Friday, August 19, 2016

Spring/Summer 2016 Book Haul-

Hello, everyone!

So, it has been a while since I have done a book haul post, and I have so many new books. Eager to share with you, and recommend. Let's get to it!

*Please note that the following books are in no particular order.

 Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game is a book that has recently gotten quite a bit of hype. From the recent re-release of yet another edition, to the movie by the same title starring Asa Butterfield, this is back on peoples radars. And rightly so.

I first read Ender's Game back in 2008, and fell in love with it. The politics, the aliens, the bullies, the schools... it all felt real, like something that could happen. This is a book that will make you think, that's for sure. And you will lie awake in bed night after night, even when you've finished it, just thinking it all over. It's as entertaining as it is thought provoking. There are several children with potty mouths, though, so keep an eye out for younger readers.

Do I recommend it? Totally. Go to your local library and give this a  read. And then buy a copy and make your friends read it.
Learn more here.

I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore

This is a book I only recently finished. As I neared the end, I just had to get the next book from my local public library. Honestly, it made me cry. It made me laugh. It made me gasp. It's a fast paced, action packed book with a relatable hero. It's not a book that I'd say is a perfect classic, bound to stay in my heart forever, but I liked it.

(You know, I have never thought of myself as someone who's into the whole sci-fi scene; but look, here are two in a row. Strange.) ,

The protagonist is Number Four, or, as we know him, John Smith. He came to Earth with others from the planet Lorien when a race called the Mogadorians invaded his homeland. But the Mogadorians have infiltrated Earth and have found three of his former companions. As the title states, he is number four.

Would I recommend this book? Yes. Do I like it? Quite a bit. So if you see it in your local bookstore, you could do worse. Learn more here.

The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke

A book I have not read. But it has been recommended to me thousands of times. I'll tell you what I know.

The Thief Lord follows the story of two orphaned boys (brothers) who run away from their cruel uncle. Somehow they get tangled up in a band of children in London who steal for a living. Their leader is, you guessed it, the Thief Lord.

This book is aimed at older children, in the 12-15 range, I would guess. I am older than that, but that won't stop me from reading it! I love books, of all genres and for all audiences.

As with I Am Number Four, sadly, I cannot yet recommend this book, as I have not yet read it. But if, when browsing titles at some thrift store, you pick it up, give it a read and let me know your thoughts. I'm curious. Learn more here.


The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer

Ah, the wonderful Lunar Chronicles. In this series, there are four novels: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress and Winter. They are futuristic retellings of classic fairy tales, set in a dystopic world. All in all, this is one of my favorite book series of all time. And you wanna know something cool? Meyer wrote the first drafts to three of these books during one NaNoWriMo. She's awesome, I love her, get her books, read them, love them. Learn more here.


Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen

Stop! You know the saying don't judge a book by its cover? Well, take that to heart, will you, and here me out on this one.

Just Listen follows the story of a teenage girl who used to have it all. But when tragedy strikes, she has no one to speak to, no one to listen. Or maybe she has people that will listen, but she's too afraid to speak up. That's for you to decide.

This book will make you think about how you perceive people. That neighbor with the infuriatingly perfect lawn? Maybe he's depressed and has to keep busy. Or maybe it's a friend or teacher or teammate. But no one is perfect, and no one has it all.

So go on a journey with Annabel, girl with it all, and learn what it means to speak, to listen, to hear and to be heard. Learn more here. 

  This Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen

Yes, this is another Sarah Dessen book. And it is no less poignant in its honest portrayal of people as they really are, and of the daily struggles we all face.

Remy, our protagonist, doesn't believe that relationships last, both romantic and familial. She hasn't seen the fruits of true love, or anything that resembles such. So she's skeptical when a boy from "around" tells her that they're destined for one another. But as her feelings for him begin to change, she begins to wonder. Maybe this whole love thing isn't the garbage she's always believed it to be.

For those who don't believe in love, give it a read. For those who do, give it a read. Learn more here.

Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver

From the author of Delirium, Before I Fall is the story of a girl who lives one day and is dead the next. However, the last day of her life, she gets to relive. Again and again, until she gets it right.

I'll be honest with you: I didn't like this book. I read Delirium about a year ago, and liked it well enough. So, naturally, when I saw this book on the shelves sporting Oliver's name, I thought I'd give it a try (and it was two bucks; I couldn't pass it up even if I'd wanted to.) I read it in about, oh, probably a day. It was well-written, and there was some very beautiful language in it. The storyline was intriguing enough, and that coupled with the fact that I had plenty of time in bed (I was sick), I managed to scarf it down. But it didn't bode well. The ending left me thinking, Whaaaaat? And not in such a good way.

If you want to read it, I won't stop you. I just won't recommend it, per se. But you can learn more here.

Lion Heart, by A.C. Gaughen

As the close to a powerhouse trilogy, this book is a great adventure. It hits all the right marks, from a writers standpoint just as much as a readers. It is wonderful, from first to last.

If you have not read (or, *gasp!* heard of) the novel Scarlet, let me enlighten you. King Richard is away and the cats are at play. (Namely, Prince John is at play.) Nottingham is oppressed by an evil Sheriff, and Sherwood Forest is run by outlaws. Robin Hood, Allan A Dale, Much, Friar Tuck, and Little John are keeping the people fed, aided by the mysterious Will Scarlet. Sounds like a classic Robin Hood story we all know.

The twist? Will Scarlet, is actually Scarlet, a young woman plagued by fears of her past and worries of the future. Handy with a knife, Scarlet has won the hearts of the people of Nottingham, the fear of the Sheriff, and the love of Rob. But things are never that easy.

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! I love this whole trilogy; I love the way the characters are all so developed, how relationships morph and change, how the bad guys are really bad, and how both true to the classic tale and yet fiercely original this trilogy is. Learn more here, here, and here.

Well, those are the only ones I can think of that are new to me this year. However, do keep your eyes peeled for the next book haul, for Fall 2016.

Until then, Happy Reading!