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Top Ten (Ok, Eleven) New Series I Want To Start

Genres: Young Adult

Series! Trilogies! Books, Books, Books!–Lots of them!

This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—check out their fabulous blog if you haven’t yet.

Here’s what they have to say about Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up in the community where we provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Feel free to have less than 10 or more if you need to at times and put a spin on the topic if you need to! Just please link back to us if you are participating :)”

This week we’re sharing the top new series (in the last year or so) we want to start. Beginning a series always carries with it a certain weight because you know that you will have to then wait for the subsequent books to come out. I just finished Cress and now I’m dying for Winter to be released! Ahhhh!!!

But, I’ll wait, and I’ll count down the days with all my book buddies. We all know the commitment series require, but we love them, and we’ll keep on loving them! So here are ten eleven series I’m hoping to start in the near future. 😀

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  1. The Glass Sentence (The Mapmaker Trilogy #1)

 

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2. Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes #1)

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3. A Thousand Pieces of Your (Firebird #1)  Ok, so this book isn’t technically out yet, but it’s one of my top anticipated for the near future.

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4. The Young World (The Young World Trilogy #1)

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5. Landry Park (Landry Park #1)

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6. These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) 

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7. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare (Alex Way Fare #1)

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8. Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga #1)

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9. Ilusive (Illusive #1)

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10. Elusion (Elusion #1)

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11. The Falconer (The Falconer #1)
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Are any of these series on your TBR list? Which one do you suggest I read first? Any titles you think are particularly relevant for the exploration of spiritual themes?? Looking forward to exploring your TTT lists, so do share!

What Katie Read

Top Ten Books Katie Has Read So Far in 2014

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This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and Bookish—check out their fabulous blog if you haven’t yet.

Here’s what they have to say about Top Ten Tuesday: “Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up in the community where we provide a prompt and other lovers of listmaking join in on it with their own top ten list. Feel free to have less than 10 or more if you need to at times and put a spin on the topic if you need to! Just please link back to us if you are participating :)”

This week, we’re looking at our top ten reads in 2014. Some of these might be books that were just published this year, but some may have been published earlier. I have met some fantastic books in 2014, and now let me share them with you! It’s hard to pick just ten, but I’m including children’s, young adult, adult, and nonfiction reads.

Top Ten Books Read So Far in 2014

snickerA Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

One of my new favorite middle grade books of 2014! And perhaps for all time–read my review and you’ll see why.

winner-curse1-624x936The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The first in a series, this fantasy was definitely one of my favorite read in 2014. I appreciate Rutkoski’s style and relished not knowing what was going to happen as this story unfolded…

18053060Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

I waited and waited for this one to come out–and it did not disappoint! A twisted version of Oz–but one that will hopefully be saved…

Cinder_hi-resCinder & Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

I’m a fan of the Lunar Chronicles now. The world of Cinder and Scarlet is fascinating–I’m currently reading Cress and can now see why everyone raves about this series.

victoria-schwab-the-archivedThe Archived by Victoria Schwab

I still have yet to read the sequel and I think I’m delaying it because I loved the first one so much. This is such a unique premise–check out my review and pick this one up!

11590645Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch

This is just my kind of nonfiction book, and I thought Sankovitch’s voice in this slim volume was perfect. I absolutely loved reading about her year of reading one book a day, as she worked through her grief at losing her sister to cancer. I know I will return to this book again!

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Windfallen by Jojo Moyes

I read Me Before You first, and then encountered Windfallen for my second Jojo Moyes book. I adored this one!! Looking forward to reading all of her other books.

We Were Liars by E Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I JUST posted my review of this luminous mystery and was thinking about this story for days afterwards…

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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

I LOVE the adventures and antics of Flora and Ulysses. This is heartwarming story that would be perfect as a read aloud!

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All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

This foodie novel comes out in July, and it’s a treat not to be missed. Stay tuned for my stop on the Blog Tour hosted by The Midnight Garden!

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Bonus: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Aliens? The apocalypse? This was an engrossing story with an interesting take on the alien invasion premise. I am counting the days until the sequel is released…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Katie Read

Exploring The Mystery of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (2014)

Exploring The Mystery of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (2014)We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Published by Random House Children's Books on May 13th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 240
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Suggested age range: 13 and up

The Book: Cadence is part of a privileged family: the Sinclairs. But like many families, this family harbors secrets. Summers find Cadence with her family on their private island off the coast of Massachusetts. There, she becomes part of the “liars,” a group including herself, her two cousins, and a grafted in “cousin,” Gat. They sneak out together, they get in trouble together, but when the summer ends, they each go their separate ways. Except for one summer. What secret is the family holding back from Cadence of that fateful summer, and what happened that she is desperately trying to remember?

Spirituality in We Were Liars: Topics like greed, racism, and dysfunctional family relationships in a story can certainly make room for spirituality. Without giving anything away, I will point out that the issue of materialism surfaces in the story—and one character’s response to this excessive greed is an interesting aspect of the narrative. Feel free to let me know in the comments your thoughts on these aspects of the story!

Who Should Read This Book: If you can read and you like a beautifully written story with a mystery at its heart, you need to sit down with The Liars. You owe it to yourself to visit this island off the coast of Massachusetts, and learn about the Sinclairs with all their flaws. Whether you like a good contemporary realistic novel or a thought-provoking mystery, I’m certain you’ll find something in this story to enjoy. This is the kind of book that kept me close to the page, tracing it for hints as to what really happened during “Summer 15” for the Liars.

The Final Word: Lockhart’s prose is clever, crisp, and beautiful. I hadn’t read anything by her before, but now I plan to change that. I appreciate her style, and I was glued to this story for several days. My only regret is that it had been longer. Now, I’m planning a re-read, especially since I want to return and scour the pages for clues. An unreliable narrator can really make a narrative more fascinating, and Lockhart expertly weaves a story that you will be thinking about long after you have closed the book.

 

 

 

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What Katie Read
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