The ABC Book Challenge – X, Y, and Z

I haven’t read any books that start with X, Y, or Z, so I decided to combine the last three letters of the alphabet into one post and show y’all some of the books that I want to read!

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Zealot by Reza Aslan / The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis / Young Widows Club by Alexandra Coutts / The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman / Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim / Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler 

That’s the end of the ABC Book Challenge! Let me know if you did it too!

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The ABC Book Challenge – W

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War by Sebastian Junger is a nonfiction book that details Junger’s time with a unit in the Korengal Valley at outpost Restrepo (Restrepo is the name of the documentary that was made about his time there and I highly recommend it).

When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke is the first book in a series about a privileged young woman who travels to the Canadian west to teach. She must overcome new hardships and forge friendships with the people around her, including a stubborn member of the Canadian Mounted Police, to make things work.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin is the first book in an alternate history duology with traces of fantasy set in a world where the axis powers won WWII. Yael, the main character, has a chance to compete in the annual axis motorcycle race and if she wins she’ll have the chance to meet Hitler – and take him out.


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War Brides by Helen Bryan / The Witches of New York by Ami McKay / The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The ABC Book Challenge – V

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Victoria by Daisy Goodwin is, at its core, a coming of age story. But the person coming of age is the newly crowned Queen Victoria, who must adjust to the throne and the pressures that come along with it while navigating around confounding family and pressure to marry. My only complaint about this book was that there wasn’t as much time spent on Victoria and Albert’s relationship as I would have liked.

The Vintner’s Daughter by Kristen Harnisch is an amazing historical fiction that moves from France, to New York, to California just before the turn of the century. Wine making is one of the central points of the story and, even though I don’t enjoy wine, I found this story incredibly unique and fascinating.

Voyage of the Heart by Soraya Lane is about four young women who married soldiers during WWII and now found themselves traveling to America to be with them. It’s an interesting take on a situation that a lot of women found themselves in.


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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead / Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman / Vintage by Susan Gloss

The ABC Book Challenge – U

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These were the only three books I’ve read that started with U, so bear with me!

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott is about a love triangle between three teenagers. I’m here for a good love triangle, but this book wasn’t really my cup of tea.

Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix is about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, the fight for fair working conditions in the 1910’s, and the plight of immigrants in the New York slums. If you like books about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire this book is worth your time!

Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast is the 4th book in the House of Night series. I read this book when I was about 14 (I’m 23 now) and I can’t remember a single thing about it except I really enjoyed this series. I need to reread it to see if I like it as much as an adult!


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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead / The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin / Unsinkable by Gordon Korman

Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites | TTT Throwback

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

This week’s topic is actually ‘Upcoming Releases I’m on the Fence About’ but I don’t have any! I thought it’d be fun to fill in any topics I don’t want to do by working my way down the original Top Ten Tuesday topics. The very first Top Ten Tuesday topic was childhood favorites, so that’s where we’re starting!


 

 

The Little House on the Prairie Series and Dear America series were my absolute favs, although A Series of Unfortunate Events was a close runner up! I’d like to do a few posts this year revisiting and reviewing my childhood favorites.

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What was your childhood favorite?

The ABC Book Challenge – T

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This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp is a YA book centered around a school shooting. It’s theme is really relevant and even though some parts fell kind of flat for me, it was an intense read-in-one-sitting kind of book.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith is one of my favorite classics. It follows a girl living in the slums through daily life and is definitely a reality check for the reader. If you want to get into classics this is the book to start with.

‘Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick is set in Victorian London, which alone was enough to make me pick this up. I think Victorian mourning traditions are fascinating, and this book was basically a mystery that revolved around them.


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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris / A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini / Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

The ABC Book Challenge – S

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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen is, in my opinion, the best book she’s written yet. Sydney, whose family is less than ideal, finds her home within the chaos of the Chatham family and begins a journey of self-discovery. It’s premise is similar to My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick, and it’s definitely Sarah Dessen’s most mature read yet.

See Me by Nicholas Sparks is a love story between a man with a second chance and a woman who works too hard. Unlike a lot of other Nicholas Sparks books, there are a lot of thriller-y bits which made it even better than a classic cut and dry romance.

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols is about a girl with a deadbeat mom and a passion for flying. She ends up in a precarious position when her boss dies suddenly, leaving the business to his two sons. Books like this aren’t usually my type, but I loved it.


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The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes / Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys / The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie