Okay so this was going to be a ’10 Books To Read In March,’ list, but the symmetry of the layout was really being thrown off by book #10 so I kicked it to the curb. My apologies, book #10. Anyways, from the ever-so-talked about new thriller to a story told from the viewpoint of a elephant, this is a collection of books that were either recently released or who have release dates later this month that need to be on your reading list:
- Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver – I frickin’ LOVE Lauren Oliver. She writes the “stay up til 2am reading” kinds of books that you don’t mind chugging extra coffee in the morning and being perpetually tired all day for. Vanishing Girls is, as you can imagine, is a thriller that deals with two girls that vanish. (Duh?) Read an excerpt from the book here!
- Dove Arising by Karen Bao (Out now!): I would just like to point out that the author, Karen Bao, is currently a junior at Columbia University. I’ll just give you a second to let that sink in… KAREN, TEACH ME YOUR WAAAAAAYS. As somebody who really believes in the power and ingenuity of the younger generation to break barriers, I am gonna pick this up if not only to give her a virtual standing ovation, but because the plot line sounds fascinating. Read an article written by Karen here about her journey with this book!
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Out now!) – This book has gotten SO much hype that I actually don’t know whether to believe if it’s actually that good or if her label just gave a huge marketing budget. Nonetheless, I really want to pick it up!
- We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach (Out March 24th!): I’m gonna be real with you and say that the main reason I want to read this is because the cover is so jaw-droppingly gorgeous. But it’s also because the quote “They always say that high school is the best time of your life. Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right” speaks to me a level that I do not fully understand. I’m way excited to read this because I think it’s a book that has a lot of heart written into it.
- I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (Out now!): The cover kind of throws me off, but this has such good reviews that I cannot just put this one on the back-burner. It’s the story of a girl whose dreams of escaping small-town-USA might be ruined forever and the story of a boy who finds himself back in that small town after being injured in the Marines.
- The Tusk That Did The Damage by Tania James (Out March 10th!): This novel weaves together the story lines of a poacher, a documentary filmmaker, and an elephant. It’s a book that is set up to be nothing but eye-opening and powerful about the reality of the poaching world that we can normally only get an outside view of.
- The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren (Out March 24th!): This book is written from the viewpoint of an 18-year-old dancer as well as from a girl locked up in a juvenile detention center and a supernatural being that links the two. It sounds really dark and creepy and I’m excited to check it out. You can download the first 7 chapters for free on your Kindle here.
- Young Skins by Colin Barrett (Out now!): I’m personally not a huge fan of short stories, but if you are, this is definitely one to check out! It’s a collection of short stories based upon Barrett’s life in Ireland.
- The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins (Out now!) – This is a psychological thriller that is being compared to the likes of “Gone Girl,” and according to everyone I’ve talked to about it, it fully lives up to that hype. Seriously, the lady at the book store talked about this book like her child had just won the spelling bee and she wanted everybody to know how proud she was. I am ab-so-lutely gonna read this one at some point.
Take a pick, any pick……..