Some of my Favorite Books

Summer is a big reading time for me and is just around the corner. 

I always start to think of the books I want to read and start making lists. 

And since we had a giveaway cancel this week,

I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my ALL TIME FAVORITE books. 

 

These books are books that I always recommend to my friends and family and several of them I have read more than once. 

These also are books that are pretty clean. 

Most of them are also Young Adult books which also happen to be my favorite genre.

I used to read a lot of adult fiction but got really tired of all the extra “junk” that would get thrown into the storyline. 

Here I will give you a very brief summary of the book without plots etc. as you can find those all over the internet.

I just left you with a few of my personal feelings and thoughts about the book.

 

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The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

This is the first book in a series of 3.  I loved the Goose Girl and read it to my kids who all enjoyed it. 

My 12 year old son even read it again on his own. 

The other books in the series are Enna Burning and River Secrets.

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The Graceling by Kristin Cashore

This is also the first book in a three part series.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  This book was one that I did not want to put down. 

It was full of adventure and I loved the development of the main character.  I enjoyed the sequel Fire as well.

The third book, Bitterblue is due out soon and is on my pre-order list from Amazon.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

It would seem I like book series…as this is another trilogy which includes Catching Fire and MockingJay.

I loved the first book and enjoyed the others but not quite as much as I did the first. 

This series had some dark themes to it that I decided not to let my younger 10 year old read.

My my teenager read them and enjoyed them as well.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This book is set during World War II in Germany so it will also deal with some dark themes. 

But I loved this book and the message. 

It was written from an interesting perspective and it took me a while to get used to it…but I LOVED it!

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

I almost didn’t read this book because of the name!  But I am so glad I did. 

It took me a little bit to get into it…but keep going.  It will be worth it and soon you will be hooked.

I wanted to do a lot of research about the area after reading this book.

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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

This is also a trilogy which includes The Pretties, The Specials and The Extras

The books have a futuristic theme but really had me interested and made me think about a lot of different things. 

I liked the first two books a lot and then tried to listen to the third book on CD.  The narrator’s voice drove me crazy to listen to. 

So I have yet to finish it.  I think I will add that to my “summer reads” list.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I have enjoyed this classic ever since I first read it in Jr. High English. 

This one always gets me thinking.  Not a book that I read lightly. 

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Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

This is another book by the author of The Goose Girl.  I really like most of her books.

My son also enjoyed reading this book. 

He wouldn’t admit it to his friends, but it has a lot more adventure in it and not a lot of princesses.

Although your daughter’s will enjoy it too!

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I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I really enjoyed this book and the overall feeling I had when reading it. 

I would recommend it as a good summer read. 

It was just a easy going read and sometimes you just need a book like that.

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Sarah:  Women of Genesis Series by Orson Scott Card

Okay…another trilogy here.  I loved, LOVED this series! 

The other books are Rebecca, and then the third book was split into two separate books Rachel and Leah part I and Rachel and Leah part II

The only gripe I have about this series is that I read through them like a crazy person. 

Then when I went to check out the second book for Rachel and Leah, I was informed that it wasn’t written yet. 

Apparently Orson Scott Card does that and has several unfinished series. 

So, I was left hanging!  But I would read them again.

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Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

This book was heartbreaking.  I just have to tell you that in the very beginning. 

But I loved the story and I was rivetted. 

This was a book that I could not put down…

you know the kind you neglect everything for when you are reading it.

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

This is one of my most recent favorite reads.  I recommend it to all my friends. 

It has such a great message in a difficult era of our history. 

The only problem I had with this book was that I was not ready for it to end.  

And it did.  I loved the characters in this book and felt like the author did a great job of developing them for us.

 

 I need help compiling my list for the upcoming summer months!  I would love to hear from you.  What are some of your favorite books?