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July 31: Popular Books that Lived Up to the Hype

In alphabetical order, as always. (And all more recent reads.)

  1. Leah on the Offbeat; Becky Albertalli. Simon got a lot of attention, so it’s not surprising Leah had a bunch of buzz, too. And I enjoyed seeing more of the characters.

2. Perfect is Boring; Tyra Banks. I’ve seen her mostly in passing, and her various books around as well. Despite my lack of knowledge on the modeling industry, I found her life story quite engaging, especially told in audio form.

3. Brief Cases; Jim Butcher. I’ve been waiting hopefully for new Butcher books for a while, and this short story collection had enough stories I’ve never read to keep me happy.

4. Starless; Jacqueline Carey. Her new stuff is everywhere. This was different from works of hers I’ve read before, but has beautiful, complex world building and character development.

5. Truthwitch; Susan Dennard. I saw this everywhere, but I really didn’t have time to start a new series. And then I gave in and read it. Though I found it a slow start, I was invested by the end, and now I need to find the time to read book 2!

6. Entreat Me; Grace Draven. I’d seen this around a bunch of places, but didn’t pick it up until Ilona Andrews announced they were sharing a book signing with Draven. I enjoyed all the twists on this Beauty and Beast tale.

7. Let’s Talk About Love; Claire Kann. The cover caught my eye, and everything read about it said it was a great, diverse, read–which it is. It starts by confronting some ignorant opinions, and follows up with some education.

8. Wires and Nerve; Marissa Meyer. I was both excited and worried when I saw Iko was getting her own story, but she is so good at kicking butt and being fabulous in this graphic novel.

9. Puddin,; Julie Murphy. I saw this sequel to Dumplin’ all over the place. It works as a stand-alone, too. I’m not sure I like it as much as the first one, but it was very cute–and had some good messages in it.

10. The Prince and the Dressmaker; Jen Wang. I saw this book all over the place, and was so frustrated that my library didn’t have it. But then they did, and the story was gorgeously illustrated and adorable.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

16 responses »

  1. Leah! Yay! I loved that book.
    I’m a little worried about Puddin’ now. I thought the first book was good, but it also irritated me at times.

  2. I just recently bought Let’s Talk About Love, so I’m so excited to read it!

  3. tiredmomreading says:

    I’ve heard really good things about The Prince and the Dressmaker, and I want to try Truthwitch!

  4. FranL says:

    I haven’t read any of these yet, but I’m definitely interested in Entreat Me, Starless, and Truthwitch!

  5. Leah on the Offbeat didn’t quite live up to the hype for me (I enjoyed it don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t quite what I’d hoped it would be) but Wires and Nerve definitely did. Then again I don’t think Marissa Meyer is capable of writing a book I don’t love! 😀
    Great post and great picks for this week.

  6. Oooo I was wondering about Leah on the Offbeat! I listened to Simon via audiobook and really enjoyed it despite the fact I rarely enjoy YA contemporary… Have you seen the film adaptation?

  7. readingrecluses says:

    Leah on the Offbeat was great!

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