Summer Reads – Fiction Edition

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Happy summer, booknerds!

Hope you are all doing well and that the weather is beautiful. I told you I had a few extra lists this month. I’ve done the YA list already – which you can find here. This is the Summer Read Fiction Edition. I wanted to pick up a variety to attract a variety of you lovely readers as well as pique some new interests.

 

Circe
Author: Madeline Miller

Circe

This NY Times bestseller brings to life a new and more in depth tale about the daughter of the Titan, Helios: Circe, and how she became one of the most powerful witches in history. That she isn’t as evil as she’s made out to be and just wants to protect those she cares about. With the power to transform rivals into beasts and more, she’ll go against the gods and humans. I’m a big lover of Greek mythology, so this one is definitely on my to-read list. This also comes from the same author who wrote The Song of Achilles.

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The Outsider
Author: Stephen King

Outsider

If you’ve got horror in your bones and love a good paranormal-y twist then pick this up. On the NY Times Bestseller list, this story circles around the murder of a kid. While the authorities are sure they know who it is, the coach of the kid’s little league team, he has an alibi, and a good one, plus more people turn up dead. But, the killer looked like him? How? Get addicted to this brand new story by the King-man.

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Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

On and off the bestseller’s list, this action packed ride will have you hanging on. This is currently up on my reading queue and I can’t wait to read it. For gamers and anybody that loves clinging on to an adventure with a BIG endgame, read this. Exciting and fulfilling…so I hear. Also, a movie that’s recently come out this year.

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Noir
Author: Christopher Moore

Noir

If you love noir, dicks (private dicks…damn it, detectives, people), and hella good comedy then this is for you. I love Christopher Moore and I was really excited to hear about this novel. Love at first sight, a UFO, a plane crash, and the kidnapping of Cheese after a scheme gone bad. Sammy Tiffin, the bartender of a hopping gin joint, has his work cut out for him.

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Sinless
Author: Sarah Tarkoff

Sinless

Calling all dystopian lovers! Those who are good are graced with beauty while those who are considered bad suffer from disfigurement or death. When important information is stumbled upon battle breaks out and it becomes hard to distinguish the good from the evil.

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These are only a couple spanning the many genres to choose from as well as a few of the most popular I’ve heard about.

 

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Summer Reads ~ YA Edition

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Hiya, precious bookworms!

If you’ve been noticing that I’ve been talking about summer reading and books that I save just for summer then you might’ve been expecting this list. Or, you were hoping for this.

Now, I usually only do one list of books a month so that I can keep it fresh, but being summer and all, I am going to be doing three. I’m very excited! I find these lists to be helpful because sometimes you just want a good book and have trouble deciding or have trouble thinking up one. Well, voila! Here we are.

I’m starting with YA because, if you couldn’t tell, I prefer YA over a lot of other genres, except for paranormal/fantasy. I live for the abnormal, sometimes angsty, sometimes moody-broody, first love and possibly never-ending love. It leaves me hopeful and inspired and in a world of awe and imagination. You know, the Willy Wonka spiel. Very close to that, and I LOVE it.

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Now, enough of my rambling. Let’s look at books!

 

The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass

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I’ve done a review on this already. For those who love mermaids, the ocean, and a fairytale-esque storyline, this is a splendid read. Saved from death, Kahlen owes a debt to the Ocean and serves it as a siren. She’s not allowed to connect with the human world. Then she meets Akinli, sweet and thoughtful Akinli. At the risk of incurring the Ocean’s wrath, she must know him.

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Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber

Caraval

This one looks like so much fun, AND its sequel just came out.

Scarlet Dragna has never left the tiny island where she lives. Even though an arranged marriage lies on the horizon, she’s always dreamt of seeing Caraval—the once-a-year performance where the audience participates. When her sister Tella is kidnapped and put into the show, Scarlet must participate. To win, she must find Tella first or else she’ll disappear forever.

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Freeks
Author: Amanda Hocking

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This is another one I’ve read and can recommend.

Mara has lived her whole life in Gideon’s Traveling Carnival, going from town to town with her mom, the fortune teller.  She really just wants an ordinary life without people who have freaky premonitions or who can levitate. When they stop in the town of Caudry, she gets her chance. But this town has its own magical mysteriousness and she along with Gabe, the boy she met start searching for the thing that’s attacking her people before it’s too late and everybody is dead.

