YA Books In A Sentence – Part 1

Harry Potter – Orphan has magic powers and an inability to go to adults with his problems.

Divergent – You can have more than one personality trait!

Gallagher Girls – Girl spies have boy problems, and also someone may be trying to kill everyone.

The Raven Cycle – He’s going to die. No really, he is.

Shadowhunter Chronicles – Literally no one will ever get their lives together, so they’ll stab demons instead.

Illuminae – You love the evil AI, own it.

Because You’ll Never Met Me – Like the X-men but sadder told in letters.

The Selection – Like The Bachelor: Royal Edition except you’ll want everyone to die in a fire.

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Bookish Baking: Turkish Delight (Chronicles of Narnia)

Turkish Delight is crazy famous for its place in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. It is also not a candy readily found in America.
But since its December, it seemed a good time for this recipe.
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TURKISH DELIGHT

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoon rosewater
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • rose pink food coloring (or other color to preference)
  • 1/8 cup cornstarch
  • .5 tsp cream of tartar
  • powdered sugar
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the gelatin, white sugar, cornstarch and water until mixed together.
  2. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and stir in the rosewater, lemon juice, lemon zest, cream of tartar and food colouring.
  4. Rinse a square pan in cold water but don’t dry it off.
  5. Pour in the mixture.
  6. To firm up quickly, pop in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, otherwise leave in the fridge overnight.
  7. Using a sharp oiled knife, cut the turkish delight into squares and roll in powdered sugar to coat.

 

Let me know what you guys think about this recipe, or if you make it for yourself!

Sunshine Blogger Award #4

Thanks so much to Katie @ Never Not Reading Blog who tagged me – she’s super sweet and I love her blog so go check it out!


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Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions. (Let’s be realistic, I’m probably nominating 3 or 4)
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Previous Editions of this Award:

The SunShine Blogger Award

Sunshine Blogger Award#2

Sunshine Blogger Award #3


Answers

If you had to pick one favorite book, which would you choose?

Harry Potter. My favorite fluctuates between Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire.

Coffee or tea?

Both! I drink coffee every morning and iced tea nearly every night.

Other than reading, what is something you enjoy spending a lot of time doing?

Watching Tv. Blogging. Currently doing nothing but filling out applications for college and scholarships…

What holiday do you enjoy the most?

Christmas! Two weeks off plus family time!

If you were royalty, which super hero would you want as your personal body guard?

Captain America.

Favorite candy/sweet?

I like Reese’s and Twix. And sour candy/crystallized sugar fruit wedges.

What animal should I google pictures of to get the most squeals?

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Which subject did you enjoy the most in school?

English! I’ve had great teachers, and I really enjoy reading! I also like AP bio. and AP Psych.

If you could take any vacation, where would you go?

London! I’ve never been to Europe and I’m dying to!

What kind of vehicle do you drive/ride?

I don’t drive yet. But my mom and dad both have Honda’s.

Who in your life makes you laugh the most?

Probably my sister. That’s why she’s my senior yearbook quote – “You go to college, I’m only child now” – Alexa B.


Nominees:

Emma @ Corn Reviews Books

B @ Icebreaker694

Cait @ Paperfury

Angelina and Brianna @ Fables Library

Sarah @ Written Word Worlds

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm


My Questions:

  1. What are your five favorite books from childhood?
  2. What required reading books did you hate/love?
  3. What is one book you recommend everyone read?
  4. Tea or coffee? What kind (think Starbucks order etc.)?
  5. Give us a bookish confession.
  6. Why did you start blogging?
  7. Current top five favorite TV shows?
  8. Favorite board game?
  9. Do you collect anything? What do you collect?
  10. Show off your three favorite bookmarks!
  11. Most anticipated upcoming book release?

Thanksgiving Shoutout #2 – Bloggers You Should Follow

Last year I started a bit of a tradition for my blog with my Thanksgiving Shoutout!

I thought I’d continue it. This is obviously not a comprehensive list, bear in mind.

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Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books

Niraja @ Fantastic Books and Where to Find Them

Olivia @ Heir of Glitter

Nicole @ Away in Neverland

Holly @ Belle of the Library

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

Brittany @ The Grisha Lieutenant

Sara @ The Freedom Library

Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros

Louise @ Genie Reads

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Calliope The Book Goddess

Jocelyn @ 52 Letters In The Alphabet

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Liz @ Cover To Cover

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

Danielle @ Books, Vertigo and Tea

Ryann The Reader

Reg @ She Latitude

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Sarah @ Written Word Worlds

Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions

Puput @ Sparkling Letters

Cait @ A Page With A View

Angelina and Brianna @ Fables Library

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Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Aentee @ Read At Midnight

Emma @ Corn Reviews Books

Cait @ Paperfury

Alexandra and Nikki @ Twirling Pages

K. T. Munson @ Creating Worlds With Words

Chantelle Griffin

The Daily Dahlia

Discussion: On Un-Hauling Books & How

Books –

Every book blogger faces the problem, one day or another, of having too many.

