Saturday, July 26, 2014

Reading Rundown

A Mad, Wicked Folly
by: Sharon Biggs Waller

Should you read it?: Maybe
....honestly, probably, especially if you're a young adult girl.
Category: Young Adult

From Amazon:  Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.

After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

Things I liked:
I loved that it is historical fiction and the suffragist time period in general was a fascinating time to read about. I liked seeing the different roles women took and the way they felt about that.

I liked the main character. Victoria is naive, but she is quick to pick things up and she sticks with what she believes in. I liked seeing her grow throughout the novel.

Another beautiful cover. I want that dress.

Things I didn't: 
I wasn't totally connected to the love story, but that wasn't the main point of the book, so that's okay.

Overall: A great historical fiction for young adult girls.



Losing Hope
by: Colleen Hoover

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you read Hopeless or like Colleen Hoover.
Category: New Adult

From Amazon: Haunted by the little girl he couldn’t save from imminent danger, Holder’s life has been overshadowed by feelings of guilt and remorse. He has never stopped searching for her, believing that finding her would bring him the peace he needs to move on. However, Holder could not have anticipated that he would be faced with even greater pain the moment they reconnect.

In Losing Hope, Holder reveals the way in which the events of Sky’s youth affected him and his family, leading him to seek his own redemption in the act of saving her. But it is only in loving Sky that he can finally begin to heal himself.

Things I liked:
I liked seeing Holder's view of things from the storyline in Hopeless. I like him as a character a lot.

I liked that this was from his perspective, so I didn't have to read as much about the abuse of Hope. I didn't like reading about that at all. It was really sad. Not that the content isn't sad in this one, there is just less detail because it's from his point of view and he didn't experience that.

Things I didn't:
The cover. I actually thought, "Is that really what he looks like??"

Overall: Definitely read if you read Hopeless.



Crash Into You
by: Katie McGarry

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you like the other books in this series or Katie McGarry in general.
Category: Young Adult

From Amazon: The girl with straight A's and the perfect life—that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy family…and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker—a guy she has no business even talking to. But after the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

The last thing Isaiah needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks. But when their shared love of street racing puts their lives in jeopardy, Isaiah and Rachel will have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

Things I liked:
I liked reading another from this series. Katie McGarry has yet to disappoint me.

Bad guy/good girl. That's my thing. Love it in this one.

I love that all her books take place in Kentucky

I again liked that it's a girl that isn't girly. She likes cars and she knows a lot about cars. It really made me want to watch The Fast & The Furious.

Things I didn't:
I thought some of the stuff with her mom and the drama there with her family felt like a little too much. I just didn't connect with that part of it.

This is going to sound really stupid, but I didn't like that they had bare feet on the cover. Why??

Overall: If you have liked anything by Katie McGarry, you'll like this.



Breathe
by: Abbi Glines

Should you read it?: No
Category: New Adult

I'm not even going into a lot of detail on this one. I said I wouldn't read another Abbi Glines, but I had heard this one is more young adult than the one I read before. And it definitely wasn't as bad, but the story was just awful. They get together way too quick in the beginning. It was completely unbelievable. And saying someone is your air is just stupid. I would hate for girls to read this and think that it's anything like what real love is. I didn't like it.

Overall: I'm definitely done with Abbi Glines.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Reading Rundown

This will be brief because I read a lot all at once.

Sweet Reckoning
by: Wendy Higgins

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Young Adult

This is the final book in the Sweet Evil series. I loved the whole series. Absolutely loved it! So I definitely recommend it.


Beautiful Oblivion
by: Jamie McGuire

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: New Adult

This is the next Maddox brothers book in the Beautiful Disaster series. I loved it about as much as I loved the first one! I will say the ending totally shocked me and I didn't see it coming. It made me want to reread the entire thing immediately knowing what I know now. I also cannot wait for the next Maddox brothers book!!


Not Until Tonight (Novella)
by: Jessica Sankiewicz

Should you read it?: No
Category: Young Adult?

This is just a novella. It took me probably 45 minutes to read. It was fine, but just nothing really special. There are so many knock-your-socks off books that I just don't know that I would even take the time to pick this one up.


