Update: New March Reads are Out!

Hello fellow book readers! Yesterday was March 1st, which means two new great book reviews are out! These two fabulous books, The List and East, might be your new favorite reads! Definitely check them out.

As you all might remember, or if you don’t, I posted on a book called Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I sent an email to Ms. Hyde telling her about my blog. I was lucky enough to hear back from her. She told me that she posted about my review on Twitter and Facebook. How nice was that? Thank you, Ms. Hyde, for what you did for me and my blog! Look up Catherine Ryan Hyde on Facebook to see her post about Unnoticed on the Bookshelf with Pay It Forward.

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Thank you all so much for being dedicated readers of my blog! As it is still fairly new, I really appreciate followers as I am trying to gain traction in the busy world of blogging. Check out these two new books for March! I will send out updates throughout the month with any new information regarding my blog. See y ‘all on April 1st with two new must reads!

-your fellow book lover

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March Reads 2019: East

East by Edith Pattou

Summary

Rose is a northborn- a wild and free spirit- and loves to explore. She has to be active all the time, and with a large family like Rose has, its hard enough for one mother to keep an eye on all her children. Rose’s parents always knew she was special, but they didn’t expect that one night, a giant talking polar bear would offer to take Rose away in exchange for good health and fortune. Rose readily agrees and goes with the bear. He takes her to his mysterious castle where the servants aren’t allowed to talk to her and she doesn’t see much of the polar bear. But when Rose takes a risk and she ends up breaking the bear’s growing trust, how far will she go to get it back? Read the book to find out.

My review

East was a combination of Greek myths, Norse religion, fairy tales and Beauty and the Beast. I loved the way the author put a spin on some of these classic tales and made it her own. East was a long book, which made it even better. There were a lot of twists and unexpected turns. Just when you thought you knew what was going to happen next, something else would happen. I loved this book for so many reasons!

Recommended reading age

I think this would be a great book to read for people 11 and up. It was a fun story with whimsical feel, but it also contained some important lessons for all ages. I think that adults would have a very fun time reading this book as well.

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The White Bear, as Rose called him, was a main character in the story East.

Conclusion

In conclusion, East is a heart warming story about a girl who leaves everything she knows to save her family. A great book, East leaves readers with a couple key truths that you will discover when you read the book. Below are the usual two links: one is to purchase this book on Amazon and to learn more about the author Edith Pattou. The second book in the series is called West, which also looks very good. Edith Pattou has also written many other books as well; go to the link below to learn more about them. As usual, if you have any constructive criticism on my blog, please do not hesitate to comment below. One thing I would love to get started is for y ‘all to start giving me recommendations so I can read and review some of YOUR favorite books. So long for now, until next time fellow book lovers!

Hannah’s Grade: 8 stars out of 10.

Links:

Purchase this book for your self on Amazon here.

Learn more about the wonderful Edith Pattou here.

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Just a wonderful picture to leave y’all with!

March Reads 2019: The List

The List ; written by Patricia Forde

Summary

What would you do if you could only speak from a list of 500 words? Ark is the last safe place on Earth; the rest is overrun by water. To make sure this never happens again, the wordsmith, a person who controls which words people can use, must keep a strict list of 500 words. If anyone speaks words outside of the list, they risk banishment, which guarantees your death. Letta is the new wordsmith after her master disappears. But when a mysterious boy shows up hurt on her door step and an anonymous tip suggests that her master can be saved, Letta finds herself in a very precarious position. Read the book to see how this story turns out.

My review

The List was a interesting book! I loved its unique story and brave characters. Letta never gave up, even when her odds of success didn’t look so good. I have to say, the book was a little heavy. By this I mean to say that Letta faced one problem after the next. It seemed as though she would never win! However, she had a lot of determination and never gave up. Also, these continuous problems kept me intrigued. I could barely put it down!

Recommended reading age

I would recommend this book for 10 year olds and up because it wasn’t a complex story. While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I did feel that I was a little old to be reading the book ( I just turned 13). All in all, it’s a great book!

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Conclusion

The List is a fantastic book that makes you realize how much of a privilege it is to have free speech. Even today, many people around the world don’t have the ability and privilege to say what they want to say and when they want to say it. To all those people: hang in there. We are rooting for you. A entertaining story, The List was a quick and fun read. Below are two links: one to buy this book and the other to learn more about this fabulous author. Please comment below and give me feedback on my blog, my writing or my stories. I would love to hear all of it! Happy Reading everyone!

