Monthly Archives: May 2014

Book Review Catch Up – NA and Adult

I recently posted the links to all the young adult books I’ve read so far this year. Today’s post will feature the new adult and adult books I’ve read, which include classics and nonfiction books. I actually meant to post this, like, a week ago, but I forgot. Apparently I’m still not used to updating this blog regularly. I’ll try to get better at that.  Again, all links take you to my GoodReads reviews.


Contemporary (New Adult)

1. Easy by Tammara Webber
Jacqueline’s saved from a sexual assault by a stranger – a stranger who seems to be popping up all over campus. Can she find the strength to move on and fight back?

2. Unteachable by Leah Raeder
Maise is 18 when she starts dating her teacher. Can they keep their relationship a secret? Is Evan hiding something from her? Who can she really trust?

Classic (Adult)

3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Hopefully everyone knows what this is about. Young girl grows up in the South during the 1930s and learns about race and gender relationships as her father tries to show that a black man can receive a fair trial in the South.

4. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Another story most people probably know – guy and girl fall in love in a single night, get married the next morning, and cause four other deaths before finally killing themselves about four days after they meet.

Nonfiction (Adult)

5. He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut by Jessica Valenti
A look at 50 double standards that women have to live with, along with suggestions for how to change them.

6. Pink Brain, Blue Brain by Lise Eliot
Everyone says boys and girls are different, but most of those differences are very, very small and only get bigger because of the different ways we treat boys and girls.

7. Ace Your Teacher Interview by Anthony D. Fredericks
A list of 149 questions you’re likely to be asked in a teacher interview, along with suggested answers and general tips.

8. 50 Ways to Improve Student Behavior by Annette Breaux
A short book with tips on how to treat students with respect and how to be that teacher with very few behavior problems.

9. The Reading Zone by Nancie Atwell
This book explains why having kids read for fun is the best way we can help them become critical thinkers.

Book Review Catch Up – Young Adult

As I recently mentioned, I’ve been horrible about keeping up with book reviews. I’ve read 22 books so far this year, but I’ve only posted 3 reviews so far on this blog. Instead of flooding this blog with book reviews, I’m just going to split the books into groups, tell you a little about each book, and then link to the review on GoodReads. Today, I’m going to focus on the young adult books I’ve read so far this year.


1. The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
Girl is in love with her best friend’s boyfriend. She knows she shouldn’t be, but she can’t help it – and is it just her imagination, or is he starting to like her back?

2. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King
Vera’s mother left her a long time ago, and now her best friend is dead. What does she know about the night he died that she’s not telling anyone?

3. Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald
Sadie’s been in love with her best friend for years, but she eventually realizes that she needs to get over him if she’s ever going to move on with her life. Will she be able to figure out who she is without him?

4. Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett
Since Rose’s dad died, her life hasn’t exactly been normal. It doesn’t help that her best friend is obsessed with sex or that she likes a guy she totally shouldn’t, or that she cant seem to stop causing trouble. Can things get any worse?

5. The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise
Girl wants to create the best app ever and win scholarship money. But what if her app goes too far? WARNING: Worst book I’ve read this year.

6. The Space Between Us by Jessica Martinez
Amelia’s always been overshadowed by her younger sister, Charly, but what happens when Charly does something totally unforgiveable? Can their relationship survive?

7. Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess
Meredith was supposed to have 9 years of freedom before her pedophile father was released from jail. Instead, she got 3, and now she’s 15 and trapped. How can she survive the next 3 years?

8. The Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
Ever since her dad caught her having sex when she was 13, Deanna’s life has been horrible. Her dad won’t look at her. Everyone at school thinks they know what she’s all about. The more time goes on, the more Deanna starts to think they might be right.

Science Fiction

9. Pivot Point by Kasie West
Addison’s part of a special community where everyone has special powers. Hers is that she can see both outcomes of any decision she has to make. When her parents tell her they’re getting divorced, she has to See the next 6 weeks to decide which parent she wants to live with. But what if she’s faced with an impossible decision?

10. Split Second (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West
Can’t really tell much about this plot without spoiling the first. Let’s just say there are more characters and more questions that need to be answered.