Showing posts with label book recommendation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label book recommendation. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

9 Must-Read Books with Less Than 2,000 Goodreads Ratings | Top Ten Tuesday





There are a lot books to choose from and so many to recommend, but today I'll shine some spotlight on the underrated gems I've encountered so far! 

I tried to mix it up and include both Adult and YA recs, there should be something for everybody!





THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James 
| Genre: YA / Time Travel
If you like time travel, internet humor, and epic love stories, you have to read this.

THE SOUND OF US by Julie Hammerle
| Genre: YA / Contemporary
One of my favorite contemporaries of the year and so quirky and lovely that you just can't resist. If you like college settings, artsy characters, and music, this is a must-read

LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida C√≥rdova 
| Genre: YA / Wizards and Witches
A matriarchy of badass Latina witches. That pretty much sells it, right? It doesn't come out til later this year, but it's already one of my absolute favorites.




THE OTHER CHILD by Charlotte Link 
| Genre: Adult / Crime
I love her books! I don't read crime mysteries often, but when I do, it's only Charlotte Link. This is one of my favorites that was translated in English, it freaked me the hell out.

LOVING by Katrin Bongard 
| Genre: YA / Romance
The cutest romance ever with a book blogging protagonist.

COULD IT BE MAGIC? by Melanie Rose 
| Genre: Adult / Chick-Lit
This is one of my favorite books ever, about a woman that lives the lives of two different people by day and night respectively, after she gets struck by lightning.




THE DEVIL'S INTERN by Donna Hosie 
| Genre: YA /  Time Travel
The afterlife, fantastic girl friendships, time travel, and sass. A must-read.

LIFE'S THAT WAY: A Memoir by Jim Beaver 
| Genre: Non-Fiction / Biographies and Memoirs
Gosh, this book. It's a nonfiction memoir in which a man tells about his last months with his dying wife in epistolary form. This is heartbreaking.

YESTERDAY'S CHILD by Barbara Wood 
| Genre: Adult / Paranormal
A super creepy, almost surrealist story about a romance from beyond the grave.


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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Recommendation: The Sound of Us - Julie Hammerle: Classical Music, University, and a Mystery






In THE SOUND OF US, Kiki is determined to get into the classical music program of a renowned university.

What intrigued me: A mixture of that gorgeous cover and curiosity about the premise

Fun, relatable, and unique

THE SOUND OF US immediately sucked me in. Hammerle has a fantastically relatable narrative voice that throws you right into the story. I couldn't put this down, every time I tried I kept thinking about Kiki and what would happen next. This is how you make your contemporary pop. THE SOUND OF US amazes with a very simple story that's so fantastically well executed that you just have to continue reading this even if that means you have you stay up past your bedtime. 

One of my biggest worries was that THE SOUND OF US may not be able to translate the magic of Pitch Perfect in a written medium. It's not like you can exactly write down what music sounds like. Egh, you know what I mean. Anyway, I don't know how, but Ms. Hammerle did it. It feels like you're actually hearing the music while reading this. Paired with an unforgettable protagonist, this is just a delight and I'd recommend this to all contemporary lovers!

It plays in your typical university setting, but Hammerle cleverly chooses to only use the university atmosphere and to not give the reader lots and lots of boring class scenes. We learn a lot about the kind of people that go to the university and about Kiki's experiences. Essentially, this is a coming-of-age story, Kiki goes through so much character development in this novel that you can almost say she becomes a whole new person at the end of it. 

Pop culture references and a mystery

THE SOUND OF US is filled with pop culture references of the past two decades, some you'll recognize, some are stand-ins, and it's a delight to read. I especially loved Kiki's tendency to compare every new person she meets to some character from a TV show. Her love for twitter and the fictional TV show Project Earth are only small factors that contribute to making Kiki an insanely relatable character. I rooted for her from the first page. I loved reading about her experience. Hammerle writes about university with pizzazz. She makes it exciting.

What really got me hooked is the mystery of the traitor. I just loved that twist to the story, because on its own the music program storyline is entertaining, but maybe not really enough for a recommendation. Hammerle turns the novel around halfway in and make it read like a fast-paced mystery, while still being true to that university feel that I love so much about the novel. 

Rating:

★★★★★

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?


THE SOUND OF US has something for everyone - there's romance, there's singing, there are relatable university experiences, and there's a mystery. What more could you want from a contemporary?



Additional Info

Published: June 7th 2016
Pages: 304
Publisher: Entangled
Genre: YA / Contemporary
ISBN: 9781633755031

Synopsis:
"Kiki Nichols might not survive music camp.

She’s put her TV-loving, nerdy self aside for one summer to prove she’s got what it takes: she can be cool enough to make friends, she can earn that music scholarship, and she can get into Krause University’s music program.

Except camp has rigid conduct rules—which means her thrilling late-night jam session with the hot drummer can’t happen again, even though they love all the same TV shows, and fifteen minutes making music with him meant more than every aria she’s ever sung.

But when someone starts snitching on rule breakers and getting them kicked out, music camp turns into survival of the fittest. If Kiki’s going to get that scholarship, her chance to make true friends—and her chance with the drummer guy—might cost her the future she wants more than anything."(Source: Goodreads)

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