Monthly Reads: November 2017

Monthly Reads: November 2017

I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached

I Remember Beirut
by Zeina Abirached,

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Series: no
Published: January 1st 2008
Rating: necessary
Times read: 1
Recommended by: I found it in my schools library

“Nothing distinguishes memories from ordinary moments. Only later do they make themselves known, from their scars. - Chris Marker”

The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens by Brooke Hauser

The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens
by Brooke Hauser

 

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Series: no
Published: September 20th 2011
Rating: educationally energizing
Times read: 1
Recommended by: I found it on amazon when I was making a book list for Dreamers

“She thinks that charm is a form of intelligence, and she respects the intelligence.” 

Six of Crows  by Leigh Bardugo 

Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo 

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Series:  Six of Crows #1
Release date: September 29th 201
Rating: Full review of Six of Crows
Times read: 2
Recommended by: pretty much everyone who has ever read it

“When everyone knows you're a monster, you needn't waste time doing every monstrous thing."

The Raven Boys  by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater

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Series: The Raven Cycle #1
Published: September 18th 2012
Rating: life ruining
Times read: 2
Recommended by: Gillian at Writer of Wrongs

“She wasn't interested in telling other people's futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.” 

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee 

Tash Hearts Tolstoy
by Kathryn Ormsbee 

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Series: no
Published: June 6th 2017
Rating: review to come, I swear!
Times read: 1
Recommended by: My friend Gabrielle

“If you want a chance at being happy, exist. Because yes, life can suck, but as long as you're alive, there's a chance you can be happy.”

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 

The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman 

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Series: no
Published: September 30th 2008
Rating: I just won't shut up abou this book
Times read: 5?
Recommended by: I picked it up in a bookstore in 2008

“'Name the different kinds of people,’ said Miss Lupescu. ‘Now.’
Bod thought for a moment. ‘The living,’ he said. ‘Er. The dead.’ He stopped. Then, ‘... Cats?’ he offered, uncertainly.” 

 Such a cute cover

Such a cute cover

Kids Like Us
by Hilary Reyl

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Series: no
Published: November 14th 2017
Rating: I needed this
Times read: 1
Recommended by: Cait at Paperfury

"Layla says that neurotypical people project on us a lot. They think we can be happy only if we become like them. They don’t understand that the way we are is the only way we can be, like having blue eyes, or being male or female, or being human even. It’s not something we can change, Layla says, and they should stop making us try. I’m not sure what my own opinion about this is, but I think about it more than once every day."

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH  by Robert C. O'Brien

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
by Robert C. O'Brien

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Series: (Rats of NIMH #1)
Published: 1971
Rating: One of my favorite children's books
Times read: 10ish
Recommended by: I saw the film version as a little girl and found this in the library when I was about seven.

“When you’ve lived in a cage, you can’t bear not to run, even if what you’re running towards is an illusion.” 

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater 

The Dream Thieves
by Maggie Stiefvater 

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Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Release date: September 17th 2013
Rating: Full review of The Dream Thieves
Times read: 2
Recommended by: Gillian at Writer of Wrongs

“In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them. Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness. Her raven boys.” 

Here Lies Daniel Tate
by Cristin Terrill 

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Series: no
Published: June 6th 2017
Rating: unsettling
Times read: 1
Recommended by: Cait at Paperfury

“All of my life I'd tried to be invisible, and that gave the power to everyone else.” 

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives
by Dashka Slater

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Series: no
Published: October 17th 2017
Rating: whoa
Times read: 1
Recommended by: Gabrielle again

“Because I’m going to make you understand the family motto: Never let your obstacles become more important than your goal.” 

What have you been reading?

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Monthly Reads: October 2017

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I got to quite a few books this month that I have been meaning to get to for a long while.


Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff 

Nevernight
by Jay Kristoff 

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Series: (The Nevernight Chronicle #1)
Published: August 9th 2016
Rating: #stabstabstab

“The books we love, they love us back. And just as we mark our places in the pages, those pages leave their marks on us. I can see it in you, sure as I see it in me. You're a daughter of the words. A girl with a story to tell.”

Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo 

Up to This Pointe
by Jennifer Longo 

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Series: no
Published: January 19th 2016
Rating: Brrr...

“...Your love is evident,' she says. 'But, darling, sometimes the ballet does not love us back.” 

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali 

Saints and Misfits
by S.K. Ali 

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Series: no
Published: June 13th 2017
Rating: How is a book this serious this adorable?

“I can't imagine what it means to love everyone. But I'm just going to start right here, by loving a bit more of myself. And maybe the rest will follow.”

A Certain Slant of Light  by Laura Whitcomb 

A Certain Slant of Light
by Laura Whitcomb 

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Series: (Light #1)
Published: September 21st 2005
Rating: hauntingly beautiful

“I couldn't take my eyes off him. Like a desert wanderer afraid of mirages, I gazed at my oasis, but he was real.” 

