Hiya! I posted some of my suggestions here, so you may find that helpful.
As for the e-reader, I suppose it depends on what you want to use it for and where you want to buy your books (Amazon? Or elsewhere?). I personally tend to read standard ebooks and love the e-ink display, but other people are comfortable reading on the iPad Mini, Kindle Fire, Nook Colour, etc. I have the Kindle Keyboard, but as I do not use the keyboard that much, I’d go for the standard Kindle, Paperwhite, or Nook Simple Touch. I bought mine back in 2011 and so it was the only one, aside from the Sony Reader, available to us in the UK.
There’s now so much choice! It’s definitely worth going into a shop and trying them all out, if you’re able to, and thinking about whether you just want to read standard ebooks, be able to browse the internet, want a colour screen, or download enhanced ebooks, like Multi-touch iBooks.
Are you looking for more middle grade books? I actually haven’t read many action-adventure novels I’m afraid. But perhaps:
School of Fear
The Wishing Spell
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Z for Zachariah
Constable & Toop
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Liesl & Po
I’ve not read all of these yet, though.
Young adult ‘adventure’ is a bit more tricky since the books I’ve read (like dystopian or post-apocalyptic, which I’d say always tends to contain some sort of adventure) are often a little violent, such as The Knife of Never Letting Go, Blood Red Road and Tomorrow When the War Began.
Yes! I have a whole list of YA dystopian novels here and you read reviews of most of the ones I’ve read here.
The Hunger Games, Delirium and The Maze Runner are among my favourite too but I also enjoyed Divergent, Legend, Birthmarked, Tankborn, The Knife of Never Letting Go, Unwind, Fahrenheit 451, The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake, Pure, and Shades of Grey.
I haven’t been reading many YA dystopian or post-apocalyptic books lately as the genre is so saturated that it’s hard to know what to pick up, but I still have many more that I own and need to read.
I love cute and sad YA contemporary novels!
You may enjoy:
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
Before I Fall
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
The Probability of Miracles
Looking for Alaska
Second Chance Summer
Anna and the French Kiss
Lola and the Boy Next Door
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Thirteen Reasons Why
Wherever You Go
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
This is What Happy Looks Like
The Summer I Turned Pretty
And I haven’t read these yet, although I want to, but I think they are also what you’re looking for:
If I Stay
How to Save a Life
The Sky is Everywhere
My Life Next Door
Meant to Be
The Reece Malcolm List
Eleanor and Park (Thank you for reminding me, guys!)
And a bit younger:
Last Chance Angel
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece
Anthem for Jackson Dawes
I have, twice, but the last time was about 5-6 years ago. I did enjoy it, but it didn’t blow me away (I still think it’s something to do with the fact that I’m not American because I felt the same way about The Catcher in the Rye). I loved the adaptation though, which I watched a couple of weeks ago, and it seems like an extremely faithful adaptation. It has made me want to read the book again so maybe I’ll love it next time?!
Hiya! I hope I’ll be able to help, although by no means do I consider myself an expert! I often do not even called myself a ‘book reviewer’, but here’s what I’ve found helpful:
1. Practice. I know, know, but it’s so true! I read through some of my old reviews (over 2 years) sometimes and a lot of them are not very well written. Sometimes I don’t even say anything. But I think I’ve improved, 171 reviews later - and it’s become slightly easier!
2. Read lots of reviews. I found it easier to review once I started becoming familiar with reviewing styles. Think about what it is you like or dislike about other reviews, which will then help you think about how you should write yours. For example, I do not really like reviews that just tell me what the book is about. I’m not interested in that (for I shall read the book and find out for myself) – I want to know what you thought! So I try to make sure that I’m concise when writing about the book’s storyline. (But it’s really down to personal taste at the end of the day).
3. Grab a notebook! I found it easier to review once I started writing them down on paper. Everybody knows what it’s like to stare at a computer screen for hours and realise you’ve only written a few lines of an essay’s introduction, and It’s the same for book reviews. Writing on paper means I cannot delete words or sentences, trying to perfect them – that can come later once I’ve written down the outline. I then go through it properly once I’ve typed it up.
4. Spoiler alert! Make sure you let people know before they start reading your review if there are spoilers. You do not want to ruin the book for anyone.
5. Be honest. I’m a firm believer in being as honest as possible, which means sometimes you will write negative reviews. Unfortunately I’m unable to do this myself as I work in the publishing industry (although I will never positively review a book I didn’t actually enjoy), but I urge others to talk about the books that disappointed them as well as the books they loved. I’ve picked up a YA dystopia novel because somebody criticised it for having romance, which doesn’t put me off at all!
