Saturday, 7 December 2013

Blogoversary Festival - 10 of the best books I've read through book blogging

Book blogging gave me - and others, I know - access to magical worlds, kind people and thrilling adventures that I might not have bothered to read about had I not become a book blogger. Back in the days before book blogging when I spent every Tuesday afternoon at the library, I ignored hundreds of books because the cover didn't look good or the blurb didn't interest me. Through book blogging I feel like I have broadened my horizons in terms of the books I pick up. I don't judge books by their covers anymore...much. And if a blurb doesn't jump out at me straight away, I'll read reviews to see if it's worth reading, or I'll consult my bloggy friends instead of just giving up on it.

Today I am going to show you ten of the best books I have read through book blogging which I never would've picked up before. In no particular order...(I've always wanted to say that):

1) Anthem for Jackson Dawes by Celia Bryce                                              Buy the book / See my review
When Megan Bright arrives in hospital for her first cancer treatment, there is only one other teenager there - Jackson Dawes.

He is cute, rebellious...and infuriating. Even so, Megan finds herself slowly and surely drawn to him.

But so is everybody. Jackson is a whirlwind of life and energy, warmth and sparkle. Megan will need some of his extraordinary optimism as they face the difficult times ahead. 
An uplifting story of bravery, loss and love against the odds.
Every love song must come to an end...

2) Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur                                                     Buy the book / See my review
"We're moving to your house - the one from your dream."

Siena sees what isn't there, collects what's left behind.

"Lucca led me to his room, and then just stood in the middle, waiting for me to notice something."

Her brother Lucca hasn't spoken for over a year.

The doctors think he needs a fresh start - that's why her family left Brooklyn. But their new home feels hauntingly familiar - and when Siena finds an old pen the story she writes is not her own...

Can the secrets of the past help Siena break her brother's silence?

A secret untold - until now...

3) Pretty Girl Thirteen by Liz Coley                                                                Buy the book / See my review
When sixteen-year-old Angie Chapman walks in the front door of her house, everything looks the same.

The same, but not quite.

Why is her handsome father's black hair completely grey?

Why does her mother collapse in tears? Then they tell her: she has been missing, presumed dead, for three years.

But while Angie can't recall a single detail of where she has been or how long she's been gone, there are people who do remember. People who can tell her everything. If only they weren't locked inside her mind.

Is she ready to learn the truth about Pretty Girl Thirteen?

4) The Elites by Natasha Ngan                                                                       Buy the book / See my review
Hundreds of years into the future, wars, riots, resource crises and rising sea levels have destroyed the old civilisations. Only one city has survived: Neo-Babel, a city full of cultures - and racial tension. Fifteen-year-old Silver is an Elite, a citizen of Neo-Babel chosen to guard the city due to her superior DNA.

She'd never dream of leaving - but then she fails to prevent the assassination of Neo-Babel's president, setting off a chain of events more shocking and devastating than she could have ever imagined. Forced to flee the city with her best friend Butterfly, Silver will have to fight to find her family, uncover the truth about Neo-Babel - and to survive.

5) The Year of the Great Seventh by Teresa Orts                                           Buy the book / See my review
Sophie has always felt out of step - an outsider, even amongst friends in her high school with all the hype about celebrity culture.

Her life in LA seems to have been already written for her, but when her junior year starts, it all takes a drastic turn. When she crosses paths with the school's heartthrob, Nate Werner, they fall for each other in a way neither can understand.

What they don't know is that by giving in to their desires, they are unlocking an ancient Egyptian prophecy that threatens to return Earth to the dark ages.

To undo the curse, Nate and Sophie embark on an adventure that takes them across the country.

But their quest is not only to save the world as they know it. It is also a fight for their very survival.

Behind the scenes, there are those that are counting on them to fail.

6) Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone                                               Buy the book / See my review
CHICAGO, 1995.
Anna is sixteen, and fiercely determined to travel the world.

Bennett is seventeen...and desperately trying to stay in one place.

