Wednesday, August 31, 2011

In Which I Recommend The Books

DISCLAIMER CLAIMING TO DIS CLAIM THESE THINGS: I did not write these books. I did not read them as a teenager. My mind is not a tender young thing. I read (and enjoy) books with content that I avoid writing. Please do not get mad at me for talking about books that I love but that might be a different maturity level than the ones I have written (so far). Please do not immediately go out and buy books that I talk about for all of the twelve-year-olds you know. Please research them yourself before giving them to teens to determine whether the teen in question (whatever age) has the necessary maturity level to appreciate and understand the content.

Are we officially disclaimed? Excellent! Time to talk about Books Kiersten Enjoyed!


ANNA WITH INTERESTING TASTE IN CLOTHING, by Kendare Blake

In case the title and eerie cover do not make it obvious, this book is YA horror. It's gory. It's funny. It's scary. It's interesting. Who'd have thought I'd be rooting for the girl dripping in blood ripping people in half? Well done, Ms Blake!






THE RACES THAT ACTUALLY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE HOROSCOPE AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH CARNIVOROUS HORSES (NO, REALLY, BUT TRUST ME, IT'S AWESOME), by Maggie Stiefvater

I'm a big fan of standalone books lately. Series exhaust me. (I KNOW. I WRITE THEM. I AM A HYPOCRITE.) So I picked this one up not knowing anything about it, and was so, so delighted and impressed. Stiefvater's writing is brilliantly showcased; everything from the characters to the setting to the subtle weaving of legend into reality was spot-on. I loved this book. Look for it in October.


HOW TO WRITE AN INCREDIBLE BOOK, by Sara Zarr

I think Zarr is one of the most talented, thoughtful writers in YA. She tackles such difficult issues with such quiet, hopeful grace. I never finish one of her books without feeling more thoughtful for it. This book is told from dual POVs, a girl who has lost her father and is scared she's losing her mother, and a girl who has never had anything of her own to lose--until she gets pregnant. Look for it in October.





DAUGHTER OF MAKING EVERY OTHER AUTHOR IN THE WORLD FEEL LIKE A HACK BUT IN A GOOD WAY BECAUSE OH MY GOSH, by Laini Taylor

If you think you don't like third person, you do. If you think you don't like fantasy, you do. If you think you don't like girls with naturally blue hair, what is wrong with you?? Laini Taylor is the new Neil Gaiman. Except Neil is still around. So she's an additional Neil Gaiman. Minus the graphic novels and the musician wife. Plus pink hair and the cutest toddler on the planet. Plus aMAZing kissing scenes and incredible descriptions. Minus the British accent. Plus Karou and her world, which I have no doubt Neil would agree are both incredible. Coming September.

LOLA AND THE ONLY MALE MODEL KIERSTEN KNOWS IN THE WHOLE WORLD, by Stephanie Perkins

This book. This book. You guys? I love this book. I honestly can't even say how many times I've read it, and still every time I pass it on my counter my fingers itch to pick it up. Perkins' signature wit soaked in charm is in abundance, but with a depth that makes her romantic comedies a cut above the usual fare. I love Lola, odd and bright and wonderful Lola. I love her boy, with his hair and his pants and his gentle, fidgety hands. (The fictional boy, not the cover model, because that would be awkward since he dated my sister-in-law.) I love this book. The end. Coming September.

So, there you have it. Some books. What have you read lately that you're still thinking about?

37 comments:

Debbie Barr said...

Oh, just reading the description of Sara's new books makes me feel that lovely, deep emotional ache I feel when I read any of her books. I love her (she was SO GREAT at WIFYR a few years ago) and I love her books. Can't wait to read it (and the rest of the ones on this List of Awesome).

Jade said...

I haven't read the first two yet (but I am so going to), but I totally agree with everything you said about the last three.

YA is, like, the coolest.

~Valen~ said...

The last books I've read that blew me away were Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, which was beyond astounding. Wizard's Hall by Jane Yolen, which was so refreshing and fun and Sweetly by Jackson Pearce which was incredible!

~V

Josin L. McQuein said...

I've not read any of these :( (bad writer... bad...)

Is the Scorpio Races anything to do with the Mares of Diomedes? That's the first thing I thought of when you said carnivorous horses.

