Thoughts on Thursday: Favorite Literary Friendships


Favorite Literary Friendships

We read about characters on an almost daily basis. We read some phenomenal books each year. A couple months ago I talked about the trend of book boyfriends (y’all, I still don’t quite get it, Jamie Fraser all the way) and then I saw Nicole’s post about some of her favorite friendships in books.

I started thinking about how I don’t think about the friendships I read in books. I mean, yes, while I’m reading an idea will pop into my mind, but most times after I finish a book I don’t dwell or analyze the friendships between characters.

Why? Why is that not an important thing for me to focus on? Friendships are important. Being a middle school teacher, I see horrible examples of “friendship” every day, and I have had to have conversations with students about what friendship should and shouldn’t look like. This is one of the most popular themes in middle grades books because middle grades students need these examples, but they show up in all genres for all age groups. We like having friends.

Nicole’s post got me to thinking. A lot of thinking, way back to all the books I can remember. It was a bit of a strain, but I tried to remember as many of the all-stars of friendships I’ve read about over my 20ish years.

Laura Ingalls Wilder and Nellie Oleson – Little House series 

Laura and Nellie started out as enemies and end up as friends along the way. Their shenanigans and competitive spirit were the foundation of their friendship.

Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield – Sweet Valley High series 

Even though Elizabeth and Jessica are twin sisters, they also share more than just their biological bond. They were also good friends and were an example to me of what siblings’ friendships could be.

Jacky and Jamie – Bloody Jack series 

Jamie comes from a well-to-do British family and Jacky is nothing other than a guttersnipe orphan who turns into the most notorious pirate that thwarts the British Navy. Even after the shocking discovery of Jacky’s true identity, Jamie never wavers from her side. They may be separated by an ocean, but he would follow her to the ends of the earth and it was because they started as wonderful friends.

Harry, Ron and Hermione – Harry Potter series

I don’t think I really need to explain this. However, I was very angry at Ron for the longest time when he acted like an ass. Hermione also got into my bad graces but she always quickly redeemed herself, and even Harry himself pissed me off on more than three occasions. At the end of the wand, though, the three still remain steadfast friends who support and care for one another.

Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer 

Huck and Tom have a unique friendship. Tom is a romantic at heart, but Huck is a realist. He is scrappy and a survivor. Despite Tom’s foolhardy plans that always wind them up in trouble, Huck is his friend through thick and thin.

Pudge, the Colonel and Alaska – Looking for Alaska

These three have an incredible bond formed at boarding school, and it is Pudge and the Colonel’s dedication to Alaska that leads them chasing down the ghosts of her past. I would definitely want a friend like Pudge.

Amy and Ty – Heartland series 

Through all the things  that Amy and Ty celebrate and suffer through, they are friends through and through. No matter where their relationship takes them, at the end of the day they are still there for one another.

Greg and Rowley – Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

Greg isn’t always the best of friends. He gets jealous, but he learns his lessons. Rowley is the best of childhood friends and Greg comes around to understanding the importance of his friendship.



What are some of your favorite friendships?

What are some bad examples of friendship?

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit


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Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit

  1. I have quit buying books for my classroom library. An entire shelf of books did not make their way back last year. I have spent almost $1,000 on books, including dropping $500 my first year at to support our school’s book fair. I am done buying books to be stolen.
  2. I need to quit putting off finishing A Fiery Cross (and Gone With the Wind). I have been “reading” these two since I was still in college, about halfway through.
  3. I also need to quit putting off reading my physical books. I need to make that TBR jar.
  4. I have quit lending my books to people. I don’t care if it makes me look mean. I’m tired of not getting them back.
  5. I need to quit going on downloading sprees for e-books, whether it’s the Amazon freebies or NetGalley. NetGalley is my nemesis.
  6. I have quit reading dystopian YA…and I don’t think I’m going back.
  7. I need to quit lusting after covers. Cover love gets the best of me.
  8. I have quit having anxiety over DNFing a book. I’m not saying I’m a DNFing fool, but I have definitely stepped up this year and told myself to move on.
  9. I think I have abandoned ever finishing the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. I don’t even know how many more books have been published since I stopped buying them.
  10. I have quit procrastinating when I’m not feeling like working on the blog. I try to do at least one or two productive things.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books To Read If You Like Childhood Adventures


