Top Ten Tuesday: Finished Series We HAVEN’T Finished

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke And The Bookish!

Oh life… you do know how to really get in the way of all the wonderful books.  We all have a TBR, but more than a TBR list, is an UNFINISHED list!  These are series that we have started, loved, and want to finish but, alas, have not yet.

  1. Mary Poppins  – P.L. Travers (Rachel)
  2. Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis (JB)
  3. When Calls the Heart – Janette Oak (Rachel)
  4. Once Upon a Marigold – Jean Farris (JB)
  5. Legacy of the King’s Pirates – M.L. Tyndall (JB & Rae)
  6. Legend – Marie Lu (JB)
  7. Maximum Ride – James Patterson (Jules)
  8. Alex Rider – Anthony Horowitz
  9. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery (Jules & Rae)
  10. False Memory – Dan Krokos (Jules & JB)

Do you have a series sitting on your shelf or TBR waiting to be picked back up?

 Ever had one spoiled for you?  Because that happens and is *totally* motivation-zapping…

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Middle Grade Reads: Tuesdays at the Castle

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School has started without a fall crisp in the air. As students load up on the buses or wait in study hall, they will need an AR book to keep them company (and to win those prizes and make a good grade.)

Don’t worry parents and students – the Girls in Plaid are here to help you out! Every week for the next few weeks, we aim to have a book for you!

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Tuesdays At the Castle (Castle Glower Series #1)

Author: Jessica Day George

Level: Upper Elementary – Middle Grade

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis from GoodReads:

Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celie’s favorite days. That’s because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one-other than Celie, that is-takes the time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and their fate is unknown, it’s up to Celie, with her secret knowledge of the castle’s never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom. This delightful book from a fan- and bookseller-favorite kicks off a brand-new series sure to become a modern classic.

Rachel’s Rambles:

The reason I read this book was because Brody said something along the lines of, “I found you on a cover! Its a book about a blond, freckled faced girl who likes maps!” So I looked at the book several times for almost six months (guessing here) and I finally read the book about a month ago…IT IS SO CUTE!

It’s light fluffy tale with espionage, adventure, and a little magic. (The castle is magic!) It defintley makes you want to keep reading and wishing you could stay at Castle Glower – and that the castle likes you so it makes your room nice and comfy…and lets you play in the bouncy room! Castle Glower should definitely be part of a theme park!!!

If fantasy tales with heart-warming characters, plotting villains, and happy endings is your thing – check this book out!

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 Content Advisory Guide 

Language: 1 (maybe)

 Sexual: 0

 Violence: 1 (again – maybe)

GG6: Plaid Style

Hello lovely readers!!

There are some outfits for the rule breakers, the preppy gals, the cautious dressers, the non-conformists, the maxi-skirters, and the blazers-and-jeans. I’m just gonna throw all these in and let the loving begin!!

That plaid with stripes reminds me of what I wore when we met Ally Carter for the first time!

Don’t forget to follow us on Pinterest!  You can find all these fabulous outfits on our Plaid Fashion board!

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Which ones you would totally work, or wish you could work?

(I’m totally envying that plaid shirt and black skirt…)

Graduating Gallagher Academy

gg6First up, our apologies for not including a recap of Out of Sight, Out of Time. Due to that little thing called life, we found ourselves finishing it up a few days late! But we’ll get it posted soon, so we can fangirl with you guys!

The last Gallagher Girl book, United We Cry Spy, released almost two years ago. It was a special day. Even though we couldn’t be together, Rachel, Jules, and I found ourselves at various bookstores across town picking up the final book. Each of us went home and stayed up into the night, texting each other things like, OH MY GOODNESS. NO SHE DID NOT. HOW DID WE NOT SEE THIS COMING. There were lots of caps and exclamation points involved. And also lots of tissues and tears.

I told Rachel and Jules that I felt like my graduation from the Gallagher Academy marked the end of my childhood more than my actual high school graduation. Because, even though I was out of high school, I was still able to live vicariously through Cammie, Bex, Liz, and Macey.

I was the same age as Cammie when the first book came out. The sad thing about fictional characters is that they don’t age with us. But at the same time, it’s kind of refreshing. Because any time I miss being 16, I can reread I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. And I can remember butterflies caused by boys and sleepovers with my best friends and the coded messages we use to pass each other.

The best part about fictional characters is that they never die. Even if the author kills them off at the end (*glares at the mean authors*), they live inside us forever. And that’s exactly how I feel about The Gallagher Girls series. The Gallagher Academy will always have a piece of my heart.

