Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Enough is ENOUGH.

Someone recommend me a good book to get me out of my reading funk? Like, a book you thought was absolutely sensational. Fangirl-making.

Bonus points if it's already on my to-read...

66 comments:

Carol(ina) said...

The Summoning; slow start but it gets better

Sisters of Misery is really good but the main character may get on your nerves.

Lament is AMAZING! Read that one!

and then read North of Beautiful!

Hope this helps!

Tess said...

So I just found your blog and really like it. I was in a reading funk last week until I picked up "The Bell Jar." Its pretty serious and intense, but the writing is so good. I would also recommend "The Secret History," although its not really YA.

If you want something lighter I would go with any Ibbotson or "She's so money." Its pretty funny.

Hope that helps!

Megan said...

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith is great. So is Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger...I don't know if you've read that one before. As for the books on your to-read list, I highly recommend Dramarama. E. Lockhart's writing is genius!

Trisha said...

I also liked Cherry Cheva's She's So Money. A bit teen movie-ish, but still lots of fun.

Have you read Simone Elkeles' Perfect Chemistry yet? C'mon, you know you want to :)

I'll also recommend Ellen Emerson White's The President's Daughter series and Martha Brooks' True Confessions of a Heartless Girl.

Kelly said...

I saw that you haven't read Golden Compass, and I really enjoyed that--the whole series, really.

I second Tess' recommendation of Secret History. It's definitely weighty, subject-wise, but it's very fun. For a similar subject but less intense, Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman.

Also, there's The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, which is a book for people who love books. And, joy, the sequel is coming out in June.

Julie Kenner's Confessions of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series is really fun, if you want something that's not at all intellectually challenging. (It's like You Are So Undead to Me but much better and more fun.)

Wow, your to-be-read list rivals mine.

Carrie's YA Bookshelf said...

An Abudance of Katherines is awesome as are all of John Green's books. Paper Towns is probably my favorite.

The Bermudz Triangle is really good, too.

Vicky said...

I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Anne Brashares

Pucker by Melanie Gideon

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (Can't remember author's name)

Undercover by Beth Kephart

Adele said...

I am going to be boring and say re-read The Boys Next Door (Jenn Echols) because that had me smiling the entire read. Also if you want to cry the funk out, If I Stay by Gayle Forman!

Or just picture Melina gazing adoringly up at a singing Leonard Cohen!

shelburns said...

OK...how about Boy Minus Girl? My pick because it is in my TBR pile and I'd love to see what you think of it. It sounds interesting, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

jocelyn said...

After a quick glance at the to-read list, my very favorites there are Hope Was Here, Wicked Lovely, Tallulah Falls, Evolution Me & Other Freaks of Nature, and North of Beautiful. Many there are awesome, though.

After looking at my blog-ratings (haven't gone back and rated everything yet, keep in mind), North of Beautiful is one of the very few to get 6/6 from me. It's amazing.

Luisa said...

My favourite from my recently-read list is Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell.

prophecygirl said...

Wicked Lovely and City of Bones are amazing.

However, I would HIGHLY recommend The Book Thief. I can't even explain to you how good it is!

Yan said...

I definitely recommend north of beautiful! so far no one has to yet to dislike it ;P

tallulah falls I have to disagree on :(

Alastrion said...

Have you read The Boy in the Striped Pajames by John Boyne yet? Be warned, it is really sad, but it is really good. The Book Thief by Mark Zusak is also really good.

Madison said...

*gets to page 2*

You haven't read The Goose Girl yet? Then you must. You simply must. And then you must read Enna Burning 'cause it's freaking awesome, that book.

R.J. Anderson said...

LAMENT wins at everything. Trust me on this.

R.J. Anderson said...

Although I do agree with Madison about the awesomeness of ENNA BURNING (which I actually read first, before I got my hands on GOOSE GIRL).

Taren said...

You could always finish a VCA book -though maybe not Audrina, since I didn't think it was so hot.

Saundra Mitchell said...

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater! how i live now by Meg Rosoff!

Mandy Hubbard said...

From your list:

DEVILISH rocked
THE SEASON just hit stores and I LOVEDITOMGZLOVEDIT
THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH (if you've got an ARC) I think is going to be one of the biggest hits of 2009, and I want to read it over again.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Okay, so I haven't looked at your list but I love these two (and they're both buy guys!!):

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

and

Death of Jayson Porter by Jaime Adoff


-Lauren

stargirlreads said...