6. A little extra. I like to include a little more information alongside my review: a rating out of five (based on Goodreads’ system), category and genre (e.g. ‘Young adult - dystopia’), whether it’s in a series, a link to the book on Goodreads, and a link to where you can buy a book. It’s not necessary, but I think it’s somewhat helpful. Other people may include links to other reviews of the same book, a suggested soundtrack, what other books you may enjoy/are similar, etc.
But most of all, enjoy it. Don’t write reviews just because you feel you have to! If it starts to become a chore, try writing other book-related posts that aren’t reviews (e.g. a list of your favourite mystery novels).
Oh and I just type in my ‘Currently Reading’ in the ‘Customize’ box. Nothing fancy!
I actually don’t often remember individual characters as I’m much more into plot-driven than character-driven novels, but I instantly connect with any character that’s bookish, a little shy or quiet, or who’s sarcastic or witty (although not mean!). Perhaps Anna in Anna and the French Kiss or Sydney Sage in Bloodlines (although I eat much more than her and I’m not into cars…). I’m struggling!
If I were a child, I’d like to be as awesome as Anne Shirley.
I like to take part in #fridayreads on Twitter. This weekend, I’ll be finishing Anna and the French Kiss. I took a trip to Paris on Tuesday and I’m loving reading about the places I visited! I’ll also be starting Follow Me Down by Tanya Byrne, and my May classic if I’m quick enough.
Hiya! I’m reading Angelfall at the moment and really enjoying it. I’m just over a third of the way through. I bought the eBook last January even though I normally do not purchase self-published books (because I’m wary that there’s less/no quality control and also because I work in book publishing) but I remember there being so much buzz around it that I couldn’t resist. I tend to trust my fellow Goodreads users. I’m finally getting around to reading it as it’s being published this month in the UK.
I think I’ve only read two others: The Basement and Sleight. Perhaps others will be able to reply to this post if they have any to suggest!
I am! I mean, not all at once because it’ll make me look a little odd and I cannot carry 20 books, but over a few days. I have to take 4 buses a day, which makes it easier. I may also leave some at bus stops. I’ll see how it goes!
(For anyone who did not see the previous posts, I’m giving away copies of these books for World Book Night next week).
I’d say yes, definitely, but then I’m somebody who believes that most books are appropriate reads for those who can handle them. (Mostly. I’m not advocating giving an 11-year-old Fifty Shades, for example).
It’s a little eerie and a little violent, but not as violent as The Hunger Games! I used to think The Hunger Games would be for ages 13+ but then my 11-year-old cousin read the trilogy and saw the film and really enjoyed it, so who’s to say she shouldn’t read them? I think you’ll/they’ll be fine with The Picture of Dorian Gray (which is a really good read!).
I won’t be giving away copies on here, sorry! The aim of World Book Night is to get people who do not regularly read to pick up a book.
I used to get the tube/train to work and saw people reading daily, but then I started getting the bus and now rarely see someone with a book. I’m more likely to see people on their phone or not doing anything at all, so I’ll be leaving copies of The Knife of Never Letting Go on buses for people to pick up. I’m going to insert a little message explaining the aim of the project and why I think The Knife of Never Letting Go is ideal for non-readers.
World Book Night is a fun project and anyone in the UK or USA can apply to be a giver. (It’s named after World Book Day rather than actually being global because it’d be extremely difficult to execute giving away 20 books to thousands of people in every country! It’s up to each country to start their own World Book Night).
I’m of course going to all of the obvious places (including Shakespeare and Company) but I appreciate every suggestion (such lovely places to eat!) :)
edit: Thank you ALL for your suggestions!
I think 24 books per year is excellent!
Although I often come across like I believe quantity of books read is the most important thing, because I participate in the 50 Book Challenge and I’m always going on about numbers (I really just like to make pie charts!), I’m always just happy to hear that somebody is reading something. And enjoying it!
Even so, I’m a little slower this year than usual. I read three books in January, four in February, and five in March. It’s a little frustrating, but not so much because I care about the exact number, but because I know there’s so many books I want to read but haven’t yet! I have a pile of thirteen on my desk ‘to read soon’. Plus my April ‘classic’ of course!
I tend to not follow theme most of the time, but I’ve occasionally chosen to read only dystopia or science fiction or ‘adult fiction’ in a month. I think it’d be fun to pick a month to read ‘books I bought but haven’t read yet’ or ‘books I want to re-read’.
I also have The Wishing Spell, but I haven’t read it yet. It sounds like a fun, whimsical book.