Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014.

One Plus One

1. Jojo Moyes
Books Read: The Last Letter from your Lover, Me Before You, One Plus One, Silver Bay

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)

2. Sarah Rees Brennan
Books Read: The Lyburn Legacy: Unspoken, Untold, Unmade

Dangerous Girls

3. Abigail Haas
Books Read: Dangerous Girls, Dangerous Boys

Definitely, Maybe in Love (Definitely Maybe, #1)

4. Ophelia London
Books Read: Definitely, Maybe in Love, Someday, Maybe

Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1)

5. Dani Pettrey
Books Read: Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced

All the Truth That's in Me

6. Julie Berry
Books Read: All the Truth that’s in Me

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

7. Jenny Han
Books Read: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Jackaby

8. William Ritter
Books Read: Jackaby

So once again it looks like I’m doing a top 8 instead of top 10. Oh, well. What authors did you discover this year?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels.

One Plus One

1. One Plus One by JoJo Moyes

Landline

2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell.

Cop Town

3. Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

The Scorpio Races

4. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Fever

5. The Fever by Megan Abbott

All the Truth That's in Me

6. All the Truth that’s in Me by Julie Berry

The Last Letter from Your Lover

7. The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

8. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Defending Jacob

9. Defending Jacob by William Landay

Gone Girl

10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

What are some of your favorite character driven novels?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to read more

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED To Read More. I’m going to broaden the topic a bit and also include authors I’ve only read one SERIES by. I have a tendency to binge read when I find a new author I like, so it’s a little more difficult to find an author I’ve read only one book from.

The Fever

1. Megan Abbott.
Book Read: The Fever
This book wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was well written and I enjoyed it. I’d like to give her other books a try.

All the Truth That's in Me

2. Julie Berry
Book Read: All the Truth that’s in Me
I really loved this book and it’s style. I definitely need more Julie Berry in my life

Secrets of Eden

3. Chris Bohjalian
Book Read: Secrets of Eden
I read this book before I became a super reader and it was so different from anything I’d read before. (*SPOILER ALERT* Unreliable Narrators!! *SPOILER ALERT OVER*) While I didn’t love the story, Bohjalian’s writing was great and I’d like to see what else he can do.

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

4. Sarah Rees Brennan
Books Read: Unspoken, Untold
I just discovered the Lynburn Legacy earlier this year and fell in love. I love how the characters are written. I need more!

The Fault in Our Stars

5. John Green
Book Read: The Fault in our Stars
Everybody loves John Green and I’ve only made it through this book.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

6. Jenny Han
Book Read: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
This story was all kinds of adorable. I’ve heard her others are similarly so.

Maybe Someday

7. Colleen Hoover
Book Read: Maybe Someday
While I didn’t love Maybe Someday as much as everyone else seems to, but I’d like to try more from Hoover.

Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)

8. Kiersten White
Books Read: Mind Games, Perfect Lies
I loved the Mind Games duology so, so much. I definitely need to read more from Kiersten White!

212 (Ellie Hatcher, #3)

9. Alafair Burke
Book Read: 212
I really enjoyed this book. It was a free ebook when I got it and it’s the third book in a series. I’ve always wanted to go back and read the beginning.

The Essence (The Pledge, #2)

10. Kimberly Derting
Books Read: The Pledge, The Essence, The Offering
While this isn’t my favorite series, I did enjoy it and would like to try more of Derting.

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THE ABOVE AUTHORS? WHAT AUTHORS DO YOU NEED TO READ MORE FROM?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Underrated Authors or Books

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Underrated Authors or Books in X genre. I’ve decided not to limit myself to a certain genre and will include authors and books.

Dangerous Girls   Dangerous Boys

1. Abigail Haas – Dangerous Girls, Dangerous Boys
I’ve just read these books and became obsessed with them. I hadn’t even heard of them until I won Dangerous Girls in a giveaway. More people need to read these.

The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)

2. Linda Castillo – The Kate Burkholder series
While I originally read this series because it’s set in Holmes County, it really is a great mystery series, with an interested setting of Amish country. Plus, I’ve met Linda Castillo and she’s awesome.