For example, my room is basically:

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Which is:

  1. Honestly probably some sort of health hazard (my shelf did once collapse and almost kill me once)
  2. Not so easy to deal with when I go to college next Fall.

My solution?

Unhaul some books.

Which is a little bit like pulling teeth, or sacrificing children. I’m sure all other bookworms can relate.


What Is An Un-Haul?

An unhaul is exactly what it sounds like. The reverse of a book haul. Getting rid of books.


What Do You Mean, Getting Rid of Books?

I know. Its sounds basically sacrilegious. But it means getting books out of your shelves/floor/closet/room/house and into someone else hands.

It can be selling to a used bookstore, donating to a library or school, selling them online, giving them away via blog, dropping them off at Goodwill…

Doesn’t matter where they go, as long as its away.

And at the end, you’ll go from a cluttered mess to:

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Book heaven. Nice, neat, shelves. Beautiful.


But How Do I Un-Haul? Its hard!

Get ready because I’m going to lay some wisdom on you.

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Step 1 )

Take a good hard look at your books.

Decide on a goal.
Clean ups a little? Light-housing keeping or deep cleaning? Complete overhaul and decimation or just clearing some of the worst of the clutter?

You need a goal, or the books might drown you.


Step 2 )

Good job!

You now have a goal. Write it down. STICK TO IT!

Figure out what you’ll do with un-hauled books. Sell or donate? Where? Make this part of your plan.

Gather boxes.

I’m trying to sell my books as you can see here: Books for Sale/Trade


Step 3 )

Take out all the book you HAVE to keep. Your favorites. The ones you have an emotional attachment too. The signed ones. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Put them in a box, get them out of the room. They are safe. But it’ll be easy to tackle the rest without worrying about your precious darlings getting caught in the cross fire.


Step 4 )

Now we get to the hard part.

The un-hauling.

Get all the books off the shelves.

They don’t go back until there are safe. This is defend your life, an annihilation round. No one left here is safe.


Step 5 )

If there are any books you’ve outgrown, consider giving them to family members. Younger siblings or cousins or nieces or nephews.

If you’re saving books for kids, either too young to read or none existent, box them up and put them in storage, a closet or garage will do.

The point is to cut down some clutter and free up shelf space.


Step 6 )

Sort. Then sort some more.

Lets go with un-read books first. Has it been on your TBR for over two years? If yes, then are you ever going to read it? If no, let it go. In a donation/sell box it goes.

Look at the other unread books. Are you going to read it in the next two years? Realistically? If not, consider letting it go. Be honest with your self.


Step 7 )

Now, the read books. If you rated it less than 3 stars, you should probably let it go. A pretty cover isn’t good enough here. If you can’t remember reading it, probably not worth keeping. If you didn’t love it, and/or aren’t going to re-read it, consider passing it on to someone who will read it. Let go.

You don’t have to follow these to the letter, its just a suggestion. Use your best judgement, and be honest with yourself. Is this worth keeping?


Step 8 )

All the books you decided to keep should now go back on the shelves. All the books you’ve gotten rid of, should be packed in boxes to do with as you’ve decided. Get them there as soon as possible so you can’t change your mind.

If you get rid of 1 book or 50 books I’m proud of you.


Step 9 )

Organize the bookshelf in a pleasing way. I have a whole discussion about it here:

Discussion: Ways To Organize A Bookshelf


Step 10 )

Plan for the future.

Where will new books go?

Book buying ban? Only buy books when you finish one? Only buy books with gift cards?

The unhaul is not an excuse to go crazy buying books.


And you’re done! 

You did it!

You survived the unhaul!

Reward yourself!

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The ACB Tag

I was tagged by the ever lovely Icebreaker694 – go check out her wonderful blog. She’s a saint for putting up with my perpetually late tags…


The Rules

  1. Thank the person who tagged you

  2. Use the tags pic (should be at the top of this post)

  3. Mention the creator (Alex @ LordoftheTrekkies) – Who is a lovely blogger in her own right!

  4. Answer the questions below

  5. List three of your favorite blogs

  6. Tag at least two others to try this tag


The “Questions”

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A-Annoying Name a character that got on your nerves.

There are too many for me to figure one out right now…..


L-Labyrinth A plot thats hard to understand.

I can’t think of anything…………


E-Excellent What book, in your opinion, has the best writing?

 


X-Xenograft A plot/situation/character-type that’s been way over used.

I LIKE most tropes. But I can do away with the “YA parents can only be terrible or absent there is no other way of life” thing that happens.


C-Careless A book that is filled with plot holes and inconsistency.

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Its not a bad book, but raised a lot of questions that were never really answered.


