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Themed by Monique Tendencia.

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Farhana’s Top Ten Books of 2011

My 10 favourite books read in 2011 :) I wish I’d read more over 2011 but I guess that’s what this year’s for! :D

1. Wicca: Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan


2. Wicca: The Coven by Cate Tiernan 


 3. Matched by Ally Condie


4. Child of the Mist by Kathleen Morgan


5. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro


6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

8. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


9. Blood by K. J. Wignall

10. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman


Looking forward to a new year of even better books! ^^


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Books of the Month: November ‘11

This is something new to Novel Nerds, but we hope you guys will enjoy reading our favourite books read during the previous month! :)

My favourite book for November is Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. This book is the companion book of Anna and the French Kiss. I adore these two books, they’re simple and easy to read. It’s a nice change from the usual young adult fantasy and dystopian books I read. This could easily be put in the young adult romance genre. It’s very cute and the protagonist Lola is a very likeable character, she’s completely different from your average teenager and is very mature for her age. Cricket (the boy next door) is adorable. If you know me at all, you’ll know that I love dorks and Cricket Bell is a dork! Also Anna and St Clair from Anna and the French Kiss are in the book! I was so happy when Anna and St Clair appeared.

This book follows seventeen year old Lola Nolan, a girl who has vowed not to wear the same outfit twice this year, who aspires to be a costume designer and strives to be different. She lives in San Francisco with her two very protective dads and her dog. Her old neighbours The Bells move back into the house next door and that’s where the real story begins.

My favourite book for November is Wicca: Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan. Without giving too much away, the series is about Morgan and her journey through her teenage years, studying Wicca. Of course there’s romance, magic and all that fun stuff but I loved reading about Morgan’s real life teenage problems. They reminded me of myself as a (younger) teenager.

I’ve owned the last book of the series (which I bought and read first like the teenage genius I was) and recently decided to buy the previous books. Book of Shadows is the the first of the series and I loved every bit of it.

It was like reading the prologue of Night’s Child (the last book I already own). Of course I couldn’t put it down and finished it in a day and moved on to the next book! The Wicca Series was written and published between the ’90s - early ’00s so there are a lot of references to old things that aren’t really used/talked about anymore - which I love! On the flip side, the books are harder to find because of this. If you’re interested in buying, I’ve been buying mine off of Amazon and eBay :)

My favourite book I read in November is The Last Song. I cried so much reading it. Maybe due to heightened hormones or whatever but it was so sad and beautiful. There were complicated family problems and betrayals that made the story moving and insanely painful. It taught me that second chances are rare and that grudges shouldn’t be held because who knows what you’re missing out on by being angry with someone for years.

I didn’t like Ronnie - the female lead - at times because her anger irritated me a lot of the time. She has a bad relationship with her father which is what brought me to tears at the end of the novel. The love story in this also upset me at the end but I was pacified when things worked itself out but not entirely the way I expected. The Last Song is a movting story about all the kinds of love in the world: familial, friendship and romance. It’s also freaking evil for making me cry so much T_T