Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I love to read...

Hey everybody!
So today I wanted to talk about books! I love to read and I'm looking for some book recommendations! So everybody feel free to comment below telling me about your favorite book! :) It's a bonus if they're available for Kindle. I got a Kindle Fire for Christmas last year and I love it! It's so much fun and convenient to read out of. I love that I don't have to carry multiple heavy/bulky books with me, I just have them all on my kindle. And I have a really cute green case for it that I love! (My sister has a purple one and loves hers too!) So I thought I would talk about some books that I've loved in the past and books I love now :)

  1. If We Kiss by Rachel Vail-- This is probably my most read book. I reached for this book constantly throughout middle school and the majority of high school. This is what I loved to read on nights when I couldn't sleep. It just made me fell all warm and fuzzy inside. It's an awesome book for girls especially in the middle school-early high school age group! I loved the relationship the main character had with her mother and her best friend. She was so relate-able for me, especially back then that I absolutely loved and connected with her character. I really should go back and re-read this book, I think I'll still love it just as much. 
  2.  North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley--  I only read this book once (or maybe twice?). But I remember loving it. I don't remember too much about it except that it was a real feel good book. The beginning and middle aren't as uplifting as the end, but it's emotional and touching and I loved it. I think this would be a great read for girls in high school and the beginnings (or end!) of college.  It has a great emphasis on loving yourself that I think a lot of girls in that age group need to hear, but it's wrapped up inside an amazing book that doesn't make it feel like you're getting a lecture. I highly recommend this book :)
  3. If I Stay and Where She Went both by Gayle Forman-- I absolutely adored both of these books. I read them both in high school and really want to re-read them now. Sadly, I seem to have lost the first book If I Stay  which makes me really sad, and I'll probably end up buying another copy since I loved it so much. These are both amazing books and I would recommend them for women and girls in high school and up! They are absolutely amazing books.  It tells a love story from a different perspective and it was so amazing. These books really made me feel. I was so emotional while I was reading them both.  I highly, highly recommend them if you are looking for a book to read and you don't mind crying a bit.
  4. Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley-- I really liked this book. I think I have read it twice. It's about a girls life after her parents are killed in a plane crash. Her mother writes her a message in lipstick on the plane and the main character sets out to find out what the message means.  This is a really great book.  Again, I think it would be great for anyone in middle school-college. It's a really great book and it flies by. 
  5. All of the books in the Mates, Dates series by Cathy Hopkins-- I read every single one of these books in middle school and the beginning of high school and I loved them all. They're really great fiction that I could really relate to.  I felt like all of the characters were different parts of myself. I really loved that about these books. And since I was reading the books at the same age as the characters I really related to what they were going through since I had/was having a lot of the same experiences. I felt like I really bonded with the characters and I wanted to be part of their group.  I also adored all of the beauty, decorating and relationship tips sprinkled throughout the books. I think these books would be great for girls in middle school and high school.
  6. MissMatch, ReMatch and MatchPoint by Erynn Mangum-- All three of these books were equally amazing. This is the romance I knew I wanted for myself as soon as I started reading. Lauren and Ryan's relationship is perfect in my eyes and I loved reading all about it and imagining myself in Lauren's shoes. This is perfect for girls who like romantic and uplifting novels. I think any girls from high school up would really enjoy these books. 
  7. Pulling Princes by Tyne O'Connell-- This is another book that I read in middle school and re-read in high school and think that I would enjoy again now. It's about a group of girls living in an English boarding school. As the title says, one of the girls ends up having a relationship with the Prince. This is another book that's so relate-able especially for girls in middle school and early parts of high school. I adored it and read it multiple times. 
  8. Jinx by Meg Cabot-- Meg Cabot wrote the Princess Diaries series, which I also liked, but this book is a bit more grown up.  It's has to do with the supernatural and curses. But don't worry, it's not scary!! Jinx simply has bad luck due to a curse. It's more magic than ghosts. I really liked this book. Again it was very easy to relate to and great for girls in middle school and high school.
  9. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien-- I had to read this book for my English class in 11th grade and I loved it so much that I bought a copy for myself. It's a classic and I would recommend it for anyone high school and older. I find it enchanting. 
  10. Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult-- I have read this book so many times that it actually split in half. It's an amazing mystery and romance rolled into one. In this book, the main character, Delia (I love that name!) learns that her past wasn't exactly the way she thought it was. I've read quite a few books by Jodi Picoult and I've loved every single one. Be warned though- her books have quite an emphasis on the legal system. So if you aren't interested in that or you don't feel that you would understand it (although I'm sure you would!!) then these books might not be for you. My mother has also read this book and loved it. I think this book would be amazing for anyone from the middle of high school and up.
  11. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson-- I have read the first 2 books and I'm almost finished with the 3rd. These are amazing books. Just amazing. They can be a bit vulgar though, so if you don't those things make you uncomfortable then I DO NOT recommend this book for you. There is quite a bit of swearing, violence and sexual situations so be aware of that before you decide to pick up these books. That being said, I think they are very well written books and the story line is incredible. I've never read anything like it before. I love mystery books so these cater to that, but they also have a lot of relationships and some romance which I also love to read about. There is only one thing I didn't like about this book. The author was Swedish, so there are lots of Swedish names in the book which are hard for me to pronounce  and some of the names are very similar, which can be confusing at first. Overall, I loved these books and I think that if aren't bothered by vulgarity then you should definitely give them a look!
  12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald-- This is another book that I read in high school and loved. I loved it so much that when I got my Kindle, this is the first book I purchased. There is a lot of hype surrounding the movie right now so if you liked the movie or think you might be interested in the book, definitely read it. This is another classic that I think is simply amazing.  Especially the ending. I think the end is the very best part of this book!! I think anyone from high school up would love this book! (I also can't wait to see the movie!!)
  13. And My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You  by Kathi Kamen Goldmark-- I don't know what to say about this book. I just loved it. I loved every part of it and you should definitely read it!
SO those were my favorite books, now here is the list of books that I have waiting to be read: 
  1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson-- Like I said above- I'm almost done with this one and I love it!
  2. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
  3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  4. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  5. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  6. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  7. The Collected works of F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  9. A Room With A View by E.M. Forster
  10. Dead Souls by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol
  11. Wraith by Angel Lawson
  12. The Deepest Cut by J. A. Templeton
  13. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  14. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  15. Emma by Jane Austen
  16. Nothanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  17. Persuasion by Jane Austen
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What books do you recommend??

Kate xo


  1. I think it is great that you're such an avid reader. I am as well. I've read some of these - Gatsby is a classic! :)

    1. Aww thank you!! :) and I'm glad you enjoyed Gatsby!! I just love that book! :)