We all have those books that we will remember how we felt when we read them. I would also love some feedback on the books that have changed your life. Either list them in the comments, or blog about it, and I’ll post a link to your post. The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ John Adams by David McCullough Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling Inkheart by Cornelia Funke The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Alliance by Gerald Lund Great Expectations by Charles Dickens The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Can’t wait to see the lists you come up with!
East By: Edith Pattou Young Adult Fiction East is a retelling of the classic fairytale “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” mixed in a little with Beauty and the Beast. In Norway, there is a superstition that children take on qualities based on the direction in which they were born. Nymah Rose grew up being told by her parents that she was an East born, and a replacement for her sister that died that was also an East born. In reality, she was born a north-born, and was destined for adventure. When her father’s business fails and her sister is sick, the family is forced to choose between losing a daughter to death, or a daughter to the North. I’ve never heard of the fairytale East of the […]
The SupernaturalistBy: Eoin ColferYoung-Adult Fiction In the futuristic city of Satellite, Cosmo Hill is born with no family. He enters the Clarissa Fray Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys, and dreams of breaking out. He gets his chance later, and finds himself part of a band of ghost hunters. I really enjoyed this book. This is a pretty short book that would be easy to give to a reluctant reader. It’s fast-paced and has a great ending. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
The Book Thief By: Markus Zusak Young-Adult Fiction Death is the narrator in this WWII novel about survival, human suffering, love, and hope. It follows the story of Leisel Meminger as she learns how to read, and with that comes a whole new world of understanding. This book was, in my opinion, not Young Adult. It’s just too heavy for your average teen. That aside, it was a great book that left you thinking. The writing style is different, and kind of neat. I really enjoyed the dialogue that was in German. At first, I wasn’t really into the book. However, as time went on, I really got sucked into the characters. Not so much the story, that was only s0-so for me. But, I grew to really love the […]
Book of a Thousand DaysBy: Shannon HaleYoung-Adult fiction When Dashti, a maid, and her mistress, Saren, are locked in a tower because of Saren’s refusal to marry a cruel Khan, Dashti begins her book. Gradually their food supply runs low, rats infest the tower, and weather conditions make it difficult to survive. Dashti begins to plan an escape. I love Shannon Hale’s books. However, I didn’t enjoy this one nearly as much as others she has written. Part of it is personal preference. I don’t really like the journal entry style of writing. The story was fun, but nothing really special. It’s pretty evident from the beginning of the story who Dashti is going to end up with. But, it was cute, and really enjoyable. I gave it 3 out […]
Among the Hidden By: Margaret Peterson Haddix Young Adult Fiction Luke is illegal. Not because he’s ever done anything wrong, but because his very existence is against the law. He’s the third child of his parents when they are only allowed two. In this futuristic society (or alternate reality, you decide), the government is totalitarian. They control the population with population police, the land, what can and can’t be farmed, and the type of food that can be produced. The woods around Luke’s house are sold to the government, and new houses go up. One day, while looking out the vent in the attic, Luke thinks he sees the face of another child. Is it possible there are more third children? With the government banning and controlling everything from trans […]
Calico Captive By: Elizabeth George Speare Historical Fiction Calico Captive was Elizabeth George Speare’s first novel. Another one you might recognize of hers was “The Witch of Blackbird Pond.” Calico Captive was inspired by the journals of Susanna Willard Johnson, who was captured by Indians in 1754 (during the French and Indian War). Susanna was captured, along with all her family, including a 14-year-old sister that became Miriam in the story. The book details their capture, and captivity in the indian settlement St. Francis. They were later sold to the French and spent nearly three years in Montreal. Most of the family was split up, and it was many years and under different circumstances that they were finally united. I really loved “Witch of Blackbird Pond.” And, while this book […]
The Mennyms By: Sylvia Waugh Young Adult Fiction The Mennyms are a creating of a wonderful seamstress. Some time after her death, the life-sized dolls come to life and inhabit a house in England. For the last 40 year, life has remained much the same. They do not eat, or age, but enjoy playing pretend. A letter from their landlord sets of a series of events that bring about some welcomed changes to the family. This book was really charming. I really enjoyed reading about the dolls pretending to be human, and their quirks. However, the book had a surprising amount of depth and was really captivating. This book was similar in style to “The Borrowers,” and I imagine anyone that liked that book will enjoy this one as well. […]
Epic By: Conor Kostick Young-Adult Fiction Erik lives in a world where violence is outlawed. The MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) “Epic” is used to settle all conflicts, and eventually becomes the form of government in the world. The better you do in the game, the more supplies you get, and some even get a chance to attend the university. Better players live in better areas and have better jobs and homes. Erik and his friends discover a loophole in the game that makes them rich. Soon, they begin to unravel the entire system that has been built, and the Committee is none too pleased. I really enjoyed this book. However, I have to give a caveat that I love the MMORPG “World of Warcraft.” I thought this […]
Dragon’s Milk By: Susan Fletcher Children’s Fiction Dragon’s Milk is the first in the Dragon Chronicles series. I was recommended this book by the children’s desk at the library and didn’t know much about it. This book has a bit of an older feel to it. Kaeldra, the main character, is different from the rest of her village. She has green eyes, like those rumored to be able to speak to dragons. Kaeldra’s sister, Lyf, is ill, and the only thing that can cure her fever is dragon’s milk. With the help of her Granmyr, she finds a dragon that has recently hatched a clutch of draclings and agrees to watch the draclings while the mother hunts in exchange for milk. When the mother is killed by hunters, Kaeldra must […]