Saturday, October 12, 2013

Armchair Cybils 2013

I will definitely be joining Amy's Armchair Cybils reading challenge. It is an especially tempting challenge that I won't even try to resist since I have special interest in at least four or five of the categories! (I still think they should have a BOARD BOOK category.) I am hoping to read fifteen to twenty-five books among these categories:

Picture Books (List of Nominees)

1. That Is Not A Good Idea. Mo Willems. 2013. HarperCollins. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
2. Sophie's Squash. Pat Zietlow Miller. Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. 2013. Random House. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
3. How To Train a Train. Jason Carter Eaton. Illustrated by John Rocco. 2013. Candlewick Press. 48 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
4. Ball. Mary Sullivan. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages.

5.  Ribbit. Rodrigo. Folgueira. Illustrated by Poly Bernatene. 2013. Random House. 32 pages.
6. Toys in Space. Mini Grey. 2013. Random House. 32 pages.
7.  Exclamation Mark. Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. 2013. Scholastic. 56 pages.

Easy Readers and Short Chapter Books (List of Nominees)

1. I'm A Frog by Mo Willems
2. Squirrels on Skis. J. Hamilton Ray. Illustrated by Pascal Lamaitre. 2013. Random House. 64 pages. [Source: Review copy]
3. A Pet Named Sneaker. Joan Heilbroner. Illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre. 2013. Random House. 48 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
4. Dig, Scoop, Ka-Boom! Joan Holub. Illustrated by David Gordon. 2013. Random House. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]
5. Mr. Putter & Tabby Drop the Ball. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Arthur Howard. 2013. Harcourt. 44 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
6. A Big Guy Took My Ball. Mo Willems. 2013. Hyperion. 58 pages. [Source: Library]
7. Penny and Her Marble. Kevin Henkes. 2013. HarperCollins. 48 pages. [Source: Library]

8. Clementine and the Spring Trip. Sara Pennypacker. 2013. Hyperion. 160 pages.

Middle Grade Fiction (List of Nominees)

1. Al Capone Does My Homework. Gennifer Choldenko. 2013. Penguin. 224 pages.
2. Counting by 7s. Holly Goldberg Sloan. 2013. Penguin USA. 384 pages. [Review Copy]
3. Destiny, Rewritten. Kathryn Fitzmaurice. 2013. HarperCollins. 176 pages.
4. Duke. Kirby Larson. 2013. Scholastic. 240 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
5. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library. Chris Grabenstein. 2013. Random House. 304 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
6. Every Day After. Laura Golden. 2013. Random House. 224 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
7. Prisoner B-3087. Alan Gratz. 2013. [March 2013] Scholastic. 260 pages.
8. The Center of Everything. Linda Urban. 2013. Harcourt. 208 pages.
9. The Fantastic Family Whipple. Matthew Ward. 2013. Penguin. 400 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
10. The Year of Billy Miller. Kevin Henkes. 2013. HarperCollins. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
11. Gingersnap. Patricia Reilly Giff. 2013. (January 2013) Random House. 160 pages.
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Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction (List of Nominees)

1. A Tangle of Knots. Lisa Graff. 2013. Penguin. 240 pages.
2. Fortunately, The Milk. Neil Gaiman. 2013. HarperCollins. 114 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
3. How to Make Friends and Monsters. Ron Bates. 2013. Zondervan. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
4. North of Nowhere. Liz Kessler. 2013. Candlewick. 272 pages. [Source: Library] 
5. Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked. Jarrett J. Krosoczka. 2013. HarperCollins. 226 pages. [Source: Library]
6. The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail. Richard Peck. 2013. Penguin. 224 pages.
7. The Runaway King. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2013. Scholastic. 352 pages.
8. The Water Castle. Megan Frazer Blakemore. 2013. Walker. 352 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
9. The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop. Kate Saunders. 2013. Random House. 304 pages.
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Young Adult Speculative Fiction (List of Nominees)

1. Captives (The Safe Lands #1) Jill Williamson. 2013. Zondervan. 400 pages. [Source: Library]
2. Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) Robin LaFevers. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 387 pages.
3. Frozen: Heart of Dread. Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston. 2013. Penguin. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
4. Orleans. Sherri L. Smith. 2013. Penguin. 336 pages.
5. Shades of Earth. (Across the Universe #3) Beth Revis. 2013. Penguin. 369 pages.
6. The Elite. Kiera Cass. 2013. HarperCollins. 323 pages. [Source: Library]
7. The Testing. Joelle Charbonneau. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 344 pages.
8. William Shakespeare's Star Wars. Ian Doescher. 2013. Quirk. 176 pages. [Source: Review Copy]  

Young Adult Fiction (List of Nominees)

1. All The Truth That's In Me. Julie Berry. 2013. Penguin. 288 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
2. Catherine. April Lindner. 2013. Little, Brown. 320 pages.
3. Going Vintage. Lindsey Leavitt. 2013. [March 2013] Bloomsbury USA. 320 pages.
4. Hattie Ever After. Kirby Larson. 2013. Random House. 240 pages. 
5. Imperfect Spiral. Debbie Levy. 2013. Bloomsbury. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
6. Revenge of The Girl With The Great Personality. Elizabeth Eulberg. 2013. [March] Scholastic. 272 pages.
7. The Boy on the Bridge. Natalie Standiford. 2013. Scholastic. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
8. The Lightning Dreamer. Margarita Engle. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 182 pages.
9. The Moon and More. Sarah Dessen. Penguin. 384 pages.
10. This is What Happy Looks Like. Jennifer E. Smith. 2013. Little, Brown. 404 pages.
11. Victoria Rebels. Carolyn Meyer. 2013. Simon & Schuster. 192 pages.


I may decide to seek out elementary and middle grade nonfiction or young adult nonfiction. But I probably won't have time to seek out poetry or graphic novels.

About the challenge:
This is how the Armchair Cybils challenge will work:
  • Read as many or as few of the Cybils nominated titles as you care to and write up your thoughts on your blog.  You can do this on a title-by-title basis or in one big ol’ post–it’s up to you!
  • Come back here on the following dates to link up your Armchair Cybils posts: October 15 (your “I’m participating!” post); November 15 (reviews); December 15 (reviews); January 1 (shortlist thoughts); January 15 (reviews and thoughts);February 14 (reviews and thoughts about the winners).

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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