Why My To-Read List Is One Gazillion Books Long

The Broke and the Bookish have posted another Top Ten Tuesday prompt! This week’s theme is, “top ten books people have been telling you that you MUST read.”

This list was really fun to write, because I receive a LOT of recommendations – and for a wide range of books, to boot!

Also, I’m copying an idea from Cait @ Notebook Sisters: I’m listing who recommended these books to me, as well.

1. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Recommended by: Miriam Joy @ Miriam Joy Writes and many others

Because I like long books, I guess. And it’s a classic! Also, when I finally get around to reading this, I fully expect long, detailed character analyses and explanations from you, Miriam. Ha ha!

2. Great by Sarah Benincasa

Recommended by: Annie from Goodreads

A retelling of The Great Gatsby, now with 100% more lesbians? OH YES. You people give the bestest recommendations – that’s one of my favorite books.we were liars

3. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

Recommended by: Miriam Joy @ Miriam Joy Writes, Kate @ The Magic Violinist, and many others

By the time you read this, I’ll have probably finished the first book, City of Bones! (Note: This is a scheduled post, hence “probably.” As I write this post, I’m only on page twenty-five.) These books make up a long urban fantasy series, which sounds exactly like my kind of thing.

4. Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Anne Peters

Recommended by: Annie from Goodreads

 This is realistic fiction about how one teenage girl copes after her girlfriend’s death. I really should try Peters’ books; she’s a fairly prolific author of LGBTQ+ novels.

5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Recommended by: Cait @ Notebook Sisters, Thomas @ The Quiet Voice, Annie from Goodreads, Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner, and many others

I LOVE LOVE LOVE E. Lockhart’s books and have read almost all of them! So when I heard that she had a new book, and that it was supposed to be amazing, I was super excited.

P.S. This is another book that I’ll mostly likely have read and adored by the time this post is published – I finally found it at the library today, 8/19, and I’m so excited to begin reading it tonight!

6. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Recommended by: Matt @ The Little Engine That Couldn’t

Because I love long, epic fantasy series. This is over one thousand pages long, and the first of a planned ten-part series!

7. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Recommended by: John Hansen @ Teens Can Write, Too! and many others

Because FEELS. And really good writing. Apparently.

what's left of me8. What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

Recommended by: Sabrina Wolfheart @ Books and Bark and many others

This science fiction novel was written by a teen author! It sounds like a fantastic dystopian novel, and it has a beautiful cover that makes me even more excited to read it.

9. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Recommended by: Charley Robson @ Charley R’s Leaning Tower of Plot and many others

I have been assured that, unlike many other paranormal books, this novel is GOOD. And once again, it has a beautiful cover. I just really like cover art, OK?

10. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Recommended by: Holly @ Lines of Colour, Palettes of Words

 More fantasy. A modern classic fantasy, actually.

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What books are most frequently recommended to you? More specifically, have I recommended any books to you that you recently read and enjoyed? If so, I’d love to know – I love introducing people to amazing stories!

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Movie Review: The Giver

the giver posterI just got back from seeing The Giver. (You’re reading this on Thursday, but I’m writing this on Wednesday.) Did I like the movie? Did it more or less follow the story of the original book?

I DON’T KNOW. I’M SO CONFUSED RIGHT NOW.

I’m still trying to figure how I feel about this movie.

Why don’t I write this review in list format? That sounds like a good idea, because my thoughts are all jumbled together.

Warning: Spoilers ahead, particularly if you haven’t read the book!

