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The Deja Vu Review [15]: Favorite Male Protagonists

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This week’s topic is: Favorite male protagonists

Usually I read a lot of books where the main character is a female. Okay, so almost all of them. So I thought I’d highlight a few books that I really enjoyed with some of my favorite male MCs!

Okay, since I’ve repeated a couple of these over the past DJVRs, I’m just gonna keep it short and sweet this week!

1. The Giver – Lois Lowry: Jonas has always been one of my favorite MCs. I love watching his journey throughout this book as well as seeing him really grow into an adult quite quickly.
2. Harry Potter (all of them) – J.K. Rowling: Sometimes I’m surprised by how well I identified with Harry Potter at any given time, but that really just proves the excellent talent that JKR possesses. Even with my other favorite male MCs, I’ve never gotten into a story and a character as much as I have with Harry Potter!
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky: I read this many, many years ago (when I was actually a teenager) and I need to reread it again, but Charlie’s story always stuck out to me.
4. The Maze Runner – James Dashner: Although I was disappointed with how the series ended, I really liked Thomas’s POV throughout the series. It was a refreshing take on the dystopian genre since most of the ones I’ve read are from a female perspective.

Who are your favorite male MCs? Hope you join us for this week’s Deja Vu Review! Link up is below ūüôā

Top Ten Tuesday – November 13, 2012: Top Ten Books I’d Want On A Deserted Island

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This Week’s Topic is: Top Ten Books¬† I’d Want On A Deserted Island

So these books will be my bread & butter – The books I could read over and over and over and over again. Easy peasy.

(in no particular order)

There you have it! 

Honorable mention: The Princess Bride (but I know the movie by heart)
Wow, this was actually really hard! I went through my Goodreads favorites list and came up with these top 10 books that I could read forever. I’m actually surprised that so many were contemporary! Way to go, contemp for becoming more abundant in my life ūüôā

Messenger (The Giver #3) – Lois Lowry

Messenger (The Giver #3) – Lois LowryTitle: Messenger (The Giver Quartet #3) by Lois Lowry
Publishing Info: April 26, 2004 by Random House Publishing Group
Source: Library
Genres: Children's & Middle Grade, Dystopian
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: November 4, 2012
Related Posts: Son (The Giver Quartet #4)

    Messenger is the masterful third novel in the Giver Quartet, which began with the dystopian bestseller The Giver, now a major motion picture.
Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. Village once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.


I have to admit — I went into¬†MESSENGER quite skeptical. The Giver has been one of my favorite books since I was twelve (and that was thirteen years ago!), I reread THE GIVER last year (and still loved it) and then almost immediately after that, I read GATERHING BLUE and was pretty disappointed. Unfortunately, I felt the same kind of disappointment with MESSENGER.

All of these books are super quick reads (with the exception of my first time around reading THE GIVER, I finished each in a matter of hours in one day), but unfortunately I felt the same about¬†MESSENGER as I had about GATHERING BLUE — the story was easy enough to follow and they both have very nice lessons (they are more for middle grade readers, I think) but I was just never quite as captivated as I had been when I first read Jonas’s story.

I thought Matty’s story in MESSENGER was actually a little bit more interesting that Kira in GB. It seemed a bit more magical as far as abilities go and I enjoyed the characters and the dynamics much more. Also, we got to see Jonas’s reappearance as an adult who is now the Leader of Matty’s Village. I really think that helped me make more of a connection to the book as well. I liked that this book felt a lot more like a continuation of a series instead of a companion since we see both Jonas and Kira from the previous books.


Matty:¬†Matty was actually a pretty interesting character now that I’m reflecting back on the book. His coming-of-age tale came extremely rapidly and we see him change and mature very quickly. I loved his understanding of his ability once he is finally faced with the ultimate hardships towards the culmination of events in the book. I was a bit annoyed with his immaturity at times, but that’s natural considering he was still a child. I really did come to like him a lot in the end.
Leader: Leader in this book is the Jonas we all got to know in THE GIVER and I absolutely loved seeing him back in this book, older, wiser, and in a leadership position. It was so interesting to see him tie back into the series.
Forest: The Forest isn’t quite a character, but in a way it is. It’s protective, it’s angry, it’s respectful, and it’s dynamic and changing. It also has quite the important role in the end of the book too and I felt like that really almost personified the Forest.


