So this is how it works
- Go to your Goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf.
- Order them on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5-10 (to how ever many you want really) books. Of course, if you do this weekly or more frequently, you start where you left off the last time.
- Read the synopses of the books…
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
Here we go again…
‘The Young World’ By Chris Weitz
Welcome to New York, a city ruled by teens.
After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he’s secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos.
But when a fellow tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure for the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip, exchanging gunfire with enemy gangs, escaping cults and militias, braving the wilds of the subway – all in order to save humankind.
I’m going to KEEP this one for now. I’ve started it, but it got pretty intense pretty quickly and I had to put it down. I do want to try it again.
‘What Would Nietzsche Do?: How the Greatest Philosophers would solve your everyday problems’ By Marcus Weeks
What Would Nietzsche Do? uses the key ideas of more than 80 philosophical thinkers, past and present, to shine new light onto today’s everyday problems.Ever wondered if Schopenhauer could fix your broken heart? How Heraclitus might help you if you lost your phone? Given the chance, would Foucault leave the toilet seat up?With sections on Relationships, Self and Identity, How to Live, Art and Aesthetics, and Politics, there is an answer to each of modern life’s questions here. Each section is comprised of a collection of questions, from ‘Is Shakespeare better than the Simpsons?’ to ‘Should I get a takeaway tonight?’; from little niggling questions, to the great mysteries of human existence. With Marcus Weeks’s illuminating commentary on each philosopher’s answer to the question at hand, you’ll be spouting Socrates and discussing Descartes before you know it.A guide to life, of sorts, and also a fantastic introduction to philosophy for anyone looking to broaden their knowledge of the subject.
KEEP. I love just reading a section here and there.
‘Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow’ By Jessica Townsend
Morrigan Crow and her best friend Hawthorne Swift are now proud scholars in the elite Wundrous Society, but life is far from perfect. Does Morrigan have what it takes to prove that she belongs in the Society?
This one hasn’t even been released yet but its staying on the KEEP list. I loved the first novel in the series and I cannot wait for this one.
‘Akarnae’ By Lynette Noni
Dreading her first day at a new school, Alex is stunned when she walks through a doorway and finds herself stranded in Medora, a fantasy world full of impossibilities. Desperate to return home, she learns that only a man named Professor Marselle can help her… but he’s missing.
While waiting for him to reappear, Alex attends Akarnae Academy, Medora’s boarding school for teenagers with extraordinary gifts. She soon starts to enjoy her bizarre new world and the friends who embrace her as one of their own, but strange things are happening at Akarnae, and Alex can’t ignore her fear that something unexpected… something sinister… is looming.
An unwilling pawn in a deadly game, Alex’s shoulders bear the crushing weight of an entire race’s survival. Only she can save the Medorans, but what if doing so prevents her from ever returning home?
Will Alex risk her entire world—and maybe even her life—to save Medora?
I picked this one up on a whim but think I want to KEEP it and give it a go.
‘The Last Olympian’ By Rick Riodran
All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.
In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilisation rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.
Definitely a KEEP. Its the last book in the Percy Jackson Series and I really want to finish it, but also so sad because I don’t want it to be over. Probably why I haven’t gotten to it yet.
‘Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers X Marks the Spot’ By Kate and Jol Temple
Captain Jimmy Cook has made a Top Secret Important Discovery. Even more important than any discovery that the other Captain Cook from the olden days ever made. A real dinosaur footprint! And everyone knows that underneath a real dinosaur footprint will be a real dinosaur bone.
Jimmy has to keep the amazing discovery a big secret because he found it behind a toilet block (that’s totally out-of-bounds). That’s not going to stop Jimmy and his crew! Once he digs up the dinosaur bone, he’s going to be the most famous Captain James Cook in history and not even Ms Fennel will be mad with him.
But even the greatest explorers have problems. Jimmy’s are these: 1) Everyone in the school now wants to help in The Dig, so it’s just a matter of time before Ms Fennel puts a stop to the greatest discovery of all time and 2) a large smelly cat is sitting in his hole.
But luck is on his side. Jimmy’s found a map of the school with a large X on it. And everyone knows what that means — Treasure! Treasure! Treasure!
Captain Jimmy Cook is about to make the discovery of a lifetime.
KEEP for sure. I read the first one with some students from work and to be honest it was hilarious. I want to read it so I can lend it to my students in case they’d like to read it.
‘Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop out and Craft Great Stories’ By Jack Gantos
With the signature wit and humour that have garnered him legions of fans, Jack Gantos instructs young writers on using their “writing radar” to unearth story ideas from their everyday lives. Incorporating his own misadventures as a developing writer, Gantos inspires readers to build confidence and establish good writing habits as they create, revise, and perfect their stories. Pop-out text boxes highlight key tips, alongside Gantos’s own illustrations, sample stories, and snippets from his childhood journals. More than just a how-to guide, Writing Radar is a celebration of the power of storytelling and an ode to the characters who–many unwittingly–inspired Gantos’s own writing career.
I don’t have many texts for work on my list, so I am definitely KEEPING this one.
‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ By Elizabeth Gilbert
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.
I never got around to reading ‘Eat, Pray. Love’ but I would really love to get to this one. KEEP.
‘The Law of Attraction’ By Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks
This text presents the powerful basics of the original Teachings of Abraham. Readers will learn how all things, wanted and unwanted, are brought to you by this most powerful law of the universe – the law of attraction.
I love the concept of the law of attraction and really want to learn more about it. KEEP.
’50 Ways to Yay!: Transformative tools for Less Stress, More Presence, And a Whole Lot of Happy’ By Alexi Panos
Effervescent TV host, model, and inspirational vlogger Alexi Panos has helped thousands with their own search for personal happiness. In 50 Ways to Yay!, Alexi, recently named one of eleven Noteworthy Millenials in the Huffington Post, helps you do the same with fifty inspired and thought-provoking lessons and exercises to help you break out of the ordinary and jump into the extraordinary.
Is it possible to be a master of your reality? Be happy, and create an epic life despite your circumstances? Hell yes! And we’re just getting started. That’s the mantra Alexi Panos lives by in 50 Ways to Yay! But Alexi wasn’t always this positive. About six years ago, she woke up to the slow monotony that had become her life. Sick of feeling stressed out, emotionally detached, and never quite happy enough, she knew something had to change.
So Alexi immersed herself in psychology, Eastern thought, and personal development by reading thousands of books, taking classes, and experimenting with techniques that were sometimes amazing, and sometimes disastrous. In 50 Ways to Yay!, she shares her results in this delightful, yet thought-provoking primer, such as:
-It’s not about what life has dealt you, it’s about how you react to it.
-Vulnerability is relatable. Perfection is not.
-Those who are happy with nothing are happy with everything.
Alexi has done the extensive research (so you don’t have to) and synthesised it into fifty practical tools that you can apply for extraordinary results now. With her guidance, you can experience a domino effect of inner peace, inspiration, and a whole lot of happy.
This is another KEEP. I do love a good self help book and I feel as though this one could be helpful to my goal of working on being more positive on a day to day basis.
So this round I kept 10/10 books. hoarder much!