Things I Loved

  • The design (of clothes, of the dwellings, of the community as a whole, et cetera) was very accurate to the book
  • THEY INCLUDED THE SLED MEMORY
  • AND THE ELEPHANT MEMORY
  • Fiona looks, I kid you not, exactly as I imagined
  • The mindless obedience and unfeelingness of the community members was quite chilling, just as it should be
  • The beginning of the film WAS shot in black and white, which was a nice divergence from most other modern movies
  • The end credits song, “Ordinary Human” by OneRepublic, was very pretty
  • The film score, composed by Marco Beltrami, was gorgeous – along with two songs called “Color” and “Desert Ride,” this is my favorite piece:

Things I Found Both Cool and Irritating

  • Rosemary’s scene with the Giver was incredibly sweet but, in my opinion, far too brief – and I felt like her big reveal as the Giver’s daughter wasn’t given enough emotional weight
  • Jonas’ transition from seeing in black and white to seeing in color was neat, but would have been more stunning had it not happened so quickly – I would’ve liked to see the colors slowly appear, one by one, rather than RED and then later ALL THE REST AT ONCE
  • A memory of the Vietnam war was selected for Jonas’ first experience of pain, and it worked well enough, but I would’ve preferred the broken-leg-sled incident from the book – it was so surprising to read, because at first the readers and Jonas think it’s that same good memory, but then it twists
  • Jonas narrated at points scattered throughout the movie, and I’ve always found those voiceovers irritating – but the book was told exclusively from his point of view, so how else were moviegoers to know how he felt?
  • The release-of-a-newchild scene hit all its marks visually, but I thought it had little emotional impact compared to that same scene in the book

Things I Did Not Like

  • There were quite a few pointless changes – Fiona was assigned to work with newchildren rather than the old and Asher was a pilot rather than a recreation director because… because the filmmakers that would be cool, I guess?
  • A lot of the memories were just sappy feel-good things – there weren’t enough ordinary or even sad memories, in my opinion
  • The sharing-of-feelings scene was very short, and there was no dreamtelling scene – in fact, in the movie’s world no one has dreams except for Jonas and the Giver
  • I wanted to see more of the ceremony – I’ve long wondered what occurred during the age ceremonies that Lois Lowry didn’t describe and I hoped that the filmmakers would make up something cool, but they didn’t
  • The pacing oftentimes felt rushed – why make your movie only ninety minutes long if it results in everything being crammed in?
  • The romantic relationship between Jonas and Fiona was really unnecessary – not all dystopians need a story of forbidden love, and it’s inconsistent with Fiona’s character for her to quit injections in order to experience feelings of young looooooove [Insert mushiness here]
  • I wanted to see more interaction between Jonas and the Giver
  • In the book, the Elders don’t even know about history or memories or feelings; in the movie, they have knowingly withheld this information from the community’s residents
  • Expanding upon my previous comment: I found the book’s version of events much more chilling because these are supposed to be the community’s foremost leaders and they don’t even KNOW anything important
  • It was never explained how an invisible wall can prevent memories from reaching the community, although I suppose it could be magical – in the book, the method by which the Giver transmits memories to Jonas is more magical than scientific, so…
  • The ending of the story was not left as ambiguous as I would’ve liked – to me, that was one of the most memorable and thought-provoking aspects of the book, because we didn’t know whether Jonas and Gabe had lived or died

[Scrolls back up through her lists] Hmmm. I seem to have more complaints than praise.

So what’s my final verdict on the movie? Well… it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. If the whole thing had been as messed-up as the trailer, I would’ve given it one out of five stars.

But I think it deserves slightly better than that. As I wrote above, everything looks as it the givershould. Visually, there’s practically nothing wrong with the movie, which is a nice change from all the other book-to-movie adaptations that don’t even attempt to follow the original stories’ descriptions.

But it doesn’t feel right. As I wrote several times above, emotions are lacking in this film. Sure, Jonas doesn’t feel much of anything when the story begins, but gradually he does. And in the book, his story makes us feel, too.

With the movie, I’m left wondering if the filmmakers are as emotionless as the residents of the community, because they completely failed to address any of the deeper issues mentioned in the book. The Giver‘s film adaptation has unnecessary action scenes and romantic interludes and… nothing that really made me think.

The book was deep, especially for a children’s story. The movie is NOT. It was neither as thought-provoking nor as chilling as the book was. I can deal with some changes in a book-to-movie adaptation, but not this one: The realization that Jonas and the Giver are the only ones who really know anything is a HUGELY important part of the book, and I’m disappointed that it was missing from the movie.

Cinematographically, this film is beautiful. And it has a nice film score. But I can’t find much else to like about it, which is a shame. If you want a really good dystopian story, read the book instead.