Under the Light (Light #2) by Laura Whitcomb 

Under the Light
by Laura Whitcomb 

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Series: (Light #2)
Published: May 14th 2013
Rating: Pretty but kind of a letdown.

“Be a sparrow, I told myself. Be silent and fly away. No one will bother you if you disappear.” 

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Scarlet
by A.C. Gaughen 

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Series: (Scarlet #1)
Published: February 14th 2012
Rating: I ship it... but kind of meh...

“I know what it's like when you can't get no one to listen to you. When what you say don't matter. I half think every girl knows what it's like to be silenced.” 

Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani

Same Sun Here
by Silas House and Neela Vaswani

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Series: no
Published: February 14th 2012
Rating: Full review of Same Sun Here

“I liked how your teacher said we were 'kindred spirits'. I looked that up on m-w .com and it says that means we are related spirits, like family who is not blood family. I told Mamaw this and she said, 'Sometimes that's the best family of all.” 

Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi

Autofocus
by Lauren Gibaldi

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Series: no
Published: June 14th 2016
Rating: on a journey

“I look at him, and he leans forward, touching my arm. "I think it's up to you, to be who you want.” 

Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock 

Just Friends
by Tiffany Pitcock 

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Series: no
Published: August 1st 2017
Rating: Meh. Maybe I just don't like romance?

“Screw Robert Frost anyway, what did he know about the road less traveled? Because the road less traveled now led straight to public humiliation. The next time she had to make a choice that might affect her life forever, she was just going straight home."

That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim

That Thing We Call a Heart
by Sheba Karim 

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Series: no
Published: May 9th 2017
Rating: Full review of That Thing We Call a Heart

“It's easy when you're climbing something. Don't look down, or even too far ahead. Focus on where you are in that moment.”

 Just Fucking brilliant

Just Fucking brilliant

Dear Martin
by Nic Stone 

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Series: no
Published: October 17th 2017
Rating: Full review of Dear Martin

Yeah, there are no more ‘colored’ water fountains, and it’s supposed to be illegal to discriminate, but if I can be forced to sit on the concrete in too-tight cuffs when I’ve done nothing wrong, it’s clear there’s an issue. That things aren’t as equal as folks say they are.

Godsgrave  by Jay Kristoff

Godsgrave
by Jay Kristoff

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Series:(The Nevernight Chronicle #2)
Published: September 5th 2017
Rating: More stabbing and also cannon bisexualing (totally a word)

“She'd grown up inside books. No matter how dark life became, shutting out the hurt was as easy as opening a cover. A child of murdered parents and a failed rebellion, she'd still walked in the boots of scholars and warriors, queens and conquerors."

 The pictures in this edition make me happy

The pictures in this edition make me happy

The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Series: no
Published: 1911
Rating: nostalgia 

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” 

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner 

Goodbye Days
by Jeff Zentner 

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Series: no
Published: March 7th 2017
Rating: sobbing but happy

“For the most part, you don't hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet and perfect ways, from being alone.” 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone  by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke & Bone
by Laini Taylor 

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Series: (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1)
Published: September 27th 2011
Rating: Full review of Daughter of Smoke & Bone

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there's no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” 

 


The Opposite of Ordinary  by Jessica Sorensen 

The Opposite of Ordinary
by Jessica Sorensen 

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Series:The Heartbreaker Society #1
Published: October 16th 2016
Rating: Side-eyeing the stupid

"I confessed my confusion to Queeny because, bitch or not, she was my best friend."

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater 

The Scorpio Races
by Maggie Stiefvater 

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Series: no
Published:
Rating: Full review of The Scorpio Races

“There are moments that you'll remember for the rest of your life and there are moments that you think you'll remember for the rest of your life, and it's not often they turn out to be the same moment.”

 


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The Way Life Should Be
by Christina Baker Kline 

 

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Series: no
Published: July 31st 2007
Rating: yummy

“Every decision I make is determined solely by the spark and limitations of my own perspective” 

What did you read this month?

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Monthly Reads: September 2017

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Finally!  After what feels like a year I am starting to feel as if I am getting back on track with the reading.  Only 927 more books on my kindle to go. And no that number isn't an ecaggeration.  When I tell you that my TBR piles might kill me I wasn't joking. Favorites of the month: I Belive in a Thing Called Love; The Girl Who Drank the Moon; and How to be a Heroine.


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How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading Too Much
by Samantha Ellis 

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Series: no
Published: January 2nd 2014
Rating: mini review of How to Be a Heroine

“...all readings are provisional, and that maybe we read heroines for what we need from them at the time.” 

Five, Six, Seven, Nate!  by Tim Federle cover

Five, Six, Seven, Nate! 
by Tim Federle 

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Series: (Better Nate Than Ever #2)
Published: January 21st 2014
Rating: Middle School Approved

“Basically the most fun part about the first day of anything is buying all the supplies.” 

