Monthly Reads: September 2018

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The Art of French Cooking Kissing
by Brianna R. Shrum 

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Series: no
Published: June 5th 2018
Rating: Needed more food. And a likable MC.
Times read: 1
Recommended by: I was looking for food books

From Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Carter Lane has wanted to be a chef since she was old enough to ignore her mom's warnings to stay away from the hot stove. And now she has the chance of a lifetime: a prestigious scholarship competition in Savannah, where students compete all summer in Chopped style challenges for a full-ride to one of the best culinary schools in the country. The only impossible challenge ingredient in her basket: Reid Yamada.

After Reid, her cute but unbearably cocky opponent, goes out of his way to screw her over on day one, Carter vows revenge, and soon they're involved in a full-fledged culinary war. Just as the tension between them reaches its boiling point, Carter and Reid are forced to work together if they want to win, and Carter begins to wonder if Reid's constant presence in her brain is about more than rivalry. And if maybe her desire to smack his mouth doesn't necessarily cancel out her desire to kiss it. 


The Art of Baking BlindbySarah Vaughan

The Art of Baking Blind
bySarah Vaughan

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Series: no
Published: May 5th 2015 
Rating: Yum
Times read: 1
Recommended by: Listen, I need food books in my life, okay.

From Goodreads:

There are many reasons to bake: to feed; to create; to impress; to nourish; to define ourselves; and, sometimes, it has to be said, to perfect. But often we bake to fill a hunger that would be better filled by a simple gesture from a dear one. We bake to love and be loved. 

In 1966, Kathleen Eaden, cookbook writer and wife of a supermarket magnate, published The Art of Baking, her guide to nurturing a family by creating the most exquisite pastries, biscuits and cakes. Now, five amateur bakers are competing to become the New Mrs. Eaden. There's Jenny, facing an empty nest now that her family has flown; Claire, who has sacrificed her dreams for her daughter; Mike, trying to parent his two kids after his wife's death; Vicki, who has dropped everything to be at home with her baby boy; and Karen, perfect Karen, who knows what it's like to have nothing and is determined her facade shouldn't slip.

As unlikely alliances are forged and secrets rise to the surface, making the choicest pastry seems the least of the contestants' problems. For they will learn--as Mrs. Eaden did before them--that while perfection is possible in the kitchen, it's very much harder in life, in Sarah Vaughan's The Art of Baking Blind. 


That Inevitable Victorian Thingby E.K. Johnston

That Inevitable Victorian Thing
by E.K. Johnston

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Series: no
Published: October 3rd 2017 
Rating: DNF
Times read: 1
Recommended by: The cover is very pretty

From Goodreads:

Set in a near-future world where the British Empire was preserved, not by the cost of blood and theft but by effort of repatriation and promises kept, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendant of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she'll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire's greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria.


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver
by Maggie Stiefvater

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Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1
Published: August 1st 2009 
Rating: Sam is a precious cinnamon roll. Full review of Shiver here
Times read: 2
Recommended by: Much like on Wednesday we wear pink in the Fall I read Stiefvater.

From Goodreads:

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever. 


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer,  Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

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Series: no
Published: July 29th 2008
Rating: touching
Times read: 2
Recommended by: reread before watching the movie

From Goodreads:

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” 

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb…. 

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. 

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever. 

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.


Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger
by Maggie Stiefvater

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Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2
Published: July 13th 2010
Rating: Cole is a lovable asshole. Full review of Linger here.
Times read: 2
Recommended by: as stated before it is fall

From Goodreads:

the longing.
Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.
the loss.
Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being a human. 
the linger.
For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life a constant struggle between two forces--wolf and human--with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough? 


On the Fenceby Kasie West

On the Fence
by Kasie West

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Rating:
Times read: 1
Recommended by:

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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1 )byMaggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater

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Series: The Raven Cycle, #1
Published: September 18th 2012
Rating: Oh, the writing
Times read: 3
Recommended by: All the internetz.

From Goodreads:

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisineby Sarah Lohman

Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine
by Sarah Lohman

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Series: no
Published: December 6th 2016 
Rating: Convincing
Times read: 1
Recommended by: I was looking for more food books

From Goodreads:

This unique culinary history of America offers a fascinating look at our past and uses long-forgotten recipes to explain how eight flavors changed how we eat.

The United States boasts a culturally and ethnically diverse population which makes for a continually changing culinary landscape. But a young historical gastronomist named Sarah Lohman discovered that American food is united by eight flavors: black pepper, vanilla, curry powder, chili powder, soy sauce, garlic, MSG, and Sriracha. In Eight Flavors, Lohman sets out to explore how these influential ingredients made their way to the American table.

She begins in the archives, searching through economic, scientific, political, religious, and culinary records. She pores over cookbooks and manuscripts, dating back to the eighteenth century, through modern standards like How to Cook Everythingby Mark Bittman. Lohman discovers when each of these eight flavors first appear in American kitchens—then she asks why.

Eight Flavors introduces the explorers, merchants, botanists, farmers, writers, and chefs whose choices came to define the American palate. Lohman takes you on a journey through the past to tell us something about our present, and our future. We meet John Crowninshield, a New England merchant who traveled to Sumatra in the 1790s in search of black pepper. And Edmond Albius, a twelve-year-old slave who lived on an island off the coast of Madagascar, who discovered the technique still used to pollinate vanilla orchids today. Weaving together original research, historical recipes, gorgeous illustrations and Lohman’s own adventures both in the kitchen and in the field, Eight Flavors is a delicious treat—ready to be devoured. 


