East by Edith Pattou
A beautiful fairytale retelling with lyrical and soft language, lovely romance, engaging main characters, and a magnificent cover. While each retelling of the old Norse tale East of the Sun and West of the Moon were fabulous in their own way, I absolutely adored this one. :)
Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
Add a tablespoon of Jane Austen, another tablespoon of Harry Potter-style magic, and a heap load of humor and you'll get S & C. An enchanting story (told through letters) of two cousins and the wacky adventures and mischief that they get through in Regency England. It was just spectacular.
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
The last book in the MBS series! It has it all- exciting story, unsolvable riddles, endearing characters, and awesome chase sequences. It was a great ending to a delightful series.
The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson
Like I said in my review, Mary Pearson wrote this realistic/contemporary story in a rather magical way. The characters were captivating; I loved the attachment between all of them, and how they grow together during their road trip. And the ending is so brilliant and lovely and magical and wonderful and all the other adjectives for the previous words. I really, really liked this one.
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
So...I raved about it a lot during the last couple of months. Need I say more? :P I guess I just really liked how it was a WWI retelling (that era is fascinating), and the characters were beyond awesome, and though I'm really not into all that technological machinery type of things, I liked reading about them too.
I had my quibbles with it too, but all in all, it was a mind-blowing conclusion to this series. This one was the most thought-provoking out of all of them. I mean, even after four months
after I read it, I still think about it from time to time but maybe studying government in school has to do with a little bit of my
lingering obsession with this series.
And it's interesting to think how similar it was to the LOTR ending and how Katniss is very similar to Frodo, and then compare JRR Tolkien's background with Suzanne Collins. Tolkien was a soldier in WWI, and Collins knew about everything from her father serving in Vietnam, so no wonder their books had the same message and they chose to go the realistic way.
One of my favorite fantasy novels of all time now. It was fantastic, and after I read, I had that "OMG, why hadn't I read this before?!?!?!" moments. (Right, and I watched the movie a couple days ago. It was strange but I liked it enough. :D)
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
It just felt so refreshing, reading this book. It didn't have the main character fall in love with a Werewolf OR a Vampire, and she wasn't head over heels in love. Everything in this book felt so real. Loved the light-heartedness of it all, though the ending was really, really strange.
Heist Society by Ally Carter
I've loved fictional thieves or spies ever since I was little, and that's why Ally Carter's new book was perfect for me. It had everything a great heist story needs- a weird but loyal crew for the hero/heroine, a crazy villain, and a seemingly impossible heist that the crew needs to pull off by the end. It was riveting to the very end.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
While I avoided Jane's book in freshmen year when I was supposed to, the story kept following me around, and I even promised Jane that I would read it one day (umm...I just felt guilty about putting it aside). And lo, that day came when I sprained my ankle one day and had to stay home. I don't think I need to say more about it since it's been out for about 200 years, but no wonder it's a classic and well-loved all around the world even today. The characters are hilarious and very relatable to. It's just timeless.
I ended up liking this more than I thought I would. The writing suited the age very well, and gosh, it was tragic. I know I need to reread this a second time.
You Can't Take It With You by Moss Hart, George Kaufman
The characters are absolutely ridiculous, the predicaments they get into, hilarious. Loved this play when I saw it onstage, and loved it when I got the script and read it for myself.
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
This is probably the best story/play written about the Salem Witchtrials, and depressing, but
umm...bewitching nevertheless (ha ha). The character development was top notch, and it was a riot acting it out. :D
Frost/Nixon by Peter Morgan
I had to watch this movie for a project in US History, and was immediately enthralled by it. Sure, maybe the Frost/Nixon interviews were not as important as the play or movie make them out to be, and sure, maybe some of it was inaccurate, but it's a BRILLIANT script, and a BRILLIANT movie (acting-wise, script-wise, technically, etc). I'm interested in journalism, media and films, so being able to study and take apart the script that had it all was amazing. (And um...I love this movie poster to pieces ---->)
Honorable mentions: Paper Towns by John Green, Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve, Behemoth (Leviathan #2) by Scott Westerfeld, and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie