1.) To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han-
I'm not the biggest fan of contemporary, but I will say that most contemporaries remind me of a warm sunny day and a trip to the pool. This book captures the drama of a teenage love triangle, which is good for pool-side reading. . . right? Plus, Jenny Han is like a magical fairy when it comes to writing a good dramatic novel.
2.) Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift- As one of my personal favorite classics, I think I would recommend this one to anyone at any time of year. Still, its sense of adventure especially reminds me of the summery months. I love Swift's intricate character building (like the Lilliputions)!
3.) Nancy Drew and the Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene- Although this doesn't necessarily make me feel relaxed, it does make me feel nostalgic. Nancy Drew is all I read as a child, and even if I hadn't, I would still recommend reading Nancy Drew by the pool. They're quick and easy and NEVER disappoint. Sleuthing always does bring out my curious side!
Now, we've talked to you about our favorite books to read over the summer, but there's a separate list for specifically reading by the pool. For one thing, if you're lounging by the water, you'll probably want to read something that relaxes you OR that gives you the warm fuzzies, because well, it's probably pretty warm outside. Here are a few that remind me of a day by the pool.
The House of Tudor: Ceylon Tea
The House of Tudor or the Tudor Dynasty was a European royal house of Welsh origin that ruled the Kingdom of England from 1485 until 1603.
This is one of my favorite teas to drink in the summer time. Its amber color and fresh taste leaves for a pleasant blend and I especially love to drink this while reading something historical!
My rating: 3 TEACUPS
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As school comes to a close, and chaos subsides, I think about how much I'm going to read this summer. Then I reflect on my past favorite summertime reads, and that is what I am going to share with you today. My all-time, absolute favorite books to read in the summer months!
Now, I know what you're thinking. 'Hannah, these are all going to be contemporary books...' However, I'll try my very best to encompass several genres. Let's begin!
1.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Aside from being one of my favorite books, this story reminds me of summertime parties and the roaring 20's. This classic will leave you longing for that "Great American Dream".
2.) Paper Towns by John Green: THIS is my contemporary. I read this one last summer and remembered enjoying it so much, I finished it in only a day. I'd say, if you're looking for a road-tripping book, this is the one for you!
3.) Stardust by Neil Gaiman: This fantasy was so brilliant, I remember being so immersed in its magical plot and fun characters. Neil Gaiman never disappoints. I would highly recommend for a laying-on-the-beach sort of day! For my complete thoughts on this one, check out my review!
4.) The Host by Stephanie Meyers: As much as we all liked Twilight *grimace*, The Host is so much better. This sci-fi is perfect for summer, being a good-sized book. You'll want to stay up late just to finish it! At least I did.
5.) Life of Pi by Yann Martel: Nothing says castaway like a hot summer day, am I right? If you like tigers and the art of survival, surely you'll like this book. The narrator gives so many perspectives on life, it'll really make you think.
And the best part? All of these books have movie adaptations! If you have any summer recommendations, please comment and let me know, or sign up for our Newsletter. Have a great day, and a lovely time reading!
Hello, friends! I realize that it has been entirely too long since my last blog post, but, better late than never! March is half-way over, and I've already read several books! (Stay tuned for wrap-up!) I still hope to finish several more, though. I am so excited to share them with you!
1.) Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty ~ This book is all of my favorite things: Historical, paranormal, thriller, middle-grade, stand-alone, and fiction. Here's what I know about it so far: The story takes place on the Biltmore Estate (so cool) and it follows the maintenance man's daughter, Serafina. Now, the two of them stay hidden in the basement because they have nowhere else to go. The pair have a good life together, though, and the Vanderbilts would never dare go into the basement... One day, things happen. Paranormal things. And Serafina finds herself befriending a Vanderbilt and entering the forbidden forest to find out exactly why children of the Biltmore guests are vanishing in the night.
2.) Ashes With Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian ~ This is the third book in the Burn for Burn trilogy, and I am so excited to wrap it up! I honestly don't know what to expect from this, but I would recommend the first one for sure! Especially if you like extreme drama between high school social circles and a nice dose of revenge-getting. ;) However, the revenge plan goes farther than any of the teens thought.. Mix a little paranormal activity into this contemporary series, and it'll be one to remember.
3.) The Diviners by Libba Bray ~ This has been on my TBR pile for forever, so this month I am determined to read it. This is a monster of a book, and it is a thriller/mystery following a series of murders in the 1920's I believe. That's all that I have heard, other than, yet again, paranormal circumstances.
So, yes! I think that this is a new way to go about listing TBR piles because it gives just some basic insight on a book. If it sounds interesting to you, pick it up! And maybe be as blind going into it as I am.. Have a lovely weekend, and a lovely time reading!
Okay, okay. I know that it's only Thursday, but I'm really excited to talk about the two books I want to finish this weekend!
On this cold Saturday night, I am sinking my teeth.. or brain.. into Winter by Marissa Meyer, the fourth and final book in the Lunar Chronicles.
Wow, what a beauty. If you're as sad as I am to be finishing up this series, there's no need, because just look:
Hello! Let's forget the small talk and jump straight into the books that I plan to read in January.
1.) Cress by Marissa Meyer
2.) Fairest by Marissa Meyer
3.) Winter by Marissa Meyer
4.) The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
5.) To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
6.) The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
*SIDE NOTE: I REALLY DON'T WANT THE LUNAR CHRONICLES TO END.*
Now, my favorite book that I read all of last month, was... I bet you can't guess it...
Can you guys believe that it's already 2016? In 2015, I didn't read as much as I would have really loved to, still, I read some GREAT books that I am going to be recommending to you now, and probably for a while after! I tried to fit only five, but it didn't work. Here are my top six favorite books read in 2015!
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Hi friends! It has been entirely too long since I have last posted on my blog, but I'm back for good this time! I have read so many good books to share with you, so over the next several weeks, there will be tons of reviews up. I thought that a new year deserved a new look, and wow, Novel Chronicles has never looked so good. Thank you to the Canva team for helping with the design! As of right now, I am open for manuscript submissions for review, just be sure to email me! Ah, now. I am currently reading Cress by Marissa Meyer, and WOW WOW WOW. If any of you are on the fence about committing to The Lunar Chronicles, just stop, and go buy them. The first book, Cinder, was one of my all time favorite books last year, and number two, Scarlet, did not disappoint. Cress is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles series and because I would be spoiling you on the plot, I'll attach Cinder's synopsis below. Imagine Star Wars and your favorite fairy tales coming together and having a baby. Curious yet?
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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
It is hard for me to believe that it has been over a week since my last blog post, but busy times call for, well, less blogging. As the academics for this year are wrapping up soon, and everything else goes on, it seems that I haven't had the time to blog, let alone read. I have not finished one book in the month of April! Which is so unlike me, by the way. Still, I will be finishing one this weekend: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I just recently started it, and can't seem to put it down!
1 Teacup: Disliked it
2 Teacups: It was okay..
3 Teacups: Liked it
4 Teacups: Loved it!
5 Teacups: HOLY WOW
Hannah enjoys reading whilst drinking tea. She especially loves talking to others about her favorite literature.
Disclaimer: Not all of the pictures shown are my own, and are for entertainment purposes only. The books that I have reviewed have been purchased by myself or given to me for an honest review. This is a profit-free blog. Logo made on canva,