It's time once again to tell you about the best books I read this month. It's the month of romance and it brought lots of romance to my Kindle. Here are the month's best!
There's an interesting story behind the first book I read this month. It was written by the very talented artist who designed my bookmarks. If you're looking for a swag designer, look no further than Kristin Rae. If you're looking for a great book to read, look no further than Kristin Rae's book, Wish You Were Italian.
I'm just going to say it--Europe is huge in YA and middle grade fiction. There's no book that captures exactly why like Wish You Were Italian. The book features an American teen whose parents send her overseas to school for the summer. But instead of sticking her in a classroom, the author has her going rogue. She never even shows up at school at all, instead choosing to travel across Italy, meeting a cute boy (or two) along the way. Such a fun read, whether you're a teen or an adult!
I saw the second book I read this month on Facebook and I couldn't resist. A book told completely in blog posts, letters, homework assignments, and other forms of written communication? I'm in! Here's the adorable cover:
In The Pages Between Us, two best friends create a notebook so that they can communicate, since their class schedule keeps them apart most of the school day. Because the story is told through letters, we feel like we have front-row seats to this slowly dissolving friendship. It's tragic, but hopeful, since both girls form very solid lives of their own while still remaining BFFs. Brilliant, brilliant storytelling...in a very fun format.
The author of the next book will be familiar to those of you who regularly read my blog. Kelly Hashway rereleased one of her previous books this month and I got to help her promote it on social media. Into the Fire is a supernatural love story with a stunning cover:
I wasn't sure what to expect from a book about a girl who bursts into fire and rises from the ashes, but this is, at its heart, a young adult romance. Cara is torn between her feelings for Logan and the knowledge that loving her can be very, very bad for his health, especially since she risks bursting into flames every time things "heat up" between them. Whether you're a fantasy reader or not, you'll love the relatable adolescent themes in this book.
The next book has a premise you can't resist. A girl whose cousin bought a ghost on eBay? How fun! Ghost for Sale is a love story--but one member of the couple involved in that love story just happens to be dead.
Being in love with a ghost sucks. You can't touch, you can never get married and spend your life together. All you can do is hang out and search for your ghost's dead twin sister. Sandra has managed to make a romantic comedy with a human-meets-ghost twist work in such a charming way. I loved every page of this book!
I feel like I just met Karen Helene Walker, but I think we've been reading each other's blogs for a while now. This month I finally got a chance to read her spooky book The Wishing Steps.
Karen has created some amazing women. They're strong and resilient but, most importantly, they inspire others. In The Wishing Steps, a set of invisible steps provides these women an escape of sorts--a place they can go when they're afraid or hurting. We follow three generations of women who are taught that, yes, there are bad people, but good people can change the world.
That's all for this month. What good books have you read so far this year?