Book Recommendation Dualed by Elsie Chapman and Striker Touch Screen Gloves Tutorial

This is great I made my favorite gloves touch screen friendly so fast. Great basic sewing tutorial

So there’s this book, Dualed by Elsie Chapman. When I first read the description (before it came out) I knew I needed to read it. The idea that everyone has an Alternate that looks just like you and only one of you can survive, was so interesting to me. So, when I got an advanced digital copy I was so so excited.

Now I do 99% of my reading with paper books but hey if I get a chance to read it early I’ll totally read it on my Nexus 7 (which by the way I’m in love with). The only thing is that it’s been ridiculously cold here in Utah and some times you wanna wear gloves. Now believe it or not but this book has gloves in it. So I ended up making Dualed inspired touch screen gloves. Before I get to the tutorial though let me tell you a little about his book.

I’ve mentioned it before but Dualed was one of my most anticipated books of the year and by far my most anticipated one by a debut author. All that is to say that I had really high expectations which in my experience usually leads me to being let down. But luckily this one did not disappoint.

West Grayer lives in the enclosed city of Kersh where everyone has a genetic Alternate. Your Alt is basically a twin who is raised by a different family. The only problem is that only one of you can survive. Sometime before you you turn twenty your time comes up and you have 30 days to kill or be killed by your Alt. If neither of you succeed there’s a sort of self destruct device that goes off and both of you die. The idea is that only the best Alts will survive which will make the citizens of Kersh strong enough to stand up to potential dangers from the outside. This is a world where all the adults are murderers and the kids grow up playing games of kill your Alt and training for that day.

West is has been training her whole life and knows she’s good but she’s not rich and like with anything else Alts with money can afford superior training and some even hire Strikers or assassins to do their deed for them. After seeing too many friends and family go down she is shaken and starts to doubt if she really is the best Alt to survive. Even though she can’t afford private lessons she will do everything it takes to become the best she can be.

I have been raving about this book to friends since I finished it there is so much I love about it. West is a fighter but also deeply reflective. There were times I just wanted to shake her, not because she’s stupid or that I couldn’t understand her decisions, but because I could relate TOO WELL to her anxieties and insecurities. But unlike with some other books I didn’t have time to be frustrated the story was so fast paced I was immediately sucked in and I just could not stop. There is light romance of the non-codependent sort, enough to keep my lovey dovey bug satisfied but not enough to scare off those cootie friends of mine.

This is a world I loved being thrown into. To see the way this city (yes a city not more freaking dessert wandering that seems so popular) is set up, the background behind the Alts, the questions of if they are really ending up with the best Alts with this system, how the Alts are made, how money is exchanged, food laws, all of it it just struck a cord with me. It’s a complete story in itself (no frustrating cliffhanger) but totally open to sequels which I can’t wait for. I definitely recommend checking this puppy out. I had a similar reaction when I read Divergent which you all know I’m obsessed with if you enjoyed that I definitely think you’ll like Dualed.

So great you can turn ANY glove (even cute ones) into touch screen friendly smart gloves. Easy fast DIY sewing tutorial

Striker Touch Screen Gloves Tutorial

Now if you want to make your own touch screen gloves it is so so easy. And if you’re a nerd like me you can even add your own Striker assassin tattoo to yours ;)

All you need to do is buy some conductive thread and then sew on your fingertips. I found it worked best to thread with 8 stings thick. When you normally stick one end of a thread through the eye that’s 2 thick so I folded my metallic thread for times threaded for ends through the eye and tied a knot making it 8 thick.

Then I just stitched on the points that I use to navigate my device (for me that’s just my index finger tips and my thumb tip). You want the thread to be on the inside and outside of the glove so it can take the electricity from your body through the thread to the screen. I did this by making a bunch of loopy stitches.

And it only took me all of 15 minutes. To make it Dualed -ish I decided to stitch in the “Striker Tattoo” . I tested them out reading a book and even playing Fruit Ninja and they work great. I think I’ll do this to all of my gloves!

