Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cindy's Book Recommendation List

You see, i have like this "best books list" so I for some books, I don't even remember why they made it to my list. Anyways, they are like pretty good, so you should read some of them. The first few ones should be like a little younger more like 8-12 or something, since I wrote them down when I was younger.

- The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall.
            I forgot why this one is good, but I think the mom died and there are like 3 or 4 girls who have to live through their hard time with their dad or something. I don't really remember.

- Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech
            I think this is about a girl who became an orphan or something and had to go live with new foster parents. Or something and they have a different life. Or something. I think this is also a "get used to new lifestlye" book.

- Just a Summer Romance by Ann M. Martin
            Yep, a romance book. I remember this one clearly because I read it like literally 20 times. It's like really good if you appreciate romance. So it's about a girl named Melanie who goes to a vacation home with her family every summer at the beach in an island. This time, she met a boy whose like one year older than him. And after their summer romance, and the school year starts again, Melanie finds out the boy is not just a boy she met on the beach, but someone way more than an ordinary boy. It's like really interesting so read to find out!

- Haunted Waters by Mary Pope Osborne
            I don't really remember this book either, but I remember that it really catches me of something cool and fun to read. Like it's not like any other book about romance or adventure. Oh and I like mysteries too but it's just a book of its own genre. Maybe I'm wrong though, cuz i really cant remember much.

- The Report Card by Andrew Clements
            This book is not so far back that I don't remember about it, but it's more for like younger kids. Anyways, it's about a genius who hides it by purposely failing her tests. And I forgot the ending or the point of the story. I'm pretty sure there is one, so I probably just forgot.

- Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
             Okay, now I feel like I got Pollyanna and Ruby Holler mixed. Maybe Pollyanna was the orphaned girl. Either way, I forgot.

- From the Mixed -Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
             This is another one of those stories I read once in while and enjoy it just like The Report Card. I don't even know why it go into my "best books list". Anyways, it's about a girl and a boy who has tons of siblings and finds life unfair or whatever and runs away and lives in a museum and finds Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. I have no idea why Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is special. You'll just have to read the book because I'm pretty sure there was something special about her. i actually have that book in my bookshelf, but I"m too lazy to get it right now. Guess I'll have to reread it again. *Sighs*

- Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
              Charlotte's Web may be a really old classic, but it's actually a really good book. I kinda forgot what it was all about. All I remember was there was a pig and a spider who became friends. And the ending which I"m not gonna spoil for those who didn't read it. It was sad.

- The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
             Another one of those random stories I just put down for no reason. Either way, this is about a girl who finds out she's a mermaid or whatever and that's all I remember. I think she has to make people who saw her as a mermaid loose their memory. And something about the Bermuda Triangle and that monster there. I forgot his name. You know, that famous monster who lives in the Bermuda Triangle and causes ships to sink when its passed by there.

-Emily Windsnap and the Monsters From the Deep by Liz Kessler
           This is the sequel of The Tail of Emily Windsnap. Okay, maybe the monsters thing was in this book. I wasn't if there were any romances. Maybe there was.

- Where the Red Fern Grows by (Sorry, I forgot to write down the author)
            This book is really sad. Oh, and I also like sad books because it  feels like it has a lot meaning to it. This book made me cry. Oh, I spoil the ending for you. So it's about this boy who get two baby hunting dogs and he grows really close to them. One day, there was like a mountain lion while they're hunting and older brother dog dies defending the boy. The younger sister loss her will to live. So basically, the dogs die defending the boy, so the boy sadly buried them. After a while, near the dogs' grave grew a red fern, which is considered very rare and really good luck. Either way, it's really sad. And deep meaning of loving your dogs. LOL.

- My brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier (216 pages)
           Maybe this is one of my story books, but pretty sure it was sad, but probably not as sad as Where the Red Fern Grows. I think the brother Sam goes off to war or something and he died. I totally forgot the climax or the moral of the story.

- The Last Grail Keeper by Pamela Smith Hill
            I'm pretty sure this is one my entertaining story books. So yah. You know, interesting girl gets important role......

- Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
            I love these series. Even though there were barely any romance, it has so much adventure and interesting ideas. I read these series so much times, I literally could write the summary for all 5 books without looking through the book. FYI: Book 1: The Lightning Thief
                                                Book 2: The Sea of Monsters
                                                Book 3: The Titan's Curse
                                                Book 4: The  Battle of the Labyrinth
                                                Book 5: The Last Olympian

- Frozen Summer by Mary Jane Auch
             I think the main character's older sister died, therefore, it seems like her whole summer is like winter again. Maybe it was actually a long winter and summer never came for real. I don't really remember.