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The Hazel Wood
Author: Melissa Albert

Hazel Wood

Alice and her mother have spent most of their lives on the road, but when Alice’s grandmother, a reclusive author of a cult classic book of fairy tales, dies on her estate the Hazel Wood, Alice and her mother come to stay. Then Alice discovers just how bad her luck can be. Her mother is kidnapped by something supernatural that’s from the place in her grandmother’s book and she’s warned to stay out of the Hazel Wood. Teaming up with fanboy of the book, Ellery, they set out to rescue her mother, venturing into the Hazel Wood to do so.

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Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone

 

Just came out a few weeks ago; I got a copy and can’t wait to read it! It’s pretty far out of my usual reading zone. Magic and rebellion. Such a sweet combination.

Orisha used to hum with magic. Burners ignited flames. Tiders beckoned waves. Reapers summoned forth souls. Zelie Adebola remembers all of this, but all of it disappeared into the night as a king ordered that all of the maji were to be killed, leaving Zelie without her mother. With a rogue princess, Zelie has a chance to get magic back and hopefully before it’s gone for good. With many dangers lurking about and standing in her way, she may be the biggest danger of all as she struggles with her not only her powers, but her feelings towards an enemy.

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BONUS!

In addition to a few books to read this summer, I also have a couple series!

 

Night World
Author: L. J. Smith

Night World

If you love The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, read this other series by the same author that came up with the swoon worthy shows. Each story explores the supernatural world and how it must remain a secret. Though, when the myth of soulmates becomes real that may be a problem. Follow many characters and their stories and the tribulations they go through upon discovering their soulmate and the troubles that follow. Dangerous paranormals and breathtaking love that’ll have you melting.

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The Arcana Chronicles
Author: Kresley Cole

Arcana Chronicles

I can’t recommend this series enough! I think I may reread it this summer as I wait for the new one to be released. Evie Greene led an ordinary, teenage life. She was a cheerleader and dating the most popular boy. Was. After the Flash, the world is a decimated place. Scorched and a wasteland. If she hopes to survive it, she’ll have to rely on Jackson Deavaeux. There’s more at play than just the end of the world though. Tarot cards—and yes, they’re real—have risen up for the great battle and Evie’s caught in the middle. Dark mysticism and riveting action and magnetic chemistry that’ll make you spin.

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And there we go, loves! Books and books and books! Happy reading and be good.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Mom’s May Day – A Book List

Happy Mother’s Day to moms everywhere.

Mothers Day

It’s going to be a bit of a short post. Here, I have a list of books that make me think of moms and how special they truly are. Well, sort of. LOL.

Moms help us grow and become who we’re meant to be. Never should they be taken for granted.

I know I love my mom to pieces. She’s sacrificed so much for me. Time. Sanity. And so much more. I’m eternally grateful. I wouldn’t be the loud, obnoxious, overly exciteable, neurotic, crazy, loving, geeky, booknerd if not for her. Our lives have never been easy and with her I learned to tackle hurdles I never thought I could. She’s made me stronger, though sometimes I don’t feel strong at all. I love my mom.

 

Probabilities of Miracles
Author: Wendy Wunder

Probability of Miracles

A last chance for a mother to save her daughter from illness. This mother/daughter is sweet, tender, and yet, bittersweet.

On Goodreads

 

Love + Gelato
Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Love and Gelato

After losing her mother, a daughter is moved to Italy to get to know her father of whom she’s never met. Her mother’s journal falls into her hands and she gets a chance to see how she met her father. For the summer, she follows in her mother’s footsteps and unexpectedly falls in love

On Goodreads

 

Practical Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic

Owens sisters confront challenge in love, life and magic. Together they break a curse that’s hung over their family destroying the love of their lives. Sally and Gillian have experienced this just as every woman of their family has. Can they break this curse?

On Goodreads

 

Everything Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon

Everything Everything

With a rare disease, a young girl has lived in doors all her life, always cared for by her mother. After meeting the boy next door and spending time with him, she begins to question whether she’s truly sick or not.