Rating: 3/5

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The Sunshine Award

the sunshine awardI haven’t done a blog award post in ages! I’ve actually received quite a few lately but since they were all duplicates (or even triplicates) of awards I received in the past, I didn’t write any posts for them like I used to. But now I have received a brand-new one (from Tara Therese @ T.T. Kesley), so what the heck – here’s my acceptance-post-thingy, in which I answer some questions and do whatever else is required! Thanks, Tara!

I’ll begin with the five facts about myself:

  1. My favorite cheese is asiago, closely followed by parmesan.
  2. I swear there are only about six people in the whole entire world who actually enjoyed Mockingjay and I am one of them.
  3. I’ve read ninety-four books thus far in 2014, as you can see from my Goodreads reading challenge page. The most recent one, finished just last night, was I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, and I’m currently reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.
  4. The largest library fine I’ve ever paid was over sixteen dollars… because I lost a book!
  5. I recently named my camera Dorothea, for Dorothea Lange and Vivian Dorothea Maier – two famous women photographers.

And now I’ll answer Tara’s questions, which are as follows:

1. Have you ever tried blogging on an iPad? If so, did you find the experience pretty funky?

Nope! First, because my family doesn’t have any iPads – we have a Kindle and a Kindle Fire. But I’ve never tried blogging on those tablets, either, because it seems like more trouble than it’s worth. I may not type very quickly on computers, but I can certainly write faster on one of those than on a tablet or phone or whatever.

2. Do you like to paint?

Uh, I guess? I don’t know, I don’t do very much painting. The last thing I painted was a picnic table, actually, because the old paint was peeling off and it needed to be fixed. So I guess I’d rather cover something in paint rather than paint pretty designs on paper, because the former requires no talent. And I am not very good at any kind of art save photography.

3. Tell me one of your favorite quotes.

I can do better than that – I’ll tell you two, because I couldn’t decide which one I liked better!

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”

- The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

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“I lifted the remote control, pushed the Play button, and started the video. I guess, in that moment, I also started my new life as Cameron-the-girl-with-no-parents. Ruth was sort of right, I would learn: A relationship with a higher power is often best practiced alone. For me it was practiced in hour-and-a-half or two-hour increments, and paused when necessary.

I don’t think it’s overstating it to say that my religion of choice became VHS rentals, and that its messages came in Technicolor and musical montages and fades and jump cuts and silver-screen legends and B-movie nobodies and villains to root for and good guys to hate. But Ruth was wrong, too. There was more than just one other world beyond ours; there were hundreds and hundreds of them, and at 99 cents apiece I could rent them all.”

- The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

They’re both beautiful, aren’t they?

4. Tell me one of your favorite jokes.

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson go on a camping trip. After dinner, they go to sleep – but some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his friend.

“Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”

“I see millions and millions of stars,” replies Watson.

“And what do you deduce from that?”

“Well, astronomically it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets… but what does it tell you, Holmes?”

Holmes is silent for a moment. “Watson, you fool!” he says. “It means someone has stolen our tent!”

5. Do you wear a watch?

Indeed, but usually only when I’m away from home and someplace where there might not be clocks. I have this weird thing about always wanting to know what time it is…

And now for my questions!

  1. What book will you read next?
  2. Do your parents, siblings, or any other relatives read your blog? What do they think of it?
  3. What is the funniest thing you’ve seen or heard recently?
  4. If you could choose, right now, to be either ten years younger or ten years older than you currently are, which option would you pick?
  5. What is your quest?

And now for my nominations, finally! I wasn’t told that I had to pick only five bloggers for this, so I’m going to tag a whole bunch of people. Because why not?

And by the way: If you’re not on this list, that doesn’t mean I don’t like your blog – I just thought you wouldn’t do the award. But if you would like to take part, consider yourself tagged!

Now go forth and blog!

P.S. Today is my mother’s birthday – happy birthday, Mom!

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Savoring Summer

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.”

- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

It’s weird – if you’d asked me several years ago what my favorite season was, I would’ve probably chosen fall. Now I don’t really have a preference. I like each season, and at the end of each season I’m tired of the current one and anxious for the next one to begin. Oh god, I’d hate living in Westeros or Narnia then, wouldn’t I? Hmmm.

No particular season that makes me SUPER HAPPY, I guess. But that’s OK, because instead I have this sort of quiet contentment throughout the months because I don’t really mind what time of year it is.

And without further ado, I present to you a short list of things I love about the current season, summer.

1. Summery clothes

Shorts! And sandals! And sundresses, yay! And capris, even though I always look weird in them because my midget-y height makes me look as if I were wearing normal-length pants!

I don’t know what the weather is like where you live but in my state, Indiana, it’s not that weird to wear pants and long sleeves from September until April or May. So whenever I can, I wear shorts, T-shirts, and sandals. By fall, I’m totally happy to go back to my usual jeans-and-a-hoodie combination, but for a few short months, it’s nice to wear something different.

2. Eating outside

I don’t know why this is so much fun. Maybe because no one cares if you spill food or drink on the “floor”? Anyway, my family does this a lot. Sometimes we have dinner while sitting outside on the deck, and other times we eat at one of three or four picnic tables that my dad built. (No, I don’t know why he made so many. I think he just likes to build things – he built the deck, too.)

DSCN40433. Reading outside

I love to read outside, either while rocking back and forth on an old swing in the backyard or while lying in the grass. I don’t like it when people bother me while I’m reading, and outside no one but the birds talk to me!

P.S. Once, I left one of my books (thank goodness it wasn’t the library’s copy!) outside. And then it rained. And I was sad. Since then the book has had very warped pages.

4. Thunderstorms

Sudden downpours are fun to watch. And sometimes it’s fun to dance in the rain!

Also, I just like the smell of rain. And the smell of dirt when it rains. (Is that weird?) But not the smell of dead, wet worms after a storm.

5. Going to the movies

In my opinion, going to the movies is most fun in either summer or winter. First, because all the best movies come out then – most big movies release during school vacation or the winter holidays, not during spring or fall.

And in the winter, it’s nice to see a movie and snuggle under your coat (is it just me, or are theaters air-conditioned even in winter?) and just generally enjoy the warm fuzzies that come from watching an awesome movie. Unless that season’s movies are all bloodbaths. Which they will be. I’ll probably cry a lot while watching Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

…sorry, got distracted there for a second. This post was meant to be about summer and instead I started talking about winter. Anyway.

Summer movies are fun because it is actually hot then, so any and all air-conditioning is greatly appreciated. And for some reason, I have always liked sitting in a darkened movie theater and then stumbling out afterwards into the suddenly-blinding light. For a while in the theater my head was filled with fantastical daydreams… and then I come back to reality.

Another option is the drive-in theater. There aren’t many of them left (Wikipedia says there are about three hundred and fifty in existence now), but my town has one and it’s kind of fun to go every so often.

6. Summer nights

I hate sticky, humid summer nights as much as anyone else, but mild summer nights? They’re the best. They’re just the right temperature, and there’s usually fireflies flitting around outside, and basically they’re just really nice. I love to stay up late on those nights… reading, usually.

What about you? What do you like best about summer? Or do you not like this season at all?

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Five Things To Do While You Wait For The Eighth Series Of “Doctor Who”

Less than a week remains until Doctor Who‘s series eight premiere! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait. I’m especially excited because I’m going to see the episode at a nearby movie theater! (But the showing isn’t until the twenty-fifth, two days after it airs on TV, so please don’t tell me any spoilers sweetie!)

The first episode is titled “Deep Breath,” and its trailer can be found below:

Now that you’re (hopefully) excited, what can you do while you wait and wait for the episode? Or maybe the real question is: What fun, geeky things can you do on your own so that you don’t irritate your family by constantly talking about the story? Because I know that’s something I do quite often. Well, I’ve come up with five Whovian-related ways to spend your time.

