Reading Assignments (the Best )

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School reading assignments. Yes even lovers of books can’t stand the idea of forced reading. Teachers have been torturing us for years, making us read some of the worlds most know literature. Though some  are just terrible and boring, there area few that were much better then the rest. In honor of finally finishing high school, today’s post is highlighting the best and talking about the worst. Since this is kind of a long subject in will be put into two different post.

The Best

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 

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The Outsiders was must first ever summer book assignment. As a girl going into 7th grade, I hated the idea of having to read this against my will. It took me until late June to pick it up and start reading it and I loved it! To this day I still pick it up and read it when I’m missing the characters.

This book is about a young boy named Ponyboy (yes that is his real name) who has lost his parents and is now under the car of his older brothers Darry and Sodapop (again that is his real name). They all live on the poor side of the tracks where they are known as Greasers, always getting into fights with the rich of the town(Socs). The Outsiders is a coming of age story and learning that your class doesn’t make you who you are.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

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Another one of those summer reading assignments that I actually fell in love with. The book was actually a surprising great read. Sadly it’s been awhile since I’ve read the book and can’t remember my true reasons for loving it as much as I did back then, but I will hopefully be reading it again and finishing the trilogy.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox is is about a girl named Jenna who has just awaken from a year long coma. She doesn’t remember the accident or anything before it. As Jenna tries to live her life while going to school for damage teens, Jenna learns that it wasn’t a regular miracle that kept her alive.

 A Separate Peace  by John Knowles

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A Separate Peace is an American classic, showing the perfect depiction of adolescence during  a period of time when the country was in its second world war. This story is about two boys going to a boarding school in New England so they can finish school early and fight in the war. Gene is a lonely introvert while Phineas is a handsome, daredevil athlete. The two become friends, but Gene starts to feel a little jealous of his good friends.  Which causes Gene to do something drastic.

Going into this book, I thought I was going to hate it. I hadn’t liked anything the teacher had made us read and wasn’t excited for her last form of punishment before my freshman year ended. I have to say it was another good coming of age story that even had a pretty enjoyable movie.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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      Now most of you have already read this for school and if you haven’t, you probably will. It is one of those books that your English teacher say it is a must read and you can’t go on in your life without reading it. Though that is a bit of an overstatement, I can agree with them. The Great Gatsby is one of those books you can’t stop thinking about once you are done. You also can’t help but get absorbed in it and feel for each character ( and not always a nice feeling either). If there is one thing that the readers can agree on is Tim is terrible and Leonardo should have got an award for that performance.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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There is no real way to describe ones feelings for The Kite Runner. You just have to read it and see the story for yourself. This book again is a kind of a coming of age story taken place overseas. This book has some much darker themes then other books you will read on school and it’s probably on a good bit of banned book list due to the extreme and graphic nature, but it opens your eyes and lets you see just how messed up someones life can be. It’s a tear jerking experience that one should read at their own risk, but once you read it, you almost feel like a new person.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette walls

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Surprisingly enough, this is the first  biography I’ve had to read for school. Awhile back this wasn’t a book you could find in schools, but teacher decided a story like this need to be in the school system, and I understand it completely. This book is a young adult story about her crazy life with two out of their mind parents. Her, her parents, and her three siblings were always running away from the law because they couldn’t ever pay for their home. Well they could if her mother would sell her family’s land given to her but she wants to keep it in the family. Her mother has something wrong in her mind and her father is an angry drunk who wants to build his family a glass castle. I can say I never really sympathized with the mother ,but I could with the father. This book was beautifully well written and I hope with a movie on the way, that it will get much more popular.

