PART 1 OF MY FAVORITES SHELF
Over the years I have managed to build up a collection of all of my favorite books/series and actually have a shelf to keep them on (the top one :D). I just wanted to share some of the best books I have read with you. I’ll include a short synopsis of each book as well as a picture. Also one thing to keep in mind is that I have read some amazing books, but unfortunately I do not own them so you won’t be seeing all of my favorite books today. Expect to see reviews of some of these books in the future. Get ready for lots of scrolling down. Enjoy!
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
Genres: Adventure/Fantasy/Supernatural Fiction
All of you have probably heard of this series, but some of you might not have read it yet. If that’s the case for you then you’re seriously missing out. In this book you will meet Clary Fray, who thinks she is a normal human living a regular life. that all changes when she meets Jace, a mysterious boy that wears only black. when she follows him he tells her what she really is, a shadowhunter. Shadowhunters protect earth from demons. Clary must help the other shadowhunters dispose of a new threat to human kind, A shadowhunter named Valentine, who just so happens to be Clary’s dad. When the time comes will Clary be able to kill her dad even if it’s the right thing to do? This series involves lots of supernatural beings such as werewolves and vampires, and also has many action-packed scenes involving lots of blood (WOOo! :D)
Okay lets get one thing straight before we move forward, I LOVE RICK RIORDAN! His writing style is so unique and it’s really great that he also incorporates mythology into all of his books. I know this book is not really young adult, but rather middle grade level but it’s Rick Riordan that really sparked my interest in reading. In this series follow siblings Carter and Sadie Kane who really just want to live a normal life. Sadly, that’s not what Rick Riordan has in store for them. After being reunited in the British Museum along with their father (their mother died six years ago) something strange happens. the kids watch as their father summons a being who takes their father and causes a massive explosion. They soon discover that the gods of Ancient Egypt are waking and one of them (Set) has a terrifying plan. To save their father they must embark on a journey, which slowly leads them closer to the truth about their family.
Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu
Genres: Science Fiction/Dystopian
This is one of the most action packed books I have ever read, and although I can’t give out any spoilers I can tell you that the ending of the last book in this trilogy left me in tears. Set in the near future where the western coast of the U.S, the Republic, is always at war with its neighbors, the colonies, this book’s protagonists are two very different people. June is born into an elite family and is a military prodigy. She is being trained to be one of the next leaders of the Republic. Meanwhile in the slums of the Republic lives a 15 years old named Day, who just so happens to be the Republics most wanted criminal. When Day is the prime suspect for the killing of Junes brother Metias, June immediately goes on the hunt for Day, but when they cross paths the two realize they have a greater enemy, the Republic itself. One of the best things in this series is to watch June and Day grow closer and closer to each other until both would risk their lives to save the other. 😀
Genres: Realistic Fiction/Dystopian
Ah, the classic coming of age story that is The Outsiders. Our school requires us to read this book during the seventh grade, but since I had read the book in 4th grade I got to read another book (woo. go me :D). The inner meaning of this book really inspired me and I loved how the author described every little detail. Those of you who have read this book probably recall the poem that S.E Hinton writes about in this book. This might be weird, but I actually memorized the poem(please tell me I’m not the only one…). Basically there are Socs and there are Greasers. Socs are generally the rich kids while Greasers don’t have that much money and usually come from rough households. After Ponyboy (yes,that’s his real name) and his friend Johnny, two Greasers, get jumped by a gang of Socs they have no other option than to kill one of the Socs. The boys are stunned by their act and decide to run away. During their journey they discover that not all things are as different as they seem.
Genres: Realistic Fiction
Not many people have heard of this book, and even when I picked it up I thought to myself, “Wow is this like a picture book for three year olds or something.” Boy was I wrong. I’m usually not eager to leave my little comfort zone of sci-fi/dystopian books, but I made a great choice when I left it for this book. This book involves a girl named Stargirl and a boy named Leo who both go to Mica High school in Arizona. When Stargirl first moves in and comes to school all the kids are stunned. She brings a burst of color and sound to the usually quiet and dull Mica High. She is unpredictable, and bubbly, but unfortunately people at the school don’t like bubbly. Follow Stargirl and Leo in this book as they try to figure out what it really means to be yourself and how to stand up for what you believe in even when no one else stands with you. This was a great book that made me less judgmental about the people I see, because everyone is unique and deserves a great friend.
