Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

I thought it was about time that I compiled spoiler free reviews for this series seeing as that I mention it so much! Please enjoy and I promise to post lists of reviews for her other series as well! 

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Readers will be whisked away into a new world of good vs evil in City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. Clary Fray has had a typical life for 15 years with an over protective mother and her best friend Simon living in the city of New York. One night at a club she witnesses a murder she can't explain, her mother goes missing and she is thrown into the world of Shadowhunters, the mysterious guardians of humans from daemons. With the help of a inscrutable and gorgeous shadowhunter named Jace and his friends, Clary starts the adventure of a lifetime that will uncover all kinds of things about her past. Cassandra Clare takes old mythology to a new level in this book creating a very interesting read. The characters in this book have such interesting levels and connections that keep readers intrigued and guessing for the whole novel. The plot of this novel and the foreshadowing into the past is so wonderfully confusing that it makes for such an amazing read. I would say that Cassandra Clare is my favorite author of all time and the Mortal Instruments series is so fantastic! I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone! If you find that City of Bones is a little slow, stick with it! The books get much, much, better as they progress. Happy reading.

Other Thoughts

I know, I know. Its slow and the characters feel kind of cliche. But its the first book, cut it some slack! Please just appreciate everything done right in this book and know that it gets so much better!

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

The Mortal Instruments continues perfectly in this second addition to the series, that is City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. Clary's life could not be more upside down, her mother is in a magical coma, and Valentine, the extremely evil and originally thought to be dead leader of the circle, is now her father. Don't forget, that she only recently found out she was a shadowhunter, and her new brother Jace wants her to learn more, while her best friend (turning out to be more than a friend) Simon, is her only connection to her former life. And just to make things worse, downworlder children are being murdered and it seems to be up to Clary and her gaggle of shadowhunter friends to figure out who the culprit is. I have to say I loved how much action was packed into this book. Cassandra Clare did a great job keeping things interesting and continuing character growth. The plot and character development/emotional development were the best parts of this book. While this is my least favorite book in the series, it is still a fantastic read and I would recommend to continue with the series. And if you haven't read City of Bones yet, then what are you waiting for? Go read it!

Other Thoughts

Yes I will admit this is my least favorite book in the series, but its only due to some relationships that occur in this book that are not my top choices! Also if you starting reading these books because of the TV show and are now super confused, this book will clear things up for you for where the TV show goes completely off book. Just stick with it and if you are like me and want certain relationships to happen just wait and keep hoping! 

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Readers will be stunned by this masterpiece of action, romance, and emotions that is City of Glass by Cassandra Clare. Continuing after the events of City of Ashes, all Clary wants is for her and Jace to be like normal siblings, and for their mother to wake up from her magical coma. When Clary gets wind of a Warlock who might be able to cure her mother, she is up for the challenge. The only problem, he lives in Idris, and Jace has his heart set on Clary staying at home. But when something goes terribly wrong while trying to portal and puts Clary's life in danger, will she be able to survive and still save her mother? City of Glass is my favorite book in the Mortal Instruments. I love how much action is packed into just one book and Cassandra Clare has outdone herself with the round characters and overall emotional development. The symbolism in this novel relating the struggle between downworlders and shadowhunters to the issues we have with racism in our world currently is fantastic and gives the reader a new perspective on how we deal with problems. If you have started the Mortal Instruments and are trying to decide whether or not to continue, please do! This novel is truly fantastic, so don't deprive yourself of it!

Other Thoughts

I honest to god cried like six times during this book! The emotions I felt while reading this were insane and the characters,, even though even more are added in seem to become more focused! Helpful Hint: The audio book version of this book is spectacular, and I preferred listening to it over reading it!
  
City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Readers will be swept off their feet with the shocking continuation of the Mortal Instruments series that is City of Fallen Angels, by Cassandra Clare. The Mortal War is over and everyone is home safe and sound. Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend and her brother Sebastion and father Valentine are dead. Now she can look forward to spending time with her mother and finally getting some real training. But when Jace starts acting strange and pushing away from Clary and Shadowhunters are being murdered, Clary starts to worry that all might not be well. This book is not what I expected it too be, in a fantastic way! Cassandra Clare does not rest, nor do her characters because this book is a conflict sandwich! What I found so interesting in this book was the development of Clary and Jace's relationship. They are finally together, but Jace immediately starts to pull away starting a whole new line of plot that will continue throughout the series. Overall this book is just like everything else Cassandra Clare has written, amazing! I know you can stop reading after City of Glass because it seems like the plot wraps up nicely, but believe me you want to continue!

