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The Book Addict’s “GUIDE”… to Queens of Contemporary!

My reading tastes have changed a lot over the past few years, especially since I started blogging, but I still have a big place in my heart for contemporary romance and realistic fiction in my heart! I’ve been picking up a lot more light & fluffy contemporary stories lately, more so than the serious realistic fiction, but this compilation of Contemporary Queens includes a little of both!

This isn’t a comprehensive list of all of my favorites but it includes many of my favorite authors who currently have multiple books out, and I left a few off the list who I loved but I hadn’t read the majority of their current contemporary releases (like Elizabeth Eulberg and Robin Benway)! It also doesn’t include books of different genres from the authors listed below (like Kasie West’s paranormal duology and Rainbow Rowell’s dip into fantasy) to keep the list strictly contemporary!

The guide is mainly geared toward young adult authors and novels but also includes any “crossover” books by the same authors including Rainbow Rowell’s adult novels and Liz Czukas’s novels as Ellie Cahill for her new adult releases! Lastly, it also only includes full-length novels so any novellas or extras have not been included here (but you should totally check those out too)!


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BOOKS MENTIONED

  1. Sisters In Sanity by Gayle Forman | Amazon // Goodreads
  2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman Amazon // Goodreads
  3. Where She Went by Gayle Forman Amazon // Goodreads
  4. Just One Day by Gayle Forman Amazon // Goodreads
  5. Just One Year by Gayle Forman Amazon // Goodreads
  6. I Was Here by Gayle Forman | Amazon // Goodreads
  7. Leave Me by Gayle Forman | Amazon // Goodreads
  8. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West | Amazon // Goodreads
  9. On The Fence by Kasie West | Amazon // Goodreads
  10. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West | Amazon // Goodreads
  11. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West | Amazon // Goodreads
  12. By Your Side by Kasie West | Amazon // Goodreads
  13. Lucky In Love by Kasie West | Amazon // Goodreads
  14. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell | Amazon // Goodreads
  15. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell | Amazon // Goodreads
  16. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | Amazon // Goodreads
  17. Landline by Rainbow Rowell | Amazon // Goodreads
  18. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord | Amazon // Goodreads
  19. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord | Amazon // Goodreads
  20. When We Collided by Emery Lord | Amazon // Goodreads
  21. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord | Amazon // Goodreads
  22. Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas | Amazon // Goodreads
  23. Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas | Amazon // Goodreads
  24. Throwing My Life Away by Liz Czukas | Amazon // Goodreads
  25. When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill | Amazon // Goodreads
  26. Call Me Maybe by Ellie Cahill | Amazon // Goodreads
  27. Just A Girl by Ellie Cahill | Amazon // Goodreads
  28. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | Amazon // Goodreads
  29. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins | Amazon // Goodreads
  30. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins | Amazon // Goodreads
  31. My True Love Gave to Me curated by Stephanie Perkins | Amazon // Goodreads
  32. Summer Days and Summer Nights curated by Stephanie Perkins | Amazon // Goodreads
  33. Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt | Amazon // Goodreads
  34. Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt | Amazon // Goodreads
  35. The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt | Amazon // Goodreads
  36. Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland Amazon // Goodreads
  37. Nantucket Red by Leila Howland Amazon // Goodreads
  38. Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland Amazon // Goodreads

Who are your queens of contemporary? I also love Elizabeth Eulberg, Robin Benway, and Lauren Morrill but I need to catch up on some of their earlier books or latest releases!


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If You Liked… The Winner’s Curse

Ever since I read the conclusion to The Winner’s Trilogy, I’ve been thinking how much I loved these books and what a great series it was. I absolutely loved the forbidden love, strong characters, political intrigue, and a fantasy world without magic. The Winner’s Trilogy has grown to be a fan-favorite within the YA community and if you’re a fan of the series, I wanted to share some of my personal recommendations on what to read next!

12 BOOKS TO READ
IF YOU LIKED THE WINNER’S CURSE

if you liked the winner's curse


IF YOU LIKED THE WINNER’S CURSE…


Try… SCARLET by A.C. Gaughen.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

I think SCARLET and this Robin Hood-retold series is a great read for those who liked THE WINNER’S CURSE. Since it’s based on Robin Hood, it has that fantasy world but there’s no magic involved in the story. SCARLET also features a very strong female main character (named, well, Scarlet) who has her own hardships but learns to overcome. There’s also a bit of — well, I guess I wouldn’t call it forbidden romance — but the characters essentially hem and haw and don’t quite feel it’s right to be together. The books in this series are just really well done. I read them back-to-back-to-back!


THE IMPOSTOR QUEENTry… THE IMPOSTOR QUEEN by Sarah Fine.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

I had a similar experience reading THE IMPOSTOR QUEEN as I had reading THE WINNER’S CURSE — the book wasn’t slow to start but it took me a while to really get in the swing of things, but once I did, oh boy. The book was good. The characters really grow, the romance becomes intense, and there’s some really interesting world building throughout that provides insight to secret motives and a whole lot of political conflict. THE IMPOSTOR QUEEN was the first book I read from Sarah Fine but it really got quite interesting and I loved how it turned a few tropes upside down.

The Scorpio Races paperback coverTry… THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon
THE SCORPIO RACES isn’t really like THE WINNER’S CURSE but I like its original feel, similar to what I felt when I read The Winner’s Trilogy. It walks a line between fantasy and magical realism (I’d say more on the side of magical realism since it does mention real places and it is largely realistic aside from its one magical element — the water horses). It’s a little bit fantasy in the sense that the book takes place on the fictional island of Thisby, similar to the fictional regions in The Winner’s Trilogy. THE SCORPIO RACES is much more character-driven than action-driven but I think that’s also what makes it so special. You really get to know the characters and that’s something I liked about Sean and Puck in THE SCORPIO RACES as well as Arin and Kestrel in THE WINNER’S CURSE.

The Wrath and the Dawn coverTry… THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon
THE WRATH AND THE DAWN was an intimidating book for me, having received so many amazing reviews before I had even read it. This one took me a little bit to get the hang of as well but the set-up and intro is really necessary to everything that follows, which sets up a wonderfully sweeping romance, gorgeous descriptions of setting, and some truly interesting and complex characters. I love how much influence even secondary characters had on the plot of this book and it really shows how even the smallest of actions can affect and entire kingdom. The end of the book really started to dip into those magical elements as well so this would be a great selection for fans of THE WINNER’S CURSE who are just dipping their toes into the fantasy world.

The StoryspinnerTry… THE STORYSPINNER by Becky Wallace.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon
I loooved THE STORYSPINNER when I first read it. There was just something special about this book that had me diving in head first. The book has a Portuguese influence which really made it feel unique and quite distinct from so many fantasy books that usually venture to Iberian influence through Spanish adaptations and not Portuguese, if they venture there at all. I also really loved all of the different character POVs. There were quite a few (at least six) for each of the main characters in the crew but I didn’t feel confused by the switches or inclusion of any of them. I really loved the overall feel — and the series is only a duology so you can read both books back-to-back!

Grave MercyTry… GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

I selected GRAVE MERCY largely for its political plot and its slow burn romance. This series from Robin LaFevers is actually a trilogy of companions that all revolve around the same political plot and each lead in their respective books play a certain part in the on-going conflict. Based on some real-life history, GRAVE MERCY can technically be categorized as historical fiction but it’s also a bit fantasy hedging on the side of mythology, the basis of which revolves around the god of Death. I’m not big on historical fiction but these books are so well written that it’s easy to get caught up in the story! The slow burn romance is also top notch and I love the gradual yet amazingly strong connection that the characters make with each other.

The Kiss of DeceptionTry… THE KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. Pearson.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

This is a series I still need to continue but so many people love it! Where the first book left off, there was just a hint of the magical elements that were to come into play so it’s a nice push into the fantasy world, still getting the basis of world-building with the (current) absence of of magic, for the most part. The book was quite interesting with some really clever twists! I think this is a fantastic read-alike for those who were fans of The Winner’s Trilogy and personally, I’m looking forward to continuing on with the series! I was waiting for the very last book to come out so I could read the second and third one right after the other because I have a feeling I won’t want to wait!

