Monday, October 21, 2013

From the Vault

Every Monday, we post a reading/writing-related question for our followers, and at the end of the month, one lucky commenter is selected to choose a title from our Vault. Whatever we have available: ARCs, signed books, awesome new releases... OR the monthly winner may select any one book to be ordered for him/her from the Book Depository

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Today's question :: What has been your most surprising read of 2013 thus far – a book you were iffy about going in, but ended up knocking you over with its awesomeness?  

Jessica - I wasn't iffy about WINGER by Andrew Smith - I knew from all the reviews I'd read that it was going to be good. I just wasn't prepared for HOW GOOD IT WAS. I mean, this book seriously blew me away, and I wasn't ready for that at all. To be this surprised about a book you already had high expectations for? Yeah. That's surprising.

Alison - 17 & GONE by Nova Ren Suma. I wasn't a huge IMAGINARY GIRLS fan, but this one? BLEW. ME. AWAY. So, SO good. I am a renewed Nova Ren Suma fan!

Alexandra - This odd little book called ELLA MINNOW PEA by Mark Dunn. The premise is a bit hard to explain, but the Goodreads description does a good job. I went into it mostly because I wasn't sure what else to read, and it sounded different. It ended up being really clever and enjoyable!

Copil - Everything I've read this year has been a surprise. I'm easily startled. WHOA, what was that? Oh, I blinked.

Katy - I've read tons of great young adult novels this year, but my most surprising read actually isn't YA -- it's ON THE ISLAND by Tracey Garvis-Graves. The concept made me squeamish when I first read about it, but this book rocked. It's a fantastic island survival story mixed with an amazing romance. I loved it.  

Leigh - Mine's not YA either -- it was THE OPPORTUNIST by Tarryn Fisher. Seriously.

Matt - Hmm. GUY LANGMAN CRIME SCENE PROCRASTINATOR, by Josh Berk. I went in expecting it to be good, and funny, but I was pretty shocked not only that it was so hilarious, but that it was also touching.

Jaime - There’s really only one answer for me here: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green. I was iffy picking this one up because it was one of those dreaded cancer books. BUT, when everyone raves about a book, you kinda have to read it. I am so, so happy I gave this book a shot. It deserves all of the raving…and then some.

Chihuahua Zero - When it comes to non-YA, one book comes to mind quickly: MARGIN PLAY by Eric Plume. It's a mystery that gets meta at times. Oh, and the detective's female. Very interesting read.

Erica - HOOKED by Liz Fichera - I read this one way earlier this year, and it is still sticking with me. I am picky about my contemporaries, so I was hesitant going in. I was amazed by what I found when I read it - it was awesome.

Your turn! What's been your most surprising read of 2013 thus far?


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