Library Book Sale Haul 2017 #3: Early Chapter Books

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For the past two weeks, I talked about picture books that I discovered at my local library’s annual book sale. This week, I’ll discuss the early chapter books/early middle grade books that I found! Early chapter books/middle grade are some of my favorite books to read and I wasn’t disappointed with the selection at this year’s library sale. Here are the books that I purchased and my thoughts on them!

  • Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth by Jane O’Connor
  • Nancy Clancy: Secret Admirer by Jane O’Connor

I read Super Sleuth and thought it was an okay read, but I can see how younger readers would really enjoy it! I think these are great early chapter books for fans of Fancy Nancy.

  • Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker
  • How to Lose Your Cookie Money by Valerie Wilson Wesley
  • Lawn Boy Returns by Gary Paulsen
  • Martin Luther King Jr. by Kitson Jazynka 
  • Fluffy Meets the Tooth Fairy by Kate McMullan
  • Magic Tree House: Polar Bears Past Bedtime by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Magic Tree House: Afternoon on the Amazon by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Magic Tree House: The Knight at the Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne

I’m always glad to expand my Magic Tree House Collection! I was especially excited to find The Knight at the Dawn because I already own its nonfiction companion!

  • The Big, Big Pumpkin by Joan M. Lexau
  • Hide and Seek Turkeys by Judith Ross Enderly and Stephanie Jacob Gordon
  • I Wonder What A Rainforest Is by Annabelle Donati
  • Oddball Eyeballs by the editors of Klutz
  • Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobe
  • Junie B., First Grader, Toothless Wonder by Barbara Park
  • American Girl: Addy’s Collection by Connie Porter

This book is so beautiful! It’s hard back with a great illustration of Addy on the cover. Addy is a classic and well-loved American Girl, so I’m glad that I have all the main stories from her collection.

  • Storms by Miriam Busch Goin
  • Eloise at the Wedding by Kay Thompson
  • Eloise at the Ballgame by Kay Thompson
  • Pirate Pete by Kim Kennedy
  • Without You by Sarah Weeks
  • Bye-Bye, Bully! by J.S. Jackson
  • Judy Moody Saves the World by Megan McDonald
  • Judy Moody Predicts the Future by Megan McDonald

Judy Moody is one of my favorite series, so I’m glad to find a few more to add to my collection!

  • The Peanuts Movie novelization by Tracey West
  • Ten Ways to Make my Sister Disappear by Norma Fox Mazer
  • Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay

This is a book that is always recommended to me on Goodreads, so I can’t wait to finally read it!

  • Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • Grace: An American Girl by Mary Casanova 
  • Meet Rebecca by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
  • Saige: An American Girl by Jessie Haas

I was glad to find some of the newer American Girl books, all in such great condition!

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodges Barnett
  • The Little Penguin by A.J. Wood
  • A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman
  • Rose Faces the Music by L.E. Williams
  • Rose’s Magic Touch by Nina Alexander
  • Speed Racer: The Great Plan by Chase Wheeler

Top Five All-Time Favorite Series

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Over the past few weeks, I started a series of posts on my favorite book series. First, I started with Five Series I Will Not Finish. Then, I discussed Five Series I Need to Finish. Last week, I talked about Five Series I Want to Read. Today, I’ll conclude my series on book series with my five all-time favorite series.

When I was younger there were a lot of series that I loved to read. I devoured anything Junie B. Jones, Magic Tree House, Judy Moody, Baby-sitter’s Club, and Pony Pals. Even though those series will always hold a special place in my heart, I’m going to focus more on series that I’ve read recently. On this list, there are many series that I read from seeing on different book blogs and I was surprised that actually enjoyed. Now, they are some of my favorite series of all time! Here are my choices for my five all-time favorite series:

  • The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)

I remember reading books in this series as early as fourth grade. A few summers ago, I reread the whole series straight through and it brought back so many memories of why I loved this series throughout my entire school experience. I loved Meg Cabot’s fun and humorous style that I didn’t usually read in school. I related to Mia and wished that I could be the Princess of Genovia. I know that this series will always hold a special place in my heart so it deserves to be in my top five favorite series.