Other Thoughts

This book made me yell at my e-reader for like 20 minutes, screaming at Clary and Jace to realize something is up! It also had some of my favorite make out scenes so romance lovers you are in for a treat!  

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Readers should expect greatness from the dark, fantastical romance that is City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. Times are grim for Clary as she realizes that Jace has been bound to her evil brother Sebastian. One cannot be harmed without harming the other and Jace it seems has been lost to the darkness of Sebastian. Its up to Clary to try and save Jace from not only Sebastian, but also the Clave, which means running away with them and trying to take them down from the inside. But is Jace too far gone to save? City of Lost Souls brought a whole new level to Cassandra Clare's writing. It was delightfully creepy and had such a haunting romance too it that was so different from her past works. I think the fact that we are still able to learn new things about the shadowhunter world this far into the series makes it that much more interesting for the reader. Because Jace is not himself in this book the emotional development focuses more on Clary and the rest of the gang in a way that is so satisfying for the reader. Honestly I think some of the best writing in the series is in this book. I would recommend it to anyone with a pulse!

Other Thoughts

Oh my freaking god this book was good! I usually prefer happy romances to dark romances, but Cassandra Clare made me change my perspective! Also this book has some of the best humor in it, mainly due to Simon, so I sat there reading this chilling book while laughing so hard I was crying. 

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Readers will be taken to a new level in this stunning conclusion to the Mortal Instruments series that is City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. War has broken out turning shadowhunter against shadowhunter. The infernal cup is creating Endarkended warriors, and Clary's brother Sebastian is behind it. Clary finally gets Jace back, but with a consequence, heavenly fire runs in his veins and he can not be touched. Surviving shadowhunters have gathered in Alicante, but wards won't protect them for long. It is up too Clary and her friends to save everyone, sparking an adventure that will take them deep into the daemon realms where no one has ever come back alive. Will they make it back in time, or will this be the destruction of shadowhunters as we know it? This book was just spectacular! It concluded so well and yet still left me wanting more in the way only Cassandra Clare can. While some character lines wrapped up others were left unfinished as a way to continue into the next series which I loved. Readers of the Infernal Devices will be pleased to see some old faces appearing in this book giving us the ending we had been dying for before. The plot in this book makes the other books look like a one chapter book. So much happens, yet it all flows so smoothly. At this point I highly doubt you would read the first five books and stop now, but if you are considering it, stop because you are being stupid! Read this book, you will thank me!

Other Thoughts

Talk about a way to end a series! I mean WOW! I actually finsihed this book while having a sleepover with one of my best friends and we just sat there reading it together taking turns crying and laughing and screaming at the book. (It was a library copy so who ever got it next I'm sorry it was soaked in tears and popcorn!)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Jace, the Perpetual Damsel in Distress

****Do Not Read If You Have Not Read All Of The Books In The Mortal Instruments Series By Cassandra Clare****

Has anyone else noticed how Jace always seems to be getting into one terrible position after another? While nothing seems to happen to him in City of Bones once we hit City of Ashes, boom Jace is stuck on a boat with Valentine, and imprisoned by the Inquisitor, and forced to live at Magnus's house (which honestly doesn't sound that bad!). In City of Glass, Jace actually dies, and then comes back to life! In City of Fallen Angles, Jace gets possessed, then gets all broody and lives with Simon, then almost dies in church full of dead babies. In City of Lost Souls, surprise, surprise, Jace gets possessed again, and is forced into living in some traveling apartment with Sebastian, as the anti-Jace. And once he is finally not possessed due to being stabbed with a heavenly sword, in City of Heavenly Fire, He is full of freaking HEAVENLY FIRE! I mean come on, poor Jace who is supposedly the best shadowhunter of all time, keeps having to get saved throughout the whole series! And yes, I know that Simon also has to be saved a bunch of times, but no one ever said Simon was good at being a mundane/vampire/shadowhunter. I don't know about you guys, but I just found the fact that Jace, the manly man, super strong shadowhunter, is constantly needing to be saved by his friends. Maybe its just a Herondale thing to want to sacrifice yourself for your friends and have it totaly backfire. Or maybe Cassandra Clare just had too much fun making Jace constantly possessed. However way you want to think about it, makes for an interesting and frankly extremely funny reread of the series. Happy Reading!-Becca
       

