A Snowy List of Books

In case you didn’t know, I live in South Florida. That means that our seasons is hot, blazing hot, and three days of cold. Mind you, anything below 70 is cold for us. As much as I’m convinced I’ll never be able to live in colder climates longer than a week, I do like reading about them. Perhaps because I have no idea what it would be like to live in such a place. So here’s a list of stories with some snowy weather. Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Selection Series (Books 1-3) by Keira Cass

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TITLES: The Selection | The Elite | The One
AUTHOR: Keira Cass
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: This is the YA Dystopian version of The Bachelor with a royal family.
GENRE: Young Adult | Dystopian | Romance
RATING: 2/5
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BOOK REVIEWS: A Court of Mist and Fury & A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

I read both A Court of Mist and Fury and A Court of Wings and Ruin in two weeks, so instead of knowing exactly where one ends and the other begins, both stories have mixed into each other like a big blob of paint. Instead of writing two individual reviews, here’s a very long review of both books.

TITLE: A Court Mist and Fury Image result for a court of mist and fury
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Feyre returns to the Spring Court with Tamlin after the events that occurred Under the Mountain, but soon realizes that they’re far away from a happily ever after.
GENRE: New Adult | Fantasy
RATING: 5/5
WARNING: Explicit sex scenes
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This or That: Rating Books One Star

This or That challenges is hosted by the Bookmark Chronicles. This week’s prompt is:

Have you ever given a book a one star (out of 5) rating?

If so, give the title and why didn’t you like it (or them if it’s happened more than once).

I generally don’t but I know I definitely have. For me they are rare so a book has to be atrociously horrendously bad for me to give them a 1 star rating. I went through my Goodreads account and found these 6 books and here they are.

Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A. Tucker

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This one made the list recently this year. I despised it and I kept hoping it would get better as I read it but it just kept getting worse. It’s SUPPOSED to be a love story but it’s really about this insta-love story between an angry girl and her kinda creepy neighbor who says he will “fix” her. It just made me angry and I don’t know why it has such a high rating on Goodreads.

Evermore by Alyson Noel

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Okay, If I’m honest I don’t exactly remember why I gave this a one star rating. I think it had to do with corny predictable plots in the Twilight era of vampires and some kind of insta-love. I remember I even found typos that bothered me.

No Turning Back by Bryan Anderson

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This is the only book on this list that I feel bad about giving a low rating. Why? Because I met the author at a school event and he is a wonderful human being in person. He’s a brave man who went to the front lines of war for his country, and yet here I am giving his book a one star rating. The problem with the book is that personality and wonderful storytelling in person does not translate as well in book form. The sad parts weren’t sad and the funny parts weren’t funny.

A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

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I had to read this for school and for whatever reason it was a tough read and therefore hated. Looking back maybe it doesn’t deserve it, but that’s how I felt at the time.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

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The first book in the series was good, I enjoyed it, but the trilogy went downhill from then on. By the time I got to this book, I was already annoyed by the story and barely finished it.

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Books With Unique Formats

I’ve always enjoyed books with unique formats because it’s different change of pace and can add to the story. Here are some of the books that I’ve read that have unique ways of storytelling.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Before committing suicide, Hannah Baker leaves thirteen tapes in which she explains why she killed herself.

FORMAT: One of my favorite formats on this list and my favorite aspect of the novel is the unique narrative. Because there are two stories, two protagonists, the story is told in a simultaneous double narrative. While you read Clay’s story you’re also listening to the tapes he’s listening to. It is confusing at first, but after a couple of chapters it’s easy to keep up with the story.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

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ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Esperanza longs for a proper house to call home instead of the one she currently lives in on Mango Street.

FORMAT: This book is made up of a series of vignettes (really, really, really short chapters) that describe different moments in the protagonist’s life. The small chapters and Cisnero’s writing style make it a fast and enjoyable read. It’s one of the few books I re-read each year.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

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ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A teenage girl get sweeped up by the world of drugs and struggles to come out of it alive.

FORMAT: This is a book written entirely in free verse poetry making it an easy and fast read. The author definitely has fun with the format and it shows, however it doesn’t take away from the serious subject matter. According to the author, what happens in the book actually happened to her own daughter.

NOTE: This book is the first in a trilogy but I’ve only read the first one.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Lincoln gets hired by a newspaper to monitor the company’s emails when he begins to fall in love with Beth Fremont from reading her emails.

FORMAT: The format changes back and forth between normal prose and email messages. I’m always worried about weird formats like this but then I’m proven wrong, and I’m always glad that I am. This is no exception because the emails form part of the most exciting moments in the story.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Charlie writes letters to an unknown person detailing his first year attending high school.  