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

I remember that I picked up The Hunger Games on a whim because I heard some positive reviews for it and my sister heard that they would be turning it into a movie. I literally flew through this book and purchased the next two books in the series the very next day. I recommended this book to all of my friends, bought tons of Hunger Games merchandise from the pin to the nail polish, and saw the midnight premiere even though I literally had to be up for twenty four hours the next day. I never read Twilight, so The Hunger Games was the first series that I really went in with the hype. It also got me to try many young adult series outside of my contemporary comfort zone. For that, I will have to consider it one of my favorite series.

  • Divergent series by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent, #1)

I’ve never had such mixed feelings towards a series. Looking back, Divergent isn’t the best series that I’ve ever read. I had problems with the world and a book has never made me more angry than Allegiant, which was actually one of my first book reviews on my blog. However, I remember picking up the first book in this series after finishing The Hunger Games series and I literally could not put it down. I actually checked out this book from the library, but I went to the store and bought it the next day. Divergent is the first series that I read as the books were being released, so I finally understood what it was like to be stuck on a cliff hanger. Even though I find some areas of the series problematic, it still remains a special series for me.

  • The Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)

When I first heard of this series, I thought I wouldn’t like it because it wasn’t what I usually read. Then, I saw more and more people reviewing this series online and they talked about how much they loved it. Eventually, I saw so much on this series that I decided to read it. I’m glad that I did because The Winner’s trilogy is probably was one my favorite series of all time. Unlike most series that may lag in one of the books, I was invested in every single book in this series. Outside of the blogging world, I feel like not many people have heard of this series, so I find myself constantly recommending it to friends. Out of all the series on this list, I would say this series receives the least amount of hype, but is one of the most deserving.

  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

I remember people raved about Cinder when it first hit the market, but I never picked it up after a friend with similar book tastes told me that they weren’t a fan. After seeing so many positive reviews from the blogging community, I decided to read it and decide for myself. I’m so happy that I did because The Lunar Chronicles is one of my most-loved series. I loved the unique take that Marissa Meyer took on some of my favorite fairy tales, the world, and every single one of the characters. This is another series on my list that I feel is very underrated, so I recommend it to everyone that I know!

 

What are some of your favorite series?

ARC Review: Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally

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Compared to other contemporaries, Coming Up for Air falls slightly short of the gold.

Coming Up for Air follows competitive swimmer Maggie who hopes to qualify for the Olympic trials. As senior year winds down, Maggie regrets not doing many normal high school activities like going to school dances or having a boyfriend. Maggie hopes to overcome his biggest regret–never making out with a boy–by receiving a little help from her cute best friend, Levi.

Before Coming Up for Air, I only read one other book by Miranda Kenneally and was slightly disappointed. In Stealing Parker, I didn’t really like any of the relationships and felt that many of the characters were very one dimensional. While I liked Coming Up for Air a lot more than Stealing Parker, I found some of the same problems.

First, I’ll start with the positives. I really liked Maggie as a main character and felt like many people could relate to her struggles. Maggie never felt good enough in swimming or her social life. Even though she was an elite swimmer with a tight group of friends, she focused more on her flaws and feared for her future college life. Since Maggie is so relatable, it helps readers to invest in her story and see her as a real person.

On the other hand, I found a few of the other characters to be a little stereotypical. In Stealing Parker, Parker’s main rival was an ex-childhood friend and you never really understood why she hated Parker so much. Roxy in Coming Up for Air was the same character who only seemed relevant to ruin Maggie’s swimming career or relationship with Levi.

Levi also felt very stereotypical for a YA contemporary. When I think of Levi, I can’t think of a single flaw besides having a bad relationship with his father or his flirty personality. Otherwise, Levi is absolutely perfect. He’s cute, reads books, kisses well, and always appears when something goes wrong for Maggie. Besides his inability to define their relationship, he remains perfect, which made it more difficult to see him as a real person.

As for the relationship… it wasn’t what I expected. From the book’s description, it seemed like Maggie would do a bucket list before her senior year ended of all the fun experiences she wanted to have before graduation. Instead, the book solely focused on making out with a boy and gaining as much experience as possible before college so she won’t be labeled as a loser.

