if you like… TECHNOLOGY

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I’ll be honest with you: I’m not much of a techie person. I’d much rather write essays by hand then type them on a computer, and creating posters and projects with craft supplies is so much more enjoyable for me than typing up a presentation. But I do know that there are a lot of people out there that love technology and all the amazing things it can do. If you’re one of those people, then this is the post for you!

These guys know technology.

These guys know technology.

Here are some books that will satisfy your techie appetites!

bzrk coverBZRK by Michael Grant.

Fast-paced and full of action, this novel focuses on nanobots and the possibilities for tiny armies. Definitely worth a read!

 

 

these broken stars coverThese Broken Stars by Megan Spooner and Amie Kaufman.

Super spaceships and advanced gadgets- this book has it all!

 

 

 

city of bones coverCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

This book may not be science fiction, but there’s a whole bunch of awesome Shadowhunter technology in here!

 

I hope you like these recommendations! Which books would you recommend for people who like technology? Let me know in the comments below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Book Review: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense? Or murder?

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…

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Dangerous Boys was not exactly what I had expected. It was very much a psychological thriller but, unlike Dangerous Girls, the main focus isn’t on solving the murder: it’s on the characters, and how they evolve over the course of the story.

The mystery itself was just as enthralling as that of Dangerous Girls, even if it was much slower paced. Every scene is important, offering up clues as to which brother survived, and the deeper you get into the book, the more chilling it becomes. Haas shows how every bad thought we have slowly strips away the masks that we wear, until our sinister, inner demons are on full display. She shows how the people in our lives help shape the people that we are to become – for better or for worse – and how seemingly inconsequential actions can have dramatic effects.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Dangerous Boys, but not quite as much as I enjoyed Dangerous Girls. That being said, though, Abigail Haas is definitely on my “authors to watch” list, and I look forward to reading any other “dangerous” books she comes out with next!

on banned books.

banned books week 2014 graphicIn honor of Banned Books Week, I thought I would dedicate an entire post to the important topic of bookish censorship.

Personally, I do not think that books should be banned at all, particularly from schools. I understand that some adults support censorship to protect young readers from mature content, but I think that by the time students get to middle and high school they should be able to choose which books they want to read on their own. Perhaps the solution to this problem would be to put age ranges or warnings on books that contain more graphic or mature content. That way, young readers could heed the warnings if they so desired.

I also do not think that classics should be banned from schools. One controversial example is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, which is often banned in schools due to its frequent use of racial slurs. Supporters of banning this novel claim that it promotes the use of racial slurs among teenagers, but I think the effect is quite the opposite. I believe that learning the root of these derogatory names will make students realize how wrong it is to use them. There is a lot history attached to our language that we often don’t understand. By learning that these racial slurs are connected to slavery, it makes them much more serious and therefore students will be less apt to throw them around willy-nilly. In regard to the topic of slavery itself, I think it is extremely important for students to read literature about this tragic and horrific time in the history of the United States. If we ignore this terrible part of our past, then we will never fully address the problems that plague this nation today because of it.

Overall, I think that young readers should be able to choose what they read. Without this freedom of choice they will not experience discovering new ideas, perspectives, and themes that they might otherwise very much enjoy reading about.

What is your opinion on banning books and censorship in general? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, she posts an idea relating to books and encourages other book bloggers to respond with their own top ten lists.

This week’s topic is “top ten books on my fall TBR list.” As always, click on the book cover to be taken to its Goodreads page.

Which books are on your to-read list for this fall? Leave me a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.

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if you like… INTERTWINING STORIES

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One of my favorite things is when novels have intertwining plot lines. There’s just so much going on at once and it never gets dull or boring. This takes a excellent writer to pull it off well, and fortunately I have had the pleasure of reading many of these fantastic books. Here are some of my favorites:

Jellicoe-Road-by-Melina-Marchetta_thumbJellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.

I couldn’t make this post without mentioning this book at least once. This is possibly my favorite book of all time- like, EVER. The main plot line takes place in modern day Australia, while the second plot line occurs a few decades earlier in the exact same place. Marchetta is an amazing writer, and I love these characters and this story to pieces.

 

 

pathfinder coverPathfinder by Orson Scott Card.

I read this book over the summer and I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed it. It’s pretty long (over 600 pages, I think) but it’s so intricate and detailed that there’s never a dull moment. The main plot line takes place in a world similar to ours (but with several fantastical differences) and the second plot line occurs in a ship flying through outer space. If you’re a fan of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game series or science fiction/fantasy in general I definitely recommend this book!

 

where things come back coverWhere Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley.

It’s hard to believe that this is JCW’s debut novel- it’s written so incredibly well! The main plot line follows a high school senior during an unusual summer, while the second plot line starts off by following a young missionary. This young adult contemporary novel is quirky, unique, thought-provoking, and just overall a great read.

 

I hope you enjoy these recommendations! What are your favorite books with intertwining stories? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Thoughts from Books (#3)

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”

Some people believe that I have my life in order, and that I know exactly what I want to do and how to attain it. Honestly, though, I don’t. I’m struggling just like everyone else. Am I good enough? Does anyone actually like me? These thoughts plague my mind continually, and are some of my deep-rooted insecurities.

It’s okay if you don’t “have it all together.” Don’t be ashamed of your problems or discouraged by your thoughts. Don’t hide behind a mask of “perfection” and good behaviour because it’s expected of you; let others know that you are just as broken as they are, if not more so. Don’t just be someone who others can look up to; be someone that they can relate to. Be a friend. Be honest – both to yourself, and to others. Let’s stop pretending and struggle together.

Which quotes have resonated with you lately?

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Book Review: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…

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Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?

Dangerous Girls is an incredibly difficult book to review, given that any preconceived notions will dampen this reading experience. It’s incredibly well-crafted, suspenseful, and so much darker than I had expected.

The trial itself was very authentic and carefully researched. It was frustrating, enraging, and so incredibly intense, making it very easy for me to become completely invested in its outcome. Anna’s account of the event was completely enthralling, and it was easy to see how the media could become caught up in painting her as a “cold blooded killer” – and somewhat scary to think about how this actually happens.

Dangerous Girls‘ strongest feature, though, is the way in which it is told. The present murder trial is interspersed with flashbacks starting from how Anna and Elise met and leading up until the present day. While this helped me piece together who the murderer was, it also caused me to suspect absolutely everyone. Despite this thick layer of suspicion, I still wasn’t expecting the reveal at the end, and I can honestly say that I’m still reeling from it.

Overall, Dangerous Girls was a twisted, psychological thriller that completely messed with my mind. And I loved every minute of it.