I've been lucky to get some awesome ARCs in the mail. Recently I've been able to read three books that I have been on the edge of my seat waiting for.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Holy cow, you guys. This book OWNS me. I knew I would love it, because I love romantic stories and I LOVE Paris* like you wouldn't believe. I had no idea how MUCH I would love this book, though. Every single word of this book is just so perfect. I started a little book tour around my writing group, and so far everyone who has read it totally agrees with me. It's not just like that we feel for this book, it's passionate love. I want to make out with this book. For real. I urge everyone to pre-order it or grab it the day it comes out (December 2nd, in case you don't have it marked on your calendar)...I want everyone to fall in love with it the way I did.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
I loved the premise of this book, but since I'm not really a sci-fi girl, I wasn't sure if it would be my cup of tea. But I do have to admit, when I came home and saw it sitting on my front porch I got a little (ok, a lot) excited, and I tore into it right away. I have to say...if you are iffy about the sci-fi like I was, DON'T BE. This book is rad. It's been several weeks since I've read it, but I still find myself zoning out and thinking about the world, wondering about Amy and Elder and life on Godspeed. This book draws you into its world and its mystery immediately, and there are so many twists and turns. I couldn't put it down. There's tons of hype surrounding this book, and in my opinion it is totally deserved.
Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers
I am a huge Courtney Summers fangirl. What I loved the most about both Cracked Up To Be and Some Girls Are was her ability to create such flawed by relatable narrators; I really like bitchy main characters. I was concerned I might not like this one as much just because the narrator wasn't a mean girl, but that was pretty ridiculous. Just because Eddie isn't a bitch, that doesn't mean she's boring. I read this book in one voracious gulp; I just could NOT put it down. Courtney Summers is just...well, she writes exactly how I wish I could. This book has a dead dad, but never ventures into Dead Dad Book territory, even the most minor of characters has a personality that leaps off of the page, there is a compelling mystery, and, well, it just makes you FEEL. So, so many emotions.
So, these three books that are coming out in the next few months are total win. Highly recommended.
I've also picked up some new books at the bookstore. I live in a tiny apartment, and I don't have a lot of shelf space. But I was also raised by a few generations of book collectors...so I just like having books. Even though my two shelves are totally full, I picked up a few new things anyway.
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
I first read Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist** right when I was staring to get into YA. Honestly, I think that book is part of the reason I fell so hard for YA...because how rad is that book? I loved everything about it. I devoured everything by David Levithan after that, and I truly think that man is a genius. Everything he touches turns to gold for me. And I think there are few people who can nail a voice like Rachel Cohn. So I have been anxiously awaiting this one. And let me tell you, it didn't disappoint at all. This book was just so much fun. If you love Christmas and New York and words and David and Rachel, you will enjoy the crap out of this book.
Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford
I haven't read this one yet. I'm saving some of my recent book purchases for my vacation over Thanksgiving break, so this is going to be one of my airplane/beach reads. I've heard such great things about it, though, and I really enjoyed How To Say Goodbye In Robot, so I'm positive I will like it.
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
This is another vacation read, unless I decide to crack it open early. I actually lucked out because this book isn't on sale until next week, but my Borders had it out over two weeks early. I'll admit, I freaked out just a little bit when I saw it on the shelves. Daisy Whitney is a debut author***, and I've heard nothing but praise for this book, so I knew I had to support and buy a copy. I have to admit, it's a little difficult to save these great books for vacation****, but luckily I've been so busy recently that it makes the temptation a little easier to handle.
So, those are my recent purchases***** and ARC reads. Have you read anything awesome lately?
* I took a trip to London and Paris. I thought for sure that I was going to fall madly in love with London and never want to leave and just be "eh" about Paris. It ended up being almost the opposite. I liked London, but I didn't fall in love the way I was so sure that I would, and I just adored everything about Paris. It was a total surprise, and that made me love it even more. I can't wait to go back and spend some serious quality time there...but I'm afraid I'm never going to want to leave.
** I still haven't watched the Nick & Norah's movie, and I don't think I ever will. I'm afraid it will ruin the book for me. And Michael Cera? I love him, but he's so not Nick.
*** She also works in media as her day job, which is my former career. GO MEDIA! I worked in media before I went back to school to get my teaching credential. (MAN does that seem like a whole lifetime ago.) With Daisy being a debut YA author AND a media babe, well, I have no choice but to support her. It's a given.
**** I'm also saving Losing Faith by Denise Jaden, Sea by Heidi Kling, You Wish by Mandy Hubbard, and Geektastic by, well, like a zillion people.
***** I also picked up an adult book...One Day by David Nicholls. But who cares about that? Heh.