Wednesday, 12 December 2012

YA Holiday Reading List


I've always loved reading but the last couple of months I've experienced a bit of a low point (in both life and blogging and reading). I'm in the midst of what I like to call The Great Reading Slump of 2012. However, I'm not gonna let this bring me down (much), and am looking forward to diving back into YA books.

I'll be heading over to the US for Christmas and plan to fill my Kindle and carry on with lots of the books I've missed over the past two months (14+ hour flight, yo). So without further ado, I present:

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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Jennifer E Smith 
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

I feel like I've been wanting to read this book forever and it seems like the perfect in-transit book. 



Meant To Be - Lauren Morrill
Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question. 

It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").

But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

Another cute travel type book, with a gorgeous cover. 


Time Between Us - Tamara Ireland Stone
Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett has the unique ability to travel through time and space, which brings him into Anna’s life, and with him a new world of adventure and possibility.

San Francisco and Chicago are two of the stops on my US trip. So it's kinda educational right? In any case I like reading novels set in places I've been/am going to. 


A Midsummer's Nightmare - Kody Keplinger
Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great.

Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her stepbrother...at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger's most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.


While there is nothing particularly holiday/christmas-y about this book, if there is one author who is sure to bring me out of a reading slump it's Kody Keplinger. Everything she writes is golden. 


The Secret of Ella & Micha -  Jessica Sorensen

Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.


Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. 

Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.

Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes. 


Again not a "holiday" read, but I'm excited to read some books in the new adult genre as these books are more in my age bracket. I would love to see more books in this genre being published in 2013, and I believe that it will really take off in the coming years. For me, Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo is a standout in the new adult genre. A definite must read. 



Happy Holidays! 
Got any good holiday/feel-good book recommendation? Let me know! 

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