A Rainbow of Recommendations

Hello everyone! A couple of days ago I told you about the BookTube-a-thon challenge. During the challenge, there were several video challenges as well that participants could submit for prizes. One of them was create a rainbow of your favorite books! I have tweaked this slightly and turned it into a rainbow of books that I recommend for everyone to read!

Rainbow of Recommendations

RED – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – This book is really representing the entire Harry Potter series. This series is the book that made me really dive into reading and opened my eyes to the online communities that can surround books! The hours I spent reading fan fiction, trading theories with friends about what would happen in the next books and the parties we had before the movies came out made this whole world and the community come alive. The books themselves are brimming with wild adventures, mischief, and a magical school teaming with all kinds of things to explore!
Goodreads Series rating – 4.44 out of 5 (link here)

ORANGE – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I reviewed this book in this post here. I am currently listening to the audio book which I suppose gives you a clue about how much I freaking love this book 🙂 Sci-fi, dystopian novel regarding a high-stakes scavenger hunt set partially in a virtual world? Still possibly my favorite book from this year.
Goodreads rating – 4.30 out of 5 (link here)

YELLOW – The Book of (Even More) Awesome by Neil Pasricha – My friend Meg gave me this book while we were studying abroad and it still makes me smile every time I read it. The book has short entries regarding the little things that make life awesome! Meg also wrote in some notes and awesome things from our time abroad. This book is pretty special and a great thing to read if you ever need cheering up.
Goodreads rating – 4.02 out of 5 (link here)

GREEN – The Economic Naturalist by Robert Frank – I can say, without a doubt, that this book is the reason why I became interested in economics. I randomly picked this book up at Ollie’s in either my sophomore or junior year of high school. The subtitle on this book is In Search of Explanations for Everyday Enigmas. It does just that! The chapter titles reveal all of the different topics that this book covers: The Economics of Product Design, Supply and Demand in Action, The Economics of Discount Pricing, The Myth of Ownership, Psychology Meets Economics, etc. This book may sound pretty unapproachable but it is written for the everyday reader and answers some questions you didn’t even know you wanted to ask!
Goodreads rating – 3.38 out of 5 (link here)

BLUE – The Fault in our Stars by John Green – Break out the tissues because you will most likely cry. I can count on one hand the number of books that have actually made me shed tears, and TFIOS is definitely on that list. I don’t know how John Green does it but this is more than a cancer book, more than a YA book, more than a romance book. This book is important.
Goodreads rating – 4.46 out of 5 (link here)

PURPLE – The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson – This book actually stands for the Shades of London series with the first book being The Name of the Star. This series is about Rory, an American girl who transfers to a boarding school in London for what would be her senior year in high school. Right as she arrives, the first of a string of Jack the Ripper-style murders occurs and she becomes and integral part of the investigation due to some special powers that she didn’t know she had.  I am currently rereading the series and the third book, The Shadow Cabinet, is due to come out next year!
Goodreads Series rating – 3.89 out of 5 (link here)

Let me know in the comments below if you have made a similar post or what books you would recommend!! 🙂

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2014 Goodreads and BookTube-a-thon Challenge!

Hello everyone! In yesterday’s post I mentioned the 2014 BookTube-a-thon challenge. The challenge was a fun way to tackle your TBR pile with some challenges and to read as much as possible in one week!  Since I was unable to participate in this year’s BookTube-a-thon, I have decided to combine it with the challenges from last year to make myself one giant reading challenge for August. I recently increased my 2014 Goodreads challenge from 150 books to 200 books, so I could use the help!  Some of the books are ones that I read in school but I still consider them part of my TBR list because I don’t remember much about them plus I would like to revisit them for fun. My TBR is getting obscenely long so it is time to make a plan and take it down! 🙂

2013 BookTube-a-thon Challenges:

1) Read a classic – The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

2)Re-read a book – Looking for Alaska by John Green
DFTBA ❤

3)Read something that had been on your shelf for forever – Bizarre History by Joe Rhatigan

4)Finish a series – I have read the original Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner but I still need to read The Kill Order which is the prequel to the series.

5)Read something over 500 pages – On top of this challenge, I am also rereading the Harry Potter series. I love rereading it every couple of years and going back to that time of dressing up for book releases, having day-long parties before the movie releases and all of that fun stuff! So my book that I will re-read will be Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I aim to have Prisoner of Azkaban finished before August starts which shouldn’t be an issue. I know this should be for the re-read a book challenge but I don’t really have any books over 500 pages that I want to dive into right now.

