Sunday, August 23, 2015

What to Read Next Challenge for Bout of Books!

Bout of BooksHey Bout of Bookers!!  Ready for a Challenge!!  It's easy, promise.

Basically, I am always on the lookout for new books to read (and I know I'm not the only one).  So, help a fellow reader out in my "What to Read Next Challenge!"

For this Challenge, you need to recommend 3 books (and only 3 books) that you have read this year that you think should be recognized as something great - something everyone should have on their TBR list for this fall.  If you can, say a short little something about why you recommend these books.  Once the challenge is over, I will compile a list of all of the mentioned books, in order of mentions, to share with the entire Bout of Books community.  Oh and the prize?  Of course there is a prize!  One lucky entrant will be chosen at random to win $15(US) worth of books from me.  If you live in the US, the prize (title of your choice) will ship from Amazon and if the winner lives elsewhere in the world, the prize can be chosen from Book Depository.  Sound good?

You may enter by leaving a comment on this post with:
  • A link to where you have made your list (Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Your Blog, Facebook, etc.....)  If your link takes me somewhere where I can reach your list, you're good.
  • Leave your list right in the comment on this post 
This is open to Bout of Books participants ONLY (I will be checking!!) and you must live in an area where either Amazon or Book Depository delivers.  The winner will choose the book(s) they would like to receive, not to exceed $15US.  You may enter at any time between NOW and MIDNIGHT CST.  Late entries will not be eligible for the prize (but I may still include on the big list of recommendations).  I will contact the winner on Monday, 8/24.   

Good Luck!  And be sure to keep an eye out for the big list of recommendations to come!!
(CLICK HERE for the List!)



Pouneh Golabian said...

Hey there Sarah,

first of al, thank you for hosting this challenge and for the price you'll be giving out! However! This challenge is not that easy because I am only allowed three! books to recommand... That is way to low a number since I read great books this year.

Since I discovered BookTube just this year–I think it was in late June–I will not recommand any book that I originally discovered through booktube.
My recommendations:

1. Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup:
I have not seen the movie,yet, but this book is an amazing story about a young Indian boy who comes to win a billion Rupees on a game show. The wit in this novel, the descriptions of the locations and the people, and all the characters are so well done that this book is worth any attention that it gets!

2. Germany The Winter's Tale by Heinrich Heine:
While I read this on in German and I am not sure whether it will lose some of its charme once translated, I still feel the urge to recommand it. This in verse written "hommage" to Germany is pure entertainment! I put hommage in quotes because it is a very sarcastic description of Germany's features. Heinrich Heine skillfully takes the reader on a self-ironic trip through Germany's culture.

3. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson:
last but definitely not least I recommand this jem from a Swedish author. This is a funny and entertaining read about an old man's misfit through-out his hundred years of living. It took me quiet some attempts to read it because it starts off very boring. But once you get past that first chapter it becomes a rollercoaster of adventures and takes more than one unexpected turn.

Well these are my recommandations. I hope you give any of these a try and I am looking forward to see the list of recommandations to find my new favourite book ;)

Jamie Dorner said...

Jamie @Penminion on Twitter

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (fantasy)
Milkrun by Sarah Mlynowski (hilarious chick lit)
Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer (autobiography)

Red Queen is a fantastic new take on fantasy. (More guns than swords.) Silver blooded people with powers rule over red blooded people. Silver blood comes with power. (Magneto from X-men would love this world, it's basically his dream come true.) So when a girl with red blood has a power, there goes the order! A rebellion from the oppressed people gets into full swing. (A story where poor people overthrow the oppressive, evil upper class who thinks they are better than everyone. Tale as old as time. Yet still a fun read.)

Milkrun is just hilarious. You can't help but commiserate with the character. When you get done, you wonder why this author isn't sitting between Rowling and King at the writers' table.

Into The Wild is one of those books everyone should just read just because it's a crime not to. Though you do come away feeling like a... (euphemism) for complaining about your life. This is sort of a true version of Catcher in the Rye, but he's a bit older and the adventure is emotionally deeper, a soul searching one. But you find yourself thinking about the magic bus days later. It just happens. The book seeps into your skin.

Cynthia said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway! I posted my answers on Twitter. Here is the link:

If I do win, you can email me at or contact me on Twitter: @Bingeingonbooks

Bekka said...

Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway :D

My list is:

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman: so much fun and adventure and revenge set against the back drop of the Wild West. Perfect for people in search of the Strong Female Character.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: gorgeous writing, beautiful setting, a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, with amazing food descriptions, set in a part of the world we aren't often exposed to here in the US.

