Things to read in the Holidays

By Shar

This week I’ve been on holiday (and also last week. And also next week, but for one stupid exam and the next. And the next. All the way to february. Not to gloat of anything) Anyway, I digress. I’ve been reading My True Love Gave to Me, a compilation of christmas romance stories by authors such as Ally Carter, Laini Taylor, Gayle Forman, David Levithan, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins, and lots of others. In other words, it’s a treasure trove with something for everyone. I made a snowflake bookmark for it (which took over and hour, due to the fiddliness of making in and having to learn how to make snowflakes and perfect the art, etc. And all the snowflakes I’ve been making have given me a blister from using oppressive right-handed scissors. So I can’t use scissors without pain because of a blister on my knuckle. It’s ridiculous. Anyway) . So even though it is november, and in New Zealand it’s summer, I’ve been making these very ironic snowflakes. And I’m wearing fluffy bear pyjamas.

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So. What was I talking about? Oh. Books. If you have holidays, and most people will, soon, then what do you need more than a list of a whole lot of great YA books you should read, arranged into categories and genres with the author so you can find it at the library or a bookshop and then you won’t be bored out of your skull. So, the list begins. DISCLAIMER: If you didn’t like these books then it’s not my fault. I’m sorry. You obviously just ave terrible taste. Anyway, there’ll probably be something that you like. I personal have never had a book that only has all bad content. And even if you don’t like it, you probably will learn something from it at the very least. Books will improve your vocabulary, strengthen your english skills, make you smarter, and expose you to situations you would otherwise never encounter. So they are very good.

Dystopian Books

1. Divergent series by Veronica Roth : in this city in the future, 16- year olds must choose a ‘faction’ that is best for them to spend their whole lives with after taking a test to decide which is best for them. Beatrice is declared divergent, meaning she does not fit just one faction, and a whole lot of danger and romance ensues.

2. People of ember series by Jeanne DuPrau : originally intended for slightly younger readers. It’s about a girl and boy whose names I can’t remember who have grown up underground in a city designed to be self sustainable in case the rest of the human race is wiped our by war. Their city is dying and they need to work out how to escape)

3. Matched series by Ally COndie and Delirium series by Lauren oliver (basically the same a. society decides who you will marry/be compatible with, and a girl falls in love with the wrong person. b. society decides love is a disease and you must be operated on to not feel it. Girl falls in love and rebels)

4. The Giver by Lois Lowry : Everyone has no choices about anything, not their jobs, partners, children, anything. Jonas at 12 is given the job of receiving memories from the past and realises that something is wrong. This is sooooo addictive.

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Colins : You know, Gov controls population by making teens annually fight to the death.

6. Unwind by Neal Shusterman: after a civil war on the right to abortion, it is decided that abortion is allowed when a teen is between the ages of 13-18 . Three teens all being ‘unwound’ for different reasons meet. Warning : creepy

7. Uglies by Scott Westerfield: People are all operated on to become as pretty as models when they come of age. Tally has wanted this her whole life, but meeting Shay makes her question it and she begins to run a fine line between rebellion and betrayal.

8. The Selection by Kiera Cass: The future US is ruled by a monarchy and when the prince comes of age a competition is held for his heart. Low caste America is surprised to be chosen, and a terrible love triangle ensues. This is a VERY light series, but fun.

Contemporary books:

Just read the list on one of my previous posts and just all the contemporaries, all the time.


I haven’t read a lot recently but

1. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R tolkien : This started off the fantasy Genre. Elves, hobbits, a lot of dualism, battles, magic, you name it. It’s really great but I read it over 1 1/2 hear and there were so man characters and long descriptive passages I got bored. You’d need a lot of time and attention for this one.

2. Eragon Series by Christopher Paolini (also known as the Inheritance Cycle) : This book is about dragon riders and elves and amazingness. The world is intricate and the plot engaging. Sorry about the vaguely. Eragon, a young farm boy, accidentally discovers a dragon egg and embarks on a quest to rid Alagasie(can’t sppeel it) from the clutch of evil king Galbartorix.

3. Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson series by Rick RIordan: Set in the modern world but based on Greek myths, demigods fight the bad guy and go on amazing quests. It’s very different, but follows Percy, a boy from camp Half-blood as he fights all sorts of evil and learns about his destiny. Very funny.

4.  Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer: Also very funny with a lot of sassy wordplays. Teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl comes into contact with the varies that live below ground and goes on incredible adventures as he tries to get their money.

5. Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare: seemingly mundane Clary is forced into all sorts of adventures with demon-hunting Shadow hunters after her mother goes missing.

and lots, lots more.

Sci-Fi/gadgets/intelligent fiction

1. Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate: When Eve is injured in an accident, she is whipped off to her mother’s multinational medical facility, where she somehow heals very fast. When she is given a project to manipulate DNA using a program to create the perfect man, she can’t wait to relieve her boredom. But everything is not as it seems…..

2. Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz : not really sci-fi, but boy realises he’s been trained as a spy his whole life af ted his uncle dies and becomes a reluctant spy for the MI6 time and again. These have cool gadgets, but get a bit repetitive.

3. Heist Society and Gallagher girls by Ally Carter: quite light but it’s about theif girls or spy girls who come up with incredible times, and a generally solid, well written, fun books.

4. A series of unfortunate events by Lemony snicket and The Schwa was here by Neal Shusterman: both off these have serious cores but are actually extremely ridiculous and light, fun books to read. for example ‘Loitering: it’s like littering, except with human beings as trash’ . both have an incredible cast of characters, crazy wordplays, much sarcasm, and fascinating narrators.

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Historical fiction

1. Codename Verity by Elizabeth Wein

2. A brief History of Montmaray  (the montmaray journals) by Michelle Cooper: set during world war II with historical accuracy told from the point of view of Sophie Fitzosborne, a princess of fictional island Montmaray as she deals with all the events as the world changes around her in her encoded journal.

3. The BookThief by Marcus Zusak: about Liesel, a german foster girl in World War II, again with historical events. It’s unique because there aren’t that many from a german point of view, and it’s incredibly narrated by Death.

4. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi: This is a graphic novel about the authors own experiences in the Iran civil war/ dictator ship.

5. Catherine, called Birdy by Karen Cushman : Told by a tomboy girl, daughter of a knight, in medieval times forced to marry. Funny and engaging.

6. A corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin : this is set sometime in this century, I can’t remember when, about  how a girls mentally retarded uncle Adam

Congratulations. You have reached the end of this post. you just read about 1300 words or you skipped some. If you did, that’s bad because you missed out on a great amount of book recommendations. Your loss.


2 thoughts on “Things to read in the Holidays

  1. Gov, Shar. Really? Just write the full word already.
    Also : tone down on the sarcasm( not everyone is appreciative as I am)


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