Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Go check them out.

This Tuesday we are looking at the books we recommend the most.  I am going to try and talk about different kinds of books that I recommend the most.  I try to recommend books that I think people will enjoy. I really think about the person I am recommending the book to and what books they previously liked. For that reason, these are more general recommendations.

Top books I recommend for kids


1. The Napping House by Audrey Wood and Don Wood

When I read books to kids in class, I look for something that holds their attention.  The Napping House is one of them.  They love the repetition, illustrations, and the humor.

2. Holes by Louis Sachar

This is such a good book.  I really think it can appeal to boys and girls.  The story is an interesting one.  I also like books that have movie adaptations for young kids.  It is fun to be able to read through a book and then watch it come to life on screen.  Holes is a wonderful book and has a equally wonderful movie made from it.

Top books I recommend for teens


3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I taught in a remote village last year.  The kids that were in the school I was at were uninterested in most things school related.  The high school reading teacher choose The Hunger Games trilogy as a reading assignment.  I was blown away with how much they loved this series.  I know it’s great, I love the series, but it cinched it for me when these kids that didn’t like much, loved these books.

4. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

I know I have put the Host in one of my lists before, but I just can’t help myself.  I feel like most people would like this book.  I especially think teens would enjoy this book.  Plus, it seems like it would good for boys and girls.

Books I recommend for non-fiction readers


5. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

I was blown away when I read this book.  It wasn’t because I didn’t know that families like this exist, because I do.  It had more to do with the fact of being immersed in what some kids have to go through growing up.  I also love the fact that it highlights how the siblings stuck together and how you can create something great out of a not so great situation.

6. How To Talk So Kids Can Learn by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

This is an excellent book for those of us that have some interaction with kids.  Whether they are your own kids or other kids, this one is full of helpful suggestions.  I really benefited from the fact that they had examples of how to put the suggestions to use.  I was amazed when I tried a few of the suggestions.  In one case, the results I had were almost instant.  This one is a must recommendation if you have kids in your life.

Books I recommend for a Classic


7. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

This is a classic that I feel has mass appeal.  I can see a wide range of people enjoying this book.  This is my go to recommendation when asked about a classic. This is partly because I haven’t read that many classics and partly because it is so well written.  It is a great example of how children love their parents and parents love their children in the best way they know how.  If you have read The Glass Castle and loved it, you MUST read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

8. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

I was assigned this book in a college course and was really struck by how much I enjoyed it (I did not think I was going to).   This is the story of an immigrant family trying to make it in Chicago in the early 1900’s.  It does have some graphic scenes set in a meatpacking plant.  If you are someone sensitive to that, be warned.  However, it is very well written and I found it relevant.  This is one book I think people should give a shot.

Books I recommend to read next


9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

This book reads from the point of view of an autistic teenager.  It is a family story that is light on the mystery.  It is an insteresting read and is well written.  It is creative and was a nice step outside of what I was use to reading.  I would recommend it for someone who is looking for something different.

10. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

This one is also like The Host.  I think this is one of the books I recommend the most.  It is hard to be impartial, because I love this book.  If you haven’t read it yet, you should pick it up.

What books do you recommend the most?


This or That Tag

I wanted to do a different type of post today.  I decided to do a tag and this one has been around for quite awhile.  It was created on Youtube by AurasBookBox.  If you would like to watch the original video, click on the link.

This or That Tag

1. Audiobook or book in hand

I tend to read 95% of my books as a book in hand.  I use to listen to tons of audiobooks when I commuted far away.  I think audiobooks do have a place though.  They have definitely saved me on long road trips.

2. Soft cover or hardback

I buy mostly soft cover.  I do this to make it more cost effective for myself.  If I see a cheaper hardback, I will definitely pick it up.  I just don’t have a huge preference one way or the other.

3. Fiction or non-fiction

The majority of my reading is fiction.  If I was forced to choose only one, I would have to pick fiction.  I do like to read non-fiction books.  I think it is good to have a mix of both.  

4. Fantasy world or real life issues

I wasn’t sure about this one.  It is a close call, but I have to go with real life issues.  When I look over my books I have read, some of them that have stuck with me the most, are definitely real life issues.  

5. Harry Potter or Twilight

I have to say Twilight, for the simple fact I have never read Harry Potter.

6. Kindle, Ipad, Nook, or other

I have a Kindle and I do enjoy it.  I can’t say how good any of the others are.  

7. Borrow or buy

I wish I could say buy, but finances dictate that I must say borrow.  

8. Bookstore or online

I really believe in supporting the local bookstore.  I love being able to go in and browse.  Online can not replace being able to hold a book, flip through the pages, and discover something you wouldn’t have looked at otherwise.  If I have the extra money, I am definitely going to the bookstore.

9. Tell me one time or trilogy

This is a toss up. Stand alone books can leave you with a sense of closure and not drag out. They may not go as deep into world building, getting to know the characters, or have to cut things out that could have went into a trilogy.  I have really enjoyed some books that are trilogies, but it seems like a lot of books I pick up are being made into trilogies.  It can be done really well, or just a story that has been dragged out.  It all depends on how well written the books are.  I can think of a few trilogies that could have been condensed and have been so much better.  I can’t just pick one, I just can’t.  Is that cheating?