Hannah said...

Wither by Lauren DeStefano. Loved the book. Can't wait for the second book and can't stop thinking about it.

Kathryn said...

You should have named the Laini Taylor book DAUGHTER OF MAKING EVERYBODY WAIT ONE MORE MONTH WHEN ALL THEY REALLY WANT IN THEIR LIFE IS TO READ IT RIGHT NOW.

*clock seems to stop ticking...*

Kiersten White said...

Kathryn--Getting a copy early was pretty much the pinnacle of my authorly career. And--I mean this very sincerely--last year when I hit the NYT bestseller list with Paranormalcy one of my first thoughts was, "Oh, please let this make me 'cool' enough to finagle an early copy of Laini's new book!"

Josin--I'm not familiar with that myth. It's a play on the various myths of water-dwelling, horse-ish, faerie-ish creatures you see in European mythology. Without the sometimes-they-change-into-beautiful-men aspect. (Supernaturally uses one variation of this mythology, too! In a very, very different way.) But in Scorpio, the water horses are just horses who live in the ocean and also kill people, but are very fast and good for racing as long as you aren't one of the people on the killing end of the horse. But that makes it sound all GLADIATOR. I really can't describe the book. It's great.

Elana Johnson said...

I have ALL of those sitting on my table! I haven't read a single one. Man, I really need to get my nose in a book.

Suzie F. said...

Can you believe I've never read a Sarah Zarr novel? I know. Shame on me! I will remedy that, I promise.

I cannot WAIT for Lola and Laini Taylor's book sounds amazing (Yay for 3rd person YA!)

The last 2 books I read that kept me thinking about them were Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I read both for the first time this summer.

Read my books; lose ten pounds! said...

I wanna read that first one!

Kayla Olson said...

Oh man, the Sara Zarr and Laini Taylor books were seriously two of my favorites from the entire year.

So. Stinking. Good. Both of them.

And I cannot WAIT to read Lola!!! Thanks for the other recommendations, I hadn't heard of those yet. If they're anything like the others listed here, I will need to get my hands on them ASAP.

:)

Josin L. McQuein said...

Ah! Totally different mythology. The Mares of Diomedes were a part of the story of Hercules' trials; they're also the supposed lineage of Alexander the Great's personal horses, which I always thought would make a great story in and of itself. (I guess that's why my thoughts go there first :-P )

erica and christy said...

At the last (but not, you know, the LAST) Borders visit I had, I overheard two women talking about how there was no good YA sci-fi for their daughter/niece. Yeah, there was some fighting after I started preaching to them. After all, there was only one copy of Beth Revis' Across the Universe left...
erica

Chelsea said...

I cannot wait for the Scorpio Races!!!! AHH! I love Maggie's books, and I'm super excited that she's gonna be in DC in October the same time I am :D

*scribbles more titles on to read list*
Thanks Kierstan...this list keeps getting longer and longer!

Tamie said...

they seem good, might give them a read (its okay Im 27), another series you may like is the celestial series (Etheral, Burn and Tremble) by Addison Moore. Im really quite enjoying them.
Im constantly looking for new things to read, when you ask for comments like this it really helps.
Thanks Kiersten.

Jillian said...

Those were the best alternative titles ever! All of these books have been on my to-read list (except for Scorpio Races, which is now) and you made me even more excited for them. Seriously, we all know Laini is magic, so why can't she make her book come out any faster already?

Kelly said...

I've just finished reading the Shiver trilogy which are amazing and was thinking about buying The Scorpio Races. It sounds great and Maggie is an amazing author.
Even though I still love your books, Kiersten & I have to wait a few more months for Supernaturally to come out in the UK. :)

Holly L'Oiseau said...

Well, now I'm just going to have to get them because you make them sound so darned irresistable!

linda said...

LOL! I love your alternate titles. :) Those books sound amazing!

Rebecca T. said...

I love it when you recommend books, but now I want to read all of these and I have to wait so LONG!

I just read Fly Trap by Frances Hardinge and it is stuck in my mind like a pesky fly, but in a wonderful way because Hardinge writes these things that make me go holy cow this is amazing and how come I've never thought of something like this before it's so cool and everything.

