2015 End of Year Book Survey

This is the 3rd time I’ve participated in Jamie’s annual reading survey, and each year I feel like it gets more difficult to choose favorites-there are just so many good books!  But I will persevere.  Here goes:

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Number Of Books You Read: 204
Number of Re-Reads: 31
Genre You Read The Most From: contemporary realistic fiction, as always

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

 

There were so, so many books I loved this year that I think I need to make some top 10 list type posts to give them all the love they deserve.  But I would say the one book that I still think about ALL the time, really enjoyed, and am most eagerly anticipating the sequel to is QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

AS YOU WISH by Cary Elwes.  I had heard a few raves of this book, and it wasn’t bad by any means, but I also didn’t find it as funny or interesting as I was hoping.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

THE SHADOW CABINET by Maureen Johnson.  This series is just…I honestly don’t know what goes on in MJ’s head when she is writing.  I had no idea this is where the story was going, and I’m still not sure I fully grasp everything…but I still can’t wait for book #4.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

All of the THRONE OF GLASS books, probably.

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

The best series I start was ABSOLUTELY the GEEK GIRL series by Holly Smale.  I LOOOOVED those books so much that after I read the first one, I bought the next 3 during my visit to London over the summer because I was too impatient to wait for them to be published here.

As for the best sequel…HEIR OF FIRE by Sarah J. Maas.  Because ROWAN.

And the best series ender was definitely MANNERS AND MUTINY by Gail Carriger.  I adored the characters in this series so much and I will miss reading about their antics and adventures.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

Ellie Marney.  Can’t wait to read more from her.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I’m not a fan of historical fiction, but Stacey Lee’s UNDER A PAINTED SKY was awesome.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Have to go with QUEEN OF SHADOWS again.  With SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo as a close second.

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Always Harry Potter.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven.

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

ROWAN from HEIR OF FIRE/QUEEN OF SHADOWS.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

WHEN WE COLLIDED by Emery Lord.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

ALL AMERICAN BOYS by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.  EVERYONE should read this book.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

CINDER/SCARLET/CRESS by Marissa Meyer.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

“…love isn’t a choice. You fall for the person, not their chromosomes.”

from NONE OF THE ABOVE by IW Gregorio

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Shortest: Lumberjanes Vol. 1 (128 pages)

Longest: Queen of Shadows (648 pages)

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

SEE HOW THEY RUN by Ally Carter

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

AELIN + ROWAN FOREVER (Queen of Shadows)

(honorable mention: Watts and Mycroft from EVERY BREATH)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

TOO MANY TO CHOOSE.

Cinder + Iko (Lunar Chronicles)

Cinder + Thorne (Lunar Chronicles)

Reagan + Victoria (JUST VISITING by Dahlia Adler)

Nicolette + Caro + Fin (MECHANICA by Betsy Cornwell)

Sydney + Layla (SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen)

Ok, I’ll stop.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen.

21. Best Book You Read In 2015That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

All of the books in the Lunar Chronicles series.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Rowan.  Always.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

There were so many good debuts this year, but I think my most favorite was WRITTEN IN THE STARS by Aisha Saeed.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I know I sound like a broken record, but…QUEEN OF SHADOWS.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

THE HEARTBREAKERS by Ali Novak

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

INFINITE IN BETWEEN by Carolyn Mackler.  I feel like this book hasn’t gotten much attention, but I loved it so much.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Probably ALL AMERICAN BOYS by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.

 

 

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

WINTER by Marissa Meyer

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

Throne of Glass #5

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Ugh, just one?!?! Probably A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE by Brittany Cavallaro

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

THE WINNER’S KISS by Marie Rutkowski

AND

THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

  1. Write more.
  2. Read more widely.
  3. Meet more people from the bookish community.

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

WHEN WE COLLIDED by Emery Lord.

 

There are SO, SO many other books I read in 2015 that weren’t even mentioned in this survey, so hopefully I’ll get around to gushing about them in some upcoming posts.  Hope you all had excellent reading years in 2015, and that 2016 is equally awesome.

 

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2014 End of Year Book Survey

Hello 2015.  Another year of reading is in the books, and, although I have been slacking on keeping track of what I read on this blog, I do like reflecting on my reading with this survey created by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner (I did this for my 2012 reading, but skipped 2013).  So, my 2014 in reading looked a little like this:

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Number Of Books You Read: 170
Number of Re-Reads: 8
Genre You Read The Most From: this was definitely the year of contemporary realistic fiction for me

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1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

Well, I just spent like 15 minutes just staring at the books I read this year, because it’s almost impossible to make this decision…the books I loved this year all have different elements.  So I’m just going to do a top 3 (and possibly later go back and do a top books of 2014 post…?):

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1. Breakfast Served Anytime, by Sarah Combs

2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han

3. The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkowski

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Sadly, I really did not love We Were Liars.  My love for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks knows no bounds, so I was really looking forward to a new E. Lockhart novel, but this one just wasn’t a great read for me.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014? 

