It’s Amanda! I am taking over her blog for today for our #SBPT weekly posts! This week we’re not only taking over one another’s blogs, but we’re also influencing one another’s TBRs! I am going to recommend FIVE books for her to scope out. Next week she’ll do a “Try a Chapter” tag in hopes of picking a book; at the end of the month she’ll review it!
Let me just say this: THIS WAS NOT AN EASY TASK! I spent two days thinking about which books I could recommend to her that she hasn’t already tackled. There are so many good books out there, but I didn’t want to suggest something and have her be all, “DUH! I read that two years ago!” It’s like when I go to a teaching conference and they suggest The Hate U Give. Obv!
So anyway, I compared our Goodreads, looked at my last two years of “Books I’ve Read” documents I’ve kept to show students, and picked some that she hopefully hasn’t rated yet. I am listing 9, just in case. I know that’s cheating, for the record. I will let her pick 5 from this to use for her chapter tag 😉
Here they are, in no particular order:
1. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – I know, I know. Suggesting a John Green book is a cliche, but unpopular opinion: this is the best one he wrote! For some reason, this book is so funny to me and I love that it’s really not about much. That may not sound like a selling point, but I think this one is worth the read!
2. Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianna Oelke – Easily one of the funniest and most sarcastic characters I’ve ever read. If you like the television show Big Brother, and if you like a witty and sassy narrator, this one is great!
3. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini – Turns out it is not, in fact, a funny story. This one was a really heavy read for me based on its content (suicide, depression), but also because the author later ended his own life. It took me a little longer to get through this one than I expected, but it’s very good.
4. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson – I saw The Sky is Everywhere on your To-Read list, but I didn’t see this one anywhere on there. I have never experienced an author, YA or adult, that uses as much figurative language in her writing. If it wasn’t so edgy, I would use this book to teach my students metaphor! It’s some of the prettiest writing ever and the plot is intense!
5. More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera – Silvera’s books are going to crush your soul; that’s a given. This book tackles some heavy content and has some sci-fi hints, which you like! The society in which they live allows for an optional procedure where you can erase trauma and bad memories!
6. Mosquitoland by David Arnold – I just read Arnold’s latest book and I love it, but Mosquitoland is his best, in my opinion. Even though the content of this book is heavy, the main character is so stinkin’ funny and sassy!
7. Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall – I saw this one on your To-Read list and wanted to let you know that it’s good! It’s basically Everything, Everything with anxiety. However, there is a major plot twist that will shock you! And it’s a super fast read.
8. Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin – This book is really funny and has some elements of sci-fi as well. The characters know when they’ll die, they just don’t know the time and how it’ll happen. Quick read with some humor and a best friend that is a little over-the-top, but likable nonetheless.
9. Literally anything by Colleen Hoover. She is my favorite author! Only one of her series is YA (I want to say Never, Never), but everything she writes is divine!
I’m excited to see which you choose!