Ahem. I'm babbling, so I shall go.

YA Bibliophile said...

I agree with Lola and Daughter of Smoke and Bone. When I finished them I immediately wanted to start them again. If you've not read The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson it was very good as well. Those three and Supernaturally (naturally) are my fav of the year so far!

Kiersten White said...

Heidi, I am very impatiently waiting for The Name of the Star!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Awesome recs! *scurries to add more to the TBR* :)

BibliophileKBE said...

Well, one book that I still have on my mind is one that you might have heard of, called Supernaturally. I shouldn't have read it in a day and made it last. I'll just have to reread it a few dozen times. Is there any way book 3 can come out tomorrow? Or possibly today? Oh, and no matter what this book says, I am never giving up believing that unicorns are pretty and white and have sparkly horns. But other than that one amazing book, I recommend The Vampire Academy. My friend won't read it, because she says that vampires are stupid and she's sick of them being so popular now, but I say that who cares that it's about vampires, as long as it has great characters and a unique and captivating plot? That series is seriously amazing.

BibliophileKBE said...

Also, another great book I just finished, was Wither, by Lauren DeStefano. Totally amazing book. As with most series, I can't wait for the next book. Why can't all the books in a series come out at the same time so I'm never in suspense?!?!

Lexie said...

I was already longing for Anna Dressed in Blood and Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but now you've got me wanting every single one of these. Thank you for enlarging my already-expansive to-read list.

I read Thirteen Reasons Why like a month ago and I'm still thinking about it.Very thought-provoking book. I finished Forever about a week ago, and I'm still thinking about that one, too. The quiet beauty and thoughtfulness in Stiefvater's books never fails to amaze me.

Robin Weeks said...

There's the trouble with following the blogs of really cool people like yourself. They taunt you with the books they get to read before us regular folks can!

Mean!

Of course, I've read EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton (out January). Have YOU? Huh? Huh? :) Well, if not, you're probably cool enough to get an ARC just for asking. And you want to. OH, you want to.

Kiersten White said...

I *DO* want to, Robin! How did you know??

Bree Dayley said...

Excellent recommendations–but what I really want to know is: Can I plagiarize your disclaimer?

YAlover said...

I CAN'T WAIT FOR THOSE BOOKS TO COME OUT!!!! Why couldn't you have posted this AFTER all the rest of us who aren't super cool writers can buy them?! I love Maggie's books and have been anxiously awaiting this new book, hoping and praying it will be even HALF as good as the Wolves of Mercy Falls series!! An amazing book i read recently was Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers and the second book in the series, Original Sin. There is only one word to describe that series: AWESOME!! It'll make you laugh, cry, scream, and smile...all at the same time!! If you haven't already, it's defintely worth pouring over and staying up into the small hours of the morning to read! Thanks for the suggestions Kiersten! (And may i just add that it is super AWESOME that you know an actual model???? TOATALLY COOL!!!)

Jessie Clark said...

Had already pre-ordered 3/5, now I've picked up a fourth, and will be anxiously anticipating their arrivals. Thanks for your recommendations! You are awesome!

Sarah said...

Ha. I could not find ANNA WITH INTERESTING TASTE IN CLOTHING on Goodreads. And then I read the rest of the titles. Well played.

The others you listed are fabulous, so I'm going to hunt that one down. I'm so in love with DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. All of Laini Taylor's books are excellent.

Kristen said...

well I suppose it's good that two of them don't come out until later because I can't read while having morning sickness. I wouldn't be able to read any of them ever again.

sigh.

Anonymous said...

A really good book I recently finished was Delirium, by Lauren Oliver. Seriously amazing book.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, Delirium is such a great book! Anyone who hasn't read it absolutely has to!!! I love Lauren Oliver--there's something very wonderful about the way she writes....Delirium is my number two favorite book i read this summer....number one being Supernaturally!!!

Lindsey said...

I just read The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith and loved it--such good writing. Divergent by Veronica Roth was great, too. I've found myself devouring dystopian future books recently...

Ishta Mercurio said...

So many books, so little time. I want to read all of these, but especially THE SCORPIO RACES, because I really love Maggie's writing. I read FOREVER recently, and I want to live in it.