FORMAT: Two things. One, I’m pretty sure everyone knows the format. Two, if you didn’t I already gave it away in my summary. The only other thing I can say is that I’m amazed at how detailed and long Charlie’s letters are. I don’t think I could write like he does.

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: After their planet is attacked, survivors flee from their home planet in the hopes of reaching a safer destination while the Lincoln, a dangerous spaceship follows them through the cosmos.

FORMAT: This is the book that inspired me to make this list because it is so drastically different from everything I’ve ever read. It is a collection of interviews, videos, memos, emails, and so much more. It was a bit hard to understand the story at first but ultimately the format really made the story.

NOTE: This is the first in a series called the Illuminae Files. I also wrote a review of it you can check it out HERE. Spoiler alert: It was amazing!

DIARY FORMATS

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Diary formats, for me, can go either way. I either love them or hate them. For example, I wasn’t a fan of the format while I read Gabi, a Girl in Pieces but I think it worked really well for Go Ask Alice.
–  Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
–  Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
–  Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Let me know what you think. Have you read any of these? Did I miss a book? Let me know in the comments!

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My Favorite Books from 2016

The year is ending and the internet is being inundated by “Best of 2016” lists and I am no exception. So here is a list of some of my favorite books from the year.

NOTE: The list is in no particular order.

TITLE: All the Ugly and Wonderful ThingsImage result for all the ugly and wonderful things
AUTHOR: Bryn Greenwood
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Kellen and Wavy form an unlikely relationship that goes against everything society thinks.

WHY I LIKED IT: Everything about this novel is amazing. The writing is beautiful. The characters and relationships are interesting and fascinating while also very fragile, it’s complicated. It takes a controversial issue and somehow makes it okay when normally it’s not. Stories that can make me see the gray area in otherwise black and white situations, are my favorites and this is no exception. Months, after reading this novel, I still can’t stop thinking about it.

 

Image result for Ugly LoveTITLE: Ugly Love
AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Due to their busy lives, Miles and Tate, decide to have a friends with benefits deal.

WHY I LIKED IT: I should have a Colleen Hoover appreciation post, but until then I have this moment to gush over her novels in general. Ugly Love was the first of her novels that I ever read, and began my love for her work. Since then I’ve read Hopeless, Losing Hope, Slammed trilogy, Confess, and Too Late. And, I haven’t been disappointed yet, which is why I’ve bought the rest of her novels without a second thought, and will continue to do so. The writing is amazing, funny, and has great flowability. They all portray incredible relationships that will definitely tug at your heartstrings and keep you wanting more.

 

TITLE: Girl in Pieces
AUTHOR: Kathleen Glasgow
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Charlie struggles to recover from self-harm and her past before moving forward with her life.

WHY I LIKED IT: This is one of those novels that I keep thinking about despite reading it months ago. The writing is beautifully heartbreaking. It has some of the most broken characters I’ve about in a while. And yes, that sounds so sad and depressing, but it also made me feel many things from sadness, frustration, and even happiness. It is all worth it because you get to see Charlie’s amazing growth as she struggles to get better.

 

TITLE: 1984
AUTHOR: George Orwell
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Winston Smith lives in a totalitarian socialist country where Big Brother, the Party’s leader, watches everything and everyone.

WHY I LIKED IT: Ok, I’m cheating by putting this one on the list since I read it in the last days of 2015, but it’s been a year and I still can’t stop thinking about it. Thanks to this one, I read Animal Farm, made my dad read it both of them, watched the film, and still find myself ranting about it. It’s true, I didn’t know how to feel about it when I read it, but the more I distanced myself from it, the more I love it. My favorite part of the novel is the psychology behind the main character and the way “The Party” and Oceania works. Mostly, it’s AMAZING how Orwell predicted this way back in 1948. I should also mention, it’s the classic dystopian novel.

 

TITLE: Saga
AUTHOR: Brian K. Vaughan
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Alana and Marko are trying to keep their family safe from the war and people that are trying to keep them apart in this intergalactic sci-fi fantasy story.

WHY I LIKED IT: Saga is the first graphic novel that taught me that comics weren’t just superheroes in tights saving the world, a genre I’m not a fan of. I immediately fell in love with the story, the world, the characters, the amazing and beautiful art style. It also helped me get back into fantasy as long as it was in a graphic novel format, because in my opinion it is so much easier to follow a fantasy story with pictures than without them. Since then, I’ve read a number of graphic novels, and I think I will continue reading them for a long time. All thanks to Saga.

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