Fireside Reading – January

I’ve been able to read a few different books this month, and below are the ones that I’ve read…. Maybe you’ll find some books that you might enjoy or have enjoyed in the past!

 – Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Genre: Fantasy


I liked this book because it shows how true beauty comes from inside and that you don’t need to be physically beautiful for people to love you. It was a very nice, simple story. This is the kind of book where I’m glad that I read it but I wouldn’t every read it again. Not because I didn’t like it, but because it just wasn’t those type of books.

The main character was a little bit confusing to me… I sorta wish that the author had fleshed out the character a little more… The way my sister described the book was that it was a musical in the form of a book…

If you’re really into musicals, you may enjoy this book a little more than I did, but I did like the main theme of the book.

The Missing Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Genre: Science Fiction


There are eight books in the series, but I only read up to book five… I don’t think I’ll finish up the series, but in itself it was pretty good. I think that these series were meant to target the pre-teen ages.

That being said, the series is pretty much about a bunch of kids who travel through time and try to “fix” history… This is pretty good considering the age range that these books were meant to target, but they didn’t keep me completely captivated in the story. By the time I got to the last book, I only wanted to know one plot twist that was going to be revealed in the later books, but I didn’t really want to read all of the books.

So I ended up looking up what happened, and I was really disappointed with how it ended in comparison with how the first couple of books started. However the books didn’t contain any vulgar language, which was really nice to be able to read without having to read any vulgarity! So that was a plus for the books.

Unfortunately in this series, the characters (in my opinion) weren’t developed enough and they all spoke the same way. They had the same way of speaking with only a name change, which made it sometimes confusing to track the conversation.

But check out the books to see if you may like them!

– The Shadow Children by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Genre: Science Fiction

After reading The Missing series, I had some serious doubts about this series. But I really liked them! They actually captured my attention and made the adventure interesting.

There are seven books in this series, but these are the two books that I’ve read so far… So far these have been super good! I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of them! The characters are unique and well-developed. The adventures are super awesome!

I would definitely recommend them to anyone who enjoys reading!

 – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Genre: Historical Fiction

TheBookTheif I’ve finally gotten around to reading this classic!

This was a pretty good story, and a little bit heart wrenching. There was a little bit of language in the book, but there wasn’t a ton, which was good.

The characters are well written, and there is a lot of historical accuracy, which was awesome!

To me the ending was the most touching, and it was soo sad. I’m not going to say anything because I do not want to make give out any spoilers if you haven’t read the novel.

Spoiler: I will say one thing that was absolutely incredible about the novel. It was narrated by death. The entire story is told by death (death is personified) and this makes it ever so much more sad…

Anyway, these are the books that I’ve gotten to read this month, maybe you’ll find something that maybe you haven’t read yet.. But even if you have read some of these books, I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading this!

Until my next post!


*Special note, I’ve reached my goal for writing six posts in a month!!!

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