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Random Reads October 2014

It’s October and with the new month comes a new Random Read! This monthly meme hosted by I’m Loving Books.

random reads

Random Reads is a meme where participants pick a random book from their shelf to read within the month. Feel free to do more than one per month, but since a lot of people have a lot of books to read each month, only one is “required” for the meme. I’m on Goodreads so I use my To Read list and Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Last month I read Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole. I did not write a review post for this one, but I did enjoy it. Set against the backdrop of the first world war, it tells the story of a Scottish poet living on the Isle of Skye and the young American man who wrote her first fan letter. That fan letter was the beginning of a relationship that would change both of their lives.

This month I will read #65 on my list, Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. I added this one on October 9, 2013. I  just bought a copy for my own collection and can’t wait to dig in!

afterworlds

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Random Reads September 2014

This one is a little late, but the new month means a new Random Read, a monthly meme hosted by I’m Loving Books.

random reads

Random Reads is a meme where participants pick a random book from their shelf to read within the month. Feel free to do more than one per month, but since a lot of people have a lot of books to read each month, only one is “required” for the meme. I’m on Goodreads so I use my To Read list and Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Last month I read Unremembered by Jessica Brody.

This month I will read #146 on my TBR list,  Letters From Skye by Jessica Brockmole. I added this title on March 17, 2014. I actually bought a copy of this book recently, so I have no excuse!

letters from skye

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Unremembered by Jessica Brody Review 9/4/14

unremembered

Unremembered by Jessica Brody
March 5, 2013
Farrar, Straus, & Giroux
Hardcover, 320 pgs.

What it’s about:

The only survivor of a horrific plane crash is a sixteen-year old girl with no memories. The fact that she is unharmed is nothing short of a miracle. She captures the attention of the media as authorities attempt to identify this girl with no memories. In the mean time, Jane Doe, or “Violet” is confronted by a world that is utterly foreign. As she tries to piece together her past, she must decide whether or not to trust the boy who claims to know and love her.

Why you might like it:

Do you like stories with a twist at the end? The truth about Violet’s past was a delightful surprise that I did not see coming! Do you enjoy a little mystery/thriller? Violet’s secrets are slowly revealed and the action builds to an exciting end. Do you like when a book makes you think? Unremembered touches on issues such as what it means to be human. If you are looking for a quick read that is not heavily bogged down by complex science, you might enjoy this book. A cliffhanger ending will have you reaching for the sequel.

Want more like this?

For more books that address what it is to be human try The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson, Eve and Adam by Michael Grant, and The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. For more science fiction books that are kind light on the science, try The Originals by Cat Patrick or Mothership by Martin Leicht. For more books about memory, try Forgotten by Cat Patrick, White Cat by Holly Black, or We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

Random Reads August 2014

Where has the summer gone? It’s August already?? The new month means a new Random Read, a monthly meme hosted by I’m Loving Books.

random reads

Random Reads is a meme where participants pick a random book from their shelf to read within the month. Feel free to do more than one per month, but since a lot of people have a lot of books to read each month, only one is “required” for the meme. I’m on Goodreads so I use my To Read list and Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Last month I read Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White and I have now read every book she has written. Paranormalcy is still my favorite, but this one was still a fun read.

This month I am going to read #22 on my TBR list, Unremembered by Jessica Brody. This one has been on the list since December 12, 2012.

unremembered

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Top Ten Tuesday- Favorite Classics (and a Few I Want to Read) and Random Reads 7/1/14

Holy Moley, it’s July! We are at the half-way point of 2014. The new month means a new Random Read, a monthly meme hosted by I’m Loving Books.

random reads

Random Reads is a meme where participants pick a random book from their shelf to read within the month. Feel free to do more than one per month, but since a lot of people have a lot of books to read each month, only one is “required” for the meme. I’m on Goodreads so I use my To Read list and Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Last month I read The Originals by Cat Patrick. This book is perfect for readers curious about science fiction, but maybe worried about it being to science-y. Make sense?

My July selection is #17 on my To Read list, Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White. I actually own this book and still haven’t read it! I added it to the list September 20, 2012.

chaos of the stars

Next order of business, Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are talking classics. I’ll be honest, I haven’t read many classics since I finished school….ages and ages ago. A few that I was required to read have stuck with me, a few I pursued on my own and enjoyed, and some are on some theoretical TBR list. So, my list is a mixed bag. As usual.

Favorites:

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I love Atticus Finch. I love that he does the right thing, not the easy thing.

mockingbird

2. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I read this on my own, to fill in gaps in my education. It was challenging and rewarding and it inspired me to continue reading classics. That lasted for about a year….

crime

3. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This book was read to me (and a class of second graders) while I was doing student teaching. I have often revisited Oz and stories of Oz. I adore this graphic adaptation!

wizard of oz

 

4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I tend to prefer “modern classics” over older classics.

fahrenheit 451

5. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. This one is well on its way to classics status.

book thief

6. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. It’s been ages since I read this one, but I remember like it.

in cold blood

7. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. I just read this YA classic for the first time and was surprised by how much I liked it.

chocolate war

Classics I May Read…Someday:

8. Dune by Frank Herbert. I never really read science fiction or fantasy when I was younger. Now that I have discovered how much I enjoy current books in those genres I should check out some classics.

dune

9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I bought this one recently. Maybe I will read it someday.

great expectations

10. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. There is much discussion of the Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the great western migration in The Boys in the Boat, the book I am currently listening to. It might be time to visit this classic, now that I have some other context for the story.

grapes of wrath

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

The Originals by Cat Patrick Review

originals The Originals by Cat Patrick
Little, Brown, and Company
May 7, 2013
Hardcover, 304 pages

What it’s about:

Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey grew up believing that they were identical triplets. They are not. And no one can ever know. To protect their secret, they move to a new city and begin to attend school as one person, Elizabeth Best. Each girl takes a shift out in the real world, while the others remain hidden at home. It’s not ideal, and it becomes worse when Lizzie meets Sean Kelly. Sean is the first person to make Lizzie see herself as an individual and not just a copy of two other people. This realization leads Lizzie to start asking questions about the way they live. Her curiosity uncovers secrets that threaten all three of the girls, and the choices they make will forever change their family.

Why you might like it:

Are you looking for an interesting story with a romantic bent and a science fiction twist? The Originals could be just the thing for you. I like to think of this as “sci-fi light.” The sisters’ big secret is straight science fiction, but the real charm of the book is the romance, the relationships between the three girls, and the universal theme of identity. Do you ever think about how much you could do if there was more that one of you? Well, here is your answer. It sounds great in theory, but if you ask Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey, they would probably tell you it stinks! The mystery is not complicated, but there is enough suspense to keep readers engaged. This is a quick read with a dynamic family relationship, strong female characters, and a really awesome guy. This was a satisfying and entertaining read and another successful Random Reads selection for me.

Want more like this?

You might also enjoy Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix, The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, Mind Games by Kiersten White, and The Rules by Stacey Kade. Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Random Reads June 2014

random reads

Random Reads is a meme where participants pick a random book from their shelf to read within the month. Feel free to do more than one per month, but since a lot of people have a lot of books to read each month, only one is “required” for the meme. I’m on Goodreads so I use my To Read list and Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Last month’s Random Read was The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder.It was not at all what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it. Be sure to check out my review!

In June I will be reading #22 on my TBR list: The Originals by Cat Patrick. I added this to the list on November 28, 2012.

originals

Happy Reading!

∼Megan