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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hey, I Want to Read a Book

Someone on Twitter asked me why I don't talk about what I'm reading much.

There are a couple reasons for it. One is because when I'm reading, I'm not on Twitter. When I watch TV, I am on Twitter, hence the amount of tweets about what I'm watching. Writing, sleeping, reading - no twitter. Watching TV, waiting in line, researching - lots of twitter.

The other reason is that I feel weird about talking about the books I read, especially the YA ones. I can't explain it, but I'm always afraid that me saying, "Hey, I like this book" will suddenly downgrade the book and make people less likely to buy it or want to read it. True story.

I guess what I just said that is that I think everyone thinks I suck, and by me saying I like it, they will also think it sucks.

This doesn't hold true for TV or movies, becuase I don't write them. If I did write for television or movies, I probably would never recommend them either. I'm basically saying that I think you all think I'm a terrible author, and I don't want to taint good books with my terrible authorness.

Oh, the neurosis of me. It's such a constant thrill.

But anyway. I'm trying to make a point of talking about what I read. Because I do read. A lot. And many of the things I read, I think other people will enjoy too.

So here are some books I've read lately:
- The Sandman by Neil Gaiman - Still working my way through it. I love it so much but I'm breaking it up, reading different books in between. I'm up to volume 6 so far.
-Mind Games by Kiersten White - I was excited about this one, rightfully so, and James would be very good friends with Loki (if there were ever some kind of Trylle/Mind Games crossover, which there won't be)
-Because I Said So by Ken Jennings - I love Ken Jennings, and I love random facts. So this book pleased me very much.
-Aquaman Vol. 1: The Trench (The New 52) - My friend Matt laughed when I told him I was reading this, but you know what? It was good. So there, Matt.
-Fated by Alyson Noel - I didn't realize the second book Echo is already out, so I ordered that one, but I haven't got it yet, but the sooner it gets here, the better.
-The Casteel Saga by VC Andrews - I don't know why. I don't know why at all. I started reading it, and then, it was like a compulsion, and I had to finish the series. I don't know why.
-Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King - I actually read this years ago, lost my copy (somewhere in all the moving after my parents' divorce, along with so many of my other books, records, and action figures). It holds up well, though. I don't even like werewolves, but this is good stuff.

But I'm actually looking for book suggestions. What I'd really like to read is a stand alone YA horror/paranormal romance. I love series, I read a lot of series, I write a lot of series, but I'm just in the mood for a stand alone or two, and I'm actually having a hard time finding any that appeal to me.


I'm fine with people dying, but I don't want it to be super sad. (Ever since I totally bawled while reading Where the Red Fern Grows, I've sworn of super sad books. Although, I inexplicably cried a lot when I read Salem's Lot. But I don't know why.)

I'm also interested in reading a western, again preferably YA, and if there were elements of paranormal or horror or sci-fi, that would be a huge plus.

Also any YA books from the 80s would be awesome. Especially horror or paranormal or even just straight up romance. I just bought a whole stack of Fear Street books, and I'm super psyched to dive into them.

Right now: I'm about to go read Damned by Chuck Palahniuk, even though it's been on my shelf for ages. I kept forgetting it existed apparently, but now I've remembered and I will read it. So if you have suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

49 comments:

  1. Have you read The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness? There was a couple of incredibly sad parts, but the trilogy is amazing and you MUST read it! :)

    Also I know that Sarah Dessen writes stand-alone YA contemporaries. I read one of her books (I didn't enjoy it too much) but apparently her other books are better! :)

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  2. It's not from the 80s, but it's set in 1986--Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. So. So. So. Good.

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  3. You should try Don't Fear the Reaper by Michelle Muto. Its amazing and I couldn't put it down which is rare when not part of the Trylle or Hallows books.

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  5. I agree, The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness is one of the best series out there. It is hard to find stand alone books out there. I LOVE horror. Have you read any of Jonathan Maberry or Clive Barker novels? I also like Max Brooks and J.L. Bourne zombie stuff.

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  6. Oh the neurosis of ME... *cringes* I'm going to self-promote.

    Read my YA horror book, Death Girl. It's free today. Everyone read it! http://www.amazon.com/Death-Girl-ebook/dp/B004KKXS14/

    (Seriously, if you're annoyed by my nasty self-promotion, then just skip over this damned comment. Or Amanda--you can delete it. Also, I'm okay with flogging. I probably deserve it.)

