Friday, 27 December 2013

Kendal's Column: on the third day of Christmas...

Sorry this is so late but I did not anticipate the theatre to finish so late.(War horse: 11/10 would recommend)

Today's post is going to look at books to read in the new year and my own personal recommendations. 

At the start of the year I set myself a goodreads challenge to read 52 in 2013. Unfortunately, to my shame, I failed miserably. I read half of that and with my gcse's coming up in 2014, things don't look to great in the reading front for the near future. This means my reading challenge for next year is probably going to be a lot less than a book a week. 

--Note: All hope is not lost as, after June 25th (at the latest) I will have until September to myself and my books.-- 

Nevertheless I have read some truly fantastic books this year and have some that i desperately want to read next year. 

1) The Gallagher Girls series- Ally Carter
I have been following this series since the beginning and after finishing the last book in the series in September I have been searching the shelves for more spy fiction. There's plot twists,secrets with gooddies and baddies. Admittedly the first book seems to be kind of irrelevant towards the rest of the series, however in thefinal installment it all becomes clear.

2) Teen Angst? naaaaah...-Ned Vissini
Ned Vissini tells the story of his teens in the most charming way possible. the stories in the book are so relatable and will make you feel warm and happy.

3)Incarnate-Jodie Meadows (want to read)
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.
4)The 5th Wave-Rick Yancy (want to read)
The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

5)Every Day- David Levithan (want to read)
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

Happy Christmas!

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