On the Bookshelf

In honor of it being the weekend, one of the few days I have to spend five hours reading, I’d like to share a few of my favorites with you and invite you to do the same! Here it goes:


Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

I have never been so quickly pulled into a world and so attached to characters than in this book. It takes place in a world where everything from school to dating is done digitally, which is an incredibly possible future. When Maddie, whose father is the creator of Digital School, meets Justin (romance!), she’s whisked away into the outside world where people (le gasp!) actually want to live a face-to-face existence. At first, I thought this was the only book in the series, and I was left with a terrible hole in my soul, but it turns out it’s part of a TRILOGY with a PREQUEL. OMG. Very highly recommended if you, like me, enjoy dystopia and romance.


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

1939. Nazi Germany. Narrated by Death himself. Liesel Meminger discovers she loves books, is taught to read by her foster father, and shares her books with her town and the Jewish man hidden in her basement during bomb raids. A brilliant read.


Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Everything is so genetically modified in yet another dystopian novel that men only live to be 25, and women only 20. The world is in a state of panic and geneticists race to fix their mistakes as young girls are sold off as brides to wealthy men. Lots of suspense and romance ensues when the protagonist, Rhine, marries a man who falls in love with her and at the same time, so does one of his servants. Part of a trilogy I could NOT put down.


Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Liz Gilbert is my idol and an incredible author. You will get lost in her travels as she discovers herself in Italy, India, and Indonesia. I never re-read books, and have read this one at least three times. Not once. Not twice. Thrice. It’s that good.


Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Part of the four-part Inheritance Cycle, which I have yet to finish. Eragon is a great escapist read, and follows the life of a teenage boy (you guessed it) Eragon, as he discovers a mysterious rock in a mountain range known as The Spine in his land of Alagaesia. If you enjoy the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings books, you’ll like this. Dragons, elves, battle, evil, truth, lies, AHH.


The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

A family mystery that flips back and forth in time. I couldn’t put this one down either, and although it’s a pretty thick book (560 pages), I finished it in two or three days. Maybe this isn’t impressive for you avid readers, but usually my attention span dwindles after 100 pages a session. Similar to another one of my favorites, The Secret Garden.


Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne

Honestly, you have no excuse not to read this because it’s free for Kindle because it’s a CLASSIC. Admittedly, it does begin a little slowly, but once the German Professor and his nephew (along with their trusty Icelandic guide) are in the volcano headed down through the Earth, you’ll forget all of your troubles and instead wonder what you’ve been doing on the outer crust all these years. Giants, mushroom forests, sea monsters, peril. Read it. Jules Verne is the man.


Matched by Ally Condie

In a (yes, dystopian…) world where the Society controls everything from your food rations to who you’ll marry, Cassia has to decide whether to play along or take her grandfather’s advice and question everything she has ever known when two faces flash on her port screen when she is Matched. To make matters worse, she knows both of them. One is her best friend, and one is a quiet boy from her class with more to tell than meets the eye. Like the inside cover says, “it’s the difference between passion and perfection”. Also part of a trilogy. I’m on the second book now, and am still completely engaged.


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Part of the Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy, a surprisingly engrossing romance between a human and a werewolf. Now, BEFORE you knock this, it is nothing like Twilight. I, too was very hesitant to read this when it mentioned werewolves, but I don’t think you’ll regret it. I was SO invested in Sam and Grace’s relationship and I think I cried a few times along the way, which is impressive.


A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Another trilogy, like nothing I hae ever read. Victorian gothic, magic, love. I can’t really explain it, so here is what Amazon says about it:

Gemma, 16, has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions “for a bit of fun” and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left wi! th the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the “others” and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.

Can you really say no at this point?

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Like music, I’m always looking for new books to devour and I’d love to hear what some of your favorites are! Leave a link to your blog so I can come say hi!


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