2 Books That Should Be On Your Summer TBR List

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2 Books You Need To Read This Summer:

Guys, it is June already! Can y’all even wrap your head around that fact? Anyhow, June is practically summer, and in summer you read (Obviously. School is out and what else would you do? ;D). We all probably have our summer TBR lists that are a mile long, but don’t you need just a few more to add to that list? Here are two suggestions I would add to your TBR list this summer.

100 Cupboards:

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If you have never read 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson, I suggest you quit reading this blog post now, and go read that book. Just joking (about not reading the post… I am definitely not joking that you should read the book :D). Seriously y’all, this book is fantastic!

“Lying in bed at night, twelve-year-old Henry York can’t ignore the thumping and scratching he hears on the other side of the attic wall. He scrapes off the plaster and discovers doors–ninety-nine cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he hears the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man strolling back and forth! Henry and his cousin Henrietta soon understand that these are not just cupboards. They are, in fact, portals to other worlds.”

I need to confess up front, that I did NOT want to read this book when I saw it on my “suggested reading” book list for the school year, about 2 years ago. The books on that list were for me to read at my own pace, as long as I read them by the time we were done with that school year. I read all the books until I got to this one…

I put off reading “100 Cupboards” until the very last possible minute. When I finally started reading the book, I hated it (I think I just had in my head I didn’t like it). I made myself push forward. It took days, but once I was half way through I couldn’t bear to put it down! I remember lying in bed at, like, 12:00am, thinking “I HAVE to put this thing down or I will have nightmares”. Well, I couldn’t put it down. It was the scariest (in a good way) and most exciting book I had ever read (at the moment anyway. I tend to think that about every book I read that is exciting :P) and I just HAD to know what came next. I can’t remember what time I finished, but I DID finish that night.

Here is my short summary/review of this book:

Henry York, who is staying with his aunt and uncle, discovers that there is an entire wall of cupboards in his attic bedroom. He and his cousin, Henrietta, go on an adventure to discover what each of the cupboards hold. They don’t realize the danger that is hidden behind each one.

Henry and Henrietta face a witch, a wizard, and a… raggant? (I really want a pet raggant now… *sighs* they sound so adorable). They also befriend a young boy from a different world. Through all the hardship, they learn the power of friendship and redemption.

This book will not disappoint. Once you finish the book, you won’t want to leave Henry, Texas, believe me. (But, don’t blame me if you end up begging your mom to buy you the next book in the series. :D)

My rating is 4.5 stars.

Genres: Children’s Lit and Fantasy

Suggested age rage according to amazon: 8 to 12 years old. *Personally I don’t think my almost 8 year old sister or even my 10 year old sister could handle it… I am over that age range and I really enjoyed it.

On to the next book.

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The Giver:

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“Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community.

When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of true pain and pleasures of life. Now it’s time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.”  

My thoughts:

‘The Giver” by Lois Lowry is one of my all-time favorite books. This thought-provoking story will stay with you and make you think different about the world we live in today.

The people in this story do not see things the same way we do. They do not know what color, joy, sadness, war, or even love is. The Giver is the only one who holds, and knows, what the true joys and pains of life are.

The people know somewhere deep down that they are missing something in life. The people think the best thing for them is to know almost nothing. Over the years they lose the memories of joys and sorrows. They all end up with The Giver.

There is only one Giver. The current Giver in the story is growing old and needs someone to transfer all his memories to and to take his place once he dies. A boy named Jonas is chosen for this task.

*minor spoiler*: there is a major cliff hanger at the end *huge spoiler* and it never resolves, even in the other books in the trilogy. *end of spoilers*.

I am not going to say any more about the story because I don’t want to spoil ANYTHING forget about the former paragraph^. You just need to read “The Giver” for yourself to know the rest of the story.

My rating is 5 stars.

Genre(s): YA Fiction, Utopian and Dystopian fiction and Sci-Fi (I wouldn’t have thought Sci-fi but that is what the internet said)

Suggested age range: YA

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Do you think you will try one of those? Have you read any of them? What are some books you want to read this summer? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading,

Emma Grace Hornsby

P.S. I have decided to try and post every Friday unless I forget and then don’t 😛. Hopefully and I can keep that goal *crosses fingers*.

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4 thoughts on “2 Books That Should Be On Your Summer TBR List

  1. I love the Giver! But I haven’t read 100 Cupboards and don’t plan to… I do NOT like scary things at all! 😝 I’m sure it’s a good book… But only for the strong of heart!

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  2. I haven’t read 100 Cupboards yet, but I want to. I started reading the second one from the library but it didn’t make a lot of sense so I’m going to wait until I can get the first one to get the back story. The little I did read reminded me of Frank Peretti’s “Cooper Kid’s Adventure Series.”

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    1. Yes, the second one will probably make more sense once you read the first one. It’s a great book, though it is a little creepy in some parts! I really enjoyed it. I’d love to hear what you think about after you read it! 🙂

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