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Ten Books To Read If You Like Childhood Adventures

Hobart Hucklebuck

cover1000Things are not as they should be in Pennywhistle. Enchanted toasters are not toasting, enchanted sprinklers are not sprinkling and Hobart Hucklebuck’s origami messenger birds are suddenly attacking him. Someone seems to be draining the power from all of the enchanted items in the village. But who could it be and why have they implicated Hobart’s grandfather? The trio’s investigation into the mysterious happenings on Druid Lane gets them into hot water more than once and ultimately brings them dangerously close to disaster not only for themselves, but the entire village of Pennywhistle. Hobart Hucklebuck and his friends must find a way to save – or rescue – his grandfather.

The Land of Stories

11607446I have only read the first book in the series, but I own the next two and plan to read them soon. The Land of Stories tells tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.  The classic and beloved fairy tales we grew up with are speckled with interesting quirks and some very interesting twists.

Book 1 – The Wishing Spell

Book 2 – The Enchantress Returns

Book 3 – A Grimm Warning

Book 4 – Beyond the Kingdoms

Kibble Talk

Every once in a while there’s a book that resounds with you long after you’ve turned the last page. Kibble Talk was a story that was very eye opening for me as a reader, as a child and as a pet owner. It made me think of things in a different light, especially my pet. Tawny discovers she can communicate with her Great Dane, Dinky. Dinky explains to Tawny that his fondest wish is to be a tiny lap dog and Tawny promises to help him become one. From helicopters to the five o’clock news, Tawny soon finds out what it means to make a promise to a friend. Along the way, her parents can’t help but question her sanity and her best friend Jenny turns into her worst enemy. Kibble Talk is a heartwarming and funny story. I laughed aloud many times. 🙂

Frankie Dupont

I have read the first two books in the series and I adore them both. Frankie is not your typical boy, but he is determined to hunt down his leads and solve the mysteries. As the series goes along, he starts picking up others into his entourage and I liked seeing him grow in positive ways with these other characters.

Book 1 – Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor

Book 2 – Frankie Dupont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco

Book 3 – Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabatoge

Book 4 – Frankie Dupont and the High Seas Hiest

Maisy and the Missing Mice

Maisy is a lot like Frankie Dupont, except she operates alone. Soley alone. And she takes payment in cherry lollipops. Unfortunately for Maisy, she is hot on the trail but her nosing around in this business starts to become a dangerous path for Maisy. Like Frankie, she’s not giving up. She has to outsmart the thief and find the school’s missing mice.

Book 1 – Maisy and the Missing Mice

Book 2 – Maisy and the Money Marauder

Super Cowboy Rides

Such a sweet, fun boy! Six-year-old Tommy Johnson is Super Cowboy and Super Story-teller.Want to build a box to capture wild cats that roam the farm? How about tips on catching a greased pig at the fair, or teaching a stubborn lamb to avoid being trampled by angry milk cows? From the first paragraph, when Tommy explains why a boy needs a dog for a pet instead of a cat, he never ceases to turn a situation into a humorous one. His days at home are all fun and games, until his brothers leave him in the lurch for something, but then he goes to school. And everything changes for Tommy in Super Cowboy Rides.

Deadly Delicious 

Josephine wants to be a regular girl, but her lineage brings fine dining and Creole soul food…laced with voodoo. There is a secret ingredient, of course, which is why it is Deadly Delicious. Josephine comes from a long line of conjure witches with spellbinding culinary skills. Despite her reputation for ruin when it comes to cooking and magic, Josephine discovers she’s the most wanted witch. She decides to delve into a little conjure, nothing major, just the usual recipes for undying friendship and revenge. Everything’s going good until the people of Paris start turning into zombies with a strange fondness for cake.

