book-rec

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Here is a full list of all the Percy Jackson books to date; however, The Staff of Serapis is not. It will be added when I can find a link. If you do decide to read this series, I am not responsible for any trauma, emotional breakdowns, and/or aching hearts. But I will be here, waiting for you with a box of tissues and blue food. You’ll understand the blue thing later. [Percy Jackson thing]

*These books are important to understanding the 2nd series.

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Percy Jackson and The Olympians {1sᴛ sᴇʀɪes}

The Lighting Thief [ʜᴇʀe]
The Sea of Monsters [ʜᴇʀe]
The Titan’s Curse [ʜᴇʀe]
The Battle of the Labyrinth [ʜᴇʀe]
The Last Olympian [ʜᴇʀe]

*The Demigod Files [ʜᴇʀe]

The Heroes of Olympus {2ɴᴅ sᴇʀɪes}

The Lost Hero [ʜᴇʀe]
Son of Neptune [ʜᴇʀe]

*The Demigod Diaries [ʜᴇʀe]

The Mark of Athena [ʜᴇʀe]
The House of Hades [ʜᴇʀe]

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Extras:

Percy Jackson & The Singer of Apollo [ʜᴇʀe]
Son of Sobek [ʜᴇʀe]

░░Aʀᴛ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ʟᴏᴠᴇʟʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴏɴᴅᴇʀғᴜʟ ᴠɪʀɪᴀ  ░░░░░░░

For the love of God, read YA. 

No, not that. Read this

TRUE GRIT BY CHARLES PORTIS: This is YA. I will fight you tooth and nail if you say otherwise. 14 year old Mattie Ross leaves home to bury her father and get revenge for his death. Both equally funny and intelligent and a coming of age story in a strange, adventurous way. I love this book and Mattie fiercely. 

When we reached the top I said, “Wait, stop a minute.” He said, “What is it?” I said, “There is something wrong with my hat.” He stopped and turned around. “Your hat?” said he. I took it off and slapped him in the face with it two or three times and made him drop the reins.

UNWIND BY NEAL SHUSTERMAN: Dystopians were a huge thing after The Hunger Games (think Divergent and The Maze Runner). Unwind was published a year prior to THG. But it really, it’s like…there is no other YA dystopian that can top this. Nothing (sometimes I think it can be seen on the same level as other classic dystopians—sometimes).  It’s one of the most politically driven dystopians I’ve come across. It’s also one of the few YA books that actually tackles how society views and treats teenagers. I want to gush more, but I’ll stop and let you decide. But fair warning, this book hurts in so many ways. It’s hard to read. But then it’s hard not to read either. 

In a perfect world everything would be either black or white, right or wrong, and everyone would know the difference. But this isn’t a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is.

“I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless.”

WHITE CAT BY HOLLY BLACK: One of the reasons why I love White Cat is that it’s a mash up of different genres—magic realism, crime, mystery—and it does it EXCELLENTLY. There is this sort of twisted grittiness that makes Cassel and his (fucked up) family so appealing. They manipulate and lie to each other’s faces and then say I love you. Also, Cassel is such a great, fun narrator. And unreliable. You desperately want him to forgive and love himself, it’s insane.

Once someone’s hurt you, it’s harder to relax around them, harder to think of them as safe to love. But it doesn’t stop you from wanting them.

RED RISING BY PIERCE BROWN: By the end of this book you will be screaming BLOODYDAMN, GOOD MAN. This series is intense on numerous levels. It’s a science fiction mashed with historical context (heavy heavy Roman culture. Greek myth themes are incorporated as well). It’s incredibly smart, and fast paced. Even if you’re expecting a twist or turn, something else will shock you. Some crazy shit happens, man. The characters suck you in and refuse to let you go even when you beg and cry. Darrow is a great lead, even if he is a bit Gary Stue. He gets the shit beat out of him plenty of times to make up for it. I wonder if Brown intended Darrow’s journey to resemble a Greek hero’s. Fair warning: this book has major issues (its sexist, there’s rape). I’m trash for suggesting it.

Funny thing, watching gods realize they’ve been mortal all along.

THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO BY PATRICK NESS: Chaos Walking (the series name) is the only series that’s had me sobbing. Unwind is emotional by the themes presented. Chaos Walking is emotional thanks to the damn narrative. Todd is your modern Huck Finn on some distant, strange planet where he lives in a town full of men, where thoughts are heard loud and clear, whether you want them to or not. This book is about a boy and his dog who find a girl who crash landed on this strange planet. They make a run for it from this town of crazy men into the unknown. Basically this is a coming of age story. Todd and Viola goes through some pretty twisted stuff. I don’t even wanna talk about it because it’s messed up man.

And the pain is too much it’s too much it’s too much and my hands are on my head and I’m rearing back and my mouth is open in a never-ending wordless wail of all the blackness that’s inside me.
And I fall back into it.

