Your Next Favorite Book + Uppercase Giveaway

Hi guys! While I am off enjoying IDEA and BlogFest, I have a guest post (and giveaway!) for ya from my good friend, Lisa! Lisa and I used to work together in Orlando and quickly bonded over our love for reading. Below you will find a list of Lisa’s top picks for great reads this year.

Lisa also recently launched a young adult book subscription box service called Uppercase and is offering a giveaway to PBF readers at the end of this post. And be sure to check out her awesome blog, Read.Breathe.Relax for even more recommendations for must-read young adult books! Enjoy and happy reading!

Guest Post: Read.Breathe.Relax

I’m constantly in search of my next favorite book. Although I read a lot (61 books so far this year!) for my YA book blog, I still find that truly excellent books are hard to find.

I’m all about avoiding this situation…

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…because no one wants to waste their time, energy and money on a book that you want to throw out a window.

So, I’m here to share with you some of my favorites books so far this year. Note: These are all young adult books because that’s my area of expertise. I promise they’re just as sophisticated, fun and interesting as adult literature. 🙂

Contemporary Romance

On the Fence

  • On the Fence by Kasie West

If you’re looking for an end-of-the-summer read, then look no further. One the Fence is sweet and lovely – it’s about feeling comfortable in your own skin and not conforming to who everyone thinks you are vs. the real you.

Even though it’s a romance, this book has some serious heart. Plus, it’s laugh-out-loud funny.

Great For Book Clubs

Eleanor and Park

  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

If you loved John Green’s books, then you’ll adore Rowell’s work. Eleanor and Park is about first love and so much more – it’s heart-wrenching and beautifully written. The story deals with tough issues while making them relatable and light when it could be so dark.

I’ve recommended this book to everyone this year to the point of being pushy. Yes, I’m totally that person.

Surprise Factor

We Were Liars

  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

This book is getting some serious buzz, and for a good reason. It’s suspenseful with a writing style I’ve never experienced before.

Do yourself a favor, and read this book without scanning the description or any book reviews. This is a book best experienced without too much outside information.

The only other thing I’ll say is – We Were Liars is a book you won’t soon forget…

The Next Book-to-Movie

If I Stay

  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I’m also one of those people who thinks books are always better than the movies (with some exceptions. The Host, I’m looking at you…). If I Stay will be in theaters August 22, and I highly recommend you read the novel first.

It’s definitely a tear-jerker, but the story is told so clearly and in such simple language that you’ll be sure to zoom through the pages.

Thrilling Fantasy

Ruin and Rising

  • The Grisha Series by Leigh Bardugo

I love a great fantasy read (Game of Thrones, anyone?), and The Grisha series is seriously one of my all-time favorite YA fantasy series. The final book, Ruin and Rising, was released in June, so it’s a great time to read all the books without having to wait years for the next one.

Shadow and Bone is the first book, followed by Siege and Storm, then Ruin and Rising. The world-building is phenomenal, plus there’s some epic romance to boot.

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If these type of book recommendations are something you’d like regularly, then I’d love for you to check out something I’ve been working on.

I’ve started a young adult book subscription box service called Uppercase. Subscribers receive a hand-picked book by me every month, along with a cute bookish accessory AND access to an online book forum with exclusive content and videos about that month’s book.

And thanks to Julie, one of you will win a free month of Uppercase!

To enter this giveaway, simply comment on this post with the name of one of the last great books you read!

Julie will randomly select a winner on Friday!

Comments

  1. Melissa says

    The last great book I read was “Looking for Alaska” by John Green. Reminded me in a way of my all-time favorite book, “Good Times/Bad Times” by James Kirkwood.

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  2. says

    61 books! That’s impressive. I started keeping track of the books I read throughout the year and managed to read 50 books last year. This year, I haven’t been reading as much. I go through phases with my reading…The best book I read so far this year would have to be “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand. I also love Sarah Jio’s and Kate Morton’s books.

