Friday, May 20, 2016

A-Z Book Challenge

Hey everyone, I did something like this on my personal blog so here is a book version! Enjoy

A- The Austere Academy, A Series of Unfortunate Events book 5. I love this series and started reading it my sophomore year in high school!
B- Beautiful Creatures. I had high hopes for this book. The idea of this family of witches known as Casters was such a cool idea, and while I LOVE Ridley, this series feel short...

C- City of Glass. Oh.My.Gosh. This book was in short, AMAZING. This series was hard for me to get into, I found the overall idea hard to imagine and had a hard time falling in love with Cassandra Clares writing, However, I am a firm believer that certain books are supposed to be read at the right time and for me when the series first blew up was not it. I had to wait over 5 years before I felt compelled to give it another try, and I am so glad I did! Simon Lewis I love you!!!

D- The Diviners. This book is such a rollercoaster. It combines 1920's prohibition New York with a supernatural Force that is killing people for sacrificial reasons. I describe this books as The Great Gatsby meets The Zodiac Murders. Although those are 40 years apart it combines so many of the same elements to make up this amazing read!

E- Eclipse. While I don't like the Twilight Saga anymore I was hooked on it well before the movies came alone and ruined everything, minus Taylor Lautner without his shirt on LOL I have to say of all the books, this one was by far the best.

F- The Fault in Our Stars. I again read this well before the movie was made. It was recommended to me by a coworker and cancer survivor. She said she herself had not read it but all her friends had. I loved it! It was a heart wrenching read that made you feel so blessed to be alive and to live like Gus and Hazel and just love with all your heart,

G- A Great and Terrible Beauty. This book took me in total 2 years to read. That is because I am a very fickle reader. When a book gets a little slow I am one to put it down and not pick it up again. I have been working to correct this bad habit and I finished this book last month! Once I reached the halfway point it began to take off for me, This is Ashley's favorite book so I had to finish it and I am really happy I did!

H- The Hollow. This is the first book in my favorite series!!!! Yes, The Hollow trilogy is my favorite, It combines one of the only classics I like with some romance and made it a page turner! Its a FANTASTIC read!!

I-In the Shadow of Blackbirds. This book was outstanding! It combined the Influenza Epidemic with Spirit Photography and the supernatural. I love historical fiction so for me this was a no brainer. It takes place in a town called Coronado California, down in San Diego and it was a non stop rollercoaster ride of the supernatural and hysteria.

J- James and the Giant Peach. I LOVE this book. It is my 2nd favorite book of all time and i have read it at least 6 times. Roald Dahl is my favorite author and his imagination is something to be jealous of!

K- Kiss of a Demon King. This series The Immortals After Dark is amazing. My best friend Jamie got me hooked on them and this was one of my favorites. Sabine is the Sorceress of Illusion and she falls in love with a Warrior named Rydstrom. Its smutty and amazing!!!!

L- The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book 1. This series is amazing. My husband and I started reading it senior year in high school and since we only had one copy we fought over who would get it during which part of the day! It takes the classic myths of the Greeks and gives it a comical and new spin!

M- Mockingjay. The final book in The Hunger Games series. It was an alright book. It was by far the slowest of the series but the ending made the entire book worth reading. Well it did for me.

N- New Moon. While I did like this book, Bella was by far the worst character ever written. She was a user and all she did was cry and have nightmares. Come on little girl, you got dumped, move I right?

O- The Odyssey. I read this book in high school and I quite liked it! I love the whole adventure and the trials. Its a tough read if you are not a classics fan, but if you push through it, you may end up liking it like I did!

P- The Perks of Being a Wallflower. This was a hard book to read. Its about a VERY naive teen named Charlie and his first year of high school. He is so sheltered that when you read it, its almost as if he is a child and not 15 years old so it detracts from the overall outcome of the story. However I LOVE the movie and Logan Lerman so for me I will just watch the movie :)

Q- I sadly have not read a book starting with Q ... I'm sorry :(

R- Romeo and Juliet. This is one of the first books I asked my mom to get for me at the library. I had just watched the Version with Leonardo DiCaprio and I "had" to read the book and I did, however I didn't care to understand it, I just memorized all of Juliets lines and I still have alot of them memorized. My husband refuses to watch it with me because he says he can hear me repeating the lines :) 

S- Shiver. I read this book a few years back and really liked it. I was really into the supernatural romance reads and this popped up one day at the library and I could not put it down. Now I look back and it was entertaining but so weird...

T- To Kill a Mockingbird. This is my all time favorite book! I loved everything about it and I remember being little and asking my mama what her favorite book was growing up and she always talked about To Kill a Mockingbird. When my teacher passed it out in class I was excited to tell my mom. Little did I know that it would become the book that inspired me to read all the time. Atticus Finch is the most wonderful character in all of Literature in my opinion and I have a quote of his tattooed on me!

U- Unhinged. This is the second book in another re-imagining of Alice in wonderland. Its actually really good and slightly terrifying!

V- Vampire Kisses. I read this right after I finished the Twilight Saga, and was still wanting a vampire to love. They are super quick and fun and Alexander Sterling is by far a way better Vampire than Edward Cullen, and he doesnt sparkle!

W- Wicked. This was such a wonderful concept for a story. I loved the characters and the idea, however I cannot enjoy Gregory Maguire's writing, he is all too wordy for me!

X, Y and Z I have not read any with those letters in the title... Again I apologize, however CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! I will make a point to find some titles so that I can add them to this list.

Hope all of you had fun!

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