The Dream Thievesby Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves
by Maggie Stiefvater

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Series: The Raven Cycle, #2
Published: September 17th 2013 
Rating: Full review of the Dream Thieves here
Times read: 3
Recommended by: The whole bookish world.

From Goodreads:

The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…


Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue
byMaggie Stiefvater

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Series: The Raven Cycle, #3
Published: October 21st 2014 
Rating: so pretty
Times read: 3
Recommended by: Not kidding, it is because it is fall

From Goodreads:

The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. 

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.


The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Witches
by Roald Dahl

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Series: no
Published: October 27th 1983
Rating: still creepy
Times read: so so so many times
Recommended by: One of the girls in my book club reminded me of it.

From Goodreads:

This is not a fairy-tale. This is about real witches. Real witches don't ride around on broomsticks. They don't even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, cunning, detestable creatures who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. So how can you tell when you're face to face with one? Well, if you don't know yet you'd better find out quickly-because there's nothing a witch loathes quite as much as children and she'll wield all kinds of terrifying powers to get rid of them.


The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4) byMaggie Stiefvater

The Raven King
byMaggie Stiefvater

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Series: The Raven Cycle, #4
Published: April 26th 2016
Rating: I love these books
Times read: 3
Recommended by: Stop judging me

From Goodreads:

The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.


Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner

Fake Blood
by Whitney Gardner

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Series: no
Published: September 4th 2018 
Rating: makes me smile
Times read: 1
Recommended by: twitter and the Hey YA podcast

From Goodreads:

It’s the beginning of the new school year and AJ feels like everyone is changing but him. He hasn’t grown or had any exciting summer adventures like his best friends have. He even has the same crush he’s harbored for years. So AJ decides to take matters into his own hands. But how could a girl like Nia Winters ever like plain vanilla AJ when she only has eyes for vampires?

When AJ and Nia are paired up for a group project on Transylvania, it may be AJ’s chance to win over Nia’s affection by dressing up like the vamp of her dreams. And soon enough he’s got more of Nia’s attention than he bargained for when he learns she’s a slayer.

Now AJ has to worry about self-preservation while also trying to save everyone he cares about from a real-life threat lurking in the shadows of Spoons Middle School. 


The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker
by Jen Wang

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Series: no
Published: February 13th 2018
Rating: OMG the cute
Times read: 1
Recommended by: twitter and the Hey YA podcast

From Goodreads:

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart. 


Prison Island: A Graphic Memoir by Colleen Frakes

Prison Island: A Graphic Memoir
by Colleen Frakes

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Series: no
Published: September 1st 2015
Rating: much relatable
Times read: 1
Recommended by: The Hey YA podcast

From Goodreads:

McNeil Island in Washington state was the home of the last prison island in the United States, accessible only by air or sea. It was also home to about fifty families, including Colleen Frakes's. Her parents—like nearly everyone else on the island—both worked in the prison, where her father was the prison’s captain and her mother worked in security. In this engaging graphic memoir, a Xeric and Ignatz Award-winning comics artist, Colleen Frakes, tells the story of a typical girl growing up in atypical circumstances. 


Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda
byRoald Dahl

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Series: no
Published: October 1st 1988
Rating: we are all Matilda
Times read: so many times
Recommended by: I was reminded that it was the 30th anniversary by the article in the Guardian.

From Goodreads:

Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she's knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she's a super-nerd and the teacher's pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda's world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there's the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Miss ("The") Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge.

She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings.


Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)
by Laini Taylor

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Series: Strange the Dreamer, #1
Published: March 28th 2017
Rating: Full review of Strange the Dreamer here
Times read: 3
Recommended by: reread in anticipation of Muse of Nightmares on Tuesday.

From Goodreads:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before By Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
By Jenny Han

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Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1
Published: April 15th 2014
Rating: Full review of Book Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before here
Times read: 2
Recommended by: reread after watching the movie

From Goodreads:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.


Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim 

Mariam Sharma Hits the Road
by Sheba Karim 

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Series: no
Published: June 5th 2018 
Rating: i’m torn
Times read: 1
Recommended by: twitter and the Hey YA podcast

From Goodreads:

The summer after her freshman year in college, Mariam is looking forward to working and hanging out with her best friends: irrepressible and beautiful Ghazala and religious but closeted Umar. But when a scandalous photo of Ghaz appears on a billboard in Times Square, Mariam and Umar come up with a plan to rescue her from her furious parents. And what better escape than New Orleans?

The friends pile into Umar's car and start driving south, making all kinds of pit stops along the way--from a college drag party to a Muslim convention, from alarming encounters at roadside diners to honky-tonks and barbeque joints. 

Along with the adventures, the fun banter, and the gas station junk food, the friends have some hard questions to answer on the road. With her uncle's address in her pocket, Mariam hopes to learn the truth about her father (and to make sure she didn't inherit his talent for disappearing). But as each mile of the road trip brings them closer to their own truths, they know they can rely on each other, and laughter, to get them through.


Pride by Ibi Zoboi 

Pride 
by Ibi Zoboi 

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Series: no
Published: September 18th 2018 
Rating: We all deserved this
Times read: 1
Recommended by: co-reading with a friend

From Goodreads:

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable. 

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.


A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir 

A Torch Against the Night
by Sabaa Tahir 

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Series: An Ember in the Ashes #2
Published: August 30th 2016 
Rating: Full review of A Torch Against the Night
Times read: 2
Recommended by: reread before getting to Reaper at the Gates

From Goodreads:

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

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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.” 

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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” 

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