The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer
The original Selection trilogy, by Kiera Cass
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
These are my top 10 all-time favorite books, for right now. Most of these I’ve read over a year ago or more, so are pretty solid, but theres a couple that could get bumped in the future.
These are in no particular oder, because it’s really hard to rank my absolute faves!
The Night Circus, The Lunar Chronicles, Chronicles Narnia, Rebecca, The Little House books, Gone with the Wind, The Start of You and Me, The Harry Potter series, The Book Thief, and Redeeming Love.
Overall Summer Favorite
Author: Emma Donoghue
Published: September 2010
I read: August 2014
My rating: 5 stars
Starring: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, among others
Released: January 2016
My rating: 9/10
IMDb rating: 8.5/10
I read Room, by Emma Donoghue back in summer of 2014, and just watched the newly released film this month, in January 2015.
This story is told from the perspective of a 5 year old little boy, who only knows what he has experienced in his short life. He lives with his ma in Room; inside where everything is real, and everything else is outer-space, and not real. They have specific routines each day, for eating, and exercise, and sleeping. He looks forward to Sunday treat. He gets confused when Ma starts telling him stories, stories that she says are real, but has always said were pretend, before. He doesn’t understand what she means, what she wants him to do, what is happening to him, when he finally, finally, steps outside of Room.
I really, really enjoyed this book, I thought it was told so innocently, through the eyes of a 5 year old, who feels everything that is happening to him is completely normal, as it is all he has ever known. I liked how, through his perspective, things are one way, but in our own mind, we know what is really going on, what is happening beyond his understanding. It’s scary too, the situation that unfolds in this story is so realistic, things like this have totally happened, are still happening to this day. It’s sad, but then has a good ending, overall.
I also enjoyed the movie adaptation. I feel the movie follows the story in the book pretty closely. There may be one mild change in the end, but not one that is detrimental to the story. In fact, I like how it ends the movie on a slightly better, or happier, note, rather than how the book ends. Otherwise, many of the details of Jack’s observations and life are brought to us in a very similar way, from his perspective, with us knowing what’s going on, but yet lacking his understanding.
I highly recommend the book, as well as the movie, whether you have read the book or not.
One of my 2015 Bookish Goals is to make a Book Bead Necklace. I actually got the idea from Pinterest: a teacher used this technique to encourage her students to read more. She used simple pony beads and whatnot, but I thought I could take it in similar fashion and make a really pretty necklace, using pretty beads, to represent all the books I read in a year! Here’s the picture I found, as inspiration, thanks to a teacher’s blog, titled “Fun With Firsties”:
I haven’t started mine yet…but now that we are in June, and almost halfway through the month, it’s probably time I start thinking about it, deciding on what beads to use, the ways each bead stands for books…and start buying them. So here’s my ideas so far:
– simple, small beads, one for each book read
– a slightly bigger/prettier bead, one for each 5th/10th book
– a pretty bead, one for each book read and rated 5 stars
– special beads for other milestones, and/or completed self-set challenges (ie. meeting my good reads challenge, etc)?
Ideas on how else I could add beads to my necklace?? I am super excited about this, and hoping to have a very pretty necklace by the end of the year.