10 (#not) Books To Read This Summer || If Your TBR Kills You Don’t Sue Me

Well. It’s time. (High time. After all, it’s only the END of July. -_-) If you have too much time on your hands this (or, the rest of this) summer, here are 10 books to add to your TBR pile! *bookworm cheering that slowly becomes muffled as their tbr falls on them*

Summer TBR

Photo via Google Images, Editing mine, feat PicMonkey (yes, that is an actual pile of books and it hurts my eyes to see the mutilated books too)

This blogpost is mildly influenced by Olivia and Grace Anne. Their books are more of the classic/historical fiction genre (more of what I like), but I’m a weird reader that reads all sort of weird stuff, while still being really picky about the genres that I like, so I’m going to be writing about more ‘modern’ books in my post.


I’m going to divide this post up into several categories and list several books in each category. These books, instead of being my TBR for the summer (because my TBR literally changes every other day, as it depends on what book I have at the moment), are books I’m forcing suggesting you to read over the summer! They are all my FAVORITE FAVORITE books, and I 100% recommend, with the exception of two, which you’ll see in the blurb. ūüôā

Christian Fiction

  1. This is the A Time of Grace trilogy by Alicia Ruggieri, and it’s an absolutely BEAUTIFUL series, with a story of God’s grace and redemption, following three different point of views of a continuing story. It’s SO WELL WRITTEN. I SO HIGHLY recommend!!

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2. I’ve actually reviewed A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander already on my blog! It’s a great story about an extremely talented woman musician trying to find her place in a world where male musicians dominate. As a musician, I LOVED reading it! (BEWARE, though, the romantic scenes are a *bit* much at places, and there are some mentions that are not as appropriate for younger readers. More details here)

3. Andora’s Folly is an Pandora’s Box retelling by Abigayle Claire, and it’s releasing July 29th! I’m on the Launch Team for the book, which means I’ve already beta read it, and Y’ALL SHOULD READ IT!! Also, you can preorder the book here!

Contemporary

4. I really haven’t done enough flailing over this series on my blog. The Serena Jones Trilogy by Sandra Orchard is a modern Christian suspense/murder/FBI story trilogy, featuring young FBI agent Serena Jones. They’re all fast paced mysteries, and often I can’t keep up (which is a good thing!) with the mystery. There is also a light romance (it’s the sweetest), and the characters are witty and well-defined and the love triangle is the most effortless one to read! THIS COULD WELL BE MY FAVORITE CHRISTIAN FICTION EVER)

5. I actually haven’t read The Color Project, partially due to the fact that it’s not releasing for another month. However, there is already an INSANE amount of hype on twitter (the author’s twitter generating a lot of it), and the reviews for the ARCs that I’ve seen have all been positive!

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6. But really, if you haven’t read The Hunger Games, can you say that you’re well-read? (I don’t necessarily recommend the other two; they’re not as good as The Hunger Games itself.) And if you’ve been living entirely under a rock, The Hunger Games is a YA dystopian book that is, in my opinion, THE foundation for all YA fiction.

7. The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry is another dystopian series, but it’s less gory and violent, making it suitable for younger readers (starting age 11ish). The storyline is so well tied together AND THE FIRST BOOK AND THE LAST BOOK. OMGNS. YES. My favourite out of them is Gathering Blue, so basically I RECOMMEND ALL OF THEM OKAY?

8. The Blood Race by Kate Emmons is another book that hasn’t been released yet. I’ve had the privilege of receiving an Advanced Reader Copy, and I’m so excited for its release!¬† (If you’re interested in winning a free copy, head over to¬†Kate’s Website and subscribe to her newsletter!) Basically,¬†it’s basically a secular Christian A Wrinkle in Time meets The Giver meets The Raven Boys! SO YES READ IT WHEN IT COMES OUT.

Historical Fiction

9. These two books by Ellen Klages are about two girls living during World War II on the New Mexico base when the United States was trying to develop the atomic bomb. The science talk and the friendship and World War II and AHH YES.

