Hey guys! So March is coming to an end, and instead of doing a monthly favourites, I’m going to do a post about my favourite books that I’ve read so far in 2014. It’s crazy to think that we’re already a quarter of the way through 2014 – it feels like New Years Eve was only last week! One of my goals for 2014 was to read at least 4 books every month, and you can see all of the books that I’ve read so far on my 2014 Booklist. And instead of doing individual reviews for the books that I’ve read, I thought I’d just do little reviews on my favourite books, and throw them all into the same blog post!
Books Read: Rumours: A Luxe Novel – Anna Godberson, Protector of the Small: Lady Knight – Tamora Pierce, Grave Mercy – Robin LaFevers
Favourite: Protector of the Small: Lady Knight – Tamora Pierce
I already did a review on Grave Mercy, so for January I’ll talk about Lady Knight, which is one of my all time favourite books! I discovered Tamora Pierce’s books when I was 10 years old, and it wasn’t long before I was calling her my favourite author and had read all of her books. Tamora Pierce writes fantasy books for teens / young adults, and currently has written 5 quartets, 2 other series, 3 standalones, and a handful of short stories. She has set up two different fantasy medieval-ish worlds that her books take place in. The Protector of the Small quartet is set in the realm of Tortall, and follows heroine Keladry on her journey towards knighthood. I love Kel’s story because she is so strong and courageous and just, but is also extremely compassionate and loyal. Lady Knight is the last book in the quartet and is probably one of my favourite Tamora Pierce books. I feel like the first three books see Kel growing up and fighting a lot of hard battles, and in Lady Knight when she’s faced with her hardest choices and her toughest battles, we see how far she’s come since we first met her in First Test, the first book of the series. If you’re into fantasy, magic, medieval times, or even just strong female characters, I definitely recommend that you check out the Protector of the Small series as well as any/all of Tamora Pierce’s books!
Books Read: Fangirl – Ken Baker, Falling in Love with English Boys – Melissa Jensen, Life After Theft – Aprilynne Pike
Favourite: Falling in Love with English Boys – Melissa Jensen
Falling in Love with English Boys is about an American girl (Cat) who goes to England for the summer and – you guessed it – falls in love with English boys. Seeing as I love a) England and b) Boys, it’s kind of obvious that I would like this book. I found the book to be fairly light reading, and injected with the humour, friendship, and boy drama that one usually finds in these sorts of books. There were a few things that made this book a little bit different though – it was written in first person ‘blog posts’ to the Cat’s friends, informing them of her adventures in England, which I thought was interesting and cool. Also, within the book a second sort of storyline was put in; the story of a girl from 19th century England whose diary Cat is reading, which put a unique spin on the book. I’d recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a light, funny read, and/or is interested in England/English culture.
Books Read: The Thief – Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner, Cross My Heart – Sasha Gould, Sphinx’s Princess – Esther M. Friesner, The A-List – Zoey Dean, Are You Going to Kiss Me Now? – Sloane Tanen, Girls on Film – Zoey Dean, Blonde Ambition – Zoey Dean, Hollywood is like Highschool with Money – Zoey Dean, How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls – Zoey Dean (that’s 10 books in one month! yikes)
Favourites: The Thief & The Queen of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner, The A-List, Girls on Film & Blonde Ambition – Zoey Dean
As you can probably tell, March has been a busy month of reading for me. I’ve begun reading on buses and the subway, and in class a little bit (oops!) plus the books that I’ve been reading aren’t terribly long or tedious so I’ve been going through them quickly. And since I couldn’t choose a favourite for the month, I’m going to tell you all about 2 series that I really enjoyed / am enjoying.
I first discovered Megan Whalen Turner’s The Queen’s Thief series last summer, when I found the 4th book in the library, took it out, and loved it. Of course, at the time I wasn’t aware that it was the 4th book in a quartet or anything, so you can imagine my surprise when I found the first book in the ebook library and discovered that there were 3 more books! So of course I read the first two, and have the third one on my ereader for when I run out of things to read. This series is set in the 3 fictional countries of Sounis, Eddis and Attolia that are loosely reminiscent of mediterranean countries, and the books involve lots of thievery, mythology, and well written characters. In The Thief, a small company from Sounis that includes a magus, his two apprentices, a soldier, and a thief from Eddis, set out to steal what might be a mythical relic from Attolia. In The Queen of Attolia, the three countries are on the verge of war, and amongst the politics and logistics of war, the Thief of Eddis, Eugenides finds himself caught up in a dangerous predicament with the Queen of Attolia as he tries to steal his way to peace. I’d highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys adventure, clever plot twists, and strong characters.
Also during March I discovered Zoey Dean’s books, and although I enjoyed her two standalone books, her A-List series is my favourite of her books. The series follows Anna, of the old money of New York, who moves to Los Angeles to get out from under the shadow of her adventurous and daring best friend. While in LA she finds herself running with the crowd of the rich and spoiled teens of LA, whose lives are filled with daring, drama, and the incredible. Fast paced, extravagant, and somewhat predictable, I like to think of these books as the book version of reality tv – you find yourself rolling your eyes at some parts, and you think that some of the things that happen a tad unrealistic, but they’re enjoyable to read nonetheless. I’d recommend these books to anyone who’s looking for some light reading, and who enjoys reading about the lives of the rich and famous.
So there you have it! Some of my favourite books that I’ve read in the last three months. If you guys have any book recommendations or have read any of these books then leave me a comment below!