The Verdict is In on YA Literature v. Intellectual Snobs

Posted in Uncategorized on August 2, 2014 by tomupton33

Originally posted on The 100 Greatest Books Challenge:

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Over here at “The 100 Greatest Books Challenge,” we love all books. (By “we,” I really mean me, all by my lonely self—”we” just sounds cooler, like there’s a whole professional task-force taking shifts on a 24/7 Classic Literature reading schedule.)

At least, I love all kinds of books. And while there are particular titles that I predict will never make it onto my reading list (East of Eden comes to mind; also Twilight, the eye roll heard ’round the world), there’s no genre or style or author I would outright refuse to read. I don’t have any sweeping literary prejudices equivalent to some people’s generalized hostility toward, say, country music.

Other readers, apparently, do—and they’re entitled to their opinion, like all of us. But the line between “having an opinion” and “declaring yours is the only acceptable opinion” is not so fine that it’s invisible, and it’s across this…

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Stock Your Shelves: August Releases

Posted in Uncategorized on August 2, 2014 by tomupton33

Originally posted on :

Somehow it’s August already, even though it feels like I was only just making the July release list! There are so. many. books. this month, so this Stock Your Shelves is going to be just some of the highlights: a mix of nonfiction, YA, literary fiction, and historical fiction. So here you are, some of my most anticipated books this August, since there’s no way to include EVERYTHING I’m excited to see this month!


Bad Feminist: Essaysby Roxane Gay (August 5) A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

Looking For Jack Kerouacby Barbara Shoup (August 12) In 1964, Paul Carpetti discovers Jack Kerouac’s On the Road while on a school trip to New York and begins to question the life he faces after high school. Then he meets a volatile, charismatic Kerouac devotee determined to hit…

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She Is Not Invisible- by Marcus Sedgwick

Posted in Uncategorized on July 10, 2014 by tomupton33

Originally posted on Bekah's Bookmark:


Title: She Is Not Invisible

Author: Marcus Sedgwick

Rating: 8.5/10 (What this means)

Publication: 2013

Recommendation: Yes- Read it!

My Reading Method: April 2014 Hardcover

From Goodreads:

“Laureth Peak’s father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers–a skill at which she’s remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness. She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.”


First of all, thank you to Macmillan/ Roaring Book Press for my freebie. I…

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“At the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit. And that center is really everywhere. It is within each of us.” ~ Nicholas Black Elk

Posted in Uncategorized on June 16, 2014 by tomupton33

Originally posted on Under The Blue Door:

Art by Kai Whatley

Art by Kai Whatley

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Posted in Uncategorized on June 14, 2014 by tomupton33

Originally posted on Laura's Lens:

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“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”

Mother Teresa

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Book Review: The Drowned Cities

Posted in Uncategorized on June 14, 2014 by tomupton33

Originally posted on Geek Girl Confidential:

The Drowned Cities

The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi (Ship Breaker #2)
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian
Paolo Bacigalupi: Site | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Ship Breaker, Bacigalupi’s first young adult novel, was a Michael L. Printz Award winner, a National Book Award finalist, and a Locus Award winner.

The Drowned Cities, while second in the Ship Breaker series, is not a continuation of the first story, rather a new story in the same dystopian world that focuses on two teenage survivors.  If you haven’t read Ship Breaker don’t be dissuaded from picking this up, it works perfectly as a stand-alone.

“In the dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover…

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Quote Worth Repeating: Jack Kerouac

Posted in Uncategorized on June 11, 2014 by tomupton33

Originally posted on An Artist of Change:


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