Books That I Will Read Over and Over Again

Hey all you bookworms out there! Here’s Lissy with another non-book review for y’all!

These are the top books that I will read over and over again.

1) Harry Potter Series

This should be pretty obvious. I love Harry Potter a lot, (and, I will admit, I’m still suffering from Post-Potter Depression,) and I will read this series again and again until the day I die and, I swear, my last words will be “Always.” This is my favorite books series, and one of the first books I remember falling in love with. The last one came out when I was 7 or 8, and my family and I went to a Harry Potter Party at our bookstore. I was dressed as Moaning Myrtle, and it was so fun!!!

2) Hunger Games Trilogy

People are always talking about “Oh, I love Hunger Games, totally Team Peeta!” But, as a whole, I don’t see Hunger Games as a pure love triangle. I’m Team Katniss. The first time I read Hunger Games I stayed up half the night reading it, and the other half of the night analyzing it and silently fangirling. (That’s the Lissy way!) I love this series and it will always be one of my favorites.

3) Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

I picked up this book not too long ago, but it’s automatically one of my favorite books! I love the characters and the Doctor Who reminiscent plot, and, even though I am very selective with my sci-fi, is one of the best books I have ever read.

4) Ender’s Game & Ender’s Shadow

Yes, I know these are¬†two very different books, but for the sake of time, I’m combining them. The plots are very similar, and feature the same characters. Ender’s Game is a book that needs to be listened to as an audiobook. I first heard it when I was camping this summer, and have listened to it about 10 times since then. I recently read Ender’s Shadow, and it made me love Bean even more than I already did!

5) The Fault in Our Stars

I’m asking for this book for Christmas. I love the plot and loved even more the finesse in which John Green carved out my heart, rolled it in glass, and then smiled as he shoved it down my throat. (I sobbed long and hard,) I hated and loved this book at the same time. (Hint: Read my review on it!
So those are my top 5 books that I will read over and over again. Thanks for the support, and Happy Thanksgiving if you’re in the US, and if not, Happy Autumn!

Thoughts from Lissy, Episode 2

Sorry for lack of updates, but school’s still in full swing and I haven’t had much time (is it possible?) to read. Sad face.

But I had to share something that happened in my English class a couple days ago that makes me scared for humanity.

My class is starting essays on virtues & what values we gained and how we gained them (personal narratives, basically.) and my teacher had a list of values on the projector, basic stuff like generosity, love, charity and the like. She asked for any values that aren’t on the list, and me, being the super religious girl I am, raised my hand and said,

“You forgot chastity.” She put that on the board, and continued. People continued putting out values, and then she asked if anyone needed anything clarified on the values. A girl asked what chastity meant, and my teacher asked me to explain it,

I don’t like the word sex. I don’t like to use it, it feels wrong to me, I don’t know why. I put my head in my hands, and moaned. People around me started saying things like,

“Oh, she doesn’t know what that means. She just blurted it out there, and she’s a idiot.” So I sat up straight and said,

“Chastity is abstaining from sex until marriage.” The girl looked at me kinda funny, like I just spoke an alien language, and then turned back to the front. My teacher continued on like nothing unusual had happened. And that was the moment that my heart broke.

People don’t know what chastity is. People think chastity is a thing of the past, and we should ‘look toward the future!’ But, can’t we stick to some old traditions?

Women, a very long time ago, would only wear white on their wedding if they were a virgin. People don’t seem to get these days that maintaining your innocence, saving yourself for marriage is HUGE. That sex is a sacred thing between a man and a woman, only after they’re married. Is that too much to ask? Really, is it too much?

 

Thanks for listening to my rant, and I will hope to put a new book review out soon.

Peace,

Lissy.

 

Thoughts from Lissy, Episode 1

Sup people! Soo.. thoughts from Lissy.

 

I saw this today. I’ll try to type it up verbatim, but it’s pretty long. This is about fictional characters, and why we love and need fiction in our lives.

“When people turn to fictional characters, it is often because they want an escape. The stories of these people shelter us from the storm of our daily lives; they save us, if only for a little while. But when we really give in, become invested, let ourselves be vulnerable something changes. We begin to feel that we know them. It’s no longer just an escape, but part of us, something that makes us who we are.

These characters teach us that incredible adversity can be overcome. That people can love each other forever. That life can be an adventure. That magic can be real. And even if these miracles have never happened to us, we begin to go through life believing that, someday, they could.”

 

The resonance from that post is astonishing, really. That’s how I started to feel like I knew The Doctor, or Harry Potter, or Sadie Kane, or Garion. Because I felt like their adventures, their strife, their amazing life, could someday happen to me. That it was real. That I could experience it too, by just reading and watching their adventures, that I was part of a bigger something, that I could fly or cast magic spells. Sherlock Holmes made me feel important. Lily Potter made me feel loved. Iron Man made me feel invincible. And that matters to me.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and til next time,

-Lissy

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

little brother coverSynopsis: Marcus, aka w1n5t0n, is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works-and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

But his whole world changes when, having skipped school, he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by the Department of Homeland Security and whisked away to a secret prison, where they’re mercilessly interrogated for days.

 

When the DHS finally releases them, Marcus discovers that his city has become a police state, where every citizen is being treated as a potential terrorist. He knows that no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.

Can one teenage hacker fight back against a government out of control? Maybe, but only if he’s really careful… and very, very smart.

My Thoughts:

First off. I TYPED THAT THING FROM THE BOOK COVER WITHOUT LOOKING UP AND I ONLY MADE 5 MISTAKES! BEAT THAT MR. BOLDT! Sorry, Mr Boldt is my keyboarding teacher.

This book… how can I describe it. It’s action packed, amazing storyline, well developed characters and it was overall amazing.

But, but, BUT! The grammar Nazi in me shrieked in pain at every spelling mistake. Frankly, there weren’t that many, two or three. BUT STILL!

The reason that this didn’t get a 5 was the same on The Fault in Our Stars. The language and sex. OH MY GOSH THE STANDARDS TEENAGERS THESE DAYS HAVE! I’m a teenager, and this talk frankly disgusts me. You should be able to write a perfectly good book without sex. In example, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, The Belgariad, The Mallorean, (Like you’ve heard of those last two. You really should read them if you’re into classic fantasy. They’re by David Eddings, read them!) Those are amazing books that are well written, and overall good, with no sex. Strange concept, right?

Buy or loan from library?: I say buy, or read twice, because there are a lot of technical references that I couldn’t understand, so I need to re-read it.

Music I listened to while writing this: Carry On by Fun, Chameleon Circuit.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Hazel has terminal cancer, and has no confidence that she’ll survive. This all changes when she meets Augustus Waters, the boy who will change her life. For better, or for worse.

 

My Reaction:

asdfghjkjl;. I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! But Mr John Green, YOU ARE A HEARTLESS (Cuss word) AND WHY WOULD YOU EVER WRITE THAT? Now, the very ending was incredibly sad, but do not let this turn you off of the book! It is extremly well written, easy to understand and has an amazing plot. Read it, read it, read it!

The reason I put 4.5 instead of 5 is the language. This book swears. A lot. I was really dissapointed by that, because the author, John Green, is one half of the youtube channel, Vlogbrothers. The Vlogbrothers make a huge point not to swear in their videos. But all the John Green books I’ve read, swear a lot and talk about sex. It’s rather dissapointing, really.

My Recommended Age Group: 12 and up.

When Should you Read it? NOW!!!!