Prince Iggy

Prince-Iggy-and-the-Tower-of-DecisionsAll Iggy Rose wants is for the kids at the Naysayer Academy to like him. Instead, he gets teased and taunted. Every day, he eats alone in the cafeteria and gets beaten up after school on the playground. But when a cruel prank leads to Iggy’s escape from the academy, a wild, unimaginable adventure begins. Why is King Naysayer offering a hefty reward for Iggy’s capture? When Iggy joins forces with an eclectic cast of characters, he discovers the answer. But before he can escape from the kingdom of Naysayer, Iggy must first reclaim what is rightfully his.

In the second book, Iggy sets off with the Rose Kingdom subjects, meets the deceitful Rose Star and must enter the Tower of Decisions and come out on the other side to be ruler of the Rose Kingdom.

Book 1 – Prince Iggy and the Kingdom of Naysayer

Book 2 – Prince Iggy and the Tower of Decisions

Broken Branch Falls

Doing homework for bully ogres and getting laughed at as the butt of pixie pranks, Gabe is tired of his goblin life. When he and his friends step out of their nerdy stereotype and pull a prank of their own on the dragons at the first football game, it literally backfires, bringing a High Council vote to dismantle not only Gingko High, but the whole town, too!

The Book of Ages–hidden handbook of the High Council, filled with knowledge and power–may be Gabe’s only hope. With the help of friends old and new, can Gabe complete his quest to find the Book in time to save Broken Branch Falls? Or will he remain an outcast forever?

Relics of Mysticus

The Serpent's Ring (Relics of Mysticus, #1)I have read all three in the Relics of Mysticus series and I LOVED the books. Another sibling duo, Evan and Claire, find adventure and trouble in a magical land. The overarching story that they discover is woven within the three books in an incredible way, and the writing is wonderful. The author did an incredible job with the world building and it the first book is based loosely on Norse mythology. The journey continues in the second book with Native American culture and the final book is based on Arthurian legend.

Book 1 – The Serpent’s Ring

Books 2 – The Trickster’s Totem

Book 3 – The Dragon’s Egg

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR


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Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

You guys know I’m not one for keeping up with the soon-to-be released lists, so these are all books I already own that I want  to get read to finish out my challenges for the year.

Season of Salt and Honey

Francesca ‘Frankie’ Caputo has it all figured out. She’s finally going to marry the man she loves and then they will live happily ever after. But when a freak accident cuts her fiancé Alex’s life tragically short, all of Frankie’s future plans suddenly disintegrate.

Drowning in grief, Frankie flees from her overbearing Italian-American family, and escapes to an abandoned cabin owned by Alex’s parents in a remote part of Washington forest.

As her heart slowly begins to heal, Frankie discovers a freedom that’s both exhilarating and unsettling to everything she has always known for sure. So when her old life comes crashing back in, Frankie must decide: will she slip quietly back into her safe, former existence? Or will a stronger, wiser Frankie Caputo stand up and claim her new life?

 Cactus Rose

Rosie Saladay needs to get married—fast. The young widow needs help to protect her late husband’s ranch, but no decent woman can live alone with a hired hand. With the wealthy Wesley Morris making a play for her land, Rosie needs a husband or she risks losing everything. So she hangs a sign at the local saloon: “Husband wanted. Apply inside. No conjugal rights.”

Delmar Grant is a sucker for a damsel in distress, and even with Rosie’s restrictions on “boots under her bed” stated firmly in black and white, something about the lovely widow’s plea leaves him unable to turn away her proposal of marriage.

Though neither planned on falling in love, passion ignites between the unlikely couple. But their buried secrets—and enemies with both greed and a grudge—threaten to tear them apart. They’ll discover this marriage of convenience may cost them more than they could have ever bargained for.

Lessons I Never Learned at Meadowbrook Academy

It’s the first day of sophomore year for Roberta Romano, but instead of the comfort of her local high school, she’s been thrust into the elitist embrace of the affluent Meadowbrook Academy.

Surrounded by wealth, Roberta battles her own insecurities, as well as evil teachers and mean girls, to prove her worth and maybe land the boy of her dreams. With the help of two unlikely allies — ​and an inflatable toy raft — ​Robert embarks upon a journey of dark secrets and self-discovery to learn the true meaning of friendship and acceptance.

