Here it’s safe, here it’s warm
Here the daisies guard you from every harm
Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.-The Hunger Games
After this post, I will only have one more left to conclude the books I read in 2016 and I can move on to the books I read last year in 2017! Unfortunately I only read 14 or 15 books last year, but I’m hoping to beat that goal this year. Considering I’m about to finish reading my 11th book and we’re only halfway through the year, I think this may be doable!
*SPOILER!* I may include some of the book’s plot/content in my reviews for them, so if you haven’t read one or more of these yet and want to read it without spoilers, then you can just skip down. *
21. Fairies and the Quest for Neverland by Gail Carson Levine – This is the final book in the Fairy Dust trilogy. As mentioned in an earlier blog post, I listened to this trilogy on audio during a few road trips and on my way to and from work. What’s different about this book in comparison to the first two is the addition of Peter Pan and Gwendolyn, one of Wendy’s descendants (I think this book is the reason why Gwendolyn is now one of my favorite names). I’ve always loved anything Peter Pan and I used to wish that he would pick me up from my bedroom one night and take me to Neverland (unfortunately, that never happened, by the way). Gwendolyn is spunky, but also full of compassion. She loved fairies so much–too much–and there is such a thing as too much love. Gail Carson Levine has this excellent way of exploring deeper truths in the context of a children’s story and this trilogy was no exception to that.
22. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games is, I’m unashamed to say, one of my favorite series–up there with Dear Americas and the Anne of Green Gables books and The Chronicles of Narnia–as different as it is from all those things. But that just goes to show that we all need is a good writer to tell us a good story, no matter the genre. You can read all my feelings on the Hunger Games trilogy on the Literature Approved website here.
23. The Archer’s Quest by Linda Sue Park – We discovered Linda Sue Park when we listened to an audio version of her A Single Shard on one of our many road trips to Canada. We loved the look into the Korean culture (which we are obsessed with because of K-Dramas) and have listened or read a few of her other books since. This book was very different than A Single Shard as it was a little more fantasy than historical, but it was just as good. Involving an archer who gets stuck a couple thousand years in the future with a young and curious boy, this book keeps you laughing from end to end. I was even surprised by the twist in the conclusion. A quick and enjoyable read.
24. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – Check out my full review here.
25. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary – Beverly Cleary’s books are timeless. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are–everyone in the family smiles and laughs when we read them. I think we can all relate to Ramona’s struggles with everyday life, her endless curiosities and her joy in the little things. Ramona’s antics combined with Cleary’s sarcastic and witty writing gives us a series full of charm. And Ramona the Pest is the classic among them. I look forward to reading these books to my kids one day.
* Books that I highly recommend have a * next to them (This is what I usually do for previous posts, but for this one in particular, I honestly highly recommend any and all of them!)