Maze Runner is a really popular series of YA dystopian fiction. Fast-paced, dark and mysterious, the first book begins as Thomas wakes up in the middle of a gigantic maze with no memories whatsoever. There is three books in the series: The maze runner, The scorch trials and The death cure. The kill order was published afterward but is actually a prequel. You may click on the covers here to get more information.

   

If you liked this excellent thrilling series, some of the titles below might appeal to you as well!

aconfusionofprincesgarthnix  darkestmindsalexndrabracken deliriumlaurenoliver enclaveannaguirre incarceroncatherinefisher jamesdashner lefthandofgodpaulhoffman legendmarielu matchedallysonbraithwaite partialsdanwells supernaturalisteioncolferthe5thwaverichardyancey ugliesscottwesterfeld unwindnealshusterman variantrobisonwells

Let us know which is your favorite fast-paced action book of all time!

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Who never asked for a pet? A dog, or a poney, or an iguana or a cat… name it! Authors like pets too and some of them write stories about them…

So, what is your favorite book about an animal?

 

I was pondering, trying to find a subject for a post. I looked at my lists of “already read books” and “books I want to read”. There was “The upside of unrequited by Becky Abertalli”. And “How to save a life by Sara Zarr”. A, B, Z… I decided I would go for and A to Z list of books. Here we go!

A – Abertalli, Becky, The upside of unrequited. Didn’t read it yet but it’s on my list and got really good reviews.

B – Bang, Barry Lyga. Two Bs! I loved I hunt killers, this one is on my “To read list”.

C- Calvin, Martine Leavitt. A dip in a schizophrenic mind, funny and serious at the same time.

D- D.J. MacHale, Bobby Pendragon. Still such a great fantasy read!

E- Eric Walters, Flyboy. Historical fiction about WWII from an awesome auth0r.

F-Fault in our stars, John Green. They made a movie out of it… means it’s an awesome story right?!

G- Gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue, Mackenzi Lee. An exciting adventure set in 1700s Europe featuring LGBTQ+ and POC characters!

H-Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling. I know that everyone knows about Harry Potter! It’s still a good reading suggestion.

I- Iturbe, Antonio, The librarian of Auschwitz. Based on a true story, great book about WWII prisoner camps.

J- John Flanagan, The Outcasts. First book of Brotherband chronicles, a tale of vikings that can become addictive.

K- Kid table, Andrea Seigel. Nice story about a crazy extended family. Nostalgia over your cousins guaranteed.

L-Long Walk to Valhalla, Adam Smith. This one is a Graphic Novel about facing your past. I loved it!

M- Murphy, Julie. Dumplin’. It’s a story about body image and dreams. A must read.

N- Nest (the), Kenneth Oppel. An horror story like no others!

O-Oppel, Kenneth. This Dark endeavor. Oppel again… well he’s a great author. This one is about Frankenstein.

P- Prudence Shen, Nothing can possibly go wrong. Really funny graphic novel about a bunch of teens competing against each others and then together against the world.

Q-Quinn, Kate Karyus, Another little piece. It was really hard to find a “Q” one… however it got 3.7 stars on Goodreads and a place in my “To read” list.

R – Ruby, Laura. Bone Gap. Good story that begins in our reality and slips a bit in a mysterious one.

S- Stiefvater, Maggie. Scorpio Races.

T- They both die at the end, Adam Silvera. “This is sooooo good. Just so good!” someone told me.

U- Under the never sky, Veronica Rossi. Post-apocalyptic romance that got good reviews.

V- Vikki Vansickle, Winnowing. Great sci-fi coming of age story.

W- OCDaniel, Wesley King. Such a good read! It gives a good insight at OCD, the author being OCD himself.

X- X, Ilyasah Shabazz. Vivid, fictionalized account of Malcolm X early life.

Y- Young, Moira. Blood read road. It seems like quite a travel in a post-apocalyptic world. On my “To read” list.

Z- Zarr, Sara, How to save a life. Peculiar tale about two teenage girls, a mom and a baby to be born. It’s not clear who saved who but it’s a happy ending.

What would your alphabet of books would be? Let us know!

Sometimes, life sucks. Sometimes, we have unexpected ordeals thrown at us and  it’s overwhelming. It’s not always easy to talk about it. It may be embarrassing or so overpowering the words won’t come out. Even though other people may have been in the same situation. And sometimes, people wrote about tough times. It can be of help, when you don’t know where to turn.

