Top Ten Books of 2018

Read here if you wish to see what I read in 2018. Welcome back, owlnerds. So I decided to share my top ten books I read last year in no order what so ever. 🙂

  1. Fire and Ice: Elementals by Erin Forbes (Review:
    I finished this book in less than 5 hours. Wow. It’s been a very long time since I read a novel in a day. The book itself reminded me a lot of X-men, Harry Potter, and Miss Peregrine’s Home of Of Peculiar Children… It’s probably just me then 😅. LOVE THIS BOOK!)
  2. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes Find the review here
  3. The Coronation by Livy Jarmusch (Review:
    Wow, just wow. I literally had to lay in bed for a few minutes to return back to reality. This book, just wow. I still questioned why I didn’t read this and why it took so long to read it. The family theme was amazing. I can’t wait to read the sequel. So many emotions, I can’t even describe how much I enjoyed this book. 😀 )
  4. Disowned by Sarah Addison Fox (Review:
    One word: Mick. I probably fell for him a bit too fast. But come on. He is caring and protective towards Celeste. This would have been a quick read but sometimes I slow down my reading because there are only the first time reactions in reading something. Now on my top ten books this year.)
  5. The Theif, The Damsel, and The Dragon by Angela Watts
  6. The Reluctant Godfather by Allison Tebo (Review:
    Love this books so much. Burndee is so humorous. It’s the best. Reminds me of someone, me. 😛 I loved the twist at the very end. I almost forgot to eat something as I was too consumed by this book.)
  7. Not by Sight by Kate Breslin (Review can be found here)
  8. Love Defined by Kristen Clark, Bethany Baird
  9. Beasts of Extradorinary Creatures by Ruth Emmie Lang (Review can be found here)
  10. Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire (Review:
    This book is to die for… of course not literally. Gemma is a teen mother to be. With a horrible past, she meets the Martin’s who change her life completely. The Martin’s are a country living Christian family.
    This book was balanced with description. Each background of each character was balanced as well. I loved how certain characters tied well with Gemma’s past. Loved how the story didn’t end after Gemma giving birth. Josiah was probably my favorite character. Not only is he protective of his siblings but he didn’t even think of Gemma’s past to be kind to her. I honestly think we need more men like Josiah. This book is probably my favorite so far for this year. Love it so much. )

Thanks for reading! See you next week, owlnerds. 🙂

Books 2018

Merry Christmas Eve!!! We have one more day, owl nerds before Christmas. Wow. It’s been a crazy year. I decided to challenge myself this year to read a hundred books. I have surpassed that challenge by reading hundred-two books. Here are all the books I read this year. 🙂

January Books

  1. Esther Ashton’s New Dress by Kellyn Roth
  2. Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes by Deborah Smith
  3. Caesar’s Gallic War by Julius Caesar
  4. Reread: Caesar’s Gallic War by Julius Caesar
  5. The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
  6. The One by Kiera Cass
  7. The Elite by Kiera Cass
  8. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

February Books

  1. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  2. Red Boots by Kate Willis
  3. Coffee Cake Days by Amanda Tero
  4. Enjoy the Poddle Skirt by Kate Willis
  5. A New Life by Rebekah A. Morris
  6. Forget Not by Rebekah A. Morris
  7. Martin’s Hospitality by Abigalyn Claire
  8. Songs in Our Memories by R.A. Rooney
  9. Journey by R.A. Rooney
  10. The Art of Thankfulness by R.A. Rooney
  11. Colors of Fear by Hannah Heath

March Books

  1. London in The Dark by Victoria Lynn
  2. Wolf Claw by Jes Drew
  3. For Writers Only by Sophie Burnham
  4. Beasts of Extraordinary Creatures by Ruth Emmie Lang
  5. 1 Peter
  6. Left to Die by Hailey Rose
  7. Poison Kiss by Kendra E. Ardnek
  8. Winter is Past by Rebekah A. Morris
  9. Christmas At Pebble Creek by Vannetta Chapman
  10. James
  11. Malachi
  12. The Lady of Vineyard by Kellyn Roth

April Books

  1. Lullabies for Little Hearts by Carol Smith
  2. The Twilight Terror by Gabriella Slade
  3. Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  4. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
  5. How I had Fun Writing 10 Novels in 13 Months by Sarah Addison Fox

May Books

  1. Twinepathy by C.B. Cook
  2. Henry VIII by Shakespeare
  3. Even the Beasts by Rebekah A. Morris
  4. Cinder by Marissa Meyers
  5. The Notes in Our Hearts by Gabriellyn Gidman

June Books

  1. The Bachelor Missions by Jes Drew
  2. The Princess and The Goblin by George MacDonald
  3. Reread: The Notes in Our Hearts by Gabriellyn Gidman
  4. Job
  5. Matched by Allie Condie
  6. Not by Sight by Kate Breslin
  7. All the Way by Loraine Haynes