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    1. I'll read it! Just downloaded it to my Kindle. :)
      If my book was what Amanda was looking for I totally would have suggested it to her as well! :) It's called Lark and is a YA Fantasy/Romance.

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  7. Gretchen McNeil writes standalone YA para and horror. Her second book, Ten, is a total throwback to 90s YA horror (think Christopher Pike, etc.). Good times.

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  8. Are you on Goodreds, Amanda? I find that an awesome way to connect with friends over books & get great recommendations. My profile is here: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7990332-amy-elaine
    come join me! :)
    AE

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    1. I like the sound of that. Definitely joining you on there. Thanks.

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  9. Anything by Maggie Stiefvater is amazing. The Scorpio Races is stand alone, and the rest of her books are parts of a series.

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  10. Try reading Wings by Aprilynne Pike she has 3 other books to go with the series as well, which I think you will like. It goes : Wings, Spells, illusions & Destined. It is about fairies, but nothing like tinkerbell I promise you that.

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  11. Just finished the hunt by andrew fukuda, kind of reminded me of hunger games meets vampires. Super good, its a trilogy and the second book is just as good as the first book love it.

    Tasha

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  12. Love Fear Street. I have to make some mention of what I read at some point but I get that you don't want to downgrade anyone. Bought Beautiful Creatures on Saturday (had to wait for it to reach Jamaica) and I love the book. So keep reading and writing Amanda. *Hugs*

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  13. "Forgotten" by Cat Patrick is really good. It's a YA romance. But her newest book "Revival" sounds really good, it's about a girl who gets fed a drug by the government that makes her die and come back to life over and over again (because they're testing it out on her) and she lives a new life as someone else each time.

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  14. Have you read Sunshine, by Robin McKinley? Vampires, demons, magic, and cinnamon rolls as big as your head.

    My favorite 80's YA is The Changeover, by Margaret Mahy - witches, romance, and a very unique antagonist.

    Not quite YA, though I first read it in grade school, you might also enjoy Yarrow, by Charles de Lint. Dreams, monsters, a writer, and romance.

    I also can't help but plug the Twenty Palaces series, by Harry Connolly. They don't meet most of your criteria, but they have the most unique monsters and magic system I've read in a while. If you like Lovecraft at all, it's worth a read!

    Happy reading!

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  15. One of my favourite books of all time is Easy Connections and the sequel Easy Freedom. I first read it when I was eleven years old (in hindsight, SO not appropriate for an 11 year old but I stole it off my cousin to read!). As an adult I can see that it's not quite romance and it's so unhealthy...but I still love it.

    You can only get it from the author's (Liz Berry) website now since it's out of print but you might be able to find it at your local library. :)

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  16. Anyone read "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle? It shifted my thinking, literally. Thanks for sharing Amanda. Gotten some great suggestions here.

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  17. I would love for you to read Cursed - a NA paranormal romance stand alone with a beauty and the beast theme involving reincarnation and a witch. And I wouldn't even be afraid if you said you liked it!

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  18. I'd recommend "Warm Bodies" by Isaac Marion. I went and saw the movie a couple weeks ago and I loved it even more than the book. It's a zombie romance in the style of a modern-day Romeo & Juliet. Some gore, but nothing too bad. If you're in the mood for western horror, try out "Shadow on the Sun" by Richard Matheson. It's not YA but it's definitely along the same lines as the other authors you read.

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  19. I totally agree with the person that said Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell...omg, it's so beautiful. and unique.

    BUT

    if you want a YA horror/romance that's stand alone try THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers. It's AMAZING. And gore-filled, and so Breakfast Club.

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  20. Okay, pardon me for what is likely to be a DUH recommendation, BUT I read what I considered to be scary books in the early 90's. I was in high school. Oddly, after reading these as quickly as possible, I never continued. I opted for true crime.

    Anyway, prepare for the biggest duh of your life, but over Fear Street, I LOVED Christopher Pike. Mostly stand alone YA thrillers. Yeah, I know. EVERYONE read those. Still think about them, though. That's impressive. Looks like Remember Me, the first one I read has been re-released. Bury Me Deep and Fall Into Darkness were good. I used to have them all with their wonderfully 90's covers. Go with the old school ones for sure. I never read the rest of the Remember Me series. I think that's a much later follow-up.

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  21. It's not a standalone, but only the first is out so far so it almost counts ... have you read The Diviners by Libba Bray? I LOVED it and can't wait to see what she does with the story in the next couple of years.