H-Helpful A book that’s always been there for you.

 


A-Anticipation A book that you’ve wanted to read for a while.

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R-Ravaged A book to movie adaptation that really stunk.

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Great books, terrible movies…..


M-Metamorphic A character that changed a lot.

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Percy grows a lot throughout the series.


I-Ingenious A one of a kind story/character.

Illuminae – I’ve never seen another book like that one.

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N-Narrative A retelling of a story that you like better then the original.

Not a book but, Easy A – Much more entertaining than The Scarlet Letter.


G-Guru Your go to author.

JK Rowling / Rick Riordan / Cassie Clare

I could be happy reading only their books for all of time.


Blogs

I can’t answer these kinds of questions okay? Everyone’s blog is wonderful in its own way and will be enjoyed by people of these preferences.


I Tag

Roses Book Nook

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

 

 

Inside Out Book Tag (2)

The Orangutan Librarian tagged me in this…months ago. I am bad at tags okay!?! But they are epic and amazing and you should go check out their blog!

I did this tag already (Inside Out Book Tag) but I didn’t do it very well, and I was tagged again so…

Go with with it okay?

Good.

Lets do this!

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A book that brings you JOY

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A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU SAD

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A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU ANGRY

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A BOOK THAT DISGUSTS YOU

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A BOOK THAT BRINGS YOU FEAR

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I Tag:

B @ Icebreaker694

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Book Review: In Real Life

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I received an ebook of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Original Release Date:

Published October 14th 2014 by First Second (first published 2014)

Date I Read The Book:

September 2017

My Star Rating:

4 Stars

Chronology:

Graphic Novel / Standalone

Official Summary:

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

From acclaimed teen author (Little BrotherFor the Win) and Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow and Koko Be Good creator Jen Wang, In Real Life is a perceptive and high-stakes look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

In Real Life is a graphic novel – and I beautifully illustrated one at that. The art even varies slightly between the real world and the game world to help you visualize, the colors are really nice, and the panels are played out in a way that makes the story really easy to read, even if your not big on graphic novels. Its a good one to start with if you want to get into them.

I liked the characters – they all seemed very real, fallible and honest. Anda was super relatable. I liked the story – it had a nice message about empathy and how you can never fully understand someone else’s struggles, but it doesn’t shove it down your throat. I will say that if you don’t know at least the basics of MMORPGs, you might not fully get some of the dialogue as its a big part of the story, but you don’t need to be a professional player of league of legends or anything to get it (I dislike MMORPGs even though I love video games and normal RPGs).

The ending felt a little abrupt – and you have to suspend your disbelief a little, as things are resolved a little too easily. But its a cute story overall.

I really enjoyed this!

 

 

 

The Entertainer Blogger Award: Re-Vamped

I wasn’t technically nominated for this, but AMLNVN tagged me in their post – and I thought the revamp was cool. So, I’m doing it.

They changed up the rules and questions a bit, and I’ll be using those, I pasted the originals at the bottom of this post for reference.


My previous versions of this award:

Entertainer Blogger Award!

The Entertainer Blogger Award (Again)


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The new rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog post in which they cursed you;more details later, but linking to the previous awards is better I think, you can always add their blogsite too anyways
  2. Add these rules to your post.
  3. Answer all the questions below (broken even these questions) and add one if you want to make your victims suffer more wish;thanks to the one who nominated me’s idea
  4. Display the award picture in your post (optional)changed for no reason
  5. Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all entertaining!

The new questions:

  1. Why did you blog in the first place?
  2. What is your favorite Novel, Manga or Anime?Books only is too limiting in my opinion, so if you don’t have a novel, go with manga, if you don’t have any try with anime or another form of entertainment;
  3. What do you dislike the most?
  4. What is your favorite food at the mallI don’t eat at the mall?
  5. What is your favorite way to pass past time?I think this was the meaning

My Answers:

Why did you blog in the first place?

Literally, my cousin started a blog and I wanted to prove I could do it better than she could. We’re like sisters, and with that, comes sibling-like rivalry. She stopped. I didn’t because I decided I liked it.

What is your favorite Novel, Manga or Anime?

Novel – I can’t pick favorites here, there are too many…

Anime – Not all encompassing, but some favorites of mine are: Fullmetal Alchemist, Ouran High School Host Club, Death Note, Orange, Free!, and You’re Lie in April.

Manga – I’ve only read a couple. But “Forget About Love” and “Death Note” are both good!

What do you dislike the most?

Like, in life?

Annoying, stupid people.

What is your favorite food?

I like white sauce pasta and have a massive sweet tooth. I am also a chicken person, not a steak person, but I don’t have an ALL TIME FAVORITE food.

What is your favorite way to pass time?

Reading, TV, Blogging…I’m pretty basic.


