Must Read Books for Ready Player One Fans

Ready Player One was one of those books that grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go. I adore it and have re-read it multiple times. So to celebrate it’s tradition to the big screen I thought I’d put together a list of Must Read Books for Ready Player One fans.Great list of books for ready player one fans-2

With more attention on these great characters and fabulous story I have no doubt that with more people reading this awesome book more people are going to asking “what should I read after I’m done with Ready Player One”. And because I’m me I also had to make a RPO characters shirt so make your own DIY Ready Player One shirt with my easy tutorial and then read all the books!

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game is a 1985 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set in Earth’s future, the novel presents an imperiled mankind after two conflicts with the “buggers”, an insectoid alien species. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel’s protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are trained from a very young age through increasingly difficult games including some in zero gravity, where Ender’s tactical genius is revealed.

This Sci-Fi classic is one of my very favorite series and I think RPO fans will find it just as charming. The characters in Ender’s Game, while younger are just as sharp and the dialogue is the best. You’ve got competition style gaming, an intense video game system, and friendships that are rivaled by only Harry Potter. If you love Ender’s Game I actually recommend continuing with the Bean (Shadow) series since those are more in line with Ender’s Game and RPO but if you love true Sci-Fi with creatures and all that by all means follow Ender on his adventures too!

Warcross by Marie Lu

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

I just finished ready Warcross and my oh my did I adore it. Marie Lu has a fabulous way of sucking you into all the action then hit you with all kinds of crazy twists. This first book of the series (ahhhh need her to write the rest!!!) hits so many things I loved about RPO. VR becoming a part of every day life, a huge competition, regular people thrown into the mix and layers of story telling. I think fans of Ready Player One would love any of Marie Lu’s books to be honest!

Insignia by S.J.Kincaid

The earth is in the middle of WWIII in Insignia, the first entry in S. J. Kincaid’s fast-paced sci-fi adventure trilogy perfect for fans of Ender’s Game.

The planet’s natural resources are almost gone, and war is being fought to control the assets of the solar system. The enemy is winning. The salvation may be Tom Raines. Tom doesn’t seem like a hero. He’s a short fourteen-year-old with bad skin. But he has the virtual-reality gaming skills that make him a phenom behind the controls of the battle drones.

As a new member of the Intrasolar Forces, Tom’s life completely changes. Suddenly, he’s someone important. He has new opportunities, friends, and a shot at having a girlfriend. But there’s a price to pay. . . .

Okay so that synopsis makes Insignia sound way more dramatic than it is. I loved this as a light and fun book with so many great aspects video games, simulators, competitions, boarding school this is such a fun series that I think flew below the radar of most people. This is target to the younger YA market but still totally enjoyable for adults. Oh and as a bonus the audiobooks are great. Speaking of, if you haven’t listened to RPO on audiobook you gotta make a point to do that

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions…

Okay this one has nothing to do with video games or competitions but one thing I really liked about Ready Player one is that it made you step back and examine how these people were living or pseudo living and look at the layers of the story. The Read of Us Just Live Here is such a fun twist this is a story about the non-special kids. You know how all the dystopian books and fantasy books there is a small group characters that the action revolves around? This makes you think what about the normal people (think Muggles) living there? Don’t they realize all this craziness is going on? It’s fun and something about it makes me put it on this list.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

You guys Renegades is on my nightstand (but I bought it so I keep reading books that have a due date at the library). I haven’t read it yet but my friends who have say for sure it belongs on this list. And I trust Marissa Meyer. You guys she’s a literary genius. Everything she writes is golden, the worlds the characters, the humor. I can attest to the fact that I think RPO fans would love The Lunar Chronicles series which starts with Cinder but I think Renegades plot-wise is a closer over lap. But heck read them all. READ THEM ALLLLLLLL.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox—the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

One of the most fun parts of RPO were all the 80’s trivia and nostalgia  and quotes and pop culture references. There’s a similar inside joke feel to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy that will have fans of Ready Player One in familiar territory. 

Armada by Ernest Cline

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.

No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.

Confession I havn’t finished Armada. I couldn’t quite get started and then it was due back at the library. But I kinda had to put it on the list and while most people say they don’t love it with the same fiery passion as Ready Player One, they  liked it enough and it was worth reading. So it’s back on my library holds list, I’m gonna try the audiobook this time though.

