Monday, April 30, 2012

Book Review: There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff

Monday, April 30, 2012
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Series: Standalone
Source: Library

There Is No Dog
God is a 19-year-old boy named Bob living on Earth with Mr. B, his (understandably) exasperated caretaker and assistant. On top of being lazy and self-obsessed, Bob also has a tendency to fall in love/lust with various human girls across the centuries. Needless to say, this causes some problems. As in, tsunami-sized, earth-rattling problems. Yep, every time Bob falls in love, Earth is beleaguered by natural disasters and Bob has fallen hard for a girl named  Lucy. 

Mr. B is going to have his work cut out for him.

There is No Dog is a contemplative novel with a deeper meaning carefully hidden by a very entertaining story. It's a quick read- hilarious, touching, and surprising.

The cast, an equal assortment of lovable, pitiful, irritating, and hilarious characters, are perfectly written. Rosoff has a way of taking human behavior and translating it perfectly into print. Each character, even one who may seem insignificant, is realistic and three-dimensional. Bob, despite being selfish and insolent, is sympathetic. Mr. B, although overworked and tired, still holds on to a little hope. And Eck, while being a mistreated pet penguin-thing, is still seriously adorable.

Reading about Bob creating and "running" the world is incredibly amusing. Even life among gods isn't simple, and the politics and rivalries up there will make you smile. Rosoff's creativity with how things work (such as how Bob leaving the bathwater running causes flooding) is ingenious.

I'd definitely advise picking up a copy!
*5 stars*
Will you be reading (or have you read) There is No Dog
You'll  Like This If You Liked: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Sunday, April 29, 2012

In My Mailbox (30)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to share what books you've bought/borrowed/received in the past week!

No books this week! After the giant haul last week, I didn't let myself take out anything from the library.

However, this is one book I'm planning to get later in the week:
Destined (Wings, #4)
What did you get in your mailbox? Did you get Destined?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Recently, I discovered my latest YouTube obsession, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries:

This AMAZING project is produced by Hank Green (brother to John) and it's the best. Seriously.

But what is it, you ask?

Basically, it's a modern vlog adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice told from the point of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bennet. Other characters included in the series are Lydia, Jane, and Charlotte and I'm sure we'll be getting to see Bing Lee (haha, get it?) and Darcy soon, too! (: Seriously, The LBD is brilliant, so go check it out! (:

Are you already a fan?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (29)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Top Ten of my Favorite Characters
1. Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Quote: "I'll join you when hell freezes over." (To Voldemort)
2. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Quote: "Stupid men are the ones worth knowing after all."
3. Audrey Cuttler from Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Quote: “You have to turn it up so that your chest shakes and the drums get in between your ribs like a heartbeat and the bass goes up your spine and fizzles your brain and all you can do is dance or spin in a circle or just scream along because you know that however this music makes you feel, it’s exactly right.” 

4. Sherlock Holmes from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
Quote: "“No: I am not tired. I have a curious constitution. I never remember feeling tired by work, though idleness exhausts me completely."
5. Jo March from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Quote :“You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone.” 
6. Mara Dyer from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Quote: “No,” I said, louder this time. “I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of asses,” I said, as though reading from a dictionary of modern profanity.

7. Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Quote: "He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced--or seemed to face--the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself."
8. Peter Pan from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Quote: “I wasn't crying about mothers," he said rather indignantly. "I was crying because I can't get my shadow to stick on. Besides, I wasn't crying.” 
9. Miles Halter from Looking for Alaska by John Green
Quote: “Francois Rabelais. He was a poet. And his last words were "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." That's why I'm going. So I don't have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.” 

10. Owl Eyes from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Quote: "It's a triumph. What thoroughness! What realism! Knew when to stop, too-didn't cut the pages. But what do you want? What do you expect?'

Who are some of your favorite characters? 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Book Review: Ditched by Robin Mellom

Monday, April 23, 2012
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Hyperion
Series: Standalone
Source: Library
Challenge: DAC #4

Ditched: A Love Story
What's worse than having your dress stained multiple times and irreparably ripped on prom night? Getting ditched on prom night. Unfortunately, all of the above happen to Justina, the worst part being the ditching. And landing in an actual ditch. Maybe talking it out with Gilda and Donna, two old ladies at the 7-11, will help Justina to figure out where her date (and best friend) Ian has gone and why. But it's quite the complicated tale.

I can't say I have strong feelings over this book in either way. It's enjoyable, and some parts of it are very fun, but it's just missing a little oomph. I have to say, though, telling the story through the stains on Justina's dress is very creative, though and I enjoyed that immensely!

