Recommendation Roundup

Recommendation Roundup: June 2014

Recommendation Roundup: June 2014

I don't know about you, but reading has been weird for me lately. Between summer and a stressful couple of work projects, I'm finding myself in a bit of a funk. 

I keep starting books and then they lose my attention. However, Nafiza's wonderful graphic novel recommendation list came to my rescue and it's been just what the doctor ordered. I've gone way down the Saga rabbit hole and am official obsessed. 

I also picked up a couple of fabulous middle grade verse novels I'd been meaning to read and that was a pretty solid life decision. I got Kwame Alexander's beautiful and moving The Crossover from the library and I'll definitely be buying a copy for my own shelves. It's one of my favorite reads of 2014 for sure. I want everyone to read it so that I can nerd out about it with other people!

Onward to the recommendations!

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Recommendation Roundup: May 2014

Recommendation Roundup: May 2014

Holla, people! 

Try not to be too stunned, but I think this is the first time ever I've managed to post our monthly roundup of recommendations on the actual first of the month. I know, right? Stunning!

I have to say, I read some pretty great YA this month, which was a real treat, since I've had a whole slew of not-finished YAs recently. Have you checked out the last book in Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & Bone series yet? Woo boy, is that good. I listened to the audiobook because one of my favorite narrators does that series and it was loooooong, but so worth it. I also enjoyed Jenny Han's new book, Liz Fichera's seemingly under-the-radar sweet YA romance, Jennifer Echols new book and a couple of other goodies as well. 

Clock through for 14 recommendations we read this month! 

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Recommendation Roundup: April 2014

Recommendation Roundup: April 2014

Clearly, I had a much better reading month than my CEFS compatriots, with a number of books I quite enjoyed. 

By far, my most surprising read was Zac & Mia, which is one of those review copies that I downloaded on impulse because the folks at Harper Collins have me auto-approved for their books. Little did I know that it had won the Text Prize in Australia a couple of years ago, because that would've been my first clue that it was a good one. It's getting a lot of comparisons to The Fault in Our Stars, but I'm not sure that's an apt one, though the subject matter is similar. If I were to compare it stylistically to a "cancer book," I'd probably say it's more similar to The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder, but that's not that best comparison either. It's actually just unique, with a distinctive voice and style. 

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Recommendation Roundup: March 2014

Hey all! Looking for a badass read? We've got 'em spades this month! 

And if I may be so bold, I must point out that The Coldest Girl in Coldtown was probably my favorite book I read this last month, and if you can get your hands on the audiobook, do it! It's creepy but not scary and just so smart and creative--which is saying a lot for a novel about vampires. And, the audiobook narrator hits the vibe of the story so perfectly. 

Onward to the books!

Sarah Recommends

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (Audio)
Amazon | Goodreads

Bad Houses by Sara Ryan & Carla Speed McNeil
Amazon | Goodreads

Dead Silence (The Body Finder #4) by Kimberly Derting
Amazon | Goodreads

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Amazon | Goodreads

 

Get Happy by Mary Amato
Amazon | Goodreads

 

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
Amazon | Goodreads

 

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
Review | Amazon | Goodreads

The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe
Amazon | Goodreads

 

 

Sandra Recommends

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Review | Amazon | Goodreads

 

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
Amazon | Goodreads

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh
Amazon | Goodreads

 

The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich 
Amazon | Goodreads

 

 

Laura Recommends

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (Audio)
Amazon | Goodreads

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson (Audio)
Amazon | Goodreads

 

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
ReviewAmazon | Goodreads

The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford
Review | Amazon | Goodreads

 

 

Did you read anything fabulous recently? Drop a note in the comments!

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