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Top Ten 2014 Book Releases I’m Uber Excited For!

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Well I will be off in library school all of 2014, well mentally anyway as it’s an all online program, but I will need fictional worlds to keep my sanity.  So these are the books I am looking forward to the most this upcoming year:

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Mixed emotions..this is the final book in the series right? So my fictional boyfriend is just leaving me…not fair! But I can’t wait to read it! And it’s released the day before my birthday!!

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)Cress by Marissa Meyer-Feb. 4

I should probably take the day off work when this comes out…

The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla (Pink Carnation, #11)The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla: A Pink Carnation Novel by Lauren Willig- Aug. 5

Every time a book by the lovely Lauren Willig comes out, I feel like I’m getting an early Christmas gift 🙂

That Summer by Lauren Willig

….and I get two by her again this year!!! Lucky me !

Dangerous Creatures (Dangerous Creatures, #1)Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl-May 20

I didn’t even know this was coming out until today…and now I don’t know what to do with myself. I. Love. Casters.

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)

The Blood Of Olympus by Rick Riordan-Oct. 7

OMG!!!!!!!!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo-June 3

Again…I may need to use some PTO…or become mysteriously ill…when this arrives.

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine, #2)Hollow City by Ransom Riggs-Today!

Great first book, excited for this one.

The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3)The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness-July 15

So I despised the 2nd book. Ugh, so much, I was just bored out of my mind. But I’m hoping this conclusion can redeem itself.

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor-April 8

Again, I couldn’t stand the second book in this series, but I hope this one is much better.

Thoughts, feelings, additions???

Top Ten Reads of 2013

Top Ten Books of 2013

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I read so many wonderful books this year it was hard to pick just 10..but here ya go:

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder/Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (YA Fantasy/Fairiytale)

I expect these are many, many lists this year. They’re amazing and Marissa Meyer is wonderful 🙂

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Shadow and Bone/Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (YA Fantasy)

So addictive. I didn’t sleep the few nights it took to read these. I just had to Keep. Reading.

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (Pink Carnation, #10)The Passion of the Purple Plumeria by Lauren Willig (Adult Historical Fiction/Romance)

I love Lauren Willig. Every time a new bok by her comes out, it feels like Christmas and I know I’m in for a special treat. I always try to make the books last a week, but end up staying up all night and finishing them in a couple days…

WonderWonder by R.J. Palacio (Junior Fiction)

Everyone must read this book! Haven’t reviewed it yet, but it’s A-Mazing!  Forces readers to look at how they treat people and will most likely make you a better person for reading it…

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare (Review to come…I’m still recovering from the emotional rollercoaster (YA Fantasy)

Started and finished this trilogy over my Holiday break…and I am still an emotional wreck because of it…In a good way. I am in love with Clare’s writing! Please write faster Ms. Clare !!!

The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Junior Fiction)

Like Willig, with Riordan every book is a treat and this was no exception. I used reading a chapter of this book as a reward system for writing a page of my school papers… It was such an epic story!

The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next, #7)The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde (Adult Fiction Fantasy)

I love this series and frankly, I don’t think I will ever get tired of Thursday Next. This one was the most hilarious out of all of them for me so far. I quote from it daily….

Delirium (Delirium, #1)The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver (YA Fiction Dystopian)

I loved this trilogy…and the ending was much better for me than the Divergent trilogy.  It focused more on feelings than actions, but I love the way that Oliver writes.

FearlessFearless by Cornelia Funke (YA Fantasy/Fairytale)

Cornelia Funke is spectacular. This book (2nd in a series) is haunting and exciting, yet beautiful. I love the worlds that Funke can transport me to.

The Fire Chronicle (The Books of Beginning, #2)The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens (JF Fantasy)

Great action packed series! I love the world it’s set in and the characters are awesome…wish the third book would hurry up though 🙂

There you have it. My top 10 for 2013. Any of the same? Strongly disagree with some??

Top Ten Books I’d Like to See as Perfect Movies

Top Ten Books I Would Like to See Made Into Perfect Movies

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The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I thought this was going to be a movie…I don’t think a movie will ever do this book justice, but if it could it would be the best movie ever 🙂

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

This would be such an awesome kid’s adventure movie! It would be inspiring and fun…and hopefully encourage reading?