– your fellow book lover

Hannah’s Grade: 7.5 stars out of 10.

Links

Buy this book on Amazon here

Learn more about Ms. Patricia Forde here

Update: new features and new posts

Well howdy everyone! So sorry I haven’t posted: life has just been crazy. My birthday was 10 days ago and everything has just been a whirlwind. However: there is some important pieces of news. Lets jump right in!

First off: my newest feature! If you haven’t noticed, yesterday and today I have been busy updating my blog. A new thing I have added to each of my book posts is something called Hannah’s Grade. This unique grading system is something I have created. I take two main factors and average them out into my grade. The first factor I use is originality. Did the author go to their creative limits to come up with this book or is it a knockoff of some other story? The second feature is was it entertaining? Was I intrigued the whole book or did it have a slow start or a bad ending? After I think through these two questions, I average them out and I get my final grade. Be sure to look at the bottom of my page where you can see Hannah’s Grade. IMPORTANT NOTE: I AM NOT GRADING THESE BOOKS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER. Many of these books I write about are different in their own way and I could not possibly compare them.

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Second: new links! At the bottom of my posts, there is now two links: one to buy the book on Amazon, and the second one is to learn more about the author, their books or their cause. Be sure to check them out; they are really cool!

Third: new name! I was told by a fellow reader that my blog name didn’t represent what I was talking about in my blog. First off, thank you so much for your feedback. It was really helpful and hopefully beneficial. Second, I noticed that they were right! Forgotten on the Bookshelf could be taken so many different directions. Because of this, I have decided to change my name! My blog is now called Unnoticed on the Bookshelf. I think it sounds even better. Also in this category, I have a new site address: unnoticedbooks.blog . Same blog, new name.

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And finally, fourth: new schedule! If your life is as busy as mine is, you will note that you don’t have a ton of time. However: I love doing this blog, so I am going to continue doing it, just posting less frequently. On the 1st of every month, I will post about 2 new books. This way, you will have a book to read for every two weeks. On March 1st, I will begin this cycle. New reads coming then!

Thank you so much for being patient and understanding with me. Right now is a very busy time, as I’m sure it is for you too, but I promise: you shall not be without something to read for long! Stay tune for 2 new reads you will LOVE! Please share and comment about my blog! I love constructive criticism. It really helps, no matter what it is. Thank you so much and Happy Reading!!

-your fellow book lover

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Book #4: The Glass Sentence

The Glass Sentence; written by S.E. Grove

Summary

It’s called the Great Disruption; a split second when the whole world is shoved into chaos. Each continent is split up and thrown into different Ages, or times, either in the future or the past. Now, since these Ages are either so behind or so advanced, they cannot contact one another. Because of this, mapmaking is now the most important job in the world. The main character in this story is Sophia Tims of New Occident, Boston. After her parents disappeared 8 years ago, answering a desperate plea for help, Sophia lives with her famous cartographer uncle, Shadrack Elli. Famous for both reading and making difficult maps, Shadrack is one of the most famous and skilled cartographers in Boston. When it is announced that the borders of New Occident are to be closed, Shadrack starts to teach Sophia how to read maps so they can go look for Bronson and Minna, Sophia’s parents. Suddenly, Shadrack is kidnapped, and Sophia is alone. All he leaves her is a glass map (which turns out to be very valuable) and instructions to go to one of his most trusted friends in a place far from Boston. Together with Theo, a boy refugee from the West, Sophia adventures on both sea and land to try to rescue her uncle, along with friends she meets along the way. Will Sophia be able to save Shadrack and protect the valuable map he has put in her care?

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My review

This book kept me on the edge of my seat. Right away, it started off intense, which I why I adored it so much. Ms. Grove did a fantastic job of piecing the clues together throughout the whole book. Unexpected twists and turns regularly occurred. The quote, “expect the unexpected,” is perfect for this story.

Recommended reading age

I would recommend this book for 11 years and up. The Glass Sentence was not a hard read, but I had to read some of the clues and hints a couple times to fully grasp their meaning. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes being surprised and lots of adventure. This book was like a giant puzzle that was very fun to figure out.

