So I recently moved, and I had this great idea of organizing my bookshelfs by color!
BEST idea I ever had! They look so beautiful, and so calming, I am surprised I hadn't had the courage to do it sooner.
Maybe I'll post a picture of them sometime, who knows... ;)
Anyway, today I have selected my top four from the teal-colored shelf, yes, I know, I have a TEAL shelf, how cool is that? These are all books that deserve a million stars, not just four or five as far as I am concerned, books that touched me deeply and that I plan on rereading pretty soon. They are highly highly recommended. And they are all books I read in 2014, so here goes:
This is a middle grade - young adult novel set during the time of the first sighting of Halley's Comet. It is incredibly heart-warming and sweet, not to mention its plotline revolves around a circus! Some of the people in it were real persons, and I won't say anything more, because I am so excited to have discovered this little gem of a book that I want you to read it for yourselves.
Reading about the hunk of a boy, sometimes brooding, sometimes sunny, who plays a surprising part in the story doesn't hurt either, if you know what I mean, but above all this is a story about finding hope in the most hopeless situations, and godness in the face greatest evil.
This is a young adult romance, the best one of the three Ms Perkins has so far written, in my humble opinion.
It revolves around Isla and a boy who writes comics. Of course, if you are at all acquainted with the work of Stephanie Perkins, you will know that there is no small amount of angst involved, but in this book the developing relationship takes center stage, resulting in a sweet, comforting story.
The focus is on the two main characters and not a bevvy of secondary ones, and it is just so much fun that it made me nostalgic for school, and boys, and drawing.
Was there a book more custom-made for the taste of a book-lover, book-blogger, not-entirely-skinny, dreamy-eyed girl next door? This book... I love it. I want to hug it, I want to live in it. It is full of hot romance and incredible adventure, and yet it is so much FUN. It is also pretty funny actually, and the heroine is so smart and endearing, I couldn't help but fall in love with her.
As for the boy... well, first of all you should know he's an alien.
You should also know that he is the reason I marathoned the SIX books in the series hardly stopping for breath. He and the packages of review books that the heroine kept getting in the mail.
I mean, seriously.
Why should there ever be another book in the world when THIS exists?
Don't be fooled by the lovely artwork on the cover. This looks like a middle-grade book, but it doesn't read like one. The main storyline is based on the fairytale of the twelve dancing princesses, but the actual story isn't that at all.
It is basically a Persephone and Hades retelling.
With a bit of Beauty and the Beast thrown in for good measure.
It is a dark, brooding tale of heart-stopping beauty and serious messages about life and death and what makes the difference. I can't believe I hadn't read it already.
This is definitely a fun, exciting read, but one with a deeper layer of meaning as well, and the fantasy world-building is exquisite.
Even writing about it makes me want to reread it, and I only finished it a couple of months ago.