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle: A little bit weird, a little bit heartbreaking, and a little bit creepy. Magical realism is my favorite genre and I always try to make everyone read at least ONE title.

You can contact me either on twitter (@yerawizardbekka) or through email (prettydeadlyreviews at gmail dot com)

Thank you again!

Bookaholic 007 said...

Hi Sarah, thank you so much for hosting this generous giveaway! :)

Okay, the first book I have to recommend is actually a series and not just one book (I finished the series the beginning of the year) and it's called SKulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. It's probably my favourite series of all time which is saying a lot! Don't let the covers put you off, they're hilariously funny, the sarcasm is perfect, there's so much action, the characters and plot are perfect and it's just a flawless series. It will break your heart though, so tissues will be needed! ;)

Another one I recommend is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, you might've read it but I only read it this year and I LOVED IT SO MUCH! It's one of my all time favourites now! It was so honest and eye-opening and heart-breaking and GAH, if you haven't read it you HAVE TO read it soon!

My third recommendation is the Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry, I read Dare You To, Crash Into You and Take Me On this year and I loved them so much! They're contemporaries and the romance is flawless, the characters are so real, the plots are really interesting and they're just absolutely amazing!

Bookaholic 007 said...

Oops, I forgot to put how to contact me! If you need to get hold of me, you can tweet me @Bookaholic007! :)

Once again, thanks for holding the giveaway! :)

jen7waters said...

Hey! Thanks for hosting :D Okay, here's my list:

1)Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers — You guys, I’m in awe of Robin LaFevers, and I still can’t believe I only started reading this series this year when it has been around for sometime now, plus I read it almost by fluke and not because I was expecting great things (preposterous!!). So please don’t make the same mistake I did, wait no longer! Get your copy of Grave Mercy n o w and get ready for an extraordinary heroine, glorious romance and a totally unique story about assassin “nuns”!

2)Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil — Do you love extremely adorable and nerdy characters? Heroes who crush on someone they think will never in a million years like them back? Heroines who effortlessly bring others out of their comfort zone with hilarious results? Flawless writing? Then please try Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil. I highly recommend it for fans of Rainbow Rowell.

3)The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins — This book deserves the hype, it’s fantastic and scary and it kept me reading like a madwoman for hours and hours and hours, until my eyes felt like they were bleeding and that I was going to pass out of dehydration and hunger. I was in awe of all the twists and turns and how the author kept the suspense rolling until the very end. This is without a doubt one of the books of 2015, if not The Book of 2015.

Also here.

I'm a Bout participant, signed up as jen7waters.

My email: jen7waters at gmail dot com

Ellie said...

What a fun challenge! I love recommending books that I've enjoyed and I don't have nearly enough people to share them with IRL.
My top three recommendations from my reading this year are:

1. Bird Box by Josh Malerman - If I give a book 5 stars it has to do what I expect from that genre, and as a psychological horror thriller this one definitely got 5 stars. It's about some kind of invasion or phenomenon whereby SOMETHING outside is making anyone that sees it lose their mind, turn violent and kill themselves. It's absolutely terrifying, has some bone-chilling moments that are now burned in my mind, and I definitely found myself closing my curtains early while I was reading it!

2. Mousetrapped by Catherine Ryan Howard - A really fun travel memoir by an Irish woman who moved to Orlando to work at one of the Disney hotels. The book covers everything from apartment hunting to life at Disney to watching a shuttle launch at the Kennedy Space Centre (which she visits several times and talks about quite a bit). She doesn't even work in the park itself but it was still interesting and quirky enough to keep me completely hooked!

3. Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling - A cute little book containing the transcript of Rowling's 2008 Harvard commencement speech. It only takes 15 minutes to read but I think it'd be a nice one to go back to, and proceeds go to the Lumos charity for institutionalised children. :)

I'm signed up to BoB as 'Ellie P' and you can contact me either by email (emp501 at hotmail dot co dot uk) or Twitter (@BlondeBookGirl). Have a great last day of reading! x

slipperbunny said...

My three recommendations:

1. The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold: This is a children's book I thinks this is also perfect for adults. The style in this book kid of reminds me of Neil Gaiman, so if you enjoy his books you'll probably enjoy this one too. And the art in this is beautiful.

2. Reflections: On The Magic of Writing by Diana Wynne Jones: I'm not much of a writer, but I enjoyed this a lot. I think this would be perfect to anyone who likes to read fantasy or wants some tips to writing.