Bluescreen by Dan Wells

Los Angeles in 2050 is a city of open doors, as long as you have the right connections. One of those connections is a djinni—a smart device implanted right in a person’s head. In a world where virtually everyone is online twenty-four hours a day, this connection is like oxygen—and a world like that presents plenty of opportunities for someone who knows how to manipulate it.

Marisa Carneseca is one of those people. She might spend her days in Mirador, the small, vibrant LA neighborhood where her family owns a restaurant, but she lives on the net—going to school, playing games, hanging out, or doing things of more questionable legality with her friends Sahara and Anja. And it’s Anja who first gets her hands on Bluescreen—a virtual drug that plugs right into a person’s djinni and delivers a massive, non-chemical, completely safe high. But in this city, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, and Mari and her friends soon find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy that is much bigger than they ever suspected.

I have to admit that Bluescreen wasn’t my favorite personally but it has a lot of similar themes that I think fans of RPO will like. Also my sister loved this (but she is Dan’s biggest fan so….) but really I think some of the things that bugged me stemmed from the weird accent the audiobook reader did. So check it out paper style though.

RUSH by Evie Silver

So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

Miki Jones’s carefully controlled life spins into chaos after she’s run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby – pulled from her life, through time and space into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures.

There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Every moment of the game is kill or be killed, and Miki has only the questionable guidance of Jackson Tate, the team’s alluring and secretive leader. He evades her questions, holds himself aloof from the others, and claims it’s every player for himself. But when he puts himself at risk to watch Miki’s back, he leaves her both frustrated and fascinated. Jackson says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival. And the survival of every other person on the planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

I totally forgot about Rush until today scrolling back through books to see if there was anything else I thought fit. But this has that game aspect and adventure and layers of something bigger that I think Ready Player One fans would really enjoy.

The Ward by Jordana Frankel

Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive in the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.

However, she never expects that her search will lead to dangerous encounters with a passionate young scientist; a web of deceit and lies; and an earth-shattering mystery that’s lurking deep beneath the water’s rippling surface

The Ward is another book that I adored that I felt got swept under the rug. There is the competition feel, the super cool technology and incredible world building that RPO fans will love. Just a fun story with great characters!

Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh

After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past and prove himself a loyal soldier of the Neo State.

When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the government’s supersoldier project. Tera was trained for one purpose: to pilot one of the lethal God Machines, massive robots for a never-ending war.

With secret orders to report on Tera, Jaewon becomes Tera’s partner, earning her reluctant respect. But as respect turns to love, Jaewon begins to question his loyalty to an oppressive regime that creates weapons out of humans. As the project prepares to go public amidst rumors of a rebellion, Jaewon must decide where he stands—as a soldier of the Neo State, or a rebel of the people.

I haven’t read Rebel Seoul yet but my friend whom I trust says it’s fabulous and perfect for those who like Ready Player One. And I have to admit the synopsis sounds just right so I’m putting it on this list. I’ll for sure report back after I finish it!

And if you are like me and flaunt your love for RPO go make yourself this crazy easy DIY Ready Player One Shirt.

Must read books for ready player one fans and character shirt with free file

Want even more Ready Player One Awesomeness? My friends got together for a wee RPO blog hop so check out these other fun projects! 

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13 Reasons Why I Love My B&N Membership

Looking for a super easy last minute gift or fun treat for the whole family? A Barnes & Noble membership might be just the thing.

Great gift idea for any reader or even a family gift

I’ve been a long time fan of the Barnes & Noble membership (I’ve had one since grad school) and today I’m sharing 13 Reasons why I love my B&N membership.

1-3 Fabulous Memories

great idea for a family gift and to encourage a love of reading

I spent MANY hours in grad school at my neighborhood Barnes & Noble cafe tables slaving over papers and laughing with my classmates. When Daniel and I were first dating we’d often swing through for an easy date. Now with Teddy you can find us killing time wandering the aisles. I love checking out the new releases in the Teen Fantasy and Adventure section, Daniel loves flipping through the music magazines which can’t be found anywhere else, and Teddy loves reading with us in the kids section. Whether we’re picking up a new release at a discount or stopping in for a snack at the cafe it’s time together that I cherish.