GracelingTry… GRACELING by Kristin Cashore.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon
GRACELING was one of my first forays into fantasy and I instantly fell in love! I had no idea what fantasy was all about when I first picked up this book. My first experience was The Lord of the Rings and I just really had a hard time with Hobbits and orcs and the like. Once I got more into high fantasy that felt a little more… realistic, I guess, I really started getting into it a lot more! GRACELING opened that door with a little bit of magic and a whole lot of amazing including characters, setting, and some really creepy villain-types.

the crown's gameTry… THE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

I adored THE CROWN’S GAME. I wouldn’t say it has a slow start but the build is gradual and totally rewarding. I loved getting to know a new setting (based on actual events, although the book is not really historical fiction) as well as the two characters and how their worlds collided. It’s one of those amazing and yet terrifying books that basically makes you fall in love with two characters but promises to destroy one (no spoilers there… that IS “the Crown’s Game”) so I spent the whole book basically holding my breath… as I had with The Winner’s Trilogy! I love the dashes of magic and this forbidden romance just had me all aflutter.

rebel of the sandsTry… REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon
REBEL OF THE SANDS was another 2016 favorite that I just loved all around. It definitely has a lighter feel and a bit more snark than The Winner’s Trilogy but I think it’s a great recommendation despite its different feel. If you loved the writing and strong characters of The Winner’s Trilogy, REBEL OF THE SANDS is a great fantasy read to jump to for a little more action, some fast-talking (and fast-shooting) characters, and a bit more magic. I also loved how there was a clandestine identity (ooh, in more ways than one) and how two very different characters ended up being quite similar. This book was just great and I’m highly anticipating its sequel!

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Try… THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

Sarah J. Maas has grown to be quite a household name by now with huge hit series like Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses. Even though I’m sure most fantasy readers have picked this one up by now, I wanted to include THRONE OF GLASS in my recommendations today because I love Sarah’s storytelling and her incredible ability to really build things up throughout the course of a series, much like how I felt with Marie Rutkoski’s books. I love the feeling that the books are really going somewhere and that they’re so connected throughout. The character growth is also monumental and I appreciate that things don’t always go the “right” way just to please an audience. They truly feel like realistic situations and feelings/maturity/strengths change over time.

Try… SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

Leigh Bardugois basically queen and if you haven’t read any of her books yet, YOU MUST. SHADOW AND BONE kicks off one of my favorite series ever, The Grisha Trilogy, and although it’s a world based largely in magic — ahem, small science — I think it’s a great read alike for THE WINNER’S CURSE even though Marie’s books don’t contain magic. Alina does some serious growing throughout the books and really comes into her own abilities, much like Kestrel. Both leading ladies are forced to face what their strengths really mean in terms of their future and how they’re going to help their country. It’s quite an excellent journey to witness!


So what do YOU think? Which books would you recommend for fans of The Winner’s Trilogy? Are there any favorites of yours on this list?

I hope you enjoyed the post! If you’re looking for more reading guides or recommendations or more posts about The Winner’s Trilogy, check out some of my links below! 

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The Book Addict’s “GUIDE”… to Series! | Duologies

Duologies/duets/duos… whatever you want to call them, series that only span two books seem to be a new trend in YA and I am positively loving it! It’s so nice to be able to be invested and still get more to a story but not end in a trilogy (not sure why but I think people are getting tired of the trilogy! Too many of them?) and it’s easy to wrap up the series without going on forever. I like being able to get more of a story from the characters that I love but not worry about jumping into a series, not knowing when it will end and how many books it might add to my reading list!

Lauren from Bookmark Lit recently asked for duology recommendations and naturally, I put my recommendation hat on and I couldn’t stop the ideas from flowing! I’d actually been planning to do a “guide” about series for a long time but never quite got around to starting is so when this topic came up, it happened to be the perfect place to start! Without further ado, here are some of my favorite and also reader-recommended YA duologies!

** Note: Some of the duologies DO have novellas and/or prequels. Some are just short stories to bring more to the series and some actually include full-length releases. For the full-length releases, I did not consider this addition to make the series into a trilogy. They are not a continuation of the series and therefore remain a duology with an additional story, prequel, or novella.

This post is also part of a (hopeful) series (no pun intended)! I’ve got some plans to make a few more “guides” for trilogies and series spanning 4+ books!


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BOOKS MENTIONED

All links will lead you to the first book in the series

  1. If I Stay/Where She Went by Gayle Forman Amazon // Goodreads
  2. Just One Day/Just One Year by Gayle Forman Amazon // Goodreads
  3. Nantucket Blue/Nantucket Red by Leila Howland Amazon // Goodreads
  4. Also Known As/Going Rogue by Robin Benway Amazon // Goodreads
  5. The Rules for Disappearing/The Rules for Breaking by Ashley Elston Amazon // Goodreads
  6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before/P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han Amazon // Goodreads
  7. Time Between Us/Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone | Amazon // Goodreads
  8. Dissonance/Resonance by Erica O’Rourke | Amazon // Goodreads
  9. Alienated/Invaded by Melissa Landers | Amazon // Goodreads
  10. Pivot Point/Split Second by Kasie West | Amazon // Goodreads
  11. Loop/Twist by Karen Akins | Amazon // Goodreads
  12. Reboot/Rebel by Amy Tintera | Amazon // Goodreads
  13. In the After/In the End by Demitria Lunetta | Amazon // Goodreads
  14. The Program/The Treatment by Suzanne Young | Amazon // Goodreads
  15. Starters/Enders by Lissa Price | Amazon // Goodreads
  16. Seraphina/Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman | Amazon // Goodreads
  17. A Need So Beautiful/A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young | Amazon // Goodreads
  18. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer/Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBrideAmazon // Goodreads
  19. Anna Dressed in Blood/Girl of Nightmares by Kendare BlakeAmazon // Goodreads
  20. The Dark Unwinding/A Spark Unseen by Sharon CameronAmazon // Goodreads
  21. Prisoner of Night and Fog/Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne BlackmanAmazon // Goodreads
  22. Born of Illusion/Born of Deception by Teri BrownAmazon // Goodreads

ANTICIPATED DUOLOGIES!

I actually wanted to include quite a few more in this post but some didn’t have covers, some weren’t 100% confirmed, and others won’t be out for um… years. But I did still want to mention them in the post because they’re either great reads or I’m really excited for their upcoming release!

  • The Orphan Queen/The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
  • The Wrath and the Dawn/The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
  • Passenger/Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  • Untitled 2016 Veronica Roth duology

Which two-books series are your favorites? Any more to add to this list? Do you find duologies more appealing than longer series?


Looking for more reading recommendations?
Here are some more posts to check out!

  • The Book Addict’s “GUIDE” to “Crossover” Books: Know adult readers who want to get into YA? Or YA readers who want to pick up new adult reads? Check out this guide to “crossover” books!
  • The Book Addict’s “GUIDE” to Male POVs: Sometimes I’m just craving a good male POV or want to diversify my reading away from the females. Check out some of my favorite books from a guy’s perspective (mostly YA, some adult, some alternating male/female POV)!
  • If You Liked… If I Stay: For fans of IF I STAY, here are a few hand-picked selections of books you should read next!
  • If You Liked… Divergent: The “If You Liked” series is back! See which books I recommend for fans of Veronica Roth’s hit series DIVERGENT!

    Want to help me with my next post? Share with me your favorite YA trilogies!

My next project will be compiling a collection of YA trilogies. There are SO many out there that it will definitely be a big post but I want YOUR help to gauge which ones should make the cut! If you’d like to help, check out the link below! It’ll lead you to a Google Form where you can share which trilogies you think should be on this next recommendation list! Thanks for your help!!!

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The Book Addict’s GUIDE… to Male POVs

Recommendations for YA books with a male POV

I know that with my wedding coming up, taking on a time consuming project such as making a new guide/infographic is probably the last thing I should do… But lately feeling like I have so much to do has made me feel like I need to be productive and somehow reading just wasn’t do that for me so I took on a blog project instead! I have a ton of fun sharing my recommendations and making these graphics so a new “guide” seemed like the perfect project for a time like this!

I almost forgot that I wanted to make a “guide” to male POVs. I’ve actually touched on the topic a couple times on my blog with the Top Ten Tuesday topic “Top Ten Books I’d Recommend to Male Readers” as well as picking it for My Latest Bookish Addiction, but I thought it was time to finally put it into a nice, formal graphic for easy viewing!

Without further ado, here are my favorite YA books from a male POV (and then some)!

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BOOKS MENTIONED

  1. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider // Review
  2. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller // Review
  3. Fault Line by Christa Desir // Review
  4. Where She Went by Gayle Forman // Review
  5. Just One Year by Gayle Forman // Review
  6. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green // Review
  7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling // Review
  8. The Giver by Lois Lowry // Amazon
  9. The Maze Runner by James Dashner // Amazon
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky // Amazon
  11. Stardust by Neil Gaiman // Review
  12. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline // Review
  13. Insignia by S.J. Kincaid // Review
  14. Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell // Review
  15. The Rule of Three by Eric Waters // Review
  16. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne // Review
  17. How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller // Review
  18. White Cat by Holly Black // Review
  19. Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown // Review
  20. This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel // Review
  21. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman // Review
  22. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness // Review
  23. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi // Review
  24. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor // Review
  25. Nil by Lynne Matson // Review
  26. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks // Review
  27. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey // Review
  28. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater // Review
  29. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski // Review
  30. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger // Review
  31. Legend by Marie Lu // Review
  32. Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho // Review
  33. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell // Review
  34. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg // Review
  35. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry // Review
  36. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay // Review
  37. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu // Review
  38. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas // Review
  39. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson // Review
  40. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater // Review
  41. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch // Review
  42. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson // Review
  43. Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead // Review
  44. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin // Review
  45. Vicious by Victoria Schwab // Review
  46. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern // Review

Looking for more reading recommendations? Here are some more posts to check out!