- A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin (189 pages)
             This book is about a girl learning about her mentally ill uncle or something. And learns lessons, I guess. I don't remember this one that much either.

- I, Coriander by Sally Gardner (280 pages)
             All I remember is that a girls' father died or something so therefore,she has to become queen, but I thin she got exiled in the end.

- Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (314 pages)
            Oooh,t his book is actually pretty good. Even it's like one of my story books, it's a pretty good one. So apparently, the king learns form his priest that his 7th son, Prince_____, I forgot his name, has to marry some girl from this small village and all girls from a certain age to a certain age have to go this school, who has like a really strict teacher. The academy basically teaches the girls manners and such and the prince gets to pick whichever girl he wants.But the main character plays an important role even though she wasn't picked as princess because she saved all the pre-princesses' lives from bandits and almost got herself killed. I remember ending this time, but you exactly get it if I just say the name the prince chooses.

- Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson (339 pages)
            Another one of those enjoyable stories. I think the girl found a dragon who is about to die or maybe not. Anyways the dragon has a dragon egg and asks the girl to keep it away from evil forces.

- Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (280 pages)
           I seriously forgot what this was about. But all I remember is that it was pretty good and I think the main character is a boy who has to like get used to his new lifestyle something.

- After the Rain by Norma Fox Mazer (249 pages)
          All I remember is that this takes place during the Civil War and the girl describes her life or something.

- Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barett (209 pages)
            I get this mixed up with I, Coriander. I'm pretty sure Coriander is a boy, cuz the name sounds like a boy. I'm pretty it's Anna the one who became Queen at a young age and later on got exiled.

- Starry, Starry Night by Lurlene McDaniel (255 pages)
             This author writes really sad books. This book has 3 short stories about teenage girls and something they regretted or learn.

- Elsewhere by Garbrielle Zevin
             What can I say. It's just a really good book. In the book, it is said that after you die, you go to this place called elsewhere, then you get younger every year until you're born back into the world again.

- The War With Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith
            I remember that this is actually a picture book or a really short chapter book. It's about a little boy who is like really close with is grandpa until one day, he had a fight with his grandpa and wouldn't speak to his grandpa. One day, after he got home from school, he found out his grandpa died. He felt so guilty.

-Vampire High by Douglas Rees
           This is one of those enjoyable story books. It's about this guy who is new to school and finds out that it's filled with vampires.

- A Circle of Silver by Maxine Trottier
            Even though I used this book for a book report in 6th grade, which was like last year, I really forgot what this book was about. Except I know it took place in the past. Maybe it's historical fiction or something.

- The Allegra A Biscotti Collection by Olivia Bennit
            This is about a girl who designs clothes and pretended to be an older women and sold her outfits to a magazine director or something. Then, she has to go through all these excuses why she can't meet up with the professional magazine director or something.

- How To Be Popular b Meg Cabot
          It is about a girl who is like best friends with a boy, who lives next to her and grew up with her, and she knows his grandmother really well. When the boy's grandmother was cleaning her attic or something, she came across this book that tell you How to Become Popular and the girl took it. And somehow along the way, she fell in love with her best friend or maybe she was in love already all along. Either way, at the end, the girl decided the book isn't trustworthy. You need to read the book to get the romantic part cuz I'm not such a good romance describer.

- My Double Life by Janette Rallison (265 pages)
          My Double Life is about a girl who lives in a small hometown, and she looks like almost identical to this famous celebrity who is like a few years older than her. They look so alike that when someone posted a picture of her on the internet, the celebrity's personal manager comes and asks her why they put the celebrity's picture online without the permission of the manager. When the manager realizes that she's actually anther person, the manager hires her to become the celebrity's double and pretend to be her at mini concerts and such. That's when the main character (I forgot her name) finds out she actually have the same father as that celebrity. And the father is also a famous celebrity. Both her sister and her father doesn't know who she is. Okay, I"m such a bad summary writer.

- It's a Mall World After All by Janette Rallison (230 pages)
             The author writes really nice romance stories. So this girl named Charlotte said that she wouldn't ever date the jerks, which is basically all the guys, at her school. And her friend tries to convince her. Then, she feels like her best friend, Brianna's boyfriend, Bryan, is like cheating on Brianna, but Brianna does't believe her, so Charlotte pretends to like this popular guy called Colton, but she ends up falling for him for real.