1. Build a tiny paper TARDIS using the pattern found here.

I made one of my own just the other day, and it’s so cute! It’s sitting on my desk right now… just below a drawing of the TARDIS that’s affixed to my bulletin board. (Everything in my room is a geeky mess, all right? I have Lord of the Rings and Star Wars and Harry Potter and Hunger Games stuff everywhere. Therefore TARDISes fit in perfectly.)

The link above also mentions that you can photograph your TARDIS in various locations and post it to social media with the hashtag #DWWorldTour. I doubt I’ll bother with that, but it might be fun for those of you who are into that kind of thing.

2. Borrow a copy of Who-ology by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright from your local library.

This is a really neat book, especially if you like trivia! You could certainly read it straight through, if you want, but merely browsing through it works equally well. I just opened the book at random and flipped through its pages until I found headings that caught my eye.

The book covers every aspect of Doctor Who knowledge from 1963 through the 2012 Christmas special, “The Snowmen.” I loved that it explained so much Classic Who, because I would like to watch more of the older stories without becoming completely confused.

My absolute favorite parts, however, were the Doctor’s family tree and River Song’s timeline!

3. Listen to “One of these Days” by Pink Floyd and let me know if it reminds you of some other song.

Hint: Evidently, the band worked with the lady who created the original Doctor Who theme. Cool, right? Listen to the song; you’ll hear several bits that sound like that theme.

…all right, maybe I’m the only one who’s interested in this, but I thought it was kind of cool. I’ve been listening to Pink Floyd lately when I write and I stumbled across this one. I thought maybe I was wrong about the songs matching up until I read the comments on YouTube – and I was right!

4. Look at pretty clothes worn on Doctor Who.

I am not into fashion. (In the morning, I usually just throw on whichever clean clothes I see first.) BUT I am pretty interested in movie/TV design. It’s not something I’d like to do for a job, but I like seeing how all the design elements come together: sets, props, costumes.

And there is actually a website (called Worn on TV) that lists the clothes worn in various episodes of various TV shows. It’s kind of fun to browse through especially since at this point, seventy-five percent of the Clara-appreciation I still have left relates to her clothes. Seriously. I get bored by her character and her plots, so I start looking at her clothes – they’re always super-cute.

5. Tell me YOUR thoughts on the upcoming series, if you haven’t already.

And if you have already told me, tell me some more! I love geeking out with all my readers and I’d like to hear what you have to say. Are you looking forward to seeing what Twelve is like? What are your predictions and hopes for this new series? Are you secretly a fangirlish Dalek who has infiltrated the Whovian fanbase in hopes of exterminating the human race?

Talk to me, people. CO-MU-NI-CATE, CO-MU-NI-CAAAATE!

P.S. You can read my previous posts about Doctor Who‘s eighth series here and over here – the former details my reactions to an earlier trailer (not the one mentioned in this post) and the latter is a wishlist, consisting of story elements that I’d like to see soon.

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A B See Photo Challenge: W Is For West

cameraI took over three hundred photos during the eight days my family was on vacation in the American west, so here’s another set of five photos from that trip! If you’d like to see my earlier vacation-photos-post, you can find it here.

Enjoy!

DSCN4641Subject of photo: Two sunflowers

Location of subject: Somewhere between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming

Techniques practiced: Nature, close-up

The colors in this picture are so vibrant! I especially love the contrast of yellow against blue. I also like how the flowers aren’t facing the same way – it makes the photo more interesting.

DSCN4654Subject of photo: A path on a hill

Location of subject: A scenic overlook just outside Vernal, Utah

Techniques practiced: Nature

I love the peacefulness in this photo, and the big fluffy clouds, and the slight curve of the path as it winds up the hill.

DSCN4891Subject of photo: An unusual rock formation

Location of subject: Red Fleet State Park, Utah

Techniques practiced: Nature

I really like the unusually-shaped rocks in this picture! They look less like rocks, honestly, and more like sculpted, slightly blobby mashed potatoes. And I like the use of negative space here – all that sky!

DSCN4642Subject of photo: A sunflower bud

Location of subject: Somewhere between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming

Techniques practiced: Nature, close-up

This is from the same set of photos as the first – same location and everything – but I’m including both because I love each one for very different reasons! Here, I like the weird, spiky, bristly leaves and petals. They remind of bugs, or maybe of aliens.

