Sunday, April 22, 2012

S is for Six MUST Reads

There are a lot of good books out there. There are also a lot of great ones. And then there are ones that keep your mind spinning for days months years after you read them. Here are six books I've read just this year that I'm still thinking about.

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door .

If you liked Anna and the French Kiss, you'll LOVE Lola.

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.
Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

Just make sure you keep a box of tissues nearby. Yet be prepared for your stomach to cramp from laughter.

A threat from the past could destroy the future. And the clock is ticking...

Kaleb Ballard's relentless flirting is interrupted when Jack Landers, the man who tried to murder his father, timeslips in and attacks before disappearing just as quickly. But Kaleb has never before been able to see time travelers, unlike many of his friends associated with the mysterious Hourglass organization. Are Kaleb's powers expanding, or is something very wrong?
Then the Hourglass is issued an ultimatum. Either they find Jack and the research he's stolen on the time gene, or time will be altered with devastating results.

Now Kaleb, Emerson, Michael, and the other Hourglass recruits have no choice but to use their unusual powers to find Jack. But where do they even start? And when? And even if they succeed, it may not be enough...

The follow-up to Hourglass, Timepiece blends the paranormal, science fiction, mystery, and suspense genres into a nonstop thrill ride where every second counts.

Have you read my Hourglass review? Timepiece is from Kaleb's POV *dies,* and is so, so good.

I'm pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

Just so you know - I was not a huge Delirium fan. This one made up for Delirium, fifty times over.

Colby and Bev have a long-standing pact: graduate, hit the road with Bev's band, and then spend the year wandering around Europe. But moments after the tour kicks off, Bev makes a shocking announcement: she's abandoning their plans - and Colby - to start college in the fall.

But the show must go on and The Disenchantments weave through the Pacific Northwest, playing in small towns and dingy venues, while roadie- Colby struggles to deal with Bev's already-growing distance and the most important question of all: what's next?
Morris Award–finalist Nina LaCour draws together the beauty and influences of music and art to brilliantly capture a group of friends on the brink of the rest of their lives.

I love me a good book from a guy's point of view. And this is an AMAZING one.

Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines. The only way Kendra can stand out next to Grayson is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art -- until a cheating scandal threatens her flawless reputation.

Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all -- with enough distance, maybe she'll be able to figure everything out. But eventually, Kendra must stop running and come to terms with herself, her brother, and her past.

With undeniable grace and humor, acclaimed author Jennifer Brown explores OCD, the pressure for perfection, and the emotional highs and lows of a complex sibling relationship.

  This one's not out until August, but I'm giving away my ARC! Click here for details!

BTW, here are six books I read last year that I STILL can't stop thinking about.

Okay, okay. That's TWELVE MUST reads. I can't help but get carried away about books.

Have YOU read any of these? Any books I should add to my MUST read TBR?


  1. Thanks for the recommendations! I've read a few of them and loved them all. I'm putting the others on my list of books to get at the library tomorrow. :)

  2. I'm so proud of the fact that I've read all of these but 2. And TIMEPIECE is on my to buy list:)
    Great choices.

  3. Read, Lola, T.F.I.O.S. Boy Toy and Hunger Games. I've heard of the others but have yet to read, but now I'll have to check them out!

  4. i haven't read any of these but i'm gonna have to make a list and get a library card!

  5. Loved Lola (and Anna), can't wait for Timepiece! Have some of those on my TBR list but now I've got some to add.

  6. Timepiece is from Kaleb's POV? I did NOT know that. NEED.

  7. I'm currently listening to Before I Fall and reading Lola. Love both, but Before I Fall has captured my soul. The narrator's voice is beyond perfect for Sam. I have a couple of the others are my shelves. There is not enough time for all the books out there. :)

  8. I won The Fault In Our Stars recently in a giveaway, so I look forward to reading that. I've also read a few other books from your list. I've heard good things about the Lola book and Divergent- hope to get to those someday.

  9. I've read a bunch of these, and I totally agree that they were AMAZING. Especially LOLA and TFIOS.

    I wasn't that blown away by DELIRIUM either, but now you're tempting me to pick up PANDEMONIUM :)


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