 Not A Whisper

When Cherie Marshall catches her fiancé and best friend in a compromising position, she cancels her upcoming wedding and jumps at the chance to escape to quiet Klondike, Pennsylvania to care for her elderly aunt. She thought her biggest issue would be adapting to life in the middle of a National Forest, so very different from her upbringing in the deserts of Arizona.

But that was before she met State Trooper Fire Marshall Jamison “Jazz” Maddox at the scene of a mysterious fire. As they both become acquainted with the close-knit Klondike residents, things get complicated as Cherie and Jazz find themselves in the middle of a local crime wave where arson, kidnapping, embezzlement and a decades old murder are just the tip of the iceberg.

 French Roast

Small-town biz wiz Jill Hale has been in love with her childhood best friend Brian McConnell for as long as she can remember. A falling out led to years of estrangement, but when Brian returns to Dare Valley after trying to make it big as a chef in New York City, Jill’s determined to make amends. She’s convinced that starting a restaurant together will be the perfect win-win situation, allowing her and Brian to work together and play together. After a series of missteps sliced and diced Brian’s career in the Big Apple, he came home to regroup and find himself. He’s convinced that reestablishing his connection with Jill, the girl who got away, will put his life back on track. And when she approaches him with her plan for going into business together, he’s certain it’s the one way he can have it all-his dream job and his dream girl. Jill and Brian are falling for each other all over again when Brian’s ex sashays into town, intent on sabotaging their reunion. Add in a mysterious investor who’s determined to get Jill on board with his project, and the bond between the couple is tested to the limit. Will their second chance at love implode, or will they find their own recipe for a happy ending?

 The Blakely Affair

The Blakely Affair is the introduction of Alfred Fenchurch and his partner, Adam Cowley, as they investigate the death of the Dowager Baroness Anglemere and the theft of her fabulous diamonds. Who did it? Jane the maid, James the houseman, Cook, Samuel the one time stage-hand, Doctor Fulke or the Dowager’s daughter, Theophilia or perhaps it was her husband, William Dorchester. Nothing is quite what it seems.



 The Eyes of the Heart

Set in a small Mississippi town during the heart of the Civil Rights era, The Eyes of the Heart is a story about forgiveness, love, fear and hate. It is also a story about Edith Holden, a young woman living in the deep south who finds herself unwillingly confronted with racism, social injustice and her love for a man she is unsure she will ever have.



 His Grandfather’s Watch

It was just an ordinary day for Alex Harper at Harper’s Antiquities, until Callum Winters walked in with a watch.

“It was my Grandfather’s. I was hoping you could tell me something about it.”

A love story of two couples, generations apart.


 The Shop on Main

Sometimes, doing the right thing backfires…

Bella Amaud is desperate when she learns her business and the home she lives in with her two boys is about to be whisked out from under her. As she scrambles to maintain her fragile financial security and independence, she fears she may lose more than just The Shop on Main and her home.

Nothing is working out like Bella planned–she finds out the man she is falling for, Owen Campbell, is the businessman at the center of all her problems.

Owen has secretly longed to belong–somewhere–anywhere–his whole life. When he decides to give his long-lost brother, Jake, back his birthright, he unknowingly thwarts his briefly held hope of a place where he can put down roots and a family he longs for.

Nothing is working out like Owen planned–neither Bella nor Jake wants anything to do with him.

 Whiskey Beach

For more than three hundred years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore – and its secrets.

To summer tourists, it’s the crown jewel of the town’s stunning scenery. To the residents of Whiskey Beach, it’s landmark and legend. To Eli Landon, it’s home…

A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigation after being accused of murdering his soon-to-be ex-wife. And though there was never enough evidence to have him arrested, his reputation is in tatters as well as his soul. He need sanctuary. He needs Bluff House.

While Eli’s beloved grandmother is in Boston, recuperating from a nasty fall, Abra Walsh has card for Bluff House, among her other jobs as yoga instructor, jewelry maker, and massage therapist. She is a woman with an open heart and a wide embrace, and no one is safe from her special, some would say over-bearing, brand of nurturing – including Eli.