That being said, the first half of the book reminded me of an episode from The Secret Life of a Teenager. I expected Maggie and Levi to slowly move from being friends to being in a relationship. However, they quickly started a friends with benefits relationship early on in the book. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I wasn’t what I expected either. The first half of the book was only filled with Maggie and Levi making out in various locations. I felt like I never saw the emotional point when their relationship turned from friends to something more, which detracted from their relationship.

Even though I had several problems with the first half of the book, I enjoyed the second half of the book more because it better balanced all of Maggie’s problems rather than just focusing on her relationship with Levi. Maggie really grew as a character and this helped me appreciate her relationship with Levi more. I also really enjoyed Miranda Kenneally’s easy and real writing style that made the book quick to read.

Overall, Coming Up for Air will be a great book to read by the pool this summer, but doesn’t really stand out against other contemporaries. While I liked the second half of the book, sometimes the relationship and a few of the characters fell flat for me. I rate Coming Up for Air as three out of five stars.

I received Coming Up for Air via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Summer Lovin’ Book Tag

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Since it is the official first day of summer, I thought I would kick off this new season with the Summer Lovin’ Book Tag. Summer is my favorite season of the year and the season where I do the most of my reading for the year. Here’s a summer of relaxing by the pool, eating ice cream, and reading as many books as possible! Here are my answers for the Summer Lovin’ Book Tag:

  • Start of Summer: Pick a book with an attention-grabbing first line

Pride and Prejudice

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an author in possession of good writing must be in want of a great opening line. When I saw this prompt, my mind immediately went to Pride and Prejudice! This is such an iconic line that I had to choose this for the Start of Summer prompt.

  • Too Hot to Go Out: Pick a book for a day in

P.S. I Like You

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West will brighten up any rainy day! This is the perfect fun and fluffy book to read in the summer that you will be to finish in one sitting.

  • Summer Road Trip: Pick a book you’d take on the road

Open Road Summer

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord follows a girl who is spending the summer with her country star best friend. Even though this isn’t a traditional road trip, it would be a great one to read if you’re on one!

  • Ice Tea Goodness: Pick a book with a cold setting

Icing on the LakeSnowed In

I read both Icing on the Lake and Snowed In during May this year. Both of these stories take place during the winter, one on a small island off the coast of a Michigan and the other in a hockey-obsessed town. If you’re dreaming of the winter this summer, then pick up one of these books!

  • Nasty Sunburn: A book you really disliked (so far) this year

The Siren

The Siren by Kiera Cass seemed like the perfect summer read, but it ended up being incredibly disappointing. Even though The Selection was ridiculous, I was hooked up the plot. Sadly, I couldn’t say the same for The Siren. The characters and plot fell flat for me!

  • Sizzling Summer Reads: Recommend one of your favorite books (this year)

The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon was such a touching read for me. I loved how the reader got to see how every little decision you make can affect someone else in a major way. I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much I did, but it turned about being one of my favorite reads so far!

 

Have a great summer!

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Been Meaning to Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is series that I’ve been meaning to read. Recently, I started a series on book series and discussed Five Series that I Want to Read. For my first five books in this list, check out my post! To complete my top ten, here are five more series that I would like to read:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis 

The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7)

I read the first book in this series in elementary school, but after rewatching the movie recently, I really want to read through the whole series!

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

I tried reading A Court of Thorns and Roses last summer, but DNF’ed it. I want to try this series again because I heard the second book is really great. Hopefully, I will like it better the second time!

  • The Superlatives by Jennifer Echols

Biggest Flirts (Superlatives, #1)

I think this is more of a companion series, but there aren’t too many fun, contemporary series out there! These seems like fluffy and easy reads that would be perfect when school starts!

  • Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh 

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

I was interested in this book the moment that I read the description. I liked The Wrath and the Dawn, but wasn’t in love with it. I’m excited to read another book by Renée Ahdieh to see if I like this one more!