10. What can I say? If you haven’t read The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, what have you been doing with your life? These are MUST READS. They follow the life of Laura growing up in the developing United States, living the pioneer life. These were my FAVOURITE books growing up, and definitely a set I’m bringing to college, because YAS.

11. Yet another CLASSIC FAVOURITE. Cheaper by the Dozen follows the story of a family of a dozen children headed by a motion study expert and the hilarious adventures that ensue. Belles on their Toes, the sequel, is also hilarious and the writers, two of the kids, are AWESOME.

Fantasy

Princess Academy

12. Princess Academy is one of the only fantasy books that I really, really liked. The storyline is so well connected and tied together and ASADJHKGFDL YESSS. I also did a¬†review on Princess Academy, and I highly, highly recommend that you read it! There are two other books in the series, but I don’t really recommend it as much as Princess Academy.


SPEAKING OF WHICH, I actually have a [sort of] Bookstagram! It’s actually my blog instagram, but because this is The Summer For Books, I’ve been posting book photos there.

And that’s it! #sorrynotsorry for adding (much more than) 10 books to your summer TBR! Please tell me if you read any, or have read any, or want to read any! I really, REALLY recommend each of these books, and you won’t regret them, I promise

Have you read any of these books? Which one looks the best to you? Do YOU have any book suggestions for me?

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Rant: Every Christian Novel Ever

Yes, I know I’m stealing this from Katie Gregoire, but GOOD HEAVENS, JUST BECAUSE SHE DID IT DOESN’T MEAN I CAN’T DO IT TOO! (her much more coherent video will be linked at the end)

Also another disclaimer: I’m not this angry in person. I don’t rant this much. Just incidentally these couple weeks I’ve had a lot to rant about. Just ask my friends. or not, because I rant way more to my best friends XD

In this blogpost, we discuss* components of a Christian novel, lovingly titled Every Christian Novel Ever‚ĄĘ, and what makes up a good Christian novel.

If I had wanted to be mean, I would have written this post as a ‘how to write a Christian novel of your own’ guide, but I know too many authors that work too hard to diss them like that. So thank me. I’m nice, I know.

*by ‘discuss,’ I mean SCREAM LOUDLY AND VIOLENTLY because why be quiet when you could be loud? #goodlogic

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So, what makes up any book?

Setting, characters, backstory, plotline, content, climax, and resolution.

We’re going to discuss each of these.

Setting: Every Christian Novel Ever‚ĄĘ is either set a) in the Amish community, b) in the mid1800s in the Wild West‚ĄĘ, or c) in Britain ~1800s/early 1900s. There have been rare sightings set during early 1900s in, like, New York, or even rarer sightings of books set in the modern time period.

Characters: A guy and a girl. (duh). Occasionally, it’s a girl and TWO guys. Never two girls, and a guy…not sure why. (*eye roll*) The guy is always ALWAYS super manly and has lots of muscles, is a policeman etc. The girl may be plain to look at, because of her sad background (see backstory, below), but the instant she puts on a ‘nice’ dress, she becomes the envy of any man in a radius of 50 miles.
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Backstory: For the girl, she either has SUPER protective parents, or else, dead parents. Sometimes with a dead exhusband/fiance/boyfriend. For the guy, he either has a dead wife/fiancee/girlfriend, or was abandoned when he was little. So basically, dead parents/ex significant other/traumatic past in general. EVERY TIME.