I guess I’m most surprised by Love Letters to the Dead, by Ava Dellaira.  I’m surprised it’s ended up on so many favorite lists, when I found it to be fairly derivative and uninspired.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?

Although I didn’t read them this year, I continue to recommend a trio of YA books I think all people should read:

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart

The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

 5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?

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Best Series Started: I LOVED The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski, and am excited to read the sequel very soon!

Best Sequel: I am a total Elizabeth Eulberg fangirl, and it was so amazing to have a sequel to The Lonely Hearts ClubWe Can Work It Out was great.

Best Series Ender:  While I don’t think it was my favorite of the series, Dreams of Gods & Monsters was an interesting series end.  I will certainly miss Laini Taylor’s gorgeous writing and a lot of the characters in this series.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

I think I have to go with Kasie West.  I read 3 of her books this year, and they were all read-in-one-sitting books for me.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Etiquette & Espionage and the others in the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger.  I never thought steampunk would be for me, but once I got into them I really loved them.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

For me, this is a tie between Free to Fall by Lauren Miller and Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson.  In both of these books, I kept turning the pages because I had to know what happened next.

 9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Harry Potter series.  Although I like to reread, there are so many new books to read that I often don’t do that much of it, but I generally reread Harry Potter every year.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

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11. Most memorable character of 2014?

Sophronia (and her friends) from the Finishing School series.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

 Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?

 Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.  After reading this, I thought (and continue to think) a lot about the ending of the book, what I would choose if I were in that situation, quality of life, etc.  It’s definitely stuck with me.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read? 

ifistayIf I Stay never appealed to me; I didn’t love the premise and thought it would just be really hard to read.  but after Just One Day and Just One Year, I wanted more Gayle Forman in my life, and I had picked it up at a library book sale, so I decided to just dive in.  And, as usual, Gayle didn’t disappoint-I ended up loving it.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?

I don’t really keep track of quotes I like, so sadly, I don’t have anything for this one.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?

Shortest: Just One Night by Gayle Forman

Longest:  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

All Fall Down by Ally Carter.  While I didn’t love the book, I also didn’t expect the ending to happen the way it did.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Paige and Max from The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Harry, Ron, and Hermione.  Always (yes, I know part of that becomes romantic.  but whatever, they were friends first).

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

I don’t get a lot of peer pressure to read books (I’m usually the one doing the pressuring), but I do read a lot based on book blogs I read, so I guess the best thing I read based on good reviews was the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Ziri from Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (I guess technically he became a crush when I read Days of Blood and Starlight, but I didn’t do this survey last year, so I’m claiming him for this year).

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

 No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

 The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.  All the tears.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

I haven’t heard a ton of people talking about Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs, but I really, really loved this book.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Me Before You, again.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott (and pretty much all other books where the parents need some sense knocked into them)

Well, there you have it, my year in books.  I am hoping 2015 will be an even better year of reading (in which I finally reach my Goodreads goal), and maybe even one with more blogging, as well.  Happy new year and happy reading to you all.

2012 Reading Wrap-Up

Happy New Year, friends.  I hope you were able to spend the last few days of 2012 relaxing and spending time with family and friends, and that the first few days of 2013 have been good ones.

I know many of you are back to the daily grind, but I don’t go back to school for a few days yet, so I thought that I would do a little recap of the #LR2012 readathon and my reading in general in 2012.  As it turns out, Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner does an end of year reading survey each year, and I thought that since I’ve shared a lot about what I want to read, but not so much what I’ve actually read, I might as well participate.  So here’s a little about what I read in 2012:

1. Best Book You Read In 2012? (You can break it down by genre if you want)

I’m sorry, I just can’t pick just one; I read far too many great books this year, so I’m going to give you a top 5 (in no particular order):

Take a Bow, by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

The Crown of Embers, by Rae Carson

(Believe it or not, I could probably include 5 more on this list.  I read a LOT of great books this year.)

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Burn for Burn, by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

I kind of hate to say this, because I truly LOVE both of these authors.  I didn’t think there was anything wrong with the book, and I don’t actively dislike it, but I was SUPER excited to read it, and I just didn’t think it was AS great as some of their individual books.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 

The Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson, and The Mediator series, by Meg Cabot

I’m not generally a huge fan of ghosts, but I really liked ALL of these books.

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green.

I recommend this book to pretty much everyone, regardless of age or reading preferences.  It’s just one of those books everyone should read.