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  3. Kelsey says

    I just finished Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, and I LOVED it! I am on to Silkworm next, which is sucking me in just as quickly!

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  4. Jeannie says

    I’m a firm believer that you’re never too old to read YA fiction, so props to you for starting this monthly book club/subscription! I just finished We Were Liars myself, and loved it. I’m halfway through the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi, but I’m not ready to call it “great” yet – reserving judgment until I’ve finished the second book.

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  5. says

    I am actually pretty excited about this! I love YA fiction (even as an adult!) and I am in the middle of reading Sharp Objects, but the last really good book I read was Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness. Thanks!

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  6. says

    Great recommendations! I have thought about diving into Game Of Thrones, but have been told that I would really need to commit and have no distractions while reading (very complex). I am currently reading if i stay and am one of those that also likes to read the book before the movie comes out.

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  7. Sarah B. says

    I loved Jonathan Tropper’s “This is Where I Leave You”..which is coming out as a movie this September! I’m pretty excited about the movie, due to the awesome cast (Tina Fey, Jason Bateman etc.) Here is an overview about the book from goodreads.com, “When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens.” It seems like a simple concept, but it’s a book anyone can relate to, whether or not you have experienced the same situation. It’s thought provoking, happy, sad…all of the above. Highly recommend!

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  8. Summer says

    It isn’t the most recent book I’ve read (and NOT young adult), but “Gone Girl” has stuck with me for well over a year as the best book in a very long time!

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  9. Kristine H says

    I’m a big fan of the YA genre and I think there’s a big misconception about it. A few weeks ago I finished “The Fault in our Stars,” because I HAVE to read the book before I see the movie. 🙂

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  10. Charlotte says

    I just finished The Glass Castle, which I know is a few years old, but somehow I hadn’t read it. It is so good though! I am glad I finally did!

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  11. Angie says

    I recently finished up Gone Girl and started on If I Stay. Thanks for the great recomendations, can’t wait to add them to the list!

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  12. says

    Thank you so much for these book recommendations! I read this with my library’s online catalog open in another tab so that I could request books as I went along. 😉 Will be checking out your blog and passing it along to some of my fellow bookworm friends.

    I last read “Damn Few” by Rorke Denver…it’s about his experience as a Navy SEAL and the philosophy and programming behind the SEAL training process (a far cry from YA fiction, haha!). It’s really fascinating and inspiring book, and as a military daughter/sister, it made me that much more appreciative of our armed forces and particularly our special forces and all they do to ensure that we have the strongest military in the world.

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  13. says

    The last book I got sucked into was “The Fault in Our Stars” — I read it in less than a day! I’m currently making my way through “The Count of Monte Christo” — it’s slow going, but I love it!

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  14. Vicky says

    Must read the book before seeing the movie. I recently finished the Divergent series and loved it. I am almost finished with the Vampire Academy. I want to read The Fault in Our Stars next.

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  15. sarah h says

    this is a great idea! i’m slacking on my book-reading lately, due to moving states, changing jobs, and buying a house recently! but i’d love to check out some of the books in this post.

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  16. Meg says

    I just finished reading “The Fault in Our Stars” which made me cry hysterically on public transportation in NYC. What a beautiful story and so well-written…kept me hooked from page one. Eleanor & Park sounds right up my alley!

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  17. Chelsi says

    Just read Gone Girl & Dark Places and got sucked into them both quickly – I am reading Sharp Objects next. I absolutely love Gillian Flynn’s writing style!

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  18. Jill says

    Ahhh…I love reading, but recently got stuck on a book I hated and just refused to give up. I am now reading Inferno by Dan Brown and am loving the fast paced puzzle as always.

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  19. Grace Holloway says

    I am a book worm myself! There really is nothing like it. The last good book I read was And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini. I loved his book The Kite Runner, and this one was just as an amazing story. I think its worth a read! Now I am on to Quiet:The Power of Introverts in a World that Cant Stop Talking.

