Dec 12, 2013

2014 Challenge Help! Vote for the books my boyfriend should read next year!

My boyfriend and I decided to do the Challenge that Jeff and Jamie created on a Youtube channel called Ermahgerdberks. You can click here for the original video for you all to watch.

What happens is Jeff and Jamie each picked out 5 books that the other will have to read in the year 2014. They cannot start til January 1st and they have the entire year to finish the books that were picked for them.

I thought that this was a wonderful idea, especially because I have been trying so hard to get my boyfriend to read some of my books with no success. I asked him if I read 2 of his boring non-fiction books, if he would read 2 of mine. I could never get him to read 5 of mine and quite frankly I am going to be suffering through the books he picks for me, so 2 seemed the easiest way to go.

Here is my problem though, I have narrowed down my choices to 6 different books. I am asking you all to vote on 2 of the books out of this list that you think he should read. Keep in mind here, I am hoping this might get him to read more fiction books, so I'm trying to give him books that might bring him into our world.

I haven't read all of the ones listed below, but I have read 4 out of the 6. I am just guessing that he might like the other two just by how they sound.

The choices are:

3Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
By: J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter.

256683City of Bones
By: Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know... 

11870085The Fault in our Stars
By: John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. 

 Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. 

2767052The Hunger Games
By: Suzanne Collins

Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

In a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called the Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

By: Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

6186357The Maze Runner
By: James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. 

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.


  1. Definitely make him read The Hunger Games. I know a lot of guys that just loved that series! I also suggest TFIOS for sure, just because it's really good and it's a different genre from the others. My last two votes are for Divergent and Harry Potter. Good luck on trying to convert your boyfriend to the lovely world of fiction. :)

  2. Hunger Games seems male friendly -- my fiance read it and really liked it! On that dystopian note, maybe Divergent too! Not sure if that would be dystopian overload but it has lots of action so he may like it?

  3. I saw your tweet and thought I'd weigh in. :) As a guy I'll say go with Hunger Games- some good action. For the 2nd one, not sure- haven't read any of the others maybe Harry Potter?

    The Paladin Prophecy is a good book and the main character is a guy, but it's not on your list... just throwing that out there. Hope you guys have fun!

  4. The Hunger Games gets my #1 vote as it's a fabulous book (and he might read the rest) and I think is easily accessible regardless of gender. I'd say Harry Potter is my next vote, but the problem with Harry Potter is that the first few books read rather young, and my be difficult for an adult to get into right away. But I haven't read the others and City of Bones is pretty romancey, so I'll go with Harry Potter!

  5. I agree with Elizabeth (no surprise there as we seem to be book twins). Hunger Games gets my #1 because I actually think it is something he would enjoy. And Harry Potter... well... because its Harry Potter. :) I can't wait to see which books he makes you read!

  6. Okay personally I would go with Harry Potter because duh! HARRY POTTER! And the second I would go with The Maze Runners. My brother normally hates fiction books, but these are two of his exceptions! Lol!
    Good luck! And also have fun suffering through those nonfiction books. With any luck they'll be interesting! Lol!

  7. I'd do Harry Potter and the Hunger Games if he is into the latter type story


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