10. Monster read or short and sweet

I think a lot of authors can’t make a really great short and sweet book.  I have read a few that are amazing, but overall it is a hard thing to do.  Or so it seems to me.  For that reason, I am drawn to monster reads.

11. Starry-eyed romance or full of action

Can’t I have both?  In the past I have been drawn to starry-eyed romances, but I do want something fast paced.  For that reason I will pick full of action.

12. Curl up in your Snuggie or bathe in the sun

I live in Alaska, so there are times when we don’t have much sun.   I tend to read at night, curled up under a blanket, and with something hot to drink.  I also read a lot in bed.  I am going to pick curl up.  Put me near a beach and my answer will definitely change.

13. Hot chocolate or latte

Latte for sure.   Or even better a cup of tea!

14. Read the review or decide for yourself

I like to read some reviews.  There are so many books out there and I don’t want to end up with a stinker.  I tend to read a few reviews to decide what goes on my to be read list. 


I hope you enjoyed this type of a post.  Let me know in the comments below.

Top Ten Books I Had to Buy, But Go Unread

This weeks top ten, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is the top ten books we had to buy.  These books still remain on our shelves unread.

I am pretty proud of myself that I couldn’t come up with ten books.  I try really hard to only buy books that I will read.  I just don’t have the extra money to buy that many books.  I supplement a lot by going to the library.


1. Divergent by Veronica Roth

This was one I bought on my Kindle and have yet to read.  I have no excuses, other than I just haven’t read it.

2. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

I bought Anna Dressed in Blood right around Halloween last year.  I was excited about getting it, but now I feel like I should wait till this coming Halloween.

3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson

This one I grabbed when I saw it at a second hand store.  I was really pumped to read it based on all the hype and I thought it would be good to read it before the movie.  After awhile I just thought maybe later and it has been pushed off to the side.  I know people have said it is hard to get into and I think I just need to be in the right mind set for it.

4. The Sixes by Kate White

I picked this one up because I love Kate White’s Bailey Weggins series.  I read another stand alone book by her and I was just so-so on it.  For that reason, this one has gone unread.

5. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

This was another one I purchased on my Kindle close to the time when it was released.  I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet.  I know the series is complete and I still have yet to read this one.

6. Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

I went through a time when I read a whole bunch of Jodi Picoult’s books.  I think I burnt myself out on her books and have since left this one on my shelf.

That is it for this week.  What books did you buy and then leave unread?

Review: Paper Valentine

paper valentine

The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record.  The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.
For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one.  Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders?  Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets.  She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

The story is about Hannah and her coming to terms with the fact that her best friend is dead.  Her best friend is a ghost that haunts her.  Not is a creepy way, but an annoying, bird on the shoulder, way.  She is trying to deal with that and get her life back on track.  However, she is struggling with figuring out what her new way of life will be.   The city she lives in is also experiencing record heat and all of the kids are getting restless.  Meanwhile a killer is on the loose, killing young girls. The city is in a panic and Hannah needs to use her gift of talking to ghosts to solve who is doing it.

I really enjoyed the writing style and I felt the story went at a really good pace.  I liked following along with Hannah and her relationships.  That includes her friends, family, and a love interest.  The book included a lot of mystery surrounding the murders and I didn’t guess who did it until the end.   The novel is light and a very easy read.  If you are looking for something that is light, but not too light, this would be a good choice.

I have never read any other novels by Brenna Yovanoff and I was pleasantly surprised.

I would give Paper Valentine 4 out of 5 stars.

All Is Right In the World

I was going to post a review today.  I started writing it and then I decided I must call attention to the fact that something exciting happened yesterday.  Something WAY exciting.  Yes, I know, we got ourselves a new pope.  I watched it being announced and that is exciting, but something even more exciting happened.  Well, for Veronica Mars fans anyways.

Basically it went like this.  The creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell wanted to make the movie.  As well as many of the other cast members.  Warner Brothers was unsure of this.  So the creator, star, and fans tried many ways to convince them that this is a good idea.  They didn’t buy it UNTIL Rob Thomas came up with an idea to see if fans could put their money where their mouths are.  Money always talks.  Sometimes even when you don’t have any, but that is a whole other story.

Courtesy of

You did it, Marshmallows!

Less than 11 hours after Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell announced a Kickstarter campaign,fans have raised the $2 million necessary to finance a Veronica Mars movie. It’s officially on!

“My mind is blown. I’ve been fantasizing about this and had to tell myself, ‘Stop it, Rob, you’re being silly. You’re setting yourself up for disappointment,’” the Mars creator tells EW. “And now today has exceeded the wildest pipe dream I let myself entertain. Holy cow. We better make a good movie. These amazing fans have stepped up. We better deliver.”

“I knew Veronica Mars fans were cool, but I had no idea they could rally with such power. They are unstoppable — just like Veronica. I will have a permanent blush on my face, feeling so lucky to be associated with this entire thing,” says Bell.