Borrow it

I enjoyed getting back into this world but MESSENGER just didn’t deliver like I had hoped it would. Maybe I was just expecting too much, though.

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Series Catch-Up 2012: Intro Post/Goals

Series Catch-Up 2012 has begun! Here is my intro post to let you guys know what I’m working on these next two months.

What is Series Catch-Up? If you missed the original post with explanation and rules, check it out here and I hope that you’ll sign up to join us! Basically, it’s a dedication to catch up on or complete as many series as you can November and December. I know I’m in the middle of WAY too many series and I thought this would be a nice way to help us organize our thoughts and clear up some of the many books I’m sure we all have in our TBR piles, probably quie a few that we’ve been pushing back!

Here are my goals for Series Catch-Up 2012:

  • Read Fire (Graceling #2) and Bitterblue (Graceling #3) by Kristin Cashore – TO COMPLETE
  • Read Spirit Bound (VA #5) and¬†Last Sacrifice (#6) by Richelle Mead – TO COMPLETE
  • Read The Kill Order by James Dashner – TO COMPLETE
  • Currently reading Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth – CATCHING UP
  • Read Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie – TO COMPLETE
  • Read Messenger (The Giver #3) by Lois Lowry and maybe Son as well??

Other possibilities should I end up with incredible amounts of time (not likely!!):

  • Seeing Redd (The Looking Glass Wars #2) by Frank Beddor
  • All Together Dead (Sookie #7)
  • Fearless Fourteen (Stephanie Plum #14) by Janet Evanovich
  • Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter
  • City of Ashes (TMI #2) by Cassandra Clare

Okay, I do have lots more series that I’ve started, but those are the ones I’m most anxious about and the most realistic goals! And I know those are probably unrealistic goals to complete ALL of those so you know I’ll have stuff to update about at the end of the challenge and what I hope to complete in the future!
I also have other books that I need to read for review, book clubs, and features so I’ll have to fit those in my reading schedule as well and not just read entirely the series that I’m trying to catch up on. But those are the only exceptions for me!!! Well…. hopefully!

I’m also looking forward to participating in both of the mini-challenges as well! I love talking about my favorite series and it’ll be a nice way to get introduced to other new ones (should you desire to take on another one)!

Top Ten Tuesday – September 11, 2012: Top Ten Books That Make You Think

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

This Week’s Topic is: Top Ten Books That Make You Think (About The World, People, Life, etc.)

Ooh thought-provoking… Well, I do have to say that I’ve been going for quite a few not-so-serious books within the past few months because well, I’ve just been having fun with reading! Although I do like to read a good, meaningful book every once in a while.

And before we even start, I’m not putting The Fault In Our Stars on my list. Even though I mentioned it. And therefore probably negated leaving it off the list.

Life Issues:

1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett – This one was an easy choice for me! Sometimes I just can’t believe how different things were back then, and at the same time, how it still hasn’t changed in some places. I really loved this story and although it was hard for me to get into at first, I really enjoyed it a lot!



2. The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel – I actually wasn’t as impressed with this book as I had hoped, but I really did like the overall message and the way everything wrapped up. I also thought it was pretty thought-provoking (for me at least) at how we define eating disorders and how much we may not realize what’s going on with the people around us.



The “Real” World:

3. The Giver by Lois Lowry – I’ll promote it forever. The Giver is still one of my favorite books of all time. It’s the book that made me question the future, society, the people around us, and so much more at a young age. And of course what fueled my current love for dystopians, but that’s another topic…



4. Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix – Similar to The Giver, this was another book from my childhood that really got me thinking. Things are not always as they seem! What else don’t I know about the world around me?




5. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – Oh boy. This book made me cry a little. How would I feel if I was Lennie? If my best friend – my older sister – died out of nowhere? Gosh, it’s just a scary, scary thought!




6. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – Same as The Sky Is Everywhere. It’s an intense story and really made me look at my family and realize you have to make the most of your relationships because you never know when they’re going to get swept away from you.



7. One Moment by Kristina McBride – Same as above!





What if I had powers…?

8. The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling – Let’s face it. Ever since reading Harry Potter, being a witch has had a way more positive connotation. And honestly, who DOESN’T want magical powers?? If only I weren’t a Muggle… Sigh.


9. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – How sweet would that be? I would love to be a Grisha! Wielding all sorts of powers…





Without Love…

10. Delirium by Lauren Oliver – Still one of my favorite books, and how creepy at the same time. I think I’d be with Lena!



The Deja Vu Review [1]

So, after my first self-developed feature didn’t work out (Freaky Friday = fail), I was a little discouraged about coming up with something of my own. After posting review after review of awesome books that I just finished reading, sometimes I get a little wistful that I didn’t have my blog back in the day when I read this book or this book because there are still so many reviews I wish I could share even though I’ve read these books long before a book blog even popped into my head. So I am happy to announce the first Deja Vu Review!

The Deja Vu Review is a new Sunday feature with mini-reviews from books I’ve read before I began my blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since I’ve been reading my whole life and only started my blog back in April of 2012, this is my opportunity to revisit some older books and share some mini-reviews of those that didn’t quite make it into the blog spotlight after the initial read.

This Week’s Topic: A book or series you’d love to recommend

One For The Money (Stephanie Plum, #1)One For The Money by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read: February 2011
Comments: Ah, the first time I fell in love with Stephanie Plum! I was a little hesitant to start this series because I hadn’t known anyone who had read them yet, but I heard it was fun and somewhat of a mystery series, although not necessarily a murder mystery. After finishing, I loved it and immediately went to go pick up more in the series!
Anecdote: I still remember reading this during the great Chicago blizzard of Feb 2011! We got snowed in and I couldn’t even leave my parking lot all day, so I stayed inside, made coffee & hot chocolate, and read One for the Money!

The Giver (The Giver, #1)The Giver by Lois Lowry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Read: Originally, Spring 2000
Re-Read: April 2011
Comments: I first read this book in grade school for an assignment and I loved it. Re-reading it over 10 years later, it was still a fantastic young adult novel. It was the first-ever dystopian book I read and¬†it’s a topic I still love¬†over 10 years later!

Now, I know Sunday is not a terribly popular day for blog posts, so I thought I’d involve a little reader participation as well! These are quick, easy posts so if you like the idea and you’d like to participate as well, here’s a little linky for you to hook up!
Since WordPress kind of sucks (seriously, WP… Just allow JavaScript. I’m getting really annoyed here…), you’ll have to click the link to add a link. Sorry for the extra step ūüôĀ

30 Days of Books: Day 6

Day number 6 of the “30 Days of Books” challenge… I had this whole thing written out and then my stupid computer wouldn’t update what I wrote andall¬†I needed to do was add in my nice little picture and then all of a sudden, that’s ALL that was there. YAR! It didnt’ even save a draft. Really kind of upset right now. Starting over…

30 Days of Books: Day #6

Favorite male character in a book and why…

Jonas from The Giver

The Giver has always been one of my favorite books. I first read it in 7th or 8th grade and then re-read it last year and I still love it! We first get to see Jonas as a happy-go-lucky kid, doesn’t question society or the rules… Then when he starts his apprenticeship with The Giver, he’s responsible for any and all memories that are left in the world that The Giver has to pass on to him.¬† On the bright side, he gets to see some really great things from the world before him like holidays and snow – But he also has the responsibility of taking on the bad memories: pain, suffering, sorrow, loss, war. In addition to the memories, he learns some secrets about what really goes on in his village and not all of the things are pleasant to know.

What I like the most is how much we get to see Jonas grow. It’s a beautiful transition from care-free kid to a young man who has more wisdom and more passion than most of the adults. He learns how to decide things for himself, even breaks the rules once he figures out the stories behind some of them. It’s really nice to see such growth in a character and I think the whole process was executed exquisitely.

The story of Jonas is definitely one of my favorites and I think it always will be!