I Nominate:

Louise @ Genie Reads

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm


The Original Rules and Questions – for those who’d prefer it to the Re:Vamp

The rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Add these rules to your post.
  3. Answer all the questions below.
  4. Display the award picture in your post.
  5. Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all entertaining!

The questions:

  1. Why did you blog in the first place?
  2. What is your favorite book?
  3. What do you dislike the most?
  4. What is your favorite food at the mall?
  5. What is your favorite past time?

Mini Book Reviews: The Red Pyramid – The Graphic Novel / LEGO Ninjago – Character Encyclopedia / Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia / The Brilliant Book Of Doctor Who 2012

I have an entire shelf of media tie in books, and during hurricane irma – when our internet was out for a while – I decided a lot of them were shirt/quick enough reads that I could get through some of them – to help out my pitifully lagging Goodreads goal.

So, here’s four mini reviews.

I know this is a little late – but hey, I’m back to doing book reviews!


The Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel

by Rick Riordan, Orpheus Collar

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Official Synopsis:
Since their mother’s death, Sadie and Carter have become near-strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, Carter has traveled the world with their father, the famed Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane.
One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings to the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that all the gods of Egypt are waking, and that Set now has his sights on them. To stop him, the duo embarks on a dangerous journey across the globe, one that brings Carter and Sadie ever closer to the truth about their family and its connection to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

The heart-stopping action and magic explode off the page in The Red Pyramid, The Graphic Novel, based on the worldwise best-selling novel by Rick Riordan.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
Star Rating:
4 Stars
Review:
 I read The Red Pyramid WAY BACK in like, the sixth grade when it first came out. I was going through Percy Jackson withdrawal after binging the series.
And I loved it!
So I picked up the graphic novel second hand.
I LOVED the artwork in this. And the bulk of the story is here, so its a good refresher to continue the series without rereading the actual book, but the book loses a lot in the transition. So while I enjoyed this graphic novel, I recommend reading the full novel first.

LEGO Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia

by DK Publishing, Claire Sipi

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Official Synopsis:
This book is a comprehensive guide to every LEGO Ninjago minifigure, vehicle, and location released to date. Divided into chapters for each series, the first part of the book examines the 2011 Ninja and their locations, weapons, and dragons. Next discovered are the Ninja’s enemies, the evil Skeleton Army, and their vehicles. The second part of the book covers the 2012 sets, introducing the newest Ninja minifigures and locations, and their Serpentine enemies. Ninja Files in this section relate to the most recent set that the minifigure has appeared in, although he or she may have featured in more than one set. The final part of the book has a comprehensive list of all the Ninjago minifigures and sets for all fact-loving LEGO fans!
Hardcover, First, 176 pages
Published October 29th 2012 by DK (first published October 1st 2012)
Star Rating:
3 Stars
Review:
 I was REALLY into Ninjago a few years ago, as I watched it with my friends from camp. Around that time, I received this is a Reddit gift exchange, but I never read through it.
I figured with the Ninjago more coming out soon (as of the time I’m writing this its September 21st), it might serve as a good refresher of the characters.
Its cute – especially if your into the show, but its really general, and written in a kind of dumbed down way I didn’t love. Then again, its intended for 8-year-olds, and I’m 2 weeks shy of 18, so I won’t be too harsh on it.

Doctor Who Character Encyclopedia

by Jason Loborik, Annabel Gibson, Morey Laing

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Official Synopsis:
Meet all the most important characters from the entire history of Doctor Who, including every Doctor and companion. Packed with fascinating facts and statistics for characters from the Abzorbaloff to the Zygons, and with large cut-out poses and stunning stills from the program, this is the ultimate compendium of Doctor Who characters.
Hardcover, 203 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by DK Children (first published April 1st 2013)
Star Rating:
5 Stars
Review:
 I’ve had this for a while, and I’m going through Doctor Who withdrawal (I need Jodie Foster’s season to start!), so I thought it was a good a time as any to read through this. It has new-Who and classic Who companions and monsters, and is a GREAT reminder of who even more minor characters are. I loved how it was done.

The Brilliant Book Of Doctor Who 2012

by Clayton Hickman, Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Gareth Roberts, Tom MacRae, Steve Thompson, Matthew Graham, Neil Gaiman

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Official Synopsis:
The indispensable official guide to Series 6 of Doctor Who!
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 13th 2011 by BBC Books
Star Rating:
5 Stars
Review:
After reading the character encyclopedia, it seemed like a good time to read this. I found this in a clearance bin at the Miami Book Fair last year, and I’m super glad I got it, as its filled with references and behind the scenes for each episode of season six – which is one of the best, though more confusing, seasons of Doctor Who. I’m tempted to buy more of the Brilliant Books for the other seasons…

Have you read any of these?

Do you agree with my thoughts? Disagree?

Are you planning on reading any of these books?

 

Let me know what you think!