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

If the casting was done right, these could be spectacular! Given time, I will think up my favorite cast…has anyone cast this series already?

Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

These would be fun to watch…if the casting is done right, it can be a-mazing! Fast paced, action packed, with a fairy tale edge; pretty darn close to perfect.

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next #1)The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

I would love to see the Book World come to life! This could be such a cool movie…

Peter and the Starcatchers by Steve Barry and Ridley Pearson

Another awesome kid’s adventure movie. A movie about how Peter Pan became Peter Pan….it would be epic!

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)Magyk by Angie Sage

These would be so neat to see as movies.  The books have really neat creatures and magic throughout them along with very vibrant characters.  It would be great to see it on the big screen.

Redone Books to Movies (ones that were butchered, but could be done so much better!):

Eragon (Inheritance, #1)Eragon by Christopher Paolini

The books were full of action and are un-put-downable, however, the movie was boring to me.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

I’m sorry, but that was not my Ethan Wate on the big screen.  My Ethan was sweeter and softer. And there was no KELTING in the movie! Ugh..I’m donating my DVD to a library sale.

IInkheart (Inkworld, #1)nkheart by Cornelia Funke

This could have been an epic movie saga…I don’t quite know what happened (or what happened to my copy, I just realized it’s missing!).

Got any ideas on casting???

Top Ten Books Of 2013 …So Far

 Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2013

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I’ve read sooo many good books already this year! But here are my top ten faves! (Click on the titles with links for my reviews.):

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

New favorite series.  Re-done, futuristic fairy tales.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Read this in a day.  A great YA dystopian with a lovely romance…Still haven’t read the second one because I know I need to schedule an entire day devoted to just reading when I pick it up 🙂

The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next, #7)The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde

Finally caught up to the end of this series. I loved this one SOOO much. I laughed really hard out loud…in public.  It’s different than the others in the series, but it’s still wonderful.

Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman

Love Pullman and I watch Once Upon a Time so had to read this one and it was great.  I hadn’t read all of these fairy tales The Fire Chronicle (The Books of Beginning, #2)before so it was a great way to become acquainted with them.

The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens

The second book in a wonderful junior fiction fantasy.  Fast-paced and action packed.

 

Fyre (Septimus Heap, #7)Fyre by Angie Sage

The last book in another great junior fiction fantasy series.  Ended well with the hope for more stories from the same world in the future…

 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Loved this for all of the great quotes held within it.  So well written.

 The Ashford AffairThe Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig

Historical fiction standalone novel by one of my favorite authors : )

Inferno by Dan Brown

A new Dan Brown novel…and it was awesome.

 

The Clock Of LifeThe Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren

A very powerful story dealing with racism, war, mental illness, and so much more…so good !

Now, go read some of these if you haven’t yet!

What have been some of your favorites this year?

Top Ten Summer Reads!

 Top Ten Summer Reads

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Reading in the summer is wonderful as it can finally be done outside for those of living in places where winter is a force to reckoned with.  With that being said these are the Top Ten books I’m looking forward to reading this summer:

The Golem and the JinniThe Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

I love the title and the cover. Not quite sure what it’s about, but I’m excited to read it based on those two facts alone.

The Apprentices (Book 2) by Maile Meloy

Loved the first book in this series, so I can’t wait to dig into this one!

Awaken (Book 3) by Meg Cabot

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (Pink Carnation, #10)The final book in this trilogy with a unique and modern twist on the Hades and Persephone story. I’m excited to see how everything will end…can..not..wait!

The Passion of the Purple Plumeria (Book 10) by Lauren Willig

Another Pink Carnation book….super excited!!

The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon

A redone fairy tale. Can’t wait to give it a try.

 Pure (Pure, #1)Pure by Julianna Baggot

I’ll be reading this in July as part of Your Pick for Nik’s Book Club.  I have wanted to read this for a long time so now I have a reason 🙂

 The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I am still on the waiting list for this one at the library and haven’t decided if I’m going to the signing 4 hours away next month or not so I haven’t purchased it yet, but it sounds like it will be a great book. Of course Gaiman is amazing so I’m sure Fearlessit will be

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

Another WWII by Code Name Verity’s author (which I still haven’t read so I will be reading that too…) Code Name Verity comes highly recommended so I’m sure this will be amazing too.