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YA Romances Perfect for Valentine’s Day

10 Young Adult books perfect for Valentine's Day that grown ups will love too - Rae GUn Ramblings

In celebration of Valentine’s Day week I’m sharing some of my favorite YA romances. And you know me I rarely read a book without powers or fighting but these are all books I really liked that made me swoon over their romantic bits. I’m linking up at The Broke and the Bookish.

  • All the Graceling Books – Seriously Kristin Cashore has a way with romance, and fighting, and powers. The love stories in these books are some of my favorites.
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Oh Noah Shaw, need I say more? Is their relationship healthy, umm probably not but with all the psychoness that is happening to Mara thank goodness she’s got Noah to help her through. The sequel while definitely creepier has just as much lovely romance.
  • The Night Circus – There is a line that reads “I have been surrounded by love letters you two have built each other for years, encased in tents.” and that’s really how the book felt to me.
  • Vampire Academy – Oh Dimitri oh Adrian. Richelle Mead can make one fine romance with a bunch of butt-kicking thrown in.
  • Anna and the French Kiss – Falling in love in Paris with a boy with a hot accent? Okay sure. And this is a good old contemporary no powers no sci-fi one.
  • Crown of Embers – It’s not the main focus of the book but something about the little flickers of romance are so great to me. I just adore Elisa and there is just something so mature but very romantic about the relationship here.  Plus kissing in sewers, am I right? (This is the second book in a series of which I adored the first Girl of Fire and Thorns just as much)
  • Covenant Books – The chemistry between these characters is just so strong and you can’t help but feel it too. Steamy I tell you, with fighting, I like fighting.
  • Grave Mercy – Fighting nuns, a slow developing romance in a castle, so much fun.
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – Love the awkwardness of these two and watching their little romance grow, such a sweet story. Another contemporary.
  • Die for Me – A French boy, in France whose just an all around admirable guy and super attractive with a fun paranormal twist.
  • Infernal Devices – Cassie Clare can write some mighty attractive male folk but I am definitely partial to the romance between Mr. Will Herondale and Ms. Tessa Gray. Triple swoon.

What are some of your favorite romances? Who did I forget?

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to link up your favorite posts at my What We Wore, Read, and Made Link Party (TTT posts are welcome)! And if you’re a fan of the Beautiful Creatures books you can see what I thought of the Beautiful Creatures movie and make sure to check back in later this week for a fun giveaway.

Coupon Holder and Dave Ramsey Book AKA So Glad We Had an Emergency Fund

A few weeks ago my husband walked into the bathroom and got his socks all wet. He thought I had just taken a bath and splashed a bit (if you follow me on Instagram you know how I like my baths). After convincing him (yes it took some convincing) that I hadn’t been in there we realized our ceiling was leaking AWESOME! And of course we were due for a huge storm that week so we needed to get it taken care of ASAP.

We ended up needing an entire new roof. Not cheap. And to top it off this was just a few days before Christmas. Thankfully we have a fully funded emergency fund so what could have easily been a giant problem was just a minor annoyance.

The musicmaker and I discovered Dave Ramsey‘s radio show early in our marriage and we made it a priority to become debt free. Can I just say how amazing it is to pay off your last student loan, or know that you don’t owe anyone for anything (except the house), or go on a vacation and know that you don’t have to figure out how to pay off the credit card bills when you get home? It’s a whole wonderful new feeling.

This is NOT a sponsored post. I did not get a free copy of this book and I’m not getting compensated for writing this post (but I am using an amazon affiliate link below). I just know what a blessing this information has been to my family and when I saw that Dave’s books were on sale I wanted to share the love. I know how crippling debt can be and even if it’s not crippling exactly there is just a freedom that comes with paying with money you have and living within your means.

