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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Best Books of June!

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The lovely ladies at YA Highway are gearing up for another Road Trip Wednesday. This week, they ask: what's the best book you read in June?

Pam's Comments:

I have to say, I'm a little disappointed in myself this month. I had lots of things to tend to with the school year ending, so I didn't get to read as much. In fact, I only got through one novel and one novella (I'm sure most of you may know the latter. There's a HUGE movie opening today related to it). But, the novel that I did manage to squeeze in was hands down, one of the best books I've read in years. So, what holds this distinctive title?

That's right--Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical about this novel. I had heard so much hype about it from everywhere that I delved into it full of skepticism. And I even rolled my eyes a few times during the first pages or so. But then all hell broke loose and it got good.

Really good.

My students were taking standardized testing while I was reading this book, and I hated it when they were finished because that meant that I had to stop reading. I am not used to a book scaring the crap out of me unless it's written by Stephen King, but there were times when I was scared to turn the next page. And I wasn't just feeling fear throughout the course of this novel--the romance made me boo hoo like a baby. I was so worried that the romance would feel contrived just to sell more books, but I found myself actually swooning over the love interests. Just writing about it makes me want to read the book again! But I'll stop blabbering and let Quita share her thoughts. :)

Quita's Comments:

Like Pam mentioned, I didn't get much reading done either. I'm trying to finish my historical YA WIP and I'm ALMOST there- woo hoo! However, I did manage to get two books read in June and it's really, really hard to choose between them in order to determine the best. The books were Fallen by Lauren Kate and Paranoid Park by Blake Nelson. If I were forced to choose though, I would go with Nelson's YA "thriller" of sorts.

Paranoid Park was OUTSTANDING- the voice of the narrator was hands-down the best first person POV I've read in some time. The way that the novel is written (diary entries/letters) keeps the action moving at a steady pace with intense inner dialogue with the narrator. You go in to the book thinking you know what it's about and what is going to happen, but so many twists are thrown at the reader that it makes you want to speed through the pages in order to know what's going to happen. AND it's a pretty quick read, so it won't take up a lot of your time.
Tell us, what's the best book you read in June?


Sarah Enni said...

Awesome picks ladies! Seriously, Forest of Hands and Teeth is the #1 book I want to read that I instantly forget when I walk into a bookstore or library. It's like a disease.

Holly Dodson said...

Oh I really liked The Forest of Hands and Teeth. It gave me nightmares lol. The Dead Tossed Waves was even better.

Kaitlin Ward said...

Forest of Hands and Teeth is definitely a great zombie book. I liked it, and I am so not into zombies.

Nomes said...

Oh I LOVED Forest of hands and teeth. I thought the sequels rocked as well !


KO said...

I feel like I'm the only person who HASN'T read forest of hands and teeth. Will get on that.
thanks for the recommendations

Racquel Henry said...

I have to admit, I've been slacking on my writing. On the upside, I got to read four books in June, which is the most I've read in a month since I was a kid. My favorite would have to be The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. It was AMAZING! Very dark, and very well-written.

Marquita you will just have to wait and see what I'm going to propose! I was actually thinking about it today, and you just might get a phone call, because I'm not sure I can wait! I AM SO EXCITED! Hopefully you guys will be too! I have to get all my ducks in a row before I tell you guys what it is though! :)