Their paths were never supposed to cross. But Bennett has the incredible ability to travel through time and space, and suddenly finds himself in Anna's world.

They are inescapably drawn together - but it can never last. For no matter how hard Bennett tries to stay with Anna, his unpredictable gift will inevitably knock him right back to where he belongs - and Anna will be left alone to pick up the pieces.

7) The Originals by Cat Patrick                                                                      Buy the book / See my review
I glance at the three baby portraits in thick wooden frames.

I feel a familiar prickling on the back of my neck.

Because I know there's another picture somewhere - and the baby in that photo looks identical to the babies on the wall.

Somewhere, there's a photo of the Original.

Ella, Betsey and I look like sisters: triplets, you might think. But that's not what we are at all. We are clones in hiding. We split our lives and exist as one person in the outside world. And we've always been happy.

But now I've fallen head-over-heels in love...and that changes everything. Because, to let love in, I need to be allowed to be Me.

Three girls. One life.

8) Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind by Andy Robb                     Buy the book / See my review
Archie is fourteen years old and a geek to his core.

In the world of role-playing games, he's a Level 5 Mage, capable of summoning the Undead. In this world, things are rather different. With no rule book to navigate Life's Big Challenges - warring parents, a crass step-father, orc-like school bullies and crap hair - he's teetering on the brink...

Then a Beautiful Girl appears in his Geeky world...Despite the fact that the closest he's come to an encounter with a girl is painting an Elven miniature, Archie embarks on a Daring Quest to win her heart.

Geek meets Girl...what could possibly go right?

9) From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas                 Buy the book / See my review
I am jolted awake by sunlight flooding the room.

What time is it? Where am I?

I turn my head and that's when I see him. The gorgeous boy lying next to me.

Oh. My. God. Max.

This is bad. Very, very bad.

At midday, class brainiac Kylie Flores is due to give the most important speech of her life. And yet somehow she's woken up in Mexico, in a bed she doesn't recognise, with the hangover from hell and the hottest boy in school - and they're both wearing wedding bands. 

She might be a budding screenwriter, but even Kylie's vivid imagination can't come up with the ending to this movie.

Rewind 48 hours...

10) The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes                                                      Buy the book / See my review
Name: Cassie Hobbes
Age: 17
Skill: Profiler
Status: Recruited

Cassie Hobbes is joining The Naturals: a secret FBI programme for exceptionally talented teenagers. But when a new serial killer strikes close to the Naturals HQ, Cassie starts to learn all about mortal danger - outside the classroom.

Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse, Cassie and her friends will have to use all their skills just to stay alive...

Have you read any of these books? If you're a book blogger, what are the best books you have read through book blogging?


  1. As soon as I noticed Pretty Girl Thirteen, I almost broke down in tears all over again! That is one of my favourite reads of this year; a book has never affected me so much! I sobbed, and sobbed, and it really opened my eyes! I also adored The Elites!

    1. I know, Pretty Girl Thirteen was so good!

    2. I never thought it would tell the story it did...I was so surprised!

  2. Ah, great books here! I know what you mean - since I started book blogging I almost always look at reviews of a book before reading it ;)

  3. Great list. Some of those have been on my radar but the only one I've read is time between us.

  4. Oh my god I love the first paragraph of this post SO MUCH. I think you've just summed up the best thing about blogging.

    I haven't read by of these, nooooo! But they look pretty good. ;P

    1. Thank you! Never thought book blogging would effect my life so much but it's improved...everything, even the kind of books I read :P You didn't finish The Elites?._.

    2. No, I haven't finished it...yet. It's good, but I'm just not feeling like reading it atm.

  5. Time Between Us, The Naturals and Geekhood are all awesome! Lots of the others are on my need to-read list. One day!! I still judge by covers, but Im more tempted to try things if lots of my friends like it :-)

  6. Time Between Us is definitely a book I still have to read sometime son! My TBR list is growing and growing.


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