3. Small Island by Andrea Levy: A historical fiction novel from immigrant's point of view and what it's like to be black in Britain in 1948. This was a great book and very well written.

My email:

Kristine @ The Cat's Tale said...

My TBR has grown so much during this Bout of Books, and now it seems it will grow even more! Here's some books I don't have to add because I've already read them:

1. My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland. Perhpas not great literature, but certainly very entertaining zombie fiction! I really loved this book and the main character.
2. The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay. A lovely piece of standalone fantasy. The only book I've read from this author (so far), and I absolutely loved it. About love and war, in Spain-like lands, between several groups of people who want to take over.
3. How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran. Don't read this if you are offended by teenage sexuality, also don't assume it's all about that after the opening passage. It's not about finding yourself, but about creating yourself, and my copy is full of tabs of things that rang so true I had to remember them or that were just beautifully written. It's funny and angsty, and if while it's a bit slow some parts stick with it. It is a decent coming of age story.

You can also see this list on the blog:

Best way to reach me is with an email to if I were to win.

Sarah M said...

Thank you so much for hosting this challenge! What a great idea. :)

Here is a link to my tweet for this challenge but I'll also comment a bit about each here:

To me, a hallmark of a great book is when you just can't put it down until the end. That happened with all three of these books for me this year which was why I chose them for this challenge.

(1) A Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein: My friend recommended this to me based on my love of cats. There is a cat named Pete in this book. He's the most magnificent literary cat I've ever come across thus far and the bond between Pete and Dan (the main character) is absolutely adorkable. This was my first Heinlein book and I thought everything was top notch. I won't say much about the plot because it's way more fun going in blind.

(2) The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson: I've seen this trilogy mentioned a lot and always with glowing reviews. I don't typically read fantasy but I decided to try the first book anyways based on all that positive word of mouth. SO GOOD. I can't think of a single negative thing to say about it. Excellent character development, plot, world building, writing...just a fantastic read. I've since checked out the second book from the library. Can't wait to read it!

(3) The Chrysalids - John Wyndham: I tend to be a sucker for dystopian novels and this one was such a delight to read. The genetic mutation aspect made for good social commentary and the post-apocalyptic world was well done. The writing pulled me in and I became quite attached to the characters. Couldn't put it down until I found out how it all would end. This was my first John Wyndham book and spurred me on to read more of his books.

You can find me on twitter @thecrazykind :D

Lia said...

Hallo :)
Well that was really fun and easy because I couldn't stop thinking about these books even when I finished them. I choose
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline because it is about the future of mankind and a quest to determine the future of their virtual reality.
2. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is a books about sexuality and about dealing, coming out and black mail.
3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio deals with Augustus whose face is dismorphed and him and the world dealing with it.

I sighned up as Julia and you can reach me my email (

mk said...

Only 3?!!! Yikes!
Ok, here goes.

Trade Me by Courtney Milan
Easily the funniest and snarkiest romance I've read this year, tthis book is absolutely delightful, and one I will read over and over.

Shades of Treason by Sandy Williams
This sci fi set in space features a kick ass heroine and a convoluted mystery. It reminds me of the Rachel Bach Paradox trilogy, which is high praise, indeed.

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
Book 3 in TheOthers trilogy, Bishop does a masterful job in showing us how vastly different the shape shifters think as compared to humans. The tensions are ratcheting up between humans and Others, and the very slow burn romance between our hero and heroine continues. This is a tautlly written sci fi that kept me enthralled.

I'm signed up for Bout of Books under Make Kay
Ekaf2022 (at) gmail DOT com

Baggins said...

This is a great challenge, thanks! I look forward to adding a lot of books to my TBR list. :-D

My recommendations can be found at my blog, Pinker Than Fiction.

I'm signed up for Bout of Books as Baggins @ Pinker Than Fiction and I'm number 112 on the sign up linky.

Email: bookishbaggins(at)gmail(dot)com

Thanks again!

Ellen Vergauwen said...

My recommendations are in this blogpost.
Happy reading to everyone and enjoy the last day!

Ellen Vergauwen said...

Oh sorry for this second comment, but you can reach me trough email at

Sarah said...

Awesome Challenge, although choosing only three was difficult.
Here is my link:

My choices were Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, and The Girl with the Wind-up Heart by Kady Cross.

Thank you for hosting!

Sarah said...

Oops I forgot to leave any contact info. Twitter is @SarahFlood and email is sarahlflood at gmail dot com.


Tracy C Sallis said...

