I fell down a rabbit hole of YA ebook deals tonight, sooooooo here, benefit from my search. These are almost all $2 right now: Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson You Were Here by Cori McCarthy Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey All-American Girl by Meg Cabot More Than This by Patrick Ness The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti Very Important Note: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart is one of my all-time favorite anythings. I own two extra copies just for loaning or spontaneously gifting. It’s YA at its best. BRB, time to read. 😀
It’s summer and super hot, so this line I highlighted in my copy of Julie Murphy’s Dumplin’ jumped out at me and I wanted to share: There’s something about swimsuits that make you think you’ve got to earn the right to wear them. And that’s wrong. Really, the criteria is simple. Do you have a body? Put a swimsuit on it. If you’re a fan of John Green or Rainbow Rowell or interested in a book with a fat protagonist (or realistic characters who aren’t perfect or small town issues or Texas!), this one’s for you. Also, Julie is in my book club and I promise any money you spend on her books is going to someone you’d be happy to support. She’s great and so are her books.
Looking to add some YA to your life? These are currently $1-3 for Kindle (and I bought them all, obvs). Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo Lost Girls (Lost Girls #1) by Kate Ellison P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) by Amy Spalding If you’re completing my 2016 Reading Challenge, these will help you cross a few off the list.
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” — Oscar Wilde Need tips on how to read more this year? Or want to join my 2016 reading challenge? 😉 I’ve got three crossed off the list! (And they were accidental, because so far I forgot to plan my reading around the challenge. Goals!)
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. There’s a new topic every week inviting everyone to share their lists. Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year or So. 1. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” I previously mentioned this book, and included a longer version of the quote above, and… yeah, it’s a tough read. Honest, and sad, and infuriating. 2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart “It is better to be alone, she figures, than to be with someone who can’t see who you are… It is better to speak up than stay silent. It is better to open doors than to shut them on people.” I’ve read this book every year or so since I first read it back in 2010. If you’re looking for a way into contemporary YA, this is it. It’s so smart & Frankie is the best. …
I went to the Half Price Books flagship store tonight for the Penguin Teen on Tour stop in Dallas with Ally Condie, Jandy Nelson, and Meg Wolitzer. They chatted about their most recent books, the writing process, and books they love to read (and re-read). Jandy mentioned she spent most of her life writing poetry until she got this advice around age 40: Meg has mostly written adult books (which sounds more risqué than intended): When asked how to make your writing exciting: Meg likes to re-read the parts in a book when you know the author was “doing the Snoopy Dance” to celebrate how great they are: The book Ally wishes her teen self could’ve read: Meg’s re-read/favorite: And the books Jandy would give her teen self: Meg points out why some books stick with us: I totally agree! Some books enter your life at just the right time to make an impact on you that lasts a lifetime. This reminded me of how I read The Catcher in the Rye as an angsty teen and …
By now you’ve probably noticed I love books and read lots of them, of all types, including romance, so: If you aren’t a historical romance reader yet, Courtney Milan’s The Brothers Sinister series is a great place to start and currently on sale for $4.99. Or the first book in the series, The Duchess War, is free right now if you want to try it out first. My favorite book in the series is The Suffragette Scandal (book 4) so you should definitely snag that one either way. I’ll write more about these books and my thoughts on them soon. For now, take advantage of the sale and see what you think.