Tuesday, April 3, 2012

because i actually do like to use my imagination and be in another world every now and then.

if you follow me via twitter, there are more than a few things that i have a tendency to tweet my heart out about. food. movies. oreos. hunger games. shamrock shakes. and books. so much so, that people will tweet or email me for book suggestions when they are in the reading slump. i even promised a couple people awhile back that i would compile my book favorites into one blog post. so believe it or not, here you (finally) have it!
oh, wait. one sec. before i list them, i feel the need to note the following: i do read "other" books. i have my fair share of adult fiction, theological books, short stories, essay compilations, and classics that line my book shelves but i definitely have a weakness for a good story - and lately, so many of those great stories are found in young adult fiction. we'll save the other books list for another rainy day. so where were we...?

1. Hunger Games. Catching Fire. Mockingjay. by Suzanne Collins. (duh.)

2. Divergent. by Veronica Roth. (literally helped me through my Hunger Games hangover.)

3. Matched. by Ally Condie (Twilight meets Hunger Games.)

4. Clockwork Angel. Clockwork Prince. by Cassandra Clare. (i promise that you will not be able to put these books down. they are that emotional and fast-paced.)

5. Twilight Saga. by Stephanie Myer. (hey, don't judge. i loved these before Kristen Stewart ever graced the movie screen as Bella Swan.)

6. Hush, Hush. Crescendo. Silence. by Becca Fitzpatrick. (and you thought angels just sat around on clouds and played harps all day...)

7. Delirium. Pandemonium. by Lauren Oliver. (one of the most intriguing, original concepts. a world where love is considered a disease.)

8. Cinder. by Marissa Meyer. (a twist on the classic fairy tale, Cinderalla. terminator-style! okay, not really. but we're talking robots.)

9. The Maze Runner. Scorch Trials. The Death Cure. by James Dashner (brings me back to Lord of the Flies.)

10. Lola and the Boy Next Door. by Stephanie Perkins. (not much into chick-lit but this one grabbed my attention. the main character also is obsessed with color. winner!)

and i'm always open for book recommendations myself. 
what are some of your favorites? or have you read these? 
if so, what are your thoughts on them? i'm also always up for a good book discussion!

much love.
{happy wednesday, friend.}

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  1. hunger games. amen.
    -jocee <3

  2. your obsession with the hunger games gives me peace of mind that I'm not crazy for being just as obsessed! thank God I am not alone! I have to give some of these other books a try!

  3. Always love new book suggestions! You're list is VERY similar to mine although I have a few classics like Count of Monte Cristo on mine too. A friend of mine was recently picked up by Thomas Nelson for a young adult fiction that's getting quite a bit of buzz. It's one of those Angels actually do things books ;-) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1401686354?ie=UTF8&ref=aw_bottom_links&force-full-site=1

  4. You are just so adorable with your books! I haven't read any of these but they all look like awesome page turner, especially Cinder. Yowza!

  5. wow, I love this post. Thanks for your suggestions. I am always looking for something new.

  6. I love The Vampire Academy series, its not as much of a love story as twilight. more action and friendship. have you read it?

  7. 1 and 8. reading 2 right now. and can't wait to read the rest!!

  8. Seriously, you are the bomb dot com!

  9. AMAZING post....for more reasons than one ;) you have amazing taste in fiction!

  10. you should try "My Name is Memory"
    and also "The Knife of Never Letting Go"

  11. Saving this post for later! Thank you for the ideas :)

  12. you should definitely read Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (if you haven't already). if you liked Lola, you'll love Anna :)

  13. Love all the YA titles on your list! I'd recommend the Vampire Academy series (KICK ass & snarky main character-- I flew through the six books) and a book that is coming out in May called The Selection ("The Bachelor" set in a dystopian world).


