TOP 14 BOOKS OF 2014!

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my LAST POST OF 2014! This year has been an AMAZING year, and I hope it was for you all, too!

Yesterday, I told you all of the books I read in 2014, but these books are my TOP 14 books (that I read) in/of 2014!

  1. The Land Of Stories: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
  2. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  3. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  4. Everyday by David Leviathan
  5. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  6. Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
  7. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  8. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
  9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  10. Harry Potter and the Philosophers
  11. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
  12. Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
  13. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
  14. Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

Those were my top 14 books of 2014! Are any of these books on your favourites list of the year? What was your favourite book? Tell me below!

Thanks to all of you for making this year awesome! Amazing things are coming to this blog, so you better stay tuned!
Happy New Year!

Good Night Book Lions!

ALL OF THE BOOKS I READ IN 2014!

Hi everyone!

Today, I’m going to share with you ALL of the BOOKS I READ in 2014! I read books 42 this year, which I’m very proud of! My original goal 25-30, but I beat that so I put it to 50, but sadly I did not reach the 50 mark, but that’s what next years for!
Let’s get started!

Reread:
The Land of Stories: A Wishing Spell

January:
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Other Place by Monica Hughes
Falling Up by Shel Silverstein

Febuary:
Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World For Kids 2014
National Geographic Kids Almanac by National Geographic Society

March:
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Inside Divergent: The Initiates World by Cecilia Bernard

April:
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
These Broken Stars by Amy Kaufman and Meghan Spooner
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

May:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die Prequel) by Danielle Paige
Cress (3rd book in the Lunar Chronicles series) by Marissa Meyer
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Maximum Ride Vol. 1 Graphic Novel by Narae Lee
The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Drama by Danielle Paige

June:
Harry Potter and the philosophers Stone by JK Rowling
We were liars by E. Lockhart
Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi
Maximum ride volume two by Narae Lee
Maximum ride volume three by Narae Lee
Maximum ride volume four by Narae Lee
Maximum ride volume five by Narae Lee
Maximum ride volume six by Narae Lee

July:
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning

August:
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

September:
Everyday by David Levithan

October:
Superstitions by Deborah Murrell
Perfect Revenge by K.L. Denman

November:
Are you there god? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

December:
Show Me A Story by Leonard S. Marcus
Night by Elie Wiesel
Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
Make Up by Michelle Phan
The Witch Must Burn (DMD 1.5) by Danielle Paige
My True Love Gave to Me : 12 Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

How many books did you guys read? Let me know in the comments!
Good Night Book Worms!

Most Disappointing Books of 2014

Hi guys & welcome back!

Today I’m going to be sharing with you my top picks for the most disappointing books that I read in 2014!

1. The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

I know, I know, I still gave this book 4/5 stars. I guess I was being generous. I first heard about this book, and I really thought/expected that this would be one of my favourite books of 2014. It was, but I thought that it would have a lot more detail. I also HATED the ending! It was horrible. I still gave it 4/5 stars as I loved the charcters and the setting, plus the plot was very interesting/intriguing.

2. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meghan Spooner

This book has the same case as the previous one. This book is also one of my favourite books of the year, but it didn’t meet all of my expectations. I love a nice sci-fi, and this really was one! Although, I thought that there could have been a little bit more action involved.

3. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This book is very hyped about on bookish sites and booktube. I for one have heard that a lot of people disliked this book very much out of all of the series. They say “Read the others! It gets so much better!” But for me, i would enjoy the series more if the first book is better, that way it will push me to read the next ones!

What were your most disappointing books that you read in 2014? Tell me in the comments!

Good Night Book Lions!

Zen’s Pick: My Name is Parvana by Deborah Ellis

Hi guys!

Welcome to Zen’s Pick! Every so often, my BFF Zen will write a book review for my blog!
Let’s start with today’s!

Book: My Name is Parvana
Author: Deborah Ellis
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary (Off of GoodReads.com):
On a military base in post-Taliban Afghanistan, American authorities have just imprisoned a teenaged girl found in a bombed-out school. The army major thinks she may be a terrorist working with the Taliban. The girl does not respond to questions in any language and remains silent, even when she is threatened, harassed and mistreated over several days. The only clue to her identity is a tattered shoulder bag containing papers that refer to people named Shauzia, Nooria, Leila, Asif, Hassan — and Parvana.

In this long-awaited sequel to The Breadwinner Trilogy, Parvana is now fifteen years old. As she waits for foreign military forces to determine her fate, she remembers the past four years of her life. Reunited with her mother and sisters, she has been living in a village where her mother has finally managed to open a school for girls. But even though the Taliban has been driven from the government, the country is still at war, and many continue to view the education and freedom of girls and women with suspicion and fear.

As her family settles into the routine of running the school, Parvana, a bit to her surprise, finds herself restless and bored. She even thinks of running away. But when local men threaten the school and her family, she must draw on every ounce of bravery and resilience she possesses to survive the disaster that kills her mother, destroys the school, and puts her own life in jeopardy.