The supporting characters are entertaining, especially Gilda and Donna, even though I've never seen a school where so many people are despicable! While Ian seems charming, the combination of his (admittedly necessary) absence from most of the story and Justina's own confusion over him make it hard to get a feel for his personality or their chemistry. Their friendship, however, is very sweet and Ian seems exceedingly thoughtful. Justina herself is a decent narrator, but she tends to rehash thoughts, such as her low blood sugar which is her excuse for every poor decision. That's fine for a little while, but then (pardon my cliche) it starts to feel a bit like a broken record.

The plot is definitely amusing, and even if it does feel a little trite at points, it keeps you wanting to read more. The ending is slightly anticlimactic and just a little rushed, too. Overall, I feel as though Ditched might just work better as a movie, but it makes for a pretty good book.
*3 stars*
Other Prom-Themed Books: Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer, Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson
Was your prom better or worse than Justina's?

Sunday, April 22, 2012

In My Mailbox (29)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to share what books you've bought/borrowed/received in the past week!

I have a ton of books this week, so instead of listing the titles underneath, I'll just link the pics to Goodreads!
Before I Die
From the Library:
The Darlings Are ForeverLola and the Boy Next DoorMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Bought: (My library had a book sale this week, so I got a lot of books for less than a dollar each!)
Of Mice and MenThe Grapes of WrathThe Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Lovely BonesThe Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)Angels and DemonsInkheart (Inkheart, #1)The Thief LordFor One More Dayttyl (Internet Girls, #1)
In the Mail:
Please Ignore Vera Dietz
I've read most of the books I've bought, but I'm excited to finally own my own copies! 
What did you get in your mailbox?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Movie Madness: The Hunger Games

Thursday, April 19, 2012
Movie Madness occasionally goes by the name TV Talk. Either way, it's a feature I do once a month or so about pop culture outside of the book world. And, although this is way overdue, this month's topic is The Hunger Games. Please don't read this if you haven't read the books, or if you don't want the movie ruined for you. I tried to keep away from spoilers but I don't want to risk it.
Let me start this off by saying that this is the first book-to-film adaptation that I have ever liked. This isn't a so-so like, this isn't a well-it-was-decent like, it's a LIKE like. It stuck by the book completely, except for minor variations which were either necessary or very cool. For instance, my favorite scene in the movie (the uprising in Rue's district) wasn't in the novel but it captured the essence of HG so well that I didn't care. 

My favorite parts:
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. She was brilliant and simply perfect for the role. I sincerely apologize for ever doubting her ability to play Katniss. My favorite scene with her was, of course, when she shoots the arrow through the apple during her session with the Gamekeepers.

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta. I am so in love with Josh Hutcherson. He completely encompasses the role, so much so that I would forget that he's an actor playing a part.

How closely it stuck to the book. Seriously, it didn't change the plot (ahem, Percy Jackson) or delete important characters (ahem, Percy Jackson). And even though I knew what was coming, I was still riveted by what was going on onscreen. 

 hunger games pictures    Awesome New Hunger Games Pic: Katniss & Peeta in Front of Chariot Prepping for Fire   hunger games chariot fire costume
Naturally, there were some disappointments, and these were the three big ones:

The red-haired Avox girl. Where was she? Seriously, although she's only there for about two chapters, she's one of my favorite characters in the book. 

The mutt-ations. Instead of the creepy pack of dogs that look like fallen Tributes, there were maybe four wild dogs (that did not look like Tributes) that chased them. It was irritating, to say the least.

Katniss' first dress. I felt the little capes of fire were a little anticlimactic, although the second dress was gorgeous. 

Overall, I thought The Hunger Games was fantastic and I was thrilled to see that Suzanne Collins had helped write the screenplay. I left with my HG enthusiasm renewed, fangirling over Peeta, and more than relieved that the story had been left intact. Of course, now that I actually like a book-turned-movie, the director of HG probably isn't returning. Apparently, the odds aren't ever in my favor, haha. 

Still, I'm hopeful for Catching Fire.

Have you seen the movie? What did you think?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (28)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Top Ten Tips for New Bloggers
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Read other book blogs. They can provide a lot of guidance, such as whether or not you want to get your summaries from Goodreads or what memes you want to do.

2. Don't copy other book blogs. You need to have your own voice and ideas, plus those bloggers put a lot of work into their blogs!

3. Don't blog for ARCs or stats or anything other than your own enjoyment. Those things are just nice bonuses, but they shouldn't be your motivation.

4. Don't feel jealous of others' success. It can be hard not to envy the triple digit follower count or the amazing IMMs of big bloggers (I know I feel this way sometimes. OK, a decent amount of the time.), but you'll have your moment, too!