I ended up with 4. But you can use just the first 3.
This is what happens when you make me choose. Also I just reorganised my entire bookcase doing this.

You can contact me at thatfirstline at Gmail dot com

Tracy C Sallis said...

I ended up with 4. But you can use just the first 3.
This is what happens when you make me choose. Also I just reorganised my entire bookcase doing this.

You can contact me at thatfirstline at Gmail dot com

Tracy C Sallis said...

I ended up with 4. But you can use just the first 3.
This is what happens when you make me choose. Also I just reorganised my entire bookcase doing this.

You can contact me at thatfirstline at Gmail dot com

Abbi Hart said...

Fun Challenge! I always love talking about books I loved! Here is my blog post:
And here is my email: gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

Three recommendations?
The HATMAKER's HEART by Carla Stewart
[1930s era millinery fashion world of NY + London] luv the story and main character

[ww11 england - amazing story of 2 sisters separated from mother during evacuation] fab story with contemporary implications - well written!

DEAR MR KNIGHTLEY by Katherine Reay
[contemporary tale-fantastic wordsmithing - perfect for Jane Austen luvers - one of my year's favs]!

Thanks for the offer, the challenge and the FuN! contact me via my blog comments or email on profile - TY :)

Jessica Wyer said...


Here is my challenge entry -


arhellbender said...

Here are mine:

1- Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, by Sarah Farizan

2- Acorna, by Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Ball

3- Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor

The name I signed up with is Roya, and my twitter is @royahellbender

Pouneh Golabian said...

Oops! You'll find me in Twitter @PounehGolabian - rather uninspiered I know 😅

List Addict said...

SarahReads2Much: Your TBR must have:
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry;
The Martian by Andy Weir;
Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near!


I'm not a reviewer, I'm an emoter! The first is a beautiful spooky story with an unusual spiritual ability. The second is out of my usual genre but amazing and funny and unexpected. The third is hauntingly beautiful and surreal.

On the sign up post I list as Charlie@Fur Earwig.

Thanks for the comp although I am truly afraid of what it will do to my own TBR xx

Kristen said...

Here's my list!


Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Probably the best fantasy novel I've read all year. There's great characters, an intriguing plot and DRAGONS.

Armada by Ernest Cline

Everything I love about sci-fi is in this book. I seriously loved this book and it's protagonist... such an amazing story!

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

One of the darkest fantasies I've read, where the main character really struggles with some evil thoughts and deeds. I loved the setting and the characters and everything about this book.

Kristen said...

Forgot to say, I signed up as Kristen @ The Book Monsters on the linky.

readerrayna said...

So, books I've read this year that I'd highly recommend to people are:

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor. This book is the first in the trilogy, and the only one I've read so far, but there is just something about the writing style and the way Taylor writes the characters that draws you into the book. It's engaging, beautiful, full of romance, and I just think everyone should read this.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. This book will make you laugh out loud, squee in glee, and just overall have all of the emotional feels possible. It's a great story about accepting who you are, about friendship and the importance of it, and how love can come from the least expected place.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I haven't finished this book yet, but I am currently reading it, and I already highly recommend this book. It's an adult fantasy novel that's the first book in the Mistborn trilogy and it's just phenomenal so far. It has action, a slow building plot, characters that you can relate to, and a magic system unique to the world. I think that this is definitely a book people should pick up and check out, for sure.

I'm part of Bout of Books 14 as Rayna @ ReaderRayna, and you can contact me on Twitter @ReaderRayna.

capa105 said...


I can’t praise this book enough. Everyone should read it, because not only does it has diverse characters and deals with issues of homosexuality and acceptance, but does it in a fun and light way, so that’s impossible not to have a smile on your face and fall in love with the characters.


77493_originalThis New Adult Fantasy novel is just amazing. It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast done in a most wonderful way. Sarah J. Maas is a master with her words and world building, and this book will leave you wanting for more. More story, more of the characters, more everything.


This book, wow, all the love for this book. Felicia Day, the “Queen of the Geeks” pours her story, hard work and soul into this book, and the result is amazing. I loved to get to know her, I have a newfound respect for her and this is such an inspiring and acceptance driven book… you should read it.

Cristina | My Tiny Obsessions

Lori Bree said...

Thank you for hosting the challenge and the giveaway! Here's my list:

1. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave: beautifully written book set in Sonoma County, CA about family secrets and main character Georgia's journey to make sense of her life. If you love wine, this is the book for you!