On Goodreads

 

Turtles All the Way Down
Author: John Green

Turtles

Aza is trying to be a good daughter, friend, and student, and with a fugitive billionaire missing suddenly and $100,000 reward at stake, she tries to be a good detective. With her best friend also intrigued enough to join the investigation, they go on the hunt.

On Goodreads

 

White Oleander
Author: Janet Fitch

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Ingrid is in prison for murder. Her daughter Astrid moves from foster home to foster, each more different than the last, with rules and dangers and lessons all of their own. This difficult journey becomes a journey of self-discovery for both mother and daughter.

On Goodreads

 

Flowers in the Attic
Author: V.C. Andrews

FITA

Corrine Dollanganger and her four children move in with her mother so that she can get back into her father’s good graces and inherit his money. Empty promises are made and soon the children are locked up like prisoners in the attic where only a fake garden comforts them.

On Goodreads

 

Shower your mom with love and smiles and hugs. Know that Mother’s Day is more than just gifts. It’s a feeling and a time that we get to remind moms that they did, and are stilling doing, a great job. That we love them deeply and we would be nowhere without their effect on our lives. They are superheroes.

Side Note: My mum, my mimsy-whimsy, my momo, the woman who shoved me out of the birth canal-actually is was a C-section-is really bummed about Lucifer getting suddenly cancelled as am I. I’ve been taking to Twitter and you should too!  It’s a fantastic show with phenomenal actors and crew and a splendid storyline. It’s TOO SOON TO SAY GOODBYE! So, I say #SaveLucifer and you should too.

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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From the Page to the Screen – A Book List

Hello, my epic and awesome bookworms!

How’s hangin’?

I’m good. The weather has been up and down. Rainy and snowy (which sucks). It’s supposed to be spring! I’ve discovered that I’m really into the trend of cacti. Don’t know why. Well, actually, it may relate to me being as prickly as a cactus. Kidding!And I’m on my sixth bag of jelly beans, but I can’t help it! The Sweet Tart Jellies are sooooo good. They do that thing where they rub my tongue raw, though.

Anyway, I have the monthly book list! This time I went with one that could stir up debate: the best book turned movie. There are a lot of favorites out there. I took some time to get some and have compiled a list. You be the judge!

Bridge to Terabithia
Author: Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia

“It really captured all of the creativity and imagination that the characters have.”

-Kat J.

Bridge to Terabithia

Harry Potter
Author: J.K. Rowling

HP

“It was pretty close to the books and created real magic.”

-Kya Y.

Harry Potter

Gone with the Wind
Author: Margaret Mitchell

Gone With the Wind

“I love historical fiction and this really did well in capturing Scarlet O’Hara. The length of the movie compared to the book was perfect.”

-Susan C.

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The Time Machine
Author: H.G. Wells

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“I love time travel sci-fi. The movie was really good in showing how the hero slowly turned into the villain with each time travel. It’s also gotten me into Dr. Who.”

-Jeff C.

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Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants

“A truly magical story. Kept close to the book.”

-Delena T.

Water for Elephants

Twilight
Author: Stephanie Meyer

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“I loved how well the intensity of the emotions of the characters were captured. Edward was perfect.”

-Rae R.

Twilight

The Princess Bride
Author: William Goldman

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“Just, yes. Definitely the best.”

-Becca B.

Princess Bride

Cat in the Hat
Author: Dr. Seuss

Cat in the Hat

-Bernard F.

Cat in the Hat

The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry

The Giver

“It wasn’t perfect, but they did a good job capturing the vibe.”

-Cierra M.

The Giver

Because of Winn-Dixie
Author: Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie

“It did a wonderful job of capturing the essence of Opal and her relationships.”

-Alice T.

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Have a book that you believe was made into a great movie? Tell me in the comments below!

More to come soon…

–K.

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It’s Easy to be Green (and Fun) (A Book List)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Love this day. It celebrates my favorite color, and beer, and leprechauns and the Irish. The holiday is so much more than that, I know. This is the celebration Ireland’s patron saint and its culture. A beautiful culture by the way.

And the leprechauns….

This one:

leprechaun

Not this one:

leprechaun

Again:

leprechaun

Thank you, Neil Gaiman for American Gods.