He begins to count on Abra for far more than her cooking, cleaning, and massage skills, and starts to feel less like a victim – and more like the kind of man who can finally solve the murder of his wife and clear his name. But Bluff House’s many mysteries are a siren song to someone intent on destroying Eli and reaping the rewards. He and Abra will become entangled in a centuries-old net of rumors and half-truths that could pull them under the thunderous waters of Whiskey Beach…

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish


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Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish


Y’all! Don’t panic. September is for Sequels! That’s right, a read-a-thon just for sequels! Lisa Loves Literature is hosting for the fourth year, so go sign up!  You could knock a few of these books in today’s post off your list!

This is a difficult topic for me for two reasons: I try to stay away from series and as such half the time I don’t know if what I’m reading is a series until after I’ve started it…or if it’s a finished series.

Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

There were 12 books published before Meyer’s death last August. I now own all the books but have only read the first eight.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I still have not read the last book. I have it! I just haven’t gotten to it.

The Lockwood Legacy by Juliette Harper

I have read the first three books in the series. I haven’t read the final book or the novella.

The Arboretti Family by Michele Jaffe

I’ve read one of the books in the series. I have the others on ebook that I am planning on reading sometime soon…as in, before Christmas.

Book of the Order by Philippa Ballantine

I’ve read the first three books in the series. I only need to read the final book.

Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

I just recently discovered this series. I listened to the first book on audio.

Hayle Coven by Patti Larsen

There are 20 books in the series, so I am assuming it is finished. I recently read the first book in the series.

Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka

These are books I read with my intervention students at school. We have only read two out of the series.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

I have only read the first book in the series, but I own the final book.

The Stanislaskis by Nora Roberts

I’ve read a spattering of the books about the Stanislaskis, but not all of them.

Top Ten Tuesday: We Did Not Click


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We Did Not Click

Most of the characters are meant to be the antagonists, but some of them are main characters or a very important secondary character.

Sitis, Job’s Wife 

I abhorred Sitis in Love Amid the Ashes. Sitis was an Ischmaelite princess – and worshiped the idols instead of God. In many ways she is portrayed as an extremely selfish woman, so it was hard for me to accept her love for her husband as real. A person that selfish couldn’t possibly love somebody else. Several characters kept pointing out that Job’s downfall was his punishment from taking Dinah into his household, but the entire time I kept thinking about the actions of his wife, which toward the very end of the book is called to attention. This was a book I read for my diverse reads last year.


I wanted to love this book so much, but I honestly think a lot of my issues with the book were the author’s voice and perhaps lack of a development editor. This was another book I read for my diverse reads last year. Seeing a pattern here? This was the first book I reviewed for a tour that I posted outside of the tour because of my review. Yefon is the main character in Yefon: The Red Necklace. Yefon is the second daughter of the first wife in her compound in Cameroon. Yefon did not endear herself to me at all with her voice.


This was a novella, and as such I think it was also lacking in a development editor because Leah’s character in Just Desserts is an absolute waste of a character. Her fiancé is forcing her to give up her career that she has worked so very hard for, as well as saddling her with planning an extravagant and perfect wedding. Leah is supposed to be struggling with these decisions, but it isn’t really a struggle because she just her fiancé tell her how it’s going to be and does as he says. She lets him run all over her, not even asserting her wants or needs as a partner. There’s no real resistance from Leah, no true realization or growth from her character throughout the entire novella.

Vespian, the tutor

Vespian Jones. He even has an evil sounding name. Vespian is the tutor of the MC’s brother in This Crumbling Pageant. Growing up Vespian was vehement in his refusal to allow Persephone access to education in his classroom. Horrible rumors abound about Persephone stealing her twin’s magic in the womb, and she has such an incredible power no one knows how to handle it. Vespian wields a power similar to hers and is threatening to use this against her beloved society and the throne of the Magi. Except no one believes her, leaving her no choice but to take matters in her own hands when thrown in his way.


