Hey, friends! So, I took a quick trip to Barnes and Noble to get a couple of books for my summer reading assignment. The way summer reading works for my school is that (for my English level) I am required to read Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein, a book of my choice from the provided list, and one book of my free choice.
Newsflash: the provided list? Yeah, it sucked. Gosh, I kid you not, none of those books interested me at all. But, I finally settled on Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
I’m going to go through the books I actually ended up purchasing, and how I came across them/when I plan on reading them.
So, I ended up purchasing Ender’s Game, and it was actually pretty hard to find this one. The section for the author only had box sets with all four books in the series, and I honestly doubted I planned on reading them all. This story is pretty popular, having been made into a movie in 2013, and the plot circulates around the fact that aliens have already attacked the Earth twice, and the humans still alive are trying to ensure their victory by breeding military geniuses and training them. Ender Wiggin, the main character, wins all of the games and is smart enough to know that they don’t have a lot of time left. So…basically, it seems like the other geniuses just train and try all of the games and work at a more leisurely pace, but Ender is the one that knows that the aliens are going to attack again soon, and that they really need to focus on saving themselves? I guess I’ll see, but for some reason, I’m not quite as excited to read this one. It might have to do with the fact that the book is sooo thick, but tiny in cover size.
(Unfortunately, the Barnes and Noble didn’t have Code Name Verity in stock, so I didn’t get it, but I have four free choice books to show you guys, so let’s go.)
The next book I got was Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. This is the author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, and I’ve seen nothing but good reviews for this. I was scrolling through my emails around noon today, and I saw a blog post made by this girl named Cova M. Lee on her blog about the 2017 audiobook challenge she’s been doing, and her progress. Two of the books she mentioned were Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This book is about a boy named Lazlo Strange, and he’s always had this fascination with the lost city of Weep. He’s always wanted to go looking for it, because he believes that the answers of all of his questions lie in the city of Weep. This intrigues me so much, and it seems sort of like a fantasy/coming of age tale, and I’m so ready to read it!
Here’s Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This is actually the fourth and final book from the original four on my shopping list (Code Name Verity, Ender’s Game, Strange the Dreamer, and Salt to the Sea.) , though it’s not the final book in my haul. It’s about four teens in 1945 during WWII, all from different countries, who come together when they all want to board the same ship that’s supposed to bring them to safety and freedom, though the summary suggests that might not be what they get. I was afraid of reading this book because 1) it’s historical fiction, and 2) I genuinely thought this was an adult book, but stories that take place in this time period truly fascinate me, and I’ve read so many great reviews on it, so I’m willing to give it a try.
Next up, is a book I think I planned on reading after I finished Crooked Kingdom, and that’s Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Guys, I finally got it! So, the movie for this book came out last month, so that’s what inspired me to read it in the first place, but it’s about a girl named Maddy who has a rare disease that means she’s allergic to pretty much the world outside. She has to stay inside the house, and only speaks to her mother and her nurse. When she sees a boy, Olly, moving into the house next door, she knows that she’s going to fall in love with him. One of the main problems is: she can’t leave the house. I know I promised I’d read this book next, but I think I have to take a chance on the next book I purchased instead…
So, this book caught my eye simply because of the title: The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. Now, this book has no paragraph for a summary, but on the back cover it says the following:
the story of
This book is a collection of poetry written in four parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. I’m so interested in reading this, which is why it’s officially going to be the next book I read. Ironically, it’s also the book I seem to have the least to say about. I didn’t plan on buying this book in the slightest but I saw it on the shelf just beneath Everything, Everything, and I just had to buy it.
So, I guess that’s it for now. I rewarded myself for my amazing buys with an iced caramel macchiato, and I’ll later punish myself for that by going for a two-mile walk. 😉
Thanks so much for reading this, tell me if you’ve read any of these books that I’ve listed, and let me know if you have any of your own opinions or thoughts about them. Trust me, I’d love to know what you guys think.
Yellow Eccentricity ❤
(Also, 1,000 words!)