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  20. Jada Bennington says

    The two books that I have read that stick in my mind are Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and All You Could Ask For by Mike Greenberg. Both are excellent books that I would highly recommend them!

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  21. Maria Smit says

    Very excited about this give away! Definitely a book worm 🙂 my
    Favorite book so far this year is “Brain on Fire” . Can’t wait to check out your suggestions!

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  22. Amber says

    Oops I accidentally commented with this on your post from yesterday…sorry! 🙂

    I LOVE books! what is so funny is I used to HATE reading and now it is just so relaxing! In our alumnae book club we have read 2 books that i just couldn’t put down, even though they are not typical reads for me.

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and the Under the Never Sky series…AMAZING

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  23. Kate says

    The last great book I read was “The Fault in Our Stars”. Definitely a tear-jerker but I love quotes and this book had so many to live by. I’m definitely going to try Lisa’s suggestion next of “Eleanor and Park”!

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  24. Taylor D says

    This post is right up my alley, I love reading Young Adult novels! I love that they are fast and I find them really interesting and fun. I have already read Eleanor and Park and If I Stay this summer! Love the giveaway 🙂

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  25. Kristin Paver says

    I just finished reading White Oleander by Janet Fitch. It was recommended to me by a friend and I absolutely loved it. I ended up reading it twice!

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  26. says

    I just finished Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews, she is one of my all time favorite authors. I’m new to your blog, but a total book worm, so excited to follow along! I’d love to win this giveaway!

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  27. Laurie says

    I read many great books this summer, The One and Only, Attachments (loved this one!), Me Before You (think A Fault in Our Stars all grown up), Side Effects May Vary, The First Husband, A Hundred Summers (MY FAV this summer) and If I Stay! I also read The Vacationers and We Were Liars but didn’t really care for either of them.

    Excited to read your recommendations.

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  28. Allison says

    I just read “This is Where I Leave You” which was VERY adult but a really good book. I also loved “The Rosie Project”. For YA I am currently reading “If I Stay”, “Wonder” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”. I have been on a huge YA kick lately so I’m very excited for your suggestions!

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  29. Erinn says

    I love this post! Eleanor and Park is such a great book and I’m excited to check out some of these other recommendations. One of the best YA books I’ve read in a long time is the Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, I recommend it to everyone!

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  30. says

    The last book I read was ‘If I Stay’ . I loved it but felt no closer at the end. I guess there is another book as a sequel to it, so I may have to read that to close the void I feel.

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  31. Allison says

    I recently read Fault in Our Stars and LOVED it. My book club on the other hand, sadly, did not. Oh well–more reason I need new book suggestions for myself!

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  32. Kimberly says

    I, too, am a reader! I have read a bunch of great books this summer. One of my favorite beach reads was The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. Thanks for all the great suggestions!

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  33. says

    I am a kindle lover. I received Fahrenheit 451 as a gift from getting my MA degree from a friend who wrote “I hope this reminds you that the real thing is always better than Kindle.” I loved the classic Fahrenheit 451 and the fell and smell of the real book. 🙂

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  34. Vicki L. says

    I don’t know if this really counts since it’s more of an adaptation, but I have been loving the Shakespeare’s Star Wars series by Ian Doescher. It’s essentially the Star Wars movies written as if they were Shakespeare plays, and the first two are fabulous. I flew through them, and have the third one waiting for me.

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  35. says

    I’ve read a lot of great books this year! My favorite so far would have to the Fault in Our Stars! I also enjoyed 5 People You Meet in Heaven, and The Guardian. Thanks for the great book suggestions! 🙂

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  36. says

    Eleanor & Park has been on my to-read list for a while, thanks for the good review on it.

    Last book I read which was great, “Let’s Discuss Diabetes with Owls” by Sedaris. Love his writing and sense of humor.

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  37. Amy says

    I loved Eleanor & Park and I’m excited to check out the other books you recommended – thank you!