Better Nate Than Ever  by Tim Federle 

Better Nate Than Ever
by Tim Federle 

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Series: (Better Nate Than Ever #1)
Published: February 5th 2013
Rating: highly entertaining

“So what do you like about New York so much? That you would venture all the way here and not tell anyone?”
“Two boys were dancing together in a club,” I want to say, “and nobody stopped them.”

Book Scavenger  by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman 

Book Scavenger
by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman 

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Series: (Book Scavenger #1)
Published: June 2nd 2015
Rating: Trying to figure out how to steal this idea

“I appreciate my customers. And many of them are fine, fine people. But not all book people are good people. Don't mistake shared interests with shared ethics."

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Lucky in Love
by Kasie West 

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Series: no
Published: July 25th 2017
Rating: I like this better than the past several Kassie West books 


The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin cover

The Rules of Survival
by Nancy Werlin

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Series: no
Published: September 7th 2006
Rating: pretty intense

“No. It's actually not okay. And I hate when people say that, when they say it's okay even though it's not. It's better to tell the truth.” 

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Welcome Home
by Eric Smith et al.

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Series: no
Published: September 5th 2017
Rating: heartfelt

“And love is work. But it's the best kind of work there is.” 

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly
by Stephanie Oakes 

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Series: no
Published: June 9th 2015
Rating: full review of The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

“I guess people can't be content without answers, even if they're wrong. We'd rather have a lie than a question that we can never know the answer to.” 

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Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books
by Cara Nicoletti 

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Series: no
Published: August 18th 2015
Rating: mini review of Voracious

“Realizing that your emotions and experiences aren't yours alone is one of the great powers of reading.” 

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo cover

I Believe in a Thing Called Love
by Maurene Goo 

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Series: No, but I wouldn't mind one
Published: May 30th 2017
Number of times read: 1
Rating: Full review of I Believe in a Thing Called Love

“I believed, and still believe, that you can build your dreams brick by brick. That you can accomplish anything with persistence.” 

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Just One Day
by Gayle Forman

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Series: Just One Day #1
Published: January 8th 2013
Rating: Full review of Just One Day

“Travelling's not something you're good at. It's something you do. Like breathing. You can't work too much at it, or it feels like work. You have to surrender yourself to the chaos. To the accidents.” 

Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Just One Year
by Gayle Forman

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Series: Just One Day #2
Published: October 10th 2013
Rating: pack your bags

“There’s a difference between losing something you knew you had and losing something you discovered you had. One is a disappointment. The other feels like losing a piece of yourself.”

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Just One Night
by Gayle Forman

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Series: Just One Day #2.5
Published: January 8th 2013
Rating: The wrap up I needed

“And the kiss feels like something completely new. But it also feels like something deeply known.”

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith cover

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by Jennifer E. Smith

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Series: no
Published: January 2nd 2012
Rating: cute

“It's not the changes that will break your heart; it's that tug of familiarity.” 

 Putting in the new cover because I love it. Look at Laia!  LOOK, at. Her! 

Putting in the new cover because I love it. Look at Laia!  LOOK, at. Her! 

An Ember in the Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir

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Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Release date: April 28th 2015
Rating: Full review of An Ember in the Ashes

“There are two kinds of guilt. The kind that's a burden and the kind that gives you purpose. Let your guilt be your fuel. Let it remind you of who you want to be.” 

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Guitar Notes
by Mary Amato 

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Series: no
Published: July 24th 2012
Rating: YA but reads like MG. Also, no romance. YES!

“Maybe it explains the reason why one person likes another. It's because their souls both thrum at the same frequency.”

A Model Crime  by Carolyn Keene cover

A Model Crime
by Carolyn Keene

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Series: (Nancy Drew Files #51)
Published: September 1st 1990
Rating: Did I just reread a Nancy Drew book that I vaguely remember from middle school? Yes, yes I did. Was America's Next Top Model based on this book? Pretty sure it was.

 


Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys

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Series: Sort of? Salt to the Sea has a character who is mentioned in this book.
Published: March 22nd 2011
Rating: Full review of Between Shades of Gray

“Sometimes there is such beauty in awkwardness.” 

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill cover

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill

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Series: no
Published: August 9th 2016
Rating: There is a dragon the size of a pigeon and OMG I want

“A story can tell the truth...but a story can also lie. Stories can bend and twist and obfuscate. Controlling stories is power indeed. And who could benefit most from such a power?” 

 


 I just got what this coer is showing.  Oh, man, my heart...

I just got what this coer is showing.  Oh, man, my heart...

Goodbye Days
by Jeff Zentner 

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Series: no
Published: March 7th 2017
Rating: So much sobbing

“I sometimes look at my bookshelf now and think about how someday I'm going to die without ever reading a lot of the books there. And one might be life-changingly good and I'll never know.” 

What were your favorite reads this month?

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