  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)

This series seems like the furthest from what I usually read. However, I found the first two books of this series in perfect condition at my local thrift store (on half off day!) so I couldn’t pass them up. I can’t wait to try something that is so out of my comfort zone!

What series have you been meaning to read?

Library Book Sale Haul 2017 #2: Picture Books, Part Two

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  • Picture Books, Part One

Last Sunday, I kicked off my annual series on my largest book haul of the year (and maybe ever!). During this series, I’m going to link the previous posts in order at the beginning of each post. Today, I’m will round off the picture books I hauled with part two! Here’s the second half of my picture book haul:

  • Lunch with Alex by the first grade students at Hollis Hand Elementary School

I think it is so awesome that this book was created by students at an elementary school! This could be a great book to use if I was doing a similar project in my own classroom.

  • The Planets in Our Solar System by Franklyn M. Branley
  • Casey at Bat by Keith Bendis
  • Who’s in the Jungle? by Judy Nayer
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors?/How Do Dinosaurs Play with their Friends? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

I have another Dinosaurs book, but I thought this one was super unique because there’s two in one! Once you finish reading one side of the book, you flip it over and have a new story!

  • The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing
  • Olive, The Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold and Vivian Walsh

I remember watching this movie when I was younger and loving it! I’m so glad that I found the book!

  • There was an Old Lady who Swallowed Some Books by Lucille Colandro
  • There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Rose by Lucille Colandro

Just when I think I’m done finding Old Lady books, I keep finding new ones to add to my collection!

  • Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Wemberely Worried by Kevin Henkes

I remember seeing this book in a lot of classrooms that I have visited. I’m so glad that I found a copy for myself. This is such a great book, especially for students starting school for the first time.

  • Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
  • The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Gowler Greene
  • Curious George by H.A. Rey
  • Berlioz the Bear by Jan Brett
  • Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

I’ve been Pete the Cat books at every thrift store, but I never found one… until the library book sale! this Pete the Cat book is especially sentimental to me because I remember reading it over and over to students at the preschool where I spent a semester!

  • Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson
  • Bear’s Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson
  • Bear’s New Friend by Karma Wilson
  • Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson

I think the Bear books are so cute, so I’m glad so I could find a few of them in such great condition at the book sale.

  • A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf

This is such a great find to add to my collection! Not only is this a popular picture books, but it’s one that I could read over and over again!

  • Paul Revere’s Ride by Ted Rand
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrae
  • Dinosaurumpus! by Tony Mitton
  • Manatee Winter by Kathleen Weidney Zoehfield
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarves translated by Randall Jarrell
  • Here Comes T. Rex Cottontail! by Lois G. Grambling
  • A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom
  • Maps and Globes by Harriett Barton
  • Fin M’Coul by Tomie de Paola

I have started my collection of Tomie de Paola books, so I’m happy to find another to add to my collection. This book would also be great to read around St. Patrick’s Day!

  • How Much is a Million? by David M. Schwartz
  • The Biggest, Best Snowman! by Margery Cuyler
  • The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear and Jan Brett
  • Why Do I Always Have to Say Please? by Wendy Rosen and Jackie End
  • The Christmas Candle by Richard Paul Evans
  • Lift, Look, and Learn: Pirate Ship by Jim Pipe

This looked like a fun and interactive book that a lot of student would enjoy, so I’m glad that I picked it up!

  • A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schultz

This is one of my favorite movies to watch during the holidays, so I’m glad that I can now cherish it in book form!

  • Aesop’s Fables illustrated by Charles Santore

 

Stay tuned next week for my early chapter book finds!

Five Series I Want to Read

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Recently, I started my series on series! First, I discussed Five Series I Will Not Finish. Then, I talked about Five Series I Need to Finish. Today, I will discuss the Five Series I Want to Read!

Starting a series always seems like a daunting task. If you love the first book, then you’re committing to read usually two, sometimes even more, books. If you start the series when a trilogy when it is first published, you most likely will have to wait ONE WHOLE YEAR to find out what happens next and two whole years to see how the story is resolved. Other times, you’re completely disappointed by the first book. Even though you want to commit and see how the story end, you are not sure you want to pick up the next book.