 Fearless (Book 2) by Cornelia Funke 

Still haven’t gotten around to reading this even though it’s been out for a while, but I will this summer…I promise. Love Cornelia Funke!!

And a classic…not sure which one though…I finished Jane Austen’s works and there are about a million others to choose from.  It’s so hard to pick one!

What will you be reading? Got any more suggestions for me?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes From Books I’ve Read!

Top Ten Quotes From Books I’ve Read Thus Far

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I love finding quotes worth saving and remembering within books.  It’s like finding buried treasure.  Every time you recall the quote it’ll bring a smile to your face or a tear to your eye for some reason or other. And they can mean completely different things to everyone. It’s wonderful! So here are 10 of my favorite quotes (not all of them of course… I don’t really have a ranking system and they speak to me differently at different times):

The AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo

People say strange things, the boy thought.  Sometimes it’s better to be with the sheep, who don’t say anything.  And better still to be alone with one’s books.  They tell their incredible stories at the time when you want to hear them.  But when you’re talking to people they say some things that are so strange that you don’t know how to continue the conversation.

The Invention of Hugo CabretThe Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

 “Did you ever notice that all machines are made for some reason?” he asked Isabelle.  “They are built to make you laugh, like the mouse here, or tell the time, like clocks, or to fill you with wonder, like the automaton.  Maybe that’s why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn’t able to do what it was meant to do.

“You know, machines never have any extra parts.  They have the exact same number and type of parts they need.  So I figure if the entire world is a big machine, I have to be here for some reason.  And that means you have to be here for some reason too.”

The Count of Monte CristoThe Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

   …and never forget that until the day when God deigns to unveil the future to mankind, all human wisdom is contained in these two words: ‘wait’ and ‘hope’.

Mansfield ParkMansfield Park by Jane Austen

It was a gloomy prospect, and all that she could do was to throw a mist over it, and hope when the mist cleared away, she could see something else.

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne CollinsGregor the Overlander by Suzanne  Collins 

Even if times got bad, he would never again deny himself the possibility that the future might be happy even if the present was painful. He would allow himself dreams.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1)Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.

Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood, #5)Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

You get older and you learn there is one sentence just four worlds long and if you can say it to yourself it offers more comfort than almost any other. It goes like this… Ready ” “Ready.” “At least I tried.”

The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next, #7)The Woman Who Died A Lot by Jasper Fforde

“Do I have to talk to insane people?”
“You’re a librarian now. I’m afraid it’s mandatory.”

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

“It had flaws, but what does that matter when it comes to matters of the heart? We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”

Top Ten (couple days late) Thursday! Favorite Covers of Books I’ve Read

I judge books by their covers.  If I don’t know the author, the cover is extremely important along with the title of course.  Since I love how much a great cover can do for books, I really didn’t want to miss out on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday so I’ve made it Top Ten Thursday : )Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. So here are my top ten favorite covers of books I’ve read:

The Emerald Atlas (The Books of Beginning, #1)

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

 I pre-ordered this book solely based on the cover and fell in love with the magical series.

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)

Magyk by Angie Sage

 I only picked this book up because of the cover and the series is amazing too.

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

There are many different covers for this book, but I LOVE the one I got. If you have all three in the series with this cover and put them together they make a cool pattern too.Inkdeath (Inkworld, #3)

Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke

 Purple is my favorite color and the detail on the cover picture is sooo pretty.

The Aviary Gate

Aviary Gate by Katie Hickman

 Bought this book purely because of the beautiful cover when I was visiting Hay on Wye in Wales (one of the coolest towns ever btw!)

The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 Don’t like circuses, but this cover is by far one of my favorite covers of all time.  Gorgeous and I would totally go to that circus!

The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Another series I read purely based on the cover and I wasn’t disappointed.

The Apothecary

The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

I entered a giveaway for this one based on the cover and it is a super neat story.  The sequel is coming out in the next few months and I can NOT wait for it!