If You Liked… The Fault in Our Stars

One of my favorite parts about being a book blogger is sharing the books that I love with others. I absolutely love sharing my favorite reads and recommending them to others who are looking to fall in love with a new book! With all of these amazing YA adaptations coming out recently, I know a lot of people are looking for more books similar to the movies that have hit the silver screen, so for all those looking for books similar to your blockbuster favorites, I’ve got some recommendations lined up for you!

8 BOOKS TO READ IF YOU LIKED THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

My recommendations for what to read after THE FAULT IN OUR STARS may not be the books you’d immediately jump to. I feel like it’s easy to pick another book that tells the tale of struggling with cancer, but I felt like TFIOS had a story that went beyond a “cancer story”. It was about two teens who has this awful thing thrown at them, but they’re also still trying to figure out who they are in the world and how they can make an impact. There’s a stress that time may be an issue and they need to make the most of their own lives as well as their time with friends and family. There’s a lot of self-discovery, a solid romance, and some great friendships as well as personal struggles and outside forces turning their entire lives upside down, so with that in mind… Here are my hand-picked of 8 books to read if you liked THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!

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IF YOU LIKED THE FAULT IN OUR STARS…

Try… ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

This book was an emotional roller coaster for me, but in a good way. The book is set in the Midwest in the 1980s, but if you’re afraid that you won’t connect with that, don’t fret — it’s not overly fraught with pop culture references (though the music selections are excellent). It has plenty of tender moments, some real character growth, and plenty of moments that will tug at your heartstrings. Rainbow Rowell just has an amazing way of stringing words and sentences together and this book is bound to have you mesmerized!

Try… IF I STAY by Gayle Forman.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

IF I STAY is another BIG book out right now with its movie adaptation just hitting the big screen! It’s also another one of my favorite books EVER. Gayle Forman is a fantastic writer and this book really drew me in to YA contemporary when I was really hardcore into paranormal and dystopian. It’s chock full of emotion — both the good times and the bad. I really fell in love with these characters and this family AND this romance. IF I STAY is not one to miss and I couldn’t be happier that this book from Gayle Forman is now on the big screen!

Try… THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS by Sarah Ockler.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

This book. I went through such a range of emotions while reading it! It has a fantastic family dynamic featuring Jude, her mother, her father who suffers from Alzheimer’s, and her three older sisters who tell her to stay away from the Vargas boys. When Emilio Vargas happens to be the only person who can help Jude and her father finish his motorcycle… Jude knows she’s in trouble. THE BOOK OF BROKEN HEARTS is one of my favorite books for the content, the emotional connection, the romance, the friendship, the family dynamic… Everything about this book was perfect for me!

Try… WILD AWAKE by Hilary T. Smith.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

WILD AWAKE was another book that totally took me by storm. I literally read it cover to cover in one afternoon — I just couldn’t put it down! The book is about a girl named Kiri who essentially has the house to herself when her parents go on vacation. Instead of what you’d presume teenagers would do (throw a party), Kiri is content mastering the piano for hours a day… Until someone calls asking about her sister who had died a few years back and Kiri’s world quickly turns upside down. It’s a bit of a wild ride and incredible to see the Kiri at the beginning of the book and at the end.

Try… THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

Katja Millay has a fantastic way with words and characters. This book was incredibly beautiful and I totally fell head over heels with it when I first read it. I totally got lost in the writing and not only that but her characters just felt so incredibly real. Even the secondary characters really made an impact on me. The book has such a level of depth that I really got lost in the world that Katja Millay created and didn’t want it to end. I was rooting for these two characters who felt like big, gaping holes of themselves were missing and they came together in the most unexpected way. Truly wonderful.
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Try… CONFESSIONS OF AN ANGRY GIRL by Louise Rozett.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

The first in a series, CONFESSIONS starts off with Rose, a freshman in high school after she lost her father when he went overseas to war. Her family is trying their best to hold it together, but no one is really handling it in the same way. When Rose becomes the victim of a bully, even more drama erupts in her life and she has to figure out how to grieve, how to reunite her family, and how to deal with friend and bully drama all at once. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the REALLY cute guy who she has a major crush on who’s taken a liking to her…

Try… SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL by Trish Doller.
Review // Goodreads // Amazon

Another war-related book (chosen coincidentally)… Told from the POV of Travis who has just returned back home on leave from the army. Travis suffers from PTSD and tries not to let his family or friends catch on. He also has to figure out his place back home since when he left for the army, everything seems to have changed. I was really pleasantly surprised by this one since I don’t normally connect with military themes, but SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL was realistic, mature, powerful, and emotional as well. There’s a great romance and though it’s not a great family dynamic and Travis struggles to reunite with his friends, I loved how Travis strengthened the relationships he valued and realized which ones to let go.

Try… ALTHEA & OLIVER by Cristina Moracho.
Review (to be posted!) // Goodreads // Amazon

ALTHEA & OLIVER doesn’t release until October, but it’s one that really stuck with me lately. This one is maybe a bit more on the mature side (some content may be a bit mature for younger teens) but I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. ALTHEA & OLIVER follows the two title characters through the roughest patch of their friendship, the summer before and fall of their junior year of high school. This book was raw and real and I loved Cristina Moracho’s writing. Keep your eyes peeled for this one releasing October 2014!


Well, I hope some of these recommendations pointed you in the right direction! They’re some of the books that give me the biggest feels and share a lot of the same qualities that THE FAULT IN OUR STARS does. Which books would you recommend for fans of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS? Anything in particular stick out?

Looking for more recommendations? Check out my previous list of recs below!

 

The Book Addict’s GUIDE… to “Crossover” Books!

More and more lately I’ve been really getting into making infographics and recommendation guides. I had a blast making my first two recommendation guides — contemporary and paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy — and I really wanted to make a new one, but with a few genres down, I wasn’t sure where to start again. Naturally, I went to Twitter to ask for suggestions and Elizabeth from Don’t Take My Books Away recommended a list of young adult books that would appeal to adults as well and that seemed like the perfect idea!

I decided to take it one step further and add my favorite adult reads that I felt would appeal to readers of young adult fiction as well. Since most of my blog readers are in their 20s/30s/40s reading YA and a few in their actual teens, some of the books on the list are ones I feel would appeal to readers of YA and not necessary young adults themselves. Sounds confusing, but what I mean is that some books will have more adult content than others, but no worries! I’m including a details of which adult books on the list would also be appropriate for younger readers and which are intended for a more mature audience.

Missed my first two “guides”? No problem! Just check out the links below! 

Book Addict’s GUIDE #1: Contemporary
Book Addict’s GUIDE #2: Paranormal, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy

So! Ready to get started? I know you are! Here are my favorite “crossover” books that best appeal to a wide age range!

Crossover Books Infographic Reading Guide

 

BOOKS MENTIONED

Here’s a list of the books mentioned! All links will take you to my reviews (books that I haven’t reviewed on my blog will take you to the Goodreads page). All adult books will also have notes if they’re appropriate for younger audiences or not!