The goal was to raise $2 million in 30 days. Warner Bros. Digital Distribution has agreed to put the movie into production and pick up the tab for marketing, promotion, and distribution. But exhibiting a passion that broke Kickstarter records in just six hours, fans have been flocking to the site since the page went up at 7:30 a.m. PT.  And even though the goal has been reached, pledges can keep coming in.

To celebrate the fact that Veronica Mars is finally going to be made into a movie, here are some memorable quotes from the show.

Veronica: Well, actually, despite popular opinion you really can’t beat the truth out of someone.

Meg: You believe me, right? 
Veronica: You are the last good person here at Neptune High. I believe cartoon birds braided your hair this morning.

Van Clemmons: Mr. Echolls, I was wondering if I could have a word? 
Logan: Anthropomorphic. All yours, big guy.

Logan: Do you even know how to play poker? 
Veronica: No, but it must be really hard if all you guys play.

Veronica: Wouldn’t it be nice to have glasses in the kitchen that don’t have the Hamburgler on them?

Veronica: It’s all fun and games till one of you gets my foot up your ass.

Veronica: That guy’s too big, that guy’s too small, and that guy’s… not a guy. Just in desperate need of a stylist.

If you don’t know what I am talking about, do yourself a favor and head over the the to watch seasons 1 and 2 of Veronica Mars.  I am sure season 3 will be posted somewhere very soon!

Top Ten Books at the Top of my Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

Here are the top ten books I want to read for spring.  These are seperated by books that are coming out this spring and books I just want to read before summer.

Books coming out in spring 2013:

Requiem by Lauren Oliver – I really can’t wait to get this book.  I am so excited I did something I don’t normally do, pre ordered it.


And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – Next to Requiem, this is another book I can’t wait to read.  I love his other books and I want to read this book.


Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – This sounds so good.  I think I will really enjoy it.


Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt – I hadn’t even heard about this book till a few days ago.  It sounds really good too.


Questions I Ask When I Want To Talk About Myself by Mindy Kaling – I love this book called The Book of Questions, it came about a long time ago.  It was a fun thing to bring on road trips.  So when I heard that another book like it was coming out like it, I wanted it.  I mean what better way to harrass, I mean connect, with friends?


These are books that are already out, and I really want to get to them this spring.

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry – There are a lot of good reviews on this, it has been on my Kindle for quite some time, and I really think I will like it.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – I have this book on hold at the library.  I also want to see the movie and I don’t want to do that until I read the book.


Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout – This is another one that I have wanted to read for some time now.  I just need to get on with it.


Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – I loved Dark Places and didn’t really care for Gone Girl.  I really need to read her first book to see which way I will swing on this one.


Cinder by Marissa Meyer – This is another one I have requested from the library.  It sounds so good.  A cyborg based around Cinderella, yes please.


What are you looking forward to reading this spring?

TBR – To Be Read List

Here my to be read list, just don’t when I will read them.  I have a  big stack of books that I want to read. These include my own personal books, library books, and Netgalley books.  I know I can’t read them all.  Especially not in the time I would like to.  I thought it would be good to post some of these books.  Tell me your thoughts on them.


I am going to post the Netgalley books first.  Those I would love to hear your opinions on.  These are in order of release date.

Release Date April 1st:

Corner of White  – This is about Madeleine and her mother.  They are on the run and have settled in Cambridge.  They are on the run under mysterious circumstances.

Elliot is in search for his father who disappeared the night his uncle died.  

Elliot and Madeleine begin to exchange letters between two different centuries.



Release Date April 2nd:

Life After Life – Life After Life is about Ursula Todd born to wealthy parents in 1910.  She dies before she begin her life.  The story doesn’t end there, she grows and dies repeatedly.  She lives and dies repeatedly until she gets it right.


Release Date April 30th:

Someday, Someday Maybe – Written by Lauren Graham, Franny Banks is a struggling actress who lives in Brooklyn.  She has given herself a three year deadline to make it as an actress.  Time is running out.

It is a story of finding yourself, finding love, and hopefully finding a job.



Release Date June 18th:

Children of the Jacaranda Tree – A novel set in post-revolutionary Iran.  It spans from 1983-2011 and covers the aftermath that comes to many.  It is based on the authors life, family, and friends.




Here are the books I have on order.

Requiem – The final book in the Delirium series.


The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – A love story between two characters stuck at JFK airport.


On the Jellicoe Road – Taylor was abdandoned by her mother on the Jellicoe Road.  She tries to put together all the pieces of her past.




Library Books:

Shatter Me – Juliette’s touch is lethal.  She is locked up for murder.  The world erupts into war, and now Juliette has to chose.  Does she want to be a weapon or a warrior?



I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You – Cammie is a student at an all girl’s school.  This is not just a normal school.  They teach them martial arts, chemical warfare, and CIA codes. This is a spy in training school.




That is a lot of books.  So any thoughts on what I should read next?  Any of these books I MUST READ NOW?  Any of them that you want reviews on soon?  
I can almost guarantee I will not wait for a long time to read Requiem.