Scoring Wilder
by: R. S. Grey

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you like Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire and similar New Adult authors.
 Category: New Adult

This was just a fun read. I liked the storyline. I liked the relationship. I just liked it. I will say I think the narrator was really funny. Like I laughed out loud at this one.


Four: A Divergent Story Collection
by: Veronica Roth

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you read Divergent & loved it a lot.
 Category: Young Adult

It's definitely not a must-read for me. I did really enjoy seeing Four's perspective on things, but I could've gone without reading this and it not really made any difference to me. It's fun if you're a huge fan of the series, though.


Collide
by: Gail McHugh

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you like Abbi Glines & those type of New Adult authors.
Category: New Adult

I have no idea why I read this and honestly I can probably say I only read like maybe 70% of it because I skimmed & skipped through quite a bit. It was a little more risque than I usually like to read & definitely had more profanity than I am comfortable with in a book, so I found myself flipping over quite a few parts. I did enjoy the relationship between Emily & Gavin, so that's why I read it and I hated that there is a big cliffhanger at the end because I just don't think I'll pick up any other books in the series. It's really a maybe for me.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Landline, Sweet Peril, Open Road Summer


Landline
by: Rainbow Rowell

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Adult

Rainbow Rowell is still just one of my favorite discoveries of this year!! I loved this book! I was a little afraid that I wouldn't like it because I just didn't seem really into the storyline, which is about a woman who is having trouble with her marriage and finds that she is able to call her husband in the past while she sorts through their issues. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it! There was one quote that was just so fabulous to me: "You don't know when you're twenty-three. You don't know what it really means to crawl into someone else's life and stay there. You can't see all the ways you're going to get tangled, how you're going to bond skin to skin. How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten - in fifteen. When Georgie thought about divorce now, she imagined lying side by side with Neal on two operating tables while a team of doctors tried to unthread their vascular systems. She didn't know at twenty-three.”Ahhhh what a perfect picture of marriage, just completely bonded to someone - in all the best and worst ways. I just loved this book.

Things I liked:
I ultimately loved the storyline. The conversation with her husband from the past opened up this idea of remembering why you got into your relationship in the first place. It worked in a way that I think only Rainbow could've made it work.

I love that Neal is a stay at home dad. It's great to read a story about a relationship that is more like this modern age. Georgie is the breadwinner & Neal stays home and takes care of the kids and the house. I love how amazing he is at it, too.

I liked Georgie's younger sister Heather. She brought a great alternate storyline and I enjoyed their relationship and the fact that again, there is an 18 year age difference between Georgie and Heather, showing yet another more modern family situation. I just enjoyed the whole thing.

Things I didn't:
I'm not sure that there was a real wrap-up in the end. I don't want to give anything away, but the whole story raises the question of where her career will go or what choice she will make there and it isn't ultimately decided. I do feel like there was enough for me to feel happy with it and feel like I have an idea of what she will do, but I did want a little more of an answer about it.

Overall: Rainbow Rowell puts out another good one!!


Sweet Peril
by: Wendy Higgins

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Young Adult

Yet another one I loved in the Sweet Evil series!! This one is just a continuation of the storyline and this time Anna is traveling the world to find other Neph kids who are willing to join their cause.

Things I liked:
I loved Anna & Kopano on a road trip! I mean, really, I loved spending some time with Kopano in general! It's one of the few times in a story that I enjoyed both people in the love triangle. Now, I always want Anna with Kaiden, but I do really like Kopano!

I really enjoyed meeting the other Neph and seeing what their lives were like and how they interacted with their sins and their Duke parents. Again, it's just interesting to see how they manifest their sin and again it brings up lots of real questions for me about sin in the real world.

I loved Anna and Kaiden. I'm really gonna just leave it at that for now.

Things I didn't:
I honestly can't think of anything I didn't like.

Overall: This cements my opinion that you should read this series.