THE WINNER’S CURSE BY MARIE RUTKOSKI: Oh yes. This is a romance and fantasy. But don’t fret! Something amazing occurs. Intelligent. Characters. The romance isn’t a forbidden one—it’s an impractical one. The fantasy elements are soft, but they’re unique enough (and in further books they develop and grow—it’s great). Rutkuski’s prose is almost poetic at times. This is what you get from an experienced author. More importantly, Kestrel is one of the most intelligent flawed female characters out there. If you get sucked in quick enough, you can finish this in one sitting.

He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.

THE RAVEN BOYS BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER: I almost didn’t put this on here, but then I thought better. You’re living under a rock if you haven’t heard of or seen this book on tumblr. There is a whole searching for a dead king to grant one wish plot going on, but really it’s about the four boys and one girl and their relationships with one another. Complex relationships. That makes you laugh and cry and swoon. Seriously some great stuff here. It helps that Stiefvater is such a talented writer. God, I hate her seriously what did you do? Swallow a dictionary???

Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn’t know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.

Peace out,

Caitlin

No Place For Us

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They say love is for better or for worse, but what about when the worst has already occurred?

No Place for Us is a collection of eight love stories set in the least romantic place—a dystopia. Meet characters who can cope with viruses, zombies, overthrowing the bourgeoisie, and more, all while falling in love.

These tales tackle a wide spectrum of couplings and characters that are sure to capture readers’ hearts.

Featuring stories by Rachel Christensen, Adam Clark, Neil Davies, Nadia Hutton, Eugenie Mora, Lyn Thorne-Alder, Daryna Yakusha, Ashleigh Zavarelli

Available on e-book (free in the Kindle library!)

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Books everyone should read //The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievater

“The key, Gansey found, was that you had to believe that they existed; you had to realized they were part of something bigger. Some secrets only gave themselves up to those who’d proven themselves worthy.”

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Maggie Stiefvater comes a spellbinding series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

HEY YOU AGAIN YEAH YOU PROCRASTINATING ON TUMBLR

YEAH THAT’S RIGHT IT’S ME THE GEN REX PERSON WHO USES TOO MUCH CAPS AND TOO LITTLE PUNCTUATION BECAUSE MY PERIOD AND COMMA KEYS ARE BROKE

I’VE GOT A BOOK SERIES FOR YOU THIS TIME ONE THAT'S 

HARDCORE

AS

FUCK

YEAH I’M TALKING ABOUT THE SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT SERIES AND YEAH THAT’S A FUCKING WELL-DRESSED SKELETON WHO CAN SHOOT FIRE FROM HIS HANDS

THIS BOOK SERIES IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I’VE READ AND IS DEFINITELY NOT FOR THE 6-12 YEAR OLDS THE COVER SAYS IT’S FOR THE PEOPLE IN THIS BOOK GO HARD AS FUCK AND IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A BOOK WITH 

A SUPER DIVERSE CAST OF CHARACTERS

A HELLA RAD FEMALE MAIN CHARACTER WHO IS BEAUTIFULLY PORTRAYED AND NOT ONE OF THOSE FLAT STRONG/UNEMOTIONAL FEMALE CHARACTERS ALONG WITH A CRAZY COOL CAST OF PEOPLE

A WILD CRAZY MODERN FANTASY SETTING THAT WOULD MAKE ANYONE WHO READS THIS SHIT THEMSELVES IN SHOCK OF HOW FUCKING FANTASTICALLY IT’S PORTRAYED

REALLY PAINFUL EMOTIONAL SCENES THAT WILL RIP YOUR HEART OUT OF YOUR CHEST AND FEED IT TO A HUNGRY DOG

AND THE BEST PART? FANTASTIC WRITING SKILL WITH HILARIOUS AND WITTY DIALOGUE THAT DOESN’T OVERDO IT WITH THE WORDS WHILE GIVING YOU BOOKS THAT ARE HELLA LONG BUT HELLA RAD

AND MORE THINGS THAT YOU WOULD FIND OUT IF YOU READ THIS FUCKING SERIES I HOPE THIS PIQUED YOUR NERDY ASS BOOK INTEREST BECAUSE IF YOU EVER READ ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE YOU SHOULD READ THIS 

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I interrupt your dashboard to bring you an important announcement:

YOU SHOULD READ THESE BOOKS. [x] [x]

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, allow me to explain why.

  • Microchips that calculate your compatibility with other people
  • A messed up (but perfectly functional) world that has come to rely on these microchips
  • Kickass female lead who knows whats up
  • She acknowledges her mistakes and takes them in stride
  • Kickass hilarious side-kick. Kind of. (Not best friend. They aren’t friends. Kind of.)
  • Great love interest. Seriously. 
  • Dynamic characters who make you feel things
  • Sass
  • PLOT TWISTS GALORE
  • They’re never ever boring
  • Shiny covers
  • Heartbreak you’ll be happy about even though it hurts so much
  • I don’t even know how to words when it comes to this duology
  • Written by Australian author Jessica Shirvington *fist pump*
  • have average Goodreads ratings of 4.35 and 4.61 :’)
  • If you have any doubts about the awesomeness of these books  you can talk to anyone I’ve forced to read it like literatureloveaffair, thebooker, thegirlofnovels, a-noveltea, thebookhangover. And pixelski who had read it before I did.