Pretty Little Liars,
The Juliet Club,
Keeping the Moon,
13 little blue envelopes,
Tiger Eyes

H said...

A Countess below Stairs is fun, but I wouldn't say sensational. Hmmm ... I loved Wicked Lovely, which I read recently (review upcoming) I would suggest you go for that. Also, I see you have Something, Maybe on your list. I can't wait for this one!!!

ReaderRabbit said...

WHat Happens Here is great.
Wicked Lovely is also pretty good.

Liv (Alivia) said...

Definitely agree with the person who recommended The Goose Girl. It was phenomenal. :)

Chloe said...

the summoning!!!!! or sisters of misery!
sisters of misery sucks up until the middle though.

Lisa Mantchev said...

Kelly Link's "Pretty Monsters" collection is amazing.

Anonymous said...

The Ruins, by Scott Smith.

Four different POV -- two boys/two girls -- all twentysomethings freshy graduated from college on vacation in Mexico.

Scary shit goes down. Really great writing. I read it when I was in a reading funk myself and it restored my faith in books.

Naberius said...

Graceling is amazing. And if you want to stretch your mind a little, try Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. Or, Un Lun Dun by Mieville (which is actually a little easier read....)

Brooke Reviews said...

l See wicked lovely onyour list. Beautiful book!

harmonybookreviews said...

I'm in the same boat. I just can't get into anything.

But yesterday I picked up Willow by Julia Hoban and it's absolutely amazing! If you haven't read it yet, I recommend doing so. Hopefully, it'll put you out of your reading slump.

Kelsey said...

Oh, yes If I Stay by Gayle Forman, it's quick, keeps you reading, and is amazing. Plus Gayle is so sweet. I actually have an early review for it up tomorrow. And others are:

The Nature of Jade
All We Know of Heaven
Fade
And you haven't read Willow yet? What are you waiting for?

But..I would read Willow, Fade, or If I Stay. But i think you'd really like Fade.

Miss.BookWorm said...

- Dark Lover, The Black Dagger Brotherhood
=]

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

I second the Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac-great book! I got to talking to a girl at the bookstore about that one and she ended up buying it-yay! I haven't read Graceling yet, but I've heard it's amazing. I'd love to know what you pick-I hate reading funks!

Simply_Megan said...

You have to read City of Bones!!!

Abby said...

GRACELING! Graceling Graceling Graceling!!!

GRACELING!

Erica said...

I didn't love Wicked Lovely ( http://palenerd.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/wicked-lovely-melissa-marr/) but I really love Maureen Johnson, and I see 13 Envelopes are on your Goodreads list. ( http://palenerd.wordpress.com/2008/09/24/13-little-blue-envelopes-maureen-johnson/ )

Then again, I also see Catcher in the Rye is as well, and I think that's kind of a "must-read" if you haven't already, and don't think you will in your Senior year. Unlikely, I think.

Khy said...

BOY MEETS BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chelsea said...

Hmm. I just read City of Bones and reeeeaally liked it.

Bookworm said...

I can't seem to get my mind into a book lately either. I've started about six and then put them down.

sweetmelissa818 said...

Hmmm...I would suggest either Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, or Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The latter being my favorite book of all time!

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Alea said...

I'm a little late to this party but I would suggest a book that starts with a W and ends with an illow!

Amee said...

Stealing Heaven! It was the only one out of the ones I've also read that I feel comfortable recommending to you with the title of fangirly. Even if I was fangirly over some of the others. Most of your list are ones I want to read though!

The Ravenous Reader said...

Hmm..let's see. What could I recommend. I have a few, but am not sure that you will read them even though they are so worth it.

Rachel Vincent (not YA, but friggin' amazing)
Stray
Rogue
Pride

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert

The Season by Sarah Maclean

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

robin_titan said...

Battle Royale!! You have GOT to read that book! It's freaking amazing, you won't be able to stop reading it once you've begun. It's an insane page turner!

Q&A by Vikas Swarup is also really amazing!

addicted reader said...

Jewels Treasured By Her Family. Trust me, I was just in a reading funk too, and Once I started reading Jewels, I couldnt stop. It is a little bit of a slow start, but it picks up. So please, come by my review blog, and take a look at the review I made for it! Comment too!!!

Genevieve said...