  1. (YA) 45 Pounds (More or Less) – K.A. Barson // Keywords: Weight loss, family, weddings
  2. (YA) Something Like Normal – Trish Doller  // Keywords: Military, PTSD, family, romance
  3. (YA) Fault Line – Christa Desir // Keywords: Sexual assault, relationships, support
  4. (YA) The Book of Broken Hearts – Sarah Ockler // Keywords: Alzheimer’s, motorcycles, sisters, romance
  5. (Adult) Degrees of Wrong – Anna Scarlett // Keywords: Epidemic, romance, chocolate, sea exploration // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. Some adult humor and sexual references.
  6. (Adult) Slightly Single – Wendy Markham // Keywords: New York, absentee boyfriend, friends // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. I read this quite a few years ago and remember it being fairly appropriate for a mature teenage audience. Some adult humor and sexual references.
  7. (Adult) Remember Me? – Sophie Kinsella // Keywords: Memory loss, designer products, humor // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. Same as above — read quite a few years ago but should be okay for mature teen audience. Some adult humor and sexual references.
  8. (Adult) Wedding Season – Darcy Cosper // Keywords: Weddings, New York, comedy // Suitable for teens? Yes? To be honest, I read this one too long ago to remember its specific content BUT I think I was actually a teen when I read this one myself (somewhere around 18, I believe) so I would lean more towards yes!
  9. (YA) The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E Smith // Keywords: Weddings, travel, flying, remarriage, London
  10. (YA) The Sea of Tranquility – Katja Millay // Keywords: Identity crisis, trauma, loss, romance
  11. (Adult) One Day – David Nicholls // Keywords: Friends, relationships, missed opportunities // Suitable for teens? More mature audiences. Adult content and spans from twenties age up through forties.
  12. (Adult) The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks // Keywords: Young love, forbidden love, Alzheimer’s // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. Personally liked the movie better (gasp, I know) but the book was also great and suitable for younger audiences.
  13. (YA) The Distance Between Us – Kasie West // Keywords: Family business, mother-daughter relationship, wealth vs “working class”
  14. (YA) The Chapel Wars – Lindsey Leavitt // Keywords: Las Vegas, wedding chapel, loss, rivals
  15. (YA) Open Road Summer – Emery Lord // Keywords: Country music, tour, road trip, famous, romance
  16. (YA/New Adult) Dirty Little Secret – Jennifer Echols // Keywords: Nashville, country music, redemption, performing, romance
  17. (Adult) The Nanny Diaries – Emma McLaughlin // Keywords: Working, nanny, family, family issues // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. The movie came out in 2007 and I know I read the book before the movie so I was still a teen (older teen) but it seemed perfectly suitable for a younger audience! (The book was also WAY better than the movie, FYI)
  18. (Adult) The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger // Keywords: New York, fashion, post-college, career // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. Unlike The Nanny Diaries, I found both the book AND the movie to be fantastic and suitable for teen audiences as well.
  19. (Adult) What Looks Like Crazy (Kate Holly #1) – Charlotte Hughes // Keywords: Psychology, divorce, humor // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. Charlotte Hughes has a very Janet Evanovich-style and while there are more mature themes and references, a mature teen audience could enjoy this book as well.
  20. (YA) The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey // Keywords: Aliens, invasion, post-apocalyptic
  21. (YA) The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins // Keywords: Government, dystopia, battle to the death
  22. (YA) Under the Never Sky – Veronica Rossi // Keywords: Dystopia, science-fiction, technology, wilderness, survival
  23. (YA) The Raven Boys – Maggie Steifvater // Keywords: Prophecy, tarot, paranormal, private school
  24. (YA) Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer // Keywords: Sci-fi, cyborg, Beijing, Cinderella
  25. (YA) Ready Player One – Ernest Cline // Keywords: 80s, pop culture, virtual reality, future
  26. (Adult) The Passage – Justin Cronin // Keywords: Vampires, plague, post-apocalyptic // Suitable for teens? Maybe. It’s a really big read and takes a while to develop, but if you’re willing to stay in it for the long haul, I think a more mature audience could enjoy it.
  27. (Adult) Vicious – V.E. Schwab // Keywords: Science fiction, extraordinary, superheroes, revenge // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. A delicious tale of revenge set at an adult age. Mild violence and darker themes, but okay for teen readers.
  28. (Adult) Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris // Keywords: Vampires, romance, Louisiana // Suitable for teens? Maybe. Strong elements of romance.
  29. (Adult) Gameboard of the Gods – Richelle Mead // Keywords: Mythology, mystery, military, science // Suitable for teens? Maybe. Definitely more mature teens if recommended for younger audiences. Some sexual situations and explicit content.
  30. (Adult) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams // Keywords: Sci-fi, space, humor // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up.
  31. (Adult) First Grave on the Right – Darynda Jones // Keywords: Grim reaper, ghosts // Suitable for teens? Not recommended. While the book has a fun and easy feeling, there were strong themes of sexuality and some violence.
  32. (YA) Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor // Keywords: Chimaera, angels, Prague
  33. (YA) Fairytales for Wilde Girls – Allyse Near // Keywords: Fantasy, fairy tales, mental illness, magical realism
  34. (YA) The Winner’s Curse – Marie Rutkoski // Keywords: Fantasy, politics, music, slavery
  35. (YA) Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1) – Leigh Bardugo // Keywords: Fantasy, Russia, powers, army
  36. (YA) Graceling – Kristin Cashore // Keywords: Fantasy, kingdom, abilities
  37. (Adult) The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern// Keywords: Circus, magic, illusion // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. A truly magical story with plenty for any age
  38. (Adult) The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) – Scott Lynch // Keywords: High fantasy, gangs, thieves, comedy, bromance // Suitable for teens? Maybe. Excessive swearing, some violence, very little sexual content. Possibly suitable for mature teens.
  39. (Adult) The Princess Bride – William Goldman // Keywords: Fantasy, fairy tales, true love, sword fights // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. Suitable for any age. A timeless classic.
  40. (Adult) A Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin // Keywords: Fantasy, kingdoms, royalty, politics, conspiracy // Suitable for teens? Thumbs down. Not recommended for younger readers despite its variety of age ranges present. Violence, sexual content, mature language.  But good for the adult YA readers who love fandoms and great high fantasy!
  41. (Adult) Stardust – Neil Gaiman // Keywords: Fairy tale, fairies, unicorn, star // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. Absolutely. If I hadn’t heard an interview with Neil Gaiman at the end of the audiobook calling it a fairy tale for adults, I may have classified it as YA. Suitable for any age.
  42. (YA) Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein // Keywords: Historical fiction, WWII, flying, torture, best friends
  43. (YA) Grave Mercy – Robin LaFevers // Keywords: France, 1400s, politics, mythology
  44. (Adult) The Help – Kathryn Stockett // Keywords: 1960s, race, Mississippi, maids // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. I think this is an important book for all ages!
  45. (Adult) Water For Elephants  – Sara Gruen // Keywords: Circus, the Great Depression, romance // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. Technically billed as adult but I think there are a lot of things teens would appreciate about this book. Possibly better suited for older teens.
  46. (YA) Paper Valentine – Brenna Yovanoff // Keywords: Ghost, murder, summer
  47. (YA) How To Lead a Life of Crime – Kirsten Miller // Keywords: Crime, boarding school, redemption
  48. (YA) Killer Instinct – S.E. Green // Keywords: Serial killer, high school, mystery
  49. (Adult) The Spellman Files – Lisa Lutz // Keywords: Private eyes, they’re watching you, family, comedy // Suitable for teens? Some drug use, drug references, and cursing but I think it would be enjoyable for older teens as well
  50. (Adult) One For the Money – Janet Evanovich // Keywords: Bounty hunter, mystery, New Jersey, comedy // Suitable for teens? Maybe. Good for older teens as well as adults. Janet Evanovich’s books are so much fun with some mature themes but okay for older teens.
  51. (Adult) The Pact – Jennifer Sturman // Keywords: Mystery, wedding, Diet Coke // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. Written for adults but lots of fun! I think this would definitely be okay for older teens.
  52. (YA) Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell // Keywords: 80s, misfits, family, first love
  53. (YA/New Adult) Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell // Keywords: College, twins, fan fiction, social anxiety
  54. (Adult) Attachments – Rainbow Rowell // Keywords: Y2K, e-mail, best friends // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up! Rainbow Rowell’s books are fantastic and I know Attachments is fun and absolutely suitable for many ages. I read it myself in my early 20s and I feel like I need to re-read it because I would appreciate it so much more now!
  55. (Adult) Landline – Rainbow Rowell // Keywords: Marriage, issues, communication with the past // Suitable for teens? Landline doesn’t come out until July so the verdict is still out on content but from the early reviews, it sounds like this could be amazing for all ages as well!
  56. (YA) If I Stay – Gayle Forman // Keywords: Tragedy, loss, family, first love
  57. (YA) Where She Went – Gayle Forman // Keywords: Reuniting, careers, lost love, emotion
  58. (YA/New Adult) Just One Day – Gayle Forman // Keywords: Europe, college, first love, self-discovery
  59. (YA/New Adult) Just One Year – Gayle Forman // Keywords: Travel, loss, family, self-discovery
  60. (YA) The Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot // Keywords: Princess, royalty, family, confidence
  61. (Adult) Size 12 Is Not Fat – Meg Cabot // Keywords: Mystery, college, murder, pop star // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. Some mature content but mostly mild. Set at a residence hall and several (fake) pop culture references!
  62. (Adult) The Boy Next Door – Meg Cabot // Keywords: Apartment, mystery, neighbors, romance // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. Another book I read around the time I was an actual teen and I remember it being fairly appropriate. I can’t remember the details, but Meg Cabot’s work is usually pretty mild on the adult content!
  63. (Adult) Queen of Babble – Meg Cabot // Keywords: Gossip, London, weddings // Suitable for teens? Thumbs up. Same as above — I think Meg Cabot’s books really fit a wide age range!

Whether you’re a Young Adult reader looking for more Adult books to get into, an adult who isn’t as familiar with YA, or a teacher or librarian looking for recommendations, hopefully you can find a great place to start on this list! These are just some of my favorites that no matter the age are able to appeal to a wide variety of readers. 

I’d love to hear what you think! What are your best picks for books with crossover appeal? Are there any specific authors you think appeal to any age? Any Middle Grade books? (Which I don’t have as much experience with) If you find a great book in a different age range, I’d love to hear which one worked for you! Leave me a comment below with your picks or new discoveries! 


