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August 11, 2013

End of Summer Read-a-Thon: Bloggers Tell All + Giveaway!

We've all made it to the third day of this read-a-thon and I'm excited to introduce some AWESOME bloggers that took the time to tell us what they read this summer and what they would recommend hands down. I trust them when it comes to the books they like, so I know I'll be picking up some of these. Their links are below their posts so if you like what you read, go check out their own blogs!

Judith's Summer Reading:
Second Chance Summer The Distance Between Us Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
The best book I've read this summer - by far - is Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson, a beautiful story about endings and beginnings, the best and worst of times. I read it on vacation and drowned my tears in the pool. Yes, it's a tearjerker, but it's also very beautiful and definitely a book I would recommend to everyone. If you're not in the mood to cry, you should pick up The Distance Between Us by Kasie West, a light and fun contemporary with witty dialogue and adorable romance. It made me laugh out loud, which is always a good sign. I'm not someone who reads by season, so summer also contained a high fantasy for me: I finally picked up Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. If you like badass heroines and epic battles and have not read this book... you're missing out!
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) All Our Yesterdays The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
After loving Throne of Glass, I'm insanely excited to pick up the upcoming sequel, Crown of Midnight. But before that, I will be reading All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill and The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon, both of which I was fortunate enough to get an eARC of. I have no idea if they are any good, but I've heard amazing things about all three of these books. And if I don't like them, I might just pick up my second ever Sarah Dessen for a summer feeling. :)

-Judith at Paper Riot

Mel's Summer Reading

Hello everybody! I’m happy and excited that Audris asked me to write a little post on her blog. I’m going to talk about some of the books I loved the most this summer.

I’m a huge fan of fairytales and retellings, so it might be no surprise that I’m going to include some of them: The first two are Wildwood dancing and Heart’s blood from one of my favorite authors, Juliet Marillier. I was re-reading this books for a review and I loved them just as much as the other times. The first one is a retelling based loosely on The frog prince and The seven dancing princesses. The second one is about my favorite story ever: beauty and the beast, with a fun paranormal twist. If you like great characters with distinct voices, a magical writing-style and interesting plots, I highly recommend Marillier.
Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1) Heart's Blood (Whistling Tor, #1)
The next book was a surprise for me. I hardly read contemporary books, but after some positive reviews and recommendations I decided to give it a shot. I wasn’t disappointed. This book is dark, gritty and gripping, yet filled with hope. I really liked the struggle from the MC and the side-characters completed the book. If you want a contemporary with depth and development, this is the one to read.
If You Find Me
I don’t read many novella’s, because I find them expensive for what you get. I did made an exception here, but it’s Sarah J. Maas. I fell in love with Throne of glass and Celaena (not to mention Team Chaol!) and I wanted to know more about her. These novella’s were worth their money. The novella’s are written in order of time. So when you end the first one, you continue in the second one. It almost felt like reading another book about Celaena’s past and the last story is just heartbreaking.
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass, #0.1)The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass, #0.2)The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass, #0.3)The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass, #0.4)
If you haven’t started this series yet, go try it! It’s an adult series with paranormal creatures, steampunk elements, a kick-ass, witty MC and the writing-style has a hilarious undertone. I’m talking about Parasol Protectorate from Gail Carriger. I’ve read the first book Soullless a while ago and I flew through these two books this summer. There is always a mystery and the MC tries to fix it. She is so funny.
Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2) Blameless (Parasol Protectorate, #3)
Last but not least, I’ll include a dystopian book. This one will be published on October 29th, but I have to tell you about it. Being a microbiologist-to-be, I absolutely loved this book. The medical background is stunning without having information dumps. I think it’s easy to follow. If you have an obsession with biological aspects in a book like me, you definitely need to keep an eye on this one! It’s about parasites (a tapeworm to be precise) who are done being controlled by us. There were some very tense situations.
Parasite (Parasitology, #1)
Thanks for having me Audris and I hope there are some interesting recommendations for you guys! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read one of these books or if you are planning to read one soon. Bye!
Rachel's Summer Reading:
Thousand Words Dangerous Girls Five Summers 
Overall, this was a pretty good summer for reading for me. I read a lot of very good books, but there were definitely a few that stood out. My favorites that I've read so far this summer are Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown, Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, Five Summers by Una LaMarche, and When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney. If you're looking for a fun summery book, I would go with Five Summers. If you're looking for something on the more emotional/intense side, I'd recommend When You Were Here. It's a very sad story, but it's also infused with lots of hope. 
When You Were Here
The three books I'm hoping to read before the summer is done are The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle, Since You Asked by Maureen Goo, and Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff.
The Infinite Moment of Us Since You Asked Boy Nobody


Thank you guys for taking the time to share the reading part of your summer with us!

Today's giveaway is special. I will personally provide a book of your choice from any of the books mentioned in this post. If it hasn't come out yet, I will pre order it for the winner. 
If the winner lives outside of the US, then they can choose a book from here that's available from The Book Depository (as long as it's up to $15).

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  1. Yeay! I can't wait to read Crown of midnights (pre-order) and All our yesterdays sounds great. I really like the sound of Boy nobody as well :)

  2. My favorite book of the summer has been Love in the Time of Global Warming! Super anticipated! :D

    ~Remy @ Books In Her Head

  3. Yay! Thanks Audris! :D I really liked talking about my favorite summer books. I would like to point out that I actually made Mel read If You Find Me and that it's a wonderful, wonderful book that everyone should read. *fangirl mode*

  4. I loved The End of Your Life Book Club.

  5. I think my favorite book this summer was Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2).

  6. My favorite book so far this summer was the last one I read - Rooftoppers! So good.

  7. Mine has been Half Broke Horses! It's great!