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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten “Awww” Moments In Books

It’s Tuesday again and over at The Broke and the Bookish that means it’s time for another Tuesday Top Ten! This week’s topic is your Top Ten “Awww” Moments In Books (those cute lines, charming actions, kisses, or any other sentimental moment that made you say “AWWW!”. This was so difficult to chose from but I think I finally managed to narrow it down!

1. The last chapter of Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery. The scene where Gilbert asks Anne if she has any unfulfilled dreams, and he tells her that he persists of dreaming of a life with her. This line makes me “aww” every single time:

 “I don’t want sunbursts and marble halls. I just want YOU. You see I’m quite as shameless as Phil about it. Sunbursts and marble halls may be all very well, but there is more `scope for imagination’ without them. And as for the waiting, that doesn’t matter. We’ll just be happy, waiting and working for each other — and dreaming. Oh, dreams will be very sweet now.”

2. The scene at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when you see Ron and Hermione kiss for the very first time. It was a moment almost 7 books in the making and I just about dropped my book in glee when it finally did. (not that we didn’t all know it was coming, but seriously let me have this one).

3. The scene in Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins between Anna and St. Clair on top of Notre-Dame. Part of the feeling from this scene comes from the setting and part from the dialogue between the two characters. But it’s definitely aww-inspiring.

4. The very last chapter of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I don’t want to ruin that for those who haven’t read it, but I think it was perfectly done and not overly mushy. Just the right amount of “aww” for Katniss.

5. The scene in Vision of the Future by Timothy Zahn where Luke Skywalker proposes to Mara Jade. In a way it had been building for years and through countless novels, but it still seemed to come flying out of the left galaxy and stun the reader. I think I shouted out a “YES!” in the middle of my high school classroom when I read it.

6. In If I Stay by Gayle Forman, the scene where Adam is sitting by Mia’s bed and telling her that he’ll do whatever she needs, whatever she wants, if she’ll just stay. That made me aww through my tears which I wasn’t sure was possible before!

7. In Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead I found myself “awwing” uncontrollable during the scenes with Rose and Dimitri. The connected between the two of them was far too strong and it was incredibly sweet at the same time.

8. In The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley pretty much any scene between Cecily and Little John. Everything Robin McKinley writes is delightful and amazing and this re-telling of the Robin Hood legend is certainly no exception.

9. The ending of The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullamn. The scene between Lyra and Will is so touching and so pure and innocent. I adored this trilogy and everything about it.

10. The scene between Fire and Brigan in the little green house in Kristin Cashore’s Fire. It’s so sweet and something you’ve been waiting to hear for the entire novel.

I’m sure at some point in the future I will write a top ten list that doesn’t involve something from the Harry Potter series. Possibly. Maybe. Probably not. I shouldn’t kid myself.

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Book Review: Where She Went

 

Title: Where She Went

Author: Gayle Forman

Publication Date: April 5, 2011

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Penguin Group

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Summary (from Barnes & Noble): It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future–and each other.

Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

My Review (caution, possible spoilers ahead!): I have been waiting for this book ever since I heard Gayle Forman was writing a sequel to If I Stay. When I read If I Stay (after drying my tears) I was left with this feeling of longing for Mia, and for Adam, to know that they were alright and that they were able to move forward after the accident. For some reason that was important to me and I was not let down by the continuation. It was interesting to see how strong the pull between these two still was, even despite the way that Mia just vanished from Adam’s life. It seems as if along the way there was this connection simultaneously pulling them back together  and pushing them apart.  Mia had it right when she said “I needed someone to hate and since I love you the most you were it”.

It was interesting falling the story this time from Adam’s point of view and I felt that the jumps back in time and then back to the present really represented his state of mind. It felt real to me, like I was right there with Adam as he dealt with all of this. Gayle’s prose, while simple and not overly complicated, is beautifully suited to convey the emotions these two young adults were feeling throughout these past three years. These characters are real and the emotions you feel with them are real and it’s a rare author that can bring that out in people.

If you haven’t read If I Stay I definitely recommend going  out right now and getting it, then immediately turn around and read Where She Went. You won’t be disappointed.

 


 
 

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Top Ten Books of 2010

In my time spent random searching the Internet I found out that over at The Broke and the Bookish this week’s Tuesday Top Ten was your “Top Ten Books of 2010”. I figured this was a perfect way to get myself into the world of blogging about books and get me ready to move into 2011!

