Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Reads Recommendations

Where I am school lets out next week, so summer officially begins for us and it got me thinking about some books I've read recently that would make perfect additions to anyone's beach bag. So, I figured I'd share! In no particular order, here are some of my favorite books from 2013 so far. (I'm going to highlight three top choices and then list a few more). I've linked to each book's Goodreads page so you can read their synopses and decide if the book is for you. ALSO: Don't forget to check back here tomorrow to see who won our Fifth Friday Giveaway this month!!

Pretty Girl 13 by Liz Coley. I loved this book. It's about a girl who was abducted while she was camping, but shows up years later at her house with very little memory of what's happened to her since her abduction. It's a mystery wrapped in a psychological thriller wrapped in a coming of age story. Liz managed to bring me to tears and creep me out and keep me turning pages way past bedtime. This is a more serious read, but so well done. This book is on shelves now.

Reboot by Amy Tintera. This is my blockbuster pick, the book I saw unfolding movie-like in my head while I read it. I loved that Amy had such a unique take on zombies and that she created such a tough, yet vulnerable character in Wren (I love, love, love this name by the way). There are some very creepy moments in this book, which I adored (given that the creepy is my favorite), but it also had a very sweet romance and some kick butt action scenes. In short it had all that I look for in a summer read. AND it looks like it will be a movie as they are moving forward in Hollywood with a screenwriter and such. I can't wait to see if what I pictured is how Hollywood depicts it as well. This book is on shelves now.

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn. So unique. I had no idea what was happening for a little while, but I had to find out and basically read the book in one sitting. It was bloody and eerie and downright unsettling and I loved every minute of it. This book comes out June 11th.

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton. Emotions manifested as actual beings, such an interesting concept! I loved the main character here and I'm not afraid to go on record saying that her love interest in this book is e-hem, quite the hottie. A great paranormal. This book releases July 8th.

Now those are all YA, so here's a look at what I loved on the adult side of things (both books are on shelves now):

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. If you haven't read this book, what the heck are you waiting for? The writing is perfection, the characters are all unreliable. I love it when I can't figure out what's going to happen. This book surprised me for sure and it's one of my favorites from Gillian. (I sort of fan girl over her for sure).

NOS4ATU by Joe Hill. I'm not totally done with this book, but I'm still listing it because, well, this writer is so good at horror that it makes me giddy. This book is scary and awesome and I'm trying hard to savor it and not gobble the words up too fast.

So this list has a little sci fi, a little paranormal, a little contemporary and probably more than a little horror mixed in. Basically it is a road map of my tastes as a reader. Hope you find one or two that peak your interest. If you do, let me know! And of course I'd love some recommendations for what I should read come summer. My to read list is long, but I'm always looking to add to it!

1 comment:

  1. Oh! I didn't realize there was a zombie hook to REBOOT. I can't wait to delve into it now that I have my copy. I'll buddy that up with Mike Martin's THE END GAMES since I have both and they came out the same day.

    Thanks for the reqs, Amy! Let the summer begin!