July Books

  1. When Beauty Blooms by Victoria Lynn
  2. His Mighty Acts by Rebekah A. Morris
  3. The Key to the Chains by Allison Tebo
  4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  5. The Treasure Hunt by Kate Willis
  6. The Thief, The Damsel, and The Dragon by Angela R. Watts
  7. The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner
  8. Gather Around the Fables by Erika Matthews
  9. Gather Around the Fables Collection by Erika Matthews
  10. The Celestial Road by Nathaniel Hawthorne

August Books

  1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  2. Show Me by Gabriella Slade
  3. The Summer of Eleanor Maglina by Hadassah Schaap
  4. I Don’t Dance by Jessica Wheaton
  5. Maggie’s Hope Chest by Amanda Tero
  6. Andora’s Folly by Abigayle Claire
  7. Shower Thoughts by Gray Marie Cox

September Books

  1. Skies of Dripping Gold by Hannah Heath
  2. Shallows by Denver Evans
  3. The Saddle Daddy Rode by K.M. Weiland
  4. C.S. Lewis on Faith by C.S. Lewis
  5. A Question of Honor by Jessica Wheaton
  6. The Coronation  by Livy Jarmusch
  7. The Way to Go by Rebekah A. Morris
  8. The Reluctant Godfather by Allison Tebo
  9. Goldfish Secrets by Kellyn Roth
  10. Disowned by Sarah Addison Fox
  11. Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Opal
  12. Daisy by Riley Rawls

October Books

  1. Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin
  2. The Dressmaker’s Secret by Kellyn Roth
  3. Give Attendance by Rebekah A. Morris
  4. Chariots of Fire by William J. Weatherby
  5. The Rebellion by Livy Jarmusch
  6. Ephesians

November Books

  1. Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
  2. The Fisherman and His Wife by Jacob Grimm
  3. East O’ the Sun and West O’ the Moon by Peter Christen Asbjornsen
  4. Faithful by Rebekah Morris
  5. The Open Window by Saki
  6. Love Defined by Kristen Clark
  7. Philippians
  8. Fire And Ice by Erin Forbes
  9. Homeward by Angela R. Watts
  10. Love Blind by Angie Thompson
  11. Lessons by Angie Thompson
  12. Rainbow Garden by Patricia St. John

December Books

  1. Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  2. Ruth
  3. Finding Violia: A Short Story by Bo Burnette
  4. The Rebel by Nicole Sager
  5. Unto Him by Rebekah Morris
  6. Flames of Courage by Hannah Heath
  7. Blood Moon Redemption by Judy DuCharme

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Title: Inkheart

Author: Cornelia Funke

Point of View: Third Person View

Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult

Plot: One cruel night, Meggie’s father reads aloud from a book called Inkheart and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind adventure she only reads in books. Meggie must learn the harness of the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever.

Language: There are around ten incidents where they are cursing.

Romance: N/A

Quotes:

(p.2) “Go on, admit it, the book whispers its story to you at night.”

(p.8) “Some books should be tasted Some devoured but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly

(p.15) If you take a book with you on a journey, an odd thing happens: The book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you reading it… yes, books are liking flying paper- memories cling to the printed page better than anything else.

Book rating: Four stars

 

Book tag: A to Z Tag

What is up, you guys? Welcome back to another weekly blog post. As you can see from the title, I am doing a book tag which I have not done for a long time. I found this tag on https://sunsetsandbookfests.com/2017/01/20/a-to-z-book-tag/. 

 

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Harry Potter or The Boxcar Children

Best Sequel Ever:

The Tower Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Currently Reading:

Show me by Gabriella Slade

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Mountain Dew/soda (night) Tea/water (day)

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Snape or Darcy (my reaction to your reaction, I know I am crazy.)

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Hidden Gem Book:

Not by Sight by Kate Breslin

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Starting to reading consistently at the age of twelve.

Just Finished

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I typically don’t jump into romance books. It’s just that nowadays that people don’t understand that there is a thing called inappropriateness. If you know what I am talking about, why? Noone wants to read that. And if you do, why?

Longest Book You’ve Read:

Les Miserable by Victor Hugo

Major book hangover because of:

The One by Kiera Cass, the end felt as though it was rushed. I am like. Why? Why would you do that to me?

Number of bookcases

I have one.  The reason why is, half the books I get are from the library. I probably need around 2,000 dollars to buy all the books I have enjoyed. So if you want to buy me anything, an Amazon/Barnes and Noble gift card. *wink wink*

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Carrie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Bank

Preferred Place To Read:

In bed.

Quote, that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

There’s some good left in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.” – Samwise, Lord of the Rings

Reading Regret:

Following the trending books and getting disappointed. Believing they’re different than any other book today.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan,  Lunar Chronicles, The Wingfeather Saga, The Giver Quartet, The Inheritance Cycle, Matched, Grisha Verse, Six of Crows, and Rebel of the Sands

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

The Odyssey by Homer

Kristian’s War by Peter Wisan

Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Mr. Darcy…

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Worst Bookish Habit:

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: 

The Complete Novels of Jane Austen

Your latest book purchase:

The Theif, The Damsel, and The Dragon by Angela Watts

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Cinder by Marissa Meyers.