So today I am giving away a copy of Dave Ramsey’s best selling Total Money Makeover. I haven’t read it all myself yet (I bought a copy for us though) but I’ve flipped through it and I’m excited. It has so many of the great lessons and wonderful stories I’ve heard Dave teach on his radio show over the years. In addition to the book I made a pretty coupon/money holder from my coupon  holder tutorial. You can use it to hold coupons or like we do to separate our cash for our “envelope system” (basically each section is money from a different part of our budget like groceries, house, eating out, etc.)

There are lots of ways to enter see the rafflecopter below (reload if you don’t see it).

If you want to make your own holder be sure to check out my coupon/money holder tute. While you’re at it check out Dave’s website to find his radio show on a station near you, access his free articles and tools, or check out his books.

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TTT: Books that Santa’s Bringing Me AKA let me tell you how much I loved Throne of Glass and Shadow and Bone

First I shared my gift guide for book lovers and some of my favorite bookish Etsy shops on Friday. I’d love you to check it out.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday with The Broke and The Bookish is Books You Hope Santa Will Bring and since I went a bit crazy book buying during the after Thanksgiving sales I may have ahem most of these already sitting on my shelf wahoo thank you early Santa.

But I do want to highlight a few of my favorites at little more in depth since I haven’t had a chance to review them here on the blog but they were really great so I want you guys to know more about them. Oh and before you go let’s be Goodreads friends, you can find me here.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Alina is a nobody mapmaker, a discarded orphan in Ravka a nation that has been wreaked havoc upon by the Shadow Fold. She lives in a world that is constantly terrorized by darkness and evil winged creatures that come out to devour humans. 

And of course there is a boy Mal whom Alina has loved most of her life but has come to grips with the fact that he does not return her affection. But then one day on the Fold Alina’s regiment is attacked and in an effort to protect Mal, powers she never knew she had are revealed. Not only is it scandalous that she has these powers but they might just be what Ravka needs to defeat the evil that has held them captive.

I read the first half of this book in one of the worst possibly ways one can read a book, a few pages at a time at 3 am when I was totally exhausted from the day and in stolen moments waiting in lines. So to still have loved it with such a bad set up I think says a lot.

I instantly fell in love with Bardugo’s writing. This book is full of great characters, a captivating totally unique story, a complicated and deep villain, amazing friendships, and of course love. I loved being able to follow Alina as she went from her comfortable life of being no one special to adjusting to life as quite the opposite. You never quite know who to trust and the story is action packed and fun. 

It is definitely fantasy but there are no weird creatures dominating the pages (like the description on goodreads might have you believe. This was one of my favorite books I read this year. Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling books or Rae Carson’s Girl of Fire and Thorn books. I cannot wait for Siege and Storm!

Glass of Throne by Sarah Maas

description from goodreads – After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

I LOVED this book. Boys that remind me in a great way of Cassandra Clare’s Will and Jem, a castle  setting as fun as Robin LaFevers Grave Mercy, and a main character I liked as much as Divergent’s Tris Prior. Truly it has so many things I love:  a strong heroine who can think for herself, fighting action, great friendships, romance, royalty and just enough fantasy for it to be fun.

I was surprised be so taken with this tale and with Celaena. She is definitely on my favorite heroine’s list to stay. She’s one of those character’s who’s not perfect and she knows it but she tries to do what is right. She knows that she has made mistakes and she values her second chance. Now only does she stay up late reading and geeks out over books with the best of us, but she can kick some serious butt. After all, she is the assassin of Adarlan.

And these books I’ve already raved and raved about many times but yup Santa’s giving them to me for Christmas this year!
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
The Girl of Fire and Thorns and Crown of Embers  by Rae Carson
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare (I bought the paperbacks that are out, how could I pass up 5$ a book?!)

I really want The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern but for the life of me I can’t find a hard cover copy. If anyone spots one definitely let me know!