 

Here, I’ve got a special list of books of which I’ve picked out according to the specific guidelines listed below in celebration of

  • Books with green or luck in the title.
  • Books with green covers.
  • Books that take place in Ireland.
  • Can’t be in the middle of a series but can start one because it would be awkward to start in the middle of a journey, though not unheard of. I’m guilty of this, but still.
  • Books about St. Patrick’s Day (I couldn’t find one! I am now dying to read a YA book about luck, magic, Celtic culture, and St. Patrick’s day. Artemis Fowl is close, but just doesn’t cut it even though this spoiled, evil child is out for gold and magic.)

Here we go:

Love and Luck

Love + Luck
Author: Jenna Evans Welsh

 

The Lucky One

The Lucky One
Author: Nicholas Sparks

 

The Green Mile

The Green Mile
Author: Stephen King

 

Freaky Green Eyes

Freaky Green Eyes
Author: Joyce Carol Oates

 

Matched

Matched
Author: Maddie Condle

 

Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner

 

Splintered

Splintered
Author: A.G. Howard

 

Anne of Green Gables - Penguin Books Australia

Anne of Green Gables
Author: L.M. Montgomery

 

Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl
Author: Eoin Colfer

 

Wicked

Wicked
Author: Gregory McGuire

 

Grab a beer and settle in, though I must say, it’s not easy to read while tipsy. I know from personal experience.Either the book tips sideways or I do. That or the words move and that makes reading difficult. However, there are some good ones on this list!

Have an amazing GREEN day and be safe. Love you, book nerds.

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more to come soon…

-K.

 

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Bringing 2017 To A Close – My Top Ten Reads of the Year

My bookworms, my loves!

First of all, I hope you have a wonderful New Year. May it be lively and fun and renewing. Secondly, I was looking back on the year and I have compiled a list of the top ten books out of the many that I’ve read this year. The ones that I’ve loved the most and had the greatest adventures with. It was no easy feat because I enjoyed more than just ten.

It’s been a crazy year, but I wanted to take the time to share them with you. They each left an imprint on me in their own way and I’m sure you know what that feels like after reading a FANTASTIC book.

Starting at number 10…

10.
The DUFF
Author: Kody Keplinger

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Blurb: Labeled a DUFF, Bianca Piper is determined to prove she’s anything but. In the midst of parental drama and friend drama, she finds a strange comfort in the arms of the boy who started calling her a DUFF, Wesley Rush.

This was such a fun book. Certainly a little more than PG-13, but still. Having seen the movie first, I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. It feels like the movie and book feel like their two completely stories, but they occur in the same universe. They’re both two situations that are rather relatable.

Review here

9.
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future
Author: A.S. King

History of the Future-Goodreads

Blurb: Glory O’Brien can see her future and it’s not bright. It’s filled with war and tragedy and she doesn’t know what else to do except write all down in hopes that it will be useful for what will come to pass.

Though the story was slow building, I was so intrigued with seeing how Glory O’Brien was seeing the future and how destructive it was. A.S. King is wild and has boundaries when it comes to writing crazy and making you believe it in a strange way. This book was so imaginative and brilliant and really had me looking at some serious issues from a new angle.

Review here

8.
The Poison Eaters
Author: Holly Black

Poison Eaters

Blurb: This collection of short stories ranges across a wide variety of supernatural beings and creatures with their own tales. Maenads, vampires, and the devil. Oh my!

I don’t read short stories very often, but these were so much fun. They were filled with faerie mischief and supernatural hardships. All of the things I enjoy and even some new things that really piqued my curiosity. Very coming-of-age and delightful.

Review here

7.
 Anna Karenina
Author: Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

Blurb: It’s such a wonderful and beautiful classic that follows the affair of Anna Karenina and Count Vronsky as it spirals in a whirlwind of lust and jealousy. And then there’s Levin who is very deeply in love with Kitty, and she’d holding her heart out for Vronsky. Like many journeys for true love there is strife, tragedy, and passion.

I haven’t written up a review for this one yet. I began reading it last year and finished around the beginning of this year, so I’m counting it as one of my favorite books this year. It filled me with such intensity that I found myself audibly sighing at some parts and gasping at others. What can I say? Russian Literature does that to me. Such a magnificent classic.