  In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

 

          If there is one man that could put his heart into a book, it is Truman. You would never guess that the same man who wrote Breakfast at Tiffany’s would want to write a story like this.  This book is a non fiction story about a family murder in the town of Holcomb. Now this book can have its slow parts but it feels like you are right there in the moment, talking to these people. When Truman started writing the book they hadn’t even caught the killers yet. He had written the story as it happened refused to finish it till the killers trials were down and the punishment cared out. He went to Holcomb with his close friend Harper Lee ( name sound familiar?) and interviewed everyone there to get the true story. If that doesn’t want to make you read the book then I don’t know what will. Sadly seeing this through from the beginning to the end effected Truman causing him to drink himself to dead. There is a great movie out there about it but it isn’t based on the book, it is about Truman writing the book.

That is all for the best books assignments I’ve had in school. Let me know what your favorite book were to read in school and look out for my post about the worst ones.

 

 

 

 

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Anticipated Books of 2017

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This year just like last year, we are all waiting for that certain book to make it onto the shelves at our favorite book store. We all have money saved up for books that don’t even have titles or covers yet. Does that stop us? No. In this post I will be sharing with you some of my most anticipated reads of 2017 and just like I said some of them don’t have titles or covers yet, but they sure do have dates!

1) Caraval by Stephanie Garber (January 31)

27883214Two sister, Scarlett and Tella, have always lived on a small island with their cruel father. And now her father has arrange her to be married, making her leave her dreams behind, including the one dream to see Caraval. A once-a-year game where the audiance participates in the game. But this year she gets an invitation to be part of the game. Enlisting the help of a sailor name Jullian, Scarlett grabs her sister and leaves for Caraval. When they get there her sister is kidnapped as part of the game. Now her and Jullian must find her sister and if she doesn’t by the fifth night, consequences will happen and her sister will be gone forever. Which makes is Scarlett wonder, is this really just a game or is it more real then she was led to believe.

2) Fire Color One by Jenny Valentine (January 31)

30211974-_uy200_Irish loves to light a nice fire. She is a pyromaniac. When her mother finds her setting off one to many fires, she is sent away to her fathers before she can get in some big trouble, or so she is told to believe. Irish has never met her father or her good things about him, but when she gets there she finds out something no one told her….. he is dying. And her mom wants to take his life savings  of over millions of dollars. Now Irish is forced to live with him to help her mom get the money, but the longer she stays, the more she notices that the things she was told about him aren’t true. The man she has been taught to hate is not the same person she see before her now.

3) Roseblood by A. G. Howard (January 10)

From the amazing author that brought you the Splintered series, A.G. Howard is back to give us another retelling. In a modern day spin off of The Phantom of the Opera, seventeen-year old Rune Germin has strange afflictions related to her operatic talent. Hoping to help the problem, Rune’s mother sends her to a French art school her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to the Phantom of the Opera. When she gets there she befriends the masked Thorn, a violinist who not only guides her through her dreams, but also knows who she is behind her own mask. But now Thorn has to has to make his own choice: lead Rune to her demise or face the wrath of the phantom that has haunted the opera house for years.

4) The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordon ( May 2)

Now for some reason I could not get the real cover to load on here but you can always look it up on Goodreads for yourself. Since this is the second book in the series I won’t be putting the description of this book up to save someone from some spoiler, but instead give you a summery of what the series in a whole is about. The Trials of Apollo series is about Zeus blaming Apollo for the latest issues that came about in the  The Heroes of Olympus series and punishes him. His punishment is to go down to earth as an acne faced boy. Apollo doesn’t worry too much, at first, because this has happened before, but suddenly he is forced to be a save to a little girl and ends up on his own quest to get his immortality back. Fun right?

5) Illuminae book #3 by Amie Kaufmin and Jay Kristoff ( September)

At this point in time there is no information about the third book of the Illuminae Files besides the month it should be on shelves. Much like the other two books it will be written through chat rooms, emails, and other ways of communication. Which in my opinion makes the book even more unique. From what I can understand at this point is that we will be getting two new people to and two new points of views. Hopefully we will get more information soon.

6) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas #6 ( September)

Again another book we know very little about. Well besides the fact that it is the last book (or so we think) and it will probably leave us crying into our pillows long hours into the night. With the end of book five leaving us in pieces, will our pieces be mended or will they be made smaller? How many of our ships will be left intact? How the heck are they going to explain all this to Chaol when they find him because apparently we didn’t need to know what was going on with him? And most importantly, does Dorian still eat like a girl after all this is over? Tune in next time on Sarah J. Maas Hates our Guts.

7) Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes #6 ( November)

Our last book is another one that will be the end of a series. A defiant favorite it of mine. Once again we know nothing about what will happen to our mix and match group. All I can hope for now is my Jonas to be okay (I’m reading the 5th book right now so for all I know he already is). It’s up to Morgan to pick what happens and if only I could stop her, but who knows what will happen in the end. I had a great idea for an ending, but Morgan ruined it in like book five so… I guess we will see what happens.

That is all for my most anticipated books of 2017. I’ll be hopefully posting updates for some of the books soon when we hear more about them. What are your most anticipated books of 2017? Are you ready for some of these great series to end? Leave me a comment and tell me.

Fly on and Happy reading

 

The Best and Worst of 2016

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2016 was full of some emotional moments and that doesn’t exclude books. Today I will be sharing with you some of the best and worst books I read in 2016. Some of the books were not published in 2016 they were just books I got to the this year. Also the books are not in order of how much I liked or disliked them. * spoiler free*

Please remember that these are my opinions and I’m not trying to make anyone upset by them. Also you don’t have to take my word about these books. You can always read them for yourself and make your own opinion.

Best of 2016

1) Beautiful Funeral by Jamie McGuire

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Beautiful funeral was an amazing read of 2016. I have never been much into romance novels before I read this amazing series. With every book you are never ready for the end, scared that it might not be an ending you wanted. With Beautiful Funeral I have to say I was very much satisfied with the ending of this book and this series.(Even though I did share a good tear or too).

2)Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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This was another one of my anticipated reads of 2016 after reading the first book Illuminae in the Spring.The one characteristic that makes this book and unique read is the writing style. This story is told through chat rooms, emails, and diary entries. Another great part of this book is that the amazing Legend author Marie Lu was the person behind the drawings in the book.

3) Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

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Is it a surprise that Morgan Rhodes made another mind blowing installment in her series? If you have not picked up this series yet, you are truly missing out. This is a series I’ve followed since the first book came out. If you feel like you are lacking in the fantasy department, this is the book for you.

4) Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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Was anyone really ready for what Sarah J. Maas to give us this book? Not only did she crush our hearts ,she also gave us some new ships to love. Empire of Storms had some over the top moments that really kept you on the edge of your seat, but doesn’t Sarah J. Maas always do that.

5) The Trial of Apollo by Rick Riordan

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You can’t have a favorites list without putting uncle Rick in it. After not reading his work for awhile, I forgot how funny he is and how his characters (demigods or not) really pop off the page. If you miss some of the original gang then you will be happy to know some of them make a appearance.

Honorable Mention

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

 

At first this book had not really caught my attention. I put down the book more times then I could really count, but was I picked it up and kept reading, I couldn’t stop. Once you jump into it you really can’t jump out.

Worst books of 2016

1) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Now some of you will be pretty angry that I put this on my least favorites list (probably more then a few of you). Honestly I was surprised that I didn’t like it either. People raved about it for months including a close friend of mine who let me read her copy, but it was too hard for me to read it. I barely made it through the whole book.

2) Bleed by Laurie Faria Stolarz

 

This book truly had no plot. In the end nothing really happened that mattered. It didn’t really make sense either. It felt like the author wanted to make a book that had dark elements in it but didn’t know how. Honestly it never felt like the book was a good idea in the first place.

 

Thank you for reading my first blog post. Sorry If it wasn’t the best. I hope get the hang of this soon. Hope you all have a great year with even greater books.