Triptych (Will Trent, #1)

3. Karin Slaughter – The Will Trent series
I love this series, but I haven’t really seen anyone else I follow in the blogosphere read her.

Never Look Away

4. Linwood Barclay
Barclay is a master storyteller who writes great mysteries with amazing character development.

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

5. Sarah Rees Brennan – The Lynburn Legacy
This is my favorite new series I’ve read this year so far. More people need to get on it!

All the Truth That's in Me

6. Julie Berry – All the Truth that’s in Me
This was such a unique book and another one I haven’t really seen around the blogosphere.

The Best Man (Blue Heron #1)

7. Kristan Higgins
She is by far my favorite romance author. I love her writing style and her quirky characters. More people need to read her.

Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)

8. Kiersten White – Mind Games duology
I love her style and the characters in this series. More people need to give this a try!

Attachments

9. Rainbow Rowell – Attachments
Rainbow Rowell is definitely not underrated, but her first book, Attachments, is by far my favorite of all her books but is the least recognized.

Northanger Abbey

10. Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey is one of Austen’s lesser known books, but it’s definitely one of my favorites.

Have you read any of the above books? What books/authors do you think are underrated?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Boookish is: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far This Year.

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

1. Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Breenan. This is easily my favorite book I’ve read so far this year. The premise. THE CHARACTERS. Kami Glass. The dialogue. I. Love. It.

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

2. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi. This is how you end a series!

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

3. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer. This series just gets better and better with every book.

Perfect Lies (Mind Games, #2)

4. Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2) by Kiersten White. Another great end to a series. And Fia. Crazy, crazy Fia.

The Last Letter from Your Lover

5. The Last Letter from your Lover by Jojo Moyes. Oh the emotions!!

Criminal (Will Trent, #6)

6. Criminal (Will Trent #6) by Karin Slaughter. Finally the answers I’ve been looking for!

Fear the Worst

7. Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay. Another stellar effort from one of my favorite myster/thriller/suspense writers.

All the Truth That's in Me

8. All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry. This is such a unique, emotional book. It’s really great!

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3)

9. Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi. Another great end to a series.

Triptych (Will Trent, #1)

10. Triptych (Will Trent #1) by Karin Slaughter. The first book in one of my favorite series.

What books are your favorites from this year?

Review: All the Truth that’s in Me by Julie Berry

All the Truth That's in Me

Synopsis from Good Reads:

Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.

This book isn’t really at all what I thought it would be. Based on the cover I thought it would be modern, but it’s historical fiction (though the year is never mentioned). Also since the name of the town is Roswell Station, I latched onto “Roswell” and figured it would have something to do with aliens. However, there are no supernatural/fantasy elements to the story.

I enjoyed Berry’s writing style, though it took a bit to get used to. It’s written in Judith’s 1st person POV, as if she is talking to her childhood friend/crush/love Lucas. I’m not sure if this is technically 2nd person POV or not. Lucas is always the “you” she is referring to and I always think of 2nd person using an impersonal “you” to a general audience. The story is broken up into four “books”, each “book” divided into several mini “chapters” that are often not more than a page. The timeline shifts between past and present without notice, but always with reason. All of this helped the story to seem fast-paced, even though there wasn’t often a lot going on.

I liked our main character, Judith, even though I didn’t always understand her. Despite all that she’s been through and all she’s still being put through by the town and her mother, she still has hope for the life she’s always wanted and she still works hard to help provide for her mother and brother, which is a pretty thankless job.

I liked Lucas, Judith’s love interest, as well. They grew up together as friends so their relationship is real and not the “insta-love” that often plagues YA. He’s hard-working and kind and protective. There is a fairly large cast of secondary characters in the eclectic townsfolk. Some were likable and some were really not. I especially ended up liking Judith’s new friend Maria, mostly because I ended up being completely wrong about her.

Overall, I really enjoyed All the Truth that’s in Me. It was different than anything I’ve read before. The writing and the story were unique and the characters were strong. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that this is a standalone and not part of a series, which is part of my 2014 Bookish Resolutions.

Rating (out of 5)
Plot: 4
Characters: 4
Readability: 4
Enjoyability: 4
Overall Average: 4 stars