Here’s five series that I think are worth the risk and hope to read in the future:

  • The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)

I remember that this series was super popular when I was in high school, but I never ended up reading it. I really loved Jenny Han’s other contemporary series, To All the Boys I Loved Before, so I want to give The Summer I Turned Pretty a chance! After reading reviews for the book, I’m afraid that I won’t enjoy this book as much as I would have if I read it in high school. However, there are so many copies of this series in my local library that I don’t have to worry about buying an entire series and not enjoying it.

  • Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

I started A Court of Thorn and Roses last summer and did not finish it. I never felt invested in the series and I was kind of bored. I heard the series gets better in the second book, so I might try reading it again. I know Sarah J. Maas is a well-loved author, so I want to try another one of her series first! I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews for Throne of Glass, so I’m excited to start this book even if it isn’t what I typically read!

  • The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

The Mortal Instruments is another series that was extremely popular when I was in high school, but I never read it, most likely because it ventured out of my typical contemporary reads. After reading so many blog posts and watching so many reviews of how many people love this series and Cassandra Clare’s other series in the same world, I’ve been wanting to pick up the first book. My sister recently purchased the first book at a library book sale, so I have no excuse not to read it!

  • Renegades series by Marissa Meyer

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When I heard Marissa Meyer was writing a new series, I immediately added the first book to my TBR pile. After reading the summary, Renegades seems very different than The Lunar Chronicles or Heartless, which were both futuristic retellings of fairy tales or other classic stories. It will be exciting to read a book my Marissa Meyer out of that context! Hopefully, I enjoy this series as much as her other books!

  • And I Darken series by Kiersten White 

And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)

And I Darken was really hyped last year. I remember seeing a lot of people say how much they loved it and other reviews stating that they thought the book was incredibly slow-paced. The book’s plot sounds interesting to me, so I can’t wait to read it and see my own feelings towards the book!

 

What series do you want to read?

Once and For All Review

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I now pronounce Once and For All as the perfect summer wedding book!

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen follows Louna, the cynic daughter of a wedding planner that tragically lost her first love. Amidst a crazy wedding season Louna meets Ambrose, a charming and somewhat annoying player, who joins her mother’s wedding planning team. Louna puts her heart on the line again when she makes a bet with Ambrose that she can go on multiple dates per week and that he can maintain the same girlfriend for seven weeks.

When I saw Sarah Dessen was releasing another book, I couldn’t contain my excitement! I discovered Sarah Dessen’s books and ever since, she’s remained my favorite author. Her books are an auto-buy for me and I pre-ordered this book a few months back. If you’ve seen other posts on my blog, you would know that I purchase most of my books from thrift stores. When I pre-order a book, then I definitely have high expectations. While Once and For All isn’t my favorite Sarah Dessen book, I definitely enjoyed it and would recommend anyone to run out and buy it!

I once saw Sarah Dessen’s books as about nothing, but about everything at the same time and I couldn’t agree more. Nothing truly remarkable happens to the characters in any of her books and any of her character’s stories could happen in real life. However, the messages in her books will resonate with all readers because at once in your life, you’ve probably felt like the characters in her books. Once and For All is no exception. While I can’t relate with every aspect of Louna’s story, I think a lot of readers will relate to opening up your heart again after tragedy and looking at love more positively. Like Sarah Dessen’s other heroines, Louna is extremely relatable and realistic.

Another important aspect of Sarah Dessen’s books are the relationships. While Once and For All doesn’t contain my OTP of Sarah Dessen’s books, I really liked Louna’s love interest in this book. Ambrose is very different from many of the other love interests in Sarah Dessen’s books. He’s a serial dater, smooth talker, and in Louna’s opinion, a “slightly annoying” person. I found myself constantly smiling and laughing at Ambrose throughout the novel and though he complimented Louna well. Ambrose was definitely a highlight of this book!

