Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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Publisher: Point

Release Date:  July 26, 2016

Genre: YA Contemporary & Romance

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…


P.S. I Like You by Kasie West is an incredibly charming, witty novel about a high school girl, Lily. I instantly could relate to her, yet I was a bit jealous of her! She had a wonderful friend, an interesting family, and an intriguing potential love interest. The book is light and funny, something difficult to put down, and I am eager to share it with you!

Characters

Lily Abbott is the epitome of quirky (in the best way possible!). She has her very own sense of style and an original personality. She was terribly witty and I was constantly laughing over her comments (not always out loud…). She is the kind of person who is quiet and reserved yet radiates personality. Lily also has a passion for music. She wishes to be a songwriter, so she is constantly coming up with lyrics and creating tunes with her guitar.

I 100% could relate to her. Me and Lily would be the best of friends if she went to my school. I also love music, and her humor is wonderful. She is quiet but unafraid of what people may think of her. Even when she voiced her insecurities, she still seemed confidant. I totally admire that. However, she refuses to share her songs with anyone. That was where her confidence faltered, but that made her person more realistic. She put her entire self into the pages of her notebook, so I can understand not wanting to share that. I really liked seeing the side of her that was a little afraid, it added so much depth.

Isabel, Lily’s best friend, is basically the most wonderful friend anyone could ever ask for. She is always there for Lily, and they share nearly everything with each other. Isabel is on a mission to find a boyfriend for Lily, and her efforts are admirable! She does her best, but has not found someone that Lily is happy with. Fortunately for Lily, she has an incredible crush on this cool senior named Lucas. PLUS, she starts writing letters to a mysterious guy in another chemistry class. (More about the letters in a moment!)

And then there’s Cade. He’s the cool, popular guy that everyone loves. Except for Lily. The two despise each other. I actually enjoyed their banter. It was entertaining! By no means was it a positive relationship, but the two had this connection that only people who hate each other can share. It was quite interesting, and very well written. I couldn’t help but enjoy the moments when Cade and Lily were arguing or insulting each other, even though they made Lily upset. I would have been curious to see Cade’s point of view during these scenes, or even throughout the story.

Lily’s family is adorable! They are quirky and unique and have their own special ways of doing things. She’s got two younger brothers and an older sister, all of whom are very different from Lily. The brothers are very childlike and add a sense of carefree innocence to the story. Her sister is the typical college girl, but she is more in the background. Lily’s parents are wonderful and very loving. They add to the happy family dynamic, which is something we don’t see a lot of here in the YA community.

“You’re my favorite way to pass the time. But time stands still when you’re on my mind.”

 

“If a penny can bring luck and a dime can grant a wish, how come my eleven cents hasn’t bought me what I need.”

 

Plot & Writing

AND NOW we can discuss the wonderful letter writing! I absolutely loved this aspect of the story. Lily begins to write letters to a mysterious someone in another chemistry class, and they immediately begin to bond. (HAha no pun intended!!) It is obvious that Lily is beginning to fall for the letter writer even before she admits it. They exchange letters about music, the boringness of chemistry, and eventually their personal lives. The person behind the letters would be perfect for Lily, except for the fact that he is unknown…

The book is a bit long, but it moves along quickly. There is not a dull moment in the story, as something new is always happening in Lily’s life. Frequently, that something new is a new letter in chemistry class, but it does not get old. Each one reveals something different about the mystery guy, and Lily is revealing more about herself as well. We get to know both of these characters in a more personal way, but we are forced to guess about the letter writer.

SPEAKING OF THE LETTER WRITER… just kidding we won’t speak of him except for that he’s awesome and the personality that shines through the letters is amazing! He makes a wonderful friend for Lily, and adds a bit of mystery to the book. Personally, I didn’t guess who he was, but some may have. The letters added a wonderful aspect to the story, and they gave so much personality to the book. I really enjoyed reading the letters between the two, and I loved each character’s sense of humor.

Overview

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West easily became one of my new favorites. It is incredibly charming and witty, and you will fall in love with the characters instantly. The writing is lovely and really lets the personalities shine through. I am eager to read more of West’s books!