Looking for more reading recommendations? Here are some more posts to check out!

  • The Book Addict’s GUIDE to paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy: The second in my series of guides! I hard a hard time separating these three so they all got smushed together.
    Infographic: A guide and compilation of paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy recommendations
  • The Book Addict’s GUIDE to contemporary: First of many to come! I created a road map/choose your own adventure-style guide to YA contemporary romances. If you’re looking for a good contemp read, start here!
  • If You Liked… If I Stay: For fans of IF I STAY, here are a few hand-picked selections of books you should read next!
  • If You Liked… The Fault in Our Stars: With so many great YA adaptations hitting the big screen, I wanted to make a lovely graphic of suggestions for people who have enjoyed them! This one kicks off the series with recs for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS fans!

Results from the Survey on BOOK REVIEWS!

Something that I feel has been coming up a lot lately is discussion about reviews. We as book bloggers initially put a lot of focus on reviews for our blogs, but I think as our reading, writing, and blogging habits develop, our opinions on reviews tend to change. Obviously there is no right or wrong way to blog — including how to write a review, how long a review is, or if you even DO include reviews in your blog — but I wanted to get inside the heads of the masses and see what the general consensus is on reading and writing reviews. I feel like I’ve been seeing a lot of people questioning how they write reviews, ways to shake things up, and guilt for not reading other people’s reviews. What’s the best way to find out? Ask!

The results were incredibly interesting! I had a serious number of people respond (thank you for taking part if you did!) and I got to see all of your responses on how reviews affect your blogging habits, both in writing them and reading reviews from other people. I know you’re curious, so without further ado… The results!

Book Blogger Reviews Survey Infographic

SURVEY REACTIONS

I asked if there was annoying you didn’t like about SHORTER REVIEWS. You replied:

  • I feel like the reviewer isn’t sharing enough about the book to help me (35%)
  • I feel like short reviews show a lack of connection to a book (10%)
  • They don’t help me decide whether a book is worth buying (21%)
  • Write-in options: “They say what they like or don’t like but don’t elaborate why.” // “It really depends.”

I asked if there was annoying you didn’t like about LONGER REVIEWS. You replied:

  • I have limited time to read and/or comment so I tend to skim (45%)
  • I feel like longer reviews tend to get overly ranty/fangirly (18%)
  • I feel like longer reviews tend to get too cluttered and start to lose focus (28%)
  • Write-in options: “Chunky paragraphs are hard to read on screen.” // “Long reviews need humor.” // “I’ve found that longer reviews tend to contain spoilers.”

Thoughts on rating systems: 

  • Most people review star systems or number scales (also including a “grading” scale). At 70%, it was the popular vote. It’s the quick and easy way to tell how a reviewer felt about a book. Only 13% chose a system that uses words/a written out rating, frequently because their star ratings don’t match up with the Goodreads star ratings. 7% said that ratings systems aren’t helpful at all. A few added extra comments to say that they liked a star/number system WITH addition information as to why they rated it that way.
  • Extra thoughts! One reviewer (who approved to be quoted anonymously) said: “I rarely use a rating system. [… ] Rating systems are very subjective. Some bloggers are very specific about their rating systems and list it clearly on their blogs, but sometimes I have to dig around to actually find it. Ultimately, I read reviews of bloggers who are consistent, respectful. I have learned to trust their opinions and follow their blogs. Their reviews weigh much more than their ratings.
    I also believe that a star system can prevent excellent reviews from being read by authors and other reviewers. For example: I have been quoted and RT by authors for reviews that were thoughtfully written, but if I had put stars on the review, they never would have read it.”

“Extras” In Reviews: 

  • The most popular options for “extra”s in book reviews? An image of the cover, a book synopsis, a rating, and links to Goodreads. After that, a few more people selected that they like to see a quotes section, gifs, and specific sections like a character breakdown or specific world building section followed.
  • GIFS were a hot topic in this survey! Despite the fact that so many people selected that they like to see gifs in reviews, the people who don’t like them were very outspoken!
  • Quote it! “GIFS! I feel they’re a bit overused in place of actual feelings. A good gif, well placed, I’m all for ;)” // “GIFS. They make me crazy. Please use words in your review!” // “I find gifs to be really obnoxious when used too much. I can’t explain how annoying it is to go through Goodreads and see gif after gif. I find it to be juvenile and distracting.” // “A limit to how many gifs are used per a review. Sometimes it feels reviewers use gifs when they don’t really have anything to say about the book. I don’t mind seeing one to two gifs per a review, but when the post is mainly images and not nearly enough writing, I tend to skip checking it out.” // “I only like reviews that include gifs if they are on Tumblr. Gifs are for Tumblr, people. You want to use gifs, get on Tumblr.”

I asked how many books you write reviews for and you said: 

  • I review every book I read, including DNFs (15%)
  • Every book except for books I marked as DNF (11%)
  • Almost all of them (36%)
  • I review almost all of them but I don’t write negative reviews (8%)
  • About half (3%)
  • I pick and choose (23%)
  • I rarely write reviews (0%)
  • Other: Providing they were not books I had to read for school // I review everything on Goodreads but only some on my blog

Do you take notes while reading? 

  • YES : Handwritten notes (23%) // Keep notes in draft as I’m reading (2%) // I use tabs (18%) // Update Goodreads (15%)
  • NO : Takes me out of the book & ruins my experience (23%) // I have no interest in taking notes (17%)

So how important are reviews to your own blogs?: 

  • Most people said VERY important. Reviews are THE main focus.  (34%)
  • Shortly after that the response was that they’re pretty important and should be prominent, but doesn’t have to be THE focus of the blog.  (31%)
  • Shortly after that, responses leaned toward just kind of. This group felt like reviews make up their blogs, but they have other features that round out their book blog besides just reviews. (28%)
  • Only a couple people replied that reviews weren’t very important to their blogs. (3%)

SOUND BITES FROM THE BLOGGERS

“I generally write long reviews but recently I have decided to shorten my reviews to just a few paragraphs with one focusing on “summing up” my experience. I find that though I like writing longer, analytical reviews, I do not like reading them and just want to see the overall feelings someone had upon finishing the novel.” — Anonymous

“Writing reviews is often the hardest part of my blogging experience. I have not once been able to write a review in less than a half an hour, so I need time that I don’t always have. And I often find that I would rather keep reading than write the kind of review that I want to post (I write longer reviews), so I struggle to keep on top of them. Also, I forget things if I wait too long, so I struggle sometimes to piece things together. But I do think that reviews are important to blogging, especially when I’m reading a book I got from a publisher before it’s release. I do feel more of an obligation to post something in those cases even though I recognize that I will never be able to do it for all of them.”  — Anonymous 

“I think reviews help log our reading experiences. I like writing reviews to track my own enjoyment of books. My reviews are more for me. I read most reviews on goodreads to either validate my feelings of how I’m feeling about a book or help me decide when to read a book. I don’t typically allow reviews to decide which books end up on my tbr. I don’t read many reviews on blogs because it would take me forever to read them all and I won’t remember the review. I find it better to read reviews when I’m looking for thoughts on a specific book.”  — Michelle from Playing Jokers

“There’s been a lot of debate about the validity of negative reviews. I ALWAYS read both the positive and negative reviews, and often the negative reviews make me want to read the book! If someone says, “this was depressing,” or “these characters weren’t nice people” I might run right out to read the book because I like dark, complex characters.” — S.W. Hubbard

“I feel like the book blogging world is becoming an increasingly competitive arena. There’s a constant comparing of number: how many posts, comments, followers, ARCs, mailing lists, infographics, memes. Even though I’ve been at this for a while, my blog is tiny and will probably remain that way. I started reviewing the books I read because it was supposed to be fun and a way to share my thoughts with others. In the last few months, I do post less than I used to because I’ve accepted that my schedule doesn’t allow me to read as quickly. Also, since I don’t write negative reviews, that means I don’t review every book I read. The internet is so supersaturated with book blogs (especially those focused on YA), and while I’m glad to be a part of this community, I also recognize that not everyone can be the most popular so I’ve just got to stick with doing what works for me. :)”   — Monica from The Fuma Files

“I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to review. Everyone has their own style and it’s that diversity that makes the book blogging community so worthwhile.” — Nicole from The Quiet Concert

“I think reviews are something that initially made the book blogging community what it is, but it’s also pretty difficult to write reviews that are entertaining and keep your readers focus. If a blog is simply one review after another and there are no other sorts of posts, I’m 99% sure won’t follow it because I feel like something’s holding me back from connecting with the blogger and because that would just make for an incredibly boring blog.” — Ashley from Ok, Let’s Read

