Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

I had heard so many great things about Patrick Ness’s books before picking up The Rest of Us Just Live Here, so my expectations were considerably high. This book did not disappoint me, and I’m definitely going to be picking up more of Ness’s books.

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Review: The Ascendance Series Books 1-3 by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Jennifer A. Nielsen’s books just have that perfectly wholesome blend of politics, friendship, romance, and brilliance. This three-in-one volume of the Ascendance Series was no exception. I had an incredible time in Carthya with Sage as he navigates affairs of state, first love, and betrayals all while war brews in the background.

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Review: They Went Left by Monica Hesse

Let me set the scene.

I am reading the final chapter of They Went Left by Monica Hesse at the kitchen table. Tears are trickling from my eyes when suddenly my mom bursts out laughing from the kitchen. She says watching me read a book is nothing short of a comedy show.

… thanks, Mom.

I sacrificed my dignity and my dinner time to finish They Went Left, and it was so, so, so worth it.

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Review: What I Carry by Jennifer Longo

You know those books that warm your heart and seem to fill you up to the brim with something you didn’t know you were missing? Yes or no, What I Carry by Jennifer Longo is one of those books. There were some things that kept it from a 4-star rating, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Review: A Game of Thrones & A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

I had absolutely no intention of starting the Song of Ice and Fire series, until a well-meaning teacher of mine oh-so-casually handed me a 835-page copy of the first installment, saying the series was one of his favorites. I still probably wouldn’t have read it, if not for the sword on the cover staring accusingly at me whenever I was in my room. And so my journey with the Starks began.

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Going Beyond the Read

Hello, everyone.

My name is Abby. I am a Christian teenage girl who loves to read.

The reason I created this blog is not because I have a superhuman reading speed, or because I read hundreds of books a year, or even because I want thousands of followers.

I created this blog because first and foremost, I love to read.

Through this blog, I want to be able to talk to someone other than myself about my love for God and for reading, no matter how small that audience may be.

I primarily read young adult fiction and occasionally some adult fiction. I plan to post bookish reviews, lists, and opinions here at Beyond the Read. For each book I review, I intend to write a separate review about my views of the book in question as a Christian.

I am incredibly excited to be starting Beyond the Read, and I hope someone out there is as well.

Enjoy!

Keep reading,

Abby