As long as I can remember I have loved reading and make it a goal each year to read more then the previous year. I even keep a log of all the books I've read just so I know that I am reading more books. Some of my all time favorite books are from all different genres and even rage across age demographics.

Cinder

When I started this book I was very skeptical. I mean its the story of Cinderella again, right? Not quite. It is very loosely based on Cinderella but adds such a unique and cool spin. I actually like this story better than the original. In this adaption, Cinder is a cyborg and also gifted mechanic who lives in the futuristic New Beijing with her evil step mother and two sisters. The world is plagued by a horrific virus going around and is killing off thousands of people. Cinder inevitably crosses paths with Prince Kai and they begin to work together to stop the plague and the ever increasing threat of the Lunars.

This book is the first in the Lunar chronicles and continues Cinder's story while also adding in new characters such as Winter, Cress and Scarlett. The whole series follows a group of misfits who come together to stop the evil Lunar Queen, Levana.

This book & all of them in the series had me staying up into the middle of the night to find out what happens next.  I would say its like if Terminator, Star Wars and Cinderella had a baby, it would be Cinder. Absolutely must read!

Where the Crawdads Sing

I started reading this book because I follow Reese Witherspoons' book club. I have to say what got me hooked on this book was the murder-mystery aspect of it. Once I really started reading, I. couldn't. stop. This book is about a "marsh girl" named Kya Clark. Kya was slowly abandoned by her whole family over the first few years of her life and she learned to forage on her own. Because of her circumstances, Kya has to teach herself everything and spends most of her time with her "friends", who are birds. As Kya ages, two different boys from the town she lives in become interested in her at different times. One leads to happiness and the other leads to a murder-mystery. You won't be able to stop reading this book and once its over you will wish it wasn't!

Sharp Objects

Oh my gosh this book is sooooo good and sooo creepy. This book is one of my favorite books ever and its because of the unpredictability of the story. This book is about a reporter, Camille Preaker who goes back to her hometown to report on the murders of two preteen girls.  While home, Camille has to deal with her neurotic mother and her controlling thirteen year old half-sister. As Camille uncovers information about the killings she unravels some of her past and her own family secrets.

As you read this book you make several shifts in who you think the killer is and what the motive is. By the end of the book you feel satisfied with who they reveal as the killer-except they might not be the real killer and the true motive behind it all, literally made me say out loud "Oh my God. Gross."  

And Then There Were None

I have been a HUGE Agatha Christie fan since I read one of her books in 5th grade. After I read that first book, I was hooked and started reading all of her books I could get my hands on. I read this book when my husband and I were still dating, we actually read it together. This book is SO classic. It has a timeless story with a fantastic twist that no one who hasn't heard the plot would see coming.

The story is about 10 assumed strangers who are invited to a mysterious island mansion, by an unknown host. Once they are at the island, one by one the guests are killed and its up to the other guests to solve the mystery.

Fried Green Tomatoes and the Whistle Stop Cafe

Not only is Fried Green Tomatoes one of my all time favorite movies, but its in my top 5 favorite books of all time. This book, oh, this book. This book is fantastic, I could go on and on and on about this book. It makes me laugh and cry several times throughout the story. Whats great about this book is it has a few different stories going on but all are intertwined in the end.

The story is about Evelyn, a housewife who goes with her husband Ed to go visit an relative at retirement center. Evelyn meets the spunky Mrs. Threadgood who begins telling her the story of two best friends, Idgie and Ruth and how they ran the Whistle Stop Cafe in the early 30s. They served fresh, hot fried green tomatoes, delicious southern barbecue, went on insane adventures and even dealt with murder.

This story taught be how to be a loyal and caring friend and taught me that there is such a thing as true friendship. It taught me about the realistic and sometimes difficult parts in life. This book is an absolute treasure and everyone should read it. If you are ever unsure what to read or want something out of todays mainstream, you must read this story.

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