The Best 100 Teen Books

NPR (also known as National Public Radio) released an article today that highlights the best 100 teen novels of all time.

The Best Teen Novels of all Time

The list is based on the votes of over 70, cheapest 000 people, medicine most likely not all teens. Over the years, medical teen literature has become a title only. You find nowadays that more and more adults are enjoying teen literature.

Now, I love to read. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned that quite a few times. So imagine my shock when I realized I’ve only 45 out of the 100 books or series listed! I was actually pretty disappointed! How could I, whatanerdgirlsays, not have read so many of these novels!

Overall, I’m pretty happy with this list. It was voted on my readers so I feel like that is a good thing and a bad thing. The good is that they’re getting the results from the people who are actually reading these books. The bad news is that they’re getting it from the people who are reading these books and so a lot of the books on this list are very very recent and therefore may not actually deserve to be up there. I mean, I love Hunger Games, I do. They are fantastic books, but #2 on the best teen books EVER? That, I wouldn’t agree with.

However, there are a ton of my favorite books on there. The Harry Potter series takes the cake at #1, as it should. Tamora Pierce has three of her series on there: Song of the Lioness at 50, Trickster series at 83, The Immortals at 83 and Circle of Magic at 86. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings took 5 and 7, respectively.   Some of my favorite old school fantasies (and movie adaptations!), The Princess Bride (17) and Howl’s Moving Castle (36) made the list. Cassandra Clare’s series made it to 21 and 29, Divergent (19) and Delirium (52) were on the list. My girl Meg Cabot’s most famous series, The Princess Diaries, was in at 49 and my other queen of teen lit, Sarah Dessen, had four of her books in the top 100. And of course, many many more.

But the books that really caught my eye were the 55 books that I haven’t read. Now some of them, I’ve started and never finished (Leviathan, etc.) and some of them I just have no desire to read (cough, Anne of Green Gables, cough) but there are a TON of books on there that look really good that I haven’t even HEARD of before! So I love when lists like this come out because I can see how my favorites did and I can learn about new books that later become part of my favorites. One author that I’m seriously gravitating to John Green, who had a total of FIVE books on the list.

What do you all think of this list? Any books that you super love and that I should check out right away!? As always, let me know in the comments!

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P.S. Meg Cabot, yes, THE Meg Cabot, shared my previous blog post: How Meg Cabot Changed my Life on her official Heather Wells facebook page! Agh, so happy!

How Meg Cabot Changed My Life

Only a few weeks ago, case the latest of chick-lit queen Meg Cabot’s Heather Wells series came out: Size 12 and Ready to Rock. This the fourth book in the series and was extremely enjoyable.

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Now I’ve been reading Meg Cabot for quite a few years now. I first picked up a book from her twelve years ago, prostate when I was 12, and fell in love with her books. Most people know Meg Cabot as the writer as the ever so popular Princess Diaries series. She’s also the author of a ton of other series as well: the Airhead series, the 1-800-WHERE=R-U series, the Mediator series, and so many more. I have always enjoyed reading her books and anxiously wait for the releases of her new books. I literally am never disappointed.

The thing about Meg Cabot’s books is that they are hilarious. They literally make me laugh every single time. Most of her books are extreme and near-impossible situations. A teen girl finding out she’s a princess of a country and she didn’t know? Suze can talk to ghosts, Jess gets struck by lightning and is suddenly psychic, Em gets her brain transplanted into a supermodel’s body, Jean is a witch, Jen goes to a school with a famous movie star, the ruler of the Underworld falls in love with Pierce, and so on. But the best part about them is that normal teenage things are happening while these not so normal things happen around them. I was not a popular kid in high school, and I had awkward moment after awkward moment. I love reading these books because you can relate to these girls as they are teased and bullied and pine after crushes they never think they can get.

Now my favorite of Meg’s books are the Princess Diaries series, easily. But the ones that I have learned the most from are the Heather Wells series. The four books so far follow Heather Wells, who once upon a time was a pop princess, dating the lead singer of the most popular boy band. She had it all. Until she gained some weight, lost her recording contract, gets dumped by her boyfriend and her mother runs away with her manager and her money. She finds herself living in the upstairs floor at her ex’s brother’s brownstone in New York City, working a job as assistant dorm director at a New York university. Things are normal and fine until murders start happening around her dorm, hem, excuse me, residence hall.

When you get past the humor and the action and the fun of the novels, there are some lessons in these books. Heather used to have it all, the body, the fans, the boyfriend, everything. And now she’s heavier, working a job with not so many perks and pining away after her ex’s brother. But she seems okay, you know? She’s content with her life. She doesn’t hate her mom, or her ex. She is just living her life.

