Friday, August 11, 2017

Top Books/Book Recommendations




So I have made a list of my favorite books. As all my fellow book lovers know it is an extremely hard thing to do. I have a list of fifteen books with six categories. One Classic, one Adult, one Children's , and a Middle Grade. As well as one I think would be great for everyone to read. Then I have my top Ten YA books, these will mostly be fantasy as that's my favorite genre. I will include my rating as well as a description for all but the last five. No book on this list has less than four stars. If you do not agree with this list that is perfectly okay. We are a diverse communtiy and we all have different tast, that's what's so great about being a reader. Harry Potter is not on this list because I have not finished the series yet and can not give my full opnion on it as of yet. This list will more than likely change the more I read but for right now it is as follows:

Classic: "Pride and Prejudice" BY: Jane Austen

Rating 5/5 stars

My all time favorite classic is "Pride and Prejudice." This was the first classic I read and nothing has beaten it. This is the story of Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth. Elizabeth has a mother that wants all her daughters married to wealthy men. As far as Elizabeth is concerned she could die alone. She refuses to marry for anything less than love. Naturally when Mr.Bingley arrives Elizabeth's sister Jane is who he sets his eyes on though his friend Mr.Darcy is found to be lacking. Elizabeth sets him out as a pround unkind man right from the start. She is convinced that she would not marry him for anything in the world and he has a like minded opnion of her.


Adult: "Me Before You" BY: Jojo Moyes

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Though I liked this book a great deal there were a few things I couldn't get over. I would go further into details but I do not wish to spoil anything. Will has a horrible accident that leaves him paralzed and unwilling to carry on with his life. His parents hire Lou, a character in and of her self, to take care of him. They find each other rather odd but the more they get to know about the other the more they can be themselves. It is a quircky, fun and sad read that gets deeper the futher along it goes. I found it to be touching and heart breacking all at the same time. If you read this have a box of tissues at the ready.     

Children's: "The Book With No Pictures" BY: B.J. Novak

5/5 Stars

I adore this book. It's not for every child but I think most would enjoy it. The book is as the title states one without pictures. I found it to be a very fun read and I wish I had a copy myself.

Middle Grade: "The Book of Story Beginnings" BY: Kristin Kladstrup

Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is a very fun book that I read in middle school and still enjoy now. "Oscar Martin was 14 when he vanished from his farmhouse home. Nearly a century later, Lucy Martin and her parents move to that same farmhouse, where her father mysteriously disappears. When she finds the mystical Book of Story Beginnings, Oscar reappears and together they venture into a fantasy world in search of Lucy's father."


E for Everyone: "The Chronicles of Narnia" BY: C.S. Lewis

Rating 5/5 Stars

"The Chronicles of Narnia" was the series I grew up with. I hear people talk about Harry Potter and I think about this series. This is my Harry Potter, the thing that kept me sane through the years. What made me want to write. I cannot describe what this series means to me. It is my favorite, it's on a different plain than any other work of fiction. This follows a few different people through out the books. What every story has in common though is the magical land of Narnia. I would highly recommend this to any and everyone.


1) "Throne of Glass" series By: Sarah J. Maas

Rating 5/5 stars

I had a hard time narrowing it down when it came to Sarah J. Maas. I would recommend any of her books but in the end I decided that I favored TOG to ACOTAR. TOG follows an assassin by the name of Celaena Sardothien. Celaena has been held as a slave in Endovier for a year. She has gone through torture beyond compare, so naturally when the Captain of the Guard and the would be King show up offering freedom for a price she accepts. All she has to do is win a game to be King's Champion, serve as a loyal lapdog for a few years and she's free. No big deal, she's got this, right? 


2) "Entwined" BY: Heather Dixon

Rating: 5/5 Stars

I read this book every year and it has not gotten boring yet. Mr.Bradford is so lovable. It is a retellig of the twelve dancing princesses.

3) "Vampire Academy" series BY: Richelle Mead

Rating: 5/5 stars

Some people can take or leave this series but it is a personal favorite of mine. It follows a smart mouth Dhampir who has been trained to protect the Moroi, more specifically her best friend Lissa, from the Strigoi, evil vampires who prey on humans and Moroi alike. Throw in Dimitri and it's the perfect series.

4) "Fangirl" BY: Rainbow Rowell

Rating: 5/5 stars

I am not someone who usually goes for contemporary but this book took me by surprise. It is the ultimate book for all fangirls or boys. Cath is a fangirl obsessed with writing fanfiction about her favorite series. She has gone off to college with her twin sister Wren only to find they aren't roommates. Cath has anxiety and does not like that her sister has basically thrown her under the bus. Not to mention she might have feelings for Levi who she assumes is her wild roommates boyfriend. 

5) Shadowhunters books BY: Cassandra Clare

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

The Shadowhunters books have been near and dear to me since I started reading the first series in seventh grade. I have fallen in love with all the Characters, even on occasion a few not so good ones. Shadowhunters were created to protect humans from demons and rouge Downworlder's. I gave these books a 4.5 because all though they are all great, not all of them were easy to get into.

