My Nook

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
By Jesse Andrews
This read was just a little TMI into the thoughts of a hormonal teenage boy for me. I've had this book referred to me by lots of people, it's won tons of awards, has a major motion picture and killed it at the Sundance Film Festival so I'm not going to tell you to not read it but I didn't love the book. 
I went and saw the movie a few days after I read the book and LOVED it! It was still a little on the hormonal-teenage-boy side but you weren't front row to his every thought like you were in the book. I'd recommend the movie for sure! It was moving, uplifting and really funny! 
I definitely see why people love this story, whether it's the book or the movie. 

Shatter Me
By Tahereh Mafi
o. my...
 I found this series on Pinterest, read about it on Amazon and bought it for my Kindle in all of 10 minutes. I could just tell it was going to be THAT good, and I was NOT disappointed! If you want an intense, thrilling, twisting love story, look no further! This is your read! I found this series on the Goodreads 2013 Book Shimmy Awards list, it got the "fan yourself" award and for good reason! It's not quiet 50-Shades-of-Grey sexy but it's SO good it will have you will tearing through chapters! The characters are so developed and each brings something perfect to the story! I couldn't put it down and I'll definitely read it again and again! 
(If you read it, I'm unarguably team Kenji! He makes this whole series for me!)

The Lunar Chronicles 
by Marissa Meyer

This is by far one of my favorite series! I've recommended it to 5 friends and all 5 of them have devoured it! I was thrown off when I started reading the series because it was not at ALL what I thought it was going to be if you love Disney and/ or Star Wars this is an absolute must read! Each book is about a different character but all their stories flow together into one awesomely wrapped up story line! I'm dying waiting for the 4th book (Winter) to come out in November!

By Marissa Meyer

This is a prequel to The Lunar Chronicles, it's all about the "Evil Queen" in the story. I picked it up because I was left with a TON of questions after I finished Cress and hoped Fairest would give me answers. After about a third of the way through the book I couldn't stomach her life anymore. She is so manipulative and horrible, this book was 200+ pages of awful, self inflicted, life devastation. I didn't want to spend time reading about this awful woman's awful life so I scanned through the chapters until I found the answer to my questions and put it up on my shelf. I know a lot of people like the book well enough, but I hate sad stories about horrible people ha ha ha! 

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

OH. MY. GOSH! This book was phenomenal!! I seriously was out pacing my front yard while I read the last 5 chapters because it was so intense I couldn't just sit in a chair!! I'm not going to give anything away about it because it will blow your mind! This is a must read! I'm praying they make it into a movie! I borrowed it from a friend (actually a very trusting complete stranger) but I bought it for myself as soon as I finished it! The second book comes out next year and i'm for sure going to want to read it again before it comes out. I'm dying, the suspense is killing me!

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

This book was so cute and definitely different! It's a love story, but the boy and girl in it are both really shy so it's not written from the either of their points of view. It's written from the points of view of 14 different people around them! The best friends, the brother, the barista at the Starbucks they both go to, the Chinese delivery guy, the BENCH they both sit on on campus! It was such a cool way to look at a story! I really really enjoyed it!

Noggin by 
John Corey Whaley

K, seriously?! WHO can resist this cover!? I picked this one up at Costco knowing nothing about it other than the cover was hilarious and the book lived up to it! It's about a 16 year old boy who gets leukemia and dies… (thats not the hilarious part) before he dies he donates his body to science and 5 years after his death he suddenly wakes up! When he died, they cut off his head, froze it, and then 5 years later reattached it to another body!! ha ha ha ha!! And thats just the first chapter! This book is about loving the life you're given (whether its your first or second life) and not living in the past.

The Summer I Turned Pretty 
by Jenny Han

So… i'm actually embarrassed to even admit that I read this book… it was THAT bad. I had just finished "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" by Jenny Han on my Kindle and on my screen it suggested I read this book next (for $2.25), so I took the bait and impulse bought it. 
It was the worst. 
It's about 2 divorced women who are best friends and they take their kids to a beach house every summer. The daughter of one of the women is in love with both of the sons of the other woman. So it's a love triangle kind of book but you don't grow to love either boy, they are both jerks and she's not that great of a girl anyways. You just don't connect with any of the characters enough to even care who she ends up with. 
It sure made me miss the beach though…

(and Jenny Han, you need to fire the designer of this cover… just sayin')

The Selection Series 
by Kiera Cass

This series wasn't earth shattering but it was really cute! The love story will have you grinning the entire time! It's another corrupt government kind of story but it's like an entire season of the Bachelor too! 
I promise you'll like this one!

To All The Boys I've Loved Before 
by Jenny Han

Okay the title of this book is a little "teeny bopper"-ish (and I won't lie, I took the cover off of it while I read it to avoid jokes from my husband) but it was so good! I got through it in 3 days. Everyone takes something different out of a book but what I took away from this book is the importance of family and keeping your standards in an ever changing world. The main character is 1 of 3 girls in her family and their relationship is beautiful. It's not perfect, but it's strong. 
It's a high school love story so get ready for some really low priority drama but I enjoyed it for sure!

(There is a sequel coming out in May 2015 called PS I Still Love You so if you enjoyed this read keep an eye out for that one as well!)