5. Best series you discovered in 2012?

The Matched trilogy, by Ally Condie

runner-up: The Books of Bayern series, by Shannon Hale

I was lucky to discover both of these in 2012, so I could move on to the next books right away, without waiting for them to be published (except for Reached, but I only had to wait a few months for it).  Ally Condie’s writing is just beautiful, and Shannon Hale is an amazing storyteller.  If you haven’t read these series, I highly recommend them.

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?

John Green-I seriously jumped on the John Green bandwagon this year.  After randomly picking up Looking for Alaska on trip to a used bookstore, I read it and all of his other books in quick succession.  I just think of his writing as very intelligent, which is something I appreciate.

Elizabeth Eulberg-When I pick up one of her books, I can’t put it down until it’s finished.  I find her characters compelling and relatable, and the stories are great.

Stephanie Perkins-I’m a little annoyed at myself for avoiding Stephanie Perkins for so long.  I LOVED Lola and the Boy Next Door, and can’t wait to read more Stephanie Perkins!

Shannon Hale-I’m just really glad I finally picked up The Goose Girl.  I loved visiting the world she created, and I fell in love with her characters.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

Between Shades of Gray, by Ruta Sepetys

I don’t love historical fiction; given the choice, I’d rather read something set in the present or the future (or a completely different world).  But I do love Russia/Eastern Europe/the former Soviet Union, and Stalin’s reign of terror is something in which I am very interested.  So I gave this book a chance, and it was amazing-heartbreaking and uplifting and horrible and very well-researched.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline

9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

(do I sound like a broken record yet?)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?

So I don’t seem to have the same passion for covers that many others who write about books possess, but I do like the covers of the books in the Beautiful Creatures series.

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11. Most memorable character in 2012? 

Ok, I’m cheating on this one too.  I CAN’T choose just one!

-Frankie, from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

-Elisa, from The Crown of Embers

-Elliot, from For Darkness Shows the Stars

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

(You’re shocked, I know. but the Matched series gets a very close 2nd place.)

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012? 

Looking for Alaska, by John Green.

While The Fault in Our Stars is my favorite book by John Green, Looking for Alaska introduced me to his amazing writing and was the catalyst for my reading all the rest of his books, finding the vlogbrothers, etc.  Not to mention, it’s a pretty amazing book in its own right.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 

ALL of John Green’s books.  The Goose GirlGraceling.  Several others, but since I keep repeating myself, I’m just going to stop.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012? 

“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

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16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 

I didn’t really keep track of page numbers.  I’m just going to say that Something Like Normal was pretty short, and I read The Mortal Instruments series; those books are pretty long.

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

Uh, Pandemonium, by Lauren Oliver.  And Crewel, by Gennifer Albin. Crazy endings!

18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc)?

Well, obviously, my favorite romance was Hazel and Augustus, from The Fault in Our Stars.

But I also loved the friendship between Emme, Ethan, Jack, and Ben in Take a Bow.

19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously?

The List, by Siobhan Vivian

I’ve read other books by Siobhan Vivian, but this is by far my favorite.

20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else?

Well, I get most of my recommendations from book blogs rather than people I know in real life (as they tend to read actual grown-up books and stuff).  That being said, I wouldn’t have picked up The False Princess at all if I hadn’t seen it reviewed on several blogs, and it was a great book.

Ok, I know this is getting pretty long, but I also wanted to just do a quick (and belated) recap of the Last Reads of 2012 readathon.

Last Reads of 2012 Readathon

You might remember that I set a goal of reading 10 books during the readathon, to get to a total of 156 books for 2012.  I also hoped to participate in a number of the challenges that other bloggers were hosting.  Well, I kind of slacked off in the challenge department (though I did complete a few), but I actually read 11 books, for a total of 157 for the year.  The books I ended up reading during the readathon were:

1. Lola and the Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins

2. Long May She Reign, by Ellen Emerson White

3. A World Away, by Nancy Grossman

4. Beautiful Chaos, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

5. Bittersweet, by Sarah Ockler

6. The Lonely Hearts Club, by Elizabeth Eulberg

7. Let It Snow, by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

8. The Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson

9. Getting Lost With Boys, by Hailey Abbott

10. Nothing Special, by Geoff Herbach

11. Love and Other Perishable Items, by Laura Buzo

So there you have it: a somewhat arbitrary summary of my 2012 reading.  In an effort to be more organized in 2013, I’ve already set up a nice little spreadsheet for recording the books I read this year, so that I’m not scrambling in December to remember all those great books I read at the beginning of the year.  I also set a reading goal on Goodreads, so if you’re interested in what I’m reading, feel free to check that out.