Week 5: Out of Sight, Out of Time

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This week we’re reading Out of Sight, Out of Time.

For funzies, we’re sharing some pics of the first time we met Ally Carter!

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When we heard she was going to be in Austin for the Austin Teen Book Festival (now the Texas Teen Book Festival), we couldn’t NOT go! So we:
-packed up the car after we got off work
-decorated the car
-left two hours late
-got lost on the way (“We were supposed to turn… an hour ago.”)
-got pulled over for driving without lights on (in my defense, I was driving a car I wasn’t used to and I’d JUST pulled out of the gas station. I would have noticed a few minutes later!)
-had a brief moment when *name redacted* tried to be more Bex-like. (“YOU ARE DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD.”
-got caught up in traffic for the state festival
-and FINALLY made it to Austin at 2:00 in the morning.

The next morning, we donned our plaid skirts again.
austin3Since we were only going to see Ally Carter, we decided to skip the morning sessions and go to the Texas State Capitol. (This was our first festival, so we didn’t know how awesome ALL the panels were! Now we go to as many as we can!)

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That photo is my favorite of us. ^ So funny!

Then… the book festival! We spotted Ally Carter from afar before walking in and all of us just stopped.
“It’s her!” we squealed among ourselves.
“Go say hi,” my mom told us.
“We can’t just… go up to her!” So we didn’t, and just creepily stared at her until she went into the panel. Where we stared at her more. Jennifer Lynn Barnes was the moderator for the panel and told us all that Ally Carter had been Homecoming Queen and we’re like, yeah she’s totally a queen.

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Then came the infamous photobombing. Then we met authors! Ally Carter’s line was crazy long (as always), so my mom and aunt held our spot in line so we could meet other authors.

We met:

Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Ally’s bestie, who told us that she named some of our favorite characters)
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John Corey Whaley (who grew up in a city near ours!)
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Dan Krokos (We told him he needed to watch Doctor Who)
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Will Richter (The story behind the photo: someone called him and, since he was busy signing books, he handed the phone to Jules and said, “Talk to him for a minute.”)
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Marissa Meyer and Eliot Schrefer (A year later we contacted Marissa for an interview and she remembered us.)
atbf3We also met a lot more! And we bought some books that we ended up LOVING!
atbf8We were sad to leave, but knew we wouldn’t miss ATBF13. We’ve been every year since!
(Those super tall guys in the background are Lex Thomas–authors of Quarantine.)

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Question of the Day: If you could meet any author, who would it be and why?
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GG4: Recap

Another week gone!  Another book in the series! And wasn’t it just… Oh, the feels!!  Talk about intense.

Here are some of our fav quotes and thoughts! (Warning: contains spoilers!)

Jules:

QUOTES

“Scary and I go way back.”

“I was like the ravens, a prisoner of a destiny I didn’t know and couldn’t control.”

“I stepped towards the Grand Hall, with one last smile back at my friends. “She didn’t leave me.”” {YASS!!!}

“We don’t like him, do we?”…”I don’t think we do.”

“I know this is going to sound crazy, but when you’re a spy, your life isn’t defined by the lies you tell, but by the truths.”

“So the question is,” Bex said slowly, “how far are you willing to go?”  I looked at my three best friends in the world. “How far is there?” {To the ends of the earth!!}

“The operatives fully understood that the first step in Denial and Deception Operations is denial.  And it’s way easier to deny being involved in some rogue undercover operation f you’re wearing jammies.”  {Liz wears “jammies” to “jam” the security systems… lol…}

When Zach did something regular guys would rarely do… “admitted we were on the wrong path…”

“They made me.” {AAARGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!! *rage* }

“I know too well how dangerous hope can be, how it grows and sometimes dies, taking it’s host with it.  It’s more powerful than anything Dr. Fibbs keeps in his labs, more precious than all the secrets in Sublevel Two.”

“Run.”

THOUGHTS

– How you know things are really bad… “He sounded angry and frantic and scared.  Joe Solomon was scared.”

– Bex’s dad taught her how to use Barbie as a weapon… now that I want to see!

– The dumbwaiter scene!!!  (reminds me of the dumbwaiter scene from Etiquette and Espionage, by Gail Carriger)

>>ALL THE REFERENCES TO FIRE!!!!!<<

– Again, I love how the weather plays a part in the narrative:

“Outside, the sky was a crisp, clear blue, but it felt like a storm was brewing inside our classroom.”

“The air around us was warmer; it was almost spring; and yet there were goosebumps on our arms.  It still felt a long,long way from summer.”