Ryan is the head honcho, let there be no mistake. He gets his strength from maintaining a manipulative, controlling, abusive relationship over Lucy. Ryan is a pretty, rich boy who takes an instant liking to Lucy, but things soon start becoming too much when Lucy is Shackled. This is a very good book to use to teach young ladies about manipulative and abusive relationships.

Whitney Wallace

Whitney from The Amazing Adventures and Unbelievable Family History of Whitney Wallace is literally bored with everything. Her family is so boring. Her house is so boring. Oh, it’s snowing? BORING. She ignores her family’s prompts to come outside and play in the snow, because they have been snowed in and that is SO boring. Whitney’s character got on my last nerve. She is so blasé about everything. This to me is the mark of a spoiled brat, but she just annoyed me.

Aunt Masterson & Mrs. Smythe

Clarissa is constantly subjected to the rumor mill and gossips of society – including her very own stepmother, who is stirring that roiling pot (nd simpering to her father when confronted with her own wrongdoings) at the prompting of Gabe’s Aunt Masterson, an evil, vile woman who appears more fully in Love’s First Flames. The pair go too far in trying to cement Mrs. Smythe’s hold in the upper echelon of society and all but ensures that Clarissa will be forced to marry Cameron, or suffer untold ruin. You can read all about the two ignoramuses in Banished Love, Reclaimed Love and Undaunted Love.


Eleanor is left caring for her mother, and serves only as the living reminder of what her family lost. I felt such sadness for Eleanor. I don’t know what it’s like being a twin, but I do know what it’s like living in the shadow of a sibling because of death. It’s a very hard thing to endure and cope, and impacts the grieving process. She disappears frequently, and travels to another world, but time doesn’t stop in the real world. This becomes Eleanor’s MO for the next several years. Despite having an honest connection with Eleanor, her character and the plot confused me and pushed me away from the potential she could have been.

Blake, friend of Alex

Blake is not a good friend in Lost on the Edge of Forever. In fact, throughout most of the novel I constantly wanted Alex to just blow up on him and end their semblance of a friendship. Blake is so mean to Alex: Blake is a somebody, and Alex is a nobody. (Enter Alex’s self-confidence issues.) At the same time, Blake redeemed himself a little in my eyes. Not much, but a little. I don’t understand him or how he works, and that is one thing that is never explained throughout the book, which did bug me. If I could get that insight into him – the reason he was the way he was – I think I could have handled him a little better.

The Bully

I can’t reveal his name for giving away some of the story of Super Cowboy Rides. Tommy can’t read, everyone calls him dumb, and he’s picked on each day by the schoolyard gang. Tommy also loses on of his best friends, hurt purposefully by the bully. How can a parent even let their child get away with what the bully’s parents let him do?! OMG. Despite all of the wrongdoings Tommy experiences at the hand of the school bully and his gang, Tommy finds a way to incorporate them into the new schoolyard way. He shows compassion and doesn’t let his anger and resentment stand in the way.

Ivy and Arianne Munroviel

Hearts in Exile is a very apt title. The hard High Priestess mother puts her own daughter put on trial for saving Igrorio with her newly found Spark from Mother Inessa. She has a sister that would just as soon stab her in the chest to get what she wants…and essentially, that happens in the novel. Ivy and Arianne Munroviel tell all that Loralee is dead. How much more cruel can you be?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Nine Fellow Bookworm Characters


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Top Nine Fellow Bookworm Characters

I struggled finding material for this topic! As much as we love to read, it was hard to find books featuring bookwormy characters.

from Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson

Kaitlin Malone

The first day of school – in a hated Crutchfield school, built on Crutchfield land – her mother prompts her to not spend all of her free time with her nose stuck in her journal. She’s not a reader bookworm, but she’s a writer bookworm, and it grates on her younger sister’s nerves as they both start a new school year (Kaitlin’s senior year) under the guise of their mother’s maiden names so as not to draw unwanted attention. Being a Malone in the Crutchfield world is just asking for a death sentence.

“I have no intention of keeping an eye on you. I have better things to do.”

“Like what? Scribble in your stupid journal? I don’t want the whole world to think my sister is some kind of loser.”

