summer reading recommendations

It’s been a week!  Sorry I’ve been a bit busy lately.  Still, I am so glad it is summer and I am ready for more summer-themed posts (I hope you are too.)

To follow up from my last post, I thought I would share some of my personal summer reading recommendations.  On other blogs, in videos, and on Goodreads, you’ll probably see some posts or lists of recommended books.  Most likely, that list will contain several contemporary reads, several cutesy romance books, and a good majority of young adult books in general.

However, I, Faith, the Adventuring Girl, am here to bring you a list personalized by me – books that I love to read in the summer and that I think will benefit you this summer.

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

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I have read this story probably three or four times, and I simply love it.  The writing is well-done and the general story is really interesting.  I think everyone can relate with the main character, Sara Louise (Wheeze).  It’s set on an island during the 1940s, partially in the summer and partially during the school year.  I think it’s a historical but relatable and interesting story about a girl discovering herself.

Little Women by Lousia May Alcott

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This book is a pure classic. If you want to read something that features stuff about writing, sisters, friendship and love, and historical, practical feminism, read this book.  I’ve read it twice and it’s truly a sweet, heartwarming story.  And after you’re doe, watch the movie with Winona Ryder in it.  That’s really sweet too.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Image result for we were liarsI did not read this one in summer.  However, I think that since it is set in summer, it would be interesting to breeze through during the same months that the story is set in.  Also, it’s a thrilling (not in a thriller way, but in an interesting, can’t-put-down-way) and quick read.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve TucholkeImage result for wink poppy midnight

In a similar way, this book is a mystery and a bit of a psychological look into the idea of “hero” and “villian” and what is wrongdoing.  Yet it is a short read and it is set in summer.  Although it is a little creepy at one or two points and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone not a teenager, it’s a good summer read for some.

Lord of the Flies by William GoldingImage result for lord of the flies book

This book is disturbing but important.  For years, it’s been a highly acclaimed classic.  I read it for a summer class when I was around 12 or 13, but I would say it’s an older, more serious book.  If you want to read something increasingly influential this summer, I would suggest this book and the next one…

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

IImage result for to kill a mockingbird‘ve been wanting to read this one again, maybe once I finish my library books… Last, but definitely not least, I recommend this vital read to make your summer reading political and historical.  If you haven’t read this, read it.  And if you have read this, read it again.  Racism, one of the main topics of the book, is still an important issue in today’s society and it will continue to be for no one knows how long.  So I highly suggest this book for your summer and for your general thoughts throughout this season.

 

That’s all for now!  Comment down below (by clicking the message bubble with a plus in it) if you’ve read these, what your favorite summer books are, or what you’re reading now.

-Faith xx

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what i’ve been reading – mini-reviews

Welcome back.  It’s been a while.

I’ve read a few books since my last book post, and today I have some quick reviews for you.  For more book stuff – recommendations, ratings, and reviews, go check out my Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/64683880-faith).

Firstly, I finally finished 1984 by George Orwell a few weeks ago.

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4.5/5 

Wow – this book.  I think this is a really important story, especially for our generation with the world we are growing up in.  It’s basically the original dystopian.  My copy is bent and written in and underlined all over the place.  This book was very eye-opening but truly saddening.  Humanity is just screwed up.  So is fascism.

If you are interested in politics or a heavier read or a classic, read this book.  It definitely drags a little and the ending was dispiriting, but I would still give it a 4.5.

Next is Heartless by Marissa Meyer.

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I read this over Easter (https://adventuringirlblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/easter-weekend-recap/). It was a story about the Queen of Hearts before she was the Queen of Hearts, around when she was a teen.

I think the writing was pretty well done and the story was super engaging, but the ending just wrecked everything.  I completely understand sad endings (was that a spoiler? I don’t think so) when they have a point, but there was just no point – like what was the message of that sadness?  Why did the whole story matter besides being interesting then?  I did like the story, however.

