Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Top Ten World's Where I'd Never Want to Live

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is one I was a part of at The Broke and the Bookish, you can check it out here! But I only had the first five of these on my list over there, so yay new content. Check out our post over there to see the full list, and to link your own!

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

 1. The world in Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave. I don't know about you all, but the ENTIRE time I was reading this book I felt so grateful I didn't have to be in this vision of Earth. Never have I been so grateful that hostile alien lifeforms weren't targeting our planet.

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)

2. The world in Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life As We Knew It. I felt an incredible desire to stock up on canned foods after reading this book.

Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)

3. Much as I love these books, the world in Derek Landy's Skulduggery Pleasant series. Because honestly, I would be one of the pitiful mortals without magic who would probably get stuck in the middle of a vampire slaughter, wizard battle, or Faceless Ones attack. And I would have absolutely no idea what was going on.

Ready Player One

4. The world in Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. I would hate to live in a world where the only happy places were online, everyone interacted online for the most part, and 1980s pop culture knowledge was your ticket to popularity. Also the environment is pretty much dead.


5. The world in Daniel H. Wilson's Robopocalypse. Because I would most likely die a painful, robot-induced death, and if not I would constantly be fearing for my life and would probably have lots of dead family and friends.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1) 

6. The world in Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth. The zombie apocalypse has already happened, and everyone who has survived lives in fenced-off compounds for their own safety. Unless the fence is breached, in which case GOOD LUCK. Zombies will want to eat you, and some of them are fast.


7. The world in Alan Moore's Watchmen. To be fair I've only seen the movie and I know it's pretty different, but still. This alternate history sounds terrifying and I don't want any part of it.


8. The world in M.T. Anderson's Feed. This is another futuristic look at the world, after technology has become such a large part of our lives that people have something called the Feed implanted into their brains and consumption is everyone's main concern. Which is too bad for the dying planet, and everyone's health. Think sores that get so big and gross they are hard to ignore, thus they become sort of a fashion accessory. NO THANKS.

I Am the Cheese 

9. Adam Farmer's world in Robert Cormier's I Am the Cheese. So technically this is not a dystopian world, but our own world through the eyes of a boy named Adam Farmer. I don't want to give away too much in case you haven't read it, but if you have you know what I'm talking about. Basically the thought of being in Adam's place makes me want to curl into the fetal position yelling PLEASE GOD NO.

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) 

10. The world in Patrick Ness's The Knife of Never Letting Go. I know I wouldn't even be there, because, no women. BUT if I were one of the guys in the settlement of Prentisstown on New World, I would break. No quiet ever, always hearing the Noise of everyone else's (dirty, perverted, violent, mournful) thoughts, not to mention the twitterings of any animals nearby. And oh yeah, everything else there sucks too. Being on New World would be the worst.

What are your top ten picks?

Monday, January 27, 2014


Baaaahhhhhh I'm SO EXCITED!!! The Youth Media Awards were just announced this morning and I can't wait to dig in to the winners!

I'm super, super excited because I have most of the Printz AND Newbery honor books in my library's collection, PLUS I got the Printz winner too!

Here are the big winners. See the complete list here.

Michael L. Printz Award (excellent in literature written for young adults)
Winner: Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Honors: Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal, Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, and Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

John Newbery Medal (most outstanding contribution to children's literature)
Winner: Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
Honors: Doll Bones by Holly Black, The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes, One Came Back by Amy Timberlake, Paperboy by Vince Vawter

Randolph Caldecott Medal (most distinguished American picture book for children)
Winner: Locomotive by Brian Floca
Honors: Journey by Aaron Becker, Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle, Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

William C. Morris Award (debut book written by a first-time author writing for teens)
Winner: Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
Finalists: Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian, Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos, Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross, In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

So this year I am going to make a concentrated effort to read as many of the Printz and Morris titles as I can. I will also attempt to read books that end up on the rest of the YALSA lists, which will be announced in the coming week or so, I think. I will also do my very very best to review them here! I promise I am going to try to post more often, and this is a perfect opportunity.

Were you surprised by any of the winners? How many have you read?
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