Chat with me! Have you read P.S. I Like You? What did you think? Have you read or enjoyed any of West’s other books?

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Top 10 Books on My Winter TBR

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Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and is having a great Tuesday! Today is Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and the theme is Winter TBR’s. I am expanding that a little bit by including books that I want to read after winter as well, since I most likely won’t get all of them read before winter is over, as school is taking up all of my time. Anyways, here we go!

1. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

This is kind of cheating because I already started this, but I’m only on chapter 4 ish. I was suuuppperrr excited to read this, but I keep seeing reviews on Goodreads that are not too great. Hopefully it will still have some redeeming qualities!

2. The Knowing by Sharon Cameron

I really enjoyed the first book, The Forgetting, and I have it sitting at home from the library!

3. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

I absolutely love the titles in this series, and I finally picked up the first book from the library. I hope the book is as lovely as the title!

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I bought this book several years ago, and have not read it. I am determined to get to it soon, though.

5. The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I also got this one over a year ago, and I have heard mixed reviews. It has been recommended by many people, but I’ve also seen people who don’t care for it as much.

6. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

One of my friends really likes this series, and I own the first book. Plus, more are being written, so that is exciting!

7. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Haha I also own this one, but have yet to read it. (Must be a theme…)  And the second one came out not too long ago, so I’ve got to catch up!

8. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Ok, I bought this solely based on the cover because BUILDINGS!!! And it sounds interesting too…

9. These Broken Stars By Amie Kaufman

I love Illuminae and this one sounds like a neat sci-fi romance type thing, so I look forward to it!

10. The rest of Rick Riordan’s new(ish) books

I’m a bit behind on his stuff, like I’ve only read the first Magnus Chase book and the first Trials of Apollo book. I hope to catch up on both series before he writes any new ones!

What books do you plan to read this winter? Do you procrastinate on reading the books that you own? Link me to your TTT!

The Mystery Blogger Award #2

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Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely day! I have been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award for the second time! I’m so glad that people like reading what I write and want to see more, and I love being able to do tag posts. Thank you Siobhan @ Siobhan’s Novelties for nominating me! And thanks to Okoto Enigma for creating the award!

The Rules

  1. Put the award logo on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself
  6. Nominate roughly 10-20 people for this award
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs
  8. Ask your nominees five questions
  9. Share a link to your best/favorite post that you’ve written

 

Three Things About Me

  1. I really enjoy art and drawing. I have always liked to draw things, and I try to draw whenever I can, but there’s not much free time these days. I always have trouble coming up with ideas though, but it is still fun!
  2. I was actually introduced to book collecting and some of my favorite books by one of my friends. She had pretty good sized bookshelf full of YA books and would always give me suggestions on what to read next. So, she inspired me to start my own collection, which further encouraged my love of reading.
  3. My favorite book series is the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I know a lot of people have a hard time picking one book or one series that is their favorite (which is totally ok) but I am not one of those people. There are a lot of books that I adore, but there’s just something about this series that makes it a step above the rest! (Also Renegades came out a few days ago and it is not in my possession yet. What am I even doing?)

 

Siobhan’s Questions:

1. What was your 2017 most anticipated book that disappointed you?

I have actually read (or DNF’d) several books this year which is a bit sad, but I’ve got too many things to read to be reading things I don’t enjoy. One book that I was really looking forward to was Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. It is currently up for a Goodreads Choice Award, but I did not like it at all. The idea was great, and the characters were alright, but the story was not executed well. There was too much telling and not enough action. I felt like nothing was happening at all. I got 2/3 ish through and gave up. I tried to give it a good chance, but it fell short for me.