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Shatter

Hi everyone! I asked around last summer to find out if anyone would be interested in having short fiction and poetry included on this blog. You guys said you would like to read some of my writing so here it is! This poem called Shatter was inspired by the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. If you haven't read anything by her yet I would highly, highly recommend it too you! Anyways I hope you like my poem and please comment and tell me if you would like to continue reading my writing! You can find more under my new writing page. Happy reading!-Becca


warm summer colors swarm my vision

turn down the street to meet the division

the fork in the road it may appear
and even though we sit nowhere near
I feel your voice right in my ear
and know your thoughts are still right here
and I shatter as your words unravel my mind

Icy blue winter freezes the door hinge
hands so cold my touch makes you cringe
out of my hands the icicles fall
my phones not ringing but I hear you call
the reflection says short but we stand so tall
my words stumble and trip as they ring through the hall
and I shatter as your words unravel my mind

you fracture my breath
you ignite my heart
the glimmer in my eyes was yours from the start
you capture my aura
you unlock my soul
you turned my vision sharp now the worlds not dull
and I shatter as your words unravel my mind

crisp fall wind blows away stray hair
dance through the meadow, anyone can see we don’t care
the sky is raining leaves colored like blood
tight cotton shirts stained with mud
wherever you walk flowers start to bud
visions blind me as I fall into your arms with a thud
and I shatter as your words unravel my mind

you fracture my breath
you ignite my heart
the glimmer in my eyes was yours from the start
you capture my aura
you unlock my soul
you turned my vision sharp now the worlds not dull
and I shatter as your words unravel my mind
and I shatter as your words unravel my mind

Friday, June 23, 2017

Netflix-a Reading Slumps Best Ally

The Greatest Enemy of a Reading Slump
At one point or another we all end up in a reading slump, or as my friend Sadie likes to call them, book hangovers. We read a new, highly anticipated book, or we finish a series, and find ourselves wanting to reread that book, over, and over, or even worse, stop reading entirely. I have found that the only cure for a reading slump is to just push through it, and force yourself to read something new. I also recently found a new way to fall even deeper into the slump. So protect yourself readers from the horrifying ally of the reading slump, Netflix. The ability to binge watch a TV show instead of putting in the effort to read a book, just makes your brain want to never read again. I know, its a scary thought, but now that we know it exists, we can take caution against it. Don't make the same mistake I did, and only read three books in a three month stretch. Beware my lovely book nerds, and put away that streaming device, for not only the sake of your reading life, but for the fate of our entire book filled world.❤❤❤❤💕💕💕💕📚📚-Becca

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fantastic Fantasy Novels

1. Traditional Fantasy in a New YA World

If you are like me, sometimes you really want to read a novel with the traditional mythology for fairies, and werewolves, and vampires, but with that great young adult feel to it. Luckily for us Cassandra Clare has mastered this with the Shadowhunter Chronicles. Lord of Shadows truly encompasses this feeling especially with fairies delving the reader into the politics of the Unseelie and Seelie courts. Added bonus for series lovers, the Shadowhunter chronicles has eleven books out so far not counting short story collections and the numerous other books still being written! So buckle up fantasy lovers and prepare for the most fantastical ride of your life!
Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Cassandra Clare has outdone herself yet again! Full of daemons, magic, fairies, shadowhunters, and of course romance, readers are sent on an emotional roller coaster by Clare's fantastic writing. Taking place directly after the events of Lady Midnight, Julian and Emma must face their future as life at the LA institute changes dramatically. With a new addition to the household, a new relationship, and a group of centurions inviting themselves over, the Blackthorn family has a lot to deal with, and will take readers on an adventure that will keep them guessing until the last page. Clare's ability to juggle so many characters while still giving them each their own emotional journeys makes this book and all her writing a must read. Lovers of Clare's other books will be pleased to see the appearances of beloved characters from her other novels and will be intrigued by how they play into the foreshadowing for this book and the rest of the series. Lord of Shadows is perfect for all YA fans especially fantasy and romance fanatics! I highly recommend this book and all other books in the Shadowhunter Chronicles.
(Haven't read the other books in this series yet? No problem! Just check out my spoiler free reviews tab to find my review of Lady Midnight)
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2. Crime Novel Lost in a Fantasy World 