2. The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel: Warning: you WILL cry at the end of this beautiful book! A beautiful love story where the main character sets out to Europe to find family members believed to be missing after WWII/the Holocaust.

3. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid: Fantastic book exploring how one small decision can affect your ENTIRE life. One of my favorites of 2015!

My email is Twitter handle @palmerspageturn


Karsyn Smith said...

Here are my 3 recommendations on my Bout of Books 15 ~ Day 7 post. Thanks for a good challenge!

Stacie said...

Here is the link to my Twitter post:

Looking forward to the full list of recommendations!

StacieLe AT netins DOT net

leonorner said...

Hi Sarah, thank you for this challenge and for the giveaway. But I have to admit that this was tricky 'cause three books only isn't enough. Still, here's my list:

* The Novice [Summoner #1] – Taran Matharu;
This fantasy book will be the delight to those who enjoyed Eragon or The Golden Compass. The writing is beautiful and the story simply awesome.

* Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel;
This was a pure piece of literature. I never quite read anything like this before. A dystopian book with an amazing premise, great plot and a way to tell the story that is unique.

* Witch Hunter [The Witch Hunter #1] – Virginia Boecker;
I adored this book. This is the sort of fantasy that makes me super excited and want to enter the story. Witches, romance, a kick-ass protagonist, this book has it all.

You can also see the list on my blog here.

I'm a Bout of Books participant (signed-up as Leonor (Ner) @A Cup of Coffee & a Book) You can also find me on twitter as @LeonorNer. My email is leonorner(at)gmail(dot)com.

Thank you once again ^_^

XX Ner

bookmagedotcom said...

Hi Sarah

Here is the link to my blog post with my list of recommendations:

I hope you like them

Breenah A said...

My top three are:
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (but not in public if you don't want to possibly cry in public)
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (audiobook, if you can)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Caitlyn Santi said...

This was fun, but I had a really tough time picking only three, so many good books! LOL! :)
Here's mine:

BoekenTrol said...

Thank you so much for this challenge! It was fun to do, but very, difficult too.

I could not get a link to the post I made on FaceBook, so I've copy-pasted the whole text. Hopefully all goes well now with commenting here.

This past week I have taken part in a readathon, organised on Twitter, by fellow bookworms 😀 It is #boutofbooks 14.
This readathon and its challenges were fun to do and kept my mind a bit off all that is going on here.

The last challenge for this readathon is to recommend 3 (! only 3!) books and tell why.
And that is VERY hard. The past years many great books came to visit me, so I decided to limit myself to the books I read this year. Hmmm.... Still a list of at least five. After deleting one of 2 thrillers in the list, I now need to strike one more.

Okay. Done that.

Here's my 3 recommendations. In random order.
> The Cold Moon by Jeffery Deaver
> The Bathhouse by Farnoosh Moshiri
> King Rat by James Clavell

I picked The Cold Moon, because I'm a Deaver & Lincoln Rhyme fan, because the book was well written, interesting, fast paced and the lay out / illustrations were nice. And, the most important reasons: I was glued to the book that fooled me several times. And that's really rare!

The Bathhouse deserves a spot in this listing, because it is a rare book. It talks about imprisonment for no specific reason, about all that is going on inside that former bathhouse, all in name of religion. It made me shiver, but it is good stories like these are told and read.

Last, but not least there is King Rat. Written by another of my favorite writers, it is set in a part of the world I am interested in: Asia (like many if not all of his books).
The book tells a story about survival in all its greatness and uglyness. Men are detained by Japanese as POW's in occupied territory. What they do to survive, which mechanism start their work and how that all is looked upon by outsiders that free the camp in the end. Very interesting!

These were the books that made a big impression on me, each for its own reason.

You can contact me through Twitter BoekenTrol, or email me boekenwurm71 at gmail dot com

Emma said...

Thanks so much for hosting today! I love the idea of the masterlist so I will definitely be checking back to see it. It's been so fun to read what everyone recommends, and I've added lots of books to my Autumn TBR.
Here's my post on the three books:

Farzy Mae said...

Here are mine:
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Tonight The Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

Here's the link to my blog post:

Leann L. Miller said...

Fun challenge. You can see my 3 recommendations here: and also on my Instagram here:


Thanks for hosting! Here is my picks :

yahairababy said...

1. Y: The Last Man comic book series. Written by Brian K. Vaughan, it is as engaging as Saga but a lot more thought evoking. Something has killed all men on Earth, less one, and left women in charge.

2. Blacksad comic album series by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido. For the film noir fan. This one has stunning artwork as well.