Open Road Summer
by: Emery Lord

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Young Adult

This is just an adorable young adult summer love story! I'm going to copy the synopsis from Amazon: "After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes." This book was just adorable. It's pretty hard for me to give a book an absolute yes, but this one I did! It could be a maybe, but I just couldn't think of anyone who would read it and not like it! So it has to be a yes.

Things I liked:
I liked that Reagan is a tough girl who has a rebellious past, but is taking control and making changes. She accepts what happened to her and the choices she made, but she isn't okay with them. She just seemed pretty strong to me. Granted, she did have some issues from that, but don't we all?

I loved Matt Finch. What a great guy!! I mean, he's funny, flirty, hot, and he takes all Reagan's crap and isn't scared off. I just really liked him. I thought he was a great fit in the story. He's a great friend to Dee, too. Just an all around great guy.

Things I didn't:
Again, can't think of any. I just thought this book was so adorable.

Overall: A seriously cute young adult summer romance.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Movie Monday: Perfect Chemistry Series

This is one of those series that I am not 100% confident that everyone would like. I'm not even sure why I liked it so much. It is definitely the good girl/bad guy thing and has the whole bad guy gone good theme. It's interesting, sometimes cheesy, but I just overall enjoyed the whole thing. So here are some people who look similar to what I was picturing in my head with these characters. I will say that I did spend some time on the Perfect Chemistry wiki when I was reading the books, so a few of their picks were my picks for the characters, but a few of them I just couldn't get on board with so I found my own, but check out the wiki for their choices.

So there are 3 books in the series. They are based on the 3 Fuentes brothers and each book is about a different brother. The first book is Perfect Chemistry and it is the story of Alex Fuentes & Brittany Ellis.

My Alex

My Brittany


The second book in the series is Rules of Attraction and it is about the middle brother, Carlos Fuentes & Kiara Westford.

My Carlos

My Kiara


The third book in the series is Chain Reaction and it is about the youngest brother, Luis Fuentes & Nikki Cruz.

My Luis

My Nikki

So what do you think?? If you've read them, who did you picture for these characters?

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Winner's Curse

The Winner's Curse
by: Marie Rutkoski

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Young Adult

This is the first book in a series and this one just came out in March 2014, so the rest of the series has not even been released. I wish I'd known that before I started it, because I am just dying to pick up the next book now!! I'm going to copy the summary from Amazon: "As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined."

Things I liked: 
I love that Kestrel is a strong female lead character, but that she also has her challenges. She is better at strategy and wit than she is at strength and skill. I enjoyed the way she interacted with the world around her.

I enjoyed the world the book takes place in. The Herrani and Valorians had been at war and now the Valorians are in leadership and the Herrani are slaves. It was interesting and different than I had read before. It's not dystopian, more just fantasy, but it was really unique.

I don't always call attention to this, but what a beautiful cover!! I just loved looking at this one.

Things I didn't:
I don't like that I have to wait like a year for the next book. That's for sure.

Overall: Another great series to add to my list!!

Crash

Crash
by: Nicole Williams

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you like good girl/bad guy storylines.
Category: Young adult

This book is about Lucy and Jude. Lucy is a ballerina who is still struggling to deal with the death of her brother years before. Her parents are also dealing with it in their own ways, which strains their relationship and has ultimately left her dad without a job. They moved into their lake cabin and she is attending a new school. Before school starts, she meets Jude Ryder, who is just an all around bad boy with a reputation for causing trouble and being arrested. I enjoyed this one, but again, it's not at the very top of my list.

Things I liked:
Obviously I liked the good girl/bad guy thing. That's just my genre.

I was interested enough in what happens to the characters that I read the whole thing pretty quickly and I do plan on reading the rest of the series.

Things I didn't:
Now that being said above, I did feel like the story was a little played out and while it did have a few aspects that were different than I'd read in other novels, it just didn't stand out enough for me to give it a yes. I liked it, but didn't love it. I felt the same about the characters. I liked them, but didn't love them. I am interested to see what happens to them, though.

Overall: I wouldn't go out of my way to find it, but it was okay.