The Language of Flowers 
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

If I had a way to put zero stars on this book I would. Don't be fooled by the killer illustration on the cover, this book was the WORST! 
I'm not gonna let you read it so i'll just give you the cliff notes.

It's about a girl who is in foster care for her entire life and on her 18th birthday she gets released. She's a horrible girl who hates people, she's rude, she spits in her foster parents faces and has been adopted several times and give back! The only thing she has any interest in is flowers. She knows all their names and their meanings so she gets a job at a flower shop and ends up meeting this guy at the flower markets. Despite her rude, awful, messed up personality, he falls in love with her? She finally falls in love with him (cause she's a mental case) and then guess what?! They get pregnant! But because she is so messed up about people being too close to her, she leaves the guy with out telling him about the baby and then (for the next 150 pages) talks about how much she hates the baby growing inside of her and she hates it for making her sick and she wants nothing to do with it!!! AWFUL RIGHT?! Around this part of the book is when I started skipping around to every 3rd paragraph and just reading the first sentence and moving on. 
In the end, she has the baby and she bonds with it. She finally discovers herself through motherhood and goes back to the guy and they have a life together as a family. I guess the overall message of the book redeems itself a little bit, but it was a long, awful road getting there. 
I don't' know, maybe if I wasn't an LDS mother of 2 ,who loved being pregnant, i'd feel differently about this book but I just couldn't handle how much hatred she had toward her unborn child! 
It was too hard to read. 

The Maze Runner 
by James Dashner

This book was definitely a thriller! I'm sure you've all already seen the movie or read this book for yourself so you know if you like it or not. I have crazy, real, intense dreams and they only get worse when i'm pregnant. When I finished the first book I was 7 months pregnant and when the last chapter of the book made it seem like it might turn into a zombie story I decided to hold off on finishing the rest of the series until after baby came. Well, my baby is 8 months old and I don't have a great desire to finish the series? Has anyone read it who REALLY thinks I need to finish it or can I just get by with the movies?

The Ruby Red Series 
by Kirsten Gier

What to say about this series… I bet 14 year old girls LOVED it! It was a cute read, I think worth reading but nothing to write home about. I honestly forget I've read it until I see it somewhere. I read it shortly after I read Divergent so I couldn't quiet get into the love story (nothing quiet compares to  Tris and Four am I right?!) If you've got nothing else to read and you just want something cute and light then maybe see if this ones available at the library. 

by Ally Condie

This series is your average distopian government scenario, it's a lot like Hunger Games or Divergent but not nearly as good. What I mainly took away from this series was a greater appreciation for the arts. In this series the government has destroyed all of the books except for 100 that they chose. No one is allowed to learn how to read, no one can create art or dance or make music. It's a light read, I know a lot of people really loved it but it was an average read to me. 

Four : A Divergent Collection 
By Veronica Roth

If you read Divergent you MUST read Four! The Divergent series starts out on Tris Priors aptitude test day, then her choosing ceremony and then on to her initiation into her new faction. Four starts out 3 years before that on Fours aptitude test day! Then it goes through his initiation all they way until about half way through the first Divergent book! ALL FROM FOURS POINT OF VIEW!! I completely loved this read! You learn all about the back story of his life in Abnegation, his dad, his tattoo, his initiation and more! The best thing about it; it's hilarious! Turns out Four has a pretty good sense of humor in his own head. I'd read this one more than once for sure! 

Edenbrooke and Blackmoore 
by Julianne Donaldson

These may be my top 2 favorite books ever!! They are the most beautiful love stories! Seriously, they will leave you with a big stupid grin on your face the entire time. They aren't a series, they are just by the same author but if you want a fun, light, quick pick-me-up kind of read I beg you to read these! I borrowed them from a friend the first time I read them and then I just went ahead and bought them for myself. Then a few months later while they were lent out to other friends I got impatient to get them back and ended up just buying them on my Kindle too! THATS how good they are! I've read them both 3 times in a year! Seriously, if you read ONE book from my Nook, read one of these!! And just go ahead and buy them, don't wait for them at the library, cause you'll want to read them more than once, I promise!   

The Fallen Series
By Lauren Kate

This series really took me by surprise! I was 3/4ths of the way through the first book and decided I was not interested enough in it to finish the series but then the last few chapters throw you a hook you can't resist! The story line of the first book is all a mystery until the very end (which is why I got so impatient) but it's a good enough reveal that you'll read on! After that I finished the entire series and read the (later released) prequel as well! It's kind of a dark story but in a good way. 
I always add it to my recommend list! 

by Veronica Roth

EPIC READ! This series is my Harry Potter. I read it in March of 2014 and up until that point I had read exactly 3 books cover to cover in my entire life. Falling in love with this series has triggered my inner reader and I can't stop now! I read 24 books in 10 months after this series! I've actually read this series through twice now and will probably go through it again in a few years!

The first book is incredible, the second book is intense and the 3rd book will destroy your life! I promise. I cried for 3 days. I was so devastated and obsessed that I actually searched online for hours (yes hours) and found a killer alternate ending to Allegiant! I pulled it offline and made it into a PDF that I love to give out to fellow devastated fans. So if you fit into that category here is the new ending! Read it and just pretend the original ending never even happened! Enjoy!


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