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Conclusion

The Glass Sentence truly was a unique story. It took me very limited time to finish this book because it was such a page turner and I couldn’t put it down. The Glass Sentence is the first book of a three book series, the other two titles being The Golden Specific and The Crimson Skew. I personally wasn’t as intrigued by the second and third books and did not end up finishing the series. Below are the links to purchase the books on Amazon and the link to learn more about the author. If you have any suggestions for books or for my blog, feel free to comment below. Thanks so much for checking out my post! Happy Reading everyone!

Hannah’s Grade: 8 stars out of 10

Links

Link to buy the book on Amazon here

Link to learn more about Ms. S.E. Grove here

Book #3: A Solitary Blue

A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt

Book Summary 

A Solitary Blue is eye-opening book about a boy named Jeff Greene. The book starts with Jeff being a second grader, but focuses on Jeff as he grows up into a young man. Jeff has a challenging relashionship with his mother, Melody, and his father, the Professor throughout the story. His parents are divorced and Jeff lives with his father, so he doesn’t get to see his mother very much. But that all changes when one summer she invites him to come stay with her. Jeff, having always been quiet and someone who doesn’t care, starts to come out of his shell with his mother. But that turns out to be a mistake, and now Jeff can’t feel anything other than the pain. Read this book to find out more.

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My Review

I absolutely love this book! If someone was to ask me for a book recommendation, this would definitely be on the top of my list. However, this book requires a certain type of reader. I recommended this to one of my close friends and she didn’t like it. If you love books with character development, drama, and a little touch of humor, this book is definitely for you. Little warning, this book does start off a little slow, but keep persevering and you will look back on it fondly.

Recommended Age

I would recommend this book for 11 and up because it’s not a hard read but its not an easy one either. It is, as you can see, a Newberry Honor book. Its 250 pages, so not tediously long. I read this book when I was 11, which was the perfect age for me to read it.

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The blue heron is a very important symbol in the book A Solitary Blue.

Conclusion

A Solitary Blue is absolutely one of my all-time favorites. I loved how Jeff was able to discover himself through solitude. Being more of an introvert myself, meaning I recharge better alone, I can definitely appreciate his experience. The two link below are for buying the book on Amazon and the other one is more information on the Cynthia Voigt. If you have any questions or comments about this book, definitely share them below! If youhave any positive feedback, book suggestions or anything else that would help me develop my blog, I would so appreciate it! Thank you everyone! Happy reading!

Hannah’s Grade: 8.5 stars out of 10.

Links

Find on Amazon here.

More about Cynthia Voigt here

Book #2: Pay it Forward

Pay it Forward: the Young Reader’s edition by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Summary

When your teacher gives you an assignment to change the world for the better, it can be difficult to imagine how one person can make a difference. But Trevor McKinney, a small boy in California, comes up with an idea that could work. Do a favor for someone, a really big one, and instead of asking them to pay it back, ask them to pay it forward to three other people. Trevor starts to put his plan into action. It doesn’t seem to be working, until one day, unexplained reports of kindness start to pop up everywhere. And no one can explain how it started. Read the book to read more about Trevor and his ambition to make the world a better place.

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My review

I absolutely loved this book! It was such a heart-warming, lift-you-up book that I could not put down. I love how Trevor, Arlene and Mr. St. Claire went through many trials together and came out victorious. Not everyone was supportive of Trevor’s movement. In fact, many kids scoffed at the idea. This goes to show that if you believe in something with all your heart, your dreams could come true. The Pay it Forward Foundation is real, founded by the author of this book, Catherine. The foundation inspires extraordinary random acts of kindness throughout the world each day. Use the link belwo to learn more about their cause.

Recommended Reading Age

I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up because of the overall concept. While light, the concept would need a more mature mind to create an impact in. I do believe that, like in the book, these acts of kindness could some day be a regular occurrence.

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Conclusion

Pay it Forward is a inspiring book that makes you laugh, cry and smile all at the same time. I loved this book because of the determination of the characters, who all wanted to succeed in life badly. Thanks for reading everyone! If you would like to buys this book on Amazon, the link is attached below. If you would like to learn more about the Pay it Forward Foundation, the link is also attached below. Like I said before, please give me any positive feedback on my blog, any book suggestions that I should check out and please share this blog with anyone who you would think might like it! Thank you all so much! Happy reading!

Hannah’s Grade: 9 stars out of 10

Links:

Link to buys this book on Amazon here

Link to learn more about the Pay It Forward Foundation here