“Well, I certainly would’t want to damage your reputation by acting halfway literate – oh, excuse me. That’s too big of a word for you to understand, isn’t it?”

from Perfect by Judith McNaught

Julie Mathison

Julie was showered with love and devotion by her adopted family, and she is set to doing the same thing with the young children that enter her classroom each year. She is a respected teacher in her small Texas town, and she passionately lived her ideals. She is constantly thinking and riddling things out in her mind – especially after being abducted by a convicted murderer.

Julie is smart – very smart – but she is also naive with a heart left wide open. Never a good mix. Julie uses something she learned during some plotting of her own. She didn’t want to leave a trace of behind for the police to get their hands on: instead of writing a very telling note on a writing tablet, which would leave imprints of her note on the subsequent pages to be found by someone else after she ripped off the top page, she takes the entire tablet with her. Smart, no?

from The Road to Memphis by Mildred D. Taylor

Cassie Logan

Seventeen year-old Cassie is preparing for her dreams of college and law school. She’s reading books most don’t until they are in law school, and only then because it’s required. She is serious about her schooling and everyone knows it, especially her friend Moe, who wants nothing more than to help her achieve her dream. Everyone knows Cassie is going somewhere, and I think that adds a layer of pressure to her life, but she’s determined to go to school, learn, and get a degree.

from Land of a Hundred Wonders by Lesley Kagen

 Gibby McGraw

Gibby McGraw is brain damaged after a tragic car accident that took both her parents. Gibby is now NQR (Not Quite Right), a real challenge for a fledgling newspaper reporter. Especially when she stumbles upon the dead body of the next governor of Kentucky, Buster Malloy. Armed with her trusty blue spiral note-book, Gibby figures that solving the murder might be her best chance to prove to everyone that she can become Quite Right again. She’s about to discover that some things are far more important than all the brains in the world.

from A Time for Everything by Mysti Parker

 Portia McAllister

After suffering the greatest of tragedies, Portia takes a tutoring position at the Stanford household. Prior to taking up domestic life, she taught for several years. She is adamant about education – and everyone having the right to one. She takes her job and her pupil very seriously, and incorporates the natural world into their studies.

from Real Santa by William Hazelgrove

 George Kronenfeldt

George doesn’t do too much reading or bookwormish things in the book, but he has to have spent a great deal of time studying his craft of engineering. He has one shot to keep his daughter’s belief in Santa intact when she tells him the only way she will believe in Santa is if she can videotape him… and then tells her fourth grade class she will prove Santa exists by posting her video to YouTube. George devises a plan to land nine reindeer on his roof and go down his chimney, hiring a broken down movie director who eventually has him funding a full scale production that bankrupts him and and threatens his marriage.

from Neurotica by Eliza Gordon

 Jayne Dandy

Jayne is an interesting duck. 🙂

She works at a newspaper writing obituaries and garage sale ads by day and secretly scribing adventures in distant galaxies by night. After her therapist recommends that she write erotica as a form of exposure therapy, Jayne joins forces with pen and paper to combat the demons that won’t let her kiss and tell. Unexpectedly downsized at work, she adopts a pseudonym and secretly self-publishes one of her naughty books to make ends meet.

from The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti

 Ahmed Hamid

Ahmed has a prodigal intellect that gets him accepted into one of the best American schools and out of the war zone that is Israel…even if it means turning his back on his family in order to do so.

Gifted with a mind that can solve mathematical equations, he uses his intellect to take an inspiring journey that will lead him to a life in America he could never have imagined for himself.

from The Publicist by Christina George

Kate Mitchell

She’s up to her eyeballs in books, literally! Kate is a publicist with a large, respected New York publishing house. She finds herself at the mercy of a broken publishing system, books that don’t sell, and author egos that are often as big as the island of Manhattan.

As Kate tries to navigate the landmine of publicity, over-the-top author expectations, and the careful dance of “I’m sorry, your book isn’t on the bestseller list this week,” she also finds authors who are painfully overlooked by a publisher wanting more sex, more celebrities, and more scandal.