Spotlight Authors and Books!

August 2013:
This Month's spotlight is on an author. A very close friend of mine. I will start out by putting her blog here for you all:

She's got a lot of good advice and I hope you can all agree with it!

+Sydney Kirah doesn't always feel like her writing is good, but I'm sure you can tell by her articles that she posts on her blog, she is as good as any published author! Let me know what you think and don't be afraid to post your own comments on her blog!!

September 2013
So this month I am going to spotlight a book. The book I'm going to spotlight is called Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Many people did not like reading this book, but I rather enjoyed it. It was a very...interesting book. Laurie is a very good author and I hope you take my recommendation seriously and pick up the book today and read.
Don't let the subject of the book keep you from enjoying it!! Look for all of the "tree" references, it's actually a 'fun game'.

October 2013
I'm spotlighting another book this month. This book is called Guitar Notes by Mary Amato. I loved this book, not only because I'm a music addict, but this book showed how music can bring people together. This book is about a young boy, Tripp, and a young girl, Lyla, learn to be friends as Tripp (through notes left in the practice room) teaches Lyla how to play the guitar. In the end, it changes both of their lives drastically. Check it out!!
The really cool part about this book is that the two characters write many songs. And those songs are not only accessible in the back of the book as chords and lyrics, but you can also go online and hear them played and sung. It's really awesome! Thrum-Society This is the website that "Lyla" sets up in the book. (And then after the book was published, Ms. Amato decided to take over and publicize her book) but it's really cool! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did...

March 2014
So I haven't done all that I should be. . . super busy because I switched schools in January. Anyway, This month I am going to spotlight Karen Hoover. She is a very dear friend of mine but sadly I have never gotten my hands on a copy of her books. She's written many, though, and I have heard they are all excellent pieces. As I understand it she's also publishing one very soon. Check her out!!

I figured I would do two 'reports' to make up for not doing as many as I have been. As many of you have most likely noticed, the movie Divergent is coming out REALLY soon. And, this movie is based off of a book by Veronica Roth. I read this book because my dad did and two of my guy friends, one of them being insistent that the main girl, Tris, is JUST like me. He told me that he would never stop bothering me about it until I read the book. So I did. And, kudos to Veronica, I loved the book! I read it in practically a day and a half. Everything about it was excellent. The idea was so unique and the plot was so well thought out. My favorite character was obviously the side-hero Four, but at times he got so frustrating! I definitely had a little bit of a fictitious crush on him. Amazingly well written and packed with action. As I mentioned before, none of my girlfriends have read this book. Boys, and my dad, are the ones reading it (until I make my best friend read it that is) and they all like it. Pick up a copy! You won't regret it.

April 2014
This month, thanks to a really close friend affectionately named Cowboy bothered me for weeks about reading a book called A Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I finally bought it on my Kindle and after the first chapter I could not put it down! It was so amazing and so well written, and then when I was somewhere near the end I found out it was going to be a movie. How cool is that?!  Here is his website:  I encourage you all to go check it out. 'Cowboy' has read many of his books and loves them all. I have only read AFiOS but it is so good! There are a few questionable things (if you're an easy crier this may not be the book for you. Or if you have a weak stomach or just don't want to read about the real world, then don't read this. Stick to your fantasy novels. We won't judge.)
This book is just so amazing. I hope you all get a chance to read it!

June 2014
Sorry guys! It's been so busy! I haven't read much recently but I'm going to spotlight a book called If I Stay by Gayle Forman. It is a book about a girl, Mia, who loses everything in a car wreck. This book mostly takes place after the accident while she is in a coma in the hospital. All from her perspective. I know, I know, sounds confusing. But it's amazing. She goes through a miraculous change and the idea of the book is amazing. However, I think some things in it frustrated me. For one there was quite a bit of language that was a little uncomfortable to me but it was an excellent book. Oh, and there were a few iffy things in the book but it was a good book. I'd give it a PG13 rating myself. It's also going to be a movie at the end of this year and it has a sequel book that already frustrates me and I've only read the first couple pages. All in all though, it's a pretty excellent book.

July 2014- January 2015
Whoah! It's been a long time since I've spotlighted anyone. So, because I'm reading a well known author right now, I'll spotlight her. I have never read JK Rowling's Harry Potter series. I'm reading it now. Wow! It's amazing! I love the plots and characters, and honestly, she is totally who I want to be. I want to be that writer who twists your heartstrings and makes you want to scream all at the same time. I want to be the one who creates a world that everybody can dive into and lose themselves. I want to create the story people will be telling for generations. As one of my cousins says, I will be among those crying when JK Rowling dies, and then I'll pull out her books and demand my grandchildren read them if they haven't already. I love her stories, and they totally add to the movies. :)

January 2015-March 2016
So I haven't actually read many books recently. But I'm going to post this here then go make an actual post about this book because it's so good. The Iron Butterfly trilogy by Chanda Hahn. Go read it. Seriously, just do it. I'll go post a post about it right now, so look up March 6, 2016 post about the book.

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