I usually hate mystery novels. I get bored because I can figure out who did it half way through the book and the characters tend to be flat and repetitive. Due to a wonderful (and slightly forceful) recommendation by my friend Emmett, I stumbled across the Dresden Files and finally found my type of mystery. I don't know about you, but I need something fantastical to keep me interested in books without  major character development and the Dresden Files is exactly that. I love the idea of some magical or divine entity helping solve crime and it definitely helps take the edge off the harshness of a typical thriller. Helpful hint: If you end up loving the Dresden Files, try watching the TV show Lucifer on Fox, it has a very similar feel to it! 
Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)Storm Front by Jim Butcher
My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Jim Butcher has finally given us the perfect blend of mystery, thriller, fantasy, and humor with his creation of The Dresden Files. Ever looked up wizard in the phone book? Well that's where Harry Dresden is listed because he is Chicago's one and only wizard for hire. Got a ghost problem or a need for a magical talisman, he is your man, (just don't ask for any love potions!). So when some murders start popping up stinking of dark magic Harry is on the case helping out the local Chicago PD track down the villain. So what if most of them think he is a nutcase! Harry's dry and sarcastic humor keep readers laughing even through the more gory parts of the book. While the writing in this book isn't exactly complex the plot line is, taking the best aspects of a mystery/crime novel and combining it with the interesting world building of a fantasy novel, you are left with one crazy, complicated book. Sadly there are a lot more flat characters than round ones, leaving Harry as the only major receiver of character development, but Butcher makes up for it with the jam packed action in the book. I would highly recommend this book for readers of at least middle school age, though it is truly a book for all ages!
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3. Fantasy Romance that is Hot Hot Hot!

As you may know by now I love romance novels! And of course I also love fantasy! So imagine my surprise when I found the absolute perfect marriage of them. Sarah J. Mass knows what she is doing when it comes to writing a romance novel and she compliments is perfectly with the fantasy genre. I do have to warn you the romance is pretty intense in this series so if you want a slightly (and I do mean slightly) more toned down romance with still a great fantasy world check out her Throne of Glass series. I promise its equally as good! 
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Sarah J. Mass takes romance and fantasy to a new level, in the fast paced, hauntingly beautiful and entirely new retelling of beauty and the beast, that is A Court of Thorns and Roses. Feyre is fighting to survive as a poor merchants daughter, ignored by the family she provides for, and looked down upon by the wealthy towns folk. When she wanders too close to the wall that supposedly separates the human lands from Fae land, she encounters a wolf that looks too beautiful to be normal. When she takes her knife and kills the mysterious wolf her life is thrown off into a wild course where a fae beast comes knocking at her door and whisks her away to his palace in the spring court, inspiring a wild and complex romance. Mass creates a wholly original world in this book that keeps readers wanting to learn more. All of the characters in this book are so well crafted, with each of them having entirely their own personality. In a book with such a unique and confusing world one would expect the plot to be light in this first book, but Mass surprises us with a page turner full of the most wonderful plot twists and build up. I would highly recommend this book to romance and fantasy enthusiasts, though beware there is some mature material so make sure you know what you can handle.
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4. Its like Harry Potter, but not...Because Its Better!

Wizards, orphans, the chosen one, a magical boarding school, and an evil magical villain, are you sure this isn't just like gay Harry Potter? Yes I'm sure! Carry On may have a lot of the same themes as Harry Potter, but if all you are looking for is book shipping Harry and Draco this isn't it. Carry On takes place in a seemingly generic magical world that becomes more and more interesting the farther into the novel you get. Mainly it deals with growing up and struggle we all face with our so called "destinies". Basically if you have a pulse, then you should read this book! Helpful Hint: While you can read this book and Fangirl in any order, I would recommend you read Fangirl first as it gives some background on Carry On that is kind of needed to navigate the beginning of the book because Carry On just throws you into the story with little explanation. (Check out my spoiler free reviews tab to find my review of Fangirl)
Carry onCarry on by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Rainbow Rowell turned her fantastic cameos of the popular series she invented in her novel Fangirl into a full fledged book! Readers should be prepared for the full Rainbow Rowell experience of fantastic characters that resonate with you completely, beautiful romance, and well delivered humor. Carry On is the story of Simon Snow, an orphaned wizard attending his last year at a magical boarding school, while trying to defeat the insidious humdrum, and survive his friends and horrible roommate Baz. Only Baz didn't show up for school, and Simon seems to be the only one who is worried. As if being the "chosen one" wasn't hard enough, now the Mage is threatening to take Simon away from Watford, ghosts are popping up everywhere, and worst of all, Simon and his girlfriend Agatha are having major relationship problems. Rainbow Rowell takes the hardships we all experience as teenagers and translates them perfectly into a fantasy world. The characters, while they have magical abilities, feel so real and their emotional journeys are definitely akin to all of us dealing with high school and growing up. Rainbow Rowell also addresses the difficulties of discovering your sexuality extremely well in a way that many young adults can relate too. I would recommend this book to everyone I know as well as everything else written by Rainbow Rowell, though this book will be the best received by a young adult audience.
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5. A Book You Definitely Don't Want to Judge by its Cover

