Favorite Books of 2012


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2013 Book Challenge- Emily


Happy New Year Everyone!

This year I am working on a lot of goals, one of them is this book challenge.

Last year I read around 20 books, but I really want to challenge myself

this year, so my goal is to read 30 books!

1. Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

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2. Looking for Alaska by John Green

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3. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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4. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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5. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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6. Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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7. Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margarey Stohl

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8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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9. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

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10. The Death Cure by James Dashner

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11. The Kill Order by James Dashner

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12. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

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13.  Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

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14. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

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15. Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

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16. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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17. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

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18. Forever  by Maggie Stiefvater

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19. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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20. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

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21. Lost Voices by Sarah Porter

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22. Waking Storms by Sarah Porter

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23. Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs

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24. Tempest Unleashed by Tracy Deebs

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25. Tempest Revealed by Tracy Deebs

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26. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

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27. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong

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28. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

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29. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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30. The Program by Suzanne Young

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This is a basic list of the books that I hope to read this year.

As you can tell, most are book series.

I have all of the books for each series listed, but if I don’t like it, I’ll change it up.

This is the order I’d like to read these books, but i’m indecisive and impatient, so it’ll most likely change.

I look forward to reading these books and letting you all know how they are.

Let the 2013 Reading Challenge Begin!!!

…props if you know what I just referred too. 🙂

2013 Book Challenge – Joana


Hello everyone, hope you are doing great! It is the end of the year/ the beginning of a new year, which means that it is time for resolutions and goals. I decided to do the 2013 book challenge for this New Year. I was originally going to read 15 books, but then I decided to literally ‘challenge’ myself and read at least 21. So that is what I am going to go with and if I do more, that would be awesome, but my goal is 21.

I made a list of books I really want to read. There are 3 complete series, a couple of single books, and then a bunch of first books in series, which means that if I start reading a series and love it so much, then I will probably change the books in that series for some I put as initial books, if that makes any sense.

I decided to make a list of the ones I want to read and to share it with you guys:

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

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The Death Cure by James Dashner

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Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

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Requiem by Lauren Oliver

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Convergent (?!)by Veronica Roth

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Entwined by Heather Dixon

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Enclave by Ann Aguirre

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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Matched by Ally Condie

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Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

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Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

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Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George

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Taken by Erin Bowman

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The Knife of never letting go by Patrick Ness

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The summoning by Kelley Armstrong

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Before I fall by Lauren Oliver

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

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So there is something very important about goals: you need to create a reward. I think that what I am going to do is that I am going to buy 2 books every time I finish between 5 and 7 books. I am not sure about that yet, but I think that that is what I am going to do =]

Furthermore, I have been checking out other people’s lists, and a lot of people have as a goal to read more classics, to branch out from the YA genre. I am not going to do that, because I usually only read classics. I have just started reading YA books, and I want to catch up on series I haven’t read yet. I may or may not throw in a French classic, because those are my favorites, but it isn’t in my plans as of right now ^^

I am really excited to try this out and I hope I can beat this or at least accomplish it.

Are you guys doing a book challenge? What books do you want to read and what do you recommend?

Books Read in 2012 -Emily


The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins:

1. The Hunger Games

2. Catching Fire

3. Mockingly

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These books were LIFE-CHANGING to me!

I had not read a single book in over two year before these books.

As you can see, these books sparked my love for books all over again.

Overall Rating: Infinity/5

Divergent series by Veronica Roth

4. Divergent

5. Insurgent

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Want to find an addicting, heart-racing, different book? Then Divergent is for you.

I read this book in one day. Insurgent was a little slower, but equally as good.

The ending is a cliff-hanger as well, so look out. The third book is expected to be released this year as well.

Overall Rating: 5/5

6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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This book will make you laugh and make you cry uncontrollably…or at least it did for me.

John Green’s writing style is very realistic. It’s as though you are reading a typical teens diary.

The Fault in Our Stars is a love story about two cancer-ridden teens. It is similar to A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks.

Overall Rating: 5/5

7. Matched by Ally Condie

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Oh, this one…hmph. I want to say I liked this book, I really do, but I can’t.

The cover art and summary made it sound good, but it just wasn’t what I thought it’d be.

The story was slow and dragged on and was predictable.

Most people might like it, I guess I’m just not one of them.

Proceed reading this book with caution.

Overall Rating: 1.5/5

The Uglies series by Scott Westerfield

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9. The Pretties

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LOVE LOVE LOVE these books!!

This was my third time reading this series, but I only read the first two this time around.

This is one of the first Dystopian books I read, even before I knew I loved this genre.

Based in a society where everyone goes “under the knife” at 16 to become “Pretty”,

Tally Youngblood has to make the choice to become Pretty and join her best friend, Paris,

or run away to the mysterious Smoke with her newfound friend, Shay.

