What I’ve Been Reading: The Simple Wild series

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When I started sharing my books on my Instagram account earlier this year, one of my followers recommended that I read The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker. It finally came up in rotation on my kindle and I read it and loved it!

The Simple Wild centers on Calla Fletcher, a city girl who travels to the Alaskan wild to reconnect with her estranged father. Along with connecting with her father, she also connects with the friends that he made his family… including a grumpy, but hot (of course) pilot.

I loved the ups and downs of the book and was left somewhat unsatisfied with the ending. So, I was THRILLED to find out that there was a sequel, Wild at Heart.

I can’t tell you too much about the sequel because it will spoil a plot point from the first book, but I enjoyed the second book even more than the first. Even better… there is a third book coming out on December 1, 2020 called Forever Wild.

So if you are looking for something to add to your reading queue, I definitely recommend this series. If you’d like to find the list of all the books I’ve read so far in 2020, you can find the post here: 2020 Book List

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Book Recommendations: 2 Epic Female-Centered Book Series

I’ve been kicking some reading butt lately and recently read not one, but two awesome female-centered series with strong women role models.

Fun Fact: I totally had to google how to do the plural of series, which according to Merriam-Webster is a zero plural. So, the plural of series is… series.

Anywhoo, I know a bunch of you are also big readers, so I wanted to pass on my recommendations. As always, be sure to check your library (or online library though Overdrive) first to save yourself some money!

A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

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Book 1: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Book 2: A Court of Mist and Fury

Book 3: A Court of Wings and Ruin

I borrowed the first book through my online library for free and HOLY MOLY it was so good that I couldn’t wait for the next two books to become available and had to buy them for my kindle. And now that I’ve read them all, I think I need to buy them in physical form so that I have them handy for re-reading. This series just sucks you in and doesn’t let you go until the last book. Which, I guess, isn’t the last book because a fourth book centering on the main character’s sister will be coming out this winter.

The Court of Thorns and Roses series centers on nineteen-year-old huntress, Feyre. After killing a wolf in the woods who ends up to be Fae, she is dragged off to a magical land and held captive. This was touted as a new twist on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ which is what originally attracted me to it, but it is about so much more. Feyre is a amazing strong character who is human and makes mistakes and grows and learns over the course of the series. This series blends adventure, romance and fairy tales into an action-packed series that I could not put down. Highly, highly recommend!

Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard

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Book 1: Red Queen

Book 2: Glass Sword

Book 3: King’s Cage

Book 4: War Storm

In Red Queen, there are two classes of people: those with Red Blood and those with Silver Blood. Silvers have superhuman abilities and are the royalty of the world. While Reds are born simply to serve. Seventeen-year-old Mare Barrow was born Red, but a twist of fate throws her into the Silver’s world. I want to stress how great this book is, but I also don’t want to give away anything important! This book series follows Mare though many, may changes in her life. She basically grows up from a teenager to a woman over the four books and learns to fight back against the world that she was born into. Another series where I was glued to the pages reading as quickly as I can.

If you want to follow along with all the books I’ve read so far in 2020, you can find them here: 2020 Book List. I also post mini reviews on my Instagram stories after I finish reading each book and keep them ‘pinned’ to my Instagram home page: The first 50 book mini reviews are saved as ‘Books 1’ and the rest are currently saved as ‘Books 2’.

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Jack’s Book Recommendation: Last Kid’s on Earth

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Starting back when he was an itty-bitty baby, Jack and I have been reading every night before he goes to bed. Over the years, we’ve read though dozens and dozens of books. Actually, maybe hundreds of books? Sometimes we take turns on who reads to who, but usually he likes it when I read and he can just snuggle and listen.

I’ve previously shared some of his favorite books, like the Hilo series, the Bad Guys series, the Dog Man series… and now I have another series to add to his list of favorites: Last Kid’s on Earth. If it sounds familiar to you, it may be because it’s also a Netflix Original television series.

The books center around Jack Sullivan, an average thirteen-year-old kid. A monster apocalypse has hit town and Jack and his friends battle and befriend a mix of monsters and zombies. If your kid likes video games and monsters doing funny things, they will love these books! They are written for an age range of 8 – 12 years old (grade level 3 – 7), so they are too advanced to Jack to read on his own. But he LOVES the stories and the adventures that friends go on in each book. In fact, every night he BEGS for me to read more chapters. Every. Single. Night.

I mean, what more could a bookworm mom want?!

Here are the books in order:

  1. The Last Kids on Earth https://amzn.to/393Wv4I
  2. The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade https://amzn.to/30mhfAI
  3. The Last Kids on Earth and the Nightmare King https://amzn.to/2ZAsre7
  4. The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond https://amzn.to/32oMs9d
  5. The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade https://amzn.to/3hj6XbJ
  6. The Last Kids on Earth: June’s Wild Flight https://amzn.to/2OuoroP

 I have to admit, even though I’m obviously reading them for Jack… I really like the series too. There are certainly plot surprises and after we read our chapters for the night, I’m interested to see where the next chapters will lead!

Have you or your kid read The Last Kids on Earth series?

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