A riveting page-turner, Deborah Ellis’s new novel is at once harrowing, inspiring and thought-provoking. And, yes, in the end, Parvana is reunited with her childhood friend, Shauzia.

Review:

Characters:

Parvana- Very strong girl, Holds up to expectations of Taliban, she’s getting help but refuses to take it (Stubborn)
Noria- Older Sister, deep down cares about Parvana
Maryam- Loves Parvana
Ali- Baby of the family
Hassan- Small Boy that Parvana found

Overall Rating:
4/5 Stars
It’s a very interesting novel, about what has happened in Afghanistan. It is also quite the page turner, believe me! Although, I didn’t like what happened to Afghanistan, and it worrys me that it may happen in North America. This book made me feel lucky to have what I have and to appreciate more of the things I get, as not everyone is so lucky/privileged. That would be the one thing I wish readers would take away/learn from this book.

Thanks so much to Zen for reviewing this book for us! We’ll see her very soon!
Good Night Book Lions!

Holiday Reading: My Favourite Winter Beverage!

Hi guys!

Welcome back to my last post for my Holiday Reading Series! I hope you guys enjoyed it, as I put a lot of time and effort into it!

Today I’m going to be sharing with you my favourite warm, winter beverage! Although, this may not be reading related, I thought it would be super fun to show you!

My favourite winter beverage is HOT CHOCOLATE!

These are the mixes/powders I like to use:

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I normally drink it out of the Starbucks mug that came with the packet of powder!

I normally put in about 3 tea spoons. So, about three of these:

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I then add in boiled water and a few tea spoons of milk!
During the holidays, I like to mash up a peppermint candy cane and put the powder inside of the hot chocolate! This makes a nice rich and peppermint-y flavour!

That is how I make my Hot Chocolate!
Good Night Book Lions!

NaNoWriMo 2014: Chapter 7

I have a feeling that today will be harder.
I wake up and my father is not there. He is at work 6:30am sharp. Like I said, it will take time to adjust. I still have about eighty three good years left. Not to worry, I reassure myself. Today, the morning news is good, filled with funny talk show hosts and segments, that aren’t so depressing. Today will be better, I reassure myself, again.
As I head downstairs, I wonder what my father is doing right now. Hopefully, he is doing well. Maybe he is blessing a new baby with a DDK that is average, not above or below.
My mother is making me my favourite breakfast; French toast. David is eating scrambled eggs, his favourite as well. “Good Morning Rachel.” My mother says. “Good Morning Mom.” I reply. She seems to be in a rather good mood. I knew things would be better today, I just knew it. “David told me that today you were going to makes cookies with him, after school. Is this true?” she asks. “Yes mom, we were going to go to the bakery down the street yesterday, but it was closed.” I tell her the truth. “Why didn’t you go?” she asks. I reply “It was allegedly told that this was the last place that Derek Smool ate at, before he got sick. It has been shut down, just for now I guess.” She doesn’t seemed surprise. She tells me that she heard it on the news last night. I wonder why she didn’t tell me?
After eating breakfast, I go upstairs and get ready. I listen to some music to get me in a better mood, like usual. Once I am done, I get my bag and get ready, but just before I walk out my mother calls me.
“Rachel, why didn’t you take the bus yesterday?” she says calmly. “I wanted to get some fresh air.” I lie. My mother senses that I am lying through my eyes but doesn’t bother to ask. “School is closed today; everyone was instructed to stay inside. They’re investigating.” Great. Just peachy great. I wanted to leave the house just one day and go to school, not having to worry about home, but of course school is cancelled today, of course. “Can I call Leah to come over?” I ask. Then I can have someone to talk to. “Sure. You can make cookies with her if you want.” Uh.
“Hey Leah, want to come over today?” I ask. “Uh, I wish. My grandfather’s sick. It’s only a year until his DDK, so we all knew it was coming soon.” Boo. I wish she could come over but I totally understand, I lost my grandfather the year of his DDK, it was hard for all of us. We expected it, but at the same time we didn’t. “Did he get eighty five?” I ask. “Yeah, I have to go, talk to you later.” She says “Bye, best wishes.” I add.

Holiday Reading: Holiday Book Haul!

Hi everyone and Happy Holidays!

Today, I’m going to be sharing with you my 2014 December/Holiday Book Haul!
I set a goal for myself at the beginning of December, saying that I would only buy e-books this month!
Click here for full goal/challenge: https://readingreadingalldaylong.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/december-reading-challenge/

I stuck with that goal for the ENTIRE MONTH! Although, I did RECEIVE one book that was not an e-book, but that still counts as I did not buy it for myself.

Received Book:

E-Books:


Click here to read my Dorothy Must Die Review: https://readingreadingalldaylong.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/dorothy-must-die-book-review-spoiler-free/

Those are all of the books I have bought/received this month!
Good Night Book Lions!