3. The Golden Compass or The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. An impressive middle grade novel (that's actually part of a trilogy). I enjoyed it almost as much as I enjoyed Harry Potter, technically though, it's better than Harry Potter, it's s lot more challenging.

I can be contacted at

Alithebooklover said...

Thank you so much for this challenge and giveaway. I had to really think of what I read to add to the list and I've managed. So, here is my link:

Thanks again!
Can get a hold of me on my twitter it's @Alithebooklover

embuhlee said...

Here is my entry!

Best way to contact is to comment on the entry.

Thannya said...

Thank you for hosting this challenge.

I choose "A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas, "An Ember in the Ashes" by Sabaa Tahir and "Ps. I Still Love You" of Jenny Han. Here can you find my explanation:

My contact:

Tracy C Sallis said...

Is skulduggery pleasant appropriate for an advanced reader of age 9? My daughter has nagged for months.

Marissa S.T. said...

Hi Sarah, Thank you for hosting this giveaway! These are my recommendations:
1. Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell. If you are a fan of YA contemporary, odds are you've already read this book. However, if you have not, you definitely should. Granted it has been hyped up quite a bit, but the hype is justified. Any fan of books, or anything really, will relate. Mostly if you have ever written fan fiction. It's a light fun and enjoyable read. I highly recommend it!
2. Fairest - Marissa Meyer. Not only do I share the same name as the author but also a love for sci-fi and space. If you are not familiar with the Lunar Chronicles. I recommend you check out the first three books of the series with the new one "Winter" coming out soon. They are fairy tale retellings in science-fiction-y ways and they all overlap to create a wonderful story line. Fairest is a companion novel where we get to know the backstory of one of my favorite YA villains Queen Levana. It is a great book that will have you eating the pages quickly and intrigued.
Finally for something a little bit different....
3. Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up - Grace Helbig. Grace is a very popular youtuber. I had this book for a while since I pre-ordered it last year, but I just got around to reading it last week. It had me laughing out loud and feeling completely identified with almost every chapter. Grace's guide is a "self-help" book. To me it was more along the lines of hilarious anecdotes and very helpful tips for the everyday life of a human being. It is a book I wish I could get a copy for everyone I know as a Christmas or birthday gift. Grace has a way of making you look at life and every aspect of it, every situation imaginable, as such a little thing in the grand scheme of the universe. She makes things look so simple and entertaining. I found myself not wanting to put the book down, however it is set up in a way where you can read it at any pace you like. It even has "worksheets" to help you take note of what she talks about.
Hope you enjoy these books if you read any or all of them. :)
My contact info:
@mari13ssa on twitter and instagram
y reading! :D

Tracy @ thatfirstline said...

Omg I am so happy. I bought a court of thorns and roses yesterday and wasn't 100% sure. Now I know it's a fairytale retelling it goes up the list.

Also currently waiting on the felicia day book delivery. She is a hero of mine.

Tracy @ thatfirstline said...

Omg I am so happy. I bought a court of thorns and roses yesterday and wasn't 100% sure. Now I know it's a fairytale retelling it goes up the list.

Also currently waiting on the felicia day book delivery. She is a hero of mine.

siderealday said...

This was a surprisingly difficult challenge, but I look forward to the compilation of recs. Thank you for hosting.

My post on this is here:

I signed up for Bout of Books as Michelle and you can reach me at

Super Bookworm said...

Thank you so much for the challenge. I posted the challenge on my blog I believe that I signed up as Melissa and you can reach me at

Alex Brennan said...

Thanks for hosting this challenge and giveaway!
You can reach me at @alexandriapaige on twitter
Here's my recommendations!
My Recommendations

the-writeables said...

I love giving/receiving recommendations! Here is my list:

You can contact me on Twitter via @KeroChii

Chrisa said...

Thank you so much for hosting today's challenge and giveaway. I shared my recommendations on twitter here:

1) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein- Now one of my favourite books because of the female protagonist and brilliant story. The audible narration is excellent.
2) The New Hunger by Isaac Marion- Better than Warm bodies, in my opinion. I love the writing style and the concept of a zombie as a character.
3) The Martian by Andy Weir- Humorous, yet dramatic. I love the space setting and the science that comes up (I love science). The audiobook suits the log entries perfectly.

I'm signed up for Bout of Books as Chrisa and you can contact me on twitter @chrisahum. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the read-a-thon! :D

Sydney Lynne said...

