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warribell replied to your post “Hey, to everyone who has sent me messages in the last two days and has…”

How do you like the 5th Wave and what do you think about it being made into a movie?

Of course it is being made into a movie… I actually didn’t know that. I should have figured. I think it could be a great movie if it is handled the right way, like most books. The casting for Cassie would be really important, and Sam. They couldn’t age up the cast. In fact, I’m just going to say that for all books being turned into movies: don’t age up the cast. For the love of God. We liked the book because it was about that age group. Stop changing their ages. (I’m looking at you, Percy Jackson. And you, The Giver.)

The main problem I think with it being turned into a movie is that, at this point, people will see it as white noise. It is a very “in” genre right now, in books and movies. So it will be interesting to see how they advertise and make it stand out. And honestly I wonder about it being PG-13. I mean, I know it will have to be to hit their audience, but I don’t think it should be. Not with the subject matter. I mean, I didn’t think The Hunger Games should be PG-13 either, but I guess they worked around that. We’ll see. 

Oh, and in regards to the book, I loved it. I mean, I devoured it. I thought it was really incredible. And did a good job of being original considering how common the “end of humanity” trope is used in books right now. The characters were great. Loved it. Highly recommend. 

Hi! So I'm formulating a list of books to read once I finish the current list I'm working on and I don't know what books to read. I was hoping for some recommendations? Maybe just a few books you think everyone should read:) (preferably not-so-popular books, just so there isn't a huge possibilty I've read them already) Thanks and this is my favorite blog, you seem so nice!

Thank you so much!! So, some not-so-popular books… I can do that. Always remember the awesome book recs page, but since this is a specific request I’ll still give you some titles. 

  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  • Gone (series) by Michael Grant
  • I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • The Circle books (series, starting with Black) by Ted Dekker
  • Graceling (series) by Kristin Cashore
  • The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston (big warning for language on this one. Just as a precaution)
  • Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  • The Long Walk by Stephen King
  • The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

Hope those are some good ones for you! 

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How does I Am The Messenger compare to The Book Thief?

Oh, great question. Markus Zusak infuriates me because he isn’t just an excellent author on one level, he’s good on a lot of them. And that is just… I can’t stand it. But I love it. Anyway, The Book Thief is, in my opinion, a classic now and it will be a classic in future generations. It is already being read in schools and I have no doubt it will be a part of the literary canon in years to come. I Am The Messenger does not reach that scope at all. How many books do? But it is a really fantastic book, nonetheless, which is overshadowed by The Book Thief. It is a great book about facing yourself and being your own person. It has mystery, and it is quirky and full of great characters, and the lead is really fantastic. I think I Am The Messenger deserves so much more recognition than it gets. I read it before The Book Thief and it was a big impact on why I ever picked up The Book Thief later. Markus Zusak is just infuriatingly good. Sure, I Am The Messenger doesn’t hold a light to the scope and beauty of The Book Thief, but it is still a damn good book that stands out as being incredibly well-written and worth reading.

I sent in a short review for The Count of Monte Cristo and I'm dying to know what you ended up choosing of you could post it maybe please and thank you if not it's okay:)

Yes! Oh my god your review was my favorite. You were the only one who reviewed the book but I laughed for a full hour about it. It is definitely the review I will be using because it perfectly sums up how I feel about it. Bravo! 

My favorite review of The Count of Monte Cristo of all time: “A cinder block of a book, albeit an enchanting, classic cinder block.”

I just finished The Thirteenth Tale and it was amazing! I can't get over how well written it was it was just so detailed with such beautiful diction. And the story was so unique and odd and captivating. It is definitely one of my favorites.

Oh, people on this blog must be tired of me raving about The Thirteenth Tale (I know my friends are. Really, I don’t shut up about it even off the internet) but I just adore it. Beautiful diction is a perfect way of describing one of the reasons I was drawn to it. It is just well written. And I don’t have any other way to describe that. It draws you in, and you can read it slowly, but it doesn’t matter that you are reading it slowly because you just want it to last. You’re just part of the story so instantly and it is hard to get out. One of my all-time favorite books. I am so glad people are reading it! 

I just saw your post about wanting to read Lord of the Flies. I know a lot of people really like it, but I just could not enjoy it. I just thought it was really disturbing. But I also didn't read it until I had to for a Children's Lit class in college, so maybe that had something to do with it? Maybe I should re-read it...

I think any book you have to read for a class should be re-read later on in life. Just a personal opinion. There have been a lot of books I didn’t like at all when I read them in school but I loved later. I also think there are books out there I didn’t like until I read them in school. Where you are when you read a book and how you came upon the book matters. That being said, it’s totally possible Lord of the Flies just wasn’t for you. Which I get. I haven’t read it but I know the subject an I understand thinking it is disturbing, which just might be something you can’t get past. And that’s fine. But that level of disturbing, and the subject matter in general, is something I’m very interested in reading. Eventually. 

I really want to start some type of book blog, any suggestions?

Well, really, all that matters is that it is something you are passionate about. Review blogs are nice, or blogging about books in general. There’s RP blogs and art. Whatever it is, make sure you care, or I promise it won’t last. If you don’t care about what you are talking about, then you won’t want to keep talking about it. That’s really all the advice I can offer. Sorry if it is incredibly vague. Good luck! And let me know when you get it started so I can see!

For asker about books for teenager male , Orson Scott Card books ! Sorry my English is poor .

Your English is just fine! Orson Scott Card is a great suggestion! Thanks :)

Hey, I finished reading Allegiant, the last book of the Divergent series, and I still can't believe the end. I cried to so much through the last chapters... Have you read it? What to do you think about it?

I haven’t read it yet, no. I’m very sorry I can’t help you through this difficult time. However, I think many book nerds out there can offer their words of wisdom in this matter WITHOUT SPOILERS. What do you think, book nerds? Help out a fellow sufferer? 

Hey, to everyone who has sent me messages in the last two days and has remained unanswered: I am very sorry. I’ve come back to the real world now and will get right on that. The only excuse I can offer is that I haven’t pulled my head out of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy for 2 solid days. 

I’m thinking of Inkheart, but that is only one of many, many suggestions. Also the Gemma Doyle trilogy. Like, A Sweet, Far Thing. Wow. 

I’m thinking of Inkheart, but that is only one of many, many suggestions. Also the Gemma Doyle trilogy. Like, A Sweet, Far Thing. Wow. 

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i'm trying to recommend books to a friend (18 yr dude) and i've run out so do you have any???



First one that comes to mind is Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Great read, fantastically funny. Also, The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death by Charlie Huston, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, and I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. I also am thinking of Thr3e by Ted Dekker could be a great one. I think those are some really great books to get going on. Hope those help! (BTW I want you to know I did not intentionally give you only books with a male lead. I didn’t realize until I went to publish this. To give you a couple of female-led books try Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, or The Help by Kathryn Stockett)

A few more I would add…

The Razor’s Edge, by W. Somerset Maugham

Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Another Roadside Attraction, by Tom Robbins

Dune, by Frank Herbert

If the Stars Are Gods, by Gregory Benford and Gordon Eklund

The Double Helix, by James D. Watson

Thanks for more titles!

For the person wanting to recommend books to her 18 year old guy friend - anything by Brandon Sanderson! His books are incredible, I have yet to meet someone who didn't like one. :)

Yes! I have heard some great stuff about Brandon Sanderson! Thanks!