06 January 2015

Part One: Bookity Books!

First off, this is my 200th post. 200. 200 times in the past year I've pressed publish. 200 times people have read what I have written. At least one person. I'm actually drawing closer to my blogiversary and all I can think is wow. Here is to 200 more!

On to the good stuff- I haven't written a book review post in a quite a while, partially because I was re-reading the Outlander series for several weeks. Which was super fun because it's a great series and I hadn't read the 8th book yet and also really annoying because the author totally left a cliff-hanger on book 8 and book 9 is probably a year away from release. I shake my fist at you Diana Gabaldon!

Besides that I've been slowly working my way through another Blogging for Books book, which has actually be great because it's all about goals and accomplishments and doing out of the box things (like hiking across the US or visiting every country) and is kind of needed for my trip next year. I will attempt to finish it soon and share the insights with you...

So on to a few of my favorites in the past months- part one:


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: This was a great YA novel that built a lot on intrigue and suspense. Cadence spends her summers on her family's private island with The Liars- but this particular summer is different. Cadence is recovering from an accident and there is something going on that she just can't put her finger on. Now I have to say- the writing isn't necessarily the best, and a few things were predictably, but the story is excellent. Even with the negatives you will want to know what happens. And it's a pretty quick read. Go for it!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: My first Rainbow Rowell book, and it didn't disappoint. I'm not usually one for romance/lovey-dovey books but somehow Rainbow makes them seem so normal, cutesy- but not over the top and something you can genuinely enjoy. Eleanor and Park are high-school students from completely different worlds- and they bond over music. Very cute, a sweet read and now a favorite writer.

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken: A younger cousin of mine recommended this book to me over the summer, and it is the first in a great YA series- along the lines of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and so on. In a society where children start to die of a mysterious disease, the children who survive develop powers and abilities. Think mind-reading, supernatural, telekinesis powers. Instead of trying to figure out what is actually happening to them the government and the world shut all these children and teens up into camps, similar to concentration camps. Bad conditions, barely living. Ruby is one of these kids, locked up at age 10- she has now escaped as a teen and is struggling to make sense of everything going on around her, while fighting back to the powers that be. Sticking true with current trends, it is a trilogy with a few novellas in between. Worth the read and much better than Divergent!!

I am the Messenger  by Markus Zusak: Markus Zusak stole my heart away with The Book Thief, and while this is another excellent book of his, it is not to the same caliber. Great writing, but lacking a bit with the heart strings. Ed Kennedy is a 19-year old cab driver, going nowhere in his life, desperately in love with his best friend and has the worlds smelliest dog. After aiding to stop a robbery Ed receives a mysterious card with what seems like random names. And with it becomes the messenger- learning to care for and help others around his town.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King: If you haven't yet read The Shining, then you need to go out and do so now. I know, I know- The Shining is scary! And it is- but not at all to the same level as the movie is, the book (as usual) is much better. After you read it, come back and read Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. A story just as excellent if not better. For those  you have read or watched- Doctor Sleep is about Danny, 25 odd years later, dealing with his crazy childhood and the powers he has. Danny meets Abra, a little girl who shines even harder than he does and desperately needs his help.







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14 comments:

  1. I received the Outlander books for Christmas...cannnnnnnnnnnot wait to start reading them!!!
    PS. yay for 200 posts!!

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  2. yay! they are so good- not going to lie they can be a bit slower at times but pushing through it all is totally worth it. I'm begging for the 9th to come out soon! And thanks! I can't believe I'm at 200, and only about a month away from a year of blogging!

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  3. We were liars was good and so crazy!!

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  4. I haven't read any of these and I LOVE reading and getting book reviews so THANKS! :D

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  5. I know! I wasn't expecting like anything that happened in it to actual happen! I need to find some more stuff by the same author..

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  6. No problem! I love sharing what I have been reading- so many good books out there!

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  7. I read The Darkest Minds and enjoyed it. I also liked the first two, although the writing style of We Were Liars drove me insane. Thankfully it was a quick read!

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  8. I just got Elenor and Park for Christmas and was a little worried that I would think it would be too lovey-dovey, but I'm glad to read your review! Sounds like something I will like!


    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

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  9. E&P was one of my favorite books of last year!!! I Am the Messenger is on my to-read list and I'm adding We Were Liars. I definitely have a soft spot for YA books.


    Thanks for linking up!

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  10. Eleanor & Park was my first Rainbow Rowell book and I totally agree. So good. I definitely need to read We Were Liars- it has been on my Kindle for a while but I keep skipping.

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  11. Yay I love book review posts! I have been reading the last book in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Heavenly Fire. If you haven't checked out this series, I think it is pretty worth it. Slow start but definitely picks up as it goes. And I honestly don't know why the movie got such a bad review, I thought it wasn't half bad for a book to movie adaptation (certainly better than Twilight)! I also really want to check out the Darkest Minds, it is definitely a genre I love to read.

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  12. I actually liked Doctor Sleep more than The Shining. However, I do think Dr. Sleep is less scary. I'm going to add The Darkest Minds to my to-read list.

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  13. We were liars has been on my to-read list for too long, I need to read it. Eleanor and Park is on my list too. So much reading to do so little time. ;)

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  14. Nancy @ The Family Bucket ListJanuary 13, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    I loved Eleanor & Park! I was not a fan of We Were Liars though.

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