Eight books in, and seven to go!
Let's start with my pick for "Book by your favorite author" - which I took some liberty with by choosing CONVICTION (by fellow YA Buccaneer Kelly Loy Gilbert). It's Kelly's first book, but since she's a favorite person of mine, I figured it counts. ;)
I loved CONVICTION. Kelly writes beautifully, with poetic descriptions and little details that paint such vivid pictures. She also knows how to weave a seriously intense story. I was surprised by so many things up to the very last page, and each surprise felt like an emotional roller coaster. It is SUCH a good book.
I think this would be a great one to recommend to older teen boys, and also to adults who don't usually read YA. You can learn more about CONVICTION here.
I finished reading CONVICTION last night. Gorgeous, haunting writing, and a story you can't look away from. @KellyLoyGilbert, you amaze me!— Bridgid Gallagher (@bridgidlee) July 5, 2015
Next I read IT WAS ME ALL ALONG, a memoir by Andie Mitchell for my non-fiction pick. I first discovered Andie through her TED Talk. After hearing her speak about self acceptance, eating disorders, and her life (and love of food!), I added her book to my to-read list. I'm very glad I did! I couldn't help but be moved by her story. It's a difficult subject matter, but she has a hopeful, positive tone, and a lot of love and forgiveness.
It's a heart-wrenching story, but it's beautiful, too. Her love for food and life is simply gorgeous. Can't recommend it enough.— Bridgid Gallagher (@bridgidlee) July 17, 2015
Another new favorite? CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein. I haven't read a really good historical fiction novel in a LONG time, and this one blew me away. It's set in England (and thereabouts) during WWII, and it's the story of two women: a spy who is caught by Nazis, and her friend, a female pilot. (Are you already itching to read this book?) Unique, vivid story-telling. Fantastic writing. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and made me laugh (which is very surprising considering the gravity of the subject matter). Highly recomended!
BEWARE THE WILD by Natalie C. Parker wins for best atmosphere. It's a Southern Gothic (think: Louisiana swamps, southern drawls, humidty) and is a downright creepy story about a swamp creature who spirits people away. Beautiful descriptive writing and a spooky story that will keep you turning pages (just leave the lights on). I loved it.
For my freebie, I chose HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS by Susan Elizabeth Philips. I haven't read one of her romances in a very long time, and I forgot how much I enjoy her books. This story felt like a tongue-in-cheek ode to Victorian Gothic novels (think: Jane Eyre), but had unique, varied twists and details and a contemporary feel (for example, the book starts with the heroine talking to her puppets). A good choice if you're looking for a romance, but want something different. It's fun, well-written, and delightfully complicated.
Here's my full update:
Set During the Summer [BEWARE THE WILD by Natalie C. Parker]
Historical Novel [CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein]
Book with a Diverse Main Character
Adapted into a Movie [GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn]
Published Your Grad Year
Book By Your Fave Author [CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert]
Freebie! Book of Your Choice [HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS by Susan Elizabeth Philips]
Road Trip Book [TRUST THE FOCUS by Megan Erickson]
Translated From Another Language
Rory Gilmore Book
Book You Own But Haven't Read
Set On a Different Continent currently reading THE EMERALD ATLAS by John Stevens
Non-Fiction/Writing/Craft [IT WAS ME ALL ALONG by Andie Mitchell]
I'd love to hear what you've been reading. Anything you'd recommend? I'm particularly interested in finding books for the categories I haven't hit yet ... So let me know if you have a suggestion!
P.S. You can find more of my book reviews on Goodreads!