I am currently reading:
1984, George Orwell
*I am considering this for a PreAP English 10 Novel
Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future.
While 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is more timely than ever. 1984 presents a "negative utopia", that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world — so powerful that it's completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions — a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.
Inhuman, Kat Falls
So far... a war is taking place across America. Lane must travel into the "Savage Zone" to retrieve some artifacts to save her father's life. Inside the "Savage Zone" the citizens are turning into animals, a.k.a. "Manimals" and Lane is at risk. Upon entering the zone, she meets Rafe and goes against her better judgment and asks him to be her guide.
Top 100 Teen Book Recommendations from NPR
My Favorite Reads!
Here is a small list of the books that I have enjoyed!
Star Rating Scale:
Really,really liked it;
Really liked it;
It was "okay";
Not my style.
Storm Glass, Maria V. Snyder
Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, Joyce Carol Oates
The Legends of King Arthur
and His Knights, James Knowles
Hex Hall, Rachel Hawkins
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
Hazel Grace Lancaster is 16 and is reluctant to go her new cancer support group, but she soon realises that it's not as bad as she anticipated. Hazel meets a young boy named Augustus Waters, who is both charming and witty. Augustus has had osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, but is currently cancer free...
Hazel and Augustus embark on a roller coaster ride of emotions, including love, sadness and romance, while searching for the author of their favourite book. They travel to Amsterdam in search of Peter Van Houten, the author of "An Imperial Affliction." While on their trip Augustus breaks some heartbreaking news to Hazel and both of their worlds fall apart around them.
Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.
Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.
*All book descriptions are courteous of Goodreads.com
The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
She Said Yes, Misty Bernall
Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.
Please Stop Laughing at Me, Jodee Blanco
In her poignant work, Jodee Blanco tells how school became a frightening and painful place, where threats, humiliation, and assault were as much a part of her daily experience as bubblegum and lip-gloss were for others. It is an unflinching look at what it means to be an outcast, how even the most loving parents can get it wrong, why schools fail, and how bullying is both misunderstood and mishandled.
Three angels – Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human – are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments.
Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong.
The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
William Golding's compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first, it seems as though it's all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious & life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic & death. As ordinary standards of behavior collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them—the world of cricket & homework & adventure stories—& another world is revealed beneath, primitive & terrible.
Animal Farm, George Orwell
Pre-AP: We will be reading this in class 3rd Quarter.
A Walk to Remember, Nicholas Sparks
Every April, when the wind blows from the sea and mingles with the scent of lilacs, Landon Carter remembers his last year at Beaufort High. It was 1958, and Landon had already dated a girl or two. He even swore that he had once been in love. Certainly the last person in town he thought he'd fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the daughter of the town's Baptist minister.
A quiet girl who always carried a Bible with her schoolbooks, Jamie seemed content living in a world apart from the other teens. She took care of her widowed father, rescued hurt animals, and helped out at the local orphanage. No boy had ever asked her out. Landon would never have dreamed of it.
Then a twist of fate made Jamie his partner for the homecoming dance, and Landon Carter's life would never be the same.
Tears of a Tiger, Sharon Draper
After a car accident kills Robert, Andy's best friend and teammate on the Hazelwood High Tigers, Andy doesn't know if he can go on. He's consumed with guilt for driving the night of the accident after a long evening of drinking and partying. With perceptiveness and compassion, Sharon M. Draper portrays an African-American teenager who feels driven to consider suicide in the wake of a devastating tragedy.
Poison Study, Maria V. Snyder
This is my all time favorite!
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.
And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.
As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...
Shadow Study, Poison Study Series Book #4
Maria V. Snyder
Be sure to read the prequel before reading this book. The prequel "Ice Study", is only available on Maria V. Snyder's official website.
Recommended reading order for this series:
The Healer Series,
Maria V. Snyder
Book 1: Touch of Power
Book 2: Scent of Magic
Book 3: Taste of Darkness
All I can say is WOW!!!
Avry is the last healer of the fifteen realms. All other healers were executed because the public believed that they had started the deadly plague that killed millions. Now, the leaders of the realms are fighting for total domination of all realms. There are three main contenders for the throne: Tohon, Ryne, and Estrid.
Avry has been captured in order to heal Prince Ryne, who has contracted the plague. There is only one problem. Avry despises Prince Ryne with a passion. Her abductor, Kerrick, and his goons are on a mission to save the Prince and convince Avry to help them save the realms.
If you enjoy survival/adventure books and battle books; you will enjoy this series!
Oh, there are dead soldiers that walk around! :) This series is almost better than the Poison Study series!