Toppling the TBR Pile (6)

Toppling-the-TBR-PileToppling the TBR Pile is an original Moonlight Library feature where I showcase the ‘older’ books I’ve ‘discovered’ and added to the tbr-pile.
I am defining ‘older’ as books published earlier than 2011.

 What’s Toppling My TBR Pile This Week?

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)

Published: 2001-2008 (the entire series)

Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there’s nothing worse than being a five-foor-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra.

Is she ever in for a surprise.

First Mom announces that she’s dating Mia’s Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn’t have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance?

Learning to Fly: The Autobiography

Published: 2001

From the time when, as an eight-year-old girl, she saw the movie Fame, Victoria wanted to be a star. There was a line from the title song that stayed with her-‘I’m gonna live forever, I’m gonna learn how to fly’. With this extraordinary book she gives us the chance to follow her on her journey from lonely teenager to international star; to fly alongside her.”

I’m kind of going through a Spice Girls phase and want to read ALL THE AUTOBIOGRAPHIES.

If Only

Published: 1999

From ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, one of the world’s most famous pop superstars, comes her own honest, revealing, and poignant life story. For the first time ever, Geri herself takes readers past the glamorous facade of Ginger Spice to show the vulnerably real young woman behind it. Illustrated with dozens of photographs, “If Only” is part coming-of-age story and part inspirational memoir, chronicling Geri’s search for acceptance and purpose that would lead her into, and ultimately away from, music’s greatest girl-group phenomenon, the Spice Girls.As the unofficial spokesperson for the Spice Girls, as the woman who coined the term “Girl Power”, or as the heart-stopping beauty in the famous Union Jack dress, Geri Halliwell had quite a lot to do with making journalists and pop music fans around the world pay attention to a virtually unknown quintet from London. Geri’s departure from the band in May 1998, when they were at their chart-busting peak, was front-page news around the world, leaving reporters and fans scrambling for answers. Now, in “If Only”, Geri Halliwell is ready to share, detailing her troubled childhood, her father’s untimely death, her breast-cancer scare, her complex relationships with the other Spice Girls, and her constant battle with feelings of inadequacy.

Geri Halliwell had grown up telling herself “if only”. If only she were taller. If only she were thinner. If only she were more talented. By learning never to give up, never to accept the status quo, Geri turned a life of urban poverty, ill health, and broken promises into one of wealth, celebrity, and social activism. An inspirational book from a remarkable young woman who took a step back to gain perspective and to devote herself to the causes for which she feels strongly, “If Only” is more than a real-life Cinderella story. It is a lesson in perseverance and self-esteem for girls and women everywhere


Published: 2005

“I am a good guy. Good guys don’t do bad things. Good guys understand that no means no, and so I could not have done this because I understand.”

Keir Sarafian knows many things about himself. He is a talented football player, a loyal friend, a devoted son and brother. Most of all, he is a good guy.

And yet the love of his life thinks otherwise. Gigi says Keir has done something awful. Something unforgivable.

Keir doesn’t understand. He loves Gigi. He would never do anything to hurt her. So Keir carefully recounts the events leading up to that one fateful night, in order to uncover the truth. Clearly, there has been a mistake.

But what has happened is, indeed, something inexcusable.

The Rumpelstiltskin Problem

Published: 2000

Have you ever wondered just what was going on when that odd little man with the long name stepped up and volunteered to spin straw into gold for the miller’s daughter? If you stop and think about it, there are some very peculiar and rather hard-to-explain components to the story.
Vivian Vande Velde has wondered too, and she’s come up with these six alternative versions of the old legend. A bevy of miller’s daughters confront their perilous situation in very different ways — sometimes comic, sometimes scary. Most of the time, it’s the daughter who gets off safely, but sometimes, amazingly, Rumpelstiltskin himself wins the day. And in one tale, it is the king who cleverly escapes a quite unexpected fate.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance, #1)

Published: 2010

Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

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About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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