Friday, July 5, 2013

Feature and Follow #2


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This week's question: Today’s is the US’ Independence Day. Share your favorite book with a war in it, or an overthrow of the government. 

I'm afraid I can't just pick one, so I will list them out (no particular order) and why I like them:

  1. The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien - I had to read this for an English class, and although there were some very disturbing moments (baby buffalo and lemon tree made me cry), this story was so beautifully told. I am a sucker for unreliable narrators, and this book definitely had one of those. I love the idea of a "true war story" being one that has the right emotions and ironies, which may or may not be what actually happened.
  2. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi - This is one of my favorite books (you can read my full review on goodreads here. This book was just so well-written and thought-provoking; it talks about ideas from the future that might not be so far away, like genetic modification of food leading to famine and wars being fought over something as simple as a bunch of seeds. The novel has a grand vision and talks about global issues, but it also focuses in on very personal stories, and that is what made it stick with me.
  3. Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness - Another one of my favorite books (again, here's my review on goodreads). This is the third book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, which is one of the best trilogies I have ever read. It deserves a lot more popularity and recognition than it has, so this is me doing my part by telling you GO READ THIS. Quoting from my review, "[Patrick Ness] creates such complex characters, relationships, and story lines. Nothing is quite as it first appears, and I'm sure I could reread the series and find tons of bits of wisdom that I didn't catch the first time. Ness knows so much about people. He knows how much potential we have, as well as how much evil we can create. He is unafraid to let mayhem and violence loose on his reader, but he never glorifies death or killing. "
  4. Divergent by Veronica Roth - Perhaps the most "mainstream" book on this list, I really liked this action packed story. Triss was such a strong character, and the author wasn't afraid to take risks with this book and let bad things happen to her characters (and then let those characters grow into stronger people after facing these "bad things"). My full review - this is a long one - can be found here.
  5. Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta - If you haven't read anything by Melina Marchetta yet, there is a void in your life that needs filling. All her characters are so real and their stories are so tangled and heartwrenching yet so so hopeful and beautiful. This is the second book in her Lumatere Chronicles trilogy, and it shattered my heart into a thousand pieces and barely stitched it back up again. This book is very powerful - I'd highly recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy or books driven by characters in general.
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14 comments:

  1. The only one that I've heard of is Divergent, but the others sound great. I'll have to check them out :) New Bloglovin' follower. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

    Traci @ Mad Hatter Reads

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  2. I've heard so many great things about Marchetta and Patrick Ness's books, I'll be sure to check them out! They are already on my TBR list, but I might just need to put them higher on that list. ;) Great picks!
    New follower via Bloglovin'
    My FF

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    1. Yes, you can't go wrong with those two authors! I have yet to read a book by either of them that I haven't loved :)

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  3. I'm currently reading the Chaos Walking books by Patrick Ness. I'm almost done with the first book and it's absolutely amazing. :) I'm a bloglovin follower!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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  4. Okay - you convinced me - I just requested The Knife of Letting Go from the library. Thanks for the recommendation! (Old follower).

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  5. I can't wait to read Divergent, it seems everyone loves it!
    New bloglovin follower.

    Kimberly @ Once Upon a YA Book

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  6. Divergent is a great book! I also really love Melina Marchetta :) Great #FF picks!

    New follower via bloglovin- Emily :D

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  7. I need to read all of the books on your list. They all sound great. Divergent has been on my list for forever. Now I feel like kicking myself because I went to the bookstore the other day where The Knife of Never Letting Go was $5. Now I want to go buy it tomorrow!

    New Bloglovin' follower :D

    My FF @ Donnie Darko Girl

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    1. You grab that $5 deal! I promise you it's worth it :)

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  8. I've been meaning to read "The Wind-up Girl" because hey, steampunk! Also, I like the cover and it sounds interesting. New Follower via GFC and Bloglovin'.

    Sydney @ Inquisitive Kittens

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    1. Windup Girl was one of my first legit steampunk novels, and I loved it. I hope you enjoy it!

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  9. wow! You went above and beyond picking 5!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Old follower!

    Here's my FF

    Amber @Paradise of Pages

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  10. I can't believe I've only read Divergent on this list. I suddenly feel like I don't read enough LOL. They all sound pretty fascinating! Have a great week. New bloglovin follwer.

    Meredith
    Meredith’s Musings

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  11. I seriously need to read Divergent after seeing it everyone's lists!! It sounds like it's my kinds of book :D

    Thanks for stopping by earlier - new bloglovin follower :)

    Amy @ The Reading Realm

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