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Fourth Five Books of 2016

“You’re going to be something, you and that language you speak on paper.”
-Pictures of Hollis Woods

You can find books 1-5 of 2016 here, books 6-10 here and books 11-15 here!

*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. *

16. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey – I posted a review on this book through the Literature Approved website and you can read it here.

17. My Face to the Wind by Jim Murphy – A Dear America (surprise, surprise!) about a young girl who becomes a schoolteacher in Nebraska. Not one of my favorite Dear Americas, but certainly a very sweet one where Sarah tries to prove her worth to the people of Broken Bow. I think what’s really too bad about this book is the little time we actually spend with Sarah as a teacher. It took about half the book for her to reach that point, so by then, we weren’t left with much time for her to develop relationships with her students.

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Highlight: The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

Another one of my book reviews is up on Literature Approved!

I read this book for my own personal pleasure and was not required to write a review. Therefore, all comments and opinions are entirely my own.


Cassie Sullivan’s life is much like anyone else’s: she has a loving family, a hard-core crush on a football player and attends an average high school. All this changes when the Others arrive and the world starts to end. The Others (or aliens) enact 5 waves to wipe humans off the planet. The first three waves succeed in killing half of Earth’s population. After the fourth wave, Cassie and her brother, Sam, are orphans. When the two siblings get separated, Cassie begins a journey with Evan, her rescuer from a dangerous shoot-out, to find her brother. Ben, Cassie’s high school crush, survives the third wave and is taken to Camp Haven where children are trained to fight the Others and where his bitterness toward them is fostered. Both Cassie and Ben will do all they can not only to survive, but to fight.


What if everything had been taken away from you by mysterious creatures? What if you were then given a choice: to hide or to fight?

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Highlight: The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I know what you’re all thinking, so I’ll say it first.

“Hold the phone–Valerie reads popular YA fiction? As in…something that’s not a classic or historical fiction??”

I’m here to tell you: yes, I sure do. Sometimes.

One of the first true YA fiction novels/series I read was The Hunger Games. After reading it over a year ago, I’m so excited to finally release my many feelings about it in this review…

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