– Bubble Gum’s name is Walter!!

– This book causes a little anger when I read it, because I knowI know the things…

JB:

I think this book is such a turning point in the series, because we finally have some big questions answered, things are finally starting to make sense, but there are still so. many. unanswered. questions. Also, I totally agree with Jules’ spoiler above. I’ve been marking all those parts and each one makes me want to cry.

Macey: “I know fake love when I see it.” This makes me want to cry.

If possible, Joe Solomon had just gotten cooler. And hotter.

“Do any of you have a blowtorch?” Liz perked up as if she were about to say that yes, she did have a blowtorch in the back of her closet. “I’m afraid to know,” I said, holding out my hand to stop her.

“Look, they’re not technically closed—they’re just rigged to explode if anyone goes near them.” I love how chill Zach is about this.

“He’s a guy, Cam,” Macey pushed past me and led the way down the hall. “And a spy. He’s a spy guy. There’s always going to be something he’s not telling.”

“So he’s mysterious,” she said with a shrug. “Mysterious is sexy.

I didn’t know whether to hug him or hit him (a feeling that I frequently associate with Blackthorne Boys, to tell you the truth).

“Hello, sweetheart. Aren’t you going to introduce your little girlfriend to your mother?” OHEMGEE WHATTTTTTTTTT. AND she was a Gallagher Girl! *break my heart why don’t you, Ally Carter?*

Randoms:

-Blackthorne. Just. What?

-THE TRUTH SERUM IN THE APPLE. Guys, this kills me. I love it so much. Also this scene. Townsend: “Now, Rachel, don’t think of her as a pawn. It’s more like… what is it you Americans say… we dangled an apple out in front of Joe Solomon and—” Rachel: “The term is carrot and it doesn’t apply to teenage girls.” Townsend: “Oh is it? Maybe you use apples for something else.” I love that he totally busted them.

-Townsend. In general. Because he is hot. And hilarious. And he’s the uncle of Michael Townsend from The Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (aka Ally Carter’s best friend)! >>>And also Zach’s dad, which I NEVER IN A MILLION BAJILLION YEARS saw coming.<<<

-Thinking Zach and Mr. Solomon were dead. I CAN’T I CAN’T.

-That ending KILLED me. Especially when I had to wait for OVER A YEAR for the fifth book.

Did you have any favorite quotes or scenes?

What do you think of Townsend??

GG4: Mad For Plaid!!

Mad About Plaid

Of all the wonderful things in the world, like shoes and cakes and blankets and chairs and skirts and stationary, when you make them plaid they just get a little more awesome!

Harkening back to the heritage tartans of Scotland, brought into fresh interpretations

How about nestling into a comfy plaid chair with a good book and a hot cuppa tea?!?   Did that book suddenly inspire you?  Better jot it down quick!  How ‘bout in a plaid notebook?

And aren’t these invitations adorable?

And a party always calls for some cupcakes, these cupcake liners are plaid-perfect!

You could one of those fabulous parties in one of these plaid-featuring outfits!!

Of course I always love some vintage, check out this marvelous vintage skirt by blogger Rachel-Marie Iwanyszyn.

You know the perfect shoes can make or break an outfit, how delightful are these stilettos?!?

And we can’t forget the guys!  Check out these snazzy ties from Forage Haberdashery.

Well, we hope your day was super fabulous!!

Happy Plaiding!

Gallagher Girl 4: Spy/Assassin/Thief

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Our next game is to label each of the following characters for which role they would most likely fulfill!

1) Choose only ONE of following roles for each of the following characters: Spy, Assassin, or Thief.

Simple, huh? READY, SET, GO!

We’ll start with some classic characters:

1) Anne Shirley

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2) Gilbert Blythe

 

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3) Elizabeth Bennett

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4) Mr. Darcy

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Now some YA characters:

5)America Singer

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6) Maxon Schreave

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It’s Disney Time!

7) Rapunzel

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8) Anna

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9) Elsa

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And the Challenge…remember you can only choose one label!

10) Sherlock

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Week 4: Only The Good Spy Young

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I can’t believe it’s already the fourth week!  Eep!

If you are just joining us, we Girls in Plaid are hosting a Gallagher Girls Series readathon and we’d love for you to be a part!  Even if you haven’t read the series, this is a great time to get into it!   Well, start at the beginning, of course!  Wouldn’t want you to miss the first three amazing books!

This week is Only The Good Spy Young

Keep your eyes open for more posts coming up!

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Question of the week:

If you could pick the school colors what would they be?

And what would the uniforms be?

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