Top Favorite Books

Isabel’s Top Favorite YA Series

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My #1st  Favorite Series is THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS by Cassandra Clare!

{City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire}

The Mortal Instruments is a bestselling YA Series about a young girl Clary Fray living in Brooklyn. She believes she is a seemingly normal teenage girl until one night when she is out with her best friend Simon Lewis. Here Clary sees three  mysterious teenagers commit murder, or what she thinks is murder. It turns out they were killing a demon. Demons exist in this world, hidden in the shadows.  Clary soon discovers she has the sight and is part of this world. The three shadowhunters, headed by Jace Wayland, are just like Clary; shadowhunters; half angel- half human.

The story ventures into Clary becoming apart of her new world, leaving her old one behind. She teams up with Jace, Alec, Isabelle, and Simon to find her mother who has been taken by the ultimate bad shadowhunter; Valentine Morgenstern.

For anyone who hasn’t read this series I highly recommend you pick it up today!

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My #2nd  Favorite Series is HUSH HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick!

{Hush Hush, Crescendo, Silence, Finale}

Hush Hush is a bestselling YA Series about a young girl Nora Grey who lives in Coldwater, Maine. Nora has never been attracted to any of the boys at her school; until she meets Patch. A new student at school Patch defiantly leaves an impression on Nora. One that she can’t seem to place as good or bad. He draws her in despite Nora’s every effort. His black hair, black eyes, and easy smile; Nora doesn’t know what to think.

 Her life begins to take a toll of terrifying encounters that have Nora questioning who to trust. As much as Nora tries to stay away Patch seems to always be there. He seems to know more about Nora than she knows herself. Nora doesn’t know whether to fall into Patch’s arms or run away. When she goes looking for answers, Nora finds herself in a hell she never saw coming.

Her life is turned upside down when she finds herself in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and fallen angels. When it comings to choosing sides, will Nora find herself in love, or could her decision cost her life?

For anyone who hasn’t read this series I highly recommend you pick it up today!

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My #3rd Favorite Series is MATCHED by Ally Condie!

{Matched, Crossed, Reached}

Matched is a bestselling YA Series about a young girl Cassia Ryes who lives in The Society. Cassia is one of the many thousands of people who have always trusted The Society; what to read, what to believe, and who to love. When Cassia’s best friend Xander’s face flashes up on the screen at the Matching Ceremony, she knows with certainty that he is her ideal mate. Or is he? When she’s sees Ky Markham’s face flash up on the screen for an instant, just before fading to black, she begins to question the truth.

The Society tells her it’s a rare glitch, nothing to worry about. She is supposed to move on and live her life with Xander, but Cassia can’t. As much as she tries she can’t seem to stop thinking about Ky. And as they slowly fall in love Cassia finds her self questioning the one thing she ever trusted most in her life. Cassia is faced with a choice; between Xander & Ky, between the only life she’s ever know and a path no one has ever dared follow.

For anyone who hasn’t read this series I highly recommend you pick it up today!

Carrie’s Top Favorite Books

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My #1st Favorite Book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. (Goodreads)

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My #2nd Favorite Book is A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle

After a tumultuous year in New York City, the Austins are spending the summer on the small island where their grandfather lives. He’s very sick, and watching his condition deteriorate as the summer passes is almost more than Vicky can bear. To complicate matters, she finds herself as the center of attention for three very different boys.

Zachary Grey, the troubled and reckless boy Vicky met last summer, wants her all to himself as he grieves the loss of his mother. Leo Rodney has been just a friend for years, but the tragic loss of his father causes him to turn to Vicky for comfort—and romance. And then there’s Adam Eddington. Adam is only asking Vicky to help with his research on dolphins. But Adam—and the dolphins—may just be what Vicky needs to get through this heartbreaking summer. (Goodreads)

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My #3rd Favorite Book is Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen. (Goodreads)

 

 

Martha’s Favorite Books

 

Paper Towns by John Green
Paper Towns by John Green
    My #1 Favorite Book is Paper Towns by John Green

“What a treacherous thing it is to believe that a person is more than a person.”

John Green hits home this universal truth in multiple ways, contrasting the idea of Margo with the person of Margo. Told with humor, poignancy, and compassion, it’s easy to put yourself smack dab in the middle of this journey, sometimes in the driver’s seat, and sometimes along for the ride.

I love the use of Whitman’s “Song of Myself” in this novel and hope young Green fans might be compelled to read it on their own, adding collective understanding of the root system holding Nerdfighters together.

Looking for Alaska, John Green. Here’s the thing about John Green: he gets the 15-year-old version of me.  That this is happening many, many years later is irrelevant.  It just feels good that someone finally understands me. I was definitely a participant in (rather than an observer of) this story. John Green creates rich, believable characters, ones I’d like to think I’d choose as friends. He manages to tackle some tough issues in this book without ever being overly didactic. I can’t wait to read more of his work.

 

 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Princess Bride by William Goldman

My #2 Favorite Book is The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Hands-down, this is my favorite book. There’s a little something for everyone: adventure, romance, fantasy. If you like the movie, the novel is even better. While the story is fantastic, it’s really the satirical comments from the narrator that do it for me.  Goldman uses a unique device with his “abridging” remarks. I’ve read this copy at least 50 times as I’ve shared it with various classes.  Some of the pages have been loosed from their bindings, but still, I cling to my copy.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My #3 Favorite Series is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

This dark novel deals with the way that children are affected by violence. The main character is forced to ask many difficult questions of herself, which, by extension, the reader asks about himself, too. To what lengths would I go to save myself? Would I ever be capable of murder? What if it was in self defense? What would I do to save my family? Normally, I’m all for a less than tidy ending, but the ending of this one makes me glad there’s more to come. I definitely don’t recommend this book to all middle school readers — some of the violent scenes are fairly graphic. It is extremely well-written, though, and will certainly give you some food for thought.

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