So I have two things to put in this post the 10 books that most influenced my life and my summer reading list.
Also It is September 11th and that day has a lot of things attached to it. But I feel like the ten year anaversery was a big deal that had a larger ripple on my life than the original event that occured when I was in the first grade and too young to really understand. Also this is my official one year anaversery of having a face book.
1 Hunger Games by Suzane Collins
2 Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
3 A crooked kind of perfect by Linda Urban
4 The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
5 The Phantom Toll Booth by Norton Juster
6 Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemine Snicket
7 Harry Potter By J. K. Rowling
8 Paper Towns by John Green
9 Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
10 The Giver by Lois Lowry
As for the books I read this summer I have included small reviews of them sorry there are so many (but not really because I love reading.)
I liked it but can’t say that I loved it. I found it in the children’s section of the library but I had wanted to read it for so long now I felt this was not a deterrent. The book was easy to read big print cute story but I do not see myself recommending it to peers. Quick read very about society and how hard it is for anyone who is different told mostly form the POV of a fifth grade boy born with a deformed face.
So there is a good chance you have already read this one in middle school but if you didn’t enjoy it then (we have at least that in common) you should pick it up now. I loved it I will be telling people all summer to read it or just talk with me about it. I just felt like the book was so whatever in school, I didn’t appreciate the story the way I do now. I thought it was like no duh of course they kill the old people so should we but now I actually have feelings for fictional characters and enjoyed it. This is possibly one of my favorite books now so read it. (If you have time that is and feel like taking my recommendation.)
The Great Gatsby
Another book that you may have read in school, I truthfully enjoyed it a week after I finished reading it back in high school. Ever since I have wanted to reread Gatsby but felt I never had time or the book so I listened to this one online because I could get it there easier than from the library.
Looking for Alaska
I have read this book before so don’t freak out because I have been reading john green for years I started like 3-4 years ago and this was the first one of his works I read and while watching the vlogbrothers videos I felt the need to reread this one. I liked it and realized I had forgotten much of it in the years since I read it.
The Fault in Our Stars
So I have now read this book 6 times and at first I thought it was amazing but now I am at a point of realizing it is a good to very good book but all the hype is crushing the story a bit for me. I read it for the reason of prepping for the movie and if you have not seen it yet go see TFiOS it’s a very good movie and a fair adaptation. It is far from perfect but all the good quotes made it and bring tissues.
Lets pretend this never happened
A mostly true auto biography by an adult blogger from texas, I loved it so funny so real it felt like listening to a friend tell about their child hood and life in general. I was clued in by a librarian about this one because I mentioned that I have a blog and I am so glad I checked it out I loosely recommend it’s a fun read I’ll say that.
This is the third book in the shiver series and I didn’t even finish reading it, I had to call upon the good old book on tape to read it to me. I recommend shiver and if you like it read linger but by the time you get to forever it feels old. Teen love story with paranormal facet to keep things interesting is very over done I loved twilight but it spawned so many books that made and overpopulated a YA genre.
If you enjoy dystopian future books you should like this. It’s an easy read I need to thank Lola who I met at bookcon for recommending me to read this series I went through this book in like two days. A charming story told from two points of views, Day the governments most wanted criminal and June the government prodigy with a perfect score on her test and in a turn of events June is assigned to her first mission which is to capture Day. Both of them are 15 and there is some great conspiracy stuff going on. I hope the rest of the series is as good as this one.
Th1rteen r3asons why
This I found to be an amazing book but it definitely has some tricky topics including suicide and rape so I would say do not take this book lightly. I did enjoy but there were points when I felt like I could use an episode of my little pony to cheer me up but if you feel up for it I would recommend. Good book right here I give it two thumbs up and would bring it up in conversation to inspire others to read it too.
The second book in the legend series I enjoyed it but not as much as the first one. I think part of that was I started reading it and then got a job that took away like all my energy but in return gave me money. But to be fair prodigy was good enough that I am going to read the third book.
