I’m usually more of a fiction reader but I could not put this memoir down. The story of Will and his mother who is dying of cancer and the book club they decide to form makes for a interesting read. If you love books and you love reading you should definitely check this book out. Check out my review:
Crash by Lisa McMann (January 8th, 2013)
- I LOVED McMann’s Wake trilogy and this new series sounds really intriguing.
Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum (January 8th, 2013)
- ROBOTS. Done.
Shadowlands by Kate Brian (January 8th, 2013)
- KATE BRIAN!!! I read the first book in the Private series a week before the first day of high school. This book sounds awesome and it’s one of my top 5 can’t-wait-to-read books of 2013.
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (January 29th, 2013)
- I want to read this book so bad that I plan to read the H.G. Wells novel that inspired it. It’s also on the top 5 can’t-wait-to-read books of 2013.
Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter (February 5th, 2013)
- The heist series is amazing and I can’t wait to read more of Kat and the gang (mostly Hale though J)
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (February 5th, 2013)
- Really like Shatter Me. Been waiting months for the sequel. More Kenji!!!
Pulse by Patrick Carman (February 26th, 2013)
Requiem by Lauren Oliver (March 5th, 2013)
- Oliver left us with a cliff hanger that needs to be resolved. Right now. Sadly, we must wait until March.
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza (March 12th, 2013)
- GAHHHHHH. #1 on my top 5 can’t-wait-to-read books of 2013. Described to be like the Bourne series and Resident’s Evil but with robots…COME ON? Who would want to read this? I’ve heard really great reviews from friends. J
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (March 19th, 2013)
- I love this series a lot more than the Mortal Instruments and hopefully it’ll resolve the most intriguing love triangles in books today.
17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma (March 21st, 2013)
- Sounds really good…
Panic by Sharon M. Draper (April 2nd, 2013)
- About an everyday fear we all hold: being kidnapped or having someone we love kidnapped. Sounds awesome…and scary.
Nameless: A Tale of Beauty and Madness by Lili St. Crow (April 9th, 2013)
- A fan of St. Crow’s Strange Angels series. This seems interesting.
Icons by Margaret Stohl (May 7th, 2013)
- One half of the creative duo behind the Beautiful Creatures series. The premise is really cool.
Vortex by S.J. Kincaid (July 2nd, 2013)
- Loved the first. Hopefully the second is just as funny!
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke (August 20th, 2013)
- Heard many great things about this book. In books, you can fall in love with EVERYBODY (vampires, zombies, faeries etc) but how about the devil?
A Point So Delicate by Brandy Colbert (Sometime in 2013)
- Another contemporary novel that has the protagonist confessing the role she played in her childhood friend’s abduction. NICE!
Unbreakable by Kami Garcia (Sometime in 2013)
- The other half of the Beautiful Creatures team. Very excited.
These are my most anticipated reads of 2013. Here’s more of the 2013 Young Adult releases by month on Liz’s blog. Check them out.
Ardo asked me, “What books are you most excited for this New Year?” so here are my picks!
The post you’ve been waiting for! My top reads of 2012. Who will be victorious?
5) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
WTF? That was my reaction. The good kind and not the kind where you have no clue what’s going on. I haven’t read a lot of adult this year (sigh) but it represented its genre well. I’d love to say more but I don’t want to spoil anything!
4) Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J Bick
This book really shook me. Feelings were aroused. Some sad, some lustful (for the hot teacher) but mostly satisfied because it was a really great, fulfilling and meaningful read.
3) Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
This entire book was amazing but the ultimate cliff hanger at the end was what cemented this book in the number 3 spot. A twist to an old favourite at the very end? Tsk tsk Lauren Oliver. Now I’m anxious for Requiem that’s coming out this New Year.
2) Small Damages by Beth Kephart
Every paragraph, sentence and word was important and a story that could’ve been dull was made captivating. Werewolves, vampires, dystopian worlds are fun but sometimes it’s everyday life and everyday problems that’s the most interesting.
1) Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Mmm…so what makes this book my favourite…Does it have a strong female protagonist? Check. Awesome writing style that’s unique? Check. A band of female warriors? Check. Really sinister characters? Check. A hot male character for me to fawn over? Check. A joyride for all ages? Hells yeah! This book has become my favourite this year and it’s taken the spot favourite series ever for now. The Hunger Games used to own that title.
That, ladies and gents, is my top five reads this year. Tomorrow I’ll post the 2013 releases I look forward to the most and, on January 1st, I’ll post my literary influenced new year’s resolutions.
A. A. Omer
5) What Kills Me by Wynne Channing
This is Channing’s debut novel but her time at the National Post has obviously prepared her for this feat. Her writing is so vivid and she knows how to pace a story. I could SEE these foreign places. Well done.
4) Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J Bick
I thought I’d see Mr. Anderson as the bad guy because of his relationship with Jenna. I thought I’d know who was bad and who was good but all I saw was grey. The writing is captivating and a flurry of emotions washed over me. Seriously, read this.
3) Blood Red Road by Moira Young
I’ve heard people say that they’ve stopped reading this book a few pages in because of the dialect. Well guess what? Those who work hard get rewarded. Simple as that. The last thing you want to be as a reader is to be a passive reader and Young challenges us by switching things up in HOW we read. You will get used to it. You just need to forget the strict rules of language for a bit. It’s kind of like getting a ballerina to dance Hip Hop. They’ll need to forget their lines and get into the loose groove of things. The writing was a character of its own and THAT’S what makes it great.
2) Everyday by David Levithan
Only this book can be written by David Levithan. That’s what you’ll say to yourself after reading this. Who would ever think of something like this AND write it in a way where you hang on every word. I love the breakdown of a meaning of a word or the comparisons of a word with another to help us better understand it in its truest form. I don’t know what else to say but to go out and read this book.
1) Small Damages by Beth Kephart
The best compliment I can give this book is that I’d buy a copy that I could carry around and mark up all of the passages and lines that I loved. This was literary fiction or at least very close to literary fiction. Phenomenal writing here folks and I think my words won’t do it any justice.
A. A. Omer