4-5 Free Shipping and FAST Shipping

And while I do love wandering aisle I love online shipping! I am a sucker for free shipping and when I order off of BN.com. With my membership the orders ship for free. Not just that but it ships  fast in just 1-3 days.

6-9 Stuffed Pretzels, Peanut Butter Cup Cookies, Brie Sandwiches, and Cafe Drinks

food at barnes & noble cafe

Okay maybe not just those,  I have a serious weakness for the cafe food and treats at Barnes & Noble. I remember a time that I practically lived off the stuffed pretzels and I still can’t resist getting one of their peanut butter cookies every time we’re in. There are so many yummy items on their menu that I’m hoping to try and of course it’s all a bonus that members get discounts on the cafe goodies too!

10 Kids Club

barnes & noble kids club and membership perks

I was excited to find a new perk of the membership that now includes an easy way to sign up for their free kids club. With the Kids Club the little ones (up to age 12) receive a free treat for their birthday – a birthday cupcake, cookie or rice krispy treat and a $5 rewards card for every $100 spent on kids stuff.

11-12 40% off Hardcover Best Sellers and Other Great Discounts

barnes & noble teen fantasy and adventure aisle

I love that with my membership, I can snatch up the latest best selling hardcover at 40% off and that pretty much everything else they sell (including toys and cafe items) for 10% everyday. In fact when we went in last week they had  a promotion that gave members 20% offWAHOO. If you don’t know, they have some crazy amazing exclusive items that you can’t find anywhere else -incredible books, commissioned gift items, and really unique creative toys! Barnes & Noble is actually one of my favorite places to find interesting gifts.

13 Special Notifications Right to My Inbox

unusal gift ideas for families and young readers

With 3 full time businesses, a super active kiddo and just normal life I feel like I can’t remember anything and don’t have the time to research fun activities. It probably sounds silly but I LOVE my membership emails. I love knowing when special events like the Harry Potter and Star Wars aisles are happening, getting exclusive discounts that are easy for me to look up and access, and of course the book and gift suggestions. Today we took advantage of $1 Cafe drinks thanks to the email!

If you have someone who loves to read or just want to treat yourself or your family to a unique gift that lasts the whole year giving the gift of a Barnes & Noble membership is a great choice!

love this idea for a fun an unusual family gift idea

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Gift Giving Hacks for Readers, Geeks and More

I kind of pride myself on being a really GREAT gift giver but this year I am drawing blanks. Thankfully Barnes & Noble has a ton of really cool tools that make gift giving super easy whether you’re looking to give a book or other great gift.

what to read next great tools for picking what book to read for all readers

I personally always believe books are one of the best gifts that you can get anyone regardless of age or interests. But, sometimes deciding WHICH book can be a bit tricky. Last week I was browsing the Barnes & Noble website and got giddy when I tried out the Book Graph for the first time. This little tool is brand new this holiday season and I’m keeping my fingers crossed they’ll keep it year around. It’s a little hidden but to find it click on “books” on the top of BN.com and “Book Graph” is the first option.

Basically you click on a book cover and it leads you down a trail of related books that you can follow to find something new and awesome. With every step there are tons of options and you can click on each image to learn more about the different titles. It was so fun seeing books that I love recommended in this way. They have combined all the knowledge from their book sellers and the wealth of data on which books people tend to buy with other and well, you can see how that would make for a power recommendation tool. I could see this being super addicting. Plus this would be great when shopping for someone who reads a ton or who reads different types of content than what you might be familiar with!

super hero gifts and books for boys girls and kids of all ages

Not only is there the Book Graph, -but there are TONS awesome curated book lists and gift guides.  I love how the guides are more than just gender and age based. Of course you can start there if you want, -but, there are really interesting list themes which you might not think to search for, but lead to some pretty fun present ideas. There’s a whole selection of Super Gifts for Superheroes (a peek at that above), gifts for Game of Thrones Fans, Creative Gifts for Scientist and Makers,  Gifts to Inspire Unstoppable Girls and more.

awesome tips and tools for buying gifts for readers and geeks. books and non-book present tricks and ideas

This my friends is how you get a unique and meaningful gift your love ones will be really excited to get! In addition to lists with both non-book gift ideas as well as fresh reading material there are tons of straight up book lists to guide your gift giving (even if it’s for yourself, I won’t judge) like “Thrilling Books for Teen Readers“. 

