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Top 10 Favorite Books

10. Forever… by Judy Blume

I read this along time ago, but I just remember it being the first romance book that I read that was honest about teens and sex and I loved that! I didn’t really care for the characters, but I did like that this was the first romance book that I had read.

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9. Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

What I liked most about this was how mature the writing seemed for a YA/NA romance. It wasn’t full of the typical troupes you see in most novels, but it was still romantic and I was rooting for the characters to have a happy ending.

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8. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

I have no shame. This was the very first book that got me into my obsession with books, after a long hiatus of not reading for pleasure after elementary school. I remember devouring this series in about a month. I’m still obsessed. What can I say? I’ll always make room for Twilight on my favorites list.

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7. Teach Me by R.A. Nelson

Wonder what happens behind closed doors of a teacher/student relationship. This one is for you. I think I’m going to reread this one in 2018.

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6. Zac and Mia by AJ Betts

For those who enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars, take a chance on this one. For me, this was way better and more honest than TFiOS. Don’t get me wrong, I loved TFiOS, but this novel has all the raw emotions of what being a cancer patient is really like (and I should know, I went through it).

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5. The Cellar by Natasha Preston

This novel is about a girl who is kidnapped and put in a cellar along with a handful of other women who have been brainwashed by their kidnapper to basically love him because their lives depend on it. I was on the edge of my seat for the entirety of this novel.

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4. Stolen by Lucy Christopher

If you end up enjoying Cellar, you’ll probably like Stolen. It’s along the same lines except our character is taken to the dessert where she tries to find a way to escape, but where can you run to in the dessert?

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3. How to Love by Katie Cotugno

The next two novels were hard for me to rate because I love them both so much. It took me awhile to pick up How to Love, but once I did, I wished I had read it sooner. The synopsis had turned me away from it originally, I loved it and couldn’t put it down.

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2. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

I just might be one of the only YA readers around who enjoyed the love triangle in 99 Days and I’m not ashamed of that. I can’t wait for the sequel!

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1. November 9 by Colleen Hoover

I didn’t think any book would ever pass up a Katie Cotugno book on my favorites, let alone a Colleen Hoover book. I’ve read a few of her novels, and nothing was ever favorite worthy. That was, until I picked up November 9, on November 9th. It was book fate, haha. This book had me on a rollercoaster of emotions and I was constantly rooting for the couple, until the moment Ben broke my heart, but I still loved him as a fictional boyfriend. This is a must read!

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My Favorite ‘Cancer Books/Movies’

Ah, that sounds like a tough subject doesn’t it? Cancer is scary. It’s best to stare it right in the face and attack head on. This Sunday marks 18 years since I, myself, was diagnosed with Leukemia. I was eight years old when I found out I had cancer. Thanks to the doctors, nurses, my family and medicine, I quickly became known as a ‘survivor’.

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I thought this week I would make a post about my favorite ‘cancer books’ or ‘cancer movies’. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books or if you have any ‘cancer book’ recommendations!

1.) A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Though I’ve never read the book, I loved the movie when it first came out. I know book to movie adaptations don’t always stay true to the original, so I’ll just be explaining the 51zxxgtyhul-_sx324_bo1204203200_movies plot. From what I’ve read, the book and the movie are two completely different plots, so I’m going to only recommend watching the movie. Literally, you will be in tears! Mandy Moore gives a fantastic performance in this story.

Landon is the popular, bad boy and Jamie is the preacher’s daughter who always has a Bible with her. Landon has to befriend her when he gets into trouble at school and soon learns about Jamie’s illness, but it’s too late because he’s already fallen in love with her.

 

 

2.) Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

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When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.

So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.

If you’re going to read any ‘cancer book’, read this one. I thought it was way better and truer to the disease that TFiOS.

 

3.) My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

 

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Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate — a life and a role that she has never challenged… until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister—and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

A provocative novel that raises some important ethical issues,My Sister’s Keeper is the story of one family’s struggle for survival at all human costs and a stunning parable for all time.