Overall Rating: 5/5

 The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare:

10.City of Bones

11.City of Ashes

12.City of Glass

13.City of Fallen Angels

14. City of Lost Souls

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I heard about this series for years and was skeptical about reading them.

Shadowhunters (half-angel warriors), Werewolves, Vampires, Warlocks, Faeries…it was all to much to take in.

With a movie of the first book around the corner and a huge praise from my book-loving friends, I took a 6 months plunge to read them.

READ these if you plan on seeing the movie, or else you WILL be confused.

The first three books are the best and I recommend reading those.

The other ones are enjoyable, but not as important.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5s

15. Paper Towns by John Green

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This was my own fault.

I chose it as our book to read for the book club I’m in, seeing as it is a John Green book.

John Green, you let me down with this one.

It took me forever to read because I was busy with school.

But, when I actually sat down and read it, it just wasn’t worth it.

It’s hilarious in the beginning, but the overall story can be summed up quicker than 200 pages.

Overall Rating: 1.5/5

16. Stand for the Family by Sharon Slater

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I had to read this one for one of my class, but i’m still including it in my list.

This is a great book for an older audience, especially those who are parents.

It is filled with facts about the decline of traditional families and I enjoyed it more than I expected for a “research book”.

Overall Rating: 4/5

17. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

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I always wanted to read this classic and apparently missed it in high school that one year I was an exchange student.

Baz Luhrmann (Director of  Moulin Rouge and Romeo+Juliet) is releasing a film adaption of this classic in May, so I had to read it.

The storyline is horrible in the sense that everyone just has affairs with everyone else. It was a quick read, but I fail to see how it’s a classic.

It’ll be perfect for a Baz Luhrmann film and I love his title, so even though the book didn’t do much for me, I look forward to the movie.

Overall Rating: 2/5 

18. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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I stumbled across the movie trailer for this and thought it looked interesting,

so when I found it for $5 at the bookstore, I was like “what the heck, I’ll try it out.”

Little did I know that it’d be so ADDICTING!! It is now one of my favorite books of all time.

It is a mixture of Harry Potter (witches)/ Vampire Diaries (sleepy Southern town that has hidden secrets)/ and a tad Twilight (but don’t cringe just yet).

The story is written from the male lead point of view, which was refreshing as well and I loved the Civil War flashbacks.

Can’t wait for the movie!

Overall Rating: 10/5

19. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

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Finally, after years of trying to get through this book, I did it!

But, was it worth all that time and effort? My reputation to finish books say “yes”, but storyline wise “heck no!”

The story was slow and not at all how I expected it. It was anti-climatic and there were a lot of loose-ends left, and not in a good way.

Glad its over and done with, now I can say I’ve finally finished it.

And with that, those are all of the books I have read this year. From not reading any books in two years, I think 19 (22 if you count reading The Hunger Games series twice) books are a HUGE improvement. It’s been a good year and I love that I have rekindled my love for books again. I’m excited to reach my reading goal for next year and embarking of this journey.

The End of “The End of the World”


2012 is sadly coming to a close. It has been a year most commonly known for being “the end of the world”. As we can all see, we are past that date and we are all still here, so far, so good. With that, we have a few Dystopian book recommendations to start 2013 off right. Here are some of our favorites:

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Uglies series by Scott Westerfield

Divergent series by Veronica Roth

Delirium series by Lauren Oliver

The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Matched series by Ally Condie

Legend series by Marie Lu

Enclave series by Ann Aguirre

Dune series by Frank Herbert

1984 by George Orwell

Happy Reading and Happy New Year Everyone! 

Books Joana has read this year


Hello everyone, today I am writing about the books I have read this year, as the title suggests. First of all, I need to say that it wasn’t a good reading year for me, at least not the first seven months. I started off with reading The Host by Stephanie Meyer, and that took FOR EVER!!! That is why I didn’t read a lot, but I thought I would still make a list of what I read with small reviews.

The Host by Stephanie Meyer

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I started this year by reading this book, and it took me six months to read the first half of the book. Then I put it down and read for other books. I had it next to my bed for 5 months and did not pick it up at all. Not even during both my 11 hour flights -.- Then one day during my summer break, I picked it up and finished the other half in 2 days. So honestly if you didn’t need the first half to understand the book, I would say SKIP IT, but then you wouldn’t understand anything. I gave it a 5/5 on Goodreads, but i think i am going to go and edit that and put a 4 meaning a 3.5. The beginning is soooooooo stupidly slow, but i really like the ending. So i would recommend it, but you have to be aware of the stupid first half of the book -.-

Rating 3.5/5

 

The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

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I have this obscure goal to read every single Nicholas Sparks book, and this year I decided to pick this one up, because it kind of follows The Notebook. It is the story of the daughter of the couple in the Notebook, and it is a very touching story. I don’t know if this is going to be a spoiler, but if you really don’t like to know anything about the boo, then don’t read the next sentence, but this is the first Sparks book I have read without anyone dying =D I really liked this book because it was perfect, in the sense that there was no sad feeling at the end.

