Recommendation Roundup

Recommendation Roundup: May 2015

May was light on reading for the Clear Eyes, Full Shelves crew. Between BEA and just life stuff, the month got away from me, for sure. 

I did finally read a Katie McGarry book that worked for me. For whatever reason, her novels haven't clicked with me, and while I didn't love Nowhere But Here, I thought it was a really fun read, and sometimes that's exactly what you need. As has been the norm recently, most of the reading I enjoyed came in the form of comics--new issues of Saga, Ms. Marvel and Southern Cross (a new one you've got to check out!) all came out in May and they were so, so good. 

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Sarah Recommends

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All We Have Is Now
By Lisa Schroeder
 
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Recommendation Roundup: April 2015

Welcome to another edition of Recommendation Roundup!

This month I was lucky enough to read an early copy of Lisa Schroeder's upcoming YA novel, All We Have is Now and it's so, so good, y'all. It's definitely got a literary vibe to it and asks a lot of important questions. I also read and loved The One That Got Away, which is Bethany Chase's first novel and reminds me of the really great "chick lit" from the early 2000s--it's voicey and funny and smart.

I finally found a Karie McGarry novel that worked for me (though it was not without its issues) in her upcoming novel, Nowhere But Here, and glommed a bunch of Sarah Mayberry's backlist, which I seem to do once a year. I still have mixed feelings on her writing at times (she tends to use the same phrasing over and over and it bugs me), but she's definitely one to snag if you want a quick, satisfying read. 

Sarah Recommends

Sandra Recommends

Note: Sandra would like you to know that her picks are kind of dark and she likes it that way.

Laura Recommends

Big Little Lies
By Liane Moriarty
 
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Recommendation Roundup: Winter/Spring 2014-15

Recommendation Roundup: Winter/Spring 2014-15

Well, I got a bit behind on, like, life, so I thought I'd bundle a few months of our recommended reads for you, rather than trying to catch up month-by-month. 

I did a bit of re-reading over the last few months, which has been pretty fun. I think I will continue to revisit my favorites as a matter of course, because there's something enjoyable in revisiting a beloved story. We all read The Carnival at Bray for book club right before it was a Printz honoree and we all loved it so much, so if you haven't snagged that brilliant little book, do so!

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Recommendation Roundup: November 2014

Recommendation Roundup: November 2014

My reading habits have been all over the place lately. 

For a few days, I binged on all the comics I could find. Then, I blew through Amy Poehler's book. And, it took me most of the month to listen to the final audiobook in Alexandra Bracken's Darkest Minds trilogy (I'll write more about that series later). I've continued to read the Sirantha Jax series slowly, and am kind of bummed that I'm approaching the end. Probably my two favorite reads this month were both graphic stories: Ms. Marvel and Seconds (thanks to my friend Kinoko for the recommendation). And now I'm kind of in a reading funk--not much is working for me. 

In other news, Sandra's been blowing through review books, so her recommendations are filled with newer titles, if you're looking for something fresh. 

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