I know, I know the cover is horrible and looks like a cliche romance novel, but I swear on Will Herondale's grave it isn't! I blew through Bloodlines and the rest of the series in around a week, and I loved every second of it! It actually inspired me to finish reading the Vampire Academy series (mainly due to the fact that it contains major spoilers for the VA series so beware!) Sydney and Adrian both had so many qualities that I see in myself and my friends so reading this felt so comforting. Even though I like the Bloodlines series better than VA, read VA first just to get the background on the characters in Bloodlines, I promise its worth it to read both!  
Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Readers will be blown away by the hilarious, and romantic, supernatural thrill ride that is Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. Sydney Sage is an alchemist whose sole job is to protect humans from the creatures of evil; vampires. Living in constant fear of being punished for events of her past and her sister being forced to take her place, Sydney will do anything to get on the alchemists good side. So when she is given an opportunity to go to a sunny Palm Springs boarding school to protect the moroi vampire princess, Sydney jumps at the chance. Sydney must put her fears of vampires behind her as she faces many difficult challenges, from girl drama to mysterious magical tattoos. This book is part of one of my all time favorite series! Mead takes a different approach to the typical vampire romance novel, creating realistic characters that make the reader forget they are a part of the supernatural. Bloodlines, being an offshoot of the Vampire Academy series, takes the beloved characters from previous books and gives them a whole new story with new and in my opinion even better characters. The writing is not very challenging, but the characters have amazing development and the plot has endless twists and turns that never get boring throughout the whole series. I would highly recommend this book to lovers of comedy, mystery, the supernatural, and most of all romance!
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Have fun my fantasy book nerds! Love you all!-Becca

Monday, June 19, 2017

Reading in the Bathtub versus Reading in the Shower

Do you guys ever just have this feeling hit you where you have the intense desire to just take a nice long hot bath and read a good book? I know I get this feeling all the time, but as busy as I am I never seem to have the time to take a bath. So where does that leave me? With taking a shower, which you of course can not read in, or so I thought! After watching a video by the wonderful youtuber polandbananasbooks I realized that it is possible to read in the shower besides listening to really faint audio books. If you are really careful, have a towel nearby and don't try anything stupid you can read regular book in the shower! I actually started doing this for a while and I only almost destroyed a book once. Of course I stopped this after I got a waterproof phone case because I would read on that and my paperbacks would stay safe. I definitely prefer reading on my phone in the shower to reading an actual book, because it saves me from a lot of stress. I guess the real question is which is better, reading in the bath or reading in the shower? In my high and mighty opinion, reading in the bath is better than reading in the shower just because its easier, but reading in the shower definitely works in a pinch! I encourage you all to try both and form your own opinion! Tell me what you think, and happy reading! -Becca  

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Non-Fiction for the Non-Fiction Hater

Do people ever assume that just because you like to read and you read often then you must like all different kinds of books? This seems to happen to me a lot especially with non-fiction. I have never liked non-fiction which has caused me plenty of trouble with teachers who expect me to be just as eager to read a brief guide to American History as I am to read Ender's Game. While I do avoid non-fiction like the plague there have been times when I am forced to waltz into my school library's shabby, outdated non-fiction section and try not to grimace too much as I muscle my way though a book that takes me four times as long to read as a fiction novel. In these torturous moments I have stumbled upon some truly fantastic writing that even I am able to love. So if you are trying to survive the dreaded non-fiction unit in your English class here are my favorite non-fiction novels that will hopefully get the wheels in your brain moving.    

1. Hilarious Memoir that Feels like YA

I am a YA addict. I know the first step to overcoming it is admitting it so hopefully that will help me make some progress. But what do we do when we only want to read YA but we have to read some non-fiction? We pick up Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek, because the book takes place when the author is in 8th grade so the book feels like a YA coming of age novel. Jammed packed with comedy and wonderful little tidbits of advice this book is perfect for when you want to look impressive but you really just want to pick up a humorous YA coming of age story. 
Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern GeekPopular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen
My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Readers will find themselves laughing so hard they need to run to the bathroom in the witty and honest memoir by Maya Van Wagenen that is Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek. Maya is an eighth grade outcast at her extremely poor middle school in southern Texas. With only one friend her family moving at the end of the year would go seemingly unnoticed until Maya finds Betty Cornell's guide to popularity from the 1950's. Written in diary format as Maya shares her attempt at popularity and her commentary as she tries everything from dieting to girdles readers are pulled through a whirlwind year of using age old tricks to break down modern stereotypes. As a self proclaimed nerd, this book really resonated with me in a lot of ways. The breaking down of social stereotypes in this book was wonderful and something I can relate too as someone who is very nerdy yet still has the confidence to walk up to a complete stranger and introduce myself to them. The humor in this book was fantastic and very honest and one of the main reasons I loved it so much. The fact that this novel took place when the author was in 8th grade made this book feel less like a memoir and more like a young adult novel and I think this really contributed to my ability to enjoy this book. Overall I would highly recommend this book for middle school and high school age readers because the struggles the author faces will resonate with them.

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2. Comedic Take on a Terrible Life

I hate sad memoirs. I don't like feeling sad and reading about something bad happening to a fictional character is bad enough but trying to survive reading about a tragedy that actually happened to someone just makes me want to sit and cry. Angela's Ashes is a sad memoir without actually making anyone feel sad because Frank McCourt turns his horrendous life into a never ending comedy routine. Perfect for anyone who wants to expand their reading and still laugh their pants off. Be prepared with an open afternoon because once you start reading you wont be able to stop!  

Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt can only be described as the epitome of a memoir. With comedy at its best Frank McCourt turns misery into true hilarity as he chronicles his life growing up dirt poor in Ireland. Even after the many tragedies that strike his family Frank McCourt still keeps a positive outlook on life and manages to find the story in everything whether its his miserable times in the Catholic Church or the angel on the seventh step who gives his mother babies. Overall I loved everything about this book. The writing was so raw and honest yet still brimming with comedy which made for a very interesting reading experience. There were so many points in this book where I wanted to cry out of sympathy for young Frank and only a minute later I would be laughing out loud at the joke that he had made out of his life. One thing that I found very interesting about this book was how even though we as readers can see how horrible Frank's family is to him the whole story is filled with forgiveness and we never hear of grudges held against anyone who was a part of his terrible life in Ireland. Frank McCourt's writing style is unlike anything I have ever read. He is ultra descriptive while still managing to be subtle and humorous and all of his writing has meaning. Even though his life deserves a major pity party Frank McCourt sure isn't throwing one for himself. His writing is not "Woe is me" as so many other memoirs are, in fact Frank McCourt actually appears to be great full for some aspect of his life. As someone who finds most memoirs to be fake and unenjoyable I was amazed by this book and I would highly recommend it as a must read in your lifetime kind of book. Angela's Ashes is very adult so I would only recommend for mature readers.

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3. True Non-Fiction That Includes Math That Won't Make You Want to Throw Yourself Off a Cliff

Sometimes reading memoirs only gets you so far. Sadly not everyone considers memoirs "true" non-fiction and will claim that you are not expanding your reading by hoarding them in your bookshelf. This is where Overdressed comes in. Wile it is mainly about fashion which is something I love dearly it is also about business and the economy whuch are things I don't love quite so much.
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap FashionOverdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline
My rating: ❤❤❤❤

Have you ever wondered how it is that your clothing can be so inexpensive? Have you ever put in any thought to the social and environmental effects of your clothing? Do you want answers for why your shirt fell apart the first time you washed it? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions then you should definitely read Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline. Overdressed focuses on the effects that the fast fashion industry has had on the environment, the economy, foreign workers, the US, the slow fashion industry, and most importantly our clothing. I loved how varied this book was in both topics and evidence using interviews, personal opinions, and statistics to convey a message. Cline made this a great read with her comedic and descriptive writing style creating a very intriguing feeling throughout the book. Lovers of fashion, business, human rights, and the environment will feel right at home with Overdressed and would be very pleased with the issues it addresses. So whether you are fashion guru or just want to expand your knowledge I would highly recommend Overdressed to anyone in need of a good non-fiction read.

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