2. Which books are you eagerly awaiting for 2018?

Ummm 2018 is in like 2 months?? When did this happen? I haven’t even compiled a proper list of 2018 releases yet! So here’s what I pulled from my Goodreads To-Read list and anything else I think of…

  • A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman
  • Wires and Nerve Vol. 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer
  • Unearthed by Amie Kaufman
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao
  • From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon
  • And probably a lot of others I can’t think of at the moment…

 

3. Who’s your least favorite author? Why?

I don’t think I have a least favorite author. Even if I don’t like one an author’s books, I will probably give another of their books a try if it sounds interesting. I’m kind of a disorganized reader (which is a little ironic considering I’m a very organized person), as I don’t have any sort of rhyme or reason to the books I read. I find one that looks good and I read it, which means for most authors I have only read one of their books, unless of course it was a really good series.

4. What would you like to see authors incorporate into their stories that you don’t see now?

This is tough… but I’d have to say that I wish books more often had characters that are not of the stereotypical character type. Like, strong female leads that are perfectly skinny and pretty and whatnot. Or guys with perfect hair and a horde of friends behind them. This has been improving a lot lately, and it’s really exciting! I love reading about people who are similar to me, which does not necessarily include those who are in a perfect relationship or have perfect hair and lots of friends and money. I want a book where I can put myself in someone else’s life where not everything is perfect, but it is inspiring and makes me wish that real life were as good as a book!

5. Which character in a series would you love to fight?

Now, for this we are going to assume that I am a strong, powerful person and not a quiet, weak nerd. I would love to be in a fight with Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson because she incredibly smart and powerful. I could turn it into a learning experience and gain so many different things from her!

My Favorite Posts:

  • I really enjoyed writing my reviews for When Dimple Met Rishi and Eliza and Her Monsters, which I combined into one post! Check it out!
  • I also loved writing my Top Ten Tuesday post prompted by recommendations a person/group of your choice, and I did 10 Book Recommendations for Star wars Fans. 

 

I am not going to nominate anyone specific since I have done this tag already and I know many other people have as well, but if you would like to do it then go for it and have fun!! 🙂

Top 10 Most Unique and Beautiful Book Titles

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Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful week! It’s been awhile since my last Top Ten Tuesday post (or last post in general…) as I’ve been super busy with school and other things. But today I’ve got a TTT about unique book titles, and I’m super excited about it! I love book titles, as they can tell you so much about the story, and some are just so well crafted that you can’t help but adore them. I’ve got ten book titles are lovely and beautiful and worthy of praise!

1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this title. (Yeah, I know it’s not YA). It’s just so beautiful and poetic and I instantly want to read a book with a title like that. It alludes to darkness or maybe a hidden light that represents something good, like happiness or love. This was the first book that I thought of when I say this Tuesday’s prompt, the epitome of a unique title.

2. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

This whole series has amazing titles, including Like a River Glorious and Into the Bright Unknown. They are all mysterious yet still seem positive and happy. I think they all demonstrate some sort of hidden beauty and a sense of searching for something unknown.

3. Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

Again, the entire series’ titles are lovely, including Remember Yesterday and Seize Today. They are a bit contradictory, since it might be hard to forget tomorrow since it hasn’t happened yet. All of them hint at memory and time and future and such cool, complex things!

4. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

SO MUCH Contradiction! How can you be genuine if you’re a fraud? Frauds are supposed to be fake, and genuine indicates something is 100% real. Wow, that’s confusing to think about… but otherwise really neat a creative! And I like contradicting things like Oxymorons and paradoxes and crazy, crazy stuff that blows your mind!!

5. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Oh, the sky! Who doesn’t love a bright blue sky full of fluffy clouds? Maybe that’s not the intention, but the sky literally is everywhere. It could be a connector, uniting people even when they are not together, as we all share the same sky.

6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I immediately think of a spark. Something that is tiny but so incredibly mighty. And to have a spark emerge from the ashes, that represents a power that comes out of something bad or negative. A power that can grow and consume anything in its path, now whether that be good or bad is up to you!

7. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

There are several books in this series, all with lovely titles of course! We’ve got Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos, and Beautiful Redemption. All of them are a bit contradictory, with “Beautiful” and then something that has a negative connotation. It is taking ‘bad’ things and making them seem a little better.

8. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Similes! (I love when literary terms come in handy!) There are two other books as well, including Ice Like Fire and Frost Like Night. Again, we’re comparing something pretty and wintery to something more negative. That seems to be a common theme here…

9. Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

Of all the books on this list, this is the only one that I have attempted to read. I got about halfway and decide it wasn’t for me, which was actually really disappointing because the title made me want to love it. It just seems to poetic and mysterious and secretive. Maybe I’ll try it again?

10. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

I just love series with matching, wonderful titles! Once again there are two more books, A Million Suns and Shades of Earth. They all seem science-y and don’t really seem to be negative. Maybe travel or outer space are incorporated. I enjoy titles with strong descriptors, and that’s the case with these!

Do you love titles that are beautiful and unique? What about contradictory things? Have you read or enjoyed any of these books? Link me to your TTT!

Review: Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant

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Publisher: Kids Can Press

Release Date: April 4, 2017

Genre: YA Contemporary & Romance

The more I touch someone, the more I can see and understand, and the more I think I can help. But that’s my mistake. I can’t help. You can’t fix people like you can solve a math problem.

Math genius. Freak of nature. Loner.

Eva Walker has literally one friend—if you don’t count her quadruplet three-year-old-siblings—and it’s not even because she’s a math nerd. No, Eva is a loner out of necessity, because everyone and everything around her is an emotional minefield. All she has to do is touch someone, or their shirt, or their cell phone, and she can read all their secrets, their insecurities, their fears.

Sure, Eva’s “gift” comes in handy when she’s tutoring math and she can learn where people are struggling just by touching their calculators. For the most part, though, it’s safer to keep her hands to herself. Until she meets six-foot-three, cute-without-trying Zenn Bennett, who makes that nearly impossible.

Zenn’s jacket gives Eva such a dark and violent vision that you’d think not touching him would be easy. But sometimes you have to take a risk…


Thank you to Edelweiss and Kids Can Press for the eARC! 

I am super excited to review this book because it was incredibly awesome, and it is the first ARC that I have been approved for!! Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant focuses on Eva, an exceptional math student, and her ability to feel another person’s feelings just by touching them.

Characters

The main character, Eva, is basically a math genius and frequently tutors her classmates. I am also a math nerd, so I LOVED all of the math references! Eva frequently thinks in math terms and it was very relatable. She also has an insane ability to feel and understand another person’s feelings by touching them or something they own (like clothes, their phone, calculators).

Eva also has a wonderful sense of humor, and her voice is entirely unique. She is used to being alone, yet she is charming and witty. Unfortunately, she is an  outcast, as most people view her opposition to touching things as a fear of germs. Aside from that, Eva is going through everything a typical high school senior would. She is trying to figure out where she wants to go to college and how to apply for scholarships. As a student myself, I can relate one hundred percent. I know exactly what it’s like to be confused and scared about going off to college or deciding what to do for the rest of your life. That is part of what makes this book so good: it is familiar and entirely relatable. I always want to be able to understand and connect with characters, and Eva was certainly all that.

Zenn is the featured love interest, and he is basically perfection. He’s an artist, and has a unique, complicated backstory. (I’m not telling more as to avoid spoilers!) I will just say that his family is not the greatest, yet he works incredibly hard to keep everything together. Zenn is all admirable qualities, and he is very caring toward Eva. As far as potential romances in YA, Zenn is pretty great!

Then there’s Eva’s best friend, Charlotte. I really admired her character’s progression throughout the story, even though she is not the main focus. We see Charlotte stray from Eva a little bit, but they find their way back to each other, realising that a best friend is far more important than popularity or a boyfriend.

I adored Eva’s family! By no means were they flawless, but that is what made them so realistic. I could easily imagine them as a typical American family today. Eva has four preschool aged siblings, two brothers and two sisters, all quadruplets. Let me just say that they were adorable and I would have loved to have them as my siblings! Eva’s parents were always very caring and understanding, especially with her circumstances involving her aversion to touching things.