The following is my list  of the top ten books I read in 2010. Most of these will be YA books as I recently completed by Children’s and Young Adult lit class for my masters program (I suppose an introductory post should have come first, but I’ll get to that next post).

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I started reading this book on a Friday night at my boyfriends and I did not put it down until it was over. Then I woke up Saturday morning and went straight to B&N for the next two books and read them until I finished the entire trilogy. I’m not even sure if I stopped to eat.

2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman. This book was both tragic and incredibly hopeful at the same time. There were tears streaming  down my face from almost the beginning of the book, which is saying something as I rarely cry when reading (non Holocaust stories at least).  This book offers a rare insight into what those close to a person go through as they watch their loved ones life hang in the balance between life and death.

3. American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I was apparently on a “Gods” streak this year as I seemed to be drawn to books with various Gods as a main them; Rick Riordian’s Percy Jackson series and his new book The Red Pyramid were others that captured my attention. Gaiman’s ability to entwine multiple plot lines with clever cultural critiques all the while maintaining fantastic character descriptions and an engaging narrative solidifies the fantasy/horror author’s place as one of the world’s best storytellers.

4. Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley. I first read this book when I was in middle or high school and somewhere along the way I’d lost my copy. So when I came across it while perusing Amazon I had to buy it again. This is retelling of the original Beauty and the Beast fairytale, yet McKinley’s story gives so much more depth to the characters. It’s worth a read even if you think you didn’t like the original story.

5. Rules by Cynthia Lord. It’s been a while since a book hit home the way that this one did. Lord’s portrayal of a family struggling to cope and a pre-teen pretending that everything is normal is dead on. It’s fascinating to watch Catherine want so badly for David to be a  normal brother yet she is still so aware, so protective and so careful of him. When this book was over I was left with a sense of longing, to know more and to watch Catherine and David grow up.

6. The Red Headed Princess by Ann Rinaldi. Told in first person perspective ( which I sometimes dislike, but it worked in this case) we see an Elizabeth who is far less calculating than history tends to remember her, yet ever mindful of her place in the line of succession. She is sometimes certain and sometimes unsure of herself, both torn between love for her family and the wish to be on the throne. Rinaldi portrays an Elizabeth who the reader’s find sympathetic and they cheer her on as she moves closer to becoming the great Queen history remembers her as.

7. Annexed by Sharon Dogar. The story of life in the Secret Annexe form the perspective of Peter van Pels. This telling enables the readers to see a different side to the people who inhabited the Annexe for so long. Though both story’s are told through the eyes on teenagers, there’s a longing in Peter’s voice that goes above an beyond Anne’s, as he’s lost his first love and he struggles with this fact every day.

8. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. I picked up this book simply cause I thought the cover looked cool and I had no expectations for it at all. And wow, am I glad I picked it up! This book was an exciting sci-fi/fantasy mashup that follows a unique group of aliens who have made Earth their home. It’s the start of a series and I’m anxious for the next book to be released. It’s also been made into a movie that releases in February, and from the look of the trailer it’s pretty close to the story.

9. Otto: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear by Tomi Ungerer. A beautiful story that follows the life of a teddy bear starting from his home in Germany with a boy named David. Otto experiences World War 2. This book provides a good opening for parents and teachers to discuss the Holocaust in age appropriate terms with their younger classes.

10. Hood by Stephen Lawhead. In this retellign of the Robin Hood Mythology Lawhead drops us deep into the Welsh Forest in 1093. When his father the King is murdered Bran’s kingdom turns over to the English and is he forced to become an outlaw in his own Kingdom. After a time of faith and healing in the woods Bran eventually finds himself leading a band of dauntless archers against the kingdom’s usurpers to take his kingdom back. In this story Robin Hood is born, along with Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, and Little John and the merry men!

Honorable Mentions:

Eighth Grade Bites (Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, Book 1) by Heather Brewer
Last Sacrifice
by Richelle Mead
Ascendant
by Diana Peterfreund
The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
The Time Traveler’s Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger

And now on to 2011! I’ve got an entire stack of books that are simply waiting for me to read them as I move into this new year. I’m really looking forward to reading them and can’t wait to share my reviews on the different books. If there’s anything in particular you think I should read please drop me a line and let me know, I’m always up for suggestions!

 

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