Sunday, February 8, 2015

Read More 01

So I've recently decided that I'm going to create a new post series. Since I absolutely LOVE to read, I thought that every so often I would post about some of my favorite books. I hope this "Read More" series will literally inspire you to read more and find great books that you'll love. So, here me go!


Cinder by Marissa Meyer-
Cinder, an incredible mechanic, is a cyborg. Cyborgs are second class citizens who are just normal human beings with robotic body parts. Cinder's life turns upside down in a blink of an eye. Her step-mother blames her for the sudden illness that her real daughter seems to have, and she meets the person everyone swoons about: The Prince. She uncovers the dark secrets that may change her life forever. Caught between loyalty, betrayal, freedom and duty, she must make a choice that will effect the whole world. 
Thoughts: This book was amazing! I'm not one of those people who likes robot futuristic type books but this book was an exception. It was incredibly well-written and was definitely a page-turner. If you enjoy this book who can also read the rest fo the series. So far Scarlet and Cress are out but Winter will not be released until Novemeber which is practically torture to wait that long! ;)

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson-
Fifteen year old Tiger Lily has never believed in happy endings or romance...until she meets Peter. The most feared person in Neverland. His bravery and impetuousness fascinates her. She soon realizes that she is risking everything for this boy: her family, friends, and even her entire tribe. When someone new arrives at Neverland, Tiger Lily's heart is broken and the love inside of her turns to hate.  Based on the classic story of Peter Pan, this fascinating tale shows another side of the story and gives us a deeper look at the mysterious land of Neverland.
Thoughts: I liked how Anderson vividly created all the characters in her book. I loved Tiger Lily. I was in awe of her unique personality. She was strong and brave yet calm and caring. This book had such a cool twist to it. I thought it was so awesome that the book was narrated by Tinker Bell. I can't recommend this book enough!

 The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd-
Set in South Carolina in 1964, this book tells the story of Lily Owens. Her life is shaped by the blurred memories of the day her mother was killed. When Rosaleen, Lily's black "stand in mother" insults three racist men, Lily and Rosaleen must act fast. They quickly escape to Tiburon, South Carolina- a place where Lily thinks holds the secrets of her mother's past. Taken in by three black beekeeping sisters Lily begins to realize what family and friendship truly is and the secrets of her deceased mother.
Thoughts: I loved this book! It was such a powerful read, and I have to say, I'll never look at bees the same way ever again. :)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett-
This book follows the lives of three women in 1962, living in Mississippi: Minny, Ailbleen, and Skeeter. Minny and Ailbleen are both black maids who are best friends but are total opposites. Minny is a sassy woman who can barely hold her tongue. Aibleen is a quit woman who looks after a white lady's child named Mae Mobley. Skeeter is a white young woman who has always wanted to be a writer. The trio takes the first step in starting a movement that will change the way the racist people in their town think forever. 
Thoughts: The Help is such a beautifully crafted book. I wish I could've written a little bit more in the description for the book, but I didn't want to give a single thing away. This book made me laugh along with the characters and cry with them too.
It's a book I will never forget. <3

Serafina's Promise by Ann E. Burg-
Serafina is a young girl who lives in a poor village in Haiti. Even though her live is hard, she has a dream. A big dream. She wants to become doctor, but in order to be one she has to go to school. She has always wanted to go to school but she knows her family needs her help. She makes a promise to her deceased baby brother, Pierre, that she will someday go to school and become a doctor so she can save babies like him. This free-verse novel will show you the sadness, beauty, and hope in the life of Serafina.
Thoughts: Serafina's Promise was an amazing novel. I loved how it was written like poetry. Beautiful!

My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt-
Tiger wants nothing more than to get out of her small town, Saitter, Louisiana. She wants to get away from the responsibility of taking care of her mentally disabled mother, from the fact that her father is "dumb" and can barely read, and from her classmates who constantly tease her and her family. When she gets the opportunely to leave the town, she thinks that it's finally her way out. Little does she know of the dark secrets her family keeps that makes her make a decision that will forever change her life. Set in the 1950s, this book tells the story of a young girl who finally realizes how lucky she really is.
Thoughts: This book is definitely one of my favs now! It was such an amazing novel! Even through her struggles, Tiger showed us that there is beauty in everything, you just have to look hard enough.