Another book that I didn’t read but actually loved the movie. The plot twist at the end threw me for a loop but I totally sided with Kate’s choice. How long can you push a child to fight cancer before it’s time to let them give up?

 

4.) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot the-fault-in-our-starstwist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

I actually read the book and watched the movie for this one. I recommend reading the book and passing on the movie for this one. My only issue is I felt like this book romanticizes cancer too much, I didn’t feel like any of the characters were really sick.

When you have cancer, you’re low on energy, you’re sick all the time to the point you can’t even get out of bed, your hair is (usually) gone, and love is the last thing on your mind (or so it was for me, but I was 8.)

 

 

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1999, the face of a cancer kid who thought the only perk of being in the hospital was that you didn’t have to go to school. Clearly, they have tutors.

Book Tag Tuesday: Book Savenger Tag

Book Tag Tuesday here again! As always, I’m never actually tagged in these, I just find one that seems interesting to me. If you have a book tag that you want me to do, let me know or tag me! All of the covers are the ones I actually have. Enjoy! -Breanna

  • Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it: Zac & Mia by AJ Betts, one of my favorite books by the way. 413L0hGv36L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
  • Find a classic: I’m going to go with the current classic I’m reading, which it Peter and Wendy! I’m half way through and loving it. 250px-PeterAndWendy
  • Find a book with a key on it: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. It was actually the only Dessen book that I’ve read and didn’t like. lock and key.jpg
  • Find something on your bookshelf that’s not a book: I’m going to go with my adorable cat mug on my ‘favorites’ shelf! It’s super cute and I found it for less than $1, I keep pens in it because I don’t like drinking coffee or tea. image1 (1).jpg
  • Find the oldest book on your shelf: Geez, probably my old nursing rhyme book that I can’t find a cover for online.
  • Find a book with a girl on the cover: That’s easy because almost every book I have has a female on it. I’ll choose to use Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Clause blood and.jpg
  • Find a book with a boy on the cover: Take me There by Susane Colasanti 2085319
  • Find a book that has an animal in it: Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley, so many cats!! lost at sea
  • Find a book with a male protagonist: Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin 51+pPBSHilL._SX336_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
  • Find a book with only words on it: When We Collided by Emery Lord, I haven’t read this one just yet! But I do own it! untitled
  • Find a book with illustrations in it: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, a book I purchased a long time ago, but didn’t read because I ended up not liking the illustrations. why we broke up.jpg
  • Find a book with gold lettering: Yellow and gold are almost the same color… My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 12294652.jpg
  • Find a diary (true or false): Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, one of my least favorite books, yet there are two copies on my shelf. I have the movie cover copy and the original greenish yellow background copy. perks.jpg
  • Find a book written by someone with a common name (like smith): The Fault in our Stars by John Green 9780525426349.jpg
  • Find a book that has a close up of something on it: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James,  it’s embarrassing but I do own the whole series. FIFTY.jpg
  • Find a book on your shelf that takes place in the earliest time period: The Bible. Boom. Win. This is the actual bible I have and it’s gorgeous. My husband bought it for me for Christmas our second year together. Here’s a link if you want to check it out. 41yhrEi-mRL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
  • Find a hardcover book without a jacket: I have all my dust jackets on :p No naked books for me!
  • Find a teal/turquoise colored book: Where She Went by Gayle Forman where
  • Find a book with stars on it: I don’t have any books with stars on them!!! What?!
  • Find a non YA book: Can I Say by Travis Barker 51YFQa3pC1L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg
  • Find the longest book you own: Probably my bible that I mentioned earlier.
  • Find the shortest book you own: My small catechism, it’s only ten pages.
  • Find a book with multiple PoVs: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvatershiver.jpg
  • Find a shiny book: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, the words on this book are super shiny! summer.jpg
  • Find a book with flowers on it: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen, has one flower on it, that counts right? forever.jpg

 

 

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