I’ve struggled most of my young adult life with my weight. In high school, I was overweight. When I graduated high school, I lost a ton of weight to the point where I was just under 100 pounds. Not attractive and probably not that healthy. But I thought I looked great. Then, slowly, within the last few years, I’ve gained a lot of weight back. It took a long time for me to come to terms with that. I was used to looking in the mirror and seeing a flat stomach and it was especially disappointing after losing all the weight in the first place. But Heather Wells helped me come to terms with it.

There is nothing wrong with being a size 12, which is what I am now, or a size 2, which is what I used to be. It doesn’t matter if you’re a size 8 or 14 or 22. It just doesn’t matter. What matters is being happy in the skin that you’re in. I may not be perfect size but I’m healthy and I’m happy with the way I am. Sure, I have days when I see girls smaller than me or I try to buy an article of clothing that just doesn’t look right and I get upset and can feel a little down. But the fact is, I’m a healthy girl. Sure, I like my sweets and junk food, but I don’t live off of it. I eat well, I take care of myself and I enjoy really good food and I don’t think that is a bad thing. I have a boyfriend who loves me and most days that I look in the mirror, I’m happy with what I see. But it took a lot to get there.

Not to mention the fact that she has been an amazing inspiration for myself as a writer. She makes me believe in myself, that I can become a writer, even if it takes awhile and even if I get a million no’s. My best friend once told me, after reading my novel, that she could tell that Meg Cabot was an inspiration of mine…that you could sometimes hear Meg Cabot’s voice in mine. I found this to be a huge compliment.

Every time I read one of Meg Cabot’s books, I am in love with the fact that these girls can accept who they are and be happy with how they look, especially Heather. I read these books and I think, I can do this too. I can have my cake and eat it too. I can enjoy good foods and still look cute. I can not kill myself with exercise but be happy with the way that I look. So whenever I’m having a bad day, I pick up a Meg Cabot book. They may not change the world and you most likely won’t be seeing them in high school English classes anytime soon. But ever since I was twelve years old, her books have been changing my life. Whenever I’m feeling down or blue and I need a pick-me-up, especially when I’m feeling down on myself, I pick up one of her books and suddenly, everything feels that much better.

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Doctor Who: New Trailer!

For those of you who follow me through email and saw the blog post where I just posted a url which you could not click on, sildenafil I apologize. Here is the REAL blog post!

The new Doctor Who trailer was released and for those of you who have not seen it, adiposity here it is!

I cannot wait to see this! I wish they would’ve shown a few shots of Jenna-Louise Coleman, who is playing the new companion once Amy and Rory have…exited. Even still, the trailer looks amazing and I’m not going to lie, that baby weeping angel that blew the candle out? Scared the crap out of me!

There is still no official release date. There was rumor of an August release date but now it’s seeming more like September. All anyone will say is “coming soon”! Well I hope its sooner rather than later!

What do you all think?

The Hobbit: Three Parts?

Today it was announced via the official Facebook page of Peter Jackson, treat director of the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy and the soon to be released prequel, The Hobbit, that the Hobbit was to become a three part movie instead of a two-parter.

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Please read below:

“It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran, Phil and I did just this when we watched for the first time an early cut of the first movie – and a large chunk of the second. We were really pleased with the way the story was coming together, in particular, the strength of the characters and the cast who have brought them to life.  All of which gave rise to a simple question: do we take this chance to tell more of the tale? And the answer from our perspective as the filmmakers, and as fans, was an unreserved ‘yes.’

We know how much of the story of Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf, the Dwarves of Erebor, the rise of the Necromancer, and the Battle of Dol Guldur will remain untold if we do not take this chance.  The richness of the story of The Hobbit, as well as some of the related material in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, allows us to tell the full story of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and the part he played in the sometimes dangerous, but at all times exciting, history of Middle-earth.

So, without further ado and on behalf of New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Wingnut Films, and the entire cast and crew of “The Hobbit” films, I’d like to announce that two films will become three.

It has been an unexpected journey indeed, and in the words of Professor Tolkien himself, ”a tale that grew in the telling.”

Cheers,

Peter J”

Now, I’m not one to condemn movies being split into parts. After all, I was very skeptic of the Deathly Hallows being split and now I’m super glad they did. They were able to capture so much of the book by splitting it in two and frankly, Deathly Hallows Part 2 is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. You don’t even want to see how I get while watching it…

Anyway, my point is that I can see the point of it…for the most part. I’m a little confused on splitting up Breaking Dawn, which I have read. Doesn’t seem like a good idea to me; there just isn’t much of a climax or big ending to necessitate a two part movie. Also, a little confused on a Mockingjay split? I guess the book is kind of long but there are definitely parts they can cut out to keep it from being a two-part. To me, it just seems to be a trend that we’re pushing to split movies and to perhaps make a little more money in the box office.