Sweet Evil

Sweet Evil
by: Wendy Higgins

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Young adult

Okay, I have been excited to write about this one. I absolutely loved this book. As far as what it's about, I'm just going to copy from Amazon first: "Embrace the Forbidden. What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels. Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna. Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?"

So, as a Christian, my first thought was to wonder what route they would go with this and if I would really be on board. I was nervous, but the book kept popping up on my Amazon & Goodreads recommendations, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It is so good!! It does feature the angels & demons, but the way it does it and the way she dives into the background of the demons and the way they interact with the world is just so well done. It reminded me a lot of The Screwtape Letters and it made me have so many thoughts and questions that I found myself talking to my husband about temptation and sin and all these topics that it brought up in my mind. But at the same time, it has this great love story and this idea of fighting our inner darkness. They obviously do it with Nephilim, who are the children of humans and demons, but it begs this question of whether or not they are doomed because they didn't choose to be the children of demons or if they could have salvation. It's something I am looking forward to read about in the next 2 books in the series. I'll let you know how I feel about those when I read them.

Things I liked:
Kaiden Rowe!! First of all, I'm annoyed with the fact that it is apparently pronounced "Kai-den" like "Thai" because I was pronouncing it wrong through the whole thing. Oh well. But I loved him. I loved that he was struggling more than he wanted to admit with who he was and what he had to do.

I love a good road trip storyline in a book and putting Anna and Kaiden in a car for several days on a road trip was just awesome. The tension was great.

I do like the idea of the love triangle with Kaiden & Anna & Kopano. Kaiden is my favorite, but I thought Kopano seemed like a great guy too.

I just really enjoyed reading about the demon hierarchy and seeing how they interact with people. I also loved the angels, but I can't say much about that without giving away some stuff.

Things I didn't:
Honestly I loved the whole thing. All of it. I couldn't wait to pick up the second & third in the series.

Overall: I feel like this is going to be my new favorite series.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by: Jennifer E. Smith

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you enjoy young adult romance.
Category: Young Adult

Ok, this was just a really adorable young adult romance. I gave it a maybe and not a yes because it wasn't my favorite and I didn't feel like anything really stood out about it overall, but it was definitely cute and enjoyable! It was my first Jennifer E. Smith book and it is about a chance meeting on a flight to London and basically takes place over about 24 hours between the 2 main characters, Hadley & Oliver.

Things I liked:
Oliver is just an adorable British guy. I wanted to be his friend.

I do like the premise of the story - meeting & getting to know someone over the course of 24 hours and kind-of where that all goes. It was a different take on it.

She was able to weave in a lot of background into such a short time frame and I thought that really made this story work in a way that it couldn't really failed if it wasn't done correctly.

Things I didn't:
I had a hard time getting into the relationship between Hadley's dad and his new wife. The story centers around the fact that he left to go teach at Oxford and met someone else and basically had an affair and now they're getting married, which is a difficult topic. And when Hadley meets his dad's new wife, Charlotte, they make her out to be just basically wonderful and I just had a hard time with it. I couldn't connect to that and it made parts of the story hard for me to connect to.

Overall: Definitely a cute read if you want to pick it up!

The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves
by: Maggie Stiefvater

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you read the first one.
Category: Young adult

This is the second book in the Raven Cycle series. I loved The Raven Boys, which was the first one. This one, I didn't love quite as much, but I am still interested in the series as a whole. The third book, Blue Lily, Lily Blue comes out in October. So if you do pick up The Raven Boys and like it as much as I did, then you should pick this one up too and continue the series. But it definitely wasn't as good as the first one - but when is the 2nd one ever as good as the first??

Things I liked:
This one focuses more on Ronan Lynch and it was interesting to get more of his story and background. I enjoyed that a lot.

I enjoyed that Adam was more self-assured in this one than he was in the first. He's away from his dad and he's on his own and while he's definitely not 100% yet, it was just nice to see him more independent.

I will say that I really enjoy Maggie Stiefvater as an author. I've read the Shiver series and this series and I just feel like she weaves stories together really nicely. While I'm still not sure about the whole Glendower thing and where it's going (see below), I am really interested in what happens to all of these characters. She just tells a great story.

