Top Ten Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2012

Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted at my other blog — The  Broke & the Bookish.

This week’s topic is:  Top Ten Favorite New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2012

1. Sarah Zarr : I loved Sweethearts and I cannot to scour her backlist as she writes just really great contemporary that is just so realistic & authentic. I’m also really excited for The Lucy Variations coming out from her in 2013 as you might have guessed from my  Hachette Spring/Summer 2013 edition of  Catalog  Creepin’. (my review of Sweethearts)

2.  Jennifer E. Smith: I JUST read The Statistical Probability of Love at  First Sight and will be reviewing it soon. Let  me just tell you — ALL OF THE  SWOON.  I’m excited to read her backlist and am SO  read for This is What Happy Looks Like in 2013! How have I not read her before this??

3. Robin Benway: I read & reviewed Audrey, Wait! this year and it was HILARIOUS! I know that she has a new book coming out and  I don’t know if it it’s going to be as funny as Audrey,Wait! but I am definitely a fan!

4. Sarah Jio: This is a new adult fiction author that I discovered this year. Blackberry Winter is the first book I’ve read from her and I love the blend of mystery & historical fiction she brought to the table with incredibly storytelling that keeps the pages turning!

5. Siobhan  Vivian: I FINALLY read Not That Kind of  Girl and loved the kind of open discussion Siobhan Vivian brings to the table. Really great contemporary YA that’s bold & fresh. I can’t wait to tackle The List next!

6. Veronica Rossi: Just when I thought I was needing a little dystopian hiatus, Veronica Rossi swoops in to the rescue with Under The Never Sky. Then I read Through The Ever Night (review to come soon!) and fell in love with this series even more. I will eagerly be awaiting book #3 in this trilogy but also so excited to see what she writes next!

7.  Diana Peterfreund: For Darkness Shows The Stars was such an unexpected read  for me and was one  I picked  up solely based on a recommendation. This book was beautiful and unique and I hear her killer unicorn series is awesome too. So excited to delve  into more of her works!

8. Kirsten Hubbard: My foray into the writing that is Kirsten Hubbard was through Wanderlove – a book that was definitely on the top of my favorites list.  Combine travel, romance, swoony moments, amazing writing into a contemporary story with memorable characters and you’ve got yourself a Jamie Book! No doubt she is on my radar for LIFE.

9.Sarah Ockler: This is one of those authors that I felt like I should have read as a contemporary YA lover but never did. Thankfully Twenty Boy Summer did not disappoint and I’m definitely in need to binge on some  of her backlisted books!

10. Jenny Han: Everybody in the WORLD has talked about The Summer I Turned Pretty and you know me…late to the bandwagon but hey…at least I’m hitched to it now, yes?  I must finish up the series and then onward to Burn For  Burn!

Had to add this because I’m me: I also discovered John Green’s solo works this year. I don’t know if that counts since I had already technically discovered him via Will  Grayson, Will Grayson last year BUT if you will let it count..than that would be my numero uno. Paper Towns & Looking For Alaska are incredible!

 

 

Who are some new favorite authors YOU have discovered this year? Are any of these authors that I’ve shared any of your personally favorites??

Top Ten Most Anticipated YA Reads For 2013 (Pretty Much The First Half Only)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted over at my other blog The Broke and the Bookish) is all about our most anticipated 2013 releases!

This one KILLED ME.  KILLED. I just kept going…BUT  THIS ONE…BUT THIS ONE TOO..BUT BUT BUT…ALLL OF THE BOOKS. Check out my Catalog Creepin’ posts to see more of my anticipated 2013 book releases (both YA and adult).

 


1. Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown (Out May 2013): This one looks SO good & relevant giving all the problems teens face with sexting sorts of scandals.  It sounds excellent & I love the promise of some romance and a nice guy!

2. Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepytus (Out February 2013): You all know my absolutely love for Between Shades Of Grey by Ruta Sepytus so naturally I have been absolutely dying for this one and I cried when it showed up on my doorstep. I love historical fiction and, I know if anybody can deliver for me in 2013, it’s Ruta Sepytus! This one is set in New Orleans in the 1950′s  — SO excited!

3. Golden by Jessi Kirby (Out May 2013): No secret here that I love Jessi Kirby (author of Moonglass & In Honor which I’ve read & reviewed here). Obviously this is on here! I’ll be reading anything she puts out as she is a spectacular voice in the contemporary YA world!

4. Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza (Out March 2013): This looks like a fascinating sci-fi book that I HOPE will make up for a lackluster one I read this year dealing with similar themes! I am hoping and praying to the book gods that this is a really fabulous because I’m building it up so much in my head! Hoping to start this one soon!

5. Pivot Point by Kasie West  (Out February 2013): From the description it seems like a paranormal-y, time travel/sliding doors kind of story so I’m pretty excited. ALSO I saw someone tweet about it and apparently it’s a good KISSING BOOK. Woo! Even better.

6. Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David  Levithan (Out May 2013): UM YEAH. I am obsessed with David Levithan (did you read my review for Every Day?) and I really enjoyed Nightshade by Andrea Cremer so naturally this is HIGH up on my list because David Levithan has never failed me with any of his collab works!

