Most Underrated Book Class of ’98 by A.L. Player It’s difficult to define “underrated” for me, because that could mean anything. Underrated because I haven’t seen book bloggers talking about it? Underrated because not many people liked it but it’s a really good book? Underrated because it seems like I’m the only one whose read it? I think for this instance I choose the last one. I do tend to follow the crowd when it comes to adding books to my TBR list. Sometimes, I’ll come across a book that it seems no one has read and take a risk on it myself. I chose Class of ’98 by A.L. Player. I’ve referenced it a few times and reviewed it before, but didn’t get any comments from people who have read it. I think this book is underrated in the sense that it’s not widely known or popular. It was a quick read that made me smile. What more can you ask for?
A Book that Broke Your Heart The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini This is the kind of book that I would normally never pick up on my own, but I’m so glad I ended up reading it. I think it was some kind of requirement or option to read it in high school. It was the same year that the movie came out, and both made me cry like a fool. Judging by most reviews of this one, I’m not alone in thinking that this novel is utterly heartbreaking. It tugs on the heartstrings like no other. The Kite Runner is the story of how Amir goes back and tries to right his wrongs, especially those against his only friend Hassan. I specifically remember a scene where Hassan is being tormented by some boys and Amir does nothing to help them, which was the most heartbreaking (for me) of all. This is a book that everyone should read – but be prepared for it to stay with you for a very long time. I’ve hesitated to read his other books because of how this one made me feel. This was his debut novel; how could he ever follow it up!?
I’ve joined another challenge – the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon! The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team This challenge is all about reading more books than you normally would in a week. I’m actually planning on taking a few vacation days that week, so I’m really hoping to spend some time reading on the beach and beating my usual records! Lately I’ve been reading a book every 2-3 days, but previously I could/would read a book per week (or even longer, depending on my plans for the week!) My goal for this challenge: Read 7 books in one week
A Book That Makes You Happy Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Despite the fact that I just finished this book a few days ago, this is the first one that came to mind when I thought of books that made me happy. I smiled like a lunatic at the sheer cuteness that happened on every page of this book. It was a fairly standard young adult romance with some predictable pieces, but it was exactly what I expected – in the best way possible. When I saw people doing the #IslaIsComing readalong, I decided to join in because so many bloggers were raving about how adorable the series is. This book should be the poster child for all young adult authors.
Worst Film Adaptation Of A Book My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult Oh goodness. Both the book and movie versions made me cry like a crazy person. However, I was definitely not okay with the film adaptation of this at all. Throughout the movie, I picked up on little changes here and there that diverted from the book’s plot. Granted, I had read the book years earlier and didn’t remember too much, but I still could tell it was different. The biggest issue of all was the effing ENDING! What was that?? How can you make a movie based on a book and give it a completely different ending?! I don’t want to spoil anything here, in case you haven’t read it or seen it, but seriously that was ridiculous. Here’s the Wikipedia page that lists the changes (including the major ending change – so beware of spoilers!) Even Jodi Picoult was adamant that they not change the ending, but it was done anyways. How do directors/producers/writers get away with that?! If someone was making a movie of my book, I’d be on set every day hooting and hollering and ensuring the plot stayed intact.
Week of 7/28/14 As I blog more and more, I’m constantly thinking of little things throughout the week that I wish I could tie in somewhere into my blog. I don’t want to go crazy with too many posts, especially if it’s just one little thought that popped into my head. I’ve decided to start up a little weekly feature of my own… It’ll just be a way to put down my thoughts throughout the week and then post it every Sunday. I can’t believe I got my first advanced copy approved through NetGalley! Yes, I already posted about this but seriously I’m so happy – it’s worth mentioning again. I’ve been noticing Before I Fall on a lot of blogs lately, being recognized by both bloggers and famous authors. This book is so great; I’m really glad it’s been getting praise! If you haven’t read it yet, DO IT. (Book is by Lauren Oliver) Jesus Christ why didn’t I read Gone Girl sooner?? What a book. I’m listening to an audiobook after I told myself I wouldn’t… and I’m having the same experiences I’m having before. Maybe this deserves a post of it’s own, but I just can’t get into audiobooks. I absolutely LOVE the idea of them – “reading” wherever you go (especially while driving and getting ready in the morning), but the narrator’s voice totally affects my thoughts on the characters. I don’t know why; I just can’t separate it. I’m going to keep trying though because I […]
Your Favorite Series Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard I already used Harry Potter, so here’s a (very different) close second. I’ve been reading these since the year they started coming out – long before the show was even thought of. She was first only going to write 8, I believe, then decided to have 16 in the actual series plus two bonus books (a prequel and one covering their winter vacation). Whenever a new PLL book was released, I would read it immediately and finish within two days. I’m currently anxiously awaiting the final book, Vicious, which will come out in December of this year. People say the books have gone downhill since about halfway through the series, but I have been intrigued and engaged the entire time. If you like the show, I would definitely recommend reading these. The plot of the series is VERY different from the show, so you won’t get the two easily confused.
The Isla Is Coming readalong kicked off on the last day of July and I decided to take part! Unlike most people participating, I’m reading the series for the first time. (Click on the picture on the right to read the informational post). I started reading Anna and the French Kiss on Friday, when the readalong started, and I basically haven’t stopped it reading since. I just finished the book (WAY too early!) and now I’m going to wait another few days before starting Lola and the Boy Next Door with the rest of the readers. It’ll be hard to resist but I really want to keep pace with the readalong. Of course, the point of the readalong is to gear up for the third book’s release – Isla and the Happily Ever After on the 14th. Judging by how much I absolutely loved the first book, I’m sure I’ll really enjoy the next two in this totally adorable trilogy. So now here’s my review for the first book in the Isla Is Coming readalong! Review: This is exactly what I’m looking for when I read a young adult romance. All YA authors should read this book before writing one of their own. I feel like I smiled to myself like an idiot throughout the whole book; it was just so damn cute. Anna was one of the most relatable characters I’ve encountered. Her experiences completely mirror those of the average teenage girl: getting screwed over by a best friend, falling for a boy […]
A Book That You’ve Read Again And Again The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Okay so I haven’t technically read this over and over again. I don’t like to reread books, as I’ve said before, because I feel like there are so many books out there I would never get to if I kept rereading my favorites. However, this is one book I fully intend on reading repeatedly throughout my life. I borrowed it from the library back in middle school and loved every second of it. Since then, I’ve purchased it for my kindle to have for future readings. I think sometime within the next few months I’ll read this one again, since I recently saw the movie and was inspired to. For me, this is a modern-day version of The Catcher in the Rye.
A Book You Wish You Could Live In Harry Potter books by JK Rowling