It’s June. Yep. But it’s been a busy May and last week was absolutely crazy. So fun because people were in town but I literally didn’t open up my laptop for 5 days. If you know me, that’s something that never happens in my life. But perhaps the unplugging was exactly what I needed. It’s nice to take a break now & then. But here I am, back with May’s Big Kids’ Table.
For the record, I did come up with the subject of this BKT a few weeks ago. So that must count for something, right? 🙂
If you are reading this post and visiting RBR today, it’s fair to say you probably get a lot of your book recommendations from bloggers. I know that I definitely do. Whether its something as simple as a tweet or a full-blown review on a blog, I am always curious about what bloggers are fawning over these days.
Today is your lucky day because I’m sharing some of the latest titles I’ve discovered through other bloggers with YOU. I know you are as pumped as I am!
First up: Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom from Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby
No joke after reading this review, Rachel & I were in a bookstore searching for this title that same evening and they didn’t have it. SIGH. A five-star review cannot be missed from an imprint a blogger trusts.
There’s this: “Steal the North is beautiful. It’s heartbreaking. It’s emotional, raw, real. The story is set in the late ’90s and, in the easiest way to get to my heart, features numerous points of view.”
And also: “Steal the North was filled to the brim with emotion: heavy subjects like loss and race were handled with grace and the love coursing through these pages hit home.”
If this title might not float your boat, be sure to check out Leah’s blog. She’s been dishing out high ratings to so many of her reads lately and contributing to my crazy to-be-read list. (Add it to Goodreads!)
Next: Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore from Hannah @ So Obsessed With
Hannah is another blogger who spotlights both YA and adult (yay!) and her recent review of Bittersweet caught my eye because of the structure of the post (straight to the point) and also? It sounds like a big kids’ version of We Were Liars. (You know, the E. Lockhart book taking the world by storm!) Since that book didn’t totally work for me, I’m curious to check out!
“…the sense of foreboding creates a darker tone from the very beginning of the book. And yet I still really enjoyed reading this story! As unenjoyable as aspects were, Bittersweet was written in a way that had me riveted.”
And, last but certainly not least: More Like Her by Liza Palmer @ Clear Eyes Full Shelves
I’ll be honest… this title isn’t so NEW to me but it just so happens I bought a copy of it on the bargain table at B&N. I adored Liza’s Nowhere But Home and I have two of Liza’s older books waiting for me at home. But I think this post reminds me of how important and amazing a backlist can be. Discover an author after his/her debut and there are a lot of other surprises left for you to uncover. (This is one of my favorite “tactics” for diversifying my book lists.)
“Like most of Liza’s books, there’s a dog (the dog stuff just kills me, because, man, dogs can change your life if you let that love into your heart) and like all of her books, there’s a good guy too.
And even though much of this story centers around a terrible thing being the catalyst for all of the characters to make changes, to dare to move forward, it’s the little moments that shine.”
Now it’s your turn to spill the beans. Who do you turn to for your big kid lit recommendations?
Have you added to titles to your TBR recently because of a blogger?