Plotline: The plotline could go two ways. Either the guy meets the girl and falls in love with her at first sight, and the girl doesn’t love him back,¬† OR else, the girl and the guy don’t have ANY feelings for each other, but then *something* happens that throws them together. And BAM, suddenly the girl sees the guy’s muscles and sees what all she’s been missing out. And they accidentally touch, and electrical sparks fly.
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Content: Every Christian Novel Ever‚ĄĘ contains several required scenes. There’s, of course, the unnecessarily detailed his-knee-touched-her-arm-or-something-and-tingles-ran-down-their-spine-and-they-quickly-pulled-away-embarassed-but-then-thought-about-that-moment-for-days moment, and there’s always that impulsive he-looked-at-her-and-at-that-moment-he-couldn’t-restrain-himself-and-kissed-her moment. In the Amish books, there has to be either a singing or a quilting, and there also must be a beautifully unnecessarily detailed spiel about either the guy’s muscles or the girl’s natural beauty.

Climax: The climax usually involves some sort of realisation of love and/or a marriage proposal. Like, EVEN DISNEY WAS LESS CLICH√Č, OKAY? There usually is also a “okay, God, I guess you do exist, so I’m going to pray” moment, which is the whole “Christian” part of Every Christian Novel Ever‚ĄĘ, I suppose. XD

Resolution: A wedding and riding off into the sunset. Oh gee, I’d never would have thought! Nothing ever happens ever again, apparently.

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So now, when I review Christian novels, I can say “This book was yet another Every Christian Novel Ever‚ĄĘ!” and y’all will know what I mean! WOOT.

And, as promised, here’s Katie’s video.

Leave me your thoughts down below! I know I can’t be the only one who thinks that Christian novels are too formulaic.

Fantasy Love February Reading Challenge | Part 3 | Tales of Old

So…I’m back with Week 3 of ¬†Fictionally’s Fantasy Love February Reading Challenge!!!¬†It’s been great so far watching what others are reading, while my books are taking their time arriving from the library…. ūüôā

Grimm’s… Hans Christian Anderson….This week’s challenge is to find an old version of a fairy tale, read it, then answer the questions on your blog.
Fantasy Love February Reading 2016
1. What fairy tale did you read?
I read “The Girl Without Hands” by the Grimm Brothers.
2. Did you enjoy it?
¬†Um. It was very interesting, to say the least! I feel like the story was incoherent, and some points didn’t exactly correlate to the other, and needed a bit of thinking to understand. Also, the story was quite disturbing, involving the devil, and having hands chopped off.
3. If there is a movie version of it, which is better? If there’s not a movie version, do you think there should be an adaption?
I’ve never seen a movie adaptation, and I wouldn’t feel like watching a movie edition either, because of the storyline!
4. Is this the first original fairy tale you’ve read?
No, I’ve read several other original fairy tales before. I’m a storyteller, as some of you know, so I read stories on a regular basis trying to choose stories to tell. ūüôā
5. Do you want to read any more original tales now?
Yes! As a matter of fact, I just loaned a Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales book from my friend K, so I’m excited to read that! It’s also the prettiest book I’ve ever seen, so I’m shooting it for my Mini Challenge 2. ūüėÄ
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Fantasy Love February Reading Challenge | Part 2 |Art

This week’s mini-challenge from¬†Fictionally¬†is “Art”! Although I’m no artist, Grace thought of that beforehand and noted which things were considered “artistic”…so I did a photo shoot with the books that have arrived from the library, and made them into a collage, and then added a quote. It’s by far not the best piece of anything that I’ve done…but…hey, it’s all for the blog, right?


 

Mini Challenge 2- Art!

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I do like the quote a lot. ūüôā

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Fantasy Love February Reading Challenge | Part 1 | My TBR List

A blogging friend,¬†Shantelle at A Writer’s Heart, led me to a¬†fantasy reading challenge¬†on¬†Fictionally, a blog run by Grace…and being the person who steals ideas like they’re nothing, I decided to join in!

Fantasy Love February Reading 2016

Mini Challenge 1- Your TBR List

Hmm…I don’t particularly think of myself as a fantasy reader, (so why did I steal this idea?) but I have a few books that I have in mind….so here goes!