7. The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr (Out May 2013): I’m a newfound Sara Zarr fangirl after reading Sweethearts by Sara Zarr & I love books dealing with talented MC’s (especially of the musical variety). This looks EXCELLENT!

8. Isla & The Happily After by (the one & ONLY) Stephanie Perkins (supposedly May 2013): OMG OMG OMG OMG! Hello, I’m Jamie and I’m the self appointed, off the wall Stephanie Perkins fan club Prezzie who will be knocking down the door of my local bookstore when this comes out. Read my reviews of Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door and you will see some of the only times I fangirl like an absolute loon. If I made an order to this list, other than what images came up first on my computer, this would be numero UNO.

9. Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting (Book #4 in The Body Finder series — Out April 2013): This series is so addicting if you like supernatural mysteries. The Last Echo (the last book) was the BEST yet so I have high hopes considering where the ending is taking us in this one! WOO!

10. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (Out February 2013 — book #2 in series): I just recently read Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi so luckily I didn’t have to wait as long as others who read it long ago! THANK GOD! I’m planning on reading it this month but I’m so NERVOUS and EXCITED and MUST PREPARE MYSELF FOR FEELINGS.

11. Prodigy by Marie Lu (Out January 2013 — book #2 in series): I stinking LOVED Legend by Marie Lu! It’s such a great dystopian book and one that I have recommended countless times for people looking for something fast paced and page-turning but with an interesting society! My teen nephews DEVOURED this one as well. They are going to kill me if I don’t hurry up and read Prodigy and pass it on to them soon!

Books I’ve Already Read (Or Am Currently Reading) That Would Have Made  My Most Anticipated 2013 YA Reads List

 

 

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shephard (Currently reading this one now! Holla for historical fiction!)
Just One Day by Gayle Forman ( SO AMAZING. I can’t even.   Look out for my review this week! One of my fave books I read this year! ALSO, Just One Year comes out in 2013 too!)
Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook (Was interesting & kept my attention for sure. Not my fave but certainly not bad by any means).
Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (book 2 of Under the Never Sky trilogy — OMG! SO GOOD. I was scared of the second book syndrome but ALAS…Veronica Rossi nailed this one!)
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans (I read this one immediately upon receiving it at the S&S blogger preview party at BEA and it was one of the most unique “after-life” sort of stories I’ve read!)

 

AHHH I’m already thinking of some majorly awesome books that aren’t on this list but ALAS…this was so hard and I gave it my best! So TELL ME..are any of these on YOUR list? Which books are YOU excited for that aren’t on my list? Any series books that have new books coming out that I may have not picked up the first one??

Top Ten Favorite Kickass Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted over at my other blog — The Broke and the Bookish

 

I had some confusing thoughts about what makes a kickass/strong heroine on Saturday and came to the conclusion that, for myself, it’s a very broad definition as to what I consider to be a kickass/strong heroine! Some are of the literal variety while some are more silently strong but kick ass nonetheless.

1. Katniss from The Hunger Games: This is probably going to be on a lot of lists so I’m sure I don’t need to explain why she is on here but I truly did admire how strong she was for her family, how she sacrificed herself for the people she loved, how she was still very human despite being in such a horrible situation (Rue!) plus girl has brains and wit. Sure she has flaws but she is overall one of my faves! (My review  of The Hunger Games)

2. Puck from The Scorpio Races — I loved how Puck wasn’t afraid to do something that women never did by riding those killer horses. She was strong and courageous even if it could get her killed. Sometimes I think she was being reckless but I think her intentions were good! (My review of The Scorpio Races)

3. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice — Do I really need to explain? Honestly? Elizabeth may have not been fighting dragons or anything but she’s kickass in so many ways. What an endearing heroine!  She is intelligent, playful and is not afraid to go against the mainstream way of thinking–even if it means offending her family by not marrying a certain fellow. She knows what she’s about and she doesn’t care what society thinks when it comes to things she believes in.

4. Lisbeth Sanders from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Lisbeth Sanders was just one of those unexpected heroines when I started reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. She’s smart and strong and isn’t afraid to be herself. Conformity be damned! She’s got her own notions of femininity! I wanted to slow clap for her by the end of the novel.

5. Jo March from Little Women: How can you not love Jo? She certainly marched to a different tune. I loved her because she has strong mind and is independent. She, like Elizabeth Bennet, chooses to sometimes go against what society would have of her. I like that she trounced  upon the model of what a woman should look like and what she should do.

6. Ai Ling from Silver Phoenix: This was one of my first fantasy books and I just loved how fierce she was and she didn’t rely on a man to do things always! (My review of Silver Phoenix)

7. Elisa from The Girl Of Fire & Thorns: Elisa went from lacking confidence and being complacent to this really fierce girl who seemed more at home in her skin! I really loved seeing her transformation!

8. Frankie Landau Banks from The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks: I freaking loved Frankie! She wasn’t ok with being left out of the boys club just because she had a vagina. She wanted to prove that she could be just as smart and scheme-y as them. I loved how she explored what feminism was and what it meant to her and I think that’s important for girls to think about — what feminism looks like. I think she made mistakes but ultimately she learned a lot about herself. PLUS let’s be honest. Her plans were AWESOME. Snaps for Frankie!