Thirdly, I’ve got the historical fantasy book My Lady Jane.  

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4/5

This book was light-hearted and humorous.  Basically, the three authors changed the story of Lady Jane Grey and King Edward VI, so there was magic and a little bit of romance and adventure.

I think at some points of the book I was honestly annoyed.  It was kind of long and the writing was just a little irritating to me.  At first, I thought there was no substance to this book, but it actually is a lot of fun and considers the deep topic of sexism in historical governments in a light way.  Looking back on it, I actually do think I enjoyed this book.

That’s all for now.  Since it is summer break for me (!!!), I will be posting more.  Stay tuned.

– Faith xx

we were liars – book review

heya, hello, hey, hi.

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Guess what – I’m getting back into reading!  It started a week or two ago, a bit after I wrote my favorite novels post, when I went to the library.  I picked up several light fantasy and contemporary reads.  And the first one i read was this one, so… enjoy!

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Author – E. Lockhart

Publication – May 2014

Genre – YA contemporary

Rating – 4/5

This story is a captivating, edge-of-your-seat, can’t-put-down sort of novel.  It’s different from a standard YA novel in that the chapters are shorter and the book is shorter, as well.

In short, it’s about a sick girl from a rich family.  Every summer, her family goes to their private island and Cadence, the main character, adventures and frolics around with her two cousins and family friend – she calls their group “the Liars”.  Part of the story takes place in “summer fifteen” (the summer on the island when Cady was fifteen) and part of story takes place in “summer seventeen” as Cadence tries to piece together her memory and what happened two summers ago.

It really is a lovely but shocking mystery.  At the end, I was so shocked that the sadness didn’t hit me until the last chapter or two (if you’ve read the book, you know what I mean).

Also, it majorly reminded me of how much I love summer and I want it to come around again.

You should read this book if:

  1. you like contemporary or mystery or adventure stories
  2. you want it to be summer already
  3. you like innocent romance
  4. you like quick yet good reads

You shouldn’t read this book if:

  1. any of the above are decidedly false
  2. you’re not into good books

Other than that, I think it’s an awesome, easy book.  I didn’t especially relate to any of the characters, but it was certainly interesting.

Thanks for reading, let me know if you’ve read this book and we can chat in the comments.

Stay tuned – I’ve got some cool posts coming up 😉

— Faith xx

 

favorite novels

Hey friends.  I haven’t read very much this new year – I think I’ve only read four books in my free time so far.  I miss reading, but I’ve got several other things going on and several other things that I want to do, so it’s hard to do as much reading. Currently I’m reading 1984 by George Orwell (which is kind of a heavy read) and I’ve started a couple other books.

But today I thought I’d share with you my all time favorite novels and series. Continue reading

Wayfarer (Major-Spoiler Free) Review

Hey guys and gals.  It’s only been four days, but it feels like a bit longer.  I missed this.  But I just revamped my theme, if you didn’t notice.  Let me know what you think!  Also, I know some of you nominated me for tags/awards and I promise I will eventually get around to them 🙂  This, though, is a book post.

I’ve certainly been behind on my TBR, which I posted a while ago.  I’ve been trying to read them in order, just because I thought it would be more interesting and orderly.  However, I can’t get through Emma.  Well, I can, I’m just inching very very slowly. I’ll probably just move on to Fantastic Beasts and come back to Emma later.

But I have a surprise review for a surprise book!  While at Target some time ago, I saw this book – which is signed and has extra content and bought it, since I’ve read the first book, Passenger.  So here you go; enjoy.

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Etta Spencer didn’t know she was a traveler until the day she emerged both miles and years from her home. Now, robbed of the powerful object that was her only hope of saving her mother, Etta finds herself stranded once more, cut off from Nicholas-the eighteenth century privateer she loves-and her natural time. 

