Saturday, March 3, 2018

Books you should read this month


Hello fellow bookworms!

I'm always looking for new books to add to my TBR, and the best feeling is when a friend comes to me loving a book and I KNOW it's actually good. In this post I'm going to run through some great popular books, if you'd like to read the synopsis...click the title! Below the title, I insert quotes that I believe represent the books as well as advisory warnings and personal thoughts.

Settle back with a steaming mug of your favorite drink and enjoy!







The Giver
  “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
Lois Lowry, The Giver

 “Gabe?"
The newchild stirred slightly in his sleep. Jonas looked over at him.
"There could be love", Jonas whispered.”
Lois Lowry, The Giver 

 “We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”
Lois Lowry, The Giver

  “But there was nothing left to do but continue”
Lois Lowry, The Giver 



Genre: Dystopian
Personal Thoughts: One of the many reasons I love this book is because it's good for all audiences, it's an incredible book to share with siblings/children while still enjoying the story. The story though simple is deeply philosophical in nature. The story of a 12 year old boy living in an seemingly ideal world.
Tags: family / love / memories / apple / growing up / baby / utopian society / depth of feeling / bicycles / community / loneliness / dreams


Between Shades of Gray


 “Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray 

 “Sometimes there is such beauty in awkwardness.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray 

 “We'd been trying to touch the sky from the bottom of the ocean.”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray

 “Was it harder to die, or harder to be the one who survived?”
Ruta Sepetys, Between Shades of Gray






Genre: Historical Fiction
Personal Thoughts:  Ruta Sepetys is a genius writer that presents real stories in the most artistic beautiful manner. This story is a war chronicle; a bitter, raw, painful story still infused with hope. However some sensitive material is included such as references to..soldiers abusing women / birth / death & abuse. Well portrayed but suggested for an older/mature audience. 
Tags: war journey / sketchbooks / pocket watch / labor camp / train / rising sun / handsome soldiers / mother / family / escape / winter / stone / world war 2 / lithuania



The Lunar Chronicles

“Imagine there was a cure, but finding it would cost you everything. It would completely ruin your life. What would you do?”
Marissa Meyer, Cinder  


“But if there was one thing she knew from years as a mechanic, it was that some stains never came out.”
Marissa Meyer, Cinder 


  “I'm not sure I would label it a 'survivor,'" said Iko, her sensor darkening with disgust. "It looks more like a rotting pumpkin.”
Marissa Meyer, Cinder

Genre: Sci Fi / Fairytale Retelling
Personal Thoughts: Very fun reads with incredible plots. Marrisa Meyer masters fairytale retellings unlike no other. There are some slightly questionable parts in the series, especially in Scarlet and Cress so I suggest reader discretion. Also as brought to my attention, Fairest which isn't a necessary part of the series and one I did not bother to read has inappropriate content (sexual content and homosexual content).
Tags: princess / mechanic / robots / hacker / farm / moon / earth / romance / humour / banter / wolves / action 

 The Inheritance Cycle
  “The greatest enemy is one that has nothing to lose.”
Christopher Paolini, Eragon 

 “Keep in mind that many people have died for their beliefs; it's actually quite common. The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.”
Christopher Paolini, Eragon 

 “Into the sky to win or die.”
Christopher Paolini, Eragon 

 “From now on you're going to have to think. There's a reason why we're born with brains in our heads, not rocks.”
Christopher Paolini, Eragon 




Genre: Heavy Fantasy
Personal Thoughts: I personally found this a bit dry and hard to read, but many absolutely love this series. They are great for both genders and are all clean and filled with fantasy, dream worlds, and of course...dragons!
Tags: dragons / magic / precious stones / elves / dwarves / mythical creatures / kingdom / village / 



Hopefully you found something you'd like among this list! I'd like to remind my fellow readers that if you have any book reviews you can always be a book scout and submit for us.

BOOK SCOUT
 /bo͝ok skout/
  
noun
  1. One who scout outs and give us their personal ratings of Young Adult age-range literature, especially for how much swearing, abuse, and lust is present in the work on a 1 to 5 scale.

2.  fellow readers, on a reconnaissance (or spying) mission for Rebellious Writing


Anna C. S.

22 comments:

  1. Just thought I would mention that Fairest is NOT clean. There is a lot of sexual and homosexual themes in that book. However, some might not be bothered.

    Otherwise, great reviews. I actually have a book I will be sending into the scouting that I think some might like.

    Awesome post, y'all. <3

    ~Ivie

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    1. Thank you so much for the mention! I did not read that book and was trying to find a picture that would represent the lunar chronicles series and that was the only one. I will definitely put that in!

      Thank you Ivie! Can't wait to see it.

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  2. I love the Giver! And it has three amazing sequels I love equally as well.... Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son. I also love the Inheritance Cycle... you don't see many people liking those books anymore ;D Between Shades of Gray looks so good!

    keturahskorner.blogspot.com

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    1. The Giver is great and I can't wait to read the sequels.

      They have a great concept to them :) And Between Shades of Grey is reeeallyy good.

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  3. I need to read Between Shades of Grey--I've heard nothing but good about that author! The Lunar Chronicles is SO GOOD. I LOVE IT. <333

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  4. I LOVE The Giver, but the rest of the books in the quartet are just as good, especially Gathering Blue!

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    1. I have yet to read the sequels but I can't wait!

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  5. the giver is such a good book, and it's always gonna be one of my favoritess. i tried cinder at one point, but never really got into it that much.. totally planning on giving the inheritance cycle a go though. thanks for the reccomendations!! loving the blog and it's goal. :)

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    1. Same Suzy!
      We always have those books that are hard to get into :)
      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.

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  6. Great selections! I really want to read Between Shades of Gray, and yesssss, The Lunar Chronicles is amazing! :D

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    1. Thank you Lila! you totally should, it's amazing!!! AND YASSS, fellow fans unite ;)

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  7. I love Eragon as well, and am looking forward to getting my hands on the rest of the series!

    An awesome post, Anna!!

    Catherine

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    1. I'm sure you could probably find them at your library :)

      Thank you Catherine!

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  8. I love The Giver - it continues to inspire and challenge me. I think I'm going to check out Between Shades of Gray as soon as I get the to library.
    Thank you for posting!

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    1. Me too! I read it once when I was younger alone and revisited it recently and whoa it has so much incredible depth to it. I hope you like it Kara, it's really well written.
      Thank you for commenting! ^.^

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  9. I'm actually about to reread The Giver! And I hadn't heard of Between Shades of Gray but I love WWII books so I will definitely check it out. I'm glad you included the warning about Fairest-- I read that one and was semi-shocked by some of the content. Not the worst stuff out there, but pretty dark and too much for me.

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    1. The Giver is so good, isn't it?!
      I haven't read Fairest, but I've heard some stuff about it like that.

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  10. How have I not found this site sooner. SOME CLEAN FICTION THAT ISN'T LAME. Yay. I just read The Giver and had to sit on my couch for a solid hour, eyes glassed over, just TAKING IT IN. I wanna read Between Shades of Grey, it sounds really, really good! {Tess}

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    1. It makes my day to hear that! Clean fiction isn't and never will be lame! I've never heard someone complaining about the fact that a book didn't have enough dirt, but I have heard people complain about smut in books.

      The Giver is one of my favorites! It's so beautiful. ^_^

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