And as fun as it is to shop from the convenience of your own home in your jammies, you might want to throw on some clothes because I’m not sure if you are aware, -but in most Barnes & Noble locations this holiday season they have a super special Harry Potter aisle!

Tons of Harry POtter gifts from Barnes and Noble

It is jammed packed FULL of goodies, books, and tons of gift ideas all inspired by the J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It’s got great goodies from the original series as well as from the Fantastic Beast movie and the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Screenplay. You guys I wanted it all, scarves, wands, games of all sorts, stuffies, DVDs, there’s so many fun things!

I’m not sure if you’ve ever just wandered the non-book isles at Barnes & Noble, but they always have the most fun gifts for kiddos, geeks, and really anyone! I’m actually drooling over the FAO Schwarz Christmas decoration I saw there earlier this week.

star wars at barnes & noble

I’ll be doing a live walk through on Facebook this week if you want a little peek around and for you Star Wars fans they have a Star Wars aisle too!!!

So if you’re at a loss of what to give the special people in your life head over to Barnes & NobleBarnes & Noble whether in person or online and you’re sure to find plenty of fun options!

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Books to Read in a Garden (or in a Garden Skirt)

I think I was born in the wrong era. I would love so much for my days to be filled with reading in a beautiful flower garden.

books to read in a garden or in a cute garden skirt

Instead I’m go go go with a bazillion things always fighting for my time and attention. And as much as I’d love to don a stuffy dress and lounge in the sun with my current read, a stretchy Cents of Style Floral Skirt is a little more realistic for me. The print is so vibrant it’s almost as good as sitting right in a rose garden, almost.

cute comfy knit floral pencil skirt great for momlife

I thought it would be fun to pretend that I did have that garden reading life and share a bunch of books to read in a garden (or in a garden skirt) as the case might be! I’ve read a lot of great books recently and any of these would be perfect for a little garden escape. There’s a little bit of everything here.

Cute floral skirt and great reading list

Click on the book titles to read the official description of of each!

  • A Study in Charlotte – YA Detective – You guys this follows Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, descendants of THE Holmes and Watson. The college aged counter parts are hilarious, Charlotte has the same vices as her ancestors and the detective tale pulled me right in and was so entertaining. The second book just came out and I can’t wait to read it although the first book totally stands on it’s own. I hope there are many many of these.
  • Flawed – YA Dystopian – I LOVED this book. It took me back to the good old dystopian days with a feel of Delirium and Divergent (but without those awful endings). In this world you have to be perfect. If you make a lapse in moral judgement you’re branded (yup with an iron branded) and labeled as flawed and you are subjected to different rules. That means there is no learning from mistakes, at least not publicly. Just read this it was GOOOD.
  • Frost Like Night (book 3 of the Snow Like Ashes series) – Fantasy – If you want to get wrapped up in a completely different world I adored Frost Like Night, the final book in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy. I did love the whole trilogy which takes place in a world that is divided up into seasons each season is a different realm. There is a crazy amount of action and fighting and magic tied into the different seasons.
  • The Problem With Forever – Contemporary – Confession I’m not quite done with this but it has already grabbed me so hard I didn’t want to leave it off. Mallory hasn’t seen Rider in years despite growing up together on the same bad side of the foster system. It’s been 4 years since that awful night and so many things have changed. This has everything a teen book should, cute boys, great drama, mean girls, parental issues, awesome friends, and some real conflict. I can’t wait to finish it.
  • The Diabolical – YA Sci-Fi – Nemesis was created to be a protector and now she finds herself having to pose as her charge in order to save her life. While undercover though nemesis finds herself in the middle of a twisted political scheme. This was a great dose of Sci-fi, great villains, and relationships. There’s something about it that reminds me of Levana and the Lunars from Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles while being totally different and it’s own story.
  • Anne of Green Gables  – Can you believe I haven’t read this before? I was totally smitten this is a PERFECT book to escape into for a light entertaining read. I listened to the audiobook and it was fabulous. Full of spunk and character Anne isn’t your typical girl but she tries her best to be good. Love her silly conundrums and sweet heart.
  • The Serpent King – YA Contemporary – While this book isn’t all rainbows and sunbeams there’s something about it that really grabbed me. The story follows a group of small town friends with some heavy struggles. Things from not fitting in to living in the shadow of some pretty awful parents the kids are great friends.
  • The Chemist – Ex- Spy Story – This is way more The Host Stephanie Meyer that Twilight Stephanie Meyer and it was good. It was full of adventure with some really fun characters who find themselves running from their former employers. It’s full of fantastic actions, great characters and even some great romance. Plus it’s a solid standalone so perfect for a weekend binge reading session or to take along on a trip!
  • A Torch Against the Night (book # 3 of Ember in the Ashes) – Dystopian/Light Fantasy – Fans of Hunger Games you’ll love this finished series. Obviously start with book one, but these books have been my favorites that I have read over the last year. Such an interesting unique story about kids trained to become ruthless militia tied in with some crazy fantasy and lots of intense action. The characters are amazing and the story is so fun I loved these.