So I looked at your list to find some that I really liked. Here's what I came up with:

The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
-Really good, not my favorite MJ book but it's definitely up there. The book is told from more than one POV. I was able to relate to each girl in different ways.


An Abundance of Katherine's by John Green
-I love this book. I totally identified with Colin.


Graceling by Kristin Cashore
-READ IT. READ IT NOW. I love love love this book. I made my boyfriend read it. He loved it. I'm telling everyone I know to read it. It's fantasy but it's written in such a way that someone who doesn't care for fantasy will even like it. It's kind of like Tamora Pierce but different. And I loved it.

Fade by Lisa McMann
-This was really good. I can't wait for the next book to come out next week. It's about this girl who is basically sucked into people's dreams. It's really interesting how it's done. I really liked it. But it's not light and happy chick lit.


13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
-I think that this is my favorite MJ book. I loved the journey that Ginny goes on. I've been to over half of the locations in the book and they looked just like how things were described in the book.

Meredith said...

You have got to go with Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey! After you read that, you are going to want to read every book in the Once Upon a Time series.

seeyouupside said...

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Paper Towns by John Green

Eli said...

If you want pure happiness in book form, I would try A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson (or any of her old adult books that are being rereleased as YA {A Company of Swans, The Morning Gift, A Song for Summer}). Seriously. These books GLOW LIKE A SUMMER AFTERNOON. A SUMMER AFTERNOON, I SAY! WITH BUTTERFLIES! AND FLOWERS!
In a good way. Like, they're not saccarine--they're very British.

Speed Reader said...

Seriously, how can you have NOT read WICKED LOVELY yet? Absolutely fabulous and VERY fan-girl making. I also adored THE SEASON, but based on your blog, I think I'd suggest you go get WICKED LOVELY now!

Sarahbear9789 said...

North of Beautiful and Wicked Lovely are amazing.

cindy said...

i really loved paper towns! first book i read by him. =)

HipShaker said...

I'm putting my recommendations towards Wicked Lovely & Graceling. These two made me happy that such things as books exist.

Crotchety Old Fan said...

This is probably an 'out of left field' recommendation but -

Monument by Lloyd Biggle Jr. You'll probably have to pick it up off of ABE as I don't think it is still in print. SF with a twist.

nikki said...

Start reading some of that Kurt Vonnegut that's on your To-Read list!!! You won't regret it...

Stacy Nyikos said...

I really loved Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. I still go back to it just to savor his wording. Am reading PEAK, right now. It's about climbing Everest. YA. Awesome.

Stephanie Kuehnert said...

I'm a total Melissa Marr fangirl so I vote Wicked Lovely. Esp cause then you can read Ink Exchange (which isn't totally connected, but I think getting the background from WL helps) and that book. Wow I really really loved that one.

Also it's not YA, but Jeri Smith Ready's Wicked Game is IMHO one of the best vampire books out there and it's got a sequel coming in May so...

Medeia said...

what What WHAT? How can you not have read the Golden Compass?! It's like one of those books that I tend to assume everyone has read because really, people should.

It's like when hardcore fantasy fans have somehow NOT read Lord of the Rings!.... I didn't actually read through your entire to-read list to see if you've read those.

sassymonkey said...

Looking at your to-read:
A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl
Devilish
Goose Girl
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature
13 Little Blue Envelopes

Alyce said...

I've heard really good things about The Luxe (but haven't read it yet myself). If you're in the mood for something that's literary fiction, I loved Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

Laura said...

Um, I think you should read Graceling (excellent) and His Dark Materials AND Pullman's Sally Lockhart series.

katayoun said...

such lovely books there!!
- maureen johnson is really fun, definitely read devilish (and then 13 Little Blue Envelopes and then..!)
- and then same goes for sarah dessen
- and e. lockhart, her fly on the wall is fun, fun, fun!
- zusack's "The Book Thief" is great but then i don't know what kind of a book funk you are in, this needs attention
- and i love pullman's "dark materials" but again i think you need to read all three and it also requires time and attention

Kelly said...

Just wanted to second the votes for Graceling and Pretty Monsters. I read those both recently and loved them (Graceling has a review on my blog if you'd like to see more about it). I'd say pass on Wicked Lovely though. It wasn't very well written, imho.

Regina said...

I absolutely MUST recommend this book. Dear Julia by Amy Bronwen Zemser. It was fantastic. Everyone should check out this book! It's a WONDERFUL book! =D

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