My Top Five

Today I decided that it was time to post my top five Sarah Dessen books! While I love all of her books, there has to be ones that I exceptionally love. To me, these five were the standouts out of Sarah Dessen’s twelve published books:

5. Keeping the Moon

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This book is ultimately about friendship, and what it means to be a friend. The third published out of Sarah Dessen’s collection, Keeping the Moon is one that you seek out to read when you are in need of some cheering-up. In this book, you can truly feel what the narrator, Colie, is trying to say. She had been mistreated by her peers in past years, and when she comes to visit her eccentric aunt Mira one summer, she lands herself a job as a waitress in a local café. It is there that she meets two best friends, Morgan and Isabel. They teach her to believe in herself, and keep a high self-esteem. With such a powerful and valuable message, this book was a delight to read, and one I certainly would recommend to Sarah Dessen fans.

4. Along for the Ride

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For me, this book was such a pleasure to read. I finished it in a flat four days, because once I got to the bottom of a page, I was tempted to turn it, and so on, and so on. It was one of those books that had a smooth plot line, and was easy to follow, but also had a story that was worth reading. It’s a book set in the time that anything can happen- summer, and is why I urge those who don’t know what to read this summer to check it out! It’s definitely sure to put a smile on your face 😉

3. Saint Anything

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Dessen’s newest release is a bit different from her others, if only because it’s a bit darker from the rest. It is a story about a girl who is “searching for her place in her family and the world.” This was an engaging read, and I really, really loved it. There were new people to fall in love with, such as Layla, Mac, and the protagonist, Sydney. It was insightful; really bringing me into the world of someone who feels excluded from her parent’s care, as well as someone who discovers that she can find acceptance in others, and feel truly welcome after all. For those who have not yet read her latest book, I guarantee that it will not disappoint!

2. The Truth About Forever

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It was a difficult decision for me not to make this number one, but it was This Lullaby that eventually won the race. Still, there is so much to enjoy about this book. The thing that I especially loved about it was that it started off with this prospect of a long and boring summer, but ended up, of course, with it being much more than that. It goes on to show what can go on in those 374 pages that can change the course of someone’s summer, and how a great story can come out of it. There were characters (*cough, cough, Monica!*) that really stuck with me, and the message that things can get better. So much happened in this book, but I guess you have to read it to believe it. If you want to find out more, check out my review on it here!

1. This Lullaby

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There obviously has to be a reason that out of twelve published books, this is the one that I chose to rank first. It was one that you never wanted to put down, one that made you laugh out loud, and one that made you smile… a lot. And really, there are lots of reasons why I love this novel, but my main point has to be the engaging characters. There’s Dexter, who, because of this novel, became my favourite character created by Sarah Dessen. He’s the type of person that, when in his company, will never bore you. Besides that is the protagonist, Remy, who is quite the opposite of Dexter. Where he is easy-going, she can be cold and indifferent, someone who is sure of everything. The plot for this novel progressed very smoothly, each chapter significant to the book. The writing in this one just seemed so perfect, full of witty jokes and clever words. The author herself even said that “Writing it was like going to a party every day,” and that it is “The only book that I would ever consider writing a sequel to.” (Source, her website!) Fortunately, Remy and Dexter make a cameo appearance in her seventh book, Just Listen. 

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What are your favourite Sarah Dessen books? Let me know in the comments below!

Your fellow bookworm,

Zoie 🙂

Reading and Blogging

Why do I do what I do?

By that, I mean, why do I bother having this blog, when I could be using those precious moments it takes to write and upload a post for other things… reading, per se? Well, it’s not as simple as that.

I love to blog. I love how maybe somewhere in the world, someone is reading an entry I have written, and is taking something away from that. Perhaps they read a review and thought “Hmmm, maybe I should check that book out.” Maybe it’s just that they like the idea that there are readers out there, in a place where technology is rapidly advancing and all people seem to be attached to one device or another. I mean, the thought is quite astonishing, actually, when you think about all the technology we have offered to us, and still some choose to snuggle up with a paperback book instead.

I blog because I like to inform people about the wonders that are out there, even if they are hidden away in the back shelves of old bookstores. More often than not, though, you’ll find me reviewing a very popular YA novel, which I assume would not be found on the back shelves. But it’s needless to say, it’s fun to blog about something I enjoy doing, and that’s reading. If I am able to get one of my readers to pick up a book that I have recommended, I have done my job as an advisor, as well as a blogger. Becuase really, that’s what it’s all about. If I am able to impact you in any way, I have succeeded as a book enthusiast.