30 comments:

  1. I love Cinder! I'm currently reading Scarlet right now. It's honestly a pretty laid back say for me; my blogging anniversary's today. And the Help and the Secret Life of Bees are two books I really need to get reading to!

    xoxo Morning

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    1. Awesome! I loved Scarlet. I hope you have a great blogaversary! :D You should definitely read them sometime! You will not regret it. <3

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  2. Oh my gosh, I've been meaning to read both "The Help" and "The Secret Life of Bees!" I'm also really curious about "Cinder," as it seems to get very good reviews. "My Louisiana Sky" was amazing, a very touching story!

    Emily | Lynde Avenue

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    1. Those books are sooo good!
      IKR! It was such a sweet story. <3

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  3. Cinder is one of the best books I've ever read. I can't wait for Winter to come out. Did you know it's suposed to be around 800 pages long? It's goung to be awesome!

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    1. Agreed! I was so sad when I found out it's coming out this November! I wish I could just read it now. :( 800 pages? Whoop, whoop! :D

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    2. I read the other three last November and then I was like, 'I have to wait another year to continue?' It's so unfair!

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    3. I feel ya! It's pure torture! When I found out it was going to be released in November I almost cried. ;(

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  4. I've never read any of these books, but I've been meaning to read The Help and The Secret Lives of Bees. I did hear those books were inspiring and touching. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about these books, it's definitely made me want to read them more. :)

    Dian
    The Happy Candle

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    1. They are all so fantastic! I definitely rate them all five stars. No problem, Dian! I so happy you found this post helpful. :)

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  5. Wow these books sound like such great reads! I've added them to my list :D
    btw your editions are SO lovely.. are they all hardback?
    ~Evie

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    1. Yay! I hope you like them. :)
      Aw, thank you! Yes they are but Tiger Lilly and Serafina's Promise are from the library.

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  6. Cinder is my favorite book right now! I'm half-way through it. I've read My Louisiana Sky as well, and now I'm curious to read Serafina's Promise and The Help. Thanks for the reviews!
    --Rebecca at The Silver Flute

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    1. I loved it so much! No problem! :)

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  7. Oh! I'm gonna have to look up some of these at our library! Ah!!!!!!! I can't stop talking about The Help! Its simply one of my favorites now! This looks like a great series, Eve! Looking forward to more!
    Clara <3

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    1. Yay! I love love love that book! It's just so...*tears up* beautiful! Thank you, Clara! I'm so glad. :)

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  8. Thanks for the awesome book ideas!! I'll be sure to check them out... Especially cinder. :)
    Sophia
    someplaceinthemidst.blogspot.com

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  9. Cress is my all-time favorite book and I can't believe I still don't own it. And The Help was so differnet form what I normally read and I loved it as well! Great post series and can't wait to check out 'The Secret Life of Bees'. :D

    Chloe | Curious Ramblings

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    1. I love how Marissa Meyer's books just keep on getting better and better! Can't wait for Winter!!! :D
      I know. It's such a touching story. <3 Thanks, Chloe!

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  10. Ooh, I really need to head over to the library now.... :)

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    1. Yes, yes you do. ;) Ah, the library. One of my favorite places to visit. <3

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  11. I've never read any of these besides Cinder. I've heard of Tiger Lily though. Let's go update my TBR on Goodreads and head down to the library:)

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    1. If you like Cinder I think you'll also like Tiger Lily. I couldn't put it down! :)

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  12. goodness, half the books i've read and the other half will soon be on my to read list! and i'm halfway through the Help and absolutely love it! looking forward to part 02!
    xoxojana
    jana's faith

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    1. Awesome! The Help is one of my all-time favorite novels! Thank you, Jana! That's so nice to hear. :)

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  13. I really wish I had more time to read....someday.....

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  14. Cinder is amazing!! :D Awesome.. I mean AMAZING post by the way! ; ) You inspired me to do something like this too!

    Danielle

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