 

See ya next week. My people of the book community.

Dystopian Recommendations

Welcome back, this week I am recommending dystopian reads. Comment down below if you have any suggestions of dystopian books.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind this fragile community.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis: CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the center of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

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Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis: When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

Synopsis: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

Synopsis: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Synopsis:
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying. Remember. Survive. Run.

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Matched by Ally Condie

Synopsis: Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

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See ya next week. 🙂

All the Way: Book Review

I have returned. Please enjoy this post and follow if you aren’t already. Like and comment down below what book I should review next.

Title: All the Way

Author: Loriane Haynes

Genre: Christian Fiction

Synopsis: Families were the center of lives during the Great Depression. Life choices changed the safety and security of Kathryn’s teenage world and tainted her view of the world the rest of her life. The shame that wrapped itself around her was the result of condemnation from Christians who felt compelled to rid itself of a good family whose only sin was love.

Setting: Covington, GA; Griffin, GA; Atlanta, GA

Language: one incident

Romance:

two times mention of two people kissing

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Theme: Trust, Family, Guidance

 

Overall it was an interesting read, the book itself had the same writing style as A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I rated this book a four. You should read this book and spread it around. The author is self- published author. So share everyone and give out the bookish love.

 

Book Review: Beasts of Extraordinary Circustance

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Welcome back, Y’all. Last week, I read this beautiful book. You guys should check out Book of the Month.  You can pick one new hardback book each month. The great thing about is that your first book when you join is free. Each extra book cost $9.99.

Title: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances

Author: Ruthie Emmie Lang

Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Magical Realism

Summary: The narrators of this story are those who have encountered the main character, Weylyn Grey.  Weylyn who is raised by wolves learns he is so much different than everybody else. He discovers he can control the weather by stopping a tornado in Oklahoma single handlely. Through the book, he learns new things about himself that is a blessing but a danger to those he cares for.

So to get things started. The main reason, I bought this book was because I usually don’t read books with magic realism in it. The book itself had a “Disney” Jungle book vice to it. It’s quite interesting. There really isn’t magic involved in the book so if you are against witchcraft. You can read it without worry. I was considerately happy with this story because it had little romance and little language which is hard to find in most books nowadays. I can’t wait to read more books by her.

My book rating: Five Stars, A new favorite

 

Hope you enjoyed reading this book review. Comment below what book I should review next.

Thanks for reading!

 

 


 

 

 

 

Book Series I haven’t finished yet

This series are books I have started but never actually finished the series.  Please don’t judge me.

  1. Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  2. Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery
  3. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
  4. Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo
  6. Candain West series by Janette Oke
  7. Earthsea Cycle series by Ursula K. Le Guin
  8. Redwall series by Brian Jaques
  9. My America series by Patrica Hermes
  10. Ranger Apprentice by John Flanagan
  11. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
  12. Hercules Poirot by Agatha Christe
  13. The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
  14. The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
  15. The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
  16. Hornblower Saga by C.S. Forester
  17. The Maze Runner by James Dasher
  18. Kane Chronicles series by Rick Riordan
  19. Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
  20. Miss Peregrine’s by Ransom Riggs
  21. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

Any book series you haven’t finished? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for Reading!

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This or That Book Tag

I found this book tag at Kris’ blog

QUESTIONS:

  1. Reading on the bed or the couch? I usually read in bed but you can also find me reading an ebook on the couch any day.
  2. Male Main character or female main character? I like both. I usually read female main characters. Its hard to find any male main characters. If you know any books with a male POV, let me in the comments below.
  3. Sweet snacks or salty snacks when your reading? I usually have chocolates when I am reading.
  4. Trilogies or Quartets? Trilogies alway!
  5. First person point of view or third person point of view? Third Person point of view
  6. Reading at night or in the morning? I am more active at night but you can sometimes see me reading in morning. If I really obsessed with the book I am reading.
  7. Libraries or bookstores? I usually get most of my books at the library. Its inexpensive besides having dues to the library. XD
  8. Books that make you laugh or cry?
  9. Black books covers or white book covers? I own more black book covers so…
  10. Character driven or plot driven? It will always be plot driven. I can’t stress enough. I only pick up a book if the plot is interesting. It’s not even about the book cover either.  I don’t care how popular or good looking the characters are. Plots are the best. 🙂

 Thanks for Reading!

The Name Book Tag

I found this tag on Madi’s blog. The purpose of this book tag is to spell out our name with book titles. I will use my name, Sunny Houk.

 

S- Songs in our Memories by R.A. Rooney

Songs In Our Memories (a novelette)

 

U- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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N-Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

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N- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

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Y- The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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H- Halt’s Peril by John Flanagan

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O-Olympus at War by Kate O’Hearn

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U- Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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K– Kristian’s War by Peter Wisan

Kristian's War (The Searchers Series, #1)

 

Thanks for reading!