The holidays are over, and the New Year is here. What does that mean?¹
Well, many of you are writerly types. Which, by necessity, means you are also readerly types. And, being writerly-readerly types, your stockings may have been filled with gift cards to Barnes and Noble (because they’re cheaper than the infinitely more dreamy MacBook Air, which—not coincidentally—wouldn’t fit into a stocking, anyway).
So, what is a writer/reader to DO with all those gift cards?
Buy AWESOME books. Like these:
Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins
This book came out in December. I had HUGE expectations (and slight hesitation), because everyone was buzzing on Twitter about how much they adored it.
Well…it lived up to the hype. This story—about Anna, who attends boarding school in Paris and meets the übercharming Étienne St. Clair—looks simple on the surface. BUT. Stephanie Perkins is a fabulous writer. Her work is so subtly woven together, and it has depth.
I am a fan of depth. And charm.
This has both. Read it, love it.
Across the Universe, by Beth Revis
(out in LESS THAN A WEEEEEEK!) (Specifically, out on 1-11-11)
I read this book back in October, around the time I wrote this post (the one with my cover of the Beatles’ song of the same name).
OH MY WORD. It’s finally, finally, FINALLY (almost) in bookstores.
This book was so good, it inspired me to scour Goodreads for a few hours just to track down a copy for Melissa to read.
Why was it so good, you ask?
Well. First of all, the entire story intrigued me. Cryogenically frozen people? Check. Spaceship? Check. Girl unfrozen and woken up fifty years early—before her parents, and before they land on the new planet? Check. As if those elements weren’t enough to make me go, “Huh. This seems different…and interesting…and awesome…” Beth‘s first chapter was online. It’s amazing, and it hooked me, and I read the whole book as soon as I could get my hands on it.
Also, I loved the way this book was written. Even now, three months after I read it, it STILL resonates with me. It was a beautiful, satisfying read, from the first page to the last. It made me look at life, and the world in which we live, with newfound appreciation.
(out on June 7, 2011)
I was lucky enough to read this ARC in December. There is so much to love about this book.
It’s quirky and fun in all the right ways, with so many memorable, creative scenes. Lillian and Josh, the main characters, are likable and relatable—they have PERSONALITY, and lots of it. Their chemistry is so…real, if that makes sense. Funny, too.
The author, Julie Halpern, is pretty much a master at the are-we-just-friends-or-are-we-more? dynamic; along with that, the emotional pacing felt perfect. I hate spoilers, so I won’t say anything about the ending except that I felt quite satisfied when I closed the book.
In closing, I just want to say: even if you didn’t get a gift card in your Christmas stocking, these three books will be well worth your money.
¹OTHER than the fact that it is Birthday Season, I mean. (FYI, Birthday Season = January. My grandmother and I have always celebrated the whole month, and now, I’m including lovelies Liza Kane and Anna Caro in this celebration, too…)