The final ingredient in a class Sarah Dessen book are the supporting characters. I think out of all the supporting characters in the book, William was my favorite. He was definitely different from Sarah Dessen’s other supporting characters which made him really stand out. Unfortunately, many of the other side characters in this book reminded me too much of characters from other books by Sarah Dessens. For example, Louna’s best friend seemed to be a mash-up of a few other characters, which made her forgettable. However, I did appreciate the bonus chapter on the end of the book which featured many of Sarah Dessen’s past characters!

I really enjoyed Once and For All and thought it was the perfect book to read in preparation for this coming wedding season. I had such high expectations for this book and was not disappointed! I give Once and For All by Sarah Dessen four out of five stars,

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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It’s that time of year again! By the time this is posted, I’ll be at around 30 books for the year which means I’m almost at 50% for my Goodreads reading goal! Since I am a few books behind schedule, I’m definitely feeling the mid-year book freakout. To get an idea of how my reading year is going so far, here are my answers for the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag:

  • The Best Book that I’ve Read so far 

Wolf By Wolf (Wolf By Wolf, #1)

Wolf by Wolf had me hooked from the very first page. Ryan Graudin did a fantastic job imagining a world where Germany won the second World War. Not only was this book full of action, but it was full of interesting and complex characters.

  • Th Best Sequel that I’ve Read so far

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This is probably also the best book that I’ve read this year, but I decided to save it for the sequel category (even though it’s the third book in the series). The Winner’s trilogy is probably my favorite series of all time and I was not disappointed with The Winner’s Kiss. It was well written, action packed, and full of great characters.

  • New Release that I Haven’t Read yet

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3)

I’m a huge fan of this contemporary series, so I need to get my hands on the last book! I’m expecting to finish this book with a smile, so I’m really excited to read something that I know will make me happy.

  • Most Anticipated Release for Late 2017

RenegadesThere's Someone Inside Your House

I love everything that I’ve read by Marissa Meyer and Stephanie Perkins and I didn’t realize until recently that they both have books coming out at the end of this year! Both of these books sort of stray from their typical works–retellings and contemporary–which makes me even more excited to read them!

  • Biggest Disappointment

Kill the Boy Band

I thought this book was going to be really funny, but the humor definitely was not for me. Kill the Boy Band is my lowest rated book of the year at one star and I was really disappointed in the directions that the plot went in this story.

  • Biggest Surprise

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

I’ve heard this book wasn’t the greatest book of all time, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I thought that I would be really bored while reading this book, and even though I found myself rolling my eyes at more than one occasion, this book was still fun to read. I’m a big fan of The Bachelor so I loved all the ridiculous aspects of this book. This is by no means the best book that I’ve read so far this year, but I’m hooked on this series and can’t wait to see how it ends!

  • Favorite New Author

The Fill-In Boyfriend

Even though Kasie West isn’t a new author, she is new to me. I read my first book by Kasie West, The Distance Between Us, at the very end of last year. I liked it, but wasn’t in love with it. Then, I read The Fill-In Boyfriend and P.S. I Like You and I wanted to get my hands on her other books! I love Kasie West’s fun and fluffy books that remind me of some of my favorite rom coms.

  • Newest Fictional Crush

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Even though I’ve read a lot of cute romances this year, no character really sticks out as a new fictional crush for me. I think a lot of characters that I’ve read this year are very similar or aren’t particularly memorable. Hopefully, that changes in the second half of the year!

  • Newest Favorite Character

Wolf By Wolf (Wolf By Wolf, #1)

Yael is such a complex and interesting characters that she is definitely one of my favorites this year. I love that she never loses her humanity or focus of her goal. She is a really strong YA character that you don’t need to be reminded of that through other characters telling you that in the book which is very refreshing.

  • A Book that Made You Cry

The Sun Is Also a Star

This book didn’t make me cry, but I came pretty close even though it didn’t necessarily have a sad ending. Just seeing how one little thing can change someone’s life forever is so impactful. That’s what I really enjoyed reading about in this book.

  • A Book that Made You Happy

P.S. I Like You

P.S. I Like You is like a classic high school movie. This book made me smile so many times, it’s definitely competing to be my favorite Kasie West book!

  • Favorite Adaptation You Saw This Year

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Since Guardians of the Galaxy is a comic book, I’m going to say this was my favorite adaptation of the year! There is only one way to describe this movie: so extra. I loved every minute of it.

