7 Books I Am Thankful For (2017 edition)

Happy early Thanksgiving!! How y’all doing? Hope y’all are great! So, since it is Thanksgiving week I figured that I’d just write up a list of seven books I am thankful for from this year. . .so bear with me!

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Summary: 

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

My Thoughts:

“Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug.
He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I’ll remember how he died.
Fairy tale? No. But I’m not giving up on a better ending.”

This had me literally trembling with rage. The blatant injustice, racism, cruelty. . .how can our world be like this? How can we as human beings put up with this? This made me so angry and I’m glad. Racism and human cruelty toward one another be it of the same ethnicity or not SHOULD make me angry. It should make everyone angry. HOW DARE WE JUST IGNORE IT. It should be heard. And this brings a lot of it to light. No, not all police are bad. Not all just shoot someone of another ethnic background because they aren’t the same. Most don’t. But those that do should pay for their blatant murder of another person whether of the same ethnicity or not. We should not, as decent human beings of any color and ethnic background, allow them to get away with this. This made me angry. I cried. I hurt. And this is something that should be have attention called to it. It is wrong. And it needs to be addressed. This was filled with bad language, however. I do highly recommend this book. This is an important book that EVERYONE should read. 

“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?” 

2. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

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Summary:

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be—whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

My Thoughts: 

“I know I sound kinda weird right now, but I promise I’m not. I’m like, ‘Hi Caden, I haven’t seen you in ages, now come into my house and strip for me.’ Sorry. Forget I said anyt

First off, Juliet is adorable!! ^^ Look. Adorable. Cute. Beautiful. What more could a guy want? 

“The sight of him makes me smile. My eyes widen, and I sit up straighter. Crap. Ohhhhhhh crap. I like him.” 

Caden is amazing and sexy and fun to read about. I love him. 

“And, like every awesome thing I find, I wanted to show it to you. Because we are both living with limited time, and life should be lived while we have the chance.”

Dylan is even more fun and strangely enough, likable. 

“There are a million reasons to stop. I ignore them all and kiss him.”

I love to read about rebels and romance and this had it all. 

“As I close the door he shouts a shockingly profane string of insults at me. It’s so awful it’s almost comical, and even though it’s incredibly nasty, he does deserve credit for somehow managing to be sexist, racist, and homophobic within the space of ten seconds.”

It even had the evil stepfather!!! Amazing. Utterly amazing. 

Totally loved this. It was a lot of fun. 

3. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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Summary: 

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. 

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

My Thoughts:

Can we all just have a moment of silence for how ADORABLY CUTE AND AMAZING THAT WAS!! This was sweet. I am happy. You should read. Enough said.

 

4. They Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera

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Summary:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

My Thoughts:

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that’s all.”

This was definitely one of the saddest books I’ve read recently. The friendship and the brief but sweet romance was heart touching. The heartbreak that was involved with living their last day was so real. I wish they were real and I wish they didn’t die. . . . I love them. They are gone now. It is hard to accept. 

5. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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Summary:

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

My Thoughts:

Someone please tell me it didn’t end that way! Please? Why?! I cannot believe that. A little part of me was destroyed… Ok, that was a fantastic book and amazingly well written. Ms. Clare is amazing. I still hated the whole Kieran and Mark thing. Seriously Mark? I want to see you with Christina!! Well, maybe it’ll still happen. I still didn’t like Kieran. Diana was a complete surprise and I almost dropped my book. And Emma and Julian….I want things to work out so, so badly. They are meant for each other. I enjoyed this book and was horrified by the ending! Why must you hurt us like that??? Full of twist and turns and surprises and tears, laughter, and fear, you felt like you were there, with all of them.

 

6. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by  Mackenzi Lee

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Summary:

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. His father expects him to take over the family’s estate upon his return.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows.

My Thoughts: 

I am officially madly in love with Percy. I want him to be real so I can date him! This was adorable. It did have some references and mentions of sex but it didn’t get very graphic. I wasn’t sure what to think at first…but the more I read about Percy the more I loved the book. Henry can be such an IDIOT at times…but lovable…not as much as Percy…not nearly. Felicity, I initially did not like. But she grew on me. Eek! I love Percy…someone pretty please tell me he’s real???!!!

7. We Are Okay by Nina Lacour

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Summary: 

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

My Thoughts: 

Wow. . .just wow. I am so shaken right now. This stunned me and was really hard to read and I’m almost in tears. It was so sad and yet happy at the end, kind of. I don’t know. It’s complicated. It’s just wow. I have no words for it.

There you have it. That’s my list. I have a couple more that could easily go on there but I set myself a limit. . .so I had to chose. Have you read any or all of these? Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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