Recommendation Roundup: Dec. 2013 & Jan. 2014

Recommendation Roundup: Dec. 2013 & Jan. 2014

I combined December and January's recommendation posts due to our year-end List of Awesome compilation. We have a ton of very mixed books to recommend this time--I think the only one we all read was Jennifer Lynn Barnes' super-fun thriller The Naturals, which our book club read in January. 

I had a particularly good run of books over the last couple months, including that I got to read a super-early copy of Lisa Schroeder's lovely new novel, The Bridge from Me to You, which was special to me for a number of reasons (disclosure: including this), but particularly because it reminded me so much of growing up in small town Oregon.

I was also excited to discover Maureen McGowan's action-packed post-apocalyptic thriller series (Deviants and Compliance), which is a whole lot of fun--especially on audio. And, if you're looking for a charming adult novel about the suckitude of adulting, I have to point you to You Had Me at Hello--it was a bestseller in the U.K. for a reason, let me tell you.

AND! One one final note, I was thrilled to read another super-early copy of a much-anticipated book, Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, which I adored. If you like Zevin's novels, you'll love this one, trust me.

Obviously, Sandra discovered the awesomeness of Sarah Addison Allen this month--hooray for another convert! And I peer-pressured Laura into reading more Liza Palmer, as one does...

Onward to the recommendations!

Sarah Recommends

Fake ID by Lamar Giles Amazon | Goodreads

Fake ID by Lamar Giles
Amazon | Goodreads

The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder Amazon | Goodreads

The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder
Amazon | Goodreads

The Naturals Amazon | Goodreads

The Naturals
Amazon | Goodreads

Deviants by Maureen McGowan Amazon | Goodreads

Deviants by Maureen McGowan
Amazon | Goodreads

Compliance by Maureen McGowan Amazon | Goodreads

Compliance by Maureen McGowan
Amazon | Goodreads

Going Rogue by Robin Benway Amazon | Goodreads

Going Rogue by Robin Benway
Amazon | Goodreads

You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane Amazon | Goodreads

You Had Me at Hello by Mhairi McFarlane
Amazon | Goodreads

The Treatment by Suzanne Young Amazon | Goodreads

The Treatment by Suzanne Young
Amazon | Goodreads

Live by Mary Ann Rivers Review | Amazon | Goodreads

Live by Mary Ann Rivers
Review | Amazon | Goodreads

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin Amazon | Goodreads

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Amazon | Goodreads

Skies of Gold by Zoe Archer Amazon | Goodreads

Skies of Gold by Zoe Archer
Amazon | Goodreads

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon Amazon | Goodreads

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
Amazon | Goodreads

Laura Recommends

Conversations with a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer Amazon | Goodreads

Conversations with a Fat Girl by Liza Palmer
Amazon | Goodreads

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner Amazon | Goodreads

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Amazon | Goodreads

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Amazon | Goodreads

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Amazon | Goodreads

TIger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson Amazon | Goodreads

TIger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Amazon | Goodreads

#scandal by Sarah Ockler Amazon | Goodreads

#scandal by Sarah Ockler
Amazon | Goodreads

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder Amazon | Goodreads  

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
Amazon | Goodreads

 

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray Amazon | Goodreads

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Amazon | Goodreads

World After by Susan Ee Amazon | Goodreads

World After by Susan Ee
Amazon | Goodreads

 

Sandra Recommends

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen Amazon | Goodreads

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
Amazon | Goodreads

The Firefly Dance by Sarah Addison Allen, Et Al Amazon | Goodreads

The Firefly Dance by Sarah Addison Allen, Et Al
Amazon | Goodreads

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen Amazon | Goodreads  

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Amazon | Goodreads

 

A Darker Shade of Sweden: Stories, Edited & Translated by John-Henri Holmberg Amazon | Goodreads

A Darker Shade of Sweden: Stories, Edited & Translated by John-Henri Holmberg
Amazon | Goodreads

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien Amazon | Goodreads  

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Amazon | Goodreads

 

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Amazon | Goodreads

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Amazon | Goodreads

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