Thursday, April 7, 2016


I read a lot of great books in March that I want to share with you! 

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1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon.   

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SummaryMy disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.  

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My thoughts: I did not love this book, but I don't think it's one to absolutely avoid.  The main problem that I had with it is the "instalove". If you are not familiar with that term it is when a character falls in love with somebody almost instantly without really knowing them at all. Ugh. It is not a theme that I like to see in YA, and so I was very disappointed.  As the book went on, however, I was able to see that they formed a strong relationship that seemed both mutual and healthy so I respect the author for that development.  The main character was very well written, and I found that I could relate to her on some level despite our many differences. 

This book would be great for those who love YA, and are interested in a classic romantic contemporary with an interesting twist. 

My rating: 2.5/5

2. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith 

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Summary: The No.1 ladies' detective agency consists of one woman, the engaging and sassy Precious Ramotswe, who sets up shop in Gabarone, Botswana. This unlikely herione specialises in missing husbands, wayward daughters, con men and impostors.

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My thoughts: I honestly went into this book expecting to hate it. I had to read this book for class, which for me usually spells out trouble. Nobody likes being told what to read, and especially me! I am so stubborn, but I was happily proven wrong as I read this book.  Precious Ramotswe was the best.  She is a strong, stubborn, yet sensitive and kind woman who has a passion for helping other people.  I love reading about her journey opening the first ladies detective agency, and was really inspired by her ambition and drive.  I would have liked a little bit more of the detective/mystery side, but seeing as this is the first book of a very large series I think that I will get plenty of that if I continue on. 

This book will appeal to people who love mystery, stories with strong female protagonists, and those who are interested in learning about other cultures. 

Rating: 4/5 

3.  Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

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Summary: In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

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My thoughts:  I loved this book so much! It is a creative nonfiction, and so not only is it informative it is interesting.  I learned a lot from this book, and I actually went on to read more about the story after I was done.  The author included a great set of source notes that lead to plenty of more learning after you are finished. 

This book is great for everybody and anybody! Teens will love this book, and it will teach them something at the same time. 

Rating: 5/5 

Have you read any of these books? If not, which one(s) are in interested in after leaning about them?Let me know down below! 

Erica Esther

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