls can't totally kick butt...

Next Up: The Unwritten by Mike Carey and Peter Gross

 Today on -
"Don't Forget Your Reading Goals"

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Last Unicorn is Made of Awesome

I am aghast on a daily basis of all of the classic movies my fellow teen librarian has failed to watch.  I have, on more than one occasion, strongly encouraged her to view a variety of titles that I deem required watching. Well this week she gave me a dose of my own medicine.  According to Miss Becky, it was unacceptable that I had yet to watch the 1982 classic The Last Unicorn.

Well, now I have and...
5 reasons why The Last Unicorn is made of awesome:

1) No one told me that The Last Unicorn came from the same studio as The Hobbit...or the Ellis family Christmas favorite Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  Awesome.

2) In most eighties animated films, there is at least one memorable song.  Not only is The Last Unicorn's song sung by America, it also includes the following lyrics: "And the last lion roars, at the last dusty fountain." Why are lions roaring at fountains?  And is there really only one fountain left?  Why is that the imagery you choose to pair with lions?  Especially since lions don't normally habitate in forests.  And how brilliantly do they animate for every single word in the song at the beginning?  Awesome.  (Also awesome..the daily serenade from said teen librarian :)

3) The heavy hitter cast is pretty darn awesome, especially Brother Theodore as Ruhk (also the voice of Gollum which, in my humble opinion, is on equal footing with Mr. Serkis.)  I barely recognized Alan Arkin and Jeff Bridges!  There voices have become so famous in their older age that without some of the same gruff intonations it was hard to pick them out!

4)  Mia Farrow's singing voice was horribly awesome.  Horrible.  But I loved it all the same.  Interesting how she sounded different when singing with Prince Lire :)

5)  And my favorite moment, at the very end, "Schmendrick the Magician: She will remember your heart when men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits."  What in the world does that mean?  Why are rabbits writing books?  Where are this fantastically talented rabbits?  Now I know that it means that she will remember him forever, but why bring rabbits into it?  I love.  Genius.  Awesomely genius.

So props to Miss Becky for introducing me to this classic animated gem.  I can add it to my list of why the 80s were so wonderful along with The Princess Bride, Sixteen Candles, and Pat Benatar.  I love how there is still awesome out there for me to discover!

Do you have a favorite 80s animated classic?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013


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Will & Whit: a review

Author: Laure Lee Gulledge
Info: Abrams, copyright 2013, 194 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts):  As a storm approaches, a young girl must overcome her fears and allow herself to grieve for the loss of her family.

Wilhelmina “Will” Huxstep is a creative soul struggling to come to terms with a family tragedy. She crafts whimsical lamps, in part to deal with her fear of the dark. As she wraps up another summer in her mountain town, she longs for unplugged adventures with her fellow creative friends, Autumn, Noel, and Reese. Little does she know that she will get her wish in the form of an arts carnival and a blackout, courtesy of a hurricane named Whitney, which forces Will to face her fear of darkness.

~Goodreads Description~ 
I'm a sucker for summer stories.  Now and Then...Stand By Me...there's just something about a story where a kid is yearning to be an adult, and yet, still holding on desperately to their youth.  Will & Whit follows a similar plot line.  During the last days of summer, when school and responsibility are just around the corner, Wilhelmina and her friends are trying to create lasting memories with a theater troupe that is planning a carnival in town.  As always, this is easier said than done.  Will is grieving the loss of her parents; Autumn, the best friend, is trying to reconcile parent expectations with future plans; and Noel, the other best friend, is fighting with unrequited love.  When a storm knocks the power out in town, the three friends will have to face their fears.

As stories go...this one was okay.  Not great, but okay.  I wanted more.  Perhaps I've been reading to many issue books that really delve into the problem.  For Will, everything is on the surface.  Her grief has manifested itself as a fear of the dark, and she tries desperately to keep the shadows at bay by making beautiful lamps and lights.  In a cool move, the author uses the shadows as a part of her storytelling, morphing them into different images that go along with Will's fears.  Each of her friends are going through their own troubles and tribulations, but on some level, they seemed superficial.  I never felt like I really got to know any of the characters, as likable as they were.

Still, it's a very easy book to recommend, and if you're looking for characters with heart, give Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge a read.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Top 10 Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

So...for the last four and a half months I 've been frantically reading nominees for our state's high school reading list.  I was so very excited to be a part of such a fun committee, but I didn't fully realize how stressful it would be to complete my assigned list.  I'm a reader, but I like to select what I'm reading.  Having to watch new books fill the shelves of my library, taunting me, was torture.  So I've been compiling a list of the books I'm dying to read as soon as my commitment is fulfilled.  There are some new titles...some old...but all I'm super excited to sink my teeth into!

1) Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

2) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

 3) The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

4) Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

5) Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier

 6) Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

7) A Stranger Thing by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal

 8) The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

9) Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

10) Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

And Scorch by Gina Damico...and This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith...and Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool...SO MANY I CAN'T WAIT TO READ!!

Happy reading!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Q&A: The Librarian Way - Setting Goals

Every new year comes with expectations, and setting goals keeps us accountable for upholding our library's mission and assuring that our community's needs are met.  This week, Julia and I are discussing personal and professional goal setting in public and school libraries.

Now, I'll be the first to admit that I am absolutely terrible at setting goals.  I'm often the last to submit them during evaluation season, and they are more often than not, extremely vague and rather ridiculous.  It's hard to define what I do and to put an expectation on it is very difficult.  That being said, I totally understand the merits of taking the time to set a focus.  So when I'm stuck, I call in my lifelines and use the awesome people I work with (and for) both in-house and throughout the intrawebs to inspire me as I approach a new year.