Writing & Plot

As I mentioned earlier, I really enjoyed Eva’s voice. It is light and fun and easy to follow. Everything is described in a way that makes her world seem like a place that could easily be a short drive away. It is somewhere that is not too different from where I live, like her life could be that of anyone that I know. I love being able to imagine a story as something that could realistically happen (aside from feeling feelings through touch). Brant’s writing really allowed me to do that, and I’m very glad that it did!

Being a contemporary/romance, there’s not whole lot of major plot-twisty things going on, but there were a few moments where I was genuinely shocked by the events. The book covers the events of Eva’s life throughout her first semester of senior year, and much of what happens is her typical life. Now, we do get to some things that are completely new to Eva. She is hanging out with Zenn, and she usually avoids anyone who isn’t Charlotte. And Eva begins to learn some crazy things about this strange boy, Zenn. There is some MAJOR game-changing info revealed that I most definitely did NOT see coming. As far as plot twists go, this is probably one of the best that I have read.

Overview

I really enjoyed Zenn Diagram! It is nerdy, sweet, and completely relatable. I fell in love with all of the characters, and they all had such interesting lives. Their story is heartfelt, inspiring, and conveyed joyously. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves YA contemporary/romance and anyone looking for a sweet, fun read!

Have you read Zenn Diagram? Do you enjoy being able to relate to the books that you read? Do you love reading about fellow nerds? What books do you think have had the best plot twists?

The Awesome Blogger Award

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Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely week! Today I’ve got the Awesome Blogger Award! I wasn’t technically nominated, but May @ My 1st Chapter (Thank you!!!) tagged anyone and everyone wanted to do it. And she was excited to hear my responses, SO here we are! (I also really love doing tags because it’s actually really fun!?)

The Awesome Blogger Award was created by Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Include the reason behind the award
  • Include the banner in your post
  • Tag it under #theawesomebloggeraward in the reader
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you
  • Nominate at least five awesome bloggers
  • Give your nominees ten new questions to answer
  • Let your nominees know they’ve been nominated

May’s questions:

1. Which book made you ugly cry for days?

I’m not usually one to cry over a book, in fact I have only ever actually cried REAL tears over The Last Star by Rick Yancey. The ending just really got to me, IDK man. I read that probably a year ago, and haven’t had anything as emotional since.

2. Which book/series do you have very fond memories of?

Hmmm… I have fond memories of a lot of books, but most recently it would have to be Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. I read it all on a six hour (total, round-trip) drive to and from a really cool outlet mall, which was really fun. But also because that book was truly and utterly amazing and relatable! ( I wrote a review!!)

3. Which character do you find very similar to yourself?

Easily Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson. She’s smart and loves reading and architecture, as do I. She wants to become an architect, and she had the opportunity to redesign Olympus, which would be totally awesome!!

4. Which villain do you resemble most (in terms of personality)?

Haha so I have literally no clue, so I took some quizzes, and one said Voldemort (nah) and another said the White Witch from Narnia, and I could go with that. I like the cold, having power over the entire world, always evil, having really great snacks.

5. Which villain would you be besties with?

I am currently reading Because You Love to Hate Me by Ameriie, and it’s allll about villains. My favorite short story so far has been “Shirley and Jim” by Susan Dennard. I would want to be best friends with Shirley because she’s a nerd and is in calculus! Her and Jim play chess and talk about books, which is amazing!!

6. Name a strange habit you do while reading.

Hmmm…. I can’t read unless it’s nearly silent, and there’s nothing else going on around me. I can’t think of anything that’s interesting… Sometimes I end up sitting in weird, rather uncomfortable positions, but I don’t notice because I’m lost in the book!

7. Do you sleep with socks?

UG, NO!! I hate sleeping with socks on! It’s just not very comfortable, and I don’t really care about my feet getting cold.

8. How many pages can you read in one hour?

I mean, it kinda depends on the book and the size of the font, the size of the page, the genre, (I tend to read cotemporaries faster than fantasy), and how much I like the book. But all that considered, maybe anywhere between 60 and a hundred pages? I have never actually paid attention!