Once classes start up, I will probably start blogging about library school stuff again in addition to reading stuff.  Until then, I hope you’re enjoying these first days of the new year, and staying warm!

because what else do I have to do in the latter half of December?

So I’ve never really been one to keep track of every book I read, or set a goal of reading a certain number of books each year. My goal has pretty much always been to read as much as I can, whenever I can.  However, in my recent internet wanderings, I stumbled across the Last Reads of 2012 Readathon, hosted by Jen, Eileen, and Patrick.  I thought to myself, “hmm, that sounds like fun.  And I always have a ton of books I want to read anyway.  And it will be a way to motivate me to keep blogging now that the semester is over. And perhaps I’ll make some new internet friends.”  So then I said, “self, LET’S DO THIS.”

As readathons go, this one falls into the ‘laid back’ category.  You can read as many (or as few) books as you want, work toward completing a yearly goal or challenge, or not set a readathon goal AT ALL.  However, I am competitive, and I thought I should probably set some kind of goal for myself, even if it’s just ‘finish the library books you have checked out before they’re actually due.’  So I decided to spend some time this weekend figuring out exactly what and how many books I’ve read so far in 2012, in order to aid in creating said goal.  (Full disclosure: by ‘some time,’ I actually mean all of Saturday afternoon.  When you are not one of those people who sets numerical book goals and keeps a detailed list of every book you’ve read, remembering all the books you’ve read in 11.5 months is HARD.  Note to self: in 2013, YOU ARE KEEPING A LIST.)

Anyway, as it turns out, I’ve read somewhere around 146 books so far in 2012. (I say somewhere around 146 because I’m pretty sure I reread at least one of the Harry Potter books and possibly a few other books, but I can’t remember exactly, so I’m hedging my bets.)  So it would be logical to try to end the year at a nice, even number like 150, right?  But here’s the thing: 4 books in 15 days doesn’t seem like much of a challenge, especially when the majority of books I read are YA (i.e. quick reads).  So I’ve settled on a goal of reading 156 books for the year, meaning I’ll have to read 10 books during the readathon.  Why 156, you ask?  Well, there are 52 weeks in a year; 156 books averages out to 3 books a week, which sounds good to me.  Plus, 10 books averages out to less than a book a day, which will give me time during the readathon to do other things, like blog, write Christmas cards, and finally finish unpacking (yes, I moved in August.  SHUT UP.).

So, want to know what books are on the list for the readathon?  Well, let me tell you:

Beautiful Chaos, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Redemption, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Speechless, by Hannah Harrington

The Forsaken, by Lisa M. Stasse

The Girls of No Return, by Erin Saldin

A World Away, by Nancy Grossman

Wither, by Lauren DeStefano

Lola and the Boy Next Door, by Stephanie Perkins

Vessel, by Sarah Beth Durst

A Partial History of Lost Causes, by Jennifer DuBois

This list is subject to change, of course, depending on what my mood is, what other books arrive for me at the library, if I get books for Christmas, etc.  Also, if you think there are any MUST READ, amazing, fantastic books that should be on my list, feel free to let me know in the comments-I never turn down book recommendations!

If you’re interested in joining the readathon, clicking on the picture at the top of the page will take you to Eileen’s blog, where you can sign up.  If you want to keep track of readathon participants’ progress, follow along on Twitter: #LR2012.  And check back here over the next few weeks; there might be some fun book-related posts!

Happy reading!

TBR Thursday: Teen Read Week

Let’s be real, friends: if I could get away with it, I would probably exclusively read YA novels.  So since this week is Teen Read Week, I thought I’d fill you in on a few teen books I can’t wait to read.

1. Wither, by Lauren DeStefano

A world where girls live until the age of 20, and boys live until 25.  I’m sure it’s a paradise.

2. Croak, by Gina Damico

Teen grim reaper with anger issues.  ‘Nuff said. (Ok, I can say a little more.  This is supposed to be HILARIOUS, plus I have a tendency to not read a lot of ‘boy’ books, and if I’m going to be a librarian, I need to read more widely [and yes, I realize I’m opening up potential controversy by even discussing the ‘gender’ of books.  Another topic for another day.])

3. Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

This has been on my radar for a while (especially since the movie is coming out in February), but I just hadn’t gotten around to it yet.  Then I was lucky enough to hear these ladies speak at the Southern Festival of Books this past weekend, and they were so hilarious and genuine, this shot to the top of my list.

4. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

Not a happy book, but one that is, unfortunately, increasingly important in society.  Narrated by a girl who committed suicide, and a boy who is one of the reasons why she did it.

5. Eve and Adam, by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

Summer job for a 16 year old girl: create the perfect boy. YES PLEASE.

What’s up next on your TBR list? Any YA books I should have on my radar? Let me know!