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I can’t wait to bring you guys some reviews but because this week has been hectic and full of music and catching up on months of sleep, here’s a few of my favorite books with touching music moments.

the name of the wind The Name of the Wind– Hands down wins as one of the few books that had me bawling at the music scenes. One of the best part of the books I still can’t get that awesome power that Pat gives to his words and the raw emotions that dig at me when Kvothe plays. Call me a crazy lady but this book touches the soul of what it means to be a musician.

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The Clockwork Three-I read this during a time when I was getting a little tired of the steampunk fad but this book managed to make me both sad and incredibly happy. An enchanted violin? I’m sold.

seraphinaSeraphina-Okay so maybe I loved this one because 1) I play the flute too and 2) dragons. Bringing the technicality and soul of music couldn’t be brought together any better than this.

throne of glassThrone of Glass-I don’t know whether to count this as a major music moment book but there was one scene that I had to reread again and then again just because the words were perfect.

promise of the witch-kingPromise of the Witch-King-Another book that has a flute int it but what fascinated me was not only this book but the entire series about some not so great and goodly protagonists. This is makes the list because it isn’t about the redemption of an assassin, far from it, and yet, he does find something akin to it thanks to a magical item called Idalia’s flute. A must read series if you’re a fantasy fan I’ll tell you.

So these are some books that I’ve read the last couple of years that had me a little weepy-eyed because they had some great musical moments. What books have you read recently that had a touching moment involving music?

Happy reading,

Tally

P.S. Apologies for the formatting, can’t seem to get it to behave.

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Which means, I totally should, right?

If you’re a reader, then you’ve probably come across that book that stays with you and leaves you unable to think but you want to rant and/or rave about it to the closest person. I’ve come across three such books that rendered me useless afterwards. I refuse to review them because I couldn’t do a proper job of it. I refuse to read them again because that’s a scary idea. Maybe after I’ve rambled at you, dear reader, you can help me find my courage to do so. These books are definitely worth a second read.

a conspiracy of kings

Title: A Conspiracy of Kings
Author: Megan Whalen Turner
On Goodreads, I rated it: 4/5 stars

Megan Whalen Turner is a fantastic author!! I discovered her back in seventh grade and like many other fans, I’ve been waiting for her next book to release after this one. This one, it just, was everything and nothing of what I expected. I WANTED MORE GEN. I got Sophos. Who is a very endearing character but GEN. After my *extreme* initial disappointment I enjoyed the story completely, especially towards the end because while it had a few cliffhanger strings to keep us wanting, it was a stand alone by (I love those books that can be part of a series but are completely satisfying without needing a sequel) so more GEN. I mean SOPHOS. I became attached to this young king. So read it. All of the books from Megan Whalen Turner are satisfying, brilliant, page-turners.
mockingjayTitle: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
On Goodreads, I rated it: 3/5 stars
Mockingjay, Mockingjay, how shall I put this? I loved you, I hated you, I fear you. Emotionally it was everything I could have expected but plot-wise it was a bit lack luster. Going at a neck-breaking pace I fear I felt detached from most of the characters for the most part. I’ve not yet resigned myself to some of the fates of these much loved characters. I had a love/hate relationship with the ending. Collins is a brilliant author though and I absolutely loved her previous series, The Underland Chronicles. So I’m definitely eagerly awaiting her next book series.
the fault in our starsTitle: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
On Goodreads, I rated it: 3/5 stars
A friend highly recommended this and my curiousity got the best of me so I picked up Mr. Green’s book not too long ago. I’d read Paper Towns (one of Rosey’s favorite reads!) a while ago and while it was stirring, I can’t say contemporary is my thing. Sadly such was the case with this book. I had a hard time liking Hazel and I found it quite predictable but I’d be heartless if I said it didn’t twist my heartstrings a little. Augustus and Isaac were more likeable and I appreciate the very real take on terminal illness that didn’t pull back at all with its punches. With a lot of touching moments at the end of the book, I can say this is worth going to sleep at 4am. Great book, easy to recommend.