When Etta inadvertently stumbles into the heart of the Thorns, the renegade travelers who stole the astrolabe from her, she vows to finish what she started and destroy the astrolabe once and for all. Instead, she’s blindsided by a bombshell revelation from their leader, Henry Hemlock: he is her father. Suddenly questioning everything she’s been fighting for, Etta must choose a path, one that could transform her future. 

Still devastated by Etta’s disappearance, Nicholas has enlisted the unlikely help of Sophia Ironwood and a cheeky mercenary-for-hire to track both her and the missing astrolabe down. But as the tremors of change to the timeline grow stronger and the stakes for recovering the astrolabe mount, they discover an ancient power far more frightening than the rival travelers currently locked in a battle for control. . . a power that threatens to eradicate the timeline altogether.

From colonial Nassau to New York City, San Francisco to Roman Carthage, imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, New York Times #1 best-selling author Alexandra Bracken charts a gorgeously detailed, thrilling course through time in this stunning conclusion to the Passenger series.

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Author – Alexandra Bracken

Publication – January 2017

Genre – Young Adult Adventure/Fantasy

Age Level (of the entire series) – 9th and up

Rating- 4/5

Like the first book in this duology,  Passenger, Wayfarer was a bit complex and dragged its feet at certain points.  Also, some of the characters got on my nerves tremendously.  But I found it certainly more satisfying than Passenger.  It was an intricate work of art, a maze through time and history, a journey of several different people of “Love.  Sacrifice.  Release.”  

Alex’s writing is so rich and beautiful.  Her imagery is just incredible.  Example –

“The lacework of spiderwebs spread from corner to corner, catching the fragile moonlight. Time began to slip around him, peeling back the years, mending the cracks in the floor and the scuffing on the wall, filling the room with soft candlelight and whispers of life.”

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There are so many wise little lessons and questions sandwiched throughout the pages of this book.  Unlike Code Name Verity and that review, I thought this book didn’t propose as many lessons to me in general, just more thought-moving questions.  So, some of the major themes – 

  1. Destiny and life as it relates to it.  “‘I believe in humanity, in peace, and the natural order of things,’ he said.  ‘I believe that the only way to balance the power of what we can do is sacrifice.  Accepting that we cannot possess the things and people meant for us, we cannot control every outcome, we cannot cheat death.'”  Henry says this on page 112.
  2. History and what it really is.  Page 447“What was history anyway but the lies of the winning few?  Why was it worth protecting, when it forgot the starving child under siege, the slave woman on her deathbed, the man lost at sea?  It was an imperfect record written by a biased hand, diluted to garner the most agreement from competing parties.”
  3. People and love.  “‘I believe that nothing breaks the bonds between people, not years or distance.'”  Also – “‘There is a journey you make through the world – the one that aches and stings.  We come together with others to make our way and survive it’s trials,’ she said, ‘But we are, all of us, also wayfarers on a greater journey, this one without end, each of us searching for the answers to the unspoken questions of our hearts.'”
  4. The “Pattern” and “Rhythm” of life. (I’m listening to Katy Perry’s new song, Chained to the Rhythm right now 🙂 ) “Everything had a rhythm, he realized; a recognizable ebb and flow.  Love, separation.  Work, rest.  Pain, rum.” 

 

You shouldn’t read this if – 

  1. If you haven’t read Passenger.
  2. If you’re not into long, meaningful, but complex stories.
  3. If you don’t like/know a bit about history.
  4. If you’re not in high school or soon to be in high school.

You should read this –

  1. If the opposite is true of any of the above.
  2. If you like time travel.
  3. If you like interesting and a bit weird characters, and rich, beautiful heroes.  
  4. If you want a story that will make you shiver and smile at the different ways reality displays itself, a story that captivates you and takes you to a completely different world, a story that applies to the real world around you. 

 

I only marked the best lines and parts…

Alex’s lovely signature. 

Thanks for reading.  If you’ve read this book or the first book, let me know in the comments so we can talk about it.  Or just let me know what you think.

–Adventuring Girl xx