I read. A lot. Its my favorite pastime. I love to read so much, that after compiling my grocery list at a super bowl party (cause I was bored as hell), I contemplated grabbing a book off my sweet host’s shelves and diving right in. Hence, the name “nerd.”
I have read over 50 books in the last year, and I loved most of them. You can probably guess I have about that many to recommend. I will keep this list to 10, and will try to keep the review to one or two sentences. Think I can do it?!?!?! Awesome. Let’s do this.
*Warning: these are mostly teen fiction of the supernatural variety.
1. Mortal Instruments series (3 books, beginning with “City of Bones”), by Cassandra Clare – In my humble opinion, this series is better than the Twilight series, and I’m a HUGE Twilight fan, so that’s saying a lot. This series has vampires and werewolves, angels and demons, magic and, my personal favorite, forbidden love.
2. Hunger Games series (3 books, beginning with “The Hunger Games”), by Suzanne Collins – This book is a mindblowing thrill ride. Its unlike anything you’ve read…ever! Every year, the futuristic country of Panem forces 24 teenagers (12 girls, 12 boys) to fight to the death. This is a story of survival and love. And you will not want to put it down!
3. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (3 books, beginning with “A Great and Terrible Beauty”), by Libba Bray – British schoolgirls + magic = awesome.
4. Luxe series (4 books, beginning with “Luxe”), by Anna Godberson (You can read the first book for free here.) – Tales of young girls in New York’s high society at the turn of the 20th century. Turns out they will do just about anything to get what they want….
5. “Hush, Hush”, by Becca Fitzpatrick – Kind of Twilight-esque, but nice to read, nonetheless. Girl meets mysterious brooding boy. Girl and mysterious boy fall in love. Bad things happen because of it. You know, the usual. But very nicely written. Me likey.
6. “Going Bovine”, by Libba Bray – The funniest book I’ve ever read, srsly! Unlike the majority of my books, this one is narrated by a guy. This particular guy has come down with mad cow disease and decides to go off on a crazy world-saving adventure with a mexican dwarf and a talking garden gnome. I was hooked with the first paragraph.
7. “The Lovely Bones”, by Alice Sebold – Okay, this book is freaky. I’m not gonna lie, it will disturb you. You may even have trouble sleeping. But it was a FANTASTIC book! Please read before you see the movie. You will understand (and expect) all of the movie’s freakiness that way.
8. “Graceling”, by Kristin Cashore – In this imaginary land, some people, called Gracelings, are born with special talents. These talents can be as simple as swimming or archery. Whatever their Grace is, they are the best at it. They rarely fail. But Katsa, the main character, is born with the Grace to kill. Yeah, she’s badass.
9. The Underland Chronicles (5 books, beginning with “Gregor the Overlander”), by Suzanne Collins – Okay, so this is totally a children’s series, but one that I will read again very soon. Its about a boy who discovers this strange land under New York City, full of giant baby-worshipping cockroaches, giant talking rats, and, incredibly, an entire society of humans.
10. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (5 books, beginning with “The Lightning Thief”), by Rick Riordan – I enjoyed the Underland series so much, that I wanted to try another children’s series. I’ve only read the first book and part of the second, but I was not disappointed in the least. Can’t wait to see this movie!!!
Wow. If you count all of the sequels, that’s a total of 27 books!!!! So go get your read on peeps!
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