DSCN4860Subject of photo: Trees and various geological formations

Location of subject: Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado

Techniques practiced: Nature

It may be difficult to see the background clearly when the photo is at this size, but that’s as big as I can make photos – so click on it to make the picture bigger, if you’d like. The foreground is nice and lends interest, but what I most like about this photo is the background. It doesn’t even look real; it’s so detailed and fantastic. I was frequently reminded of Lord of the Rings while on this trip because that movie features so many beautiful landscapes such as the one depicted here!

Which photo is your favorite and why?

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Should I Read These Books?

Today, I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish once again, for their weekly prompt: Top Ten Tuesday. I know I’ve been doing a lot of these posts lately, but A) I really love making lists and B) the recent prompts have been really, really awesome.

And I just used the word “really” three times in that last sentence… sorry. Anyway.

This time, the prompt is “top ten books you’re not sure you want to read.”

I know that feeling. People recommend a lot of books to me, and I find a lot on my own, and sometimes the stories sound great… except for some little thing. So yeah, they’re on my to-read list, but towards the bottom of it. I’m not completely sure whether or not I’ll enjoy them so other, more exciting books take top priority.

Without further ado – my list!

1. Carrie by Stephen King

It’s his first book and a horror classic, so I should try it, right? But even though it’s been eight months since I last read one of King’s novels (Misery), I still don’t feel quite ready for more gore and creepiness.

wicked2. Wicked by Gregory Maguire

I’ve already tried to read this, actually… twice. And it was SO. DULL. I know the musical version is supposed to be excellent, but I just could not get into this book. So I set it aside for a while.

3. Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth

On one hand, I’d like to finish the Divergent series because I LOVED its depiction of dystopian Chicago – I’ve been to that city quite a few times, so I enjoyed Roth’s descriptions of what had changed.

On the other hand, a large chunk of the story seems to be devoted to a romantic subplot between Tris and Four… and their love story is just so mediocre. Ugh.

Also, I guess I’m just really tired of boy-meets-girl (and vice versa) stories. The last fourteen books I’ve read featured heterosexual love stories – even Geography Club, an LGBTQ+ book, included a pretty prominent boy/girl romance. I don’t know if I want to read Insurgent and Allegiant right away if they’re just more of the same. Where oh where are my fantastic dystopian series with queer lady characters?!

4. Paper Towns and Looking For Alaska by John Green

My friends keep telling me to read these books, telling me that I’ll enjoy them. Well, they said the same thing about The Fault in Our Stars and I HATED it with a passion. So I don’t know whether or not I want to bother with these two stories.

Also, I’ve heard that all of Green’s stories are pretty similar. How much more overwrought prose and how many more pretentious characters can I handle?

5. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

As mentioned above, I don’t like Green’s writing. I read a book that Levithan co-authored (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn) and it wasn’t very good either. This probably isn’t the right co-author combination for me.

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusakwill grayson will grayson

I’ve tried to read this and I really, really disliked the narration style – but everyone keeps insisting it’s the best book ever, so on the list it goes.

7. The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater

I love the (very few) books of hers that I’ve read thus far, so I’d like to read all of them. BUT I keep hearing that it’s not as good as some of her other books. I suppose I’ll read Lament and Ballad first, anyway.

8. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

In every review of this book I’ve ever seen, the reader either loved it or loathed it. So I’m a little hesitant to pick up this story because I don’t know how I’ll react to it.

9. The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

Yet another book that I’ve already tried to read! I’m not sure whether I should continue with this series or move on in favor of better dystopians.

10. The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling)

The Casual Vacancy, Rowling’s first non-Potter book, was horribly disappointing. On the other hand, I’ve heard many wonderful things about her latest works! And yet, I do love mysteries. I’M SO CONFLICTED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT TO READ THESE BOOKS.

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What do you think, readers of mine? I want your input! What are your opinions on the books listed above? Which ones should I read, and which should I ignore?

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