Friday, May 30, 2014

Best Books of May

Today I'm participating in a group blog challenge hosted by The Armchair Squid. 



We're supposed to tell everyone about the best book we've read during the month of May. This month, I'm applauding a book that was written by fellow Nashvillian Courtney C. Stevens.



I only met her briefly, at her book launch party. There were about a billion people there. It looked like this.



I bought her book at the event, but after about 45 minutes in line to have it signed, I had to go. I couldn't wait to read it, but I had so many other books in my TBR pile, it took me a couple of months. Finally, this month, I read it, and I have to say, this book...




...is pure awesomeness. It ranks right up there with two other YA books I've read in the past year...






...and...




...as my favorite YA books of ALL TIME. Seriously. If you haven't read Faking Normal, Thirteen Reasons Why, or Canary, click on the book covers above and order them now!


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69 comments:

  1. I read THIRTEEN REASONS WHY ages ago and though it was terrific! I've already got FAKING NORMAL on my TBR list. :)

    Another YA book I absolutely loved was IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch.

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  2. Adding that one to my TBR list, Madeline. Thanks!

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  3. Not books I'm familiar with. Thanks for sharing, I'm away to check them out now.

    My favourite read of the month was Witch And Wizard by James Patterson which though a bit of nonsense was totally compelling.

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  4. Thanks, Tracy! I have a feeling my list of to-read books is going to be way too long by the end of the day!

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  5. Looks like a great read! And who doesn't dream of a book signing with a billion people?:)

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  6. I can’t believe I haven’t read any of them! I must rectify that right now. Thanks for the info. Barbara.

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  7. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  8. I always look for the book "everyone's talking about." I think these three books are the types of books that get everyone talking. Of course, 13 Reasons Why is coming out as a movie soon, so I think it's already BEEN the book everyone's talking about!

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  9. Darn it, I think this was also a Kindle daily deal and I passed it over. It seemed too similar to Laurie Halse Anderson's "Speak," which is still on my TBR list. Now I wish I'd grabbed it. My teenager read Thirteen Reasons Why and loved it, it's also on my TBR. Haven't heard of Canary, will add that too! Lots of reading to do!

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  10. I read Speak...similar subject matter but the authors handled both very differently. I think what makes Faking Normal good is that it deals with dark subject matter, but somehow it doesn't seem dark. I don't like reading 200 pages of angst...there's a brightness in the writing that comes through. The main character doesn't just sit around brooding--she goes out with friends, goes to school, "fakes normal." It doesn't feel dark as you're reading it. Same with Canary. All three books have you thinking about the characters throughout the day, eager to get back to the book to find out what happens next. That's so rare for me these days that when it happens, I want to share the book with the world!

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  11. New to me, great shout out at your sea

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  12. YA is not my usualread but I'll have to look out for this one and give it a go.

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  13. Oh yes I saw her books many times but I confess that I haven't read any. I should!

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  14. I haven't read THIRTEEN REASONS WHY, but a lot of my students have and they love it! It's on my list to read along with LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Greene.

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  15. These books sounds amazing and heard about someones.
    I would love to read Faking normal!

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  16. I feel guilty every time I see John Greene's name, Megan, because I still haven't read The Fault in Our Stars!

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  17. I just started this book and I'm loving it so far!

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  18. Can't wait to pick this one up. I'm always on the look out for new YA reads for my daughters and myself!

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  19. 13 Reasons Why has been on my TBR list for a while. I should get around to it soon. It's been recommended a lot!

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  20. I have this book(won it in a giveaway sponsored by HarperCollins), but like you said, that TBR list... But I shall bump it closer to the top due to your glowing rec! =)

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  21. I still enjoy a good YA book, so thanks for the recommendations.

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  22. FAKING NORMAL sounds like a great book and one that I should recommend to my daughter who is a high school math teacher.

    I still enjoy YA genre - even kid's lit. If it is good writing, it doesn't matter. Plus I'm a kid inside anyway.

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  23. Faking Normal looks like a book that would appeal to my 13-year-old daughter.

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  24. I'm going to have to add those to my TBR list. Thanks for the quick reviews!

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  25. The really funny thing (to me, anyway) is I NEVER read YA when I was a kid, so I certainly never expected to read them NOW, as a little ol' lady. Surprise! I've read some really good ones over the past couple years, and the ones you mention sound like they'd fit into that category. Thanks. I'll check 'em out.

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  26. I haven't read it or heard of her, but based on your recommendation, I'm certainly interested in checking it out!

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  27. Nice endorsement for all three!

    The last book release--well, the only one I've been to so far--the line to get the book signed just moves at an eye-clawing crawl. But I was friends with the author so I set my butt down for the wait.

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  28. FAKING NORMAL has such a gorgeous cover!

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  29. I love her cover, Dezmond! And her author photo is stunning.

