The Book Worm

Hello! My name is Maria, and I love books! I mostly read YA novels...and I loves to talk about them! Other then books I love my family, friends, and pizza.
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories - Rainbow Rowell, Holly Black, Myra McEntire, Kiersten White, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Taylor, Gayle Forman, Matt de la Pena, Jenny Han, Ally Carter, Kelly Link, David Levithan

My ratings for all the stories:

Midnights by Rainbow Rowell- 5/5 stars
The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link- 1/5 stars
Angels in the snow by Matt de la Pena- 5/5 stars
Polaris is Where you'll Find Me by Jenny Han- 4/5 stars
It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown! by Stephanie Perkins- 5/5 stars
Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan- 4/5 stars
Krampuslauf by Holly Black- 1.5/5 stars
What the Hell have you Done, Sophie Roth? by Gayle Forman- 5/5 stars
Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus by Myra McEntire- 5/5 stars
Welcome to Christmas, CA by Kiersten White- 4/5 stars
Star of Bethlehem by Ally Carter- 5/5 stars
The Girl who Woke the Dreamer by Laini Taylor- 2/5 stars

Great Quotes!

Required Reading for All Teenagers (Updated Edition) - Douglas Pagels

This collection of quotes are very inspiring. Great for teens!

 

Things I did not care for-

This is a hard thing to rate. There were SO many quotes, so there were a few I thought didn't make sense because of personal opinion. Just a few.

 

Things I liked-

This book is filled with things to boost your mood. I loved the quotes by the author, Douglas Pagels, he is really good at making YOU feel special. So many things anybody, me included, could benefit from. Just a very inspirational read.

 

I would recommend this to teenagers-of course- but there are quite a few quotes in here that apply to anyone in a rough time. A lot of people could benefit from this collection.

Reading progress update: I've read 99 out of 320 pages.

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories - Rainbow Rowell, Holly Black, Myra McEntire, Kiersten White, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Taylor, Gayle Forman, Matt de la Pena, Jenny Han, Ally Carter, Kelly Link, David Levithan

I like most of the stories so far! I only disliked the second one, the Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link.

Solid installment.

Spy Camp - Stuart Gibbs

Goodreads link(for summary)- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15801337-spy-camp?ac=1

***Non-spoiler***

 

I surprisingly really loved this book. It was just as action packed as the first book, spy school. Even more storylines were introduced, and there was some new interesting characters.

 

Things I did not care for-

Well, this series in general is pretty unrealistic. It doesn't bother me, but I know some people would find this sort of childish. There was the occasional slow parts, like the Civil war reenactment.

 

Things I liked-

I loved this story and all the action. This was really easy to read, and I finished a lot of it in a short period of time! I just loved how it felt like a mission, and I loved the spy aspect!

 

I feel like I have a trend here, books for middle schools boys. But I really thinks 10-13 year-old boys would really enjoy this series. If you like the sound of spies, this series might be a good read for you! I can't wait for the next book in April, Evil Spy School! 

Decent Book. Better than Expected:)

My Life as a Book - Janet Tashjian, Jake Tashjian

 

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13491891-my-life-as-a-book

 ***Non-Spoiler Review***

Read this for XmasBookTubeAThon 2014 Day 1

 

Wow, I was surprised by the amount of enjoyment this book brought to me. This is a book I bought earlier this year, and for like 5 months, it was on my TBR. I never got a chance to pick it up. So I pick it for the challenge of: Read a book you've been wanting to read this year. I had very few problems with this book.

 

Problems;

Like I said, I did not have many problems, but the ones I did have were very prominent while reading this story. Well, first off, I really, really liked the story, but it wasn't something I loved. It definitely was a very Diary-of-a-Wimpy-kid-type book. Which is something I used to like, but my tastes have changed over the years. Also, the main character was SUPER annoying at the beginning of the book. Maybe it was the fact that he refused to read anything, which bugs me.

 

Thing I liked:

Overall, reading this story in a day, I felt the main character developed some level of maturity in this book. For a twelve-year-old, I mean. It was just really fun, too. It had me hooked at some points. I loved the death thing, it made the book not totally bubbly and unrealistic. Don't get me wrong, this book was nowhere near depressing.

 

I would recommend this to any 8-12 year old boy, even if he doesn't like reading. It's very east to read and relate to for that age, and if he likes it, it's actually a series, so there is really more to read. as I said, VERY Diary-of-a-Wimpy-Kid-ish. You could get it for a son or nephew, or even yourself if you want(No judgment there:D)   

Reading progress update: I've read 60 out of 211 pages.

My Life as a Book - Janet Tashjian, Jake Tashjian

Reading progress update: I've read 220 out of 526 pages.

Allegiant - Veronica Roth

Reading progress update: I've read 302 out of 526 pages.

Allegiant - Veronica Roth
Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

I loved this book so much!!! I didn't want it to end. And Levi was the best part. I could talk about him for a looong time. I also really loved Wren's character development. When she finally got her act together, I loved reading about her and Jandro. I also liked when they ganged up on Nick in the hallway. Boy, he got what he deserved. The diverse characters Rainbow Rowell came up with were just great. I just wanted to be Cath's friend and read Simon Snow fanfiction with her. When I found out Rainbow Rowell was going to publish Carry on, I was so excited!!!! I can't wait for that!! I really, really loved this book!

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Allegiant
Veronica Roth
Progress: 220/526 pages