And before you go I’m giving away Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi’s. I won a copy from Epic Reads a couple weeks back but since I have already read it I figured I’d share the love and pass it on. People are crazy about this book! Just see the widget below

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Great Young Adult Contemporary Reads

Young adult contemporary romance novels. Great for holiday and Summer reading lists.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday with The Broke and the Bookish is “Favorite Authors In X Genre”. Since I just barely started reading more contemporary books (i.e. normal old no power, no magic, no undercover spy work just regular people in world settings) I thought I’d share some of those that I’ve enjoyed. I don’t quite have 10 but these are a good start. And if you wanna be friends on Goodreads, I’m here.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Cohn, Rachel and Levithan, David – Not only is this great for a contemporary (it’s no secret that I have a weakness for powers and magic) but this is now one of my all time favorite books. My friend Linda who’s got similar tastes also just finished it and loved it. It is such a cute story and I am love with the realistic quirky characters. It’s kind of letter style written back and forth between two characters. Seriously I LOVE this book.
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) by Perkins, Stephanie  – This was my first contemporary book and it is super cute. Boarding school in France and a super crush worthy boy need I say more? And Lola and the Boy Next Door is also a fun one.
Along for the Ride bySarah Dessen – Whenever you hear people talk about contemporary YA you’re sure to hear Sarah Dessen mentioned. I’ve read a couple of her books and while they take me a little bit to get into they are fun. I really liked Along for the Ride, it stuck with me and I think it has some interesting ideas about first impressions. I’ve also read Dessen’s Lock and Key which I liked but not quite as much as Along for the Ride but it’s fun and light if you want a good vacay book.
13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1) by Johnson, Maureen  – This was cute. It’s a story of a girl who is sent on tasks around the world by her dead aunt via a stack of 13 blue envelops. Not my favorite but a fun light read for sure.
The Sky Is Everywhere by Nelson, Jandy – This book deals with some super heavy issues and while heart wrenching at times it didn’t feel unbearable or too much. The familial relationships are fantastic. Definitely a good one for those of you close to sister.
And here are a few gate-way contemporary books. For those of you who like something fantastical these are books with otherworldly aspects but a strong contemporary feel. 
Unraveling (Unraveling, #1) by Norris, Elizabeth – Very fun. While the twist happens with a somewhat awkward bit of info dump the idea is really interesting.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) by Hodkin, Michelle – This was one of my favorite books that I read last year and the sequel comes out next week. Eeeek so so excited. It’s like a crazy roller coaster with one of the most attractive boy interests ever.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Couples Worth Admiring

These book couples aren't the typical instalove in YA and still make for awesome swoon worthy books

To celebrate Jamie from The Broke and the Bookish‘s wedding this weeks top ten is all about romance. It’s supposed to be top 10 that would last in the real world but I read so much YA that I’m going to spin it a bit and tell you what I love about 10 (er 7) book couples I admire since really I’m not sure you can tell who you are meant to be with at 17. See my full reviews and if you want becomes friends at my Goodreads.

And happy happy wedding wishes to Jamie! She tweeted earlier today about making bookish centerpieces. A girl after my own heart!

Fire and Brigan from Fire by Kristen Cashore – I think they would last in the real world. I think they bring out the best in each other and they just seem honest and realistic.

Tris and Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth – I’m not sure if they’d last but I love the way their romance develops from respect and shared values. It just seems healthy. I also appreciate the life-like tension and the way the deal with being frustrated with each other but remain focused on what is really important in Insurgent.

Petra and Bean from the Shadow books by Orson Scott Card – They work together so well and understand the other person almost better than they understand themselves. While they may be frustrated with each other at times they take the others personality seriously. I think that’s important in real life. Your personality is going to be different than your partners in some ways and being able to see where they are coming from and why they think a certain way (even if you disagree) is valuable.

Ron and Hermione from the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling – What could be better that being married to your best friend? More than that a friend that complements you, who’s strengths differ than yours and supplement yours wonderfully.

Katsa and Po from Graceling by Kristen Cashore – I love how passionate they are with each other. And I love how they can fight, apologize, and return to each other.

Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I think their relationship is interesting. I’ve never thought Katniss deserved Peeta. I just didn’t think she loved him enough. But I think that she is committed and loves in probably the only way someone as broken and traumatized as she is could. And I love his love for her and I want him to have what he wants. We go through hard things in real life too, love is messy and takes a variety of paths. And I do think in the end what they have is real and deep and true.

Tessa and Will from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare – I love Jem I do, I just think that Will is a better fit for Tessa. He maybe a bit moody and reckless but as much as love and feelings aren’t enough, they are important. The chemistry is just so apparent and I think they’d be so good together. I’m about dying waiting for the next book to see what transpires ugg March 19th seems so far away.

I’m trying hard to come up with more but I can’t. Don’t get me wrong if this was a post about crush worthy characters I’d have no problem. But all the couples I can think of to me just seem too young so I wonder if they’d cut it in the real world or the way they come together suffers, like so many YA books, from instalove.

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Fabulous book list! I totally agree. Saving this anytime people ask for book recommendations. Great books for Harry Potter fans of all ages.

Great list of books perfect for Hunger Games lovers and why each would appeal to the Hunger Games fans - Rae Gun Ramblings

Huge list of books to read after Divergent. Lots of good ones and ones I haven't read yet!

Books for Boys that this Girl Loved

Great reading list for teens that are boy friendly. These reads are great for both boys and girls.

Even though I totally love my girly books I also appreciate a good boy friendly read. Today’s Top Ten with Broke and the Bookish is a free for all see all the posts here. Since I have so many friends who are moms of little boys I wanted to make a list that would be good for boys and girls alike. I don’t have a ton so if you know of some good reads for the men-folk I’d love you to share your suggestions in the comments. As always if you want to be book buddies on Goodreads, hit me up and you can see my full reviews for each there.

Airman by Eoin Colfer – This is one of my favorite books that I read last year. It’s a story of survival and character. This is by the guy who wrote all the Artemis Fowl books which I also highly recommend for the boys, they are good fun but I like this stand alone book even better.

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan – I love theses books. A dyslexic boy that learns he’s a demigod? Great strong characters and lots of adventures. I love the following series The Heroes of Olympus and Riordan’s Kane Chronicles which is a similar tale with Egyptian mythology instead of the great is also fun but in my opinion not nearly as strong as the Percy Jackson and Heroes books.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – I’d save this for the high school or even grown kids. It’s like a Willy Wonka meets 80’s fandom meets video games. I’m not sure if the 80’s stuff would be annoying for a young crowd but this is perfect my older boys like say my hubby and his friends. Once you get into the story though I think even if you don’t get all the fun 80’s references the adventure and game is really fun.

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins – Even though it’s a girl’s point of view I’ve seen many a man person really enjoy these books.

Ender’s Game and then the Shadow books by Orson Scott Card – yeah I know these are on almost every one of my lists. But I love these books. I’ve read them so many times and they are awesome for boys.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – These are in the same boat as the Ender’s Shadow books for me. Pretty much perfection. So much fun, so many great ideas, characters and life lessons.

Legend by Marie Lu – Lots of fun an action. Two characters seemingly on two different sides book fighting for what’s right.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding – A classic story of boys left to fend for themselves after a plane crashes on an island and all that ensues. If you or your boy haven’t already had to read this for school I highly recommend it.

The Incarceron Books by Catherine Fisher – Like the Hunger Games the main character is a girl but this is still really fun for the boys too. It’s an interesting and different kind of story. Great for thoughtful readers that like philosophical puzzles and concepts.

The Witches by Roahl Dahl – Another good one for the younger readers. A fun tale with a spin on your traditional witch.

What other books would you add?
I’ve heard that these are good for the boys by I haven’t read them myself but let me know if you have and what you think.

The Maze Runner, The Giver, The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Lord of the Rings, Dune, Eragon, Holes.