    Suze--I'll confess, I couldn't seem to stay in line. I kept seeing people to talk to, so I'd get out of line, then get back in. But, no, it wasn't moving quickly. The author always wants to give each person his/her full attention, so you have to figure in at least a couple of minutes per signing, often more. That's why big-name authors have someone there to move people along so the author doesn't have to be the bad guy, but how much would that suck? To be someone like Stephen King who can't even do a signing because he'd be there all day and still wouldn't get to talk to anyone because they'd be rushing everyone through.

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  30. Faking Normal...love the title!

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  31. I enjoyed Thirteen Reasons (and want to second Madeline's recommendation of If You Find Me).

    Haven't heard of Faking Normal or Canary, but they're going right on my TBR list.

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  32. It's always a pleasure to read about a book that someone has cared enough about to share. It's even better when there's a rave or two.

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  33. Mostly, these kinds of YA books do not appeal to me at all so, probably, I will be skipping it.
    Even though I'm sure it's good.
    Or fine.

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  34. I've heard of all these titles many times, but haven't read any of them! *Hides face*. I'll have to get on that...glad you had such an awesome read this month!

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  35. Glad you enjoyed it that much. Kind of nice when it sneaks up on you when you don't totally expect it, huh?

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  36. I can't read 13 Reasons Why. Reasons Why is redundant. I'm sure it's a good book, but I AM The Queen of Grammar.

    Love,
    Janie

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  37. Haha, Janie! I can see your point. That wasn't his title, from what I recall. He was the keynote speaker at our SCBWI conference last fall and he made such a touching speech about the years it took him to get published... I think the publisher retitled it after he sold it...

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  38. I really enjoyed 13 Reasons Why. I'll have to add Faking Normal to my ever growing list.

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  39. These days, I'm mostly reading about food, but it's always nice to see readers excited about books. Any books.

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  40. I'm always looking for really good YA books for my niece and sometimes, myself. Thank you for sharing these ones! They all seem really interesting.

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  41. YA isn't exactly in my wheelhouse, but it's good to see such great books being written about such important topics .

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  42. Will put these on my TBR-- thank you for the recommendations.

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  43. Stephanie, so glad you've joined us! What a nice bonus that you got to meet the author.

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  44. I'll have to check it out.

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  45. These all seem interesting; I will definitely have to check them out!

    betty

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  46. Sadly I have not read one single book in May.

    It would be so great to have a book signing Ms.Stevens had.

    Lee
    What is the best short story ever written?
    Tossing It Out

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  47. All three of those books look good! Adding them to me TBR list. ;)

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  48. I really need to make sometime to get lost into a novel from time to time... I used to read voraciously... I miss those days...

    Have a great weekend... so far mine has been really good :)

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  49. I dropped by to say hello! I have been absent from blogging for a while, and I did miss your posts. It’s good to be back.

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  50. Those three sound like some deep reading. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  51. Not familiar with these. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  52. I let a comment yesterday but was vanished:)
    I really love some of these books I would love to read Faking normal!

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  53. Now I saw my comment! But is ok!

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  54. Oh my. I haven't read any of them. Guess my TBR list just grew again. Thanks! (Really :) not sacrastically)

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  55. I will definitely be looking into reading in these books and sharing them with my daughter as I am sure she would be interested too.

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  56. The signing sounds awesome! Looks like a great read!

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  57. I loved Thirteen Reasons Why, but I haven't read the others yet. I will definitely add them to my 'To Read' list though.

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  58. I have not read these books or even know of them but I always think it is wonderful of you to showcase other writers. I will have to check them out

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  59. thanks for sharing
    good review
    kss
    new post: http://tupersonalshopperviajero.blogspot.com.es/2014/05/jones-new-york-white-dress.html

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  60. Thirteen Reasons Why is one of my favorite books, so I'm going to have to check out Faking Normal and Canary.

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  61. I am not familiar with either book--clicking now to read the summary statements. I hope your weekend went well Stephanie.

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  62. Thanks for the well-wishes on my blog today. Sorry you guys aren't feeling well. I hope you don't get what Tim had. This was a BAD BAD stomach virus. Absolutely horrid.

    But thanks for stopping by and I hope you guys are all the way better soon. Cheers and boogie boogie.

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  63. Oops, May is over. But I liked The Only Boy a lot because of the issues it raised that had nothing to do with sex. BTW, since I read your interview, I've been meaning to ask you for a guest post on your Kid lit books. And I really would like to see you go indie on your tween detective series, ghosts or not.

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  64. I don't need any more books on my TBR list! Now I am going to have to check these books out. There just isn't enough time to read everything I want to read!!

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  65. I've heard amazing things about this book. Totally going on my TBR :)

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  66. I read 13 Reasons Why and hope to read Faking Normal and Canary.

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  67. I love enthusiastic you should read this because it's awesome book reviews. Makes me want to add it to my miles long TBR list. :)


    Melissa Ann @ My Creatively Random Life

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  68. I'm off to find those books!

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