December (2014) Reading Tracker

You can also see my November 2014 report.

I am 100% absolutely not getting to all of these. But they are everything on my immediate TBR. Number 1 and 2 are not negotiable. They must be read this month. The rest will depend on my mood and the time I have.

Here’s what I hope to read this month:

  1. How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kiersten White
  2. Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark
  3. Dearest by Alethea Kontis
  4. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
  5. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
  6. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  7. This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
  8. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  9. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
  10. All Fall Down by Ally Carter
  11. The After Girls by Leah Konen
  12. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  13. Jackaby by William Ritter
  14. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
  15. Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
  16. The Safe-Keeper’s Secret by Sharon Shinn
  17. Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan: Cute read from the publisher
  18. Honey, Baby, Sweetheart by Deb Caletti

December 1: Starting How to Lead a Life of Crime on my commute tonight. It’s a thick one so we’ll see how it goes!

December 5: It didn’t go so well! The book was kind of over the top in all of the ways I don’t really like. Oh well. Also polished off Finding Mr. Brightside which I liked but still had some issues with overall. Next up Dearest by Alethea Kontis.

December 8: For arbitrary reasons, I decided to try and read a lot this month. Starting The Start of Me and You today.

December 11: The Start of Me and You was really great! Keep your eyes peeled for it in 2015! Onwards to The Rithmatist and then I’m either doing Jackaby or Shadow Scale.

December 11: J/K I should have brought home Jackaby while reading The Rithmatist because I knew it would be fast. But I didn’t. And This Shattered World was just sitting there staring at me. Waiting. So I’m reading that next.

December 18: You guys! This Shattered World was really good! Like better than These Broken Stars! Wow! Onwards to Shadow Scale.

December 22: Halfway through Shadow Scale (loving it) and read This One Summer on breaks today. I always forget how fast graphic novels are to read.

December 23: Power read Grasshopper Jungle. I don’t want to talk about it.

December 30: As expected reading veered wildly off-track here but got lots read in the month.

Monday Memories: The Time-Traveling Fashionista On Board the Titanic

Monday Memories is a weekly feature hosted by Miss Print and the Book Bandit. Just take a photo of a book from your personal library (or a library book that’s significant to you, etc.) and talk about why it matters. Is it your first ever signed book? The first book you reviewed on your blog? Whatever it is, write it up in a Monday Memories post and share it. Just please link back if you decide to join!

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This week for Monday Memories I’m talking about The Time-Traveling Fashionista On Board the Titanic by Bianca Turetsky as part of a multi-day celebration of this delightful series. You can check back on Wednesday for my review of the book and on Thursday I’ll have an interview with Bianca.

timetravelfashionistatitanicI first heard about this series before it was officially a series. Back in 2011 I trekked to a bookstore, alone, to go to an event because Sarah Rees Brennan and Gail Carson Levine were both part of a panel. These authors almost never do signings and I am a huge fan of both so this was a big deal.

It was a really fun panel and Bianca was a part of it talking about her first novel which was then called The Time-Traveling Fashionista and just recently published. The series sounded great and looked beautiful with its vibrant illustrations but it wasn’t an immediate priority to read.

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Fast forward to 2010. I’m working as a bookseller at that same bookstore and find Bianca’s books on the shelves. I am pleasantly surprised to see the book is now part of a series with a new cover (shown above) and a more appropriate title of The Time-Traveling Fashionista on Board the Titanic. But still, because I’m silly, I didn’t sit down to read the book.

Fast forward again to September 2014. I’ve been at my job as a YA librarian for a few months and I am scheduled to introduce an author next month as a school visit event. Who would the author be but Bianca Turetsky? Finally, I sit down and read this book in almost one sitting. It is an absolutely perfect middle grade (or YA on the younger end of the spectrum) with a great blend of fashion and history. I was enchanted.

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Almost immediately after finishing the book I hunted Bianca down online and inquired about an interview. Bianca said yes. I introduced her at the author visit where she was fantastic–she even brought along the vintage dress that inspired the book!

And the rest, as they say, is history.

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