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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Need To Talk About More

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books I Love & Need To Talk About More

I will try and just mention not very well know books, but I don’t promise much. These will not be in any particular order.

1. Hunting Down Amanda by Andrew Klavan. I don’t think I have ever mentioned this book on here but it was truly amazing. Its the reason I have read so many of his books. I need to read it again so I can talk about it more.

2. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. Another book I remember loving but don’t really talk about because I feel like I need to read it again to make sure I am remembering it correctly. I get the feeling this might be the case with a few of them.

3. The Queen of the Tearling series by Erika Johansen. What the second book did to me still causes so many issues. I need the third one now! My issue here is that I can’t openly talk about a series without ruining D:

4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. So well written in such a simple way about a topic that is not always as simple.

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5. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I need to at least get the review out so I can go read the other series and be up to date with everyone else!

6. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. This series in general. And I also need to get he reviews out for the first two books. All the things.

7. The Cursed Kingdoms series by Emily Gee. I loved the first two books but I haven’t read the third and I barely ever mention them. It raises some interesting ideas I haven’t seen in other books while being your classic fantasy.

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8. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. So beautiful and just so simply magical. I love this is it magic or isn’t vibe its got.

9.  The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. Again, that little bit of magic. This story is so sad but just so stunning.

10. On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. Because I physically cannot talk about it enough.

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Till Next Time…

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Book Review – On The Jellicoe Road

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Title: On The Jellicoe Road

Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery

Length: 289

Rating: 5 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

I’m dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago.

Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the territory wars and deal with Jonah Griggs – the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again.

And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor’s only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother – who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Ahh. I just don’t have the right words to explain how I feel about this book. I have read it so many times yet when I go to tell people they should read it, I can never find the words that will make them understand just how I feel about this book.

This is one of a few books that has made me cry my eyes out. Multiple times.

This is one of two books that once I finished it I found I wasn’t ready to stop yet and immediately turned back to the start and read it again.

Forget about the description, it doesn’t prepare you for what is hidden within this book. But I don’t know if I should try and explain it to you or not. I think perhaps you should go in blind and come out with new eyes.

All of this being said however I can see where some people might hate this book.Its depressing and there are very few happy moments, and so there is a lot of teen agnst. The structure might also annoy some, know the first time you read this you might be confused by its structure.

None of those things affected me though.

I love each and everyone of the characters, even the ones I hate I love. The angst doesn’t bother me at all. If I had been through the lives of some of characters within the book I would be angry or depressed too. I would find it unrealistic and less enjoyable if they were still so upbeat. However, the connection and love that develops between them all is just so beautiful and touching. It is probably wrong to say this, I would never want my life to be anywhere near as tragic as the ones they live, but I wish I could join in. I want to be part of that circle of friendship and family so badly, I kind of feel like I am though because of how I feel about them.

The structure and plot of the story is presented both in the present and the past, with the past story being presented to us in random segments. Part of the thing I loved about the structure was that I had to work out in what order those past events happened and understand how it relates to what we are living through in the present.

The writing is beautiful. Some of my favourite quotes of all time come from this book. If I was ever to get any tattoo, which I am so against, it would be a quote from this book. It is firmly placed in the top of my favourite books list. I am so glad I noticed the cover when it was on sale at Big W years ago. I don’t like to think about if I had of kept walking and decided I didn’t have enough money. It has gotten me through sad times despite its own sadness.

I will continue reading this book until the day I die. Its part of me.