    Last book I read was Fault in Our Stars – great read. 🙂

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  38. says

    Last great book I read was Quiet, about the power of introverts. Last great FICTION book I read was A Tale for the Time Being. SO GOOD–would recommend to anyone! I love YA books, too.

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  39. ALi C says

    Gah I am excited to add more books to my list:) Thanks for the recommendations, my Kindle will be very happy! As for the most recent book I have read it was Reconstructing Amelia.

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  40. Yvonne G. says

    Just finished Kara Taylor’s “Deadly Little Sins” and am currently reading Huntley Fitzpatrick’s “What I Thought Was True”. I adore YA Fiction. Can’t wait to try “We Were Liars”.

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  41. Jenna says

    I enjoy many types of books but young adult literature is my favorite genre by far. I ADORED Eleanor and Park, and enjoyed If I Stay as well. We Were Liars may make it on to my to-read list. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes was the best book I have read recently, a very difficult and heartbreaking subject matter but I couldn’t put it down.

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  42. says

    Is there anything better than a good book? As a lover of the young adult genre Uppercase sounds right up my alley! I just finished Eleanor and Park which I enjoyed, Sharp Objects that I really didn’t like so much, and I am currently reading the Queen of Tearlling, which is so far so good!

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  43. Stephanie says

    I love the Grisha series and didn’t even realize the third book had been released. I read Paper Towns a few months back and loved it. Great, quick vacation read

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  44. karleen says

    I just finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed that I believe Julie recommended in her blog a couple months back. It was definitely very admirable and I like more non-fiction books so this was a great read for me.!

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  45. says

    I love it when someone recommends a book that they love. My coworker recently shared “Garlic and Sapphires” by Ruth Reichl, and I can’t put it down! I love hearing about the life of a food critic, and her recipes are delicious!

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  46. Christina M says

    Hi Lisa! Great post! There’s nothing I love more than reading – add a rainy day, cup of coffee and some macarons and I may as well be in heaven! The two authors I LOVE are Jonathan Safran Foer & Nicole Krauss (oddly husband & wife!) – but the last good YA book I read was “Learning Not to Drown” by Anna Shinoda. It really caught my off guard by how much I liked it and kept thinking about it long after I finished – I gave it to my mom to read and she loved it too! 🙂

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  47. Morgan says

    The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks was the best book I’ve read recently.

    I read A Fault in Our Stars, but it really didn’t do it for me like I hoped it would based on how everyone else loved it.

    Thanks for the recs in this post though, I haven’t read any of them so they are now pinned to my books board 🙂

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  48. Emily says

    I love reading and have often used Julie’s book recommendations on her blog! I just finished gone girl and it was awesome! I also read the giving again to prepare for the movie.

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  49. Valerie says

    I LOVE the Outlander Series. I just finished the latest book, and it’s heartbreaking to not have another one to look forward to for the time being.. I need a great book to fill the hole in my heart!

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  50. says

    The last great book I read was definitely “Gone Girl.” I absolutely can’t wait until the movie comes out on October 3rd…crossing my fingers that it does the book justice! 😉

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  51. Jenn says

    I’m currently reading The Sea of Tranquility and loving it! I confessed to my book club the other night that I prefer YA to most adult fiction. Can’t wait to check your blog out.

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  52. says

    Ah! I love me a good book. I just recently finished The Lion by Nelson DeMille (not really a YA book). HOMYGOSH, suspense novel in its finest form. I love DeMille’s writing.

    Thanks for the YA suggestions though, the last good YA I read was One Day by David Nicholls. I’m in need of another sappy love story and On The Fence seems interesting!

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  53. Emily says

    Wow, the timing of this post was perfect! Just finished a book at the gym this morning. 🙂

    I finished Where’d you go Bernadette? and it was Awesome. I also just ready the Nicholas Flamel series which was pretty good.

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  54. Courtney says

    The last book I read was Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I was so pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book, as I’ve never heard of the author before. It’s laugh out loud funny and such a quick, easy read. Your post about Eleanor and Park by the same author has me really interested now!