Museum of Thieves (The Keepers, #1)

Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner

Picked this one up while shelving because of how interesting the cover looked.  An adventure waiting to happen…and it sure was!

Cinder (Crónicas lunares, #1)

Italian version of Cinder by Marissa Meyer

 I want to own this version of Cinder soooo bad even if I can’t read it because the cover is sooo incredible.

Top Ten Tuesday: Light & Fun Reads !

Top Ten Books When You Need Something Light and Fun

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Some of my favorite kind of reads: Light and Fun.  I don’t enjoy reading about dark, depressing stuff you gotta spend time thinking about all the time…So here are some great FUN reads:

Avalon HighAnything by Meg Cabot

If I’m stuck in a reading rut or feeling sad, I’ll pick up something Meg.  Plus there’s never a doubt of running out of something new to read by her because it seems like there is always a new book being released.

My favorites: Princess Diaries, Size 12 series, Abandon series, Avalon High

Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)Confessions of a Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella

These are so funny and will undoubtedly put you in a good mood (especially if you love to shop). I also love her other standalone novels I’ve read like Can You Keep a Secret, Undomestic Goddess, and Remember Me?

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)Magyk series by Angie Sage

These are great junior fiction fun reads and require less “thinking” than Harry Potter.  They are magical and adventuresome plus really funny.  I whipped through them really quickly and am currently reading the last one in the series (which makes me really sad L ).

The Woman Who Died a Lot (Thursday Next, #7)Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde

These are my “escape” books, or were, until I reached the last one currently released. They’re the funniest books I’ve ever read and they make you feel smart when you get the book related humor.

Peter and the Starcatchers (Peter and the Starcatchers, #1)Peter and the Starcatchers series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

The back story of Peter Pan. I loved ‘em and read these to my younger sister and she actually enjoyed them too (which is saying a lot because she hates books).  It’s a unique story with a fast-paced plot and doesn’t require a lot of thinking.

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)Percy Jackson, Lost Hero, and Kane Chronicle series by Rick Riordan

These are amazing and I wish I could make everyone read them.  They are pure fun.  Adventure, humor, and amazing characters in all three series. LOVE them.

The Princess Bride The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Such a great story. Funny and full of adventure, like the movie but better of course(must re-read sometime).  Truly a fun read.

The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series by Michael Scott

I’m reading this series slowly because I want to savor it.  It always provides a nice escape; not too much thinking and a lot of adventure and action.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation, #1)Pink Carnation Series by Lauren Willig

Light and Fun is the definition of the Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig.  They are such a wonderful treat for readers.  Filled with romance, action, spies, adventure, and humor…ahhh I just love them.

 Ella EnchantedElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Now I haven’t read this one in quite some time, but when I did read it I remember being transported out of my dreary high school life into a world full of mythical creatures and adventure. And I remember reading it one sitting.  So I’d say this fits the bill for being a light and “fun” read 🙂

Top Ten Books to Read in One Day!

Top Ten Books to Read in a Day

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This week on the Broke and the Bookish’s weekly meme it’s a Rewind, meaning we get to pick whatever topic we missed in the past and liked the most to blog about.  I thought it would be fun to do Top Ten Books to Read in a Day because sometimes you just don’t have the time to get into a book that’s going to take time to think and ponder heavily about. So this is my list of ultra fast books to read:

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)Cinder and then Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

These are my new favorites!! I am in love with every single character (but I would marry Wolf if given the opportunity).  I read these books way too fast (one day as you can obviously tell by the post’s title). They are such fun re-imaginings of classic fairy tales.  See review of Cinder and Scarlet. Go check them out!

Delirium (Delirium, #1)Delirium by Lauren Oliver

So addicting. Once this book is started, you’re not going to want to put it down, talk to others, eat, etc.  See full review here.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I love, love, love this series.  And every time I start one of the books, I know I won’t be getting any sleep until it’s finished. Action, romance, and tons of paranormal creatures and I can never figure out how these stories will end!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

I remember finishing this Potter book in particular in just one day.  I had to hide under the covers and use a flashlight so my parents thought I was sleeping.  I just had to find out who Sirius Black was!

