30 Days of Books – A book you love but everyone else hates

30 Days of Books – Day Eight – A book you love but everyone else hates.

Uh oh.  I’m about to shoot myself in the foot.

Okay – I admit it.  For all you Twi-hards out there…I am 100% Team Jacob.  I love him.  So obviously one of my favourite books is New Moon (the second book in the Twilight Series) by Stephenie Meyers.

SPOILER ALERT!!

(Seriously – stop reading here unless you’ve read the book)

I know why most people don’t like this book. Edward (the vampire) isn’t in most of it.

In this book Edward leaves and breaks Bella’s heart and most people read this book JUST to see when Edward comes back.  No one really gives Jacob a chance.

I heard somewhere that you have to read New Moon twice – the first time, you are just waiting for Edward to return.  But the second time, you fall in love with Jacob – and that is so true.

Go Team Jacob!  (I hope you all still love me in spite of this little confession)

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30 Days of Books – My Guilty Pleasure

30 Days of Books – Day Seven – My Guilty Pleasure

Hi.  My name is Adrienne and I’m a Roswell High Addict.  That’s right – my guilty pleasure is the entire Roswell High Series (all 10 books) by Melinda Metz.

I love these books so much – they sit on my top self right beside my Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia Books.

It all started with the TV show (which I own all 3 seasons as well) and I HAD to have more Max and Liz.  So I started reading the books – fell in love – and the rest is history.

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30 Days of Books – Favourite Hero

30 Days of Books – Day Six – Favorite Hero

Easy one – JACE from the Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare.  I first meet Jace in THE CITY OF BONES.  He’s a witty charming shadow-hunter who kicks demon ass and is covered in tattoos (swoon) but that’s not the main reason why I love him.

I love him because he’s not perfect.  I love his twisted outlook on everything.  He’s never serious when he should be.  He makes jokes and inappropriate comments that makes me smile in even the most dire circumstances for the characters.  Sometimes, he dripping with sarcasm and wit and I just can’t help but love him.

In case you didn’t know this – but City of Bones is becoming a movie.  They have cast Lily Collins as Clary Fray (Jace’s Love Interest) but they haven’t cast Jace yet.  (I can’t WAIT to see who they pick).

I’m currently reading the fourth book in the Mortal Instrument series and I still love Jace.  He has yet to let me down 🙂

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30 Days of Books – Favourite Classic Book

30 Days of Books – Day Five – My Favourite Classic Book

I haven’t read a lot of the classics yet but I have read a few by Jane Austen and Emma is by far the best.

In fact – I love it so much… I have two copies of this book sitting on my bookshelf.  One I’ve written notes all over and the other I’ve kept clean.  Call me a nerd (although I prefer to the term geek) but I like to highlight phrases and sentences that I love.

Plus – I have a huge crush on Mr. Knightley!

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30 Days of Books – A book that makes you sad

30 Days of Books – Day Four – A book that makes you sad.

I’ve read a lot of books that don’t have happy endings, but the one that pulled on my heart-strings the hardest had to be My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

On a class trip to New York (many years ago) one of my classmates broke out into tears.  When we asked if she was okay, she explained it was because she was reading this book and just couldn’t hold it in.  Immediately – I was curious.  A few days later, I completely understood what she meant.

The story is about a family (Mom, Dad, Big Brother, Middle Sister Kate and Little Sister Anna) and how they deal when Kate’s cancer requires her little sister Anna to donate a kidney.  But 13 year old Anna hires a lawyer to fight for medical emancipation, even though she was a conceived to be a perfect match for Kate when Kate was first diagnosed.  (There is so much more to this – you have to read the book to fully understand.)

Also – if you’ve seen the movie (the one with Cameron Diaz) you NEED to read the book.  The ending was dramatically changed in the movie and isn’t as good as the book.

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30 Days of Books – A Book you’ve read countless times

30 Days of Books – Day Three – A book you have read countless times.

This is an easy one! The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis.  I can’t even fathom how many times I’ve read this book.  My mom bought me the complete series (Chronicles of Narnia) for Christmas when I was little.  And although I have read all 7 books a few times – it’s this one that continues to reign as my all-time favourite.

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30 Days of Books – A book you started but never finished

30 Days of Books – Day Two – Name a Book you started reading but never finished.

Well.  This is embarrassing.  And I’m sure somewhere my Grade Nine English teacher is shocked and appalled. But I’ll let you all in on a little secret…

I never finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  I know I should be ashamed.  Many claim it’s the best book ever written.

