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Hello there!! My name is Lesly.I am 18 years old and currently a sophmore in University.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent  - Veronica Roth

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Published:May 1,2012
Page Count:525


Beautiful Quotes:
“People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.” 

“We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.” 

“It reminds me why I chose Dauntless in the first place: not because they are perfect, but because they are alive. Because they are free.”


“Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged.” 

Quick Review:
I really loved Divergent.Like I said in the review it kept me wanting more and left me with a lot of questions so reading the sequel was a must for me.Although this book did answer some of the questions i felt like it was unnecessarily long sometimes and because of this wasn't as engaging as the first one. Don't get me wrong I did really enjoy it and read it only in a couple days but I also had bigger expectations for.Overall I enjoyed this book and gave it four stars because the ending just brought everything together so perfectly and kept me excited for the last book in the trilogy.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent - Veronica Roth


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Published:February 28,2012
Page Count:487


Beautiful Quotes:
“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” 


“Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up.” 


“I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren't all that different.” 

“A chasm reminds us that there is a fine line between bravery and idiocy.” 

Quick Review:
I know a lot of people compare this trilogy to The Hunger Games but really its only because its in the same genre because this book deserves to be enjoyed as the individual awesomeness it is.I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end.It kept me wanting more and more.I cant wait to read the second one in the trilogy - Insurgent.Would definitely recommend to anyone. Don't let the size fool you its a pretty quick and intense read if you enjoy YA Dystopian. 

Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke

Jesus > Religion: Why He Is So Much Better Than Trying Harder, Doing More, and Being Good Enough - Jefferson Bethke

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Published:October 7,2013
Page Count:240

Beautiful Quotes:
"The Bible isn't a rule book. It's a love letter. I'm not an employee. I'm a child. It's not about my performance. It's about Jesus' performance for me. Grace isn't there for some future me but for the real me. The me who struggled. The me who was messy. ..... He loves me in my mess; he was not waiting until I cleaned myself up.” 

“We refuse to turn off our computers, turn off our phone, log off Facebook, and just sit in silence, because in those moments we might actually have to face up to who we really are.” 

“Trying to live without community is like trying to live without oxygen. We weren't created to do it.” 

“But I always wonder why we Christians are the ones who get slapped with the too-narrow-and-exclusive card when everyone's point of view is the same. Think about it: Every worldview is exclusive to itself. Even by that classmate saying I was arrogant for thinking my was right, she was doing the same thing-saying I was wrong, and she was right. How arrogant of her-not really, but according to her own logic. yes.” 

“The more I read, the more I felt the Bible looked a lot more like the movie 300 than the movie Pleasantville.”
 

Quick Review:
I really enjoyed how relatable this book was.It was written in a testimonial format where out of things that Jefferson himself went through he found life lessons.He shares these with us and shows us how to apply them on our daily walk with God.He definitely doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to the real tough questions too which I really liked.I went through it really quickly and would recommend to anyone as it awakens you to how  great the grace of God is in our lives and how to deal with certain areas in our life that aren't aligned with His will.

I Heart Spring Tag

1. What is spring like where you live?
I really enjoy the Spring weather where I live.Its in the 70's and it gets very breezy.

2.Most anticipated book release this Spring?
The One (The Selection Book #3) 


3.Show a cover that makes you think of Spring.
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4.Where are you going to read this Spring?
Back porch and by the lake where I live.

5.Find a book with the sun on the cover.
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6.What are your favorite Spring reads?
Contemporary

7.Find a book with many colors in it.
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8.Who do you tag?
YOU!

 

 

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Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska - John Green


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Published:December 28,2006
Page Count:221

Beautiful Quotes:
“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.” 

“I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not f**, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.” 

“When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.” 


“At some point, you just pull off the Band-Aid, and it hurts, but then it's over and you're relieved.” 

"...so that people will not love God for want of heaven or fear of hell, but because He is God.” 

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Published:April 10,1925
Page Count:180

Beautiful Quotes:
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” 

“Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.” 

“Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.” 

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” 

“I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

 

Quick Review:

After hearing so much about this book I feel like I had really great expectations to what it would be like and was disappointed a little. Dont get me wrong.I really enjoyed reading it and submerging myself in the 1920's era but at the same time I wanted more from it.There were a lot of themes and lessons to take from this book and because of this I didnt give it a lower star rating.Overall I would recommend to read this book just because there are so many people that fall in love with it and you never know if this classic might be for you!

 

Wonder by J.R Palacio

Wonder - R.J. Palacio


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Published: February 14,2012 
Page Count: 315 

Beautiful Quotes:
“Be kinder than is necessary. Because it's not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.” 

"Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness.” 

 

“The best way to measure how much you've grown isn't by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average-- though those things are important, to be sure. It's what you've done with your time, how you've chosen to spend your days, and whom you've touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success.” 

 

Quick Review:

August was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school.When his parents bring up the idea he tries to convince them otherwise but finally gives in.Soon he starts 5th grade at Beecher Prep and being the new kid with his facial deformity is not easy.The book is written from different perspectives of people who love Auggie and what they go through because of his face.Throughout the book you see how he tries and overcomes a lot of the problems that come with pre-judice because of his appearance and proves that he is in fact an ordinary kid.I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to people of all ages.