    I'm also working my way through The Sandman and getting obsessed, though I'm only nearing the end of Vol. 1. Need to get my hands on a copy of Vol. 2 pretty quick here.

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  22. Hey guys:) I noticed someone self-promoted, and I was wondering if it would be bad if I did the same:/? If you're annoyed by this then just skip this comment, or Amanda, you can just delete this. Whichever, I just thought I'd give it a shot.

    But anyways, here's my book THE PROPHECY. It's YA but I wouldn't necessarily call it horror or anything like that. It's more fantasy-adventure, if anything. I'm fifteen and I just wrote it last summer, and I'm hoping it gets a lot of thumbs-up. Writing is my passion and I hope to become a successful author one day:)

    If anyone's interested, here's the link:

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Cascade-Adventures-Prequel-ebook/dp/B00BFL0J8G/

    Thanks so much for your time if you decide to read it, any helpful feedback is appreciated:) I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  23. Wow, trying to come with a stand alone these days is hard. I'll keep thinking about it, and see if I can find a good one.

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  24. Don't feel bad about the VC Andrews. The Casteel series was my favorite. She has a stand alone one, My Sweet Audrina that's not too bad. At least it wasn't bad when I was 12.....

    Along with the Christopher Pike and RL Stine, check out Lois Duncan.

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  26. Amanda, you are quite clearly a literary goddess, so books that you recommend should become instant hits!!! You should have your own book club... like Oprah. :) Have you read Ghostgirl, by Tonya Hurley? I thought it was a standalone when I first read it, but she's released two sequels since then. Still a fun read. I haven't read the other two yet, but I need to!

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  27. I suggest you read Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. It spawned 2 movies (one American and one Swedish), but the book is far more complex.

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  29. Amanda, sharing what you enjoy reading shouldn't be a problem. If people are following you on twitter I'm assuming they're interested in YOU and what you have to say and things that may interest you including books! Being and author it seems almost natural that you would read.

    On another note, I think you should write a blog post on your thought process when writing. I noticed that you say writing novels doesn't take you very long so how exactly does it happen? Do words and story lines just come pouring out of you? Lol.

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  31. I can't understand why you think anyone thinks "you suck". You don't. In fact, you've got excellent taste in books! And you write bestsellers.

    There'll always be naysayers, Amanda, but your hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions of fans know deep in their hearts (and perhaps not so deep but with their entire hearts) that you know your stuff and you've got immaculate taste in literature.

    You're a deep thinker and weave lots of philosophy in your stories, which makes them unique. Those who believe you suck should rather turn to Clifford the Big Red Dog since they're not ready for your literary fare.

    Just my two cents . . .

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  35. Check out Darkride by Laura Bradley Rede. I know that it is part of a series (Crossfire being the 2nd) and you said you preferred a stand alone, but she is a friend of mine from the TC, a phenomenal writer, and these are something special in the YA paranormal romance genre.

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  37. I really enjoyed the Apocalypse Babes series by Paranormal romance author Bella Street- hopefully they'll make a movie! Impossible to put down! Zombies and time travel with a great romance thrown in! I know you are looking for a standalone but I think you would enjoy getting started with 'The Z Word'...

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  38. Amanda, I just finished your Trylle series and they were un-put-downable & I decided to check out your blog. (It's ironic that you mentioned V.C. Andrews b/c in my book review for "Ascend" I mentioned that the Trylle series reminded me of a YA version of Andrew's. That's meant as a compliment- she's one of my favorite authors).
    A great stand alone book is "Splintered" by A.G. Howard- it's a modern day YA twist on "Alice in Wonderland." "Pure" by Julianna Baggott is awesome but its part of a series. It's a YA post-apocalyptic book where people are fused with animals, objects, animals, etc.
    I'd highly recommend both!

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  39. I loved a YA book called Witch Song it is amazing I think you would love it!

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  40. Also a plot twisting thought provoking and completely awesome book is The Annihilation of Foreverland (both of my suggestions are from Amazon) hope you read them they are EXTREMELY good. Seriously if I could make everyone read Annihilation of Foreverand I would X) hope you read them

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  42. Hi Amanda! I just started following your blog, so please forgive me if I make a suggestion that you've already read. I know you love Stephen King, and you've probably devoured most of his books, but just in case you haven't, 'The Eyes of the Dragon' is so freaking awesome. Read it. Right now.

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  44. you should read The Watchers by Lynnie Purcell o: i literally finished this book in one day it was that good o: its YA with some romance i totally recommend this book

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