6.
Unbreakable
Author: Kami Garcia

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This one snuck up on me. Thrilling and reeking of Supernautral-esque style, I was sucked into the world of ghosts, poltergeists, voodoo, and demons just like the main character, Kennedy Waters, was after a ghost killed her mother. Rescued by twins, Jared and Lukas, she quickly learns about the Legion and how she may be a part of this demon fighting group.  I didn’t expect this to be as good as it was and I’m currently waiting on the third installment! It was riveting and gut clenching for me.

I also recommend the second book as well: Unmarked.

Review here

5.
Love & Misadventure
Author: Lang Leav

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This book of poetry was my utmost favorite this year. It explored the way love opens a person up and how much of a roller coaster it is with its ups and downs, making you dizzy and ill. Its bright lights will blind you and make you feel like you’re flying. The book is so beautiful that it makes my heart swell and ache with a longing of sorts and I’m usually closed off in affairs of the heart because of how shy I am. It really had me spinning.

Review here

4.
Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman

Ocean at the End of the Lane

Blurb: A man returns home to attend the funeral of a family member and is suddenly drawn to the pond out behind his neighbor’s home. There, on the bench at the edge, he begins to remember his encounter with Lettie Hempstock and her mom and grandmother, each who claim that this pond is actually an ocean. Mostly he remembers how a man committed suicide in a stolen car and that these three ladies helped him defeat the cruel, frightening and utterly monstrous Ursula Monkton when he was a young kid.

I can still remember the anticipation I had when I started this book. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, but I jumped into it head first because Neil Gaiman has a way of sweeping me away into a completely magical world filled with all kinds of unimaginable wonders. I’ve never read anything like this. It’s utterly perfect and phenomenal.

Review here

3.
LUX (1-2)(3-4) (5)(1.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Blurb: Katy Swartz moves to a new town so that she and her mother can get a fresh start. What she didn’t expect was to be saved from an oncoming truck by the boy next door, Daemon Black. That isn’t what shocks her, though. It’s that he stopped times down to the raindrops falling out of the sky. Daemon is an alien. The alien next door and by saving her he’s put in more danger than she realizes. They know they should stay away from each other, but they’re like magnets. Drawn to each other.

This is the first book series I reviewed on my blog. The book was a constant rush of adrenaline for me, keeping me on my toes with a tension that could glued me to my seat. If it wasn’t the angst between the two main characters it was the game of denial they played with each other. Then there’s the deadly situations they get themselves into because of this denial. It’s the common case of ‘I’m addicted to you, but I don’t like you because you’re going to get me killed’. We’ve all been there, right? I found that this Sci-Fi was very interesting for me because of the added elements of romance and danger that they found themselves in. Certainly on my reread list.

Review here: (1-2)(3-4)(5)(1.5)

2.
Poison Princess
Author: Kresley Cole

Poison Princess

Blurb: Evie Greene was living the life. Cheerleader, amazing boyfriend, great school. But, there’s that word. Was. All of the great things in her life started to slip and then were completely ripped from her fingertips after the Flash obliterated the planet, leaving it a desert wasteland. To make her life more difficult are the voices in her head, telling her strange things. To figure out what they mean, she’ll need help, which is where the devilishly handsome and dangerous Jackson Deveaux comes in. The boy from the bayou promises to help her, protect her, but for a price. Will she pay it?

This book. THIS. BOOK. I was swept away and completely drawn down, like an anchor to the bottom of the ocean. This series had been suggested to me by my boss. She’d been telling me how great Kresley Cole was, and I’m so glad I finally gave it a chance. This is a jaw dropping series of crazy, eye-popping magic, and that kind of love that will tear you in two, and the page to page action that will make forget to breathe. I haven’t finished the series yet. I’m waiting (rather impatiently) for the third and fourth book to arrive so that I can continue. I can’t get enough. I’m quite addicted.

Review here

1.
American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman

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Blurb: Shadow Moon gets released from prison early due to the death of his wife. On the way home, he’s hired by Mr. Wednesday, a mysterious man, to help him as he visits people across the U.S. Little by little, Shadow begins to see that not everything is as it seems. Wednesday is actually gathering allies in a coming war of new gods versus old gods and Shadow is caught the middle. Not far behind these two gentleman is Shadow’s dead wife, seeking him out in hopes of finding him and seeking forgiveness before her rotting body completely falls apart.