Genres: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Another book that’s been hyped up during the past year or so. This book is about a teen named Thomas who is dumped in the glade, a small living area in the center of a giant maze. He has no memory of his previous life, just like all the other teens that were dumped there before him. These teens have learnt how to support themselves, by building farms to collect food from and assigning jobs to all the youths that live in the glade. Thomas’ unique perspective on things lands him a spot as a Runner, those who explore the always-changing maze to find an escape. Thomas must convince the rest of the youths that he knows a way out, but they have no guarantee that the world outside the maze is better than life inside. One of the reasons that I and so many others enjoyed this story was that it was so unpredictable and the plot was really amazing. You never know what’s going to happen next while reading this series…
Genres: Adventure/Science Fiction/Dystopian
In the futuristic world that Neal Shusterman has created, “unwinding” a child is fully legal and not considered murder. While kids are under the age of 18, their parents can choose to unwind them, which means their body will be disassembled and their organs and limbs will be transplanted to those who need them. This disgusting thing became legal after the Heartland war, a war between pro-choice and pro-life supporters. The two sides came to an agreement that is unwinding. The main argument is that unwound children are still living, just scattered in the bodies of others. In this book follow Conner, Risa, and Lev as they try to escape being unwound, though they all are being sent to be unwound for different reasons. Conner is not a great kid. He is violent and always seems to be angry. Risa is a ward of the state, and since the state is on a tight budget they cannot afford to keep orphans like her alive. Lev is a tithe. He was born and raised to be unwound. He believes that it is his destiny and does not want to run away with Connor and Risa. I loved this book so much because you couldn’t help but realize why the government adopted this law, even though it was so wrong. I found myself trying to pick sides between pro-life and pro-choice throughout this book. Definitely a great read with lots of twists and turns.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Genres: Historical Fiction
In 1938, a young orphan named Liesel arrives at the home of her new foster parents, Hans and Rosa. At first she is very shy, but after meeting the boy next door names Rudy she opens up more. Hans spends lots of time with Liesel, mostly teaching her how to read and write. Liesel realizes how powerful books are and even snatches one from a Nazi bonfire right before it is burned. Though her new family is not the poorest, they still barely scrape by. However, things get worse when the family starts sheltering a Jew whose father once saved Hans life. Something very interesting and uniwue about this novel is that it is narrated by death, which adds a lot to the story. This book really gave me an insight into what life was like during WW2, such as the constant bombings from planes. The ending was so unexpected, but it helped me realize how scared the people that lived WW2 must have been and how terrible the Nazis really were.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Genres: Science Fiction/Dystopian
In the year 2044, the real world is not a place that you would want to live in. Wade Watts, and almost everyone else, spends his walking hours in the OASIS, a virtual utopia that lets you be anyone you want to be, where you can live, play, and even fall in love on any of the 10,000 planets available to play on. And just like the rest of humanity Wade Watts is constantly searching for the easter egg that the creater of OASIS hid somewhere in the game before he died. All he left them was one clue. For years people have struggled to even find the first puzzle, but that all changes when Wade stumbles upon it. As he fights to be the first to complete all the puzzles he realizes just how serious some people are, and the lengths that they would go to to get that prize. But to get that prize he might have to face reality and the world he has always been so desperate to escape. Ahhh! One of my favorite books ever!!! Great for video gamers and even your average teenager. Such a great read that really puts into perspective what our world could become.
In a world called Illea where everyone is seperated into castes, America Singer is fighting to marry Aspen, her forbidden love who is a caste below her. Thats when she gets selected. For 35 girls being selected is the opportunity of a lifetime. These 35 girls will live in the palace to compete for the heart of Prince Maxon. But for America, being selected is a nightmare. She doesn’t want to leave Aspen behind to enter a competition for a crown that she doesn’t want. That’s when America meets the prince. She realizes that those who are royalty are people too. He is so innocent and gentle that America begins to question what she really wants, and make the important decision that will change her life forever. My first thoughts when reading this book were probably that It was a futuristic version of the Bachelor. Sadly I have not read the rest of the series, but I hope to soon.
Finally done! That took way longer than I thought it would. Feel free to leave comments below of some of your favorite books and stay posted for the part 2 of this. Thanks!