Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Simply Couldn’t Put Down

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The above photo was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post.)

Hello Readers!

Today I’m sharing with you ten books that I simply couldn’t put down. These are all books that I absolutely loved, and in some ways am still thinking about. Not only were they books I couldn’t put down for a mere moment, but they are books that left a lasting impression. Those books are…

The Hate U Give Ι Angie Thomas

We Are Okay Ι  Nina LaCour

All in Pieces Ι Suzanne Young

Splintered Ι  A.G. Howard

Beneath a Meth Moon Ι  Jacqueline Woodson

Everything, Everything Ι  Nicola Yoon

Delirium Ι  Lauren Oliver

Dreamland Social Club Ι  Tara Altebrando

Things We Know By Heart Ι  Jessi Kirby

We Were Liars Ι  E. Lockhart

So  readers, what are some books that you couldn’t put down? Please share in the comments!

(All cover images from GoodReads)

Rise of the Balloon Goons

Rise of the Balloon Goons (Notebook of Doom #1) by Troy Cummings

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Alexander Bopp is a scared-y cat. He’s scared of practically everything. But there’s nothing as scary as living in a new, unfamiliar town, starting a new school, and the prospect of making new friends.

Of at least he thinks there’s nothing scarier. 

When he and his dad go out in search of a place to eat breakfast, Alexander notices something very strange about his new town. In front of every store , on every street corner there are these strange dancing balloon guys, or balloon goons are Alexander calls them.  

What’s even stranger than the fact that these balloon guys are everywhere, is the fact that they seem to be able to move on their own. 

And Alexander swears that they’re following, just waiting to attack him. He needs to figure out how to defeat or rather deflate the balloon goons before they make his life a living nightmare. 

Rise of the Balloon Goons, written by Troy Cummings, is the first book in the Notebook of Doom series. 

Cummings’s writing is simple yet engaging. He doesn’t rely on over telling this short story. However, through quick chapters and an action packed plot line, readers will be hooked.

Alexander is a character that I really liked. I felt that young readers will easily relate to. Besides that, through Alexander, they’ll see that it’s okay to be afraid. And that everyone – no matter their age – is afraid of something. 

Rise of the Balloon Goons was a super quick read. Because of short chapters and a fast-moving plot, kids will gobble this book up. And will be eager for more! 

(Cover Image from GoodReads)

Daughters Unto Devils

Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

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Amanda didn’t expect to live through the winter. Ma was sick, deathly so. Baby Hannah seemed to scream endlessly and tirelessly. If things weren’t bad enough, Amanda started to see and hear things … Things that weren’t there. 

Amanda was going crazy. 

To keep his family safe and Amanda sane, Pa decides to move the family from their secluded mountain town to the deserted open prairie. There, they’ll put the past behind them and move forward. 

Amanda wants to be excited about this move, but how can she? She’s leaving behind the only home she’s known. And the boy she’s secretly in love with and impregnated by.

But things don’t seem right on the prairie. Their new house was found covered in blood. Amanda hears a frequent knocking. And scariest of all, there’s a ghostly baby calling to her. 

Is cabin fever setting in again? Or is it something more sinister? 

Daughters Unto Devils is a spine-chilling, stay up late reading debut written by author Amy Lukavics. 

Author Lukavis is a skilled writer. Her words are strong, creating dark and eerie descriptions. But more than that is the way she builds suspense. Each page will leave readers gripping the edge of their sets, just waiting to send them screaming with horror. 

While Lukavics words were scarier, nothing was as scary as the sparse setting – which plays a huge role to this story. Amanda and her family live on an undeveloped open prairie surrounded by ominous woods. There are no neighbors. They are completely alone leaving them vulnerable to both the seen and unseen evils.

The characters that fill Daughters Unto Devils  are well crafted and well-developed. Main character Amanda is honestly flawed, and not one hundred percent reliable. I think that’s why I personally thought she was a great character! And why I think you will too. 

Daughters Unto Devils is a true horror novel if I’ve ever read one. With unforeseen twists and turns this book will leave you a bit more than creeped out. Warning: read with the light on! 

(Cover Image from GoodReads)

I Try, Really I Do

As you already know, I am an avid reader. Because of that coupled with the fact that I run a book blog, you’d think I’d review every single book I read. As much as I would love to, I just can’t. 
Today, I want to give an explanation for that. 
Yes, when I first started blogging many moons ago I really did review everything I read. And it was great. But as time passed and life changed I started to find it difficult to review everything. 
Why?
Well, there are many instances where I’ve read a book and have absolutely loved it! So much so that I could give proper credit. I would gush so much, that my review was was basically me fangirling. And not that that’s a bad thing, but when I gush I feel like I don’t give any solid reasons why I feels others should read/enjoy the book. 
There are other times that I’ve read and loved a book and have quickly written up a review. But because of my perfectionism, that review which doesn’t seem finished or polished to me and because of that, it gets scrapped, and will never be posted. Simply put, I sometimes feel that my words will not do this book justice. 
And still, there are times I read a book, and I have to process it. Sometimes it takes me a really long time to process it, so long the review doesn’t get written mainly because I feel my review won’t be relevant.
I know these sound like excuses, but they are all truth. Writing reviews isn’t necessarily easy for me, I don’t think they are easy for any blogger, but I try, really I do.