Librarians can help you find the information you are looking for… however, you may prefer to keep it private, in which case this list of Dewey Call Numbers where you may find books about the subject(s) that interest you may prove useful.

There is also a lots of resources who can help you.

Sexuality/Birth control/STIs/Health:

Sexuality and You: sexandu.ca

HPEC Public Health: hpepublichealth.ca

Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000

Abuse/Sexual Assault:

Sexual Assault Centre : sacqd.ca

Crisis line 1-877-544-6424

Mental Health/Addiction/Counselling:

kidshelpphone.ca: 1-800-668-6868

Peer Support: psseo.ca/peer-support/     phone: 613-969-1772

Addictions Centre: addictionscentre.ca/  phone: 613-969-0077

COSP : cosp.ca/  phone: 613-966-7410

Housing:

youthab.ca: 613-969-0830

LGBTQ+ Support:

Youthline: youthline.ca/  phone: 1-800-268-9688

And here are a few books you could borrow from the library or read at the library if for any reason you don’t want to check them out.

    

Hope there is something useful for you in there.

To read next the fireplace

Posted: January 12, 2018 in Recommended Reading

It’s cold outside and you don’t want to experience the cold first-hand? I have it nailed with these titles,  about chilly temperatures, blizzards, cozy mittens and tons of snow. Page turners you should read under a blanket if you don’t want the same goosebumps and shivers experienced by these characters exposed to subzero temperatures.

Let it snow and escape in a story while it does.

I did “Awesome books for teen girls” in October and got lists after lists of suggestions for girls. Let me just say… it wasn’t as easy for you boys. There was not as many lists out there. I really wanted to have a male perspective on the subject too, so it got drastically harder. I didn’t give up and here for you: 13 gems recommended by guys! There are sports, fantasy, mystery, real life and funny stories… a bit of everything, so assuredly something for you in there.

treasurehunterjamespatterson thebatboymikelupica ashfallmikemullin

  eragonchristopherpaolinilordoftheflieswilliamgolding

     wearetheshipkadirnelson

If you need more suggestions, here are some of the list I got inspiration from:

https://www.artofmanliness.com/2009/11/15/50-best-books-for-boys-and-young-men/ A list of older classics, great picks nonetheless.

https://happyhooligans.ca/best-books-for-boys-ages-8-16/

I know i’m not a guy myself, however I would like to add 2 books that thrilled me. They gave me the feeling it was more for a male audience.

Bullying is a subject dear to my heart because I was bullied as a teen. I was fat, shy and read sci-fi books and a girl picked on me because of it. Then all her friends did the same. My first years of high school was HELL. I was being called names all the time. I couldn’t sit in any student area without girls ganging on me and making mean comments about my appearance. I ended up alone, hiding under a staircase to eat my lunch every day. My mom tried to cheer me up at home. It wasn’t enough however, to overcome the loneliness, the shame and the general unease I felt all day long.  At some point, I just cut myself from my emotions. It was like watching a bad movie everyday, but it stopped being painful. The drawback is that whatever could be fun stopped being felt at the same time. My life became a never ending ocean of grey.

After that, the girl that hated me the most lost interest in me. Did she mature? Did she felt guilty?  Or was it simply not fun anymore when I stopped reacting? I never known. Without her lead, everyone gradually stopped picking at me. I ended up with a group of misfit. From Grade 10, I slowly reclaimed my right to be. Then the ability to feel. Then I worked on developing social skills. Then… I had a great time in college! So, even if it’s hard, get a grip. It will get better.

Here are some book suggestions for you. More detailed and heart-breaking stories than mine. You also can scroll down directly at the end and get some really good websites about bullying, how to prevent it, how to help… how to make a difference!

 

http://www.prevnet.ca/

http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/

http://www.itgetsbetter.org  This one is designed for LGBTQ people.

Since you keep up until the end of that post, I’ll let you know something else. Me and my bully ended up going at the same college. She apologized to me after a weird unexpected meeting in a staircase. She felt bad about what she has done. I was looking down at her and she was looking up at me (we were in a staircase remember) and the only thing I told her on the moment was: “Well, it didn’t kill me”. I pondered that for a few weeks. I ended up understanding how loneliness, getting a grip on my feelings and reconstructing myself afterward actually made me a stronger better person.

I met her again at the library. I told her I forgave her. I told her I would not want to go through it again, but that I had to thank her for the person I became. Forgiveness made me feel free. That’s how I got closure. The End.