  • Favorite Post You’ve Done So Far This Year

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My favorite post that I’ve done so far would have to be the book that that I created! I love looking up more about my personality type, so I thought it would be fun to create a challenge that related my personality type to books. Check out my Book Personality challenge here!

  • The Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

Once and for All

Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite authors and I love the cover for her new book, Once and For All! I’m also a huge fan of the pop of pink on the inside of the cover.

  • What Books Do You Need to Read Before the End of the Year

Fish in a Tree

As someone who just graduated from college as a special education major, I know this book is going to make me geek out and recommend it to everyone I know. The title and the summary suggest this book is about a girl known as a troublemaker, but really just learns differently and struggles with traditional school. Then, a teacher comes and makes a difference in her life. Since this is what every teacher dreams about, I’m really excited to read this book!

Top Ten Tuesday: Best and Worst Book Fathers

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is a Father’s Day Freebie. I decided to discuss some of the best and some of the worst fathers that I’ve read about in books. Here are my choices (any book with a review will be linked to the book’s title):

Best Book Fathers

  • Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

I think Mr. Bennet is probably one of the favorite fathers in literature. Even though Elizabeth’s mother pushes her to marry, her father doesn’t want to her to marry someone she doesn’t love. Mr. Bennet was really ahead of his time and you could tell he truly cared about Elizabeth and her happiness.

  • Big Mav from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give

Even though Big Mav made some mistakes in his life, he became such a great role model for not only his children, but other children in his community. He was always willing to take someone in so they wouldn’t fall into the trap of the streets and did whatever he could protect his children and give them a great future. Even though it’s Father’s Day, shout out to Starr’s mom for also being a great role model!

  • Mr. Schuyler from Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

Alex and Eliza

There weren’t many things about this book that I enjoyed, but I did really appreciate Eliza’s mother and father at the end of the book. I’m not sure how things actually went down in history, but when Eliza is attacked by her would-be suitor, her parents condemn his behavior and break up the marriage arrangement. They never blame Eliza, which is very unlike the times, and tell her to marry Alex.

  • Mr. Singer from The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

While The Selection isn’t the greatest book of all time, I really loved the relationship between America and her father. I love how America seeks her father’s advice, shares his love of history, and values his opinion on her future husband. You can tell that they really trust each other and that Mr. Singer wants America to be happy in whatever she chooses.

  • Mr. O’Neill from Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Open Road Summer

Like Big Mav from The Hate U Give, Mr. O’Neill made some mistakes. When Reagan’s mom left, Mr. O’Neill became an alcoholic. Then, he shaped up in order to became a better father for Reagan. Even though they still have a strained relationship in the book since he remarried, I appreciate how Mr. O’Neill decided to make a change to be a better father.

 

Worst Book Fathers:

  • General Trajan from The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

Even though Kestrel constantly looks for her father’s favor, there isn’t much to love with General Trajan. **SPOILERS AHEAD** I think what makes him one of the worst fathers is that he turned his own daughter in from treason even though he knew the consequences that would follow.

  • Mr. Beckett from The Row by J.R. Johansson

The Row

**This one will also contain major spoilers.** It’s impossible to find a man who cheated on his wife, killed numerous woman that looked like her, and then tries to kill his own daughter as a good father. Enough said.

  • Snow’s Father from Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige 

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

Any father trying to kill his own daughter definitely won’t be winning Father of the Year.

  • Jersey’s father and stepfather from Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

Torn Away

When Jersey loses her only family in a deadly tornado, her stepfather moves and ships her off to live with the father who never wanted her. Her father allows his other family to steal from Jersey, destroy the few possessions and family items she has left, and abuse her.

  • Mr. Motgomery from The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

The Fill-In Boyfriend

All of Gia’s family is pretty messed up, but since it’s Father’s Day, only her father is on the list. Gia’s parents only care about how their lives look on the surface and are very emotionally unbelievable for Gia. I think a lot of their behavior helped create Gia’s initial superficial outlook.

 

Who are your favorite/least favorite fathers in literature?