Rating:

5/5

The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

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I wanted to read something paranormal-ish, but at the time I refused to read about vampires, so I picked a werewolf series. If you want to read a more in depth review on this, check out our blog post:

https://thecrookedbookshelves.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/the-wolves-of-mercy-falls-a-series-review/

 

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

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My friend talked to me about this book, and she gave it to me over Thanksgiving weekend and I read it in a day. It is a great romance, and if you like Jane Austen, I am pretty sure you will love this too. For a more in depth review check out our review:

https://thecrookedbookshelves.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/edenbrooke-by-julianne-donaldson/

 

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

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Ehm… I don’t think that I need to say anything about this besides HOLY CRAP THIS IS AWESOME and PEETA!!!! =]

Rating:

10/5 😉

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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I had to read this for college this semester, and i liked it, beside the fact that Lady Macbeth is the weirdest person I have ever read about!! Like who wants to dash out their child’s brain?!

Rating:

3/5

 

So these are the books I have read this year. I am doing a 2013 reading challenge, and I will put that post up later.

What have you read and what do you recommend?

Have a wonderful new year

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The Wolves of Mercy Falls: A series review


Hi everyone, today I am writing a series review on ‘The wolves of Mercy Falls’ by Maggie Stiefvater. It is a three book trilogy set in a small town in Minnesota. Grace Brisbane is a young high-schooler, sort of neglected by her parents, who was bit by wolves when she was a little girl and has felt a special connection to them ever since. She is especially attracted to this yellow-eyed wolf that watches her all the time. One day she finds a naked boy in the woods behind her house, and she is very shocked when she recognizes the yellow eyes. Sam Roth is a human in the summer and a wolf in the colder months. They both fall in love and thus starts the hunt for a cure, that would allow both lovers to spend all their lives together. However, it isn’t this easy. In fact, the citizens of Mercy Falls have been paying special attention to the wolves since the death of Jack Culpeper, who was ‘killed’ by them. Grace and Sam have to find a way to stay together without attracting any attention to the young boy, and unexpected people…

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American Version

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British Version

Shiver

Rating: 5/5

I really loved Shiver. This was the first supernatural book I have ever read and I thought it was good. I went in thinking: “ Hmmmm not sure if I am going to like this whole werewolf thing,” but I ended up reading it super-fast. It was pretty straight forward with the right amount of tension and no useless fluff. Stiefvater does like to describe every single detail, but it wasn’t disturbing at all. All in all, I really liked this book.

Explanation:

“For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf–her wolf–is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human–or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.”

Linger

Rating: 4/5

Linger was still a good book, but it was much slower than Shiver. It took me forever to get into it (mainly because I was in college), but when I did it only took me 2 days (still going to classes and everything) to finish it. I really liked the new character Cole. At first I was annoyed by him, but as the book went on I started liking him a lot more. I liked the book, but not as much as I liked Shiver.

Explanation:

“In Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.”

Forever

Rating: 4/5

I don’t even know where to start… Well… First of all, I liked this book a lot. I think it was better than ‘Linger’, because we are actually expecting something. Linger dragged on and we were wondering when the heck Grace was going to shift. In ‘Forever’ we were waiting for something but not in a ‘OMGosh how long is this going to last’ kind of way. I liked the tension and the ending of the story (not the ending of the book). The ending of the book is bitter-sweet. First because it is always sad to end a trilogy or a series, so it is always bitter-sweet, but it gave me that feeling because it just ends and i literally threw my hands up in the air and said ‘what the crap-sandwich’. I loved the book but i wanted to know more.

Explanation:

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When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their loved moved from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.

now.

That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be kill in one final, spectacular hunt.

forever.

Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment – a moment of death or life, farewell or forever”

Do I recommend this series?

Yes, I do. I think it is a good series for girls who like some fantasy or who want to try it out. That is what I did. I refused to read Twilight so I read The Wolves of Mercy Falls series instead, and I loved it. I was a bit disappointed by Linger, because it just dragged on, but I really liked Shiver and Forever. If I were to rate the series I would give it a 4/5 and I would totally recommend it.

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So as I was googling pictures for this post, I found out that they are planning to make a movie out of these books. I am not sure if it is true, but I found a poster that says that Emma Watson would be the actress that would be Grace in the movie. So we will see what happens.

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