Is there any reason this shouldn’t be numero uno? I’d heard about the TV show coming out in the spring and it sounded fascinating, so I went ahead and got the book so I could get the lowdown on the story before the show aired. Normally, I don’t care about that kind of thing. This book took me two and a half days to finish; I was so engulfed. The imagination and sheer detail put into this book is a work of art. I have this book up in my nook beside my bed, where all of my favorite books go. I recommend this to anyone and everyone who loves the fantasy and/or supernatural genre. Even those interested in mythology should read this. You’ll get sucked in so quick that when the end comes you’ll be left in a pleasant haze of fascination. Neil can do that. Even my mom says so, and moms are usually right.

Review here

There it is. My top ten. I haven’t read as much as I wanted to, but a brand New Year is about to begin. And as my personal book resolution for 2018, I want to read from at least 25 authors that I’ve never read from before. I feel like that is a solid goal and a great opportunity to try new books, (of course it’d be within range because mysteries, if you remember, make me sleepy). I also have a resolution to get more sleep, but I’m already breaking that one before the New Year. LOL.

In addition to a resolution, I’ll be working on my layout some more. I know that most blogs, if not all, have an end of the month round-up of what they’ve read. I haven’t done one because I never thought it necessary, but beginning next month I will start posting one. That way, in case you miss a post, I will be able to catch you up.

What’s your resolution for 2018? Tell me in the comments below!

And just remember to stay safe and have fun on New Year’s, loves.

HAPPY 2018!!

2018

-K.

Books with Friends (A Book List)

Hello bookworms!

I am here with a brand new book list! We all need suggestions every once in a while when we don’t feel like we have something to read. So below I’ve provided a special list that is not by me, but by the people who I’ve asked across social media.

“What is your favorite book?”

I was surprised and pleased about the results. Below I have listed off these books and why they are favorites.

 

The Neverending Story
Author: Michael Ende

The Neverending Story

The cult classic is comprised of almost two stories that really seem never ending. It has fantastical elements and an epic adventure. The little cowardly boy finds friendships, enemies and becomes a hero -> villain -> hero again! I just love it! It’s meant as a child’s story but has such deep philosophy symbolism that adults can enjoy.

-Amanda Holbert

 

 

To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird

It was my first book I read that really made me think how people lived before the Civil Rights movement.

-Alice Moore Teets

 

 

My Name is Memory
Author: Ann Brashares

My Name is Memory

I’m not much for romances but this book makes me want to believe in true love.

-Cierra Minter

 

Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelley

Frankenstein

It’s the most perfect exploration of what it means to be human in literature. In the end, it isn’t the creature who is the inhuman monster, but rather it is the human beings who reject him based on his differences who are truly monstrous.

-Beth Rogers

 

Without Remorse
Author: Tom Clancy

Without Remorse

It’s a book that’s not afraid of getting deep into the grit of the inbetween of a secret agent type of guy. It’s detailed about scenes that are considered taboo to most people. It’s not the focus, but rather the details that actually set up the relationships between the main character and the people he ‘saves’ and why they need saved.

-Alexander Wensel

 

Welcome to Night Vale
Author: Jeffery Cranor & Joseph Fink

Night Vale

It’s based on a podcast of the same name. One of the most creative and far out books I have ever read! Definitely not a run-o-the-mill read. Everything about the book is unique. It has a little bit of everything, including mystery, humor and drama.

-Luke Smith

 

 

The Empty House and Other Ghost Stories
Author: Algernon Blackwood

The Empty House

Granted it’s not a novel, it’s a compilation of like eleven of his short stories (I normally read short stories since I have an extremely short attention span). Each story is extremely horrifying and Blackwood’s attention to detail in each story is beyond amazing and leaves you creeped out, or in a state of awe, that you get lost in the world that he’s painting.

-John Charles Stahlman

 

Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre

It’s one of the first books that got me back into reading as a teenager. I remember being drawn to Jane because we has similar personalities (both being quiet and artistic). As an adult, I love it for the imagery, the strong female characters, and plot twists.

