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Monday, December 19, 2011

Musing Mondays (13) and It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (10)

MUSING MONDAYS…is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading where MizB will ask a book/reading-related question, and you answer with your own thoughts on the topic

What’s one book you always recommend to just about anyone?

Hmm, good question. I'm not sure if there is one book that I would or do recommend to everyone. I read and review mostly YA and MG books and these are usually the types of books I'm asked to recommend, often by parents. When it comes to MG and Children's books I always recommend the Harry Potter series first and if a child (or even adult) has read these then I recommend the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Heroes of Olympus series, and the Fablehaven series. I also often recommend the Children's and MG books that I grew up loving, such as Anne of Green Gables, Pippi Longstocking, The Chronicles of Narnia.
As for YA recommendations, I recommend Lauren Myracle books to a lot of teenage girls and older female readers. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is one that I cannot recommend enough to those who have not read it and I do find myself recommending this series to just about everyone, even younger readers. Other books I recommend to younger and older readers alike are The Neverending Story, The Princess Bride, The Graveyard Book, The Book Thief, and I Am The Messenger.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading... hosted by Book Journey, is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!
What I've Recently Read

Indulge (Warm Delicacy #2)
Megan Duncan
Claire's heart is torn between her first vampire love, Dmitry, and the Blood Mate, Arrick, that she is eternally bonded to with a powerfully deep and emotional connection. A vengeful vampire is haunting her steps, after Claire killed their mate. An ancient evil threatens to rip her world apart. With the danger of war looming on the darkening horizon, will Claire find the strength to fight back and protect those she loves? Even if it means embracing the darkness inside her? Is it worth it to become the evil she fears, in order to destroy it?
Such a great second installment! Read my 5 Cupcake review HERE
Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2)
Rick Riordan
Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn't know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa tol him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn't ring and bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth.
Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn't do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem - when the Voice took over he mother and commanded Hazel to use her "gift" for and evil purpose, Hazel couldn't say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.
Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn't see it. He doesn't even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery - although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely - enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.
Beginning at the "other" camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.
Ok, technically I'm still reading this but I'm thisclose to being done and I'm LOVING it!
What I'm Hoping To Read This Week
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Marissa Meyer
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
Julie Cross
The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.
That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.
Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.



Monaliz said...

I had to choose 6 different books! Harry Potter and Percy Jackson are two of them, of course :)
I love the Fablehaven series, how could I forget that!

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Anonymous said...

Interesting question...maybe The Once and Future King by T.H. White? Just about everyone can find something they enjoy in the Arthurian legends, and T.H. White's version is probably the best in that aspect. On that note, I'm reading The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights by John Steinbeck at the moment.

Kate said...

I love Percy Jackson! Kids' books are the best :)

Have you read the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane? It's been around a while, but it was always one of my favorite YA series.

Happy holidays!

TP said...

I don't think I could choose just one book to recommend to everyone - but I suppose The Hunger Games trilogy is one that I recommend a lot. Hope you have a great Christmas holiday and happy reading :-)

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Your reading list looks good! I've heard good things about Cinder.

Enjoy! Have a great holiday....


Kathy Ann Coleman said...

Cinder looks very interesting and I am sure that I will be picking it up and checking it out when it releases. I hope that you enjoy it. :)

Paige said...

I hope you enjoyed all the books you read and the ones your reading now! Check out my Monday Wrap Up

pussreboots said...

Son of Neptune is on my TBR. I'm on vacation and the time off has given me time to finish my GoodReads challenge. Please come see what I'm reading.