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Favorites this Year (So Far)

31 Jul

So this post would have probably been better to write in June, but I just did not get to it.  Here are some of my favorite books I have read (or listened to) so far this year.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I cannot explain how much I love this book!  When it won the Printz, I cheered out loud.  I could not stop reading this one no matter what I was doing.  The night I finished it, I was also cooking dinner.  I let out a sigh and said ‘Wow!’ when I was done.  Make sure you read this one if you haven’t yet.

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

This is another Printz winner, but I just discovered it this year.  I loved this story.  I was kind of confused when I first started reading it, but once I was into Taylor’s story, I could not stop reading.

Columbine by Dave Cullen 

I was a freshman in high school when Columbine happened.  Reading this brought back memories from that time and I also learned how much I did not know about the tragedy.  Or, rather, how misinformed I was.  Cullen handles this topic very well.

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen 

I really meant to review this book.  It has been so long since I have read it, I am not sure I can do it justice.  I absolutely love Maya’s voice as she tells her story.  She was funny, engaging, and honest.  I wish I book like this existed when I was in middle and high school.  I think every middle or high school girl should read this because of the strong message Maya sends about self-esteem and loving yourself.  I hope to read more from this talented young lady.

White Cat by Holly Black

I listened to this one.  I really love Holly Black’s writing which first caught my attention on this one.  Then, I saw that Jesse Eisenberg read it.  I borrowed it from the library.  I liked this so much more than I expected.  The world Black creates that is much like ours bu included Curse Workers is very engaging. I was intrigued to learn more about them as the novel progressed. Plus, Cassel is a pretty interesting character himself.  I plan to listen to the second book, Red Glove as well.

The Martian by Andy Weir

This is the last of my “favorites so far” I am going to share.  I picked this up for a vacation read with some gift cards from my birthday.  I loved this from the very first line.  I love Sci-Fi and this one did not disappoint.  I love the voice of Mark Watney (and like my friend Dana said, I now think ‘What would Mark Watney do?’).  I also love how all the science and technology is explained in a way that wasn’t too difficult or boring.  It is a very engaging, exciting read.  I immediately handed it off to my brother, then my mother. I look forward to the movie in the fall.

I’ll Give You the Sun: A Review

28 Jan

Title: I’ll Give You the Sun

Author: Jandy Nelson

Format: Personal Purchase, Hardcover

Release Date: September 16, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads): Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

So here is how I thought I was going to have to start this review a few days ago: I think this one was a little too hyped up for me.  My expectations were too high.

That is not how I am beginning this review now that I am writing it.  Not at all.  I loved this book.  It took me a little bit to really get into, but once I was, it turned into read-every-possible-second-of-the-day and stay-awake-way-past-my-bedtime-to-get-it-read kind of book.  This book is amazing.  This book is beautiful.

I loved these characters.  Each of them.  Nelson has created characters that are flawed.  This characters make mistakes; in most cases, many mistakes.  Yet, I still cared for them. I could still feel for them.  This made them so real to me because people are not perfect.  And yes, we sometimes hurt those we love the most.  But they love us, too, no matter what.  And that’s what matters.

I really loved how the story was told.  Noah told the story from when they are 13- to 14-years-old.  Jude tells the story when they are 16 and this alternates each chapter.  I really loved the way their experiences are intertwined even with the gap in years in the story.  I wanted to know what happened to go from Noah’s story to where the twins and the people in the lives were in Jude’s story.  It kept me wanting more the more I got into the story.

Nelson’s writing blew me away.  I want to see the artwork that is described.  I want to read all of Grandma Sweetwine’s Bible.  I wish I could be even half as articulate in describing this book as Nelson is in telling the story.  I don’t think I can give it full justice.

While I had to take my time with this and did not devour it the way I expected, I would not have had it any other way.  When I read the last page, I said “Wow!” out loud.  I have not felt this affected by a book in a long time.  I hope you have the opportunity to read this book and enjoy the experience as well.  I look forward to discussing it with readers.

5/5 stars

It’s Monday, January 19, 2015! What are you reading?

19 Jan

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It is hard to believe another week has gone by!  Is 2015 already flying for you, too?  Here is what has been going on in my reading life.

What I read last week

Cress by Marissa Meyer

I absolutely love the Lunar Chronicles Series!  I have loved how every book introduces new characters and how their story line get wrapped up in the overall story.  I really liked Cress as a character.  Plus, there was a lot of Thorne and I got to love him even more than I already did.  If you like sci-fi and twists on fairy tales, you need to check this series out!  The fourth book, Winter, is coming out in November of this year. To bide some time Fairesttelling the story of Levana, comes out later this month!

What I’m reading this week

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 

I am excited to read what all the fuss has been about this one.  I started it on Saturday and am already falling in love with the writing.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This is another one that a lot of my bookish friends have been talking about.  This one is already on deck for after I’ll Give You the Sun. 

What are you reading this week?

It’s Monday, January 12, 2015! What are you reading?

12 Jan

Welcome to another week!  Hope everyone is staying warm!  Here is what’s going on in my reading life this week.

What I read last week

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

I really loved this one!  I knew so little about the French Revolution, and this is what I love about historical fiction – learning something new.  I enjoyed both stories, Andi’s and Alex’s.  I found myself hanging in suspense wanting to know what will happen.  I highly recommend this one for historical fiction fans out there.

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

This book was so difficult to read.  What ‘Alice’ has to endure is just horrific.  The first night I read this, I almost wanted to stop.  I had a nightmare that night.  However, the fact is this book is a reminder of what children, teens, and even adults have to endure.  It is uncomfortable to think about, but that does not make it any less real.  This one will stay with me forever.

What I’m reading this week

Cress by Marissa Meyer

I changed my mind on which series I want to continue reading (there are a lot of them lol).  I loved both Cinder and Scarlet and I really want to continue this story.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Just about everyone is talking about this one.  I ordered it with some Christmas gift cards and it should be arriving at sometime this week.  It is the first one I plan on reading.

What are you reading this week?

Happy reading!!