9. Eva from The Lost Girl: Eva is a recent addition to this list for me. I think she tried really hard to do what she was supposed to do in her situation but she couldn’t fight who SHE was. I loved the ways she fought for her own independence yet still tried to think of others. She had courage even though she knew what could happen and wasn’t afraid to save others instead of herself. (My review of The Lost Girl)

10. Matilda from, well, Matilda: I wanted to BE Matilda when I was younger. She and Harriet from Harriet the Spy were my bookish besties back then. Matilda had a lot against her but she wasn’t afraid of being too small or just one little voice when it came to changing the world!

 

Who are some of your favorite kickass heroines both of the literal and the more subtle variety? Do you agree or disagree with any of the ones I chose? I can handle it if you did!

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Fictional Couples in Books

Today was my day to post over at The Broke and the Bookish! Head over there to check out other readers selections and to link your own up!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about our favorite couples in literature. For me, a good romantic relationship in literature is one that is, in general, not formed too hastily and the development of the relationship is at least somewhat believable. On occasion I do become enthralled with romantic relationships that are hastily formed and are the most ridiculous love stories ever. It happens. I’m ok with it. None of the romantic relationships ever seem to take the same form. Sometimes I like quiet relationships and sometimes I like really drama-filled ones–all seem to have some flaws and reflect the issues inherent in loving someone. I cannot stand obsessive and unhealthy relationships. I understand there are those relationships but they won’t make my favorite couples list. I understand falling head over heels but becoming a mindless creature that can’t function on your own disgusts me.

Some picks might include spoilers if you haven’t read them:

1. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice — I’m sure everyone will have this on their list. I may be a bit impartial with this one as my own “love story” looked like this. I loathed my boyfriend when I first met him and essentially thought myself better than him like Elizabeth did. Out of nowhere I found myself wanting to spend time with him and thinking of him differently. He had always known he had feelings for me and he waited patiently for me to realize and reciprocate.

2. Romeo and Juliet — I genuinely was obsessed with this relationship in high school when I read it. I really didn’t even like this play but loved their relationship and oohed and ahhed at their true love and all the dramatics of it. I wonder if I would still feel the same reading it now.

3. Eliza Doolittle and Freddy in Pygmalion — I read this in my 11th grade Brit Lit class and wrote a paper on it because I loved this play (and also was obsessed with My Fair Lady). I know everybody WANTED Eliza and Higgins to get together but I never really did. Ok, maybe there was a small part of me, but for once I was happy that the guy who genuinely liked the girl–albiet the “nice guy”–got the girl! Don’t get me wrong, I like when a guy changes and comes to realize his faults in how he treated a woman and they live happily ever after. But for some reason I just really loved that Freddy liked her for who she was and found her charming and quirky.

4. Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games– Disclaimer: I’ve only read The Hunger Games so far so I have NO idea who she ends up with AND I realize that they weren’t technically a couple but they were in my mind! I just thought this was a really realistic, sweet kind of couple. She could be herself and that was what he liked about her. They had a friendship as a foundation and there was that extra something something there. I am scared to read Catching Fire and Mockingjay because I just have a bad feeling about the liklihood of them ending up together. SHHH. Don’t tell.

5. Pigeon and Anieleca from A Long Long Time Ago and Essentially True– Loved this sweet couple! I love the way he was hellbent on getting her family’s respect and then wooing her. I loved his genuine devotion and love for her. Le sigh.

6. Henry and Clare in The Time Traveler’s Wife — This is one of those couples that I loved and don’t know why! Some of the girls in the College Students group and I were discussing how tragic it was that all she did was just wait and wait for him all her life and the relationship’s development was so abnormal because she just always knew she was supposed to be with him since she was young. For whatever reason, I found myself loving it despite this. I still can’t figure out WHAT was so redeeming about it but it moved me in a certain way and that counts for something.

7. The wife and husband in Blindness– This might seem like an odd choice. I understand that. However, I just loved how she pretended to be blind and went with him into these horrible living conditions and took care of him. I love how she tried so hard in little ways to make him not feel so helpless and how she still loved him even when he resented that she could see. She could have had a much more comfortable life outside the asylum but she chose to remain with her husband.

8. Odysseus and Penelope from The Odyssey– I remember not being excited to read this for class but I found myself smitten with this couple! Epitome of sacrifice and devotion to your true love! Enough said!

9. Anne and Gilbert from Anne of Green Gables series — Childhood favorite! I’m in need of a re-read but I remember always rooting for them and thinking they were so cute! Love a good happily ever after story!

10. Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza from Love in the Time of Cholera — Ok, so one word here–PASSION. This relationship just took ahold of me from the beginning and took me from a ride for sure. The relationship was clearly flawed and messed up with him being a player and her being a tease and rejecting him but I just found it wildly passionate.

What are your favorite couples in books? Do you disagree/agree with any of mine? What makes a good fictional couple in your mind? What couples make you want to gag? :)

Next week’s topic — Top Ten Favorite Authors

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