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Book Favorites: Some Oldies, Some Newbies, All Hopefully Goodies!

(These are from left to right, top to bottom)

Originally, I was going to post separate reviews for some of my favorites, but I decided this is more efficient as I simply have too many books that I love and I don’t want to bore you to death with so many book reviews as this isn’t really a book review blog. That being said, I still love to read and recommend my faves to anyone and everyone who will listen so I hope you will check some of these out and love them as much as I do!

  1. Secrets of a Former Fat Girl – This is technically a diet book, but I really liked the way it was written. Even though she certainly offers up a lot of diet and exercise tips that helped her along the way to a healthy body, I really loved that it tells the story of a girl who was perpetually overweight, even in childhood, and who works really hard to be healthier and more confident over time. I think it’s really inspiring to hear this from someone who has been there as opposed to someone who is already very fit and always has been.
  2. Coraline by Neil Gaiman – You may have seen the animated kids film for this, but let me tell you, this book is way creepier than that. Neil Gaiman is such a great writer and he truly knows how to creep the reader out. I read this on a plane, coming home from a trip and it creeped me out on a plane surrounded by people. Even though it’s written for children, I think this would weird anyone out, but the story is a really great sort of modernized grimm tale type.
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth – I won’t say too much on this one, but check out the review I did for this here if you’re curious. It’s better than Hunger Games!
  4. Insurgent by Veronica Roth – This is the sequel to Divergent!
  5. Gemma Doyle Series (A Great & Terrible Beauty ) by Libba Bray – Based in Victorian England, the story starts with the mysterious death of Gemma’s mother. Shortly after, she is sent to an all girls’ boarding school in the English countryside where strange things begin to happen to her. Really great series if you love both fantasy and period dramas, which I do!
  6. Harry Potter Series – Seriously, if you haven’t read this yet, you really should. This book actually taught me so much about life. It’s just good. Even if you have seen the films, but never read them. They offer much more in regard to the details of the story , characters and events that the movies don’t really express.
  7. Interworld by Neil Gaiman – Ever wondered what it would be like to jump dimensions and discover parallel versions of yourself existing all at once, but all entirely different? Really good read!
  8. Millennium Trilogy (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series) by Stieg Larsson – This is a great series for anyone who believes in women rights, wants to be a bada$$ prodigy ( or meet one) , or all of the above. It’s a seriously great story that I often refer to as my “grown up harry potter.” Not because it’s anything like HP, but because my obsession with this series actually rivaled that one .. for a few months anyway.
  9. Midnighters series by Scott Westerfeld – Everything freezes in this tiny town in Oklahoma for everyone except 4 kids who were born at exactly midnight. For one hour, they each have special powers to fight what comes out of the darkness and into the midnight with them.
  10. Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – If you live under a rock and don’t know what this is about, it centers on the story of Katniss Everdeen, a girl living in a world in which there are 12 districts all ruled by one capitol. Since the 12 districts rebelled against the capitol years ago, all children 12+up from each district are forced to enter their names into a bowl. One boy and one girl are picked randomly from each district to fight to the death in the Hunger Games as punishment for their districts past uprising.
  11. Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld – Set in a futuristic society where everyone gets an operation at age 16 which fixes all of their flaws (symmetrical face, eyes, cute nose, etc.) so they can become pretty, Tally is just an ordinary girl eagerly awaiting her 16th birthday so she can leave her ugly self behind, get the operation to become pretty, and cross the river to live with the other pretties. Everything changes when she meets Shay, a girl who not only doesn’t care or think that she’s ugly, but doesn’t want the operation and wants to stay as she is.
  12. Violet on the Runway series by Melissa Walker – Every girl wishes that they could be plucked out of their small town by a modeling agent to become a top runway model and for Violet, that’s just what happens. A really good series about one girl’s journey from awkward to confident. the ugliness of the model world and finding yourself.
  13. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – Very similar to the film that came out with the same title, but I really enjoyed this book a lot. Geishas and the like really interest me so if they interest you as well, definitely check it out!
  14. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson – Written in the 50’s ( I believe), this tells the story of a scientist – Robert Neville – who is the last man on earth after a virus turns everyone into vampires. Although there is a film out of this same title and based on this book, the book is entirely different and the ending and vampires especially are completely different.
  15. What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson – I read this book because I really loved the film of the same title, but the book itself is completely different. It’s more or less about existentialism and what happens after we die – where do we go, what do we do, who do we meet, etc.
  16. Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare – I started reading this series because I really loved the Mortal Instruments series by the same author, but this series is actually better than TMI series in my opinion. Even though it’s technically a prequel series to TMI, you don’t have to read the Mortal Instruments series to understand the story, though you will get more character references and things if you read TMI first. I really love this series because it’s based in Victorian England and is very steam punk influenced, which is something I really love. I love fantasy fiction so if you’re into that genre, you’ll probably like this one!

That’s all for now; What are your current book favorites?

It’s Better Than Hunger Games – Have You Read Divergent?

Welcome to my first ever book review!

This book was originally loaned to me by a friend who had been raving about it for a month or so before she finally convinced me to give it a read and I am so glad that I did!

First off, picture a society similar to Hunger Games (only not), but better.

Veronica Roth’s Divergent is Hunger Games if it was more thought out, better written, just a realistic, and deadlier, if that is possible, which is pretty incredible when you consider it’s her debut novel!

First off, the book takes place in what we assume is post world war type Chicago. In this society, there are 5 main factions each dedicated to a specific virtue – Abnegation (selfless seekers), Amity (peace-seeking), Erudite (knowledge-seekers), Candor (truth seekers), and Dauntless (thrill seekers). At age 16, everyone takes an aptitude test which determines what faction they are best suited towards and then they must choose which faction they want to join. Some stay in the faction they were born into while others transfer to a new one, often leaving their families behind forever. Beatrice, our main protagonist, is born into the life of Abnegation, but she has doubts about belonging in a faction dedicated to selflessness when she never feels good enough. When she takes her aptitude test and results come back inconclusive, she is told that she is Divergent and may never tell anyone or she faces certain death. Then, she is faced with a challenge that may change her life forever – stay with Abnegation or transfer to another faction?

I am really enjoying this series at the moment, currently re-reading the second book Insurgent, and I think anyone who enjoyed Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, Uglies series, Infernal Devices or any kind of science fiction types will like this series. I definitely recommend it!

Buy it on Amazon – here! 

Have you read Divergent?

If so, what did you think?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. I purchased this book with my own money and of my own free will! My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.