9. Which book would you rewrite the ending to? And what would it be?

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Marissa Meyer’s books, but Heartless was a bit of a let-down. The majority of it was really great, but the ending fell short for me. It was SOO abrupt. I would have liked something more gradual, where you can see more and more hints along the way, instead of just a huge sudden change. The actual content of the ending is basically inevitable, but I would have liked it to be a little more gradual.

10. What is the longest amount of pages you’ve read in one sitting?

I don’t tend to read a lot of pages in one sitting, as I just don’t have time for that anymore. But I used to be able to crank out four or five hundred pages at one time if I was really enjoying the book and didn’t have other obligations.

 

I’m not going to tag anyone specific, since I wasn’t officially tagged. So, if you would like to do this one, go for it! Just link me back to your answers!

I’m also just going to reuse May’s questions because I really liked them, and am curious to see how others would answer them!

Top 10 Books I Loved as a Kid

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Hello, hello! Today’s TTT is a Throwback Freebie, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and I’m “throwing back” to when I was a kid. I’ve got some of the books that I loved when I was in elementary/middle school. Maybe you’ll find some you enjoyed, and we can reminisce together!

1. Paint the Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan

This was my FAVORITE book for quite some time. Whenever anyone asked for a good  book to read I would tell them to read this one. I would tell them to read it even if they didn’t ask for a recommendation. It’s about a girl who goes to a camp and rides horses, which is interesting considering I strongly dislike the outdoors… (Also the horse on the cover is pretty cool looking!)

2. The Leanin’ Dog by K.A. Nuzum

Another animal book… I really liked those as a kid. I’m not much of an animal person now, but you never know. Anyways, this book was interesting because a girl and her dad live in a cabin in the woods, but the girl is afraid to leave the house. A dog finds its way to them, and she keeps it inside as her friend. That’s all I can remember, but I really liked it!!

3. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

This was probably one of the first fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian books that I ever read. I really liked the idea of a society that lived underground, and their efforts to escape were rather intriguing. I never read the rest of the series, though, so maybe I can do that one day. (I recently discovered there is a movie adaptation on one of my visits to the library. I’m excited to watch it!)

4. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

This is basically Diary of a Wimpy Kid (which I also really liked) for girls, if you are unfamiliar. I could breeze through these books, and they were pretty entertaining! It’s formatted like a journal, which was fun, especially if I was in need of a quick read.

5. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

This book is awesome mainly because of its formatting. The story is told alternately in chapters of drawings and regular writing. The drawings are AMAZING!! I totally wish I could draw like that! It also made the book a fast read, plus the story is interesting. (Also, there’s a movie, which was actually pretty good, too!)

6. American Girl books

Ok, I loved American Girl stuff when I was 9, 10 ish, and I read several sets of their books. For those who are unfamiliar, the American girl dolls have corresponding sets of books including events set in the doll’s time period. The very first set that I read was Kirsten, so she became my favorite. I also read Addy and Julie, which were good, too!

7. The Lemonade War by Jaqueline Davies

For some unknown reason, I LOVED this book. (I found there are more, and I was a bit excited, though they are waaayy below my reading level…) It had some sibling love, and lemonade, so what’s better than that?

8. Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

I don’t know of a girl who didn’t read these as a kid. Junie B. Jones was hilarious and did some pretty stupid things, but it made for great entertainment! My favorite one was when she got stuck in the school at night. Like, that’s not even possible (?) but I loved it!

9. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Poems!! My grandma had this book at her house, and she would always read a poem or two out of it before we went to bed when we stayed with her. We got to choose, of course, and I always picked the one about a guy losing his head, but he was actually sitting on it, but he was unaware, since his head was not attached to his body… (a bit strange if you think about it…)

10. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

This one is probably my favorite Dr. Seuss book, or Green Eggs and Ham. Both of them could be found at my grandma’s house as well, and we would read them nearly every time we visited her. About a year ago, I pulled one out to see how fast I could read it now, which was rather entertaining!

What books did you enjoy as a kid? Did you want ones you could read really fast? What about animal books? Link me to your TTT!