(hmm…I actually read several fantasy books last month…but they don’t count…arrgh)

  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (stolen from¬†In the Bookcase)
  • Fairest¬†by Gail Carson Levine (stole this one from Knittingfrenzy18)
  • The Hunger Games¬†by Suzanne Collins (yes, I’m really behind schedule on that one)
  • The Hobbit¬†by J. R. R. Tolkien (I’ve never been able to really get into this one, even though it has great reviews and everyone seems to think it’s really good, so I’m attempting again)
  • Beauty : a retelling of the story of Beauty & the Beast¬†by Robin McKinley (stole this one from Fictionally)

Toldja that I liked stealing things…

This should be plenty…aside from the other books that I have to read for school. (and the fact that the spring is never a good time for me to read much, haha).

I’m really excited for this challenge…I’m so excited¬†that I may or may not be writing this post during school hours erhem…that I’ll be¬†reading something (that I think) is out of my comfort zone (although judging by the number of fantasy books I read last month, it may not be, haha)…however, it’s going to be really interesting how this actually¬†goes, since February/March/April/May usually is my no-reading part of the year.

Feel free to join the challenge here, and happy reading!

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2015 Reading (2015 Bucket List- #5)

booksOne of the things on my Bucket List in 2015 was to read 120 books, and me, being a homeschooled kid, and an avid reader, managed to reach that goal.

This post is more of a record to myself than anything else, but it also might interest whoever else is interested.

