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Books That Bring Out The Reader in You

I've read a good many books this January about well... books. From Matilda who devours books from an early age to Meggie who loves reading books and goes on an adventure where book characters literally come alive in the real world. All these books about booklovers has me thinking of some other stories I want to read with the same feel to them. Below are some books that I want to read because of their bookish nature:



Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales. 

"The Land of Stories" tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. 

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

My Thoughts: I love anything fairy tale so to be stuck in fairy tale stories would be amazing. I don't care how many angry giants are chasing after me.



High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.

Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives.

My Thoughts: This one's on the serious side but it still has a magical way about it. It'll be interesting to see how the author mixes magic and how the protagonist figures out what to do now that he lost his mother.


In the land of Story, children go to school to learn to be characters: a perfect Hero, a trusty Sidekick, even the most dastardly Villain. They take classes on Outdoor Experiential Questing and Backstory, while adults search for full-time character work in stories written just for them.

In our world, twelve-year-old Una Fairchild has always felt invisible. But all that changes when she stumbles upon a mysterious book buried deep in the basement of her school library, opens the cover, and suddenly finds herself transported to the magical land of Story.

But Story is not a perfect fairy tale. Una’s new friend Peter warns her about the grave danger she could face if anyone discovers her true identity. The devious Tale Keeper watches her every move. And there are whispers of a deadly secret that seems to revolve around Una herself....

My Thoughts: To train to be a hero - what could be better? Reminds me a lot of The School for Good and Evil which is probably why I'm so drawn to it.


What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be...well...a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad's recitation, and only the "good parts" reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He's reconstructed the "Good Parts Version" to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What's it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it's about everything.

My Thoughts: I didn't realize this classic was so awesome until recently and all I want to do right now is read it! 


Some great book oriented (even a small amount) stories I've read: The Book Thief, Matilda, The School for Good and Evil, The Year of the Book, The Sisters Grimm Series and Inkheart. What books would you add to this list?

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  1. I want to read Princess Bride too and am surprised I haven't yet. I love love the movie. The Book of Lost Things was good. If you do end up reading it we discussed it in my book club https://www.goodreads.com/topic/list_book/69136.The_Book_of_Lost_Things be sure to stop by there and check out what everyone had to say about!

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    1. Oh thanks! You are always giving me such great links (:

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  2. The Princess Bride is a movie I have seen over and over again. I didn't realize that there was a book until last year (I know, duh). I look forward to reading the book, too!

    I read The Book of Lost Things a few years ago. It is a book that really makes you think! Definitely dark, but very interesting.

    I also want to read The Land of Stories and Storybound. Happy Reading!

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    1. I forgot it was a movie actually. I'll have to watch it after I've read the book.

      As long as it isn't too dark! I didn't have a good experience with the last book I read...

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  3. I have The Land of Stories, Storybound, and The Princess Bride. I haven't read any of them, but I really want to! I'm going to try to take on fewer ARCs this year so I can read more of these awesome books that are sitting on my shelf.

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    1. I really wan to to read ARCs this year actually because I shied away from them last year although I want to get a good chunk of shelf reads done too.

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  4. My daughter read Land of stories and loved it, and the sequel too. She really liked how the fairy tales were woven together. I should read it too, bet it would be fun to review. Hope you enjoy it!

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    1. She should read The Sisters Grimm! She would love the fairy tale characters in that series :D

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  5. Oh this post just brought on some major nostalgia for MG books!

    The Book Thief and Matilda are two books that remind me of protagonists' with a love for reading. I haven't read any of these books so I'll definitely keep an eye out for them. :)

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    1. I made sure I included The Book Thief at the bottom of the post. I'm not surprised you mentioned it (:
      It proves that books having to do with books are the best stories around.

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  6. I love Matilda! And I've been meaning to read The Book Thief...since it's a movie now and all. I'm a bit behind. ;) Inkheart is another interesting one about books!

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    1. I'm behind as well for books to movies. I watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower but didn't read the book. I've read Catching Fire but haven't seen the movie... it happens (:

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  7. Of all these I have read The Book of Lost Things and while I'm not the greatest fan of it I can agree about magic. It was truly, well magical. The Princess Bride, however, is high on my to read list. I hope I'll get to read it soon. Great reviews :)

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    1. They weren't reviews ~ more like thoughts on books I would like to read. Everyone wants or has read The Princess Bride which makes me excited to read it one day.

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