Things I didn't:
I am kind-of getting a little tired of the whole Glendower thing. Like who is he really and what is the point in all of this? I would kinda like for them to find him so we can just figure out if all of this was worth the wait. I'm a little nervous that it won't be.

I am really ready for some Blue & Gansey action. I mean, really.

Overall: I just really dig this series.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Month in Review: June 2014

These are all the books I finished in the month of June! It was basically the month of romance novels. I just love a good love story!! Most of them were young adult because that's just my favorite.

Beautiful Ruins
by: Jess Walter
Finished on: 6/3/2014
Should you read it?: Maybe
Obtained from: Checked out from library
Category: Adult Fiction

Rules of Attraction
by: Simone Elkeles
Finished on: 6/4/2014
Should you read it?: Maybe
Obtained from: Checked out from library
Category: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Chain Reaction
by: Simone Elkeles
Finished on 6/6/2014
Should you read it?: Maybe
Obtained from: Checked out from library
Category: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Back to You
by: Priscilla Glen
Finished on: 6/7/2014
Should you read it?: Maybe
Obtained from: Kindle ebook
Category: Adult Contemporary Romance

Looking for Alaska
by: John Green
Finished on: 6/9/2014
Should you read it?: Maybe
Obtained from: Checked out from library
Category: Young Adult Fiction

The Raven Boys
by: Maggie Stiefvater
Finished on: 6/14/2014
Should you read it?: Yes
Obtained from: Checked out from library
Category: Young Adult Paranormal Fiction

Maybe Someday
by: Colleen Hoover
Finished on: 6/15/2014
Should you read it?: Yes
Obtained from: Checked out from library
Category: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Dangerous
by: Suzannah Daniels
Finished on: 6/15/2014
Should you read it?: No
Obtained from: Kindle ebook
Category: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

The Sea of Tranquility
by: Katja Millay
Finished on: 6/17/2014
Should you read it?: Yes
Obtained from: Checked out from library
Category: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Fallen Too Far
by: Abbi Glines
Finished on: 6/17/2014
Should you read it?: Maybe
Obtained from: Checked out from library
Category: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Finding Cinderella
by: Colleen Hoover
Finished on: 6/17/2014
Should you read it?: Maybe
Obtained from: Kindle ebook
Category: New Adult Contemporary Romance Novella

Dare You To
by: Katie McGarry
Finished on: 6/19/2014
Should you read it?: Maybe
Obtained from: Checked out from library
Category: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Wild Cards
by: Simone Elkeles
Finished on: 6/21/2014
Should you read it?: Maybe
Obtained from: Checked out from library
Category: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Fallen Crest Family
by: Tijan
Finished on: 6/22/2014
Should you read it?: Maybe
Obtained from: Kindle ebook
Category: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Thoughtless
by: S. C. Stephens
Finished on: 6/25/2014
Should you read it?: Maybe
Obtained from: Checked out from library
Category: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Fallen Crest Public
by: Tijan
Finished on: 6/27/2014
Should you read it?: Maybe
Obtained from: Kindle ebook
Category: New Adult Contemporary Romance

I read 16 books in the month of June! That is 32% of my 50 books in 2014!! That's what a teacher can get done in the summer months!!

My favorite book for this month was probably The Sea of Tranquility, although  Maybe Someday runs a close second.

Ten on Tuesday: Top 10 Favorite Classic Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Classic Books. I had a major Classic book phase in high school. It was basically all I read. I decided to choose my top 8 and then 2 that I am embarrassed to admit I have never read.

The Count of Monte Cristo
by: Alexandre Dumas

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Adult

This one is my all-time favorite. I realize that morally it may not be the best book to be obsessed with because it's basically about one guy just getting major revenge on everyone who ever hurt him, but I still love it. His plan was so specific and thought-out and calculated and it was just completely genius! I really enjoyed the entire unabridged thing. And I was completely infuriated by the movie, by the way. It is absolutely nothing like the book at all.