  1. The Charioteer of Delphi (Roman Mysteries #12) by Caroline Lawrence
  2. The Thieves of Ostia (Roman Mysteries #1) by Caroline Lawrence
  3. The Pirates of Pompeii (Roman Mysteries #3) by Caroline Lawrence
  4. The Secret of Vesuvius (Roman Mysteries #2) by Caroline Lawrence
  5. The Fugitive from Corinth (Roman Mysteries #10) by Caroline Lawrence
  6. The Assassins of Rome (Roman Mysteries #4) by Caroline Lawrence
  7. Spiderweb for Two: A Melendy Maze by Elizabeth Enright
  8. The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis, Seattle, Washington, 1941 by Kirby Larson
  9. Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
  10. A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
  11. Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park
  12. Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
  13. The Bronze Bow by Elisabeth George Speare
  14. All Things Great and Small by James Herriot
  15. All Things Bright and Beautiful by James Herriot
  16. All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot
  17. The Chosen by Chaim Potok
  18. Clue in the Castle Tower (An American Girl Samantha Mystery) by Sarah Masters Buckey
  19. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  20. The Haunted Showboat (Nancy Drew #35) by Carolyn Keene
  21. The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson
  22. Moonshiner’s Son by Carolyn Reeder
  23. The Dolphins of Laurentum (Roman Mysteries #5) by Caroline Lawrence
  24. The Gladiators of Capua (Roman Mysteries #8) by Caroline Lawrence
  25. Cannons at Dawn: The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 1779 by Kristiana Gregory
  26. A Dog Called Kitty by Bill Wallace
  27. Return to Gone-Away by Elizabeth Enright
  28. Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  29. Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables #2) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  30. Anne of the Island (Anne of Green Gables #3) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  31. Anne of Windy Poplars (Anne of Green Gables #4) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  32. James Herriot’s Animal Stories by James Herriot
  33. Anne’s House of Dreams¬†(Anne of Green Gables #5) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  34. Rainbow Valley (Anne of Green Gables #6) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  35. Anne of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #7) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  36. Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #8) by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  37. A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
  38. All-of-a-Kind Family Downtown (All-of-a-Kind Family, #4) by Sydney Taylor
  39. Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
  40. Mystery of the Tolling Bell (Nancy Drew, #23) by Carolyn Keene
  41. The Clue in the Old Stagecoach (Nancy Drew #37) by Carolyn Keene
  42. Out of the Dust by Avis Goodheart
  43. Betty Gordon in Washington: Or, Strange Adventures in a Great City by Alice B. Emerson
  44. The Christmas Promise by Alan Riehl
  45. The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena B. Miller
  46. Chasing Hope by Katheryn Cushman
  47. Hazardous Duty (Squeaky Clean Mystery, #1) by Christy Barritt
  48. Keeping my Sister: A Story of Sibling Survivalry by Nancy Paul
  49. Trail of Thread:¬†A Woman’s Westward Journey (Trail of Thread #1) by Linda K. Hubalek
  50. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  51. The Coach’s Daughter:¬†A Journey into God’s Faithfulness by Jill Woodruff
  52. Savvy Stories (Savvy Stories #1) by Dan Alatorre
  53. Letters to My Wife by Terry Dean
  54. The Jellybean Club and the Case of the Puzzling Package (The Jellybean Club #2) by Sally Butler
  55. A Sugarcreek Amish Romance (Amish of Sugarcreek Romance #1) by Anna Fisher
  56. Grace and the Drawl by Dale Cusack
  57. Leaving Liberty by Virginia Carmichael
  58. The Calling of Emily Evans (Women of the West #1) by Janette Oke)
  59. The Mystery of the 99 Steps (Nancy Drew #43) by Carolyn Keene
  60. The Great Airport Mystery (Hardy Boys #9) by Franklin W. Dixon
  61. A Little House of Their Own by Celia Wilkins
  62. Archer’s Quest¬†by Linda Sue Park
  63. The Legionary from Londinium and other Mini Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence
  64. The Scribes from Alexandria (Roman Mysteries #15) by Caroline Lawrence
  65. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall (Nancy Drew #22) by Carolyn Keene
  66. The Colossus of Rhodes (Roman Mysteries #9) by Caroline Lawrence
  67. The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina (Roman Mysteries #6) by Caroline Lawrence
  68. The Sirens of Surrentum (Roman Mysteries #11) by Caroline Lawrence
  69. The Man From Pomegranate Street (Roman Mysteries #17) by Caroline Lawrence
  70. The Missing Chums (Hardy Boys #4) by Franklin W. Dixon
  71. The Mystery of Cabin Island (Hardy Boys #8) by Franklin W. Dixon
  72. On the Other Side of the Hill by Roger Lea MacBride
  73. Fifteen by Beverly Cleary
  74. The Slave Girl from Jerusalem (Roman Mysteries #13) by Caroline Lawrence
  75. The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin
  76. The Year of the Rat by Grace Lin
  77. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  78. Life with Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger
  79. Echoes of an Angel by Aquanetta Gordon
  80. The Mystery of the Missing Money by Paul Moxham
  81. Little City by the Lake by Celia Wilkins
  82. In the Company of Secrets by Judith Miller
  83. Anya’s Story¬†by Julia Gouvessa
  84. Going Solo by Roald Dahl
  85. Cameron Townsend: Good News in Every Language by Janet and Geoff Benge
  86. Dumpling Days by Grace Lin
  87. Whistler in the Dark (American Girl History Mysteries #16) by Kathleen Ernst
  88. Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
  89. Blue Willow by Doris Gates
  90. Mozart’s Last Aria¬†by Matt Rees
  91. Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
  92. The Maze of Bones (39 Clues #1) Rick Riordan
  93. One False Note (39 Clues #2) Gordon Kormon
  94. The Sword Thief (39 Clues #3) by Peter Larangis
  95. The Kite Flyers by Linda Sue Park
  96. The Tower Treasures (Hardy Boys #1) by Franklin W. Dixon
  97. The House on the Cliff (Hardy Boys #2) by Franklin W. Dixon
  98. The Secret of the Caves (Hardy Boys #7) by Franklin W. Dixon
  99. The Sinister Signpost (Hardy Boys #15) by Franklin W. Dixon
  100. The Secret Panel (Hardy Boys #25) by Franklin W. Dixon
  101. The Secret of the Old Mill (Hardy Boys #3) by Franklin W. Dixon
  102. Hunting for Hidden Gold (Hardy Boys #5) by Franklin W. Dixon
  103. The Clue in the Embers (Hardy Boys #35) by Franklin W. Dixon
  104. The Secret of Skill Mountain (Hardy Boys #27) by Franklin W. Dixon
  105. The Arctic Patrol Mystery (Hardy Boys #48) by Franklin W. Dixon
  106. Danger on Vampire Trail (Hardy Boys #50) by Franklin W. Dixon
  107. After the Dancing Days by Margaret I. Rostkowski
  108. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  109. Henry Reed, Inc by Keith Robertson
  110. When My Name was Keoko by Linda Sue Park
  111. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  112. Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies
  113. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  114. Uncle Tom’s Cabin¬†by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  115. Rebel With a Cause by Franklin Graham
  116. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Koingsburg
  117. The Secret of the Forgotten City (Nancy Drew #52) by Carolyn Keene
  118. The Shore Road Mystery (Hardy Boys #6) by Franklin W. Dixon
  119. Henry Reed’s Baby-Sitting Service¬†by Keith Robertson
  120. Henry Reed’s Journey¬†by Keith Robertson
  121. The Power of I Am by Joel Osteen
  122. Across the Rolling River by Celia Wilkins
  123. Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred Taylor
  124. The Greek Symbol Mystery (Nancy Drew #60) by Carolyn Keene
  125. Jacob I Have Loved by Katherine Peterson
  126. The Clue of the Broken Locket (Nancy Drew #11) by Carolyn Keene
  127. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  128. In Too Deep (39 Clues #6) by Jude Watson
  129. Waiting for Summer’s Return¬†by Kim Vogel Sawyer
  130. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  131. The Rising Tide by Jeff Sharra
  132. Killing Reagan¬†by Bill O’Reilly