It’s been a while since I made a list, and after coming home today under a bit of a grey cloud to find myself craving not one of my go-to reads but a book I haven’t read in several years, I realized that a worthwhile list would be books to remove a bad mood. I’ve posted a sort of sister post to this where I talked about particular lines from several books I consider stress relievers. Today I’ll be expanding that list in a different way, listing off several books that I love not for their familiarity, but for their ability to dissolve a bad mood.

by Daniel Pinkwater
1. Alan Mendelsohn, The Boy From Mars by Daniel Pinkwater

Boxcar Children
2. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

What i call Life
3. What I Call Life by Jill Wolfson

Belle Prater's Boy
4. Belle Prater’s Boy by Ruth White

Obama's Blackberry
5. Obama’s Blackberry by Kasper Hauser and James Reichmuth

Hoping you’re enjoying de-stressing with some reading time this Tuesday afternoon,
Rosey


All apologies for my absence last week, I was on vacation in this gorgeous place, where it is very easy to forget about whatever technological obligations you may have. This week I fly away again, but I’ll leave some posts for you in preparation.

And now, we move to books, the things you actually care about. And school, the thing you probably wish you didn’t care about as much. Also the thing you wish hadn’t just started/wasn’t about to start. More specifically, that summer reading assignment you may be stressing over (I got lucky this year – no assigned reading! Though I would rather have summer reading than most of the other summer homework I got). This post will likely not be helpful if you have a specific book assigned to you, but if you get to pick from a list (or choose freely!), search no further. I’ve collected a short list of my favorite, relatively original to choose, meaningful (all the better to write about) and interesting books that are approximately school appropriate and linear enough for easier projects. Good luck!

#5:

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Sara’s Face by Melvin Burgess
Melvin Burgess, author of the risqué books Doing It and Smack tackles teen insecurity in a delightfully sinister manner. (This is for seriously one of my favorite books of all time РI should review it).

In her quest for a body she’s happy with, Sara accepts the help of an infamous megastar who has undergone multiple plastic surgeries. Though he feels he’s the only one, Mark, Sara’s boyfriend, doesn’t support plastic surgery, even though Sara told him he could have free reign on her upcoming boobjob.

#4:

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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
You can read my review of this book/graphic novel here, but if you don’t have the time I assure you it’s great. (Though you might want to check it with your teacher because it’s a graphic novel. It’s very text heavy, but there are pictures and some teachers oppose that).

It’s hard enough to grow up in the best of circumstances, but young Marjane Satrapi has it worse than many. She lives in a war zone, where she’s forced to cover her hair and hide her personality. As she struggles to understand what her family is fighting for, she grows up without before she can notice.

#3:

Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Bumped by Megan McCafferty
This series is tried and true for school projects by yours truly (I read both books for the first time for free choice assignments), and probably by lots of other people as well. Both Bumped, the first book, and Thumped, the sequel, are ripe with meaning and real-world application while also ridiculously fun to read.

Melody Mayflower and Harmony Smith are polar opposites. Melody is ready to launch a career as a successful surrogette, aka a babymaker for rich, infertile, over 18 year olds. All she needs is for her agent to find the perfect partner so she can get started. Harmony is about to be married, already considered an old maid in her superconservative religious sect at the age of sixteen. When their worlds collide, neither of them is sure what to think.

#2

Hold Still by Nina Lacour
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
A gorgeous book, as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, Hold Still is steeped in meanings and poignant things to consider. It’s also a gorgeous read (both in literary terms and visually – the in-text art is unparalleled) and similar to the very popular 13 Reasons Why without making teachers roll their eyes because you’re the fifth person to do it this year (nothing against 13 Reasons, but a bit overused, just saying).

Struggling to understand her best friend’s recent suicide, Caitlin turns to the diary that was left under her bed by Ingrid before she vacated her life. As she begins to heal, Caitlin finds various outlets and makes new friendships until she might, just maybe, have a real life again.

#1

The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw
The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw is the motherlode when it comes to hidden meaning and symbolism. It is also possibly my favorite book of all time (I have about five of those), and so, so beautiful. I cannot praise it enough. I really, really love it.

Twentysomething Midas has a very dull life until Ida steps onto his peculiar island and changes everything. Though her step is clunky and uncoordinated, it’s the first step toward a cure for Ida’s perplexing affliction – her body is turning to glass. As she and Midas work toward the cure they’re not sure exists, the clock ticks, and so do their hearts.

There you have it. I hope you have some more ideas now. I also hope you have the luxury of picking one of these books, because though they’re academically interesting and kinda fun to analyze, they’re also great books, or in the case of The Girl with Glass Feet stunning literature.

Happy reading, and my condolences on school starting (unless you’re into that, which I totally respect),
Rosey