Bookshelf Tour: Favorites Shelf Part 2

PART 2 OF MY FAVORITES SHELF

Part 1: Bookshelf Tour: Favorites Shelf Part 1

This is part 2 to the Favorites shelf tour. In this post I’ll be sharing some of my favorite books with you. If you missed part one then go ahead and click that link above to find more books that you might enjoy. Unfortunately there are loads of amazing books that I have read that I do not own, so you might not see all of my favorites. ;( With each book I will include the author, a short synopsis, and a picture of the cover. After reading feel free to comment some of your favorite books in the comments down below. Enjoy all the scrolling down!


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The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

Genres: Science Fiction/Dystopian

You all knew it was coming. 😉 Though most of you have probably heard of the plot and/or have read the series I’ll still include a synopsis for consistency. In the future where North America used to be, the Capitol of Panem keeps its hold on its 12 districts by yearly forcing them each to select 1 boy and 1 girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. All other citizens must watch as the youths fight to the death until only one remains. District 12’s tribute Katniss Everdeen doesn’t have too much going for her, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love. Dun Dun Dun… This series involves lots of action and surprises along the way. Only thing I disliked were the frequent deaths, but hey, what do you expect from a book about a fight to the death between kids…


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Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

Genres: Fantasy/Mythology/Adventure

This is the series that really got me to love reading. Though it might not be a young-adult book, it’s still super interesting and even educational (Killing two birds with one stone 🙂 ) Percy Jackson is not a normal kid. After being kicked out of multiple schools before even entering middle school, he is so excited after sixth grade ends and summer begins. But that excitement doesn’t last long, as he soon learns that he is a half-blood: half-human, and half-god. He is taken to Camp Half-Blood in New York, a camp for other kids just like him that is safe from monsters that he never knew existed. While at camp, Percy learns more about himself: his father is the Greek god Poseidon, the god of the Sea and brother to Zeus and Hades. When Zeus’s master bolt is stolen, Poseidon is blamed for the theft, and since Poseidon is busy with other godly things he sends Percy on a quest to retrieve Zeus’s master bolt. Will Percy retrieve the bolt in time or will he have to face the wrath of the angry Zeus? Find out by reading this book 😀


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The Heroes Of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

Genres: Fantasy/Mythology/Adventure

As you can tell, I might have a slight (BIG) obsession over Rick Riordan. 😉 This is the follow-up series to the Percy Jackson series also by Rick Riordan, though it does not necessarily have to be read after. Since I don’t want to spoil anything from the original Percy Jackson series I’ll just provide my thoughts on the book rather than a summary. First of all, be warned that this book has lots of plot so just get ready to be slightly confused at first. The increased plot actually pays off throughout the novel as you slowly start to piece things together. My feelings about the characters changed a lot through the series for some of the characters (*cough* Leo *cough*). I have to admit, I did not like all of the characters right away, or ever (*cough* Jason *cough*), but that happens in all series. The relationship development for all the characters was amazing and overall an action-packed series.


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Gone series by Michael Grant

Genres: Science Fiction/Supernatural Fiction/Dystopian

Click this for my review on this book. 😀


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Song of The Lioness series by Tamora Pierce
Genres: Fantasy

The cover might be super ugly, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts right? This is probably my all-time favorite series. Which is a lot to say considering all the books I’ve read. This is one of those Mulan stories. Alanna lives in a world where only boys can become knight, while women only heal and cook. But she knows what she wants, and that’s to be a knight. On the day that the kids are to leave for their education for their career Alanna switches with her brother Alan and goes to train as a knight, but she soon realizes that it’s going to be harder than she thought to hide her deep dark secret. Can Alanna follow her dreams while still undercover as a boy or will her inner-girl take over and ruin it all. Find out in this awesome series. Seriously read it… or else


That’s all for this post. Share your thoughts about these books or some of your favorite books in the comment section below. Have a great day! 🙂

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Bookshelf Tour: Favorites Shelf Part 1

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!


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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)


redpyramidThe Kane Chronicles Series by Rick Riordan

Genres: Fantasy/Mythology

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.


legendLegend 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. 😀


outsidersThe Outsiders by S.E Hinton

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.


Jerry_Spinelli_-_StargirlStargirl by Jerry Spinelli

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.


The_Maze_Runner_coverThe Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

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…


unwindUnwind Series by Neal Shusterman

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_book_coverThe 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_coverReady 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.


The_Selection_CoverThe Selection by Kiera Cass

Genres: Dystopian/Romance

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!

—Aditi