However, when I found out The Hobbit was to be a two-part movie, I understood. I didn’t exactly wave away the possibility at the filmmakers wanting to make a little extra cash but I could see the legitimacy of making two movies. That book is HUGE and there’s so much that goes on! I was completely fine with that.

Now with the announcement that there is going to be three? I’m a little wary now. Three movies for one book just seems to be a bit extreme and that first movie is going to have to be pretty awesome for me to really want to see those last two. The first installment is set to release in early December of this year, the second part to be released in early December of 2013 and the now announced third part to be released in the summer of 2014. This literally will be a year and a half’s experience and I’m just not sure what the true motivation is here.

What does everyone else think?

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A Hero Rises: the Dark Knight Rises Review

All right, more about you guys asked for it (not really) and I’m sure you’ve been anticipating it for over a week now (I highly doubt that) and I’m super proud to present (or just don’t really have anything else to write about), recipe my review and thoughts on the newest and last installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, capsule The Dark Knight Rises.

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Now, of course, as any nerd girl would, I went to the midnight showing of this movie. Due to some, hem, hem, difficulties before the show, I wound up getting to the movie at about 11:20, only forty minutes before it started. As I’m sure you could guess, I was lucky enough to sit in the very first row, gaining me not only the opportunity to watch the movie, but to live it as well. My nose was basically rubbing right against the movie screen.

But despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was worth sitting in the front row for (though I can’t wait to go back and view in a more enjoyable seating spot) and it was definitely worth only getting two hours of sleep for, as I worked at 7 a.m. the next day.

Just picture it: three hours of non-stop drama and action. I’ve watched plenty of 3 to 4 hour movies in my lifetime and there haven’t been many where I feel riveted and glued to the screen the whole time. The Dark Knight Rises definitely did that.

The movie picks off eight years after the end of Dark Knight. Batman has been underground ever since he decided to take the blame for Harvey Dent’s “murder”. Crime is basically nonexistent in Gotham City, Commissioner Gordon is bored as hell and Bruce Wayne has locked himself up in his gigantic manor house. That is until Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman, sneaks into his house to allegedly steal pearls, but, in fact, is stealing his fingerprints…and this all eventually leads to Bane. Bane literally causes such havoc in Gotham City, he shuts the entire city off from the world.

Now, the things I liked about this movie (I could go on and on but I’m going to narrow it down to a few):

1. Bruce Wayne’s comeback as Batman. To me, it was believable. He didn’t jump into the suit and start being epic and awesome again. It’s been eight years. He’s literally become a hermit, and let’s face it, he’s getting up there in years. It’s not easy to beat up the bad guys, especially strong and powerful ones like Bane. I like that he had to make that journey again to become the Batman, that he had to overcome obstacles and believe in himself again, and rediscover himself. Loved it

2. Joseph Gordon Levitt as John Blake (SPOILER: Robin John Blake). Joseph Gordon Levitt has only gotten better with age, both in talent as an actor and in looks. He is a fantastic supporting character, taking on the role of detective and holding on to that strong strong belief in Batman and what he stands for. And his belief in justice, its just so strong, he continues to fight for Gotham City even while all hope seems lost. And come on, the guy has grown up so well. He looks damn good, and he was definitely my nerd girl eye candy in this movie.

3. I LOVE Anne Hathaway, I think she’s a fantastic actress and beautiful in a way that makes you look twice. She doesn’t immediately come to mind when it comes to “hot” girls, like Megan Fox or Scarlett Johanssen, etc. Until this movie. She exudes sexiness and fierceness and intelligence and she is simply badass in this movie.

4. The ending. I’m not going to reveal it for those who have not yet watched this movie. (You haven’t watched this movie? Seriously, you need to get your ass to a movie theater right now. Close the laptop. Seriously, close it. Go. Now). I loved the ending. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before in my blogs, but I hate happy endings. Okay, I don’t hate them but I find them to be extremely unrealistic and believable. I love endings that have a bit of happiness in them, definitely, but I like that ending where you know things were bad and people have died. Because instead of left feeling like you just watched a Disney movie, you leave feeling literally like you got clubbed over the head, but you also leave with hope, that even though things were bad and horrible things have happened, its going to get better.

Now, things I didn’t like so much:

1. Bane’s voice. For two reasons. One, it was kind of weird for a bad guy, at first anyway. I eventually got over it. It isn’t what you would think a bad guy should sound like but as the movie went on and Bane got more and more terrifying and evil, the more his voice started to creep me out. The second reason, it was extremely hard to understand. I’m the sort of girl who needs subtitles when I watch TV shows and movies, even if I’ve already seen it a million times. So it was really difficult for me to understand. From what I’ve heard though, Christopher Nolan had already heard these complaints before and has stated firmly that this was never going to change and that he had this done purposefully. So I accept it because Nolan is awesome.

2. Okay, (SPOILER ALERT, Continue to #3 if you would not like this movie ruined), I guessed pretty early on that John Blake (Levitt) was Robin. It was so obvious. He was badass, he was an orphan the same as Batman, etc. I loved that part and I loved the end, with Levitt going into the Batcave. Oh my Rowling, I loved that part. The part that ticked me off was that his name was Robin John Blake. Seriously? You couldn’t have named him Dick Grayson, or even the less obvious ones like Tim Drake or Jason Todd? I guess that would’ve been too obvious for Batman fans (or even people like me who know enough about Batman to know who Robin is!) and just not obvious enough for those who don’t know Batman. I know it’s so petty haha but I would have liked Blake to be named Dick Grayson, the very first Robin.

3. The tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. As I’m sure most people are aware of what occurred during a midnight show of Dark Knight Rises, I won’t go into detail. What I will say is this: such a terrible act should never have to happen and it is appalling to me. As a nerd girl, I am obsessed with many fandoms and often wish they could be real. However, I am aware that these aren’t real and can separate that fantasy from reality. My thoughts are with those in Aurora, Colorado.

In the end, this movie was fantastic, and an epic way to end what I feel is definitely the best Batman movies ever made. Nolan’s trilogy will be remembered for years. I urge everyone who has not seen it to go see it and I urge those who have seen it to see it again, as I’m definitely going to.

And I also want to send much love, and praise and hugs and admiration to Christian Bale for going to visit the victims of the Colorado shooting, not as a publicity stunt or any of that, but as a superhero, a hero just as big as the one he plays on the big screen.

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What did you think of the last Batman installment? As always, leave it in the comments. I do ask that you leave the spoilers to a minimum, or if you do, please post “SPOILER” or something of that nature to warn those readers who haven’t had the chance to enjoy the movie just yet.

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Okay, one last little side note: Gary Oldman, Commissioner Gordon? The guy seriously only gets more and more sexy as he gets older. I’ve had a crush on him since he became Sirius Black, one of my favorite characters in Harry Potter, and I definitely love that I get to enjoy his talent and his deliciousness in this installment once more. Okay, I’m done. :)

30-Day Book Challenge-Day Three

**Please note that all of these Book Challenge posts will have Spoilers!**

 

Day 03-The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

I am sure that I have read more books in the last twelve months but I read so much, order its hard to remember. This is the first one that pops out in my head so it must be the best I’ve read in the last year haha.

Basic Plot: The story is of our country in the future after, of course, things have gotten out of hand and we’ve had to rebuild our society. The society is divided into five factions: each faction represents a virtue that is necessary for having a stable society: Abnegation (selflessness), Erudite (intelligence), Dauntless (courage/fearlessness), Candor (honesty) and Amity (peaceful). While living in that faction, you embrace everything that it is. Beatrice Prior is born into the Abnegation faction, but when she takes her test to determine what faction she should belong in, she learns that she is what is called divergent, able to fit into multiple factions. When she chooses Dauntless, she begins to learn more about herself, people in general and the society she lives in.

The Awesomeness: Beatrice, who renames herself Tris when she reaches Dauntless, is a fantastic character. She’s been living in Abnegation her whole life, and yet she doesn’t feel she belongs. She’s too curious and unable to keep up the selflessness ways. Then she gets to Dauntless and eventually blooms. It’s really fun to watch her do so because she isn’t used to even touching people and now she has to hit them. Her relationship with Four is interesting to watch too because it’s not like most romances in novels. Tris has barely touched other people her whole life, has barely expressed any affection and so her interactions with Four are so real and so exciting for the reader.

Why it Fits this Category: I would say this is the best book I’ve read in the last year because of how fast I read it and how much I liked it. I immediately read the second installment, Insurgent, the next day. I liked the dystopian element to it, it was very similar to Hunger Games, but I liked Tris’ attitude and courage. I love how determined she is to stay in Dauntless and how her relationship with Four unfolds.