You know how sometimes you hit a reading lull, where no book that you pick up manages to hold your interest and everything you read feels just…. BLAH. But then, other times, you find yourself on a reading streak, falling in love with every book you pick up and wondering what could possibly top it, only to fall in love again with the next book, and the next.

Well, this last quarter was definitely the latter. SO MANY great books. AMAZING books. Many have already become perennial favorites.

But as I have to choose my #1 favorite read of the year so far, I think I have to go with the very first book that I read, which even three months later is hanging around me:

PLUS ONE by Elizabeth Fama

When I heard that Elizabeth had a new book coming out, I instantly begged my editor for an advance copy (we share a publisher), as I loved her last book, MONSTRUOUS BEAUTY, so very much.

The ARC came.

I started reading that day, and couldn’t put it down.

The next day I emailed my editor again and asked if she could ask Elizabeth’s editor if I could maybe possibly blurb it, because I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

This was the first blurb I’d written in over a year.

So I’ll just paste here what I wrote for that blurb, because it pretty much sums up my feelings:

PLUS ONE enthralled me from the first sentence as gutsy, quick-witted Sol Le Coeur launched herself into an adventure filled with political intrigue, family dramas, and a romance that gives a whole new meaning to “star-crossed.” The finale left me in the best sort of book daze. This book spares no emotion, and Sol’s story will linger long after the last page is turned.

Okay. Enough gushing. *deep breaths*

Plus One will be out in THIS TUESDAY, and you should all go buy it. That’s all I wanted to say.


I also wrote a blurb for WINTERSPELL by Claire Legrand last quarter, a book that is a dark and haunting retelling of “The Nutcracker Ballet,” so I wanted to share that one too. This one doesn’t come out until September, but you should definitely add it to your GoodReads list now. I think Lunar Chronicles fans are really going to love this one.

What a mesmerizing whirlwind of a story! I was simultaneously horrified and enchanted by the land of Cane, with all its passion and mysteries, magic and mechaniks. Claire Legrand’s writing has the grace of a ballet, but this is definitely not your grandmother’s Nutcracker tale.


And… and….  I really want to just rave about every YA book that I read in the last three months, because they were all just brilliant. There isn’t one on this list that I wouldn’t recommend. So if you’re in need of recs, go forth!!

My full reading list follows:

First Quarter

1. Plus One, by Elizabeth Fama

2. The Connected Child, by Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine

3. Fool, by Christopher Moore

4. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

5. Winterspell, by Claire Legrand

6. Star Cursed, by Jessica Spotswood

7. Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell

8. Splintered, by A.G. Howard

9. Revolutions for Fun and Profit, by Ryan Shattuck

10. Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi

11. Through the Ever Night, by Veronica Rossi

12. Into the Still Blue, by Veronica Rossi

13. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

14. My Life as an Experiment, by A.J. Jacobs

15. Passionate Persuasion, by Rosemary Clement-Moore

16. Also Known As, by Robin Benway

17. Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel, by Daniel Cooney

18. Baby’s in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles, by Arne Bellstorf (graphic novel)

19. Zahra’s Paradise, by Amir & Khalil (graphic novel)

20. Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige

21. A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness


What have YOU read and loved so far this year?

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message 1: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Pieters Excellent list!I'll be checking these out.

I recently read These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meaghen Spooner, which I gave 5 stars. It was fantastic all the way from the beginning to the end, and it was really difficult to get much else done while I was in the midst of it. If you haven't read it yet, it's definitely worth it!

message 2: by Lina (new)

Lina “Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel” ... Did you read this for a specific reason? : )

message 3: by Marissa (new)

Marissa Meyer Lina wrote: "“Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel” ... Did you read this for a specific reason? : )"

I might have IDEAS...

message 4: by Marissa (new)

Marissa Meyer Rachel wrote: "Excellent list!I'll be checking these out.

I recently read These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meaghen Spooner, which I gave 5 stars. It was fantastic all the way from the beginning to the end,..."

I've heard so much about this book! Will definitely move it up the list.

message 5: by Candy (new)

Candy Sparks I have read 17 books so far. Here is a list: 1. Soft Spots by Clint Van Winkle
2. The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card
3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
4. The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
5. Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. Sybil Exposed by Debie Nathan
8. A walk in the woods by Bill Bryson
9. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
10. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
11. iDisorder by Larry D Roses
12. The Diviners Tale by Bradford Morrow
13. Where’d you go Bernadette by Maria Semple
14. Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder
15. The Giver by Lois Lowry
16. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
17. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

My Favorite books so far has been Of Mice and Men, Gone Girl, Where'd you Bernadette, The Giver, abd Stbuk Exposed.

There were two books that I started reading and just couldn't get into that well. They are Alice close your Eyes and Murder in a Gunroom. I recieved Alice close your Eyes as an ARC and found it to be really not what I normally read, so I gave it a chance and well then I got annoyed with the book and the waste of time it was. Seriously, I was thinking the whole time I was reading this that I could be reading a better book.

F.Y.I I got one of my best friends to fall in love with your Lunar Chronicles Series.


message 6: by Karla (new)

Karla V. H. Obviously Cress should be there, haha.
Thanks for the list, I'll definitely read some of these books.

message 7: by Jenni (new)

Jenni Thanks for the recommendations! Veronica Rossi's Never Sky trilogy was awesome too, that was one I wasn't sure about when I started but it ended up totally sucking me in.

Eagerly awaiting Winter!!

message 8: by Mandy (new)

Mandy i read:
insignia and vortex by s j kincaid -- love love love,
into the still blue -- liked a lot,
the rosie project by graeme Simsion -- unique voice and loved,
the ghostwalker series by christine feehan -- a mix of woot and meh,
blackberry pie murder by joanne fluke -- love with frustration

and i know i've read more but i can't remember any others right now.

cress is on my list of books to read after blogging a to z challenge. I have 10 more chapters to write for it. sigh!

message 9: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Thanks for more books to add to my list. You always have such good recommendations.

My favorites so far this year are;

1)Me Before You
2)Whistling Past the Graveyard
3)The Rosie Project
4)These Broken Stars
5)Where'd You Go, Bernadette (I really loved the audio version. I don't know if it would've had the same feel just reading it)

All of these I had trouble putting down or pushing the pause button. I have yet to read "Cress" because I am putting it off a little so the wait for "Winter" won't seem so long though I know when I read it, it will join this list. I love getting lost in the Lunar Chronicles. Thank you for a great story to escape into.

message 10: by Imani (new)

Imani u always have the awesome books on ur list ;D

message 11: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Dude, you have to read THE WINNER'S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski.

message 12: by Emily (new)

Emily Miller I am reading Fangirl right now. I love it!

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