5. Get involved in the community. Random Buzzers, Goodreads, commenting on other blogs; there's so much to be apart of!

6. Don't be afraid of taking chances. If you want to do a feature or a guest post, go for it!

7. Don't fret about blog design. If you're broke (like me) there are a bunch of free templates and goodies you can find online!

8. Read over your reviews before you post them. You may not be able to catch every typo, but it'll help polish them!

9. Pace yourself. Set a schedule so that you don't skimp on blogging, but don't go overboard either. It's more important that you do the posts you do well than have a bunch of typo-ridden, meaningless blurbs.

10. Do what you feel is right. Don't take every piece of advice you read, especially not this! I'm still figuring out what I'm doing.  And HAVE FUN. That's why you blog, right?

What advice do you have for bloggers? (I'm always open to it!)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Monday, April 16, 2012
Genre: Realistic Fiction (Romance)
Publisher: Penguin
Series: Standalone
Source: Library

Anna and the French Kiss
Anna's father, the famous sappy romance writer, is forcing her to attend boarding school in Paris and, simply put, she is not happy about it. Not only is she leaving behind her mom and brother, but an awesome best friend and a possible-maybe boy friend, too. Plus, elle ne parle pas le francais. Still, things seem a little better when she meets  √Čtienne St. Clair, the gorgeous French-English-American boy with the adorable British accent. If only he didn't have a girl friend, and if only Anna's new friend Mer didn't like him, as well.... Sacre bleu!

You were all right about this book. I admit it a million times over. Anna is possibly the sweetest book I have ever read, and its witty and emotional and FUN, too. Seriously, I love this book!

Anna is a fantastic protagonist and she is so easy to relate to. I connected with her so many times throughout the story and with her friends, as well. Mer, Josh, Rashmi, Bridge... They're great, funny, and real. The other not-so-likable characters did a very good job of being unlikable without being over the top. I can't get over how important this is, especially in realistic fiction, and Perkins nailed it.

And then there's √Čtienne St. Clair. Even if he didn't have a British accent, he'd still be swoon-worthy. He's not perfect, but he's exactly the kind of boy every girl should want to date. He's kind, confident, witty, and yes, gorgeous. Sigh. Even his idiosyncrasies are adorable and his banter with Anna was so amusing to read!

One last note about this book: I need to go to Paris. Pronto. I've always wanted to go (J'adore tous les choses francais!), but now I'm dying to. The way Perkins describes everything and the whole feel of the book will make a Francophile out of anyone.

*5 stars*
If You Liked These, You'll Like This: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, When it Happens by Susane Colasanti
Have you ever been to France?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

In My Mailbox (28)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to share what books you've bought/borrowed/received in the past week!

Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls, #5) 
Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
This Side of Paradise
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A The Great Gatsby bag from Barnes and Noble! (:

From the Library:
Anna and the French Kiss
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Ditched: A Love Story
Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom
There Is No Dog
There is no Dog by Meg Rosoff
What did you get in your mailbox this week? 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Conclusion of the Sage Ceremony

Thursday, April 12, 2012
In honor of Support YA Literature Day, I hosted the Sage Ceremony, my own unofficial YA-themed awards ceremony! You can check out the recap here:
Part 1: Guys in YA
Part 2: Girls in YA
Part 4: Fantasy
Part 5: Dystopian
Part 6: Paranormal

Happy Support Teen Literature Day! How are you celebrating?

The Sage Ceremony: Part 7

In honor of Support YA Literature Day, I'm hosting the Sage Ceremony, my own unofficial YA-themed awards ceremony! The 7th category is...
Historical Fiction
1. Piratica by Tanith Lee
For having one of the strongest protagonists and a romantic interest that will give you shivers.

2. The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
For everything about this series. It's perfect.

3. Nobody's Princess by Esther Friesner
For showing Ancient Greek times in a very cool and exciting way.

4. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
For not only being a great book, but for being set in London!

5. Vixen by Jillian Larkin
For making me want to be a flapper girl and for having a great set of narrators!

What's your favorite historical fiction setting?

The Sage Ceremony: Part 6

In honor of Support YA Literature Day, I'm hosting the Sage Ceremony, my own unofficial YA-themed awards ceremony! The 6th category is...
1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
For having my favorite type of narrator and a h-o-t love interest.

2. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
For continuing a classic love story with a great paranormal twist.

3. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
For creating an utterly fantastic read-in-one-sitting type book.

4. Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman
For being a read that is so completely creative and creepy.

5. Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor
For being funny with a well-crafted antagonist and a great premise!

What is your favorite paranormal read?

