Now that the Christmas season is upon us, I’m making a list of all the books I hope to find waiting for me under the tree (or if they’re not there, books I’m going to buy at my bookstore’s Boxing Day sale!). Are there any books on this list you hope to receive as well? Any that aren’t on the list? Let me know in the comments!
1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I have only heard good things about this book, and I am dying to get my hands on it! As a fellow fan-girl, I can already tell I will relate to the characters in this book.
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .
But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
2. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
I loved Code Name Verity, so I’m very excited for Wein’s latest novel about a young pilot during World War II who ends up in a concentration camp and meets a group of woman all from different situations.
Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women”s concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women, including a once glamorous and celebrated French detective novelist whose Jewish husband and three young sons have been killed; a resilient young girl who was a human guinea pig for Nazi doctors trying to learn how to treat German war wounds; and a Nachthexen, or Night Witch, a female fighter pilot and military ace for the Soviet air force. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive.
In this companion volume to the critically acclaimed novel Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein continues to explore themes of friendship and loyalty, right and wrong, and unwavering bravery in the face of indescribable evil.
3. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
This new original novel by Black came out back in September and I’ve been waiting to read it! Black knows how to create a wildly imaginative world, and I expect nothing less from this novel.
Monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave. One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
This novel looks like a fun romantic comedy, and after reading other novels by Smith, I am looking forward to finally reading this one.
When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?
5. The Maze Runner Trilogy (box set) by James Dashner
I’ve only read the first novel, The Maze Runner, in this series (I know, I know) but I am determined to read them all over the holidays! I’ve heard my friends “discuss” the ending and I am eager to find out for myself what all the fuss is about! I would also like to get refreshed/caught up before the movie comes out (Dylan O’Brien is in it and I love him so I’m definitely seeing this movie!).
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade-a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.
Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.
Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up-the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.
Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.
Let me know in the comments which books you want for Christmas or what books you plan to read during the holidays!
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (letmejudge.wordpress.com)
- Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (toobaddiane.com)
- Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (longsladeic.wordpress.com)
- YA Wednesday: The Best YA Books of 2013 (omnivoracious.com)