Great reading list. Lots of Young Adult Books

This weekend Cents of Style has a ton of gorgeous and comfy floral skirts like this one on sale. They are all so pretty Just use the code is FLORALSTORY and it will make each skirt $19.95 + FREE SHIPPING. The code is valid 2/17 through 2/19. I love this navy one the fabric is so pretty and comfy and the rose print on it is absolutely stunning in person. And then you too can pretend you’re reading in a beautiful flower garden instead of in between stolen moments of the daily grind!

 

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Must Read Books You Might Have Missed

So many books so little time. But if you’re looking for some really good ones I thought I would share my must read books you might have missed. And I thought it’d be fun if you shared yours too!

must read books you might have missed

Every year I love to look back on the books I have read and just see what I read and what stands out and I love to see what other people’s favorites were. I normally fill Perpetual Page Turner’s Year End Survey but I find it to be a little daunting in it’s entirety and it’s focused on book bloggers.

So I thought I’d do a condensed kind of round up and invite you to share what your reading highlights were in the comments feel free to answer all or just a few of the questions. I’ll be going live on Facebook tomorrow 11 AM MST to share my answers! I use Goodreads to keep track of my books although I tend to update it in batches (I’m way better at posting my reads on Instagram and my Currently Reading page). If you’re on good reads this is my account we can be friends!

MUST Read books of 2016

I’ll fill this out and update the post with my answers tomorrow but I’d love you to join Debra from Housewife Eclectic and me on Facebook tomorrow 11 AM MST as we discuss our book highlights from the year!

How many books did you read in 2016?

  • 79 books total
  • 27,297 pages total

What were the top 5 books you read?

Name an author you’re glad you discovered in 2016.

What book(s) did you find yourself recommending the most this year?

  • pretty much the ones in my top 5 list

What book was recommended TO YOU the most this year? Did you read it?

Did any book make you angry or frustrated?

  • Edenbrook – so annoyed the whole time by the characters decisions and actions
  • Finding Audrey – I liked the book but I found the mom to be super stressful

What was the most surprising book (good or bad)?

What kid book was most read in your house if you live with kids?

Was there a book you can’t believe you waited to long to finally read?

What books did you want to read but just didn’t get to it?

  • I had Furthermore checked out forever but never got to it
  • I still haven’t gotten to about half of my Owlcrate books but I’m excited to

Anything else notable?

  • I read quite a number of books with kids with disabilities and mental illnesses represented and I liked that. I think books really help you see the world from other peoples perspective so I applaud the authors for doing that and doing it in a way that is not trite or patronizing.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I loved it. Also loved the Fantastic Beast movie but haven’t read the screenplay.
  • I went and saw Cassandra Clare one of my FAAAAAAVVVVVOOORIIITTTE authors when she was in town for her Lady Midnight tour which I loved (both the book and the signing)

So what are YOUR must read books from 2016. I love adding to my To Read list! And don’t forget tomorrow at 11AM MST well be having virtual book club on Facebook to discuss reading highlights of last year!

 

Ultimate List of Christmas Books

Whether you want to do a book advent calendar or just love collecting holiday reads I’ve got a huge list of great Christmas Picture books as well as a couple of reads perfect for Mama too!