-Kirsten Beckerle

 

The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Author: Mitch Albom

Five people

It kind of stretches the concept of the idealistic ‘Heaven’ that most depict through religion, especially the Garden of Eden idea I as a Catholic envisioned. Instead, it reaches into the idea of five people you met in your earthly life that somehow changed or paved the course of that life. It makes the protagonist think back on, not only how he lived his life (whether he was heroic or a failure), but also how he could redeem himself or accept what was. It’s a moral question and an eye-opening idea that we got to the end and still make the choice to be infinitely good.

-Rae Rankin

 

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Author: Stieg Larsson

Girl Dragon - OverDrive

It’s my favorite for a million reasons: strong characters, a realistic quality supporting its mystery, a well-developed pace, and how much it taught me. Lisbeth is my hero, she has the courage I have always wanted to possess and I continue to strive for. Blomkvist encourages me to write. Martin Vanger taught me to trust in my instincts, that being afraid of coming across as rude is not worth losing your life.

-Rachel Rodgers

 

Where the Red Fern Grows
Author: Wilson Rawls

Red Fern

This book is about a young boy longing for hounds and the love, loyalty, friendship, and the bond between the young boy and his dogs is an absolutely amazing, tear-jerking story that fills your heart.

-Tori White

 

The Stand
Author: Stephen King

The Stand

Although good and evil were portrayed by Mother Abigail and Randall Flag spectacularly, it seems to me that biological & germ warfare could well be the way it all goes down. Only the strong survive. As T.S. Eliot said, “This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.”

-Cindy Riggs

 

The Alchemist
Author: Paulo Coelho

Alchemist

The narrative follows a poor Shepard boy. It’s about finding your personal destiny.

-Anne Marie Belldina

 

A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas

Court of Mist and Fury

Fae and magic and fighting, character development, secrets revealed and so much amazing writing!

-Caitlin Cobern

 

Outlander
Author: Diana Gabaldon

Outlander

I like the genre, historical fiction. It’s my favorite. Just going back in time like, I love it.

-Susan Clark

 

Long Walk to Freedom
Author: Nelson Mandela

Long Walk

It was on of the best books I’ve ever read on leadership, written by a tremendous leader. It gave me a view of a different culture, too. It was over 600 pages of uber small print, and yet I couldn’t put it down because he was also a master storyteller.

 

-Wilson Harvey

 

The Midwife of Hope River
Author: Patricia Harman

Midwife of Hope River

It’s a current favorite. It’s about a midwife in West Virginia during the time of the Great Depression. It really shows the struggles the went through  and I think it is a fascinating read.

-Delena Teets

 

Secrets of a Charmed Life
Author: Susan Meissner

Secrets of a charmed life

It’s about two sisters who lose each other during the London Blitz when they are young and follows their stories through old age. It goes back to tell the story. Reading how the sisters find themselves as they grow up searching for one another, discover stories about their hidden past, and eventually find each other again keeps the pages turning!

-Tabitha Kuckuck

 

Gray’s Anatomy
Author: Henry Gray

Gray's Anatomy

The human body and how it works has always fascinated  me so for one book to encompass so much information on it in one place with the illustrations making it easy to visualize what is being talked about.

-Richard James Sho-Silva

 

Blood + Chocolate
Author: Annette Curtis Klaus

B+C - banned Library

This book reached out to me at the age of fourteen (I’m twenty-four now) and it’s been just about the only book I read every year in July. This book follows a young werewolf girl, Valerie, as she tries to regain her life after a terrible fire swallows up most of it. This is a time of turmoil for her as she discovers what it is to be growing up and discovering herself. The bout of romance she finds in a meatboy causes her to split in half as she is torn between her pack and this fascinating, new venture because it’s not normal to mix with humans. She is trying to find herself and I understand that completely. There are times when I’m torn by decisions and lost, trying to find myself as well as feel comfortable in my skin. This book poses the unique question of what is stronger or more important: blood or chocolate?

Plus, I did warn you that I love a good book with werewolves. The little bits of detail really tied Valeria between wolf and human.

-Kat J.

 

I want to say thank you to all who have contributed their favorite book. I’m certainly interested in reading a few of these and the choices really express who you are. Again, thank you.

 

More to come soon…

-K.