I also participated in a reading challenge-

  • A book with more than 500 pages- The Rising Tide by Jeff Sharra
  • A classic romance-Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • A book that became a movie- Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
  • A¬†book published this year-¬†Graceful¬†by Wendy Mass (Read in 2016)
  • A book with a number in the title- Spiderweb for Two by Elizabeth Enright
  • A book written by someone under 30
  • A book with nonhuman characters- Grace and the Drawl by Dale Cusack
  • A funny book-¬†Henry Reed, Inc by Keith Robertson
  • A book by a female author- Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park
  • A mystery or a thriller- The Haunted Showboat by Carolyn Keene
  • A book with a one-word title-¬†Son¬†by Lois Lowery (Read in 2016)
  • A book of short stories
  • A book set in a different country- Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • A nonfiction book- Rebel with a Cause by Franklin Graham
  • A popular author‚Äôs first book- Savvy Stories by Dan Alatorre
  • A book from an author you love that you haven‚Äôt read yet- Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
  • A book a friend recommended- All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot
  • A Pulitzer prize winning book
  • A book based on a true story- A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  • A book at the bottom of your to read list (the last book read in 2015)- Killing Reagen by Bill O Reilly
  • A book your mom loves- Anne‚Äôs House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • A book that scares you- Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  • A book more than 100 years old- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • A book based entirely on its cover- Mozart‚Äôs Last Aria by Matt Rees
  • A book you were supposed to read in school but didn‚Äôt- The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • A memoir-¬†Going Solo by Roald Dahl
  • A book you can finish in a day- The Great Airport Mystery (Hardy Boys) by Franklin W. Dixon
  • A book with antonyms in the title- All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
  • A book set somewhere you‚Äôve always wanted to visit
  • A book that came out the year you were born
  • A book with bad reviews
  • A trilogy
  • A book from your childhood
  • A book with a love triangle
  • A book set in the future
  • A book set in high school
  • A book with a color in the title- The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • A book that made you cry- The Measure of Katie Calloway by Serena B. Miller
  • A book with magic- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
  • A graphic novel
  • A book by an author you‚Äôve never read before- The Chosen by Chaim Potok
  • A book that takes place in your home town- not telling where my hometown is‚Ķ!
  • A book that was originally written in a different language- The Diary of A Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • A book set during Christmas- A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
  • A book written by an author with your same initials- yeah, like I‚Äôm going to tell you!
  • A play
  • A banned book- The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • A book based on or turned into a TV show
  • A book you started but never finished
  • A book you own but have never read

