Friday, March 22, 2013

TBTB Crew Dishes About The Best Books We Read This Winter

Winter may have kept most of inside these past few months (minus our resident Floridian Kelly) but we got a lot of books read! Here is a sampling of the best we've read during the Winter months. Here's to more great books in Spring and warmer weather. I (Jamie) say this with a cross look on my face because it is in the 30's here in Philly.


Gone Girl and The Green Mile. Both ripped my heart out but in hugely different ways.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - A futuristic tale set inside the world of the past and the present narrated by Wil Wheaton. A definite win. (review)

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLean - The easiest way to sum up this book is Pippa searches for answers regarding the marriage bed. Hilarity ensues. (review)

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis - Since I read Across the Universe in 2011, I have not read another YA series that is as awesomely unique and imaginative as this. (review)



Just One Day by Gayle Forman - After spending part of my summer in Paris, I loved going back there through this book. And I loved the romance so much. This book is perfection.

The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer - This is an old, hidden, underrated gem of a novel. I love Kate and her quirkiness, and I love how sparkly and Christmassy the book is. I loved every single character, and Louise's writing style is amazing.



Jen's Pick: I'm going to second Just One Day by Gayle Forman.  It really felt like Allyson was in my head sometimes.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: I won't lie...I had to trudge through the first 60-70 pages of this one but OMG SO WORTH IT. If you like historical fiction (whether it be adult or young adult), this is a MUST READ. I've been recommending it to everyone regardless of what they typically read (My review of Code Name Verity)

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller: One of my new favorite YA contemporaries! I can't say enough good things about it and debut author Trish Doller, I feel, is going to be a big name in the YA contemp world. (my review of Something Like Normal)




Looking for Alaska by John Green and If I Stay by Gayle Forman - both of these books, which I read while on Christmas vacation, punched me right in the feels. I cried. A lot.

What are the best books YOU have read this Winter? Have you read any of these books?

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  1. Kelly I'm so happy you loved both If I Stay and Looking For Alaska! Two of my fave books ever!

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    1. I can't believe it took me that long to get around to either of them!

      I also like the Florida shoutout - the only thing I like about FL is the winter weather!

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  2. I've read Ready Player One and it was awesome. It is a great book for geeks and popular culture fans, a very fresh reading!

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    1. I thought so too! I am so glad my book club made me pick it up. I have since been forcing all my geeky friends to read it too :)

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  3. I just read The Green Mile recently. It was my first 5-star book since last summer. So, so good. It really does rip your heart out, doesn't it?

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  4. Ready Player One! One of my favourites. :) I listened to Wil Wheaton narrate the audio and it was awesome! I still have to read Just One Day, but it's on my list to read in a few weeks. And I just bought Gone Girl! I can't wait to read it -- I've read so many amazing things about it!

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    1. Wil Wheaton made the audio book amazing!! I loved his dramatics!

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  5. Lots of my favorites on this list. I completely agree about Trish Doller becoming a big name in the YA world, her next two books also sound amazing. Good choices, ladies!

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  6. I definitely agree with Julia about Shades of Earth. But TWO votes for Just One Day? I really should read that one soon. Ready Player One also sounds great; anything narrated by Wil Wheaton is going to be entertaining. :)

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  7. I, too, read and loved Just One Day, and stayed up until one in the morning to finish it (which I rarely do anymore because I Am Old).

    I was also totally in love with: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi, Splintered by A.G. Howard, and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

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    1. I just finished Scarlet. It will be on my best of for the spring, no doubt!!

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