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  55. Jessica says

    This is an awesome idea! I’ve been reading Elin Hilderbrand books and the latest one was A Summer Affair! Love those summer reads!!

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  56. Waheeda says

    Sadly the last book I read was brown bear brown bear! The suggestions from this post are awesome and I can’t wait to read an adult book again!

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  57. monique says

    The Last great book I read was Gone Girl… Although I have to admit it took my me 3 attempts to read the book the beg. was slow for me… Once I got past the middle I was hooked!

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  58. Lauren says

    Such a great giveaway! I just finished reading the Magicians by Lev Grossman and am now almost finished with the second book in the series, the Magician’s King. Highly recommend these books for fellow fantasy series lovers!

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  59. Anooja says

    I just finished “Think Like A Freak” – very great non-fiction book that teaches you to think about situations in creative ways!

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  60. Vicki says

    What a cool sounding subscription service! I might have to explore gift subscriptions. I’ve been on a Neil Gaiman and Joe Hill kick lately. For a spooky YA novel, you can’t go wrong with Gaiman’s “Graveyard Book” – my 13 year old loved it, too. I’m just finishing up a re-read of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” and enjoying it immensely.

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  61. Lauren says

    I recently finished reading The night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It was different than books I’d usually choose, but I’m glad I picked it up because it was excellent! Thanks for a great list!

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  62. Brittani C says

    I just finished “The Selection” series by Kiera Cass (The Selection, The Elite, The One). It was a very good series and youg adult book. Sort of The Bachelor meets Hunger Games.

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  63. Kim N says

    I’m currently reading the second book in the divergent series. Divergent was the most recent book I finished. I have to read the books before I see the movie!

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  64. says

    I’m in the middle of Outlander right now- and really enjoying it! I’m trying to finish the first (of 8!) books before I dive into the new series on Starz. If you like historical fiction with a touch of romance, I highly recommend!

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  65. Ellie says

    I actually just read Eleanor and Park! I ADORED it. Oh my goodness. So great. I think I cried quite a few times and it was so sweet.

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  66. Sally says

    I’ve heard We Were Liars is good! It’s definitely on my list of books to read:) One of the last great books I’ve read is This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Trooper – it was very funny- a movie version has already been made and is coming out in September I believe.

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  67. Holly B says

    I’ve mostly been reading brewing books as I try to open my own brewery, but I did like Gone Girl for the mystery and the pacing.

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  68. Janelle says

    I just finished Pat Summitt’s Sum It Up. She is an amazing woman and it was a great story about her life, with some basketball thrown in the mix.

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  69. Andi Zaferes says

    I’m a huge John Green fan and I finally got around to reading A Fault In Our Stars and couldn’t put it down. Absolutely wonderful!

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  70. Alex Eakin says

    The last book I read was Gone Girl. The movie was actually filmed in my hometown (Cape Girardeau, Missouri) so I’m super excited to watch the movie since I’ll know all the places and a lot of people I know are extras!

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  71. Drew Wolk says

    I just finished We Were Liars and LOVED IT!! You’re absolutely right. It was so suspenseful and different from any other book I’ve read.

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  72. Shelby says

    The last great YA book I read was The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. But one of my favorite YA series will always be the Sloppy Firsts series.

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  73. Elise says

    i LOVE THIS IDEA. I have been keep ing up with my reading all summer and tearing through books so I love some good recommedndations. I am starting If I stay this weekend. I recently read the Matchmaker, The One and Only, After her, Nantucket Nights, and the first 2 books of the Summer Lowcountry Triolgy (Summer sisters and summer wind- anyone know when the next is coming out) and LOVED The Fault in our Stars. Also loved Rukes of Civility which I read earlier this year.
    I would be very interested in a test run and subscribing to this service

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  74. Sarah D says

    I am currently reading the alchemist and am loving the story. It’s a lesson in a story and a super easy read. I also just finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed and loved it! Next on my list is If I Stay if I can ever get my hands on the copy from the library.

