Top Ten Tuesday {8}: Books That You Wish Were Taught In Schools

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is …

Top Ten Books That You Wish Were Taught In Schools

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  4. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
  5. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
  6. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth
  7. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  9. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  10. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (I’m actually not sure if this is taught in schools or not, but since it wasn’t taught at my school, I’m adding it!)

Most of these books I fell absolutely in love with, but even if I didn’t love them, these books would still make it into my list. Because these 10 books really changed my outlook in life. They truly spoke to my heart, and they’ll always have a special significance to me. And it would be incredible if they were taught in schools, so other students could also fall in love with them.

What about you? What books do you wish were taught in schools?

lacey

Exclusive Sneak Peek: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

OHMYGOSH!!! Calling all Divergent fans! I know if you’re a fan of the series, then you are crazy excited for the release of Allegiant AND the Divergent movie! (Watch the trailer here.) And lucky for us fans, EW has released an exclusive first quote from the upcoming third and final book of the Divergent series, ALLEGIANT.

Allegiant quote

Check out the sneak peak on EW’s page here!

DId you know that Allegiant will be in both Tris AND Four’s POVs? I only found that out recently, and to tell you the truth, I literally screamed when I found out! Because FOUR!! I. Love. Four. <4 *swoons*

Make sure to add Allegiant (or the entire Divergent series if you haven’t read it) to your TBR list!

Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #3 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: October 22nd 2013

One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

lacey

Series Order: Divergent series

Divergent by Veronica Roth Insurgent by Veronica Roth Allegiant by Veronica Roth

#1 ~ Divergent: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Insurgent: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Allegiant: Ebook • Hardcover • Goodreads

Divergent Movie Trailer!

It’s here!! The first trailer for the Divergent movie! YAY!

I actually think it looks pretty awesome, so I’m SO excited to watch it!

What do you think about the trailer?

Series Order: Divergent series

Divergent by Veronica Roth Insurgent by Veronica Roth Allegiant by Veronica Roth

#1 ~ Divergent: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Insurgent: Ebook • Hardcover • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Allegiant: Ebook • Hardcover • Goodreads

Waiting on Wednesday {1}

Waiting on WednesdayWaiting on Wednesday, hosted by Breaking the Spine, is a weekly meme where we showcase upcoming new releases we’re excited to get our hands on!

Lacey’s pick:
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae CarsonThe Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
Publication Date: August 27th 2013

The epic conclusion to Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy. The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny.

Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, Elisa will face hardships she’s never imagined. And she will discover secrets about herself and her world that could change the course of history. She must rise up as champion-a champion to those who have hated her most.

Cathy’s pick:
United We Spy by Ally Carter
United We Spy by Ally Carter
Publication Date: September 17th 2013

Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

Shirley’s pick:
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Publication Date: October 22nd 2013

One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Top Ten Tuesday {6}: Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday again, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is…

 Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books

The ones we chose for the best endings MAY HAVE SPOILERS, so read at your own risk!

  • Beginning: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: Honestly, this entire book is amazing, but what really stood out to me in the beginning of the book was that at first, you’re not sure who the narrator is, but then later on, you realize it’s Death. The beginning just hooked me in and I couldn’t stop reading.
  • Beginning: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan: Loved the beginning, but hated the ending because the ending totally ripped and gutted my heart. Technically, the scene that I love isn’t actually at the very beginning, but it’s close, so I’ll just count that. It’s the scene where Kami and Jared are meeting for the first time in the elevator and they freak because they finally realize the voice in their heads are real and each other.
  • Ending: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay: I honestly had no idea that the ending was going to connect with the whole Sea of Tranquility thing, but OH MY GOD, Katja Millay, you are a genius. (Cathy’s side note: And remember when she first ran to Josh’s house and thought it looked familiar? IT ALL ADDS UP. AHHH!! <3)

And if my Sea of Tranquility were real, it would be this place, here, with him.
I don’t say anything right away, because I just want one minute to look at him before I give him my last secret.
And then I tell him.
“Your garage.”

“My name is Edith Prior,” she says. “And there is much I am happy to forget.” Then the screaming begins.

NOW THAT’S A CLIFFHANGER. 😉

  • Ending: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Augustus’s letter in the end was just… *sniffles* It was so beautiful and emotional, and I loved that we got to hear from Augustus one last time even after he was gone.

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakUnspoken by Sarah Rees Brennansea of tranquility 1Insurgent by Veronica RothThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  • Ending: This Girl by Colleen Hoover: PERFECTION. Just utter perfection, this book. The very last slam, about their baby girl, was just beautiful.
  • Ending: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: Even though there wasn’t a definitive Happily Ever After, I still adored the ending. I thought it was the perfect way to end Eleanor and Park’s story, because even though it doesn’t explicitly say what happens for them at the end, you know that they’ll find a way to get their HEA for sure.
  • Ending: With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent: This ending was absolutely epic, and so not how I ever expected the series to end. Kaylee’s story definitely ends with a bang, but I’m so sad that the series is over.
  • Ending: If I Stay by Gayle Forman: If this isn’t perfect and heartbreaking and beautiful, then I don’t know what is:

“If you stay, I’ll do whatever you want. I’ll quit the band, go with you to New York. But if you need me to go away, I’ll do that, too. I was talking to Liz and she said maybe coming back to your old life would be too painful, that maybe it’d be easier for you to erase us. And that would suck, but I’d do it. I can lose you like that if I don’t lose you today. I’ll let you go. If you stay.”

  • Ending: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: I can’t think of another book that made me bawl my eyes out as much as Clockwork Princess (maybe Losing Hope, actually). I just loved the entire ending. It was both happy and heartbreaking, since it’s the last book of the trilogy, but I couldn’t have hoped for a better ending.

This Girl by Colleen Hoovereleanor & parkwith all my soulIf I Stay by Gayle FormanClockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare