Book Recommendations?

Hello, everyone!  I am in the process of compiling a list of various book recommendations according to genres.  However, I have one section dedicated to my follower’s recommendations, so I need your help.  If you have any recommendations, whether it is an adult thriller, new adult romance, or young adult dystopian, all are accepted!  Of course, you will get credit (I’ll link your blog within the rec, as you deserve it!)  Please send as many as you desire!  I greatly appreciate all of your help!

Happy reading!

Katie 🙂

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Mention Monday: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Happy Monday and welcome to Mention Monday, in which I recommend a book that I really enjoyed.  Mention Mondays are a part of my Daily Post; to learn more about it, click here.

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Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.-Goodreads summary

For most of my Mention Mondays, I like to avoid overly hyped books for many reasons: one, they’ve been hyped, and we all understand that we “need” to read them; two, they tend to be not worth its recognition; and three, I prefer recommending lesser hyped books.  However, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of the few insanely hyped books that completely shocked me.

Most importantly, I adored our main character, Charlie.  Frequently, books’ protagonists are nervy and fearless individuals, who do not even blink at the thought of danger.  While I think these characters are admirable, they can be extremely unrelatable to me, the reader.  You see, I’m quite shy and introverted.  The thought of being in a dangerous situation makes my heart race faster than an Olympic runner’s.  However, Charlie was a breath of fresh air in the character department.  Like me, he is introverted.  Due to his quiet demeanor, he begins noticing how this debilitates many opportunities in his life.  With the help of friends, Charlie comprehends that while being a wallflower does have its perks, its okay to occasionally live life on the dance floor.

Overall, I adore how alike Charlie and me are.  A person once said, “We read to know that we are not alone.”  While I have had countless individuals jab at my demeanor, Charlie (and Chbosky) reminded me that I’m okay!

I truly think this book is fantastic and would recommend it to anyone struggling with the acceptance of themselves.

I apologize for being like every other wallflower claiming that you need to read this book; but you really need to!

*What are some books that you’d recommend?*

Currently Reading: The Book Thief and am 69% into it.

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Mention Monday: Wicked Girls

Today is Mention Monday, in which I recommend a book that I really enjoyed.  Mention Mondays are a part of my Daily Post; to learn more about it, click here!

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From Printz Honor winner and Your Own, Sylvia author Stephanie Hemphill comes this fictionalized account of the Salem Witch trials from three of the real young women living in Salem in 1692.

Ann Putnam Jr. is the queen bee. When her father suggests a spate of illnesses in the village is the result of witchcraft, she puts in motion a chain of events that will change Salem forever.

Mercy Lewis is the beautiful servant in Ann’s house who inspires adulation in some and envy in others. With her troubled past, she seizes her only chance at safety.

Margaret Walcott, Ann’s cousin, is desperately in love. She is torn between staying loyal to her friends and pursuing a life with her betrothed.

With new accusations mounting against the men and women of the community, the girls will have to decide: Is it too late to tell the truth?-Goodreads summary

For some reason I have always found  the Salem Witch Trials to be one of the most fascinating moments in US history.  I’m an avid The Crucible fan, so when I saw this book I knew that I absolutely had to read it!  This book is extremely similar to The Crucible  in that it tries to offer a solution to the Salem Witch Trials. I absolutely love historical eerie mysteries that society can’t offer any sort of reasonable explanations (Roanoke Island, crazy insane asylums that nowadays wouldn’t pass health codes, haunted battle grounds, etc.) Anyway, I completely loved how Stephanie Hemphill offered a theory for the Salem Witch Trials. It really encourages people to think.

I’m so happy that she did extensive research before going into writing this book. In her “Author’s Note” she commented how ridiculously hard it was to find information that coincided with other sources because the whole Salem Witch Trials is a complete mystery. Therefore, she wrote about the solid facts and allowed her creativity to be the fillers for what is not known at all.

I loved how she focused on three girls who were pivotal components to the trials. It was great that we saw three different perspectives on what was happening before, during, and after the trials. I especially love how we can see into their thoughts. With The Crucible, it is just straight forward dialogue that follows more of those accused, and we don’t really see much into the plannings and actions taken by the “accuser girls.” Therefore, it was interesting seeing how the girls individually reacted to the situations.

At the end of the book, Stephanie included mini bios on all of the “accuser girls” and those that they accused. So, once the story ends, you get to find out the endings of all the characters—ranging from marriages, recanting their accusations, having “bastard” children (funny coincidence, because one of the first women the girls accused had a child out of wedlock so they claimed this woman was obviously a witch…ironic, huh?!). I studied this in high school, so it was a nice refresher to read about what happened to these characters again!

It is a delightful quick read, as it is told in verse.  It offers such a unique perspective and will have you captivated from the beginning!

*What are some of your book recommendations?  Comment below!*

Happy reading!

Katie

Currently Reading: The End Games and am 7% into it.

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