I hadn’t heard of it before reading it was one of those I need a book on playaway so I can listen to it while going to work and this was at the library with a nice cover. A magical world where the young queen has to discover what her father did to his people and how can she improve things for her people. I may not be making it sound very good but that is not fair to you guys. I found it a bit confusing and too in depth but that is definitely in part due to falling asleep to it before bed time and listening while doing other things. There were some loveable characters. It seemed like a long book and I do not think I would have actually read it the conventanal way but listening got the story across to me for the most part and I did not regret hearing it. (also I am the kind of person who will give up on a book if it’s not my cup of tea.)
Code Name Verde
I had tried reading this book over a year ago when Julia the writer girl raved about it on her blog. All I have to say is that you have to get pretty far into it before it gets good. In my opinion I do not really know anything about WWII history and after 50 pages of reading it while in highschool I was done but this time I started from the beginning and got all the way through really enjoying it once I got into the story. I think it could be used in schools to teach them about women’s roll in the second world war. Glad I gave this one a second chance.
I thought it was a really nice Disney story adaptation of beauty and the beast very modern far better than the movie. The best things about it were the small things that made it more current like the “beast living in new York city and having a support group on the internet with the little mermaid and frog prince. It was fun to listen to and seemed light and easy to follow unlike some of the books I read prior that were too in depth for me to recommend lightly.
For starters I read this with my eyes and as a book that I heald in my hands. I can’t say I liked it but to be fair I was not a fan of divergent I will be reading allegiant because I have invested enough time in this series I feel I deserve a proper ending and after seeing V Roth at bookcon I really want to read four when it comes out so I feel it’s only fair I finish the series before reading the spin off. I love the genre of dystopian future but this just feels too similar to everything else, maybe if I had read this first I would feel differently about hunger games but I can’t play the what if game (it’s not like I can have selective amneisha to be able to reread hunger games like I am reading it for the first time every time I read it.)(Is it bad that I own three copies of hunger games? 2 paperback and one hard cover.)
It dragged a bit at the end but all in all very good series I am so greatful to the bookcon girls who recommended it to me. if by now you are thinking about reading ledgend do it the first book is good enough to hold the rest together so good job Marie Lu you may not be getting the publicity that some of your colleges in the YA dystopian genre are getting but you deserve all your fans and then some because you know how to write. Champion touched upon a more political view of the government that rules the parts of the world we are exposed to in the series. A serious ending to a nice trilogy.
Boy Meets Boy
I didn’t like it as much as I may have if I had read it alone, my mistake was listening to this at the same time as Will Grayson Will Grayson a collaboration between Nathan Levithan and John Green. they were a bit too similar because his voice of a gay boy is so strong and similar.
Will Grayson Will Grayson
I really liked it to have a drop of John Green that was new was so freshly pleasant. I read looking for Alaska five years ago and then Paper towns four years ago, TFiOS three years ago Abundance of Kathrines this Christmas break to savor his works which I have re read at least once except for Kathrine (which I was not really a fan of) I know there are a few other small things I have left but I am saving them for a rainy day. I strongly suggest that if you like TFiOS of John green works any of them to start watching the vlogbrothers. You are going to be seven years behind but I got caught up in only two months I have faith in you guys, it’s a fun way to spend a few days worth of hours.
This was my favorite of the divergent series. It is nice to have a POV that is not Trish. After reading it I really appreciate that nobody who had read it told me what happened that is something about the fans of this series they seem to know better than to spoil it for everyone else. I am very excited to read the side story Four.
There are too many point of views and flashbacks it was really confusing part of that may be that I was listening on tape but the story is good aside from that. sadly the second book is not out for a little bit longer so I would not recommend reading until the series is all out.
This is the ship that everyone wanted from the shiver series. Thank you Maggie stiefvater for giving the world the fictional character Cole St. Clair and making another book so there is more of his story. Rock star life, love and werewolves would be the words I used to sum up this book quickly.
Two boys kissing
By far my favorite David Levathan book so far. Well put together.
The more of V Roth I read the more I seem to like her.
What are your favorite books leave them in comments I will take reccomendations on what I should read next