The Sage Ceremony: Part 5

In honor of Support YA Literature Day, I'm hosting the Sage Ceremony, my own unofficial YA-themed awards ceremony! The 5th category is...
1. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
For showing the importance of family, morals, and standing up for what you believe in.

2. The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner
For making a totally original, suspenseful, fantastic story!

3. The Giver by Lois Lowry
For the amazing writing style and that killer cliffhanger.

4. Starters by Lissa Price
For crafting a tale that is chock full of action and twists!

5. Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel
For making zombies romantic and completely swoon-worthy.

What dystopians do you feel are worthy of an award?

The Sage Ceremony: Part 4

In honor of Support YA Literature Day, I'm hosting the Sage Ceremony, my own unofficial YA-themed awards ceremony! The 4th category is...
1. The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray
For being an addictive, full-of-girl-power read with a great romance, gorgeous dresses, and, of course, magic.

2. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
For being the best wizarding story ever.

3. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
For the intense battle scenes, the awesome languages, and Saphira.

4. The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
For the incredible writing, characters, and romantic tension. Not to mention, Clare includes vampires that I don't hate, which is a feat unto itself.

5. The Wings series by Aprilynne Pike
For  the beautiful world of Avalon and the fantastic characters of Laurel, Tamani, David, and Chelsea.

What are some of your favorite fantasy books?

The Sage Ceremony: Part 3

In honor of Support YA Literature Day, I'm hosting the Sage Ceremony, my own unofficial YA-themed awards ceremony! The 3rd category is...
Realistic Fiction
1. Looking for Alaska by John Green
For showing us the way out of the Labyrinth

2. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
For creating a story that completely enraptured us and for bringing light to an important issue

3. Going Bovine by Libba Bray (not sure if this counts as realistic fiction, but I'm including it anyway)
For being one of the trippiest, most amusing, best books I've ever read.

4. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
For being a beautifully written book about a tougher than tough topic.

5. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
For being supremely funny, touching, and real with kickbutt characters.

Honorary Mentions: Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

What are some of your favorite realistic fiction novels?

The Sage Ceremony: Part 2

In honor of Support YA Literature Day, I'm hosting the Sage Ceremony, my own unofficial YA-themed awards ceremony! The 2nd category is...
Girls in YA
1. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
For being the cleverest person we know.

2. Gemma Doyle (Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray)
For being independent in a time where women were looked down upon

3. Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins)
For standing up for what she believes and never abandoning family

4. Audrey Cuttler (Audrey,Wait! by Robin Benway)
For being witty, confident, and for having an excellent taste in music.

5. Cam Morgan (The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter)
For being loyal to family and friends and for her awesome spy skills

What girls do you look up to in YA lit?

Support Teen Lit! (Sage Ceremony Part 1)

In honor of Support Teen Literature Day, I've decided to host an unofficial award ceremony featuring YA books called The Sage Ceremony.
And the first category? 
Guys in YA

1. Augustus Waters (The Fault in our Stars by John Green)
For being a hero in small ways, especially to Hazel.

2. Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
For becoming one of the bravest fighters in Dumbledore's Army

3. √Čtienne St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins)
For being charming, kind, witty, handsome... Wait what were we talking about again?

4. Thomas (The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner)
For being a leader and for being strong when times grew rough.

5. Holden Caulfield (Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger)
For being so easy to relate to, even after all these years.

What guys would you give an award to?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (27)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Top Ten Books That Were Totally Deceiving
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Looking at the cover on this one, you would think this was kind of racy, but it's actually an awesome fantasy novel.
Tattoo (Tattoo, #1)
2. Ready or Not by Meg Cabot
I became a fan of Meg Cabot in fifth grade and devoured everything she wrote. This was the sequel to All-American Girl, which was pretty clean (or so I remember) so I didn't expect the entire thing to be about Sam wondering whether she was ready or not for sex.  (Should have seen that one coming) My 10 year-old self was pretty alarmed and put it down right away. I'm sure I would like it now, though.
Ready or Not (All-American Girl, #2)
3. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
From the description, I really didn't expect the fantasy element in this one. 
The Girl Who Chased the Moon
4. A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle
For some reason this was in my elementary school library. After reading L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, I picked this up and I got a much darker tale than I was expecting.
A Ring of Endless Light

Unfortunately, I can't think of any more! Most books I read have pretty accurate descriptions, I suppose.

What books have deceived you? Leave me a link! (:

Independent Book Blogger Awards

GoodReads is giving four book bloggers the chance to go to Book Expo America! I've never been to a book convention before, but it sounds incredible. I figured it couldn't hurt to enter! (:

If you vote for me, thank you so much!!