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Top 5 Favorite Authors

Now, as an avid reader, I have quite a long list of favorite books and authors that I enjoy. Of course, I’m generally behind of everything “popular” at the moment, and I haven’t read many “popular” books at all, including Divergent, The Hunger Games, John Green, and all that. I’m still kind of reading “kids'” books….but notwithstanding, here are my top 5 favorite authors whose books I’ve read so far-

  1. Linda Sue Park. Author of many enjoyable books including¬†Keeping Score, A Single Shard, The Kite Fighters, Project Mulberry,¬†and¬†A Long Way to Water.¬†I love her writing style, and I really enjoy reading historical fiction, which is what she mostly writes. She is able to play with words in such a way that makes the storyline really come alive, and I love how I am really able to relate to the characters from the book. My favorite book so far has been¬†Keeping Score,¬†because I love books about the World Wars (IDEK why, but I think it’s just because of how everyone was so well-bonded and so thrifty and all that).
  2. Laura Ingalls Wilder. The well-known author of the¬†Little House on the¬†Prairie¬†series, I love, love, LOVE, this series! I must have read all the books at least 5 times, and I’m currently reading through the backstories. Again, I love historical fiction (although it technically isn’t historical fiction), and I love simple life. Her books are wonderful, I love her writing, and I really enjoy the stories.
  3. Beverly Cleary. Although she writes books for younger readers (from around 1st grade to 3rd grade), she is still one of my favorite authors. Her most well-known series is the Klickitat Street series, featuring Henry Huggins and Beezus and Ramona Quimby. Beverly Clearly is able to really capture how children think, and how adults, although meaning well, often misunderstand. My personal favorite character is Ramona, and I love how she is portrayed very realistically, There is no glazing over the “bad” parts of life, including spelling. ūüėõ I’m very much able to relate to the characters, although the books are set in the 1960s or so.
  4. Elizabeth Enright. Again, a wonderful writer with¬†really relatable books and characters set some time ago. She is SO creative and I love reading her books. My favorite book of hers is Spiderweb for Two, featuring a treasure hunt. I‚Äôd say more, but then I‚Äôd be spoiling it. ‚ėļ My other favorite books are Gone Away Lake and Return to Gone-Away. I mentioned them in this post¬†earlier, when I made blueberry pie inspired by Foster. ‚ėļ The kids in her stories are so free, and I long to be like them, to be away from computers and smartphones and technology and to be able to go out exploring, to discover caves, and to go swimming, and to camp in haunted houses. (Have I made you sufficiently curious now?). ūüėõ
  5. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The one and only main work of his that I‚Äôve read is The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (of course, I realize that they were published separately, but the version I have is all combined). To me, being able to write mystery stories is nothing short of a miracle. When I write, I‚Äôm not able to plan ahead sufficiently enough to be able to write mysteries. To be able to turn out super intriguing mysteries like that is practically genius to me. ūüėÄ Along with crazy plot twists, sinister characters, and a genius, Sherlock Holmes has been loved for more than a century.

These are my top 5 favorite authors to read, even though I have pretty much finished all the books that all of these authors have written (Also, it doesn’t really help that all of them except 1 are dead)… XD I’m rereading¬†The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes¬†again, to count for this year’s¬†reading challenge, because I don’t read books with more than 500 pages as a general rule. ‚ėļ I’ve also reread many of Elizabeth Enright’s books this year already, and my family listens to Beverly Cleary’s books on CD (Are we old-fashioned?) practically constantly.

What are your top 5 favorite authors?

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