The Awakening
by: Kate Chopin

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you would enjoy the plot line (see below).
Category: Adult

Again, this was one of my favorites in high school. It is one of the earliest feminist novels. It is about a woman, Edna Pontellier and her struggle to deal with the life she has and the life she wants. She is married with 2 sons and she has so many responsibilities and expectations and she just wants to be free of those things. She meets another man who awakens a different reality to her. I will say that ultimately it is very sad and after having children, I don't think I would enjoy reading it as much as I did in high school, but I still remember it as one of my favorite classic books.

Pride & Prejudice
by: Jane Austen

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Adult

I mean, really, who has not heard of this book? And who read it and didn't absolutely adore it? This was required reading my senior year of high school and it was supposed to take us like 2 weeks to finish it and I read the entire thing in 2 nights. Ahhh Mr. Darcy. I mean this just really opened up a whole world for me of reading books that having anything to do with Pride & Prejudice (see Prom & Prejudice that I read earlier this year). I love it.

Les Miserables
by: Victor Hugo

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you're in for a long, ultimately sad read.
Category: Adult

This book is really sad. I mean, it's title means The Miserable Ones, so why wouldn't it be sad? But I still read it - twice technically. I read the abridged version for school and I liked it so much that I wanted to read the unabridged version. Again, I think I just loved the way all the stories weaved together and how everyone was connected. It was similar to the way I felt about The Count of Monte Cristo and I read them about the same time.

Wuthering Heights
by: Emily Bronte

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you want another sad book.
Category: Adult

This is another one that I just don't understand exactly why I liked it. It's just a horrible story overall of the mistreatment of Heathcliff and the way he gets revenge on the people who mistreated him, but it's not as cool in my opinion as The Count of Monte Cristo. It's just really sad. I loved Heathcliff and Catherine. I mean, who doesn't love the line "He's more myself than I am. Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same." Although it's been more than 10 years since I read that book, so I hope it's talking about Heathcliff and Catherine. I just remember loving the quote. But overall, it's just a sad book and a sad story. Although when I read it, I loved it. Thus it is on the list.

The Chronicles of Narnia
by: C. S. Lewis

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Young Adult/Middle Grade

Now this is some quality literature. I recommend reading this book aloud to your kids. It is just such a beautifully written series of books. Covering the story of various children who play a role in the world of Narnia, the story includes overall themes that are central to Christianity, but even to just morality in general. They're also just fantastic fantasy stories that would be enjoyed by anyone of any age!

The Scarlet Letter
by: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Adult

This is the story of Hester Prynne, a woman living alone in a Puritan settlement in Boston, because her husband never joined her in America. Hester ends up pregnant and is forced to wear the scarlet letter "A" on her chest for adultery, after having the child. The story centers around the public shame and disgrace she must suffer alone because she refuses to give up the name of the father of her child. It is really an incredible story of the depths of our own shame as well as the depths of our own acceptance of who we are. I could go into a lot of detail about this one because we read it for class, so I had to really dive deep into it, but suffice it to say, I really enjoyed it. I may have enjoyed this one as much as I did because I read it my junior year of high school when my best friend was pregnant. We attended a private Christian school, so just imagine the connections I made.

The Catcher in the Rye
by: J. D. Salinger

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you have an open mind about narrators of books.
Category: Adult

Now, this book is challenging for me to write about. I have read it a couple of times. I read it in high school and I loved it. I read it again in college for a class and I loved it again, but after discussing it with others in the class, I found out that some people just hate it and hate the character of Holden Caulfield. Granted, he is probably depressed, crazy and just all-around strange, he was an interesting narrator and I think that was my favorite thing about the book. It was just interesting. That doesn't mean I think he should be a model character for people to follow, but it just means I enjoyed the flow of the book. 


2 I really should have read...

The Great Gatsby
by: F. Scott Fitzgerald

I own this book. I have picked it up several times and have wanted to read it, but I just never have. I have no idea why not.

A Tale of Two Cities
by: Charles Dickens

Again, another one that I own and I have no idea why I haven't read it. It does have one of the best opening lines, but I still just haven't fully started it.


What were your favorite classic books? See other favorites at the Top Ten post for this week!