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  75. Meg says

    In between reading the Game of Thrones series, I read the Time Traveler’s Wife. I had already seen the movie already but fell in love with the book!

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  76. Laura W says

    I just finished Dark Places and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – possibly more twisted than Gone Girl! They were very good, but I still can’t wrap my head around what goes through the mind of someone who can come up with plots like that!

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  77. Melanie M. says

    Currently rereading the Harry Potter series which I haven’t read in years. Really enjoying all the subplots I had forgotten!

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  78. Amanda says

    I recently just read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green which I loved. I also really liked the 3 series book called Matched, Reached, and Crossed by Ally Conide. They were set in a Utopian society so they kind of reminded me of the Divergent Series. Either way I found that completely engaging and exciting.

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  79. says

    OH…I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YA Fiction – BEST books ever!! I will definitely be taking a look at Uppercase and Read. Breathe. Relax (I’m also a book blogger and I love finding other bloggers and readers to follow).

    If I’m just talking about my YA reads for this year, I probably couldn’t narrow it down to only one, but my faves in that category are TORN AWAY by Jennifer Brown, THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson, and THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky.

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  80. Molly says

    I just read “maybe someday” and it awesome. Very quick read and it has links to music that acoompanied the book. Has a great spin/surprise to it!

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  81. says

    I LOVED Gone Girl. One of my most favorite books I read this year. I was kind of sad that I read it while on vacation because I had all the time in the world to read and as much as I wanted to know how the story ended…I never wanted the book to end.

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  82. Mandi C. says

    I read ‘If I Stay’ about a month ago and loved it! It was captivating- but such an easy read. Can’t wait for the movie. I am reading ‘Gone Girl’ now…loving it so far!

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  83. Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy says

    I never have time to read books anymore. I spend too much time reading online, sleeping, or exercising or cooking or being tired! Ha.

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  84. Remi says

    I finally got around to reading Divergent because I wanted to read it before seeing the movie. I LOVE the idea of the box service you started!

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  85. says

    I never saw the movie, but I was surprised at how much I liked Charlie St. Cloud. Actually, I loved it! And my last great spiritual read was Love Does. A great reminder that love is more than a feeling; it’s a choice to care for our loved ones. I just ordered On the Fence, If I Stay, The Fault in Our Stars, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. After reading this post, I’m definitely starting with On the Fence. Thanks!

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  86. says

    I actually just finished reading three amazing books (I always read at least 3 books at once–I’m a bit obsessed)! The Rosie Project (which was super cute and funny!), Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (think books + National Treasure) and The Dinner. All were very good in their own ways which is what makes reading so gosh darn fun! I love the idea of Uppercase and will probably subscribe even if I don’t win the giveaway 😉

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  87. Ashley V says

    I recently finished Five Days in November, a book about the 5 days surrounding the JFK assassination. I tend to read about 2-3 non-fiction books a year (and about 20+ fiction), and this one was definitely a winner. I’m actually in the middle of another non-fiction called Brain on Fire that is fascinating so far. This has got to be the coolest subscription box idea I’ve seen!!

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  88. Emily C says

    I loved Eleanor and Park and If I Stay! The last books that stole my heart were Divergent and the Maze Runner–trying to beat the release dates of all these new movies. I am so obsessed with Divergent now.

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  89. Taylor Spitzley says

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. And the Selection series. Just way too many!

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  90. Katie says

    A great YA novel I recently read was The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. I’m excited for the second book of the series to come out in September! I’ll be recommending it to all my students this year. I teach 9th and 10th grade English.

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  91. Libby Harmon says

    I just read The Fault In Our Stars by John Green- obviously amazing and I felt even more involved in the book since I just moved to Indianapolis!!

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  92. AJ says

    I’m currently reading “The Silent Wife”…i’m not far into it but I think its going to be good! I am going to check out “We were liars” based on your recommendation too…thanks!