  14. I just put Delirium on my To-Read list on Goodreads a few days ago. It looks good!

    Some favs:
    Anne of Green Gables (a forever favorite)
    Uglies - Scott Westerfield
    Ella Minnow Pea - Mark Dunn
    Me & Emma - Elizabeth Flock
    The Giver - Lois Lowry
    Z for Zachariah - Robert O'Brien


  15. aw! Illy you are adorable. And pretty much have the cutest smile evah! sweet books..can't say I've read any of them but I def. have the Hunger Games on my reading list! Can't say the same for Twighlight..sorry, girl, that just isn't good writing. :P haha (don't worry, I'm not judgin' ;)


  16. As much as I love the Hunger Games, I really think I liked Divergent better. I can't wait for the second book to come out next month. Are you a Harry Potter fan? Harry Potter is still at the top of my list of favorite all-time, but many of your favorites are on my list, too :) xoxo

  17. always looking for new books to read :) xo

  18. oh, some you have listed are my faves too! I'm ready to finish the Maze Runner series. I loved the first one!

  19. I always love finding new things to read, and I totally thought of you when I read The Hunger Games series a couple of weeks ago. ;)

  20. you are a reading machine! i wish i had more time to read! i used to only read on the airplane and now that i hardly travel anymore, i hardly read! so sad!

  21. Thanks Ilene, I haven't read a few of these and since you and I have such similar tastes I know I need to get my hands on them!

  22. As we have been tweeting about Hush, Hush - I'm definitely going to keep this post in mind. I was debating on reading Cinder as well.

  23. Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness I would venture to say they are better than the hunger games. Same general idea mixed in with the Giver.

  24. Love all your suggestions girl! Course i've read like 75% of those :) LOL

    Caster Chronicles (beautiful creatures ect..) are my recent favorites ;)

    Across the Universe is REALLY good too.
    And the Fault in Our stars tooo! you should read those ;)

  25. This is awesome - I'm always looking for book suggestions, and I've only read a few on your list. I'm going to peruse the comments too and add some to my goodreads list!

  26. Ileney!
    Please tell me you have read The Host by Stephanie Meyer, author of the Twilight series! AND i actually just saw that they are making it into a movie coming out next year. I actually loved the book and read it in two days! Its the cooliest "alien invasion" book you will ever read. :)

  27. I just found your blog and I am so glad I did! We have VERY similar taste in books and I've been needing a new read!
    your newest follower ;)

  28. Adding some of these to my reading list! And I love the Twilight books, too, I don't care what people say!

    Have you read the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey? If you liked getting sucked into really well-written stories with amazing characters, try it out. First one is Kushiel's Dart. Fun alternate history/fantasy/intrigue. :)

  29. Thanks! Officially added more books to my Amazon wish list.

  30. Thanks for the book list! I can't wait to check them out! I too love young adult fiction and I'm not afraid to say so!

  31. Just started Divergent yesterday and wanted to call in sick to work so I could stay home and read!

    Loved both Hunger Games and Twilight - never thought I would read any of these! My son talked me into reading Harry Potter and I was seriously sad when I was done - they were my friends! LOL!

    If you haven't read The Host by Stephanie Meyer give it a try - it starts out kind of slow and was not my typical genre but it was really good.

    I am looking forward to April 23rd because I get to participate in World Book Night - if you haven't heard of it just Google it - I get to share my love of reading with others by passing out free books!

    Found your blog thru Ma Nouvelle Mode - looking forward to more postings. Sorry for being so chatty! LOL!

  32. Oh yay! I was just thinking I need some new books after I finish the one I'm currently reading. Divergent is definitely on the list! Now I'm going to check out these other ones too!

  33. Illy!!!! You forgot Harry Potter!! ;] I'm working on Matched right now. Have you read The Host? xo jA

  34. I just bought Divergent because I was told it helps with the Hunger Games hangover. :)

  35. I turn to you a lot for book recommendations. So every book you listed I have already read or will read because you recommended it. We basically have the same taste in books.

    I tend to like books that are in a series or a trilogy. Are you excited for Insurgent and City of Lost Souls?

  36. We have a lot of the same book tastes! I love me some YA books. I've read Hunger Games, Twilight, and I have the City Of Bones... books on my self, but I haven't read them. I just read "Anna and the French Kiss" by Perkins and it was fun! The rest are on my wish list!

    Right now I'm reading "Jane Eyre" for the first time and loving it!

  37. I recently finished The Maze Runner. I'm reading Divergent now. Love your book recommendations!

  38. I really love this genre and discovered my favorite guilty pleasure ala Twilight... Jamie McGuire (Beautiful series and Providence series). Amazing!!!


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