I was tagged by Alan Lastufka to do this book tag thing. Haven’t done of these in a century. xD
In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you.
In no particular order…
- Georgia Nicholson (Yes, the whole series) by Louise Rennison because this series got me through the boring parts of high school, made me laugh, and although I didn’t relate to all her boy probs, I could relate to the level of extreme awkward.
- Matilda by Roald Dahl because it’s the book that I read a million times in elementary school. She had the power to change her own circumstances. And I’m pretty sure it made me believe if I read enough books, I’d have her powers. And I definitely had the movie tie-in cover.
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein because KISS ME HARDY still makes me tear up a bit. It’s the kind of book that left me emotionally devastated. It was wonderful. Young women flying airplanes during WWII?! YES. I read this right after my grandpa passed away, so it was really hard to start this book being that he was a fighter pilot in WWII.
- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken because kids with crazy powers road tripping through WV/VA in an old van named Black Betty. It’s one of those novels that left me totally speechless.
- Legend Series by Marie Lu are the most perfect Dystopian novels I’ve ever read. Also, the things she does with gender norms in this book is A+++.
- Zig Zag by Ellen Whittlinger was the first book I ever picked up out of the newly-formed YA section in my local library. I remember my mom telling me I should probably read some more mature stuff instead of picking up kids books. I was probably reading the same book over and over again or something? I don’t know.
- Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. It was one of those books I read a few summers ago, and I spent some time with it. Rick’s writing is AMAZING and actually brought me to tears, and not even from the content of the story. Also, the humor in that who series is good.
- The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith. It made me feel like I wasn’t a total weirdo and that there are lots of different kinds of nerds and nerdy ways to fall in love. And the design of the book is fantastic. Some of the gaming references were a bit lost on me BUT it was A+.
- Shine by Lauren Myracle was probably the first time I had read about hate crimes in YA. It just really hit home about how we treat people, and how Southern culture treats people.
- I don’t remember the title of the book, but I was obsessed with a book about Cocker Spaniels when I was little. I’m pretty sure my mom had to hide it or throw it in the trash because it was so torn up from me reading it. Fun fact: we have never owned a Cocker Spaniel, but I definitely want one sooner or later.
This list turned into Nostalgia Central, man. Ahhh.
In which I talk about the frustrations of the Unread Pile.
Accio Books Tag [x]
The first 8 chapters of THE UNBOUND (the sequel to THE ARCHIVED) are officially up on Netgalley! And they are auto-approved, meaning you can simply GO HERE and click READ NOW!
And if you re-post this post, you’ll be entered to win a FULL digital copy of the book. Contest runs from 11/7 through 10pm EST 11/10.
Bump in the Night Book Tag! [x]
New Release Tuesday [x]
When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.
I was laughing, I was furrowing my brow, I was holding on for dear life while reading Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols. I felt as if I were doing barrel rolls in Leah’s Piper Cub! It was such a joy (ride) to read and GOODNESS, I WANT MORE. This is the first book I had even read by Jennifer Echols, but it definitely isn’t the last. Some of my friends told my that this is her best book so far, and I believe it.
The boys: Swoon-worthy. BoyFeels. And passionate. I found myself nearly screaming, “NOW KISS!” several times, and when there was kissing, OH HOT DAMN.
The girls: So glad that any arguments or misunderstandings between Molly and Leah were for substantial reasons. They weren’t catty. Okay, maybe a bit territorial, but not catty.
Excuse me while I let out a blood-curdling fangirl SCREAM. That’s how good this book is. From the first two sentences, I WAS HOOKED. The writing itself is so good. I loved the characters. I loved the airplanes. My grandpa learned how to fly when he was 17, I think? Maybe even younger, so knowing that this story is about airplanes really interested me.
Everything in this book, everyone, every scene— it all felt so real. It isn’t often that you see fictional characters being so honest with one another. I feel like many books have the narrator shutting up when s/he should be telling the truth, as to build suspension, to build drama. Echols does not do this, and for that I am so thankful. Anytime Leah, Molly, Grayson, and Alec opens their mouths, it’s a stream of truthiness. I know that a lot of the story has to do with manipulation, but any personal stories told, any opinions given about another person, they are all honest and true. You get to read Leah’s inner thoughts and she does spell out her insecurities.
I freaking loved this book. Even if you dislike Contemporary fiction, this is a book you need to read. Airplanes, beautiful people in dramatic situations, sexytimez, this book has it all.
The reason why Andrew Garfield = Hall Twins: This .gif set.
Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans and absorb their positive energy. Usually, they select their victims at random, but this time around, the underwater clan chooses its target for a reason: revenge. They want to kill Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother’s death.
It’s going to take a concerted effort to lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the water. Calder’s job is to gain Hancock’s trust by getting close to his family. Relying on his irresistible good looks and charm, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock’s daughter Lily. Easy enough, but Calder screws everything up by falling in love—just as Lily starts to suspect there’s more to the monster-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined, and just as the mermaids threaten to take matters into their own hands, forcing Calder to choose between them and the girl he loves.
One thing’s for sure: whatever Calder decides, the outcome won’t be pretty.
Calder White, will you marry me? Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown is such a different mermaid tale compared to previous ones I’ve read. This is told from the perspective of a male mermaid who falls in love with the daughter of a man he’s supposed to kill.
I enjoyed reading about Calder’s relationships between him and his sisters. They’re the ones that want to seek revenge on their mother’s death rather than leaving Calder to his somewhat peaceful existence.
This was such a beautifully written novel! I loved the world building. I felt like if I ever went to that place, I would know my way around. I loved the sacrifices certain characters were willing to make to save loved ones. Well, not EVERY sacrifice, but close. The scenes in which Calder was basically fighting for his life were SO intense.
I can’t think of anything off the top of my head that I disliked about this novel. I didn’t know this was a series until after I read it. It works rather well as a stand alone, but I can’t wait to read more from Anne Greenwood Brown! I’m speculating that it’ll be more like a companion novel than another novel from Calder’s perspective.
Waiting on Wednesday: Vicious by V. E. Schwab [x]
I can’t wait to read the rest of this book! I really loved the characters so far, and as always, I love V.E. Schwab’s (also known as Victoria Schwab in the YA realm) writing style. She has that style that totally sucks you into the worlds she’s writing about and doesn’t let you go until you’ve finished the book.