Archive | July, 2012

Recommend A…(10)

23 Jul

Recommend A... meme

…Book You Read This Year

Recommend A… is a SUPER meme hosted by Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit that lets us get a little random, and a little off the radar. I LOVE IT.

I’ve read SO many great books this year, guys. Seriously. Obviously I have a hard time only recommending one book as it is, but suffice it to say, this was an especially difficult list to narrow down. Here are three of my favorites so far:

Book cover for Unraveling by Elizabeth NorrisUnraveling (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris. Guys, this book surprised me with not only how much I loved it, but with how much it WASN’T what I thought it would be. The twist was pretty much the opposite of what I thought it would be. It was awesome.

Book cover for Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. A solid contemporary/travelogue/coming-of-age/romance/AWESOME. There aren’t a ton of books around that are so vibrant that the places and the people just kind of hum themselves off the pages. WANDERLOVE is like that. Good stuff.

Book cover for Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer. If you haven’t yet read this sci-fi/dystopian retelling of Cinderella…you need to fix that pretty much ASAP. I’m not a huge science fiction reader/viewer/consumer, but when I do find something from that genre that I love, I love it HARD. CINDER is pretty genius. It’s clever, well-written, gripping, and a super beginning to what’s sure to be an amazing series.

In My Mailbox (37)

22 Jul

July 22, 2012

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. It’s awesome. Every week, we all get a chance to tell everyone what new books we’ve gotten so that we can tell you guys and we can all drool and squee together! Huzzah for squees!

Couple of good ones this week, friends. They sound cute/awesome/fun. Or, in the case of one of them, already ARE awesome. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. 

NETGALLEY

Book cover for The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer

The Demon Catchers of Milan by Kat Beyer (August 28, 2012 from EgmontUSA). So this one sounds like it has the potential to be LEGIT. Italian demon hunters? Ancient evils? A young American girl who must travel to her ancestral home in Milan to learn the tricks of the family trade? LOTS of potential, I’d say.

Book cover for Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse

Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse (November 1, 2012 from Scholastic). So I’m not entirely sure that this book is actually new. But it IS new to me, so I guess that counts. Plus it sounds like BOATLOADS of good times: a young girl goes to a concert of her favorite band and “accidentally” (I can’t wait to see how THAT works) kidnaps the lead singer, and now he won’t leave her house. The Goodreads summary quotes “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga, which could be…not flattering. But also hilarious. I’ll take a flyer on it.

(Tackle hugs to EgmontUSA and Scholastic for these puppies!)

BOUGHT

Book cover for Small Damages by Beth Kephart

Small Damages by Beth Kephart. I’ve been totally enthralled by the sound of this book for awhile now, and when I heard some people whose opinions I trust completely REALLY loving it, I knew that SMALL DAMAGES would be great. I LOVE Spain, and so when this book came in the mail this week, I really couldn’t hold off reading it. So far, it’s poignant and bittersweet and lovely. PLUS! Guys! It’s a really cute, little trim size, and I just die for those little books!

That’s it for me this week, guys! I hope you all got some super goodies in your mailboxes this week!

Five-Star Friday: The Name of the Wind

20 Jul

Five-Star Friday is a periodically regular (say what?!) feature that I’m planning on running on Fridays (but not every Friday) in which I talk about (or verbally drool over) a book that I’ve read and ADORED (sometimes they’ll be recent releases and other times they might be older…my piles are tall and the bottoms are old). Yay! I always feel so happy and light and wonderful when I am beside myself with delight over a book, and I want to share the love with you all in the hopes that we can all get together and have an embarrassing, squeal-filled love-fest full of lots of high-pitched “Ohmygod, I KNOW!s” and chest-clutching sighs of contentedness. Huzzah!*

There are not many words for how much I ADORED THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss. I will endeavor to get them all written down here. Because guys? This book is SO LEGIT, I don’t even know if it’s possible for me to do it justice by talking about it.

Book cover for The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

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Top Ten Tuesday (36)

17 Jul

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books for People Who Loved Graceling

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish post a top ten list topic so that book lovers like you and me can pour over our shelves and make our own lists. You can check out all the other Top Ten Tuesday‘s on their site!

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Recommend A…(9)

16 Jul

Recommend A... meme

…Book by a Male Author

Guys, I can’t tell you how ecstatic I was when Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit announced that she was starting this awesome meme. Shanyn’s AWESOME Recommend A… meme is finally giving me the chance to cater to my inner nerd for specificity and randomness!! AND I LOVE IT. So props to Shanyn, who is fab for starting this up. I’m looking forward to giving some attention to books that might have missed everyone’s radar for one reason or another. Woo hoo!

Trying to find some books for this week’s prompt wasn’t hard, guys, but it did spotlight something that I’m sure lots of us noticed: I don’t read very many books written by male authors AT ALL. I’m not sure if that says something about me or YA/MG literature, but it’s a shame either way. These two books REPRESENT, though. They’re fantastic.

book cover for Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby

Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby. Guys. THIS is a solid historical middle grade fantasy. I’m talking LEGIT. It’s the story of a young girl who is the daughter of a Viking king. He’s under attack, so he sends his children–led by the youngest girl, Solveig–to a faraway, secluded stronghold in the mountains. BUT. Turns out the king’s family isn’t safe there, either. There’s a traitor in their midst, and shizz hits the fan. ICEFALL is AMAZING, friends. One of my favorite recent middle grades.

Book cover for A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I don’t know how much more I can say about this book and how much it literally SLAYED me to tiny pieces. It’s the heartbreaking story of a young boy who’s mother is dying from cancer. As a means to help himself cope, he begins to see a monster who is a big Yew tree. He’s a badass, and the way he helps Conor (CONOR! He’s an outstanding, sad young boy) understand life and death, and come to grips with his mother’s sickness and all of the emotions he’s feeling is just perfect. No lie. A MONSTER CALLS is perfect. Sad, but brilliant.