Sunday, May 4, 2014

My All Time Favorite Books

Hey guys! I realize this isn't a music post but I was all too excited about this post that I didn't want to hold it off. As you all may know, I am a huge lover of reading and here are my favorite books ever:
Rapture Practice (Aaron Hartzler)
   When I first bought this book, I finished it in a single day it was so good! This memoir follows Aaron and how he rebels against his extremely conservative christian family. Rapture Practice is so endlessly interesting, funny, and at times, depressing. I also really loved it for how relatable Aaron is. Though most teenagers situations aren't as extreme as his, many readers could connect to the feeling that the adults around you don't understand and disagreement with the beliefs your parents have.

The Vast Fields Of Ordinary (Nick Burd)
   I read this one last summer and what I loved most about the entire novel is how well portrayed all the characters were. The Vast Fields Of Ordinary  follows the Summer before Dade Hamilton goes off to college and the problems he deals with before he leaves including an affair his dad confesses to have had, coming out to his parents, and trying to leave an abusive guy. Though the book only takes place over a few weeks, it plays out so well and the characters are A+.

Girls To The Front- The True Story Of The Riot Grrl Revolution (Sara Marcus)   I have fallen in love with the rock section at Barnes and Noble and all the biographies and novels about bands such as Pink Floyd (I was SO tempted to buy about three books on them) and The Rolling Stones but when I found a novel all about Riot Grrrl I knew this was a must read. I am a huge fan of the entire revolution (I have to thank Rookie for that) and the fact there is an entire book covering Riot Grrrl made me beyond happy. I ended up finishing it in one night and not only is the topic fascinating, but it is so well written and Sara Marcus not only covers the basics of the entire music revolution but really gets in depth. Even if you aren't a huge fan of the feminist punk movement (or don't even know what it is), I guarantee it will make you interested.


Will Grayson, Will Grayson (John Green and David Levithan)
   At this point, I have gotten over my huge love for John Green books (I am of course a GIANT fan of Vlogbrothers and a nerdfighter I just believe though his books are very well written, have become overrated and don't like them as much as I used to), I still have a certain love for Will Grayson, Will Grayson just by how strange and unique it is from anything I have ever read. The novel follows two boys named Will Grayson (it is really complicated in the beginning if you can't tell them apart) and how different their lives are until they end up meeting up accidentally. It is so beautifully done and I would recommend it 100%.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock (Matthew Quick)
   Yet another book I read in a matter of hours! I was pretty skeptical on reading it because a couple months beforehand, I had finished The Silver Linings Playbook (also written by Matthew Quick) and hated it but when I found this novel in Barnes and Noble and read the synopsis, I was too interested to reject it. The story follows Leonard Peacock, a teenager who has been abandoned by almost off the people in his life including his mom, dad, and best friend, Asher Beal. He has fallen into a depression and a state of mind that there is no reason to live. Therefor, makes the decision to kill himself and Asher on his birthday. But before committing the murder suicide, gives presents out to the few people that matter to him. As you get further and further, you delve into Leonard's past and the real reason he feels Asher Beal must die. The plot rages and character development of Leonard is phenomenal. One thing I would suggest for reading this book though is to highlight and take notes while reading. I do this normally whenever I read but it was especially important in Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock since some things are said very subtle and you really need to read carefully to catch important pieces.


Somebody Up There Hates You (Hollis Seamon)
   At first, I couldn't stand this book due to how annoying I felt the main character, Richie, is but as I read further, I fell in love. What I love so much about Somebody Up There Hates You is the character development most importantly in Richie but also throughout more minor characters like his mother and uncle. You can really see how much these people's thoughts on death, their surroundings, and themselves change as the book ends and I find that to be super important. The novel follows a teenager diagnosed with cancer named Richie and his life in a hospice. Throughout the book, he deals with problems such as trying to comfort his single mother who will soon be alone (after he dies), having a relationship an adventurous girl named Sylvie (who also lives in the hospice), and really just trying to figure out his feelings on his soon coming death. The plot is extremely interesting and really keeps you guessing what will happen next.

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