Wednesday, June 29, 2011
RTW: Summer Lovin'
Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.
This Week's Topic:
(Back by popular demand!) What's the best book you've read this month?
Yay! I get to talk about books!
Soooo...here's what's off the June TBR list:
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Catalyst by Marie Halse Anderson
Hero By Mike Lupica
10th Anniversary by James Patterson
Love, Lust, and Faking It by Jenny McCarthy
Jinx by Meg Cabot (I'm currently reading, but I'll be done by tomorrow)
Yep. There's my list.
And I'm supposed to choose ONE?!
Well, I'm not. I'm cheating and choosing two. Because it's my blog, and I can.
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, 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 to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating 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 a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
I read this book in two days (between work, mom, and chauffeur duties). At a stoplight, my daughter picked it up, read ten pages in the three minutes it took to get from red light to driveway, and said, "You will be done with this NOW."
I finished the last sixty pages, handed it over, and my twelve year old devoured it. If you like Hunger Games, you will looooove Divergent. Trust me. Read it. NOW.
It’s been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.
Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future and each other.
Told from Adam’s point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.
I just gushed about this one the other day. If you need more convincing that this book is right up there with Divergent, check out my review here.
SO, there are my fave June reads.
I know, I know. You secretly hoped (come on, admit it) I'd gush about this one...
Believe it or not, one of my book club girls put it up one month for potential selection. Majority did not pick it, I was disappointed, so this closet naughty girl had to buy it. Two words:
Almost had me LOL-ing as much as Will Grayson, Will Grayson
How about YOU? What's your June book love?