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I’m only picking the first one in the series because I don’t recall having a favorite in this series.  All of Riordan’s junior fictions are books I’ve had to finish in a day.  They are so amazing and I love getting kids to read them!

Ella EnchantedElla Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

This was a book my grandma had picked out before she passed away, but I didn’t get around to reading it for a few years.  The day I did start it though, I stayed up all night until it was finished.  It is a magical masterpiece of a fairy tale that I recommend to oodles of girls who don’t know what to read.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I did NOT want to read this book. I was horrified by kids killing kids, but as a librarian I figured everyone would be asking about it so I read it…in one sitting.  I’m still not quite sure I enjoyed it because of the brutality, but it was something that couldn’t be put down.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent by Veronica Roth

Another book I was on the fence about reading, but it sucked me in all the same.  I know I enjoyed reading this one, so as a dystopian novel I put it above the Hunger Games and recommend it to people looking for something along those lines.

Ascend (Trylle Trilogy, #3)Ascend by Amanda Hocking

This is the last book in the Trylle trilogy (trilogy with a unique take on trolls and changelings with a setting in MN!) by Amanda Hocking and I enjoyed it the most out of all three of the novels.  I tore through this one to see how everything would end…and I’ll admit, I was quite shocked, but in a good way.

What are some books you have had to read in one day??

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I read Before I Was a Blogger

Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I was a Blogger

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 This was tough to choose only ten; there are just too many options!  I will try and make this as varied as possible.  So here is my randomly assorted list:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

….well duh. These changed my life and helped me through the toughest years I’ve gone through thus far.  They will forever hold a special spot in my heart.

The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo

Beautifully written with lots of life lessons and inspiration. I’m looking forward to reading more of Coehlo’s works in the future.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation, #1)Pink Carnation Series by Lauren Willig

I discovered these by accident when the first one was a bargain book on Barnes and Noble. After that I turned into an addict; buying and reading the other two which were out within the week and then buying (not renting from the library) each new one as they come out. Romance, espionage, history, and Europe (mostly) not much more I could ask for in a nice light read!

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

These were amazing! The first book in the series, The Golden Compass, was a little slow for me and I had to read it twice before I really loved it…and then I really really fell head over heels in love with it and the whole series. I was depressed for about a week after finishing this series because I was soo sad it was over and I could never have that “first” experience again.

The Other Side of SunThe Other Side of the Sun by Madeleine L’Engle

I haven’t read this book in about 9 years, but it is the first book I remember reading by myself and feeling moved by. It involves the KKK and actual witchcraft along with other heavy issues.  I remember finishing this book late at night while I was in high school and then crying for hours into my pillow until I finally fell asleep. It was powerful to me then, and I haven’t had the guts to re-read it yet, but it is on my TBR list.

Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst DogMarley and Me by John Grogan

I have this on my list because the book came to me at a turning point in college.  I wasn’t reading for fun anymore, but then I picked this hardback up and became super excited about books again.  And this is only like the 3rd piece of nonfiction I’ve ever actually read and finished.  AND this is a great TRUE story!(Even though I cried for hours upon hours throughout the book: I’m a dog person.)

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)Magyk series by Angie Sage

A fast and fun “get-away-from-your-life” series.  The characters are great, the story is action-packed, and the setting is pretty unique.  I love this series and enjoy recommending to kids. (P.S. The newest book in the series, Fyre, comes out this month on the 16th!)

The Princess Bride Princess Bride by William Goldman

I loved the movie and then I discovered the book.  I’m still baffled by some of the author commentary in the book.  I did get most of it was sarcasm, but was all of it? Anywho, the actual story story was amazing! Again there’s adventure, action, and romance…winning combination!

The True Story of Hansel and GretelThe True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy

This is another book I haven’t read since high school because of how heartbreaking it is, but it was a story that stuck with me.  I didn’t pay attention to the parallels between the book and the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel so I honestly can’t say if there are similarities, but for me it was just a powerful WWII novel. It is quite graphic in its descriptions and it will mostly likely make you cry, but it was a book I had to buy.

What are some my amazing reader’s favorite reads from before 2011?

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