“In general, I think we’re under the impression that writing book reviews need to be professional and critical. That it’s supposed to be objective. People lately have felt the need to set themselves apart by saying they’re doing “book talk” and not reviews. But I feel like, for me, these are the same thing.
Every review that I write is personal. I always mention how books made me feel or react or the like. While I don’t know if that’s always helpful for other readers, I feel like, for me, that’s usually what I try to find in other people’s reviews too. That way I know if there’s a chance I’ll be able to connect or like a book as much as they did!
I do think it’s interesting that reviews are getting so much flack. Personally, whether or not my reviews are read by other people, I find joy in sharing my thoughts — even if it’s just for me! Sure, I post it so that other people can see it an hopefully benefit, but I also don’t mind if it doesn’t get any attention at all. I’m very grateful for my readers and friends, but they’re not the main reason I write my reviews. I write them for ME.” — Anonymous

“I blog for myself, and I can’t say that I am very strategic about attempting to reach readers.
I feel like people say that their reviews get less traffic/comments, but I feel like if you write quality reviews, and make an effort to interact with followers, they can lead to good discussion. I blog for discussion, not for page views.
If I look at my stats for the past 30 days, reviews aren’t my most viewed posts, but I think that’s because my library program posts, booklists/readers’ advisory graphics, etc, get way more traffic overall.
But still, several got plenty of traffic and comments. When I look at “all time” I was surprised how many reviews did well over a long period. Reviews of adult books and nonfiction do really well, I think because there are less adult/nonfiction book review blogs out there. Reviews of books that I think no one will be interested in sometimes get a lot of search traffic because there just aren’t that many reviews of them out there.” — Molly from Wrapped Up In Books

“If bloggers feel their reviews are not getting great hits, I think it goes a little deeper than people don’t want to read reviews. Have you been posting infrequently? Are you reviews too long? Are you reviewing the same books as every other blogger in the universe? (Diversity is so important!) Is your SEO not working for you? I think instead of making a broad generalization that readers don’t want to read them throughout the community… a little exploration needs to be done.” — Anonymous

“I feel like WAY too much is given out about a book, especially in the “special sections” part. I don’t want to know why you love this character (except maybe a few general reasons), because I want to meet them on my own. I don’t want to know in great detail all the slow-burning phases of a romance. I want to be surprised. I want to anticipate. Please, no character analysis. You only see those in spark/cliffs notes that kids read if they don’t want to read the book for class.
Tell me how [a book] made you FEEL, but not all the reasons why it made you feel that way. I want your opinion, not a play-by-play. Really, I’m looking for whether or not I want to buy the book and read it. I have had books spoiled so many times that I don’t read reviews anymore unless I REALLY need to, or I have already read the book and want to see what someone else thought about it.
I think people just need to remember that they are writing a review, which is a short little blurb on their thoughts and if they recommend it or not. It’s not supposed to be a book report, where you analyze everything to death. The professional reviews on Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly are around 300-500 characters for the most part. And I think they are MUCH more useful than some of these reviews that go on forever.” — Anonymous

“Pet peeve–and I’m guilty of this too–is obviously bad grammar. There are going to be slips. Typos, etc. But I’ve read reviews before–from tremendously popular bloggers–that are short and have glaring errors. GLARING. It always makes me think that they are only throwing something together to have better stats from posting every day and that they don’t care about their content. Drives me NUTSSSS.
I think finding a way to vary the structure of a review would help pique people’s interest. This is something that I work on as well, so I don’t just mean that I find other reviews lacking because they are traditional. It is sometimes difficult to read a review fully–just because of the time it takes to take it all in–so finding a way to communicate the same points and thoughts in a more easily digestible manner would be awesome!
Writing reviews is often the hardest part of my blogging experience. I have not once been able to write a review in less than a half an hour, so I need time that I don’t always have. And I often find that I would rather keep reading than write the kind of review that I want to post (I write longer reviews), so I struggle to keep on top of them. Also, I forget things if I wait too long, so I struggle sometimes to piece things together. But I do think that reviews are important to blogging, especially when I’m reading a book I got from a publisher before it’s release. I do feel more of an obligation to post something in those cases even though I recognize that I will never be able to do it for all of them.” — Anonymous

“I’ve always felt that summaries of the book should be in the blogger’s own words and not copied from the back of the book or Amazon, GoodReads, etc.
I would like to see more reflection on the cultural significance of thematic considerations within the text. The relationship between what authors write/what readers get out the book and reality fascinates me.
I would also like to see more reviews which discuss both the positives and the negatives of the book. So many reviews are either gushy/fangirly or hate-filled; however, in my experience, readers aren’t so one-sided in reading.” –– Trisha from Eclectic/Eccentric

“I personally love reading book reviews, because it allows me to get to know the blogger behind the review a bit more. Sometimes I will avoid reviews for books I’m particularly anticipating, since I don’t want to be spoiled in any way, but for the most part I use them to judge whether or not I’ll like something. Reviews have been very helpful in terms of keeping me on budget! A lot of anticipated reads have become library loans instead of purchases based solely on other bloggers’ thoughts.” — Anonymous

“In general, I think we’re under the impression that writing book reviews need to be professional and critical. That it’s supposed to be objective. People lately have felt the need to set themselves apart by saying they’re doing “book talk” and not reviews. But I feel like, for me, these are the same thing.
Every review that I write is personal. I always mention how books made me feel or react or the like. While I don’t know if that’s always helpful for other readers, I feel like, for me, that’s usually what I try to find in other people’s reviews too. That way I know if there’s a chance I’ll be able to connect or like a book as much as they did!
I do think it’s interesting that reviews are getting so much flack. Personally, whether or not my reviews are read by other people, I find joy in sharing my thoughts — even if it’s just for me! Sure, I post it so that other people can see it an hopefully benefit, but I also don’t mind if it doesn’t get any attention at all. I’m very grateful for my readers and friends, but they’re not the main reason I write my reviews. I write them for ME.” — Anonymous

 So what do you think? Do you agree with the general consensus? Is there any thing in or about reviews that you’d like to see more or less of? How important do you think reviews are to your blog? To the book blogging community? To the industry itself?

We keep saying that there is no right or wrong way to write a review… But is that only to a certain extent? I’ve heard people say that and then still are upset with the length (either short OR long) of other people’s reviews. Or is that just a matter of personal taste and not what we “should” or “shouldn’t” do? Sound off below! I’d love to hear further discussion!

Seriously Social! Survey, Infographic, and Giveaway

One of the things I really wanted to do in 2014 was work on my social media. I’m on Twitter a LOT but I tend to neglect the other forms of social media on my blog like Facebook and Pinterest, and let’s be honest — I have no idea what I’m doing on Tumblr.

There are SO many forms of social media to use for your blog that I really wanted to explore what other bloggers had to say and see what we think is best for our blogs. I created the “Seriously Social Survey” to check out what other bloggers had to say! I collected all the data, spent lots and lots of time on this infographic and HERE IT IS!

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 So what do you guys think? Agree with the general results?  Twitter seemed to take the cake on almost everything, including most visually appealing which I was actually surprised about!

THE NEGATIVES

  • FACEBOOK. Facebook was declared the least popular form of social media. You guys said that Facebook is the social media site that’s on its way out, especially with Facebook users having to pay for ads in order to reach news feeds. This pretty much renders most blog Facebook pages useless, in my personal opinion. I know I’ve noticed that I’m getting FAR less views on my Facebook posts and that really discourages me to use it as a form of social media because it becomes far more work than it’s worth. That seems to be a general consensus with Facebook also being the website that was voted the most work to maintain and a chore to keep updated.
  • DRAMA. There seems to be an increase in author/blogger drama this year (which I try my best to avoid!) with the most drama-filled websites being Twitter (61%) and Goodreads following (19%).
  • TOO MANY SOCIAL MEDIA SITES. Like blogging, updating social media should be fun, but there’s no denying that sometimes trying to cover all the bases gets overwhelming. If you try to keep up with all of the social media sites you can use to promote your blog, it becomes quite a chore to post to ALL of them. We already mentioned that Facebook was the biggest chore, but Pinterest wasn’t too far behind. Juuuuust behind Pinterest were Goodreads (which I was surprised!) and Twitter (even more surprised).