Independent Book Blogger Awards
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Monday, April 9, 2012

Book Review: Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Monday, April 9, 2012
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Chicken House
Series: Standalone 
Source: Borrowed
Stolen: A Letter to My Captor
Gemma was supposed to go to Vietnam with her parents. Instead, she finds herself drinking a coffee a stranger bought for her minutes before her flight is set to leave. What Gemma doesn't know is that the coffee is drugged. When she wakes up, she's in the middle of the desert (her captor, Ty, says it's somewhere in Australia) with no hopes of escape. 

Stolen is Gemma's letter to Ty.

This book left me feeling exceedingly conflicted. I really, really like it, but I don't know how much I like it. I don't know if I agree or disagree with all of Gemma's sentiments, either, but I think that was Christopher's intention. Stolen is everything from disturbing to enchanting, miserable and touching. The whole novel is a jumble of emotion, which means any clear-cut, tied with a little bow ending isn't going to happen.

Christopher does a fantastic job of capturing Gemma's emotions, from being kidnapped to living in the wilderness and so on. The only real complaint I have is with the first 90 pages. While it's very realistic and all that, it's mostly consists of endless streams of misery. I realize that Gemma is being kidnapped and that's extremely traumatic, but it would have been nice if a little dark humor had been thrown in there to break up all of the distress. There were a few other small parts of the book that irked me, but nothing too great that it took away from the reading experience. As I said, I think Christopher wants the reader to feel a little conflicted.

The character building in Stolen is fantastic. Along with Gemma's own growth, the reader gets to see all sides of Ty. He's rough, possibly misguided, sometimes out of control, but there's also a gentle tenderness to him. Even the characters who aren't human are still really well done. Let's just say that I never imagined a camel could give me cause to get choked up.

And the setting. I hate heat and I'm not even a huge fan of the beach because of the sand, but after reading Stolen I desperately want to go to the Australian desert. Sure, some parts of it are wretched, but the openness and the beauty of it sound incredible. As you read the book it really feels like you're there, almost more so than any other novel I've read. Honestly, I would recommend Stolen just for the amazing imagery the author provides.
*3.7 stars*
Other Books by this Author: Flyaway
Do you think you'll be giving Stolen a try?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

In My Mailbox (27)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to share what books you've bought/borrowed/received in the past week!

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor
Stolen: A Letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher

I finished this one yesterday and I'm still sorting out my feelings for it! Have you read it?
What did you get this week?

P.S. Happy Easter/Passover!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (26)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Top Ten Books to Read in a Day
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 
This is my favorite HP book and I've read it far too many times.

2. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
At the time I read this I had mostly been reading fluffy realistic fiction, so this was definitely a switch-up, but I read it less than a day and loved it.

3. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
This was so good that I hid it in a textbook and read it during school.

4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I just read it and it is possibly one of the best books ever.  

5. Looking for Alaska by John Green
Did you really think I wasn't going to include a John Green book in this post?

6. The Maze Runner by James Dashner 
This series is fantastic. If you haven't read it, you really need to!

7. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill Youby Ally Carter 
Ally Carter's writing is so addictive.

8. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
One of the few series with a love triangle that I like.

9. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
If you've read a Cassie Clare book, you understand. 

10. The Diviners by Libba Bray
This hasn't come out yet, admittedly, but you can be certain I'll read it the day it comes out!

What books have you read in one day? Leave a comment!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Book Review: The Year I Turned Sixteen by Diane Schwemm

Monday, April 2, 2012
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: The Year I Turned Sixteen #1-4
Source: Bought

Rose, Daisy, Laurel, and Lily are four sisters just trying to grow up. The year they turn sixteen will be a big year for each of them in their own ways. Rose is dealing with their father's death, Daisy falls for a bad boy, Laurel is forced to cope with a loss, and Lily struggles to find herself. Each sister's year is different but one thing stays the same: they always have family. 

When I read this book, I wasn't sure what to expect but I ended up loving it. The format is four different books told from each sisters' perspective as they turn sixteen. Schwemm does a fantastic job of making each sister unique and displaying a realistic family. Rose, Daisy, Laurel, and Lily are by no means perfect but they all have their own strengths. The whole book had a very Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants feel and it's great; it's everything from funny to sweet to touching. The only complaint I had with The Year I Turned Sixteen is that it becomes a bit soap opera-esque at parts, but the quality of the rest of the story makes up for it!

It's been a while since I read this book but I really enjoyed it and felt I needed to review it. (:

Was your sixteenth year anything like these sisters'?
You'll Like This If You Liked: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, TTYL by Lauren Myracle