- Snow~Walker by Batherine Fisher (507 pages)
            I think it takes place up in the north where there's always snow and there's like this evil women who has very powerful magic and rules the land. This one brave girl traveled to the queen's palace to stop her, and found the queen's son, whose just as powerful as the queen, in fact, the only one who could face the queen. Together, the girl and the queen's son tries to destroy the evil queen, and I'm pretty sure they fell in love too.

- Play to the Angel by Maurine F. Dahlberg (186 pages)
           I think it was about this girl whose brother was a really talented piano player, but he died, so now she feels like she has to make it up to him by being int he audition, but she has a bad case of stagefright. Luckily, there was a even more awesome piano player who lives upstairs from and there she learns how the play the piano really well and a surprising secret of her neighbor.

- Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFluer (262 pages)
          I think the main character either didn't want to or went to a camp. And she has a sister. And she got mad to her parents or something. I forgot what this book is about.

- Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella (312 pages)
          This book is about this girl who is really addicted to shopping,she lies however ways to get money to buy stuff. She has a lot of billionaire friend and likes this one guy whose a billionaire. Sorry, I just cant's seem to make this book interesting, talking like this, so just go ahead and read the book.

- The Maze Runner by James Dashner (374 pages)
           The Maze Runner has a really interesting plot that I've never read before. It talks about this boy named Thomas who wakes up in this tiny group of boys who lives in a cave and have to try to find a way to get out of the maze. All the boys don't have their old memories except their name. This book is the first book of the a trilogy, I must say the ending sucks. Thomas doesn't even end up with the right girl and it hints that they will have sex. I know I just told you the partial ending of the series but whatever.

- The Year My Sister Got Lucky (370 pages)
         This book is about  really close sisters who moved to this really tiny town because of their parents' work. The sisters are 3 years apart and they tell each other everything. But when they moved to the new town, her sister immediately starts hanging out with boys, and becoming more popular. The main character/ the younger sister wasn't jealous, because, she was her sister. But when she found out her sister was keeping secrets from her, she invaded her sister's privacy and everyone got mad at her.....so yah. Finish reading the book to find out what happens next.

- Always and Forever by Lurlene McDaniel (232 pags)
           This book is actually a combination of two books, but it made me think a lot. It's like the saddest ending ever. I mean, even though, other books made me cry, at least it had a good ending. I'll tell you the ending of this book, cuz once I'll tell you what's it about, you'll probably realize why it's so sad. So there' this like 17-year-old girl who has the perfect life. She got into tennis camp or something and she finally is dating her crush, but she started having bruises everywhere and she finds out she has leukemia, basically, blood cancer. She has to go through many treatments and stay at the hospital for a few months. Then, when she went back to school, kids avoided her, teachers treat her like she would die any minute, and her boyfriend dumps her for a different girl. She has her close friend, whose mom doesn't like her very much and her really close brother and her parents of course by her side. So the book goes on her suffering through her cancer. After like a year, they say  she's getting better, but suddenly, she recrahses and is in a desperate need of bone marrow or something. So her brother donates some of his to his sister, but the transplant didn't go really well and the girl's heart failed. It's like a really sad book that made me cry like heck. This is actually the first time I came across a book when the main character dies. You really don't know how sad it is until you read the book.

- Dragonfly by Julia Golding (390 pages)
          Dragonfly is so romantic. I love this book. It's where the princess and prince is forced to marry to keep kingdom alliances, but they just hate each other until they get kidnapped and slowly falls in love.

- Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (290 pages)
         This book is about two good friends who are going to vacation in California and the main character's best friend wants the main character, Anna to have a contest to like date 20 boys. But Anna hadn't told her best friend that she already had her romance with her best friend's older brother, Matt, who died a year ago from a car crash. Anna has to learn to get over Matt. Okay, see, when you don't know a character's name, it gets so choppy you don't understand it.

- The Sky is Everywhere (275 pages)
           Yay this is the last book on the list. So this book is about this girl called Lennie whose older sister died.Her older sister's boyfriend, Toby spent time with her to get over Bailey, but they start hugging and kissing and making out instead even when Lennie and Toby doesn't want to. At the same time, Lennie likes this boy, Joe and they started dating, but she has to cover up the fact why Toby is always there at her house. Everything totally blows up when Joe sees Lennie and Toby kissing and now Lennie has to find a way to tell Joe her true feelings towards him. Okay, the name Joe is so unromantic, but his last name, Fontaine and the character's personality is romantic. I especially like the French last name, Fontaine.

Haha. Liana must hate me now. I bet she won't even read this far. Sorry for like writing so much. You should feel sorry for me instead. I had to type all this up.

Anyways, baii!!
-Cindy



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