IMPORTANT THINGS TO TAKE AWAY

  • TWITTER IS KING. Twitter is the winner for almost all of the positives and seems to be a crucial way to interact with bloggers, authors, AND publishers. Ever since I joined Twitter, I can clearly see how it’s the most valuable social media site for bloggers! Even with its occasional drama, it’s still the most important blogging tool when it comes to social media, and there are ways to avoid the drama if you don’t want to see it in your feed. It was also a landslide vote that aside from directly emailing an author or publisher, Twitter was the best way to interact with them!
  • UP-AND-COMING SOCIAL MEDIA. Twitter was also voted the most up-and-coming social media site, but that may be because it’s just so dang popular. The survey-takers also had their eye on Tumblr and Instagram being used more and more for promoting blog posts and reaching out to followers. What else do we need to keep an eye out for? StumbleUpon, Snapchat, and Vines. StumbleUpon isn’t so much used for social media but is a good place to start posting your blog posts to help get them out there in the blogosphere!
  • DONT OVER PROMOTE. It can be a little overwhelming with bloggers promoting their posts all over the internet. I think the most important thing is to make sure you mix it up! I totally think it’s okay to promote your links a few times a day on places like Twitter where information comes and goes within minutes or even seconds before it’s out of sight, but Twitter also really supports our blogging community and it’s also where we talk to each other. If ALL you’re doing on Twitter is promoting yourself, it’ll get tiring fast. I asked if using a large amount of social media and various forms is helpful or hurtful and 27% people agreed HELPFUL — you need to connect with people wherever you can. A whopping 71% of people said it’s a mix of both. It’s helpful to cross-promote, using different sites to reach different groups of people but seeing the same links over and over can get tiresome. Only 2% said that large amounts of social media is absolutely hurtful.
  • NEW SITES CREATED BY BLOGGERS. There are some awesome new sites made just for bloggers by bloggers. If you’re not aware of them yet, you should definitely go check out BookBlogging.net and Literally.io! They’re still being developed although BookBlogging.net has been around for longer and is much further developed at this point, definitely keep a lookout for both of these to really start taking off!

SOUND BITES FROM THE BLOGGERS

  • “FB on its way out is maybe more wishful thinking than anything else. I’ve never used it for blogging, only personal, and I hate how it works. I think if everyone who complained about it would stop using it, instead of sticking with it out of habit, the site would lose a lot of its power to do anything for its advertisers with no regard for its users.” (Maybe we should all stop using it… I actually think I might shut mine down soon seeing the results of this survey!) 
  • “My only comment is about over promoting. Making sure you space out your tweets, making them interesting without all ME ME ME. It’s difficult and I think it takes time and finesse to get there. Also, people need to turn off their Pinterest updates via Twitter. No one needs to see that.” (See: overpromoting.)
  • “I don’t really distinguish between my personal and ‘blog’ social media. I don’t want social media to feel like it’s a chore or a job and I’m not so worried about privacy, so I don’t see the need (plus I do social media for work, so this would be triple rather than double duty for me).” (I totally agree with this! My personal life, although initially completely separate, easily seeps into my blogging social media accounts. I often Tweet about daily life and post personal pictures on Instagram as well!) 
  • “I try to only post positive things on social media and only @ authors if my review is a 4 or 5. I have no desire to get sucked into the drama.” (Yay, no drama! I still post my negative reviews but I don’t mention the authors or publicists on Twitter if it’s a negative or generally blah review.)

GIVEAWAY

So that’s it for the Seriously Social Survey! I hope you guys got some great insights and I have to thank you again for all of the awesome responses!
Now that we’ve got some fresh ideas and thoughts from other bloggers, let’s get connected! In 2014, I really wanted to work on connecting with people through social media other than Twitter. Let’s get together! If you already follow me through various social media sites, you get bonus entires in the giveaway below! Don’t follow yet? It’s never too late! Let me know what social media sites you use and I can follow you back!

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Enter to win this stack of books! One winner will receive them all! It’s a mix of ARCs, hardcovers, and paperbacks (and the one on the top is a spiral-bound copy of The Break-Up Artist). Good luck!!!
Must be 13 or older to enter — Sorry, US and Canada only!

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Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: How to Make Goodreads Work For YOU!

I first joined Goodreads in 2010 when one of my friends introduced me to this awesome website that let you make lists of books and keep track of what you read. Awesome! In the beginning, I didn’t do much except for add all of the books I read and keep track of what I was currently reading. Then I found out that there were a LOT more features on Goodreads that I didn’t even know about. Back then, they still had their book exchange feature which quickly became my main purpose for using the site. (I do miss it… Although I don’t do a lot of swapping anymore!) Then I found out they had giveaways. I could win free books! Even books that… *gasp* weren’t published yet! (Side note: Clearly this was before I knew about ARCs and a year and a half before I even THOUGHT about starting a blog.) This Goodreads site was AWESOME.

As the years went by, I found more and more features hiding in the depths of Goodreads and once I started blogging, it pretty much became an essential tool for helping me review books, create blog posts, and fill out the weekly memes.

The stars aligned when I saw the blog post about signing up for a Bloggiesta mini-challenge and I had thoughts of Goodreads dancing in my head. I knew a lot of people did instructional-type mini-challenges but just having been blogging for a year and a half, I surely didn’t feel like I knew anything more than those blogging pros (from whom I do pick up lots of tips)! Then it came to me… I could talk about Goodreads! Not so much as an instructional post (despite the fact that I titled it starting with “How-To”) but more of a mass-sharing of how people utilize Goodreads and what exactly we may be missing out there!

Before putting my post together, I went to the best possible source I had to help me gather information: YOU! A huge thanks to everyone who filled out the survey because it was so interesting and great to see so many responses and how different they all were! After crunching all the numbers and gathering all the data, here’s what I got from all of the responses:

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SHELVES

Shelves seem to be the number one thing you guys LOVE and could not live without. The shelves on Goodreads are fantastic because not only can you add books to the Goodreads-supplied “Read/Want to Read/Currently Reading” shelves. Readers can create ANY amount of shelves for ANY kind of categories they want. Personally, I have shelves for various genres, some to indicate where I got the book, some for the age range (YA vs adult), and any other variation you can possibly think of.
Another beauty of the shelves is that you can create MORE exclusive shelves than just what Goodreads offers. For example, I needed a place to put the books I chose not to finish. I still wanted to keep track of them but they didn’t belong under “read” to “to-read” so I created my own “did-not-finish” shelf and voila! Organization at its finest!

I have TONS of shelves (all of which are necessary).

I have TONS of shelves (all of which are necessary).

Another fantastic feature of the shelves is that you can SORT THEM. Where would I be without this feature!? I’ve found that it’s especially handy for things like Top Ten Tuesday (and other memes). Want to find out what the longest book is you’ve read? No problem. Go to your “read” shelf, make sure you have the “number of pages” column visible (if you don’t, click on “shelf settings” and you can add any columns available there to the shelf you’re currently viewing), sort by page number. VOILA. I use this constantly. Not only for page numbers but sorting by pub date, rating, date added, date read… I’m always always always sorting and re-sorting my shelves to find things. THANK THE HEAVENS that Goodreads has this feature because I don’t know what I would do without it.

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Another fan-favorite is the “Currently Reading” shelf. This was something a lot of people were very vocal about and how much they loved it. I know so many people like to update their page number (or percentage, if that’s the case) as they’re reading and one of the best things is that you can make comments as you read too! Sometimes I even go back to the comments I’ve made to help me remember quotes, specific instances, or OMG moments for when I write my review! Some people even use this instead of a bookmark!

RECOMMENDATIONS

One of the things that the survey participants felt that people underutilized was all of the different ways to send and receive recommendations. Understandably, one of the biggest pet peeves from Goodreads users was people spamming them with recommendations, event invites, and book pushing. I definitely fall into that category myself… I’ve actually unfriended a few people on Goodreads because of over-spammification (the technical term). I had approved a friendship and instantly I got event invites and books suggestions. Unfortunately there isn’t way to reel in the spamming with filters (that I know of… I’ve searched!) so the only option to filter out those spammers is clean up your Friends List.
Reasonably, the recommendation options can actually be touchy subjects… But from your trusted & close friends and by exploring your own personal recommendations, you can probably find some great new books!

One of the easiest places to start is to click on the recommendations widget on your Goodreads home page.

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This takes you to a glorious page that lists TONS of recommendations based on any of your current shelves. (Another reason to make many, many shelves!!!) The more books you rate, the better your recommendations get. Don’t like a recommendation? No problem. Just hit “Not Interested” and you won’t see that one again. When this feature first came out, I spent hours looking through these and adding ALL THE BOOKS to my TBR list. Golden.

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And here’s a two-for-one picture… Love a book? Want to see books similar too it? There’s a little widget on the book’s info page called “Readers Also Enjoyed”. Scroll through the books listed there and you may find a book very similar to it and see what else people who liked that book also put on their lists!
Want to recommend that awesome book to a friend? Just click “Recommend It” and you can quickly send that recommendation off to your fellow Goodreads friends.

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EXPLORE GOODREADS

Goodreads has an “Explore” menu — some of which I’ve explored, some of which I haven’t — but that’s where we find some of the “hidden gems” of Goodreads, if you will.

