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Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

I hated, hated, hated the Divergent series… but am willing to give Roth another try.

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

This is my go-to read for this weekend.  I wasn’t overly impressed by the first book in this series, but

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

One of my favorite podcasts just did an episode discussing this book and it made me want to pick it up again.  I haven’t read it since early high school!  That was ten years ago and I’m sure I didn’t appreciate it properly.  Thankfully, my library had an audiobook copy available on the shelf.  I will be traveling long-distance next weekend and hope to convince my car buddy to let us listen to it.

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Top Ten Books in Worlds Not Our Own

This week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday is to generate a list of books that take place on X.  I decided that X would be worlds that are not Earth.  Here we go…

  1. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
  3. Symphony of Ages trilogy by Elizabeth Haydon
  4. Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
  5. Green Rider series by Kristen Britain
  6. Evermen Saga by James Maxwell
  7. The Silmarilion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  8. Perelandra by C.S. Lewis*
  9. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin**
  10. Heralds of Valdemar series by Mercedes Lackey

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Summer reads

Something about summer always compels me to read.  Being an English major, required reading pretty much consumes my life.  Occasionally I’m able to slip in a few fun reads, but because my school books consist of dense literature, the books I turn to for fun are usually pretty low grade.  (Seriously–I read all three Divergent books during the last week of classes.  Gosh, they were awful.  Don’t read them.)  So once classes are over, finals taken, and essays are submitted… there’s nothing standing between me and three months of reading whatever I want.  What a glorious prospect.

One of the first things I did upon moving home was to make  a list of all the books that I have been itching to read, but have never gotten the chance to.  They are as follows:

1. Into Thin Air -John Krakauer

2. Atonement -Ian McEwan

3. Peter Pan -J.M. Barrie

4. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince -J.K. Rowling

5. Poems -W.B. Yeats

6. The Cukoo’s Calling -Robert Galbraith

7. Who is this Man? (The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus) -John Ortberg

8. Blackveil -Kristen Britain


Granted, some of the books on this list are substitutes.  Do I really want to read Into Thin Air?  Well, sure, if I get to it… but what I really want to read is Into the Wild, but have yet to get my hands on a copy.  And I only included Blackveil because Britain’s highly anticipated next novel, Mirror Sight, was significantly cheaper on my Kindle, but I wanted to represent the length of the book in the photo.

*Update: Less than a week after making the above list, I can say that I have successfully completed half the books on this list.  I forget how much I love this.  I now have Krakauer, Britain, and Barrie under my belt.  Tomorrow will bring the completion of Rowling, and Ortberg is well underway.  (I always have to take religious nonfiction slowly.)

It looks like I’m going to have to make a new list sometime soon.

Any suggestions?