And why should one even want to love books? Well, here’s my reasoning:

It’s a little escape, if only for a couple hundred of pages. You get to live the life of another character, follow their story, and watch them as they progress and grow as a character. Because here’s something lots of people don’t seem to understand- books are not movies. These characters have problems just like us, some that we can even relate to. It’s relieving to find that you’re not alone on that point, that you can see the book out to the end to find out how they deal with their problems. Books aren’t just ‘she did this and he said that, and they lived happily ever after’. If that were the case, the story would take you no time at all to read! No, there’s a reason there are so many pages between the beginning and the end. There’s conflict, and drama, and everything that comes with it. And if you find yourself becoming immersed with the story, well, that’s okay too. It’s the reason they’re there for- to take you on a journey, word by word, until it has intrigued you enough that you can’t seem to ever put it down.

So yes, that’s why I do what I do.

A book is a dream that you hold in your hands

-Neil Gaiman

Thanks for all those who continue to read and support this blog! You are the ones I hope to inspire ❤

Your bookworm blogger,

Zoie 😉

A Book Blog

Judging by the title of my blog, Zoie’s Bookshelf, you can obviously tell it’s about books. And as an avid reader, there’s nothing I love more than a good book blog! When you look at my reviews and monthly reads, you’re able to see that I am mostly a fan of YA Fiction, whether it’s realistic or dystopian. Sure, there are the few classics I have taken to reading, like Anne of Green Gables or Pride and Prejudice, but generally you’ll find me cuddled up with a good novel geared to teens.

But think! There are so many book blogs out there, they can’t possibly be about the same genre. So I took it upon myself to do some searching, and alas, I found this blog:

Don’t Bug Me I’m Reading

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Okay, first of all, that title? Perfect! That is a slogan for all readers, one that we live by. For any people who even want to think about approaching us when we are deep into a story, already gone from this world but transferred into the pages, beware. “Don’t Bug Me I’m Reading” should be a neon sign with a huge arrow, pointing at the reader. Because it never really is okay to interrupt a reader, unless for a very good reason. Just a heads-up, in case you decide to make that ruthless mistake. (Just kidding, though some readers may argue that is it not a joking matter.)

But moving on, it was a few days ago when I discovered the blog. It’s different from mine- instead of it being aimed at teenagers, it’s a blog that reviews books for adults. There are only a few entries on it so far, but nonetheless, I believe I may have just found myself a new blog to follow!

And you should too- it’s great! It’s fairly new, with it being launched just in the first week of June. But despite that, I can’t wait for future posts! Check it out 👍

Your book blog advisor,

Zoie 😉

June

While I know this is about June’s reads, by me posting it signifies the start of July, and isn’t July such a glorious, glorious month? Warmer temperatures, no school, and even better, more time to read books! But before I can even begin to do so, I have to at least notify you of last month’s reads…

I better do it quick- there’s no time to loose!

I Was Here, by Gayle Forman

The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen

Lock and Key, by Sarah Dessen

We Are Made of Molecules, by Susin Nielsen

Someone Like You, by Sarah Dessen

This Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen

I started getting into more books by Gayle Forman last May, so it was only necessary to read her latest release, I Was Here. It dealed with a more darker topic, and I found it to be a bit slow at times. I couldn’t really get into it, and because of that this book just didn’t work for me. Forman’s If I Stay, and Just One Year were very well written though, both with page-turning plots, so I guess this one just was an exception…

Before I begin with the Dessen novels, though, I think I should next talk about We Are All Made of Molecules, by Susin Nielsen. Like her others (Word Nerd, Dear George Clooney, and The Reluctant Journal), this book was rich with humour, making readers actually laugh out loud. The book itself is small in size, but as the saying goes, it’s about quality, not quantity. It was a fabulous read, and will make even non-readers fall in love with Nielsen’s newest story.

And now, it’s Sarah Dessen time! It was to my great sadness to have read my last few Dessen books this month. The Truth About Forever, if you had seen my review on it, was an absolute delight to read. Lock and Key, and Someone Like You, were also great reads, but not my favourites. No, that has to go to This Lullaby, which I decided to reread. When I originally read it, I wasn’t blown away. In fact, I wasn’t a fan at all. Which is surprising, because after reading it for a second time, I couldn’t turn away. I read the bulk of the novel in one sitting- I couldn’t put it down. That just comes to show how opinions are subject to change, since This Lullaby has now become #1 on my Dessen ranks. Yup.

Well, that’s all for the month of June.

Cheers to summer!

-Zoie 😉