6) "To Catch A Pirate: BY: Jade Parker

Rating 5/5 Stars

This is also a yearly read for me.

7) "Caraval" BY: Stephanie Garber 5/5 stars

8) "The Hunger Games" BY: Suzanne Collins 5/5 Stars

9) "The Fault in Our Stars" BY: John Green 5/5 Stars

10) "The Siren" BY: Kiera Cass 4/5 Stars

I would also recommend "The Selection" series for a pick me up read. 


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Book Review


BOOK: Cherophobia

Author: Ismail M Taher

Rating: 4/5 out of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It's about different characters who are going through different phases in their lives. Some are going through depression, some anxiety, some the loss of family members, and some are just starting to get their lives back on track. Their stories intertwine in some of the oddest ways, and I was reminded of the movies Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve. I loved slowly figuring out how they were all connected. Through all of that, there is a recurring theme of love and healing. I like the thought of this life ring being thrown at you in your time of need. John has some difficulties speak, and I liked that as the story unraveled the conversations got smoother.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Book Review


Book Review

Book: 23:27
Author: H.L. Roberts
This book is a diverse read, but it's also more than that. It's raw and emotional, and real. It will break your heart, and in the next sentence have you laughing. It is a book about cyber bullying, suicide, and suicide prevention. While the characters are fictional, their story is true for many. I found it easy to connect with the characters. Anyone who has suffered from depression can connect with Lilith, and anyone who has loved someone with depression can connect to Alec. Or maybe you can identify with both. It's a book about love, and how it can pull you out of even the darkest of times. H.L. Roberts did a fantastic job of pulling the characters together. This book kept me on the edge of my seat page after page, and I was so worried how it would end. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I would encourage everyone to read it. Congratulations H.L. on your first YA novel.  It was a great one. I can't wait to see what you do in the future.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

FairyLoot Unboxing

Today I have a FairyLoot unboxing!!! This box was supposed to be delivered Friday but I was not home so I got it yesterday. This was a great box that was jam-packed with a ton of stuff.
First off was the spoiler card that had a beautiful print on the front. The theme for this month was Warriors & Legends:

Next was a very cool metallic feather pen made by Flora's Wonder Emporium. Also Celtic socks exclusively by FaiyLoot:
There was an awesome "Lord of the Rings" woodmark by Ink and Wonder. I have been wanting one of their bookmarks for a while now so I was very excited about it:
Next there was an opposing tin candle from In The Wick Of Time which was named by the author of the book. Two were sent out one named Flame and one named Mist. I got Mist. The scent is warm stone and woodsmoke, and it smells divine:
There was also jasmine & lychee green tea from The Tea Leaf Co called Warriors & Legends:
Also in the box was a second book called "World Mythology in Bite-Sized Chunks" by Mark Daniels. I can't wait to read it, I love to read about mythology and legends!!
On top of the two books there was also a chapter sampler of "Naondel" by Maria Turtschaninoff:
Finally after all that I got down to the book bag which included the Fairyscoop, two bookmarks, a signed book plate, and a letter from the author:
And last but not least the book "Flame in the Mist" by Renee Ahdieh:
This is a retelling of Mulan. Mariko is forced into an engagement to the son of the emperor's favorite consort. But before she can get to the imperial city of Inako she is ambushed by the Black Clan who have been hired to kill her. She dresses as a boy and infiltrates the clan only to find she might actually belong there. It sounds like a very interesting book and I will be reading it very soon. 
In other news I will be doing a review for "23:27" by H.L. Roberts within the next week so be on the look out for that, I already have it written I just have to clean it up a bit from the original draft. I will also be posting more unboxings this month so keep an eye out.   






Monday, May 22, 2017

Get to Know

So as my first blog post I thought I might just share a little bit about myself. I am a 16 year old lover of books. I live in a small town in North Carolina. I have a sister and a brother, two nephews and a niece that I adore. We are a very close family and for the most part very supportive of one another. My love of books started around the age of 7 when my parents enrolled me in a summer reading class. Up until that point I hated to read and they didn't know what to do with me. They figured the class couldn't hurt so off to college I went. It was a class filled with kids just like me who hated to stare at a page for longer than a minute. I don't remember everything thing about that summer, but I remember I had a great teacher who didn't give up on me and worked with me until I loved to read. I couldn't believe I had ever not liked it. That class was one of the best things my parents have done for me. I am very thankful of that and of the teacher who worked with me. I can't imagine how my life would have turned out if I hadn't gone. From that point on I loved to read. It was an effort to get me out of a book. I remember in the second year of middle school my history teacher was always late so I would take out my book and read. The only problem was even after she got there I wouldn't stop. I love history it's my second best subject but that year I almost failed. Now I am homeschooled and will be taking the GED soon. Cross your fingers I pass please!!! So as I stated in my profile I created this blog to give people like me a voice. I feel like we are a big community and we ought to have the chance to speak what's on our minds. So please now,and in the future don't be afraid to comment and share!!!