I was assigned to read it for my English class.  But, I had too many other books I wanted to read so I stopped reading this one half way through and instead just wrote all my essays and assignments on the first half of the book.  (To this day – I have no idea how it ended).

And believe it or not – I passed my English class with flying colours.

So…should I finish it?

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30 Days of Books – Best Book read in 2010

30 Days of Books – Day One – What was the best book you read in 2010?

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins was amazing. And Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick was superb.  But I have to give this award to the fabulous dystopian zombie novel The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan.

Each character is so well-defined by their fears, dreams, and hopes that your heart will ache for each one of them, but in very different ways.

I read this in the Spring of 2010, and can still remember some of the scenes so clearly in my head, it’s as if I just read the book yesterday.  That’s how I define a great novel – one that stays with you and calls to you long after you’ve closed it and placed it back on the bookshelf.

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December – January Reading List

Matched by Ally Condie

Cassia lives in a society where everything is chosen for you.  At 17 years old, she gets matched with her future husband – Xander who is her childhood friend and neighbour. But something goes wrong, and for a second she sees Ky’s face on her matching screen.  And then she begins to wonder – can the society make mistakes?

Why I read it: I heard a lot of hype about it and loved the blurb on the back cover.

Was I disappointed: Absolutely not!  This book was amazing.

Favourite Character: Xander – he’s the sweetest person and everything he does just makes me love him more.

Best Moment: When she breaks the glass/frame holding the piece of material from her matching dress.  It’s a really defining moment – the kind that haunts you long after you’re done the book.

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner

All through her childhood, Addie knew she could depend on her best friend Val.  But after a betrayal in high school, they drift apart and Addie believes she’ll never see Val again.  However, fifteen years later, Val shows up on Addie’s front door scared with blood on her coat.  And Addie is the only one that can help her…

Why I read it: My best friend Sara let me borrow it

Was I disappointed: Nope.  I laughed my butt off.

Best Moment: When Val and Addie “almost” rob the bank.  I re-read that part over and over again because it was well written and it was a perfect example of who these characters were.

Would I read it again: Of course!  It was entertaining, witty, smart, humorous, depressing, and inspiring.

Crescendo (2nd in Hush Hush Series) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Patch is now Nora’s guardian angel, but even though they should be closer than ever, Patch seems to be pulling away and to Nora’s horror – moving towards the mean-hot girl Marcie.  But other things are bothering Nora – like her having visions of her dead father – and since she can’t go to Patch for answers, she begins to start poking her nose in places that she shouldn’t be. Dangerous places.  And soon discovers dark secrets …secrets that will get her killed…

Why I read it: Because I loved the first one.  I wanted to read this earlier but I had too many “to read” books to get through.

Best moment: Any time Patch was flirting with Nora.

Would I read it again: I will when the third book comes out.  The plot in this book was a little tricky to follow (a lot of time jumping and family relations to remember).  Not that I’m complaining.

The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard

Reading the journal of the high-society girl he was secretly involved with for a year helps high school senior Colt cope with her death and come closer to understanding why she needed him while continuing to be the girlfriend of a wealthy classmate.

Why I read it: I wanted to read something that didn’t have a vampire / werewolf / angel / time machine, etc.

Did I like it:  Yes – It was beautifully written.  I was worried about reading from a boy’s point of view (especially since the author is female) but by the second page my concerns were at rest.  I loved the genuine feel in this novel and truly enjoyed being in Colt’s mind.

Best Moment: The Thanksgiving dinner scene when his brother announces some big news.  I had a similar moment many years ago and had a good laugh reading this.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

When Bruno’s father, a Nazi Soldier, is promoted the whole family has to move to a place where there are no other children to play with and a fence that stretches far and cuts off Bruno from the other strangely dressed people. But while out exploring, Bruno meets another boy (from the other side of the fence) and they start a friendship that has devastating consequences.

Why I read it: I found it at the Arnprior Public Library and was intrigued by the back blurb.  So I kept reading…

Was I disappointed: No.  But I was surprised.  This book was amazingly easy to read even though the topics are harder to swallow.  It’s told from Bruno’s point of view and he talks like any child, not fully understanding everything he sees.  (Room by Emma Donoghue is also like this)

Best Moment: I hate to say it – because it’s also the most heartbreaking.  But that last chapter is haunting.  I don’t want to ruin it for anyone but if you have read it – then you know EXACTLY what I mean.

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What should I read next?

I’m almost finished Across the Universe by Beth Revis. What should I read next.

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