Genres: Genres is one I don’t use a lot, but if you’re a subscriber to the Goodreads newsletter, it looks a lot like that format. It lists some books under… well, genres. From “Movers & Shakers” to “Young Adult” to “Paranormal” and of course many, many more. One of the good things about the Genres feature is that you can search for books and get a lot of suggestions for very specific subgenres/related genres. Like science-fiction but looking for something different? No problem. Click on “Science-Fiction”, check out “Related Genres” and hey… There’s a whole page of space operas. Yeah. Goodreads is where it’s at, friends. We get pretty specific here! This feature is probably really similar to the personalized recommendations if you utilize a variety of shelves, but this is a good way to hunt down recommendations if you’re not interested in creating genres for your shelves.
Listopia: Listopia is a user-driven feature full of lists, lists, and more lists. You can browse user-created lists by tags (most often which are different genres), do a specific search, or browse recently updated lists. Some are not as well-put together as others, but most are pretty good! Readers are allowed to vote for books for each list as well, so the more people who vote, the better the lists get. I’ve used Listopia for finding books by a specific publication month (i.e. searching “October 2013”), a specific theme (“Egyptian mythology”), or just a general genre.
Giveaways: Goodreads First Reads Giveaways are a wonderful feature on the site! Giveaways are usually hosted by a publishing house or author. They can be for physical copies, advanced reader copies, or even ebooks and audiobooks. They’re always changing and always being updated. Sometimes hard to win, but I’ve actually won a few here and there (two when I first joined Goodreads and I actually JUST won a copy of Antigoddess… three years later).
Popular: I actually don’t use popular much (or ever), but that’s a good place to see what books are gaining readers and reviewers if you’re looking for a book that everyone else is reading!
Goodreads Voice: I haven’t visited Goodreads Voice in a while but it’s a cool little place! It has everything from Author Interviews to Author Suggestions (Good Minds Suggest) to Debut Author Snapshots and even more literary articles. It’s a great place to read up on some authors and find out what else is going on in the book community!
“Fun”: There’s also a “Fun” section filled with Trivia, Quizzes, and Quotes for bookish fun! (Tailored to the books on your shelves!)
“Community”: Lastly is the community section — which I don’t personally use as often — where you can explore Creative Writing from other users, fellow Goodreads users, and search upcoming events.

PERSONAL NOTES ABOUT A BOOK/REVIEW SECTION

Did you know that there’s a lot more you can add to your personal notes about a book? Besides just writing your review, you can keep tracking of where you purchased a book from, what date you purchased it, who recommended it to you, how many times you’ve read it, and so much more — all under your review of that book.

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I actually filled in a lot more than I usually do for the sake of example, but if you do a great job on keeping up with your personal notes in the review section, you’ll have TONS of info at your fingertips at all times.
This is a rough example because this is my review of WHERE SHE WENT, which I recently re-read. One thing a lot of people said is that Goodreads should make it easier to show and update re-reads. I originally read WSW in June of 2012 but when I marked it back to “Currently Reading” when I picked it up again, it reverted back to my last page number before I had marked it as complete. There’s also no good way to update the dates on a re-read without wiping out your previous data and starting all over. I chose to just leave my original start date and add my new “Finished reading” date. (The finished reading date is also important if you want that book to count for your yearly Goodreads challenge! All books towards that challenge need a finish date in that calendar year otherwise it won’t count.) I also used the “Number of Times I’ve Read This Book” to help me keep track of re-reads, but the actual progress could be set up better!
In this section, you can also update where you got that book, when and if it was a recommendation, who suggested it to you. If the person who recommended it to you is a Goodreads member, you can tag them in the recommendation. You can also mark specific notes about that book in “Private Notes” that only you can see. (One survey-taker’s absolute favorite underutilized feature!)
This is also the section that Goodreads has for you to mark that you own a copy of the book. I actually don’t use this section so much anymore because I found it hard to keep track of my books through their system. I just created a shelf for my “currently-owned” books because it’s MUCH easier to sort and search, in my humble opinion!

PERSONAL STATS

One of my favorite things — especially for my monthly recaps here on the blog — is personal stats. You can go to “My Books”, scroll all the way down and in the left hand column under a heading called “tools”, you’ll see a link to “stats”. You can see ALL or your reading statistics since you’ve signed up for Goodreads, separated by year. (You can also find this under the Goodreads Reading Challenge widget!) If you click on details, you can get a LOVELY picture that will look somewhat like this:

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PHEW. It was a long adventure discovering all the ins and outs of Goodreads but now you have some good insights to the hidden gems and fun features!

I hope you’ll join in the Bloggiesta mini-challenge that I’m hosting to help Goodreads work for you and make your reading/blogging life easier!

The mini-challenge is simple: Pick anything (or everything) that you’d like to utilize more from Goodreads. It can be linking up your reviews to your blog, investigating Listopia for recommendations, cleaning up your shelves, or organizing… well, anything! The sky is the limit! During Bloggiesta (Sep 20 – 22), designate some time to make those changes, explore Goodreads a little bit more, and get a bit more organized. Then write up a mini-challenge post to let us know what you did to use Goodreads to your advantage and how those changes or discoveries make your life easier as a reader and/or blogger! It can be as simple as cleaning up/creating Goodreads shelves, updating your full reviews & blog links to Goodreads, or really digging in deeper and exploring new features. The choice is yours, but whatever you choose, we want to hear about it!!
Once you’ve got your post, link up to the Linky below so everyone else can see what you’ve accomplished with Goodreads during Bloggiesta time and what new things you discovered!

Before I close this post, I just want to say that I know there’s been a lot of drama surrounding Goodreads and some instances of negative author-blogger interaction… Another survey-taker said that as long as you don’t let the drama get to you or invade your experience, Goodreads can be a fantastic tool for anyone — And I totally agree. When it all comes down to it, Goodreads is what you make it! Don’t let the negatives intimidate you because you’d be missing out on some really great tools, features, and community!

I think Goodreads is a fantastic tool, especially as a blogger, and I completely agree with one person who said that Goodreads is for readers and makes it easier for avid readers and casual readers alike.

UPDATE 9/19: The Bloggiesta list of mini-challenges is now posted! Don’t forget to check out the other mini-challenges for this Bloggiesta and let me know in the comments if you’re going to be taking part in my Goodreads mini-challenge! I can’t wait to see people’s posts!!

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The Book Addict’s GUIDE… to paranormal, sci-fi, & fantasy!

Oh, hi there! Need a good recommendation? One of my favorite things about writing reviews for my blog is the very end where I scour my previous reviews and carefully (VERY carefully) select two books to recommend based on how the book read and of course, what genre it is. It’s something that I really have a lot of fun with sooooo I was thinking (and who are we kidding, I was on Pinterest too) and I stumbled upon some infographics, which for some reason I totally love in the nerdiest way possible. I wanted to create something like that about books but let’s face it… I don’t wouldn’t really know where to start as far as info goes but I CAN make graphics.

After my Book Addict’s GUIDE to contemporary romance was such a huge hit, I knew I had to follow through with my plans to make a new “guide” for other genres. I started with just straight paranormal, but I kept mixing in some sci-fi, some fantasy, and the genres sort of melded together into a blurred mess. Instead of fighting it, I figured why not combine them into one giant guide! You can still choose your own adventure here based on what each book contains!

Book Addict’s GUIDE #1: Contemporary!
Book Addict’s GUIDE #3: Crossover (YA to Adult and vice versa!)

Start here! My “guide” to contemp actually took a little while, but I was so excited to make my paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy one that I sort of just flew through it and I just couldn’t wait to share! So, without further ado, welcome to the second Book Addict’s GUIDE! (Get it?! …. Har har.)

SciFi Paranormal Fantasy Recommendation Guide Infographic

 

BOOKS MENTIONED

Here’s a list of the books mentioned! All links will take you to my reviews (books that I haven’t reviewed on my blog will take you to the Goodreads page).

1. Unremembered (Unremembered #1) – Jessica Brody
2. The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
3. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
4. The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter #1) – Megan Shepherd
5. Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #1) – Jessica Spotswood
6. Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1) – Leigh Bardugo
7. Let the Sky Fall (Sky Fall #1) – Shannon Messenger
8. The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) – Maggie Steifvater
9. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer
10. The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) – Alexandra Bracken
11. Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver
12. Just Like Fate – Cat Winters & Suzanne Young
13. Time Between Us – Tamara Ireland Stone
14. Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) – Kasie West
15. Paper Valentine – Brenna Yovanoff
16. The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1) – Kimberly Derting
17. Life After Theft – Aprilynne Pike
18. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) – Richelle Mead
19. Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) – Richelle Mead
20. Twilight (Twilight #1) – Stephenie Meyer
21. Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) – Susan Dennard
22. Reboot (Reboot #1) – Amy Tintera
23. Sweet Evil (Sweet Trilogy #1) – Wendy Higgins
24. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) – Laini Taylor
25. City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare
26. Lies Beneath (Lies Beneath #1) – Anne Greenwood Brown
27. Of Poseidon (Of Poseidon #1) – Anna Banks
28. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) – Robin LaFevers
29. Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) – Kristin Cashore
30. Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles #1) – Ellen Oh
31. The Scorpio Races – Maggie Steifvater
32. Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) – Leigh Bardugo
33. Tiger Lily – Jodi Lynn Anderson
34. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) – Marissa Meyer
35. The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars #1) – Frank Beddor


In the mood for even more recommendations? Check out these other posts!