For all my friends always asking what books are good for their boys. Girls will like these too but they aren't too feminine or romance driven. Great teen reads

Top Ten All Time Favorite Characters In Books

all time favorite characters in books

I’m joining in on The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday this week. It was just a such a fun theme I couldn’t resist. I must say that this question is a tad unfair because one of the things that really makes a book for me is whether I like the characters or not. So while I only picked one character per book I found myself thinking ooh but I really love him/her also the whole time. See what everyone else picked here.

In no particular order:

  1. Fire from Kristin Cashore’s Fire – I love her so much, seriously everything about her.
  2. Neville from The Harry Potter Books – What a wonderful friend. He’s brave in a real world way and always tries to do what is right.
  3. Ender from Orson Scott Card’s Ender and Shadow books – There’s a quote where one of the character says “So Ender, he tries to wake up the good part of you.” that’s quite an ability.
  4. Elisa from Rae Carson’s The Girl of Fire and Thorns – She’s strong and real and awesome. And I love how she grapples with her faith and her identity.
  5. Zuzanna from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone – I just thought she was a super fun character even though she was a side character and the book wasn’t my fav.
  6. Noah Shaw from Michelle Hodkin’s The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – So yeah, besides being totally attractive, I love his sass and how he takes care of Mara.
  7. Cinna from Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy – He was my favorite character. What a kind, lovely person. And he designed amazing clothing, how could I not love that?
  8. Frederick Theissen from Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus – He is the ultimate fan. I was kind of jealous of how he got to live his fandom in such a complete way.
  9. Rosa Huberman from Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief – She’s rough but she sure knows how to love.
  10. Jem Carstairs from Cassandra Clare’s Inferno Devices Series – He’s such a wonderful friend. Everyone needs a friend like him. He makes me want to be a better friend.

You can find links to each of these in my “read” list in case you want to read the blurbs or see my reviews. And if you want to be book friends on Goodread’s I would love that.

What I’ve Been Reading: Graceling, Vampire Academy, and Ender’s Game

As always seems to be the case a boat load of books came off the library hold for me right at the same time. that and two days later the lovely Insurgent ARC was dropped in my lap. Needless to say I’ve been reading a bunch. I’m just going to highlight a few but if you want to see all of what I’ve read and my thoughts on each of them check out my goodreads account (I update it many times a week). Also I’d love to be friends if you’ve got an account.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore: I’m absolutely in love. I adore the writing style, characters, and story. Great strong female characters and unlike most YA books the characters seem kind of adult (even though they are supposed to be young) and there are little kids in the books which was fun. I’m in the middle of book two in the series and I adore it. I recommend the audio versions.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: First let me say that’s the stupidest name for the series. Second let me say I have absolutely no fondness for vampires at all. It’s more of a redone vampire story with lots of guardian type fighting mixed in. This was recommended by a few of my friends and by Veronica Roth (author of the Divergent series). I flew through this series with a trip to two libraries in one day since I wasn’t willing to wait for the weekend for the next book. So just as a warning the first book is just okay, but you need to press through because the rest of the series is totally worth it.

Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card I read Ender’s Game in highschool and the Shadow spin off series when they first came out 10 years ago. These books are some of my favorites and have been since I read them in highschool. I recommend Ender’s Game and then the Bean spin off series (the Shadow books) I enjoyed the Ender books but I didn’t love them like the Shadow books. They are so so good. Plus they are finally making this into a movie. If you’re into the whole dystopian genre and have not read Ender’s Game yet you need to it’s a classic. The audio versions are great I relisted to Ender’s Game and the whole Shadow series recently and they had me pulling out my paper versions to write down quotes again.

And then two honorable mentiones for those of you who are aboard the dystopian train, I finally read Legend by Marie Lu and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and enjoyed them both. They are fun quick reads.
I’ve written reviews for all of these if you want more info or want to see the descriptions on goodreads to see more of what they are each about.