Unfortunately they’re only available in Australia at the moment, but they should really be more widely available. Spread the word, guys. 

AND AUSSIES- GET. ON. THIS. 

anonymous asked:

I've just recently started to find out that poetry is better than air, but my knowledge on poets is limited. Who are your favorites? I'm talking online or ones with published works. A long list would be absolutely perfect.

Ooh ooh ooh!!

Online (though some of these lovelies are published as well!): alonesomes, theseoverusedwords, writingsforwinter, exaheleinkskinned, hollowtowers, kaitrokowski, commovente, clementinevonradics, contramonte, viperslang, vapourise, benedictsmith, lora-mathis, 5000letters, rustyvoices, lipfused, inkywings, overwhelmington, wordsoftakumi, razor-echolalia, modesofexpression, bradburyblues, radueriel, misehry, latenightcornerstore, battybatty, deeplystained, spiritslyrics, s-k-e-t-c-h-e-d, shinji-moon

And I’d recommend any and all books by Richard Siken, Leonard Nimoy, Allen Ginsberg, Silvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, Andrea Gibson, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Dylan Thomas, Anna Akhmatova, Rudy Francisco, Jeanann Verlee, Margaret Atwood, and Walt Whitman.

Happy reading!

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d.a.s

limitless list of loved literature 
➥ready player one by ernest cline 

“I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn’t know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all of my life, right up until I knew it was ending. That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.”

I’m SO TIRED of high fantasy books that are about mysterious, tortured straight dudes that are mysteriously good at everything, with whom the female character has a student/mentor relationship but will invariably end up sleeping with

And as much as I appreciate how good dystopian fiction can be for kick ass female characters, I just want some kick ass high fantasy female characters

Okay, nuggets, sit down and shut up because I am about to take you on a fucking voyage of discovery. 

You see these books? These are the Alex Verus novels by Benedict Jacka and they are absolutely 100% what are missing from your life. “Why?” I hear you ask. Well gather close, children and I will tell you. 

You want a modern day magical fantasy set in London? These books. Reluctant hero that just wants to run his shop and be left the fuck alone? These books. A mixture of the light hearted and the down right disturbing? These muthafucking books, my friends. 

We’ve got POC, we’ve got well rounded female characters, we’ve got giant, sassy, talking spiders. The only thing we got missing is queer characters and the reason for that is *leans close and whispers* there is hardly any fucking romance in these books. “What’s that? A book where the two primary characters are a female and a male and there’s no massive romantic sub plot all the way through?” That’s right! Any romance is pretty brief and underlying and not at all the drive of the story. 

If you do one thing in 2015 I strongly suggest you read these books because they filled the void that Harry Potter left in my soul and there’s still more to come.

Hey! Hey you! Yeah, you, the one who’s reading my textpost. I’ve got a wild idea for you. A fucking adventure, if you will. A recommendation so fuckin good, you’re gonna be tipping hats my way every time you see me on your dash after you’re done with what I’ve got to offer.

Read The Lies Of Locke Lamora. Read it, enjoy it, gaze wonderously into the skies thinking “Ami is somewhere there, breathing in the same air as I am, and she recommended me the greatest book in the universe of books. I am thankful” because that’s definitely what you’re gonna think the second you reach the very last page of the book.

The best part of this deal, you say? Oh, well, I’m so glad you asked! There are two more books, out of seven in the whole fuckin sequence. The adventure isn’t gonna end that easy, friend. Buckle up, you’re gonna be in it for the long haul.

Young Adult Lit. Meme: 4/10 series or books

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen 

“Listen,” Kristy said, “the truth is, nothing is guaranteed. You know that more than anybody.” She looked at me hard, making sure I knew what she meant. I did. “So don’t be afraid. Be alive.

“It’s the same thing,” I told her.

“What is?”

“Being afraid and being alive.”

“No,” she said slowly, and now it was as if she was speaking a language she knew at first I wouldn’t understand, the very words, not to mention the concept, being foreign to me. “Macy, no. It’s not”

Powerless Against You Now Available!

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Love is a literal battlefield as these couples find love while trying to save—or destroy—the world. 

Powerless Against You features ten larger than life romantic tales of superheroes or villains in love. Get immersed in the drama of keeping secret identities, battling against a secret love, the struggle of coming into superpowers after tragedy, and much more. 

These tales tackle a wide spectrum of couplings and characters that are sure to capture readers hearts.

Introduction by Gail Simone. Authors include Elizabeth Gannon, K Orion Fray, Andrea R. Blackwell, Jacklyn Baker, Agustin Guerrero, Jade Black, Kara Costegan, Kim Strattford, ME McLaughlin and Alice Hare

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Swordspoint  by Ellen Kushner

Fall of the Kings  by Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman

Fall of the Kings is a follow-up to Swordspoint, but they can be read individually (there are some references to the other books though). Both books belong to a trilogy called The World of Riverside, but I think the books were only granted an umbrella title, because all three play in the same setting and refer here or there to each other. However, they are stand-alone books, each with their own protagonist(s). I haven’t read The Privilege of the Sword, so I can’t really reccomend it. ^^;