6)Read 300 pages a day – This is the one challenge that I know I won’t be able to complete 😦 With the Erie County Fair in August and working some pretty dismal hours, I shall try my best but on the 11 and 12 hour days, I’ll be lucky if I stay awake long enough to read 100 pages!

7)Read an audio book – The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket and narrated by Tim Curry. I have been meaning to finish this series for ages! I have read up to the 6th book, The Ersatz Elevator, but it has been so long that I really need to start from the beginning and go through them all again.

2014 BookTube-a-thon Challenges:

1) Start and finish a series – Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

2) Read a book with pictures in it – The Cartoon Introduction to Macroeconomics by Yoram Bauman and Grady Klein (I recently have been needing something economics-related in my life so I found these cartoon introduction books. I read the into to Microeconomics and really enjoyed it!)

3) Read a book from the genre you have read the least this year – Historical Fiction – Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal

4) Read a book someone else picks out for you – My friend Kara has been trying for ages to get me to read some Agatha Christie so I shall be reading Murder on the Orient Express.

5) A book with red on the cover – Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

6) Read a book-to-movie adaptation – Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

7) Read 7 books in 7 days – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs; The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey; The Expats by Chris Pavone; The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson; Mrs Queen Takes the Train by WIlliam Kuhn; Harry, a History by Melissa Anelli; and the Puzzler’s Dilemma by Derrick Niederman

August Reading Challenge

TOTAL NUMBER OF BOOKS – 20
TOTAL NUMBER OF PAGES – 6,011

LET’S DO THIS!!

Weekly Book Review!

Hello everyone! I am coming to you today from Cape Cod! Oh vacation, how desperately I needed you 🙂 I wanted to give you guys a quick book review of all the books I read this past week. Next week I’ll show you all of the books that I brought with me on vacation.

I read five books this past week (including one I listened to on the way here).

The Selection

The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
Goodreads rating – 4.14 (link here)
My rating – 8 out of 10
Genre – Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance
I actually read the first two books in this series at the beginning of the year, but wanted to reread them because the final installment was released. America Singer is a girl who has been selected to go on a Bachelor-style competition to potentially marry the Prince of Illea. Unfortunately, her heart is spoken for so when she initially meets the Prince, she expresses that she just wants to be friends. But with the trials of the Selection and outside forces, this book is romance-centered but with plenty of action and comedy to keep me interested 🙂 I highly recommend this series if you are looking for a some romance with lots of dystopian elements.

The Elite

The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass
Goodreads rating – 3.99 (link here)
My rating – 8 out of 10
Genre – Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance
I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t read the series and plan on reading it but I really enjoyed the character development in this book and the plot twists. There is love, heartbreak, loss, and so many wonderful scenes that make me love this series. Some middle books can make it seem like the author is just dragging out the plot, but Kiera does a great job of keeping all of the action and craziness of the Selection fresh and interesting.

The One

The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
Goodreads rating – 4.26 (link here)
My rating – 6 out of 10
Genre – Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance
I was so excited to finally read this book! It is the final installment in The Selection series. Again, I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t read the series so I will just say that I was pleased with about 85% of the book but I am still having trouble with the ending. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s more I’m not really sure I believe that what happened is what the characters would actually do in my head. If you have read this book or end up reading the series, please let me know your thoughts about the ending in the comments below.

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Powell
Goodreads rating – 4.22 (link here)
My rating – 7 out of 10
Genre – Young Adult, Romance
This book took a little while for me to get into. There were a fair amount of details that needed to be laid out for the rest of the book to blossom into the delightful read that it became. Cath is a girl who is just starting college who is socially awkward. She is a fangirl and uses fanfiction as an escape from real life. This story follows her through her first year at college and meeting new people, family issues, first romance, and all of the challenges of being pushed out of your comfort zone. I really enjoyed how the book turned out and love Rainbow Powell’s work! If you find yourself kind of struggling with the beginning of this book, push through. It is definitely worth it!

Me Talk Pretty One Day

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Goodreads rating – 3.94 (link here)
My rating – 6 out of 10
Genre – Non-fiction, Humor, Memoir
This is the second book I have read by David Sedaris and I enjoyed a decent portion of it. I actually listened to this book because the past couple of years I can’t read in the car like I used to (SO FRUSTRATING). If you haven’t read a book by David, he writes short essays talking about different parts of his life and most are hilarious bits of nostalgia. There were some essays in this one that I just didn’t really understand or find entertaining, but then again, I feel like his works translates better when you are actually reading it rather than listening to the words. I really enjoyed reading Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. Have you read any of his other books? Which ones have you enjoyed?