Friday, October 18, 2013

Bio Girl's Reading Corner: Fall Edition

"I use Grammarly for proofreading because their are to many blogger's who cant sea they're own misteaks"

 So let's talk about books!   My spare time for reading has dropped dramatically since the start of the semester,  but I have managed to squeeze in a few book series that I want to pass along so you can read them, and we can then geek out over our love of YA fiction... are you ready?


Let's start with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I may actually be turning into my own version of a fangirl of all Rowell's books.  I mean, seriously, her three books all land in my top ten books of the year.  She writes these funny, touching characters that somehow work their way into my soul as if they are real people.  I just completely fall into her stories.  This one is about Cath, a college freshman who is an ultimate fangirl for an uber-popular book series about a boy wizard. The story follows her through the entire year at school, through struggles with family, friends, professors, fitting in and finding herself. And although she is very different from me (or the 18 year old college freshman me), I see myself in her. I think that is the gift of Rowell's writing... you see yourself in her characters...or maybe it's that they are so well written, you embrace their way of thinking, and see the world from their point of view.  Fangirl took me a little longer to get into than Rowell's first two books due to the splicing in and out of the main character's fanfiction writing, but once it came together I was completely addicted.  I may or may not start looking for some Rainbow Rowell fan fiction to hold me over until her next book is released!

anna dressed in blood

Anna Dressed in Blood series by Kendare Blake.  Hey, it's October, so if you are ever going to read a book series about a teenage ghost hunter and his attempt to... you know... hunt ghosts, now would be the time!  I am usually not big into books on ghosts or things with "dressed in blood" in the title, but this came highly recommended by Kate, so I thought it was worth a shot.  Turns out both books released in the series are clever and not too heavy on the creepy factor.  I mean, there are ghosts and blood and murder...okay, so maybe I am just more okay with the creepy factor than I thought... either way, these are definitely worth reading!

Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass series by Sarah Maas: This is another suggestion from Kate, and if you are into fantasy books I cannot recommend this enough.  I tore through the first two books in the series, plus the four prequel novellas, and now I am (im)patiently waiting for book three!  The main character is Celaena, a teenage assassin who a year prior to the start of the first book was captured and sent to work in the salt mines for the rest of her life.  The story starts with her being taken from the prison by the prince to enter a competition to become the king's assassin.  Celaena is a kick ass female lead character, and the supporting characters, as well as the entire world in which they live, are amazing.  Two thumbs up.

Divergent series

Divergent series by Veronica Roth:  Currently I am rereading Insurgent in preparation for next weeks release of Allegiant.  Let me tell you something, Insurgent is WAY better than I remember it being.  I adored Divergent, but when I read Insurgent I was just sorta "meh" about it.  It was okay... just... not what I was expecting I guess?  Now that I reread it, I am fairly sure that was the problem.  I had an idea in my head where this story would go, and as it went a totally different way, I was constantly furrowing my brow thinking "Well... this doesn't seem right!".  This time around I am thoroughly enjoying it, and am very glad I am taking the time to reread it since I had forgotten a lot of the finer details of the book.  Now I will be completely ready for Allegiant on Tuesday! 

So that's it for this edition of Bio Girl's reading corner.  Let me know if the comments if you have read anything great recently that I need to add to my list!


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