Great Christmas reading list. Board books and picture books as well as novels. Religious and santa and snowmen stories for kids to adults

I’ve always love the idea of wrapping up a book and opening one  up each day to read with the kids as a book advent calendar, but the book hoarder in me wants all the books to be read the whole season so for now I’ve got a huge pile of picture books and flap books and pop up books in a little basket by the tree. I love reading about the true meaning of Christmas with the manger stories as well as the fun celebrations that have become a part of the holiday for our American culture like Santa and Snowmen and all that. So here is a good mix of both religious and secular books to read for Christmas.

If you click on the title it will take you to my Amazon affiliate link and you can see pictures, reviews, and read more about each book.

Lots of great Christmas board books and picture books that teach the true meaning of Christmas. Fun and adorable nativity books and more for babies and kids.

Religious Picture and Board Books

Santa, Snowmen and other fun non-religious Christmas books for kids

Secular Picture and Board Books

Fabulous picture books for Christmas. Lots of religious and non-religious christmas books for babies and kids

Teen and Adult Fiction Great for Reading Around Christmas

Also join me tomorrow live on Facebook at 11 AM MST as my friend Debra from Housewife Eclectic and I compare our Christmas book lists and share what we love about our favorites. See her list here.

*I haven’t read these yet but I have friends that ADORE them!

Lots of great Christmas books for the whole family. Both nativity books and santa and snowman. From Board books for kids to novels for teens and adults.

 

10+ YA Witch Reads and Ghostly Guides

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Witches, Casters, Magic Users. Ghosts, Spirits, Shades. I don’t care what you call them, there is something so fun about a good witch or ghost read.

Over 10 awesome witch and ghosts books for teens and young adults. Great ghost and witch book list perfect for Halloween (or really any time of year)

To get in the mood for Halloween I thought I would round up 10 of my favorite witch and ghost reads. But don’t be fooled these stories aren’t just for Halloween because these aren’t your typical witches and undead. Some of these ladies (and gents) are book nerds that hang out with vampires, others are warrior queens and most of them aren’t even on the wicked end of the good/bad spectrum. These stories are so varied and fun you will soon find yourselves under their spells!

Great YA reading list full of witch and ghost books.

Debra from Housewife Eclectic and went live on the FAN GIRL CRAFTS Facebook page talking through these awesome books to get you in the mood for Halloween. Watch the replay below to hear exactly WHY I love each of these witch and ghost books . Also you can click on the each of the book titles to take you to Amazon and read the official descriptions and what others thought about these books!

Wonderful Witch Reads

  1. Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini (Worldwalker series)
  2. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures series)
  3. Spellcaster by Claudia Gray (Spellcaster series)
  4. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines series)
  5. Fairest by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles)
  6. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare (The Bane Chronicles)
  7. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (Hex Hall series)
  8. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (the witches don’t come into the books until book 3 Heir of Fire but the whole series is great and you do need to start from the beginning)
  9. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Ghostly Books

  1. Die For Me by Amy Plumb (Revenant series)
  2. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater (The Raven Cycle)
  3. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
  4. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  5. Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and Daven Levithan

And don’t forget to check out Debra’s creepy book list perfect for Halloween!

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Must Read Middle Grade Books

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Whether you’ve got a voracious reader or more of a reluctant one I’m sharing a ton of Middle Grade books perfect for those kids that are just not quite ready for full blown Young Adult books or us older folk that just want a great book.

Great reading list full of must read middle grade books great for preteens.

But first what is Middle Grade? Typically the focus audience for middle grade is 8-12 but contrary to popular belief these books aren’t necessarily just for the little kids. They can be complex and developed stories full of fabulous characters, story lines and settings. I mean the Harry Potter books are considered Middle Grade (although I think the later books might fall more in the YA category). In MG books the character’s are getting their first taste of independence (think going to camp or a day totally without any adults). The relationships focus more on friendship and romantic relationships usually stay at the crush or very first kiss level. While there might be rough real life experiences you don’t expect to get a graphic description, profanity, or in depth treatment of the evil and violence. They are aimed at a reader who isn’t quite a teen yet but plenty of older readers like myself can definitely find them entertaining. These also make GREAT road trip books when you have a car with some younger kids in it!


To read a description of each book or series click on the title and you’ll be able to see the official synopses. Or Debra from Housewife Eclectic and I will be chat books and share our favorite Middle Grade books in this video here (see her list here).

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So many great books for Harry Potter fans. I've read a ton of these and totally agree with this reading list.

The ones I read I loved. Must add the others to my books to read stack. Espionage novels, spy, detective, and assassin stories.

Over 30 Young Adult Books Set in School

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One of my favorite settings for books are schools. Boarding schools are doubly fun. Today my sister and I are sharing our favorite Young Adult Books set in SCHOOL!

Back to school books for fun! Over 30 young adult novels that take place in schools. Run reading list.

As we do every month we are coordinating our reading list with the theme for this month’s Owlcrate (Fast Times at YA High) and we will be doing a live unboxing of our Owlcrates (a monthly bookish subscription box that BOTH my sister and I get, and pay for out of our own pockets because we love them so much and can’t share). Along with the unboxing we’ll be doing a book chat and talking about all the reasons why we loved reading these school themed books AND you should too! I hope you will join us this coming Monday evening 5PM MST on the Rae Gun Ramblings Facebook page and tell us what some of your favorite books set in school are!

Young adult reading list with books set in schools. Perfect for back to school reading

For more about each title click on the link to be taken to Amazon where you can read the official synopsis and other people’s reviews.

Contemporary (regular good old life as a school going teen)

Something More (regular good old life as a school going teen with powers, or who’s actually a spy, or some other fun twist)

Books with School settings. Fun back to school young adult reading list.

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15+ Best YA Book Villains

We tend focus a lot on the heroes and heroines when describing great books but so often it’s the villains that really make a story magical!

Great reading list full of awesome villains that keep you on your toes. Young Adult Books

In honor of the fact that two of most notoriously hated villains in Young Adult Literature can be found in the Harry Potter books and because the theme of this month’s Owl Crate is Good vs. Evil, that my sister and I would share our most memorable villains. (Are you as excited about week two of the Happy Harry Potter series as I am?)

Awesome villains in Young Adult books. We all loved to hate Harry Potter's Umbridge. Great reading list.

We were guests on the We Heart Books facebook page to chat through the WHYS of our choices which you can watch the replay of below but I’m also linking my Amazon associates links for each book so you can get a description and learn more about each title. I’ve got to say I found it surprisingly hard to come up with a non-spoiler villains list. It seems the plot of A LOT of books with GREAT villains is pretty much “who done it?”

  • The King You know that saying about power corrupting? Well that plus magic! – Throne of Glass
  • Dolores Umbridge I must not tell lies and okay we’ll say Voldy too ;) – Harry Potter
  • Queen Levana Why wouldn’t you just mind force everyone to do your bidding even to say marry you if you could? – The Lunar Chronicles  (starts with Cinder)
  • The Darkling – The Grisha Trilogy (starts with Shadow and Bone)
  • The Dad Well he’s a serial killer who raised his son as an accomplice no biggie – Jasper Dent Series (starts with I Hunt Killers)
  • Commandant Oh she’s the worse kind of head mistress meets drill Sargent but there are lots of baddies – An Ember in the Ashes series
  • Defiance Bolton RamseySong of Ice and Fire (not YA starts with A Game of Thrones)
  • The Duchess of the Lake I don’t care how dangerous it is for you I’ll use YOUR body for what I want when I want oh and if it doesn’t work out I’ll find someone else to give it go – The Lone City Series (starts with The Jewel)
  • Adelina Amouteru  We absolutely love that this is told from the villain’s perspective which of course makes it hard to totally see her as a villain – The Young Elites series
  • The Uncle Yeah this guy gave me the major creeps. The lengths he’ll go and the evil he’ll do makes me really anxious about reading the sequel  – Gold Seer Trilogy (starts with Walk the Earth a Stranger)
  • The Seeker She totally stressed me out why won’t she just give up already!? – The Host
  • EveryonePenryn and the End of Days Series (starts with Angelfall)
  • Cole Big whoop that he’s boss of the Underground he’s awesome a super hot musician – Everneath series
  • Alexandra Miles  She’s the ultimate High School mean girl. But the depths of her scheming oh my! – Winning series
  • General Holland He’s awful from the beginnin but as the series go on you realize just how twisted this guys intentions are!  – Mila 2.0 series
  • Warner He’s done SO many bad things but he was raised that way, is he bad, but he’s cute too – Shatter Me series

Just remember that this is an unedited repost of the FB live video :)

So who are some of YOUR all time favorite villains?

And there’s still time to enter the giant Harry Potter Giveaways if you haven’t already!

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