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This is my place to share what I'm reading and the library projects I'm working on to hopefully inspire and help other people.
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This is an amazing collection of short stories by three great writers. What makes it even cooler is that the writers comment on their own stories, as well as each other's work. This is a great look at the writing process.

Miss Pickel's Favorite Book Sites

  • Teenreads
    This is my absolute favorite site for finding out about new books. The reviews are in-depth and there are cool special features. Plus, there are blogs and author interviews. My goal is to read all of the books on their Ultimate Reading List.
  • Reading Rants
    This is another great site for reviews. Jennifer Hubert has been reading and writing about teen books for over 10 years and hasn't met a genre she doesn't like. My favorite thing about this site is the categories, ranging from "Historical Fiction for Hipsters" to "The Coolest Classics You've Never Even Heard Of." She also has a list of her all-time favorite books.
  • YA Books and More
    This website is a great mix of book reviews and trailers.
 

Create a Challenge For Miss Pickel

This is going to be my year for challenging myself and reading new and different genres than I'm used to.  I would love it if you guys would suggest some books that you really like that will get me out of my reading comfort zone.

Since this is the time of year for spooky reads my first personal challenge is to read a horror book.  Scary books freak me out and real-life crimes really freak me out.   I decided that the way to conquer these fears would be to read a book containing these elements that happens to be written by one of my favorite authors.  This led me to The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson.  Johnson is the author of some of my favorite books, such as The Key to the Golden Firebird, which is about three girls who have recently lost their father and reconnecting with each other through his classic car, and 13 Little Blue Envelopes, which is about a teen who is sent on a scavenger hunt to Europe by her favorite aunt.  I have avoided The Name of the Star since it was released because it's about an American girl who moves to London and witnesses a murder by a killer who is copying Jack the Ripper.  When I first heard about this book I was like no way am I reading this!  However, during this time of year I find myself craving stories with the foggy atmosphere of England.  When Mr. Vallee purchased the sequel for the library I decided it was time to start the series.  I'm going to curl up with The Name of the Star this weekend and hope it doesn't give me nightmares!


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In September I always want to read books about boarding schools.  I never went to one, so I always think of them as being mysterious places with lots of intrigue and secrets.  The other books on my list are about things that I also find mysterious, such as espionage and football.

  • A Great and Terrible Beauty
    The first of a trilogy by one of my top five favorite authors of all time, this is historical fiction with a tinge of the supernatural.
  • Looking For Alaska
    This is John Green's first novel and I think his best. It follows Miles at his new boarding school as he makes friends and meets a mysterious girl named Alaska.
  • I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
    This is the beginning of a fun series revolving around Cammie, a student at Gallagher Academy, an elite all-girl boarding school for spies.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    Hogwarts is my ultimate fantasy boarding school.
  • Friday Night Lights
    This nonfiction book follows a football season in Odessa, Texas and is the basis for the hit TV series. I thought it was fascinating even though I don't know the first thing about the sport.

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My Current Challenge

This year I'm going to be all about challenging myself in my reading and writing.  Since this is the time of year for spooky reads my first personal challenge is to read a horror book.  Scary books freak me out and real-life crimes really freak me out.   I decided that the way to conquer these fears would be to read a book containing these elements that happens to be written by one of my favorite authors.  This led me to The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson.  Johnson is the author of some of my favorite books, such as The Key to the Golden Firebird, which is about three girls who have recently lost their father and reconnecting with each other through his classic car, and 13 Little Blue Envelopes, which is about a teen who is sent on a scavenger hunt to Europe by her favorite aunt.  I have avoided The Name of the Star since it was released because it's about an American girl who moves to London and witnesses a murder by a killer who is copying Jack the Ripper.  When I first heard about this book I was like no way am I reading this!  However, during this time of year I find myself craving stories with the foggy atmosphere of England.  When Mr. Vallee purchased the sequel for the library I decided it was time to start the series.  I'm going to curl up with The Name of the Star this weekend and hope it doesn't give me nightmares!

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