One of my favourite challenges! I can't wait to see the big list! Here is my post:

Reach me at

1. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
This book has politics, romance, and a wonderful fantasy world! It's worth it to see how the characters interact and how Kestrel fits into this exciting world!

2. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
In this historical book, a girl sets off to find her father but quickly realizes that sometimes, some things are better left in the dark. This book is scary, intense, thrilling, and a bit romantic. One of my favourite books so far this year!

3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
After watching the TV show (first 7 episodes) I knew I had to read it! It is one of my favourites now! The historical romance is beautiful and heartbreaking! Jamie and Claire are an amazing couple who go through so much, but it makes for a beautiful story.


Sydney @ Miss Movie of Canada

Beckie Voigts said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Beckie Voigts said...

Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

My list can be found here:

1. The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender (my review)
I just recently did a review for this book and as you can tell by my review (if you have read it) I LOVED everything about this amazing novel! Want to know more about why I think this book should be on everyone's TBR list? Read my review. ;)

2. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
This year I discovered a new author Colleen Hoover. I am SO glad I did. Her books are one of my favorite books I have EVER read like in all 36 years I've been alive. Maybe, Someday has been my favorite so far.

3. Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This whole series is simply amazing! Anything Jennifer L. Armentrout is amazing! Enough, said! ;)

- Beckie

Email: ChiKittie [@] gmail [dot] com

J Lenni Dorner said...

The PERFECT challenge to wrap up #boutofbooks! Great job. I look forward to the list. @JLenniDorner on Twitter.

I posted recommendations on my blog.

There are two bonus lists on the blog (one for writers, one for those who aim to support "indie authors" and such). But my official three are:
Red Queen
Trust Me, I'm Lying
The Other Normals

Jessamyn Leigh said...

1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.
History, Quests, Magic, Psychics, Yogurt, Ghosts, Plot Twists, Prophecies, Angst, Secrets, Pizza, True Love, Street Racing, Bees, Redemption, Kissing, Not-Kissing, Family, these books have it all.

This series is so unique and beautifully crafted! (I was tempted to put all three books in, but lbr, if you read the first one, you won't be able to stop anyway.)

2. No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.
Precious Ramotswe's adventures as Botswana's smart and sassy lady detective who just wants to help peole. A beautifully-written glimpse into the culture and people of Botswana, I loved this book and plan on reading the rest of the series asap!

3. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.
The adventures of a shapeshifter, a supervillain, and his flaxen-haired arch-nemesis. This graphic novel is a funny and smart and adorable exploration of what it means to be a hero, a monster, or a villain, full of complex, whacky characters and Stevenson's fantastic art.

My email is gingernifty at gmail dot com.

Andi+Books said...

Click for My Blog Post!

Sneak peek of my list:
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (high fantasy)
Every Day by David Levithan (contemporary)
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh (graphic memoir/comedy)


Tressa S said...

This should be easy, right? But it's not. :) I'll just include YA because that will limit the number for me. Here are my picks (in no particular order):

1. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows. From my review: The Orphan Queen is a fantasy full of complex characters, a mysterious magic, a rich setting, danger, adventure, betrayal, and a slowly-building romance that is both intense and sweet. It has everything you would look for in a story and more.

2. A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin. From my review: It was sweetly romantic, set wonderfully, and had a great set of interesting characters and enough danger to make this one book that was impossible to put down.

3. The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl by Leigh Statham. From my review: The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl kept me engaged, had me tearing up at one point, made me angry, had thrills, and some sweetly romantic moments that were also intense. I love it when stories can pull those emotions from me and this one definitely did!

I'm curious to see the final list and see what books everyone recommended. :) Thanks for hosting and the giveaway!

Tressa @ Wishful Endings

Jordan Smith said...

Hey! Thanks for hosting this challenge.

I've posted my answers here: CallMeSensei.

You can always contact me through Twitter @callmesensei14

-Jordan @CallMeSensei

Kristin Shafel Omiccioli said...

Great challenge! Here are my 3 picks:

1. Just Mercy by Bryan Stephenson: A piercing example of how Jim Crow still has a tight grip on our legal system, reiterating how racial oppression, poverty, and also mental illness are exploited to drive the highly profitable mass incarceration in this country.

2. Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward: Kind of in line with Just Mercy, Ward describes the untimely deaths in quick succession of five important young men in her life. I was so moved by this beautiful book, a testament to love, loyalty, community, family… and a heartbreaking account of some of the harsh, tragic realities of life for millions of Americans, particularly in the rural South.

3. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai: Everyone should read this book, especially young people. Teenage Pakistani Malala was shot in the head at point blank by a member of the Taliban in 2012 for her gender equality activism, especially about education for girls. She's an inspiring figure, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and still speaking out on her beliefs today. I'm looking forward to seeing how she continues to make a difference in the world in the future.

Kristin Shafel Omiccioli said...

Apologies if this went through already... you can contact me on Twitter at @kristinshafel. Thanks! :)

Heather DeFilippis said...

1. The Rook by Daniel O'Malley - it's a great adventure/mystery that doesn't get enough love. It has the supernatural, it has a secret society, etc.

2. The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson - this books writes about grief and one boy's experience of it in one of the most heartfelt way I've ever read. I never quite knew where it was going to end. I liked that it had some comic pages spread throughout and that it had an ending. I don't usually care for ambiguous endings.

3. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone - There are not many books that drive me to tears, but this was one of them. It was a beautiful book with great writing, interesting characters, and an ending that, while I suspected, was still heartfelt. I liked that the author had a couple characters in there that were almost Mean Girls but had a somewhat redemptive end. That is unusual to me.

My email is if you need to contact me.

Lizzie S said...

Thank you for the giveaway!

1. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
This is an amazing high fantasy book that revolves around a girl whose kingdom was taken over as a young child and how she is trying to take it back by infiltrating the kingdom that attacked so many years before.

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Another high fantasy book by Sarah J. Maas, this is the start of a great new series. A blend of a few different fairy tales, including beauty and the beast, a young woman must pay the price for killing a fey: living the rest of her life in the palace of a powerful fey prince. Feyre realizes that not all fey are bad, and that she may be able to help the prince and his court lift the curse they've had for decades.

3. Fairest by Marissa Meyers
This creepy prequel to the fantastic Lunar Chronicles gives the back story to the insane antagonist of series: Queen Levana. We learn just how twisted she came to be, her relationship with her terrible sister (and Cinder's mother), how she feels about Winter, and all the rest around her. She's even more crazy than we thought she was.

Ashly H said...

Here is mine:
1. Hellhole by Gina Damico
2. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
3. I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Thanks fot the giveaway. Here is my email

Lizzie S said...

Forgot to add that you can contact me through my email: or through twitter @LizzieSarcastic!

Stefani Caught Read Handed said...

This was SO hard! I had so much trouble narrowing it down to only three books, but I ended up recommending The Rose Society by Marie Lu, The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, and Mosquitoland by David Arnold over on my blog:

Thanks so much for hosting the challenge and for the giveaway! I'm @StefaniSloma over on Twitter. :)

Becca W said...

What a great idea!

1. Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder by Amy Butcher
I got this book by chance at an ALA convention, and I haven't been hearing much about it anywhere else, which is why I recommend it whenever I get the chance. Butcher starts out telling the story of her college friend Kevin, who, before their graduation, murdered his ex-girlfriend, hours after he had walked Butcher home. His actions are attributed to a psychotic break, caused by him abruptly going off his anti-depression medications. Throughout the book, Butcher delves deep into how that one night affected the way she views the world, while searching for answers about what really happened

2. My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
This brilliant book is a mystery, an homage to Baton Rouge, a tale of childhood and tragedy and innocence lost, a look at how we grow up and what we lose and what we gain, and a reflection on looking back on a life.

3. Orient by Christopher Bollen
This book is ostensibly a murder mystery, but it is also a deep and insightful study of humanity, about small towns, cities, marriages, homes, and parenthood. It's about what happens when you reach too high, when you try to rely on something that isn't attainable, and who you hurt when you keep pushing anyway.

(If by an awesome lucky chance I win, I can definitely be reached on my blog :)

jazminjade said...

I love this challenge. So many books to look at! Here is my list:

Nikki K said...

I'm @nikkitheknack over on Twitter! This is a great idea for a challenge! I have a feeling that when the masterpost is up, my reading list is going to grow exponentially lol.

I published the challenge on my blog here:

My choices:
1. "You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)" by Felicia Day
2. "One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories" by B.J. Novak
3. "The Night Sister" by Jennifer McMahon

Darcus said...

Hi! Thanks for the hosting the challenge & giveaway! The books I chose are:

#Nerd by Cambria Hebert
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
Crane by Stacey Rourke

You can find my full post here:

And you can contact me at darcusmurray(at)hotmail(dot)com

Melissa Harris said...
(Contact through twitter or at mlharris05@gmail.(com)

I hope you enjoy them as much as I have! :-) Thanks for hosting!

Almalania said...

Alma -

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...