So what do you take into consideration when setting goals for your teen area?  Do you get your teens involved?  Don't forget to stop by this week as we keep the conversation going!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Comic #3: Bone, Vol. 1 - Out From Boneville

Author: Jeff Smith
Info: Scholastic, copyright 2005, 140 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): Three cousins, exiled from their home, find an adventure in a new land.

After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone, are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert.

One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures...

Humor, mystery, and adventure are spun together in this action-packed, side-splitting saga. Everyone who has ever left home for the first time only to find that the world outside is strange and overwhelming will love Bone.

~Goodreads Description~

Not sure what a Bone is, but I think I like them.  They're no Swamp Thing or The Sandman, but entertaining nonetheless.   The three cousins (who remind me a bit of Casper the Friendly Ghost) have never been outside their homeland, but after one of Phoney Bone's money "misadventures," they are exiled from Boneville and forced to survive, nearly penniless, in the wide-open wilderness.  When they are suddenly attacked by a swarm of locusts, the friends are separated and must manage on their own.  Fone Bone finds he quite likes the life he is making for himself in the mysterious valley with his beautiful new friend, Thorn, but life will inevitably change when his cousins return.

The story is both funny and filled with adventure.  Something wicked this way comes in the forested valley, and I can't wait to find out where the story goes.  Jeff Smith's artwork is unique and enjoyable, but most definitely more of a comic strip feel.  Quite refreshing, a clear, compared to the forty+ year old artwork of my first two comic choices.  It's kind of fun discovering each new technique and storyline!

Next Up - Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson and Lynn Varley

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dreamland: A review

Adventures in the Strange Since of Sleep
Author: David K. Randall
Info: W.W. Norton & Company, copyright 2012, 290 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): How to frustrate an insomniac even more, or why sleep in so darn frustrating.

Like many of us, journalist David K. Randall never gave sleep much thought. That is, until he began sleepwalking. One midnight crash into a hallway wall sent him on an investigation into the strange science of sleep.

In Dreamland, Randall explores the research that is investigating those dark hours that make up nearly a third of our lives. Taking readers from military battlefields to children 's bedrooms, Dreamland shows that sleep isn't as simple as it seems. Why did the results of one sleep study change the bookmakers odds for certain Monday Night Football games? Do women sleep differently than men? And if you happen to kill someone while you are sleepwalking, does that count as murder?

This book is a tour of the often odd, sometimes disturbing, and always fascinating things that go on in the peculiar world of sleep. You ll never look at your pillow the same way again.

~Goodreads Description~

The Breakdown
If I woke up in terrible pain from a night of unfortunate sleepwalking, I too would want to get to the bottom of my nighttime wanderings.  Randall dives into the history and science of sleep, providing interesting anecdotes and clarifying stories to show how little we really know about a necessary part of our daily lives.

The Awesome
Randall is telling you a story; he's a journalist that is also a conversationalist.  Without getting too technical, he weaves his way through the mysteries of sleep through personal narrative and using historical context.  Each chapter tackles a different topic; the setup creates a pleasant, fast-paced reading experience.

The Not So Awesome
The book was fascinating, but I can't shake the thought that Mary Roach's approach is better.  So, once again, the "not so awesome" is really just personal taste.

Overall, most definitely a worthwhile read.  Randall is personable which makes all the difference.  If you've ever wondered why sleep eludes you, or why things go all wonky the next day, check out Dreamland by David K. Randall.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Flight Volume 1: a graphic novel review

Editor: Kazu Kibuishi
Info: Villard, copyright 2007, 208 pages 

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): A graphic novel of short stories that wows artistically but fails literally.

Flight Volume One features stories by professionals and non-professionals alike, all playing on the theme of flight in its many incarnations. From the maiden voyage of a home-built plane to the adventures of a young courier and his flying whale to a handful of stories about coming of age and letting things go, this first volume of Flight is full of memorable tales that will both amaze and inspire.

~Goodreads Description~

Much to the chagrin of Becky, our Teen Librarian, I have a distaste for short story fiction.  I like character development, plot building, and backstory.  I don’t like being dropped into the middle of a story, forced to play catch-me-up, and left unsatisfied after three whole pages.  Flight is a graphic novel of short stories.  The artwork is exceptional.  Each artist has created images that are different, creative, and beautiful in their own way.  It was the storytelling that disappointed me.  Not one story grabbed my attention, left me wanting more.  I felt like I was slogging through each, and this short graphic novel took me FOREVER to read.

Personally, this particular title was just not for me.  If you like short stories and are ready to be wowed by artistic talents, definitely give it a try.  And I’m all for a lively discussion about what I’m missing!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Top 10 Books I Would Love to See As A Movie/TV Show

Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show
(Set in a perfect world in which movies don't butcher the books we love)
 (Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

Do you ever feel like the only movies/tv shows coming out are based on teen books?  It's rather unfortunate.  Some stories just aren't suited outside of the imagination of the reader's brain.  But in a perfect world...where book adaptations didn't stink...well maybe there are a few I would enjoy being brought to life.

1) Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier (movie)
A little selfish here...I really just want to see Flint brought to life.

 2) Heist Society by Ally Carter (TV show)
The antics of this rather clever crew would make a great serial story line.

 3) Just One Day by Gayle Forman (movie)
Sigh.  Yes, please.

4) My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (movie)
Only with the perfect Jase...I mean, perfect.

 5) Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (TV show)
There's not enough steampunk in the world.

 6) Entwined by Heather Dixon (movie)
Something whimsical and dark.

 7) The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making 
by Catherynne M. Valente (movie)
With a Alice in Wonderland flare.

8) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (movie)
Please don't let them ruin this fantastic story!

 9) Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (movie)
The next Stand By Me.

10)  Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (TV show)
The next Vampire Diaries.

What's on your list?  Happy reading!
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