Amber’s Rambles is a weekly discussion post done by me, Amber, of course. 🙂 Every week I’ll discuss a different thing or possibly rant about something. Occasionally I’ll ramble as well. I hope you enjoy and join me in it. To read past Amber’s Rambles, you can go here.
Let me first say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you’re all having a great day toady. I am so thankful to have found the book blogging community and met some great people such as Holly @ The Fox’s Hideaway and Val @ The Innocent Smiley and having long conversations on Twitter with them. 🙂 They’ve been so fun. I honestly don’t think I could live without this community.
For this week’s Amber’s Rambles, I was going to do a different post, but inspiration hit and I decided to do authors and books I’m grateful for. They’re in no particular order.
~Authors I’m Thankful I Read This Year~
I’m thankful I read Rainbow Rowell, E. Lockhart, Jennifer E. Smith, Jennifer Mathieu, David Levithan, Stephanie Perkins, Lauren Miller, Gayle Forman, and Suzanne Collins.
I mostly only read one book by each of these authors, but they were all really great books and I can’t wait to read future works. Honestly, that’s about every author I read this year, but that’s no big deal. 🙂
Here are the wonderful books I’m thankful I read by them.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (Review)
I still remember seeing this book when it first came out and being in awe over it. I didn’t know it’d be a year before I read it though. I loved all of the character flaws Eleanor and Park had and how they were diverse. I enjoyed the issues it touched on including diversity, bullying, poverty, race, fitting in and dysfunctional families. It was a great read.
The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (Review)
This book wasn’t immediately what I thought it would be, for some reason, I had the wrong impression about it and hadn’t understood the summary. Nonetheless, the main character Hadley was one of my favorites. She was so relatable and sarcastic, I liked reading about her relationship with both of her parents. I liked the entire airplane “arc” and watching Hadley and Oliver open up to each other. I thought Oliver was an interesting character despite not knowing him as well as I would have liked. This is definitely a book that was perfect as a standalone.
Every Day by David Levithan (Review)
Every Day has one of the most unique plots I’ve ever read in a novel. I loved reading about A and how A would transport into another body when he slept. I liked all the different bodies A inhabited and how each of them brought on new thoughts for A. It was really thought provoking to see him question things and himself. I loved the romance subplot and thought it was so realistically done.
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu (Review)
I want more books like this! I want more books like this! The Truth About Alice was such an amazing read for me because it was so realistic, heartbreaking and honest. Matthieu broke all of the stereotypes in this novel despite them seeming like nothing more in the beginning. I loved the alternate points of view, the alternative view of points each character had and the mystery unraveling behind what really happened between Brandon and Alice. I loved that it delved into a topic like sexting without condemning or condoning it and talked about rumors.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Review)
We Were Liars is one of the most original novels I’ve read. I loved the prose, the plot, how character driven it was. I liked the mystery surrounding it. The fairytales and William Shakespeare references were so fantastic, I was in love. We Were Liars completely caught me off guard with the ending and broke my heart.
Anna and The French Kiss (#1) by Stephanie Perkins (Review)
I read Anna in August for the #IslaIsComing read-along that so many people in the blogosphere were really freaking out over! Anna is one of the most relatable, flawed, funny, awkward, realistic characters I’ve ever met. She had quirks and flaws. She also had a blog! I really liked this book. Not only because it takes place in Paris, because you can set any book in Paris and call it good, but because Perkisn really indulges in the Parisian world in Anna and The French Kiss. I loved discovering Paris with Anna and seeing her go to cinemas and historical monuments. I loved how in depth her character development went. Even though she annoyed me at times, I really liked her a lot. I liked the side characters too, especially Mer, Anna’s first friend in this foreign country. Stephanie Perkins is called one of the best writers of contemporary fiction and there’s no doubt how true that is. I’m so thankful I read this.
Free To Fall by Lauren Miller
This is one of my more recent reads of the year. I was instantly captured by Free To Fall. It was interesting to read about how Apple, CDs, DVDs, thumb drives and even modern (to us) computers are obsolete or never used. It’s fascinating how there’s a decision making app by the company Gnosis, the creator of the the app called Lux, a decision making app. I don’t want to say too much about this as I haven’t written my review for it yet, but I really loved so many aspects of this book.
The Hunger Games (#1) by Suzanne Collins (Review)
For years I never read this book, don’t ask me why, I don’t even know why. I still haven’t read the final one but I will. Someday. Anyway, I loved The Hunger Games so much. I loved this society where due to a past rebellion, kids between the ages of 12-18 are forced to fight to the death once a year, all the while being broadcast as a reality show The thought of it is so obscure and yet, it’s not. Katniss is one of my favorite characters ever. I loved her strength, capability, her tough exterior, and her quick thinking. The Hunger Games was a great gateway dystopian.
If I Stay (#1) by Gayle Forman (Review)
I should have read this book a long time ago. I was completely hooked on it. I loved all the characters, the plot, the writing style. It was so heartbreaking, but there were moments of happiness in it too. I loved how Gayle Forman wrote this.
Let me know what books you’re thankful you read for the first time this year. I’m so interested in knowing. And let me know what you think of the books above. Thanks for stopping by. ❤