30 Day Book Challenge: Day 7

I stumbled across this 30 day book challenge by The Chronicles of Radiya and decided to give it a try. Hopefully it will lead to 30 consecutive days of blogging that liven up the blog a bit and give us a chance to get to know each other a little better.

Day 7: Most Underrated Book

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

I know that I already did a Saturday Showcase post about this series… but it’s just so good! Unfortunately, I haven’t heard much about the Chaos Walking series outside of the book blogging community – in fact, I had never even heard of Patrick Ness until a few months ago.

These are some of the best YA dystopian novels I’ve ever read. The writing style is unique, the characters are loveable, the animals can talk (through their thoughts, but still), and it addresses so many important themes. It’s such a powerful series, and will leave a lingering impression.

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Top Ten Books That Should Have Sequels

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

This week’s topic is top ten books that should have sequels. There has been many a time where I’ve fallen in love with a book and its characters only to discover that it’s a standalone. Or where I’ve finished a series and found myself saying, “but this can’t be over… I want to know what happens to ___.” When a book is really close to my heart, I want it to continue forever – even if the ending was perfect. Here are some of those books:

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I know that she wrote seven books and a few companion books, but after reading this article about what happened after the series ended, my desire to go back to Hogwarts has returned full-force. I wouldn’t mind a series about Harry’s children or even a Marauder’s series… I just want more.

 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I fell in love with Marco, Celia, Poppet, Widget, and the circus itself. I would love to read more stories set in Le Cirque des Reves, even if it’s just a description of what each tent holds.

 

 

 
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
I absolutely loved reading Beth and Jennifer’s emails to one another. I want to see Beth and Lincoln go on dates – and read Jennifer’s thoughts about it, of course!

 

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Christopher is endearing, and I loved viewing the world through his eyes. It would be so much fun to go on another adventure with him, especially if he’s channeling his inner Sherlock Holmes again.

 

 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Yes, I know that Lola and the Boy Next Door is a companion novel to this. And, yes, I did enjoy it. But I want a true sequel – after all, I need more Etienne St. Clair in my life.

 

 

Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness
The ending of this series left me in shock. While the open ending seems somewhat hopeful, I need to definitively know what happens to Todd. I’d also like to see the new settlers arrive, and see more about Wilf since he’s adorable.

 

 

Delirium series by Lauren Oliver
This is another example of a final book in a series having an open ending. I didn’t mind the ending, but I would love to see what happens to the world, what happens to Alex and Lena’s relationship, and just more Alex in general.

 

 

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I know that Fire and Bitterblue are companion novels, but I’d love to see another book dedicated to Katsa and Po. Their relationship dynamic is excellent, and they’re both likeable characters, so I would be more than okay with visiting their world once more.

 

 

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
This series feels like it ended mid-sentence. I have a lot of questions that remain unanswered, so I would love to see another book just to finalize the Baudelaire’s story.

 

 

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
If Frankie managed to cause all of these shenanigans at her prep school, I can’t imagine what situations she’d get herself into in college.

 

 

What books do you wish had sequels? Leave a list or a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post in the comments below.
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Saturday Showcase (August 3)

Saturday Showcase is a weekly event hosted here at The In-Between Place which features books that you wish more people had read (or, at least, heard about). This week’s featured books are the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness.

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

These are some of the best YA dystopian novels I’ve ever read. The writing style is unique, the characters are loveable, the animals can talk (through their thoughts, but still), and it addresses so many important themes. It’s such a powerful series, and I highly, highly recommend it.

What are some of your favourite underrated books? Leave me a list or a link to your post in the comments below.
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WWW Wednesday (July 10)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading. To participate, answer the following three questions:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Here are my answers:

Currently Reading:
1I’m currently reading Gone by Michael Grant. It’s been on my to-read list for ages since I’ve heard good things about this series. I’m only about 100 pages in but so far I like it, even though the pace is kind of slow.

 

 

 

Recently Finished:

1I recently finished reading Eve by Anna Carey, which I unfortunately didn’t enjoy as much as I would have liked to. My review for it can be found here.

 

 

 

 

What I Think I’ll Read Next:

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When it comes to choosing a book to read next, I’m the worst at making a decision. I always have about 2980427384 books lying around at home that I’ve borrowed from the library or bought and haven’t read yet. I also have a bad habit of requesting a ton of books on Netgalley at a time, downloading them, and then forgetting about them – though I’ve told myself that I’m not allowed to request anything else until I’m completely caught up, so we’ll see how well I can stick to that.

That being said, I think that my next read will either be You Are Mine by Janeal Falor (which was a review request, so it should really be my first priority) or The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (which is due back at the library soon).

Feel free to share your answers or a link to your own WWW post in the comments below; I’d love to see what you’re reading! : )
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