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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  93. AshleeO. says

    Scarlet, (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyers. I devoured the first two of this series and can’t wait to pick up the recently released third installment!

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  94. says

    One problem I have with books is sometimes I pick bad ones. Haha. So if someone could pick ones they recommend would be amazing, because suggestions from others is the best!

    The last book I read was Rich Food Poor Food which I really enjoyed. A lot of great information! However a great non-fiction would be a great next read!

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  95. BoBisa says

    Hi Julie, I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog lately – its good to see you have your vim back! Im sure NC has everything to do with that.

    A note re: ‘I still find that truly excellent books are hard to find’.

    Can I just say, what a bold statement! And it really means something coming from a wordsmith such as yourself.

    Step away from the YA section! You might even find some ‘excellent’ books to read 🙂

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  96. Emily Smith says

    I just finished reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I know I’m late in the game, but we just finished watching all the movies and now I want to read the series

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  97. says

    I really want to see If I Stay! Maybe I will read the book first 🙂

    I am currently reading “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd (the author of The Secret Life of Bees) and it it SO AMAZING! I definitely recommend it.

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  98. says

    A YA book subscription service? I think I just heard angel music!!!… My favorite book of the year so far was Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. Her books always grab you with the first sentence.

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  99. says

    Oh man, I have Got to get my read on! I used to do it all the time, now I don’t even try to find time to read! Maybe I should try e-books.
    The last book I read was Walden by Henry David Thoreau.
    Blessings!

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  100. Kimberly says

    Eleanor & Park was not only one of the best books I read last year, but definitely an all-time favorite. Rainbow Rowell’s next book, Fangirl, was also a really great read.

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  101. says

    I just bought “If I Stay” yesterday.. and finished it today! One of the best books I have read recently though is definitely “Gone Girl”! I am a sucker for books that I know are going to become movies in the near future because I feel like I HAVE to read the book first! I can’t wait to see “Gone Girl” in theaters! (plus, helloooo Ben Affleck!)

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  102. says

    Love it! I recently finished Hurt Go Happy which is a YA book (though I think I actually found it in the children’s section of the library, hah) about a girl who is deaf and befriends a chimpanzee who can sign. It was really enjoyable and had so many elements – disability, empathy, animal testing, abuse, loss, self discovery. I agree that YA can be very nuanced, complex and enjoyable for all ages!

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  103. says

    Sad as this is I just finished reading The Giver (behind I know) which was really good. Now I’m currently reading The Happiness Project that Julie did, it’s been really good so far!

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  104. says

    Thanks for this post! Since half of the books you listed I have read and the other half I checked to make sure were on my TBR list, I think that we will become fast friends!! HA! I am currently listening to Ann Brashares – The Here and Now. The last YA book I read was The Book Thief.

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  105. Janette H. says

    I just finished “Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me”. It wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but it gave me a new perspective to look at life from.

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  106. says

    A book subscription service is such a great idea! And, for anyone who missed the deadline on this giveaway, I’ve got one going on over on my blog right now (prize pack includes a new mystery read and some other goodies)!

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  107. says

    Hello Julie and Lisa,

    I typically stay in my comfort zone when reading (guilty of sticking with chick lit), however my librarian friend and I recently started a book club. We read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” last month and it was wonderful! Nonfiction usually bores me, not to mention in the realm of science, but this drew me in and was extremely thought-provoking. Highly recommend.

    Happy Saturday!

    Ashley

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  108. says

    This post is awesome – I am an avid reader, runner and blogger and am constantly looking for new reading material. No one I know is able to recommend anything to me because I’ve already read everything! This post and comments has given me enough new reading materials for a couple months now 🙂

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  109. Megan C. says

    Loved this post; always looking for new book ideas. I just sinister reading Inferno by Dan Brown and Divergent by Veronica Roth.

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  110. Cathy Fraser says

    A great YA book is Blood Orange Soda by James Michael Larranaga. My daughter recently finished it and wants to read it again! It must be good! foreverlands.com is his site, there is info on the book there.

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