Once Upon A Read-A-Thon Blog Post
July 9th, 2012 by Liza Wiemer

Since I began hosting the Holiday Readathon two years ago, I love participating in others whenever I get a chance. ONCE UPON A READ-A-THON is hosted by Pure Imagination –   http://www.pureimaginationblog.com/ Candace’s Book Blog – http://www.candacesbookblog.com/ and Reading Angel – http://www.readingangel.com/ Definitely check them out!

Here’s what I’ve been reading: I finished Cold Kiss and Glass Heart by Amy Garvey. I had been hesitant to read Cold Kiss because I knew it involved a zombie and in all honesty, zombie novels are not my favorite. But Cold Kiss surprised me. The paranormal aspect was intriguing and well done. The romance aspect wasn’t what I expected, either. It was sweet and definitely captured the emotion of first love. There were no zombies in Glass Heart, and I actually enjoyed it even more than Cold Kiss. I really liked the relationship between Wren and Gabriel, which began in Cold Kiss and was an integral part in Glass Heart. Fans of paranormal romance will really like these books.

Me Before You is a novel I picked up at the BEA and I absolutely loved it!  It’s not available in the United States until December 2012, but I have to say that I wouldn’t be surprised if it hit the New York Times Best Seller’s List.  It isn’t YA but it definitely is appropriate for older young adults. The novel is set in a small English town. Louisa Clark is twenty-six years old and out of a job. After going to the Job Center for the third or fourth time, she’s given the opportunity to interview for a position taking care of a paraplegic. What transpires from the moment she gets the job is absolutely breathtaking, powerfully emotional, heartbreaking,  and thought provoking. The writing is masterful. I read it cover to cover, totally engrossed in the dynamics of the characters and their trials and tribulations. What is so extraordinary is how the author, Jojo Moyes, portrays the life of a paraplegic. Any description by me would be an understatement.

I can’t rave about this novel enough! Put it on your must-read list.

I also finished Wanderlove. Any young adult who is thinking about taking a trip after high school, but isn’t sure about it should absolutely read Wanderlove. Bria Sandoval takes a trip to Central America and finds herself on a tour with people over three times her age. It’s hardly the tour she thought she had signed up for. When a backpacker named Rowan asks her to come to an island for dinner, it’s the beginning of a new adventure for Bria. She goes through many challenges, both physically and emotionally. It’s a time of great discovery and an opportunity to reconnect with drawing, something she loves to do but gave up because of a painful breakup. As she rediscovers her passion, she begins to realize how much she wishes she hadn’t allowed a guy to keep her from pursuing her dreams. Her revelation is quite insightful. I loved Bria’s journey of discovery. I loved traveling with her and learning more about her life. I loved finding out about Rowen and appreciated how he decided to turn his life around. I loved Wanderlove. It’s another YA novel I highly recommend.

From the challenge posted by IB Book Blogging – http://ibbookblogging.net/

Taken by Erin Bowman

Question 1:

What is your favorite cover that has been revealed this summer and why? Post a link or picture of the cover if you want.

I love the cover of Taken by Erin Bowman – the colors are stunning, it provokes questions, and it definitely made me want more.

Question 2:

Do you rely on the cover to help you choose whether you want to read a book or not?

I definitely am attracted to a beautiful cover, but it isn’t the main reason why I read a novel. A cool cover will make me pick the book up and read the blurb and any endorsements, but it’s not the reason why I buy or check out a book from the library. Ultimately, I rely on a combination of reviews, endorsements, and whether or not I’m interested in the subject matter.


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