Pip Bartlette’s Guide to Magical Creatures

Pip Bartlette’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stefvater

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Pip Bartlette has a secret! She can talk to animals. And not just any kind of animals, magical ones! 

Too bad no one believes her.

They also don’t believe that she wasn’t responsible for the unicorn uprising that day at school. Wanting to put distance between her and the incident, Pip’s parents decide to send her to her aunts house for the summer. There she’ll get to think about what she did. 

Think, and get to help out at Aunt Emma’s magical creature clinic. Pip’s over the moon excited about the prospect of learning about and talking to new magical creature. But when fuzzles, tiny balls of fur that spontaneously burst into flames, overtake Cloverton, Pip hopes that, while she’s trying to help, she doesn’t somehow get blamed for this disaster. 

Pip Bartlette’s Guide to Magical Vreatures, written by authors Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stirfvater is the first book in a fantastical series.

Sometimes, as a reader, I don’t necessarily love coauthored books. Often, they feel disjointed. But this was not the case for this book. The writing is strong, engaging, and above all whimsically fun!

Pip is a great character. Come to think of it …all of the characters in Pip Bartlette’s Guide to Magic Creatures are great! Pip is the true heart and soul of this book. Full of spunk, Pip is an honestly lovable character who is always up for an adventure. And even though she makes mistakes – a lot of them! – readers will easily root for her. 

Besides Pip, I personally loved Tomas. He was Pip’s opposite in every sense of the word.  But even so, he’s sweet, lovable, and even though he’s scared (and allergic) to most everything he’s always there for Pip. 

I’m not much of a fantasy reader by nature. And Pip Bartlette’s Guide to Magical Creatures is most definitely a fantasy. But I loved it! Every moment of it – it kept me at the edge of my seat (will they figure out how to save Cloverton from the fuzzles), it kept me wondering (about all the magical creatures I would meet), and it kept me laughing (Pip’s got a great sense of humor). 

In short Pip Bartlette’s Guide to Magical Creatures is a whimsical read that would take readers on a magical adventure. Read it, you won’t be disappointed. 

(Cover image from GoodReads)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would

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(The above picture was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.)

Hello Readers!

We all know those books. Those books that when we crack open them we are super excited to read. But the moment the book comes to a close we are left saddened because the book just didn’t live up to what we wanting and hoping it would be.

Today’s post is dedicated to those books. And they are:

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Love & Other Perishable Items Ι Laura Buzo

The Bad Decisions Playlist Ι  Michael Rubens

Between Us And The Moon Ι  Rebecca Maizel

Shive Ι  Maggie Stiefvater

Two Boys Kissing Ι  David Levithan

Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann

Proof of Forever Ι  Lexa Hillyer

Stealing Snow Ι Danielle Paige

Truth or Dare Ι  Jacqueline Green

Kill the Boy Band Ι  Goldy Moldavsky

All of these books I wanted to love. But they missed the mark for me. What books did you expect to love but just didn’t, readers?

Miss Laney is Zany

Miss Laney Is Zany (My Weird School Daze #8) by Dan Gutman

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A.J. does not like school. In fact, he downright hates it. The only thing school is good for is hanging out with his friends.

So when Mr. Klutz, the principal of Ella Mentry School, calls and assembly to announce that, due to the budget, or lack thereof, their beloved school will be closing … forever. If Ella Mentry School closes forever it means that A.J. will NEVER have to go to school again! Best. Day. Ever!

That is, until Mr. Klutz explains that the students will still have to go to school – a different school with different kids. This is quite possibly the most terrible thing A.J. has heard in his entire life! A.J. may not like school, but he likes his friends and doesn’t want to make new ones.

So he sets out to do the unthinkable: save Ella Mentry School. But he can’t do it alone, raising one million dollars is nearly impossible. But with the help of his zany language teacher  – Miss Laney – whose office is in the girl’s bathroom, maybe they can find someway come up with the money needed.

Miss Laney Is Zany, written by author Dan Gutman, is part of the hilarious book series My Weird School Daze. 

Gutman’s writing that fills this book is good. More that that, it reads as if an elementary school student wrote it, inviting young readers in. Besides the writing, the illustrations dispersed among the pages, not only provide the perfect visual aid, but they engage the readers. 

The students of Ella Mentry School are simply great. They’re honest, funny, and have personalities all their own. This fact makes it easy for readers to see a little of themselves within these varied characters. Beyond that, they have real heart! 

What makes this book so great is two facts. One, it’s funny. Readers of all ages will appreciate the humor that this book oozes. And two, it’s a story that readers will root for, and read with fingers crossed that Ella Mentry School is saved! 

(Cover image from GoodReads)