Middle-Grade Recommendations

I haven’t read middle grade in a while but it’s always nice to pick one up and enjoy it! I thought I’d share a list of my favorites. Most of the books, I read by myself in elementary or my class read them together. Some of them I would love to reread but then it would take away from the magic of the first time reading it.

Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt

Doomed to – or blessed with – eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune. – Summary from goodreads.com

I really enjoyed this in sixth grade. We read it as a class and I found it really fun and I really want to reread it soon.

Percy Jackson – Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he goes to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. – Summary from Goodread.com

I loved this series and I hope to reread later this year. I loved being immersed into this storyline and all the characters.

Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come. – Summary from Goodread.com

I mean who doesn’t love Harry Potter. My favorite of this series is books 1-3. I loved all 3 books and movies.

The Giver – Lois Lowry

This haunting story centers on Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, the world of conformity and contentment. Not until he’s given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. – Summary from Goodread.com

I read this two years ago and I remember what a fun time me and my class and reading it.  I really enjoyed it and the movie is also really good!

 

Number the Stars – Lois Lowry

Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It’s now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are “relocated,” Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen’s life. – From Goodreads.com

 This is a more serious novel and was really easy to understand and it was really enjoyable. I read this is the fifth grade, and I still remember it. This is one of those books that really pack a punch.
If you’ve read any good middle grade lately, let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by, Emily.

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The Imperfectly Imperfect Match – Book Review

Title: The Imperfectly Imperfect Match

Author: Kendra C. Highley

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication Date: July 10, 2017

Rating: 5 stars

*Thanks to the author for sending me an advanced copy*

Synopsis: Dylan Dennings thought he has his life planned out. He even has his “Plan,which includes going to the minors, after high school. He’s a focused and strict person when it comes to girls, with his “No Girls” policy,  but all of that changes the moment he meets Lucy Frost. Lucy is a chicken lover and a needlepoint ninja. She is also the big sister to Otis, who Dylan is coaching for two weeks. When they first meet, they can’t stand each other but they keep running into each other and it’s hard to not get attached. The sparks fly between each other and things start to heat up, but when things start to affect the future, can they stay together?

Thoughts: This series is amazing and totally swoon worthy. This is a great summer romance. The characters pull at your heartstrings and make you fall in love with them over and over again. The thoughts and feelings of Dylan make me so happy. I love when Kendra writes in dual perspectives, which is one of my favorites in a book. Kendra is such a great writer and I love her writing style, voice, and overall novels.

 

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Favorite Books of 2017 – Favorites

So far this year I have read 78 books and I thought I’d share what I have read and my favorite so far! This list goes from the very beginning of the year until now.

  1. Coming up for Air – Miranda Keneally
  2. A Hairy Tail – Jamie Campbell
  3. Tomboy – Suzanna Thompson
  4. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  5. Finding Cinderella – Colleen Hoover
  6. Tell Me Three Things – Julie Buxbaum
  7. Life in the No Dating Zone – Patricia B. Tighe
  8. An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir
  9. Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo
  10. Meant to be – Maggie McGinnis
  11. Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo
  12. Nowhere but Here – Katie McGarry
  13. Long Way Home – Katie Mcgarry
  14. Pushing the Limits – Katie McGarry
  15. Lucas – Jay McLean
  16. One of the Guys – Dawn Doyle
  17. Crash into You – Katie McGarry
  18. The Natural History of Us – Rachel Harris
  19. Winging it – Cate Cameron
  20. Playing Defense – Cate Cameron
  21. P.S. I Like You – Kasie West
  22. By Your Side – Kasie West
  23. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  24. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
  25. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodgkin
  26. The Evolution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodgkin
  27. The Retribution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodgkin
  28. Escaping the Rainfield – Eliza Rich
  29. And Then We Ran – Katy Cannon
  30. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life – Benjamin Alire Saenz
  31. My Life as a bench – Jaq Hazell
  32. The Madness Underneath – Maureen Johnson
  33. Say What You Will – Cammie McGovern
  34. Come Back to Me – Mila Gray
  35. Firsts – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
  36. Girl Out of Water – Laura Silverman
  37. Swinging at Love – Kendra C. Highly
  38. Don’t Kiss the Messenger – Katie Ray
  39. All Things New – Lauren Miller
  40. Not After Everything – Michelle Levy
  41. Home is Burning – Dan Marshall
  42. A Torch Against the Night – Sabaa Tahir
  43. My Heart And Other Black Holes – Jasmine Waga
  44. This Star Won’t Go Out – Esther Earl
  45. Gold Rush – Jennifer Comeaux
  46. Incriminating Dating – Rebekah L. Purdy
  47. Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake
  48. One Italian Summer – Keris Stainton
  49. Perdition – Lindsey Ouimet
  50. Love and Vandalism – Laurie Boyle Compton
  51. Safe Haven – Nicholas Sparks
  52. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord – Sarah J. Maas
  53. The Assassin and the Healer – Sarah J. Maas
  54. The Assassin and the Desert – Sarah J. Maas
  55. The Assassin and the Underworld – Sarah J. Maas
  56. The Assassin and the Empire – Sarah J. Maas
  57. The Assassin’s Blade – Sarah J. Maas
  58. Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas
  59. Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas
  60. Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas
  61. Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas
  62. Empire of Storms – Sarah J. Maas
  63. Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead
  64. The Flipside – Shawn Johnson
  65. I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality – Jerold J. Kreisman
  66. A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas
  67. Our Chemical Hearts – Krystal Sutherland
  68. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
  69. No One Cares About Crazy People – Ron Powers
  70. We Are The Ants – Shaun David Hutchinson
  71. This is One Moment – Mila Gray
  72. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls – Lynn Weingarten
  73. Under the Lights – Abbi Glines
  74. I’ll Meet You There – Heather Demetrios
  75. Auggie and Me: Three Wonder Stories – R.J. Palacio
  76. The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr
  77. The Rose Andy he Dagger – Renee Ahdieh
  78. Scarlet – Marissa Meyer

My top favorites are:

An Ember of Ashes

Nowhere but here

Girl Out of Water

The One Memory of Flora Banks

A Court of Wings and Ruin

Love and Vandalism

Throne of Glas (Whole Series)

Not After Everything

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

I really enjoyed all of these and would highly recommend them!

Tell me in the comments some of your favorite reads from this year, I ould love to know!

Thanks for stopping by, Emily.

Over Hyped Books – Unpopular Opinions

I have several unpopular opinions for the books people over hype I know we as a book community usually only talk about the books we love so here’s a change of pace. Let us get right into it. **Disclaimer just because I think it’s over hyped and I didn’t like it, it doesn’t mean your opinion is wrong.**

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

I really don’t see the appeal and I could have lived without reading it. I only read the first one and won’t probably ever finish it and I don’t think I’ll ever watch the movies.

Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

I read it and I thought it was okay. I was left empty like there could’ve been more to the story. All of my friends told me to read it and I did, I just wasn’t the biggest fan.

Anything by John Green

I can’t stand his books I’ve read most of them and I didn’t enjoy them.

Illuminae – Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

I honestly hated this book.

All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

I didn’t like the representation of mental illness. I just didn’t like it in general either.

Uglies – Scott Westerfeld

This was just an empty series for me. I felt like it just dragged on.

The Maze Runner – James Dashner

This series could have stopped with the first book and made it a 500-page book instead of all the excess amount already made.

Matched – Ally Condie

I thought this trilogy was okay, it a chance to be great but it missed the mark. It was just so boring.

Fallen – Lauren Kate

There are no words to describe this, it was just so blahhhh.

What Happened to Goodbye – Sarah Dessen

This book sucked. It was very bland and boring.

Thanks for stopping by, Emily.

 

Until Friday Night – Book Review 

Title: Until Friday Night (The Field Party #1)

Author: Abbi Glines

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Pages: 328

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: West Ashby is the popular, cocky guy, that everyone knows. He may be the big man on campus but he’s dealing with his dad going through cancer. He hasn’t told anyone, his teammates, his best friends, until Maggie shows up. Maggie has been through so much, she watched her dad murder her mom. After talking to the police she quit talking. She hasn’t talked to anyone in 2 years. Then she moves in with her uncle and his family and her cousin Brady. Brady is forced to take Maggie to a field party, where she meets West. She was just trying to get away from all the excitement and noise at the party and goes and sits on a tailgate near the woods. West comes back angry, looking for peace and quiet but he finds Maggie and starts talking to her because he knows she won’t answer him. The two form a bond together and he starts walking her to class and he tells her about his dad and his fears. They start to form a relationship with each other with many obstacles in their way.

Thought: I loved this, I have reread this several times, each time I read it I get something new from it. I learn more about the characters and their connections. If you want a cute fluffy romance for the summer this is not it. This romance is where the characters have to put effort into being a couple. If you want a more serious romance this is for you. It is overall such a wonderful story, each time I’ve read it I fall in love with it all over again.
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Thanks for stopping by, Emily.

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag – Book Tag

I am back at it with another book tag, the last one for awhile I swear. I saw Emmabooks doing it on her youtube channel.

Best Book you’ve read in 2017

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 

Best sequel you’ve read in 2017

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sara J. Mass 

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To

Caraval by Stephanie Garber 

Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2017

Tower of Dawn by Sara J. Mass 

Biggest Disappointment

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake 

Biggest Surprise

Simon vs the Honor Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

Favorite New Author

Becky Albertalli 

Newest Fictional Crush

Rowan from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass 

Newest Favorite Character

Aelin from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Book That Made You Cry

Not After Everything by Michelle Levy 

Book That Made You Happy

Love and Vandalism by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year

U haven’t seen any yet!

Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year

Under-rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year

Hollow City and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs