Happy end of daylight savings everyone! Colder weather is coming, which is the perfect excuse to sneak into bed a little earlier and snuggle up with a good book. There’s nothing I like better!
I’d love to get some book tips from you, so please tell me in the comments what you’re reading and whether you’re enjoying it. Or what your favourite book is.
Here’s what’s on my bedside table right now:
by R.J. Palacio
“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”
Because of the way he looks, Auggie Pullman’s never been to school. He just wants to be treated like everyone else, but how can that happen when he looks so different?
This is a story that will both make you laugh and break your heart. It’s unusual in that different chapters are in the point of view of different characters. The reader not only gets to know Auggie, but the people around him as well.
This is one of the best books I’ve ever read and I highly recommend it.
My favourite quote from Wonder:
“Hey, if they want to give me a medal for being me, that’s okay. I’ll take it. I didn’t destroy a Death Star or anything like that, but I did just get through the fifth grade. And that’s not easy, even if you’re not me.”
Looking For Alaska
By John Green
John Green is one of my favourite writers. I can’t wait for The Fault In Our Stars to come out as a movie, and I really hope it’s even half as awesome as the book.
Looking For Alaska is not your typical boy-meets-girl story. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s off to boarding school and in search of the ‘Great Perhaps’. He finds Alaska Young, a human hurricane who swirls him into her world, snatches his heart, then tears him apart. It’s a wild ride of a book that made me giggle uncontrollably and wipe away tears.
This one’s for older readers. If you’re a teenager looking for a book that pulls no punches, give it a try.
My favourite quote from Looking For Alaska:
“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”
By Louis Sachar
Sentenced to Camp Green Lake for a crime he didn’t commit, Stanley Yelnats is forced to spend all day digging holes in a dry lake under a punishing sun. Stanley blames the family curse for his bad luck and tries to make the best of things. But he soon discovers that there’s a reason the cruel warden has them digging holes.
This is a very clever book, and I loved the way all the connections were slowly revealed. How is a centuries-old curse connected to a pair of shoes falling from the sky, connected to Kissing Kate Barlow, an outlaw of the Wild West? Read Holes to find out!
My favourite quote from Holes:
“It was all because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather!”
Daughter of Smoke and Bone
By Laini Taylor
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
This is the first book of a series of three. I read and enjoyed the first two, and the third one (Dreams of Gods and Monsters) has just come out and I can’t wait to read it!
If you’re a teenager looking for an exceptional fantasy series and great characters to sigh over, get into this one and you won’t be sorry. Now I’ve got to run, I’ve got a book to read…
My favourite quotes from Daughter of Smoke and Bone:
“Loneliness is worse when you return to it after a reprieve—like the soul’s version of putting on a wet bathing suit, clammy and miserable.”
“It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry ‘Monster!’ and looked behind him.”