Friday, June 10, 2011

Books To Swoon Over (1)

Have you ever read a book that you loved so much you swooned?

One that, upon turning that final page and closing the cover, you wanted to flip it over and start again?

I have. And while it doesn't happen all the time, it's happened enough for me to make a list. So here are some of my swoonworthy books (some even with swoonworthy boys) and why they make me swoon:

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - REVIEW TO COME
I literally just read this one and adored it. Anna, √Čtienne, Paris...all of it is so swoony it hurts. I read it in one sitting and wanted to turn it over and start again. The Parisian setting comes to life and feels so real, as do the characters. I swear I could live in this book it's so good.
I miss Paris, but it’s not home. It’s more like . . . I miss this. This warmth over the telephone. Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place? ~ pg. 250
Not exactly a happy book, but definitely not a sad one, The Lover's Dictionary is a book to read and reread. I have so many favorite parts, favorite words, that it's impossible to name them all. I often walk by this on my shelf, pick it up, read a few pages, then read a few more, and then a few more.
Ineffable, adj.
These words will ultimately end up being the barest of reflections, devoid of the sensations words cannot convey. Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough. ~ pg. 120
Hilarious, heartfelt, and full of music! This is another one that I read in a flash, but wish I savored more. The main character, Seth, is so against love, but his realizations throughout the book are inspiring. The writing is chock full of pop culture references and witty humor. Just writing this makes me want to read it again.
I loved my ex - heck, I still love her - but back then the love felt different. At first it was like floating, soaring through the clouds, a total rush. After a while, it changed. I'm not sure how or why, but it changed. It got duller, but deeper. It was there like the wiring of a house is there. You don't see it, you don't think about it every day, but it's there and it works. pgs. 128-129
Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler - SEE REVIEW
In case you didn't know, I'm in love with Sarah Ockler's writing. And while I enjoyed Twenty Boy Summer, I was head-over-heels in love with Fixing Delilah. This book has humor, angst, familial issues, and a swoonworthy boy. I had about a million favorite parts and couldn't get enough of it.
Instead of graying and vanishing, my thoughts multiply, intensify, run together like tributaries in a stream, meandering and braiding and ending up always in the same inevitable river – that kiss. ~ pg. 149
I'm going to stop now, but there are so many other books that I think I'll have to do another one of these in the future. So what about you? What books do you swoon over? Share below and I'm sure I'll be adding a bunch to my wishlist.


Elodie said...

I've only read Anna and the French Kiss in all these books and I loved it !! I was so swoon worthy, you're so right !! I look forward to read the other books you chose Nikki ;)

Candace said...

I totally agree with Anna and the French Kiss! That book was amazing! I didn't read Fixing Delilah because I read a review that made it sound boring. And for some reason I missed the good reviews of it and so I just never made sure I got my hands on it. But it sounds like I'll definitely have to read it! I haven't read the author yet either. The other book sounds awesome! I'm not sure how I didn't hear about it!

Candace said...

Oh, books to swoon over- I forgot to tell you a few. Moonglass by Jessi Kirby was one I recently read and was completely blown away by it's awesome-ness. I'm reading Hexed now by Kevin Hearne (the first one was Hounded) and they aren't YA, but I'm IN LOVE! This is a male narrator and he's totally swoony with a very awesome sense of humor. Plus he can talk to his dog, which is awesome!
The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder isn't out yet (but will be the end of the month) and like anything by her was amazing and the romance is perfect. Very swoonworthy book. I actually read it and then flipped to the beginning and read it again.
Okay, so that's a few and I know I could go on and on but I'll just stop there.

soulunsung said...

OMG! I've got to shove Anna And The French Kiss to the top of my tbr almost immediately list, after seeing this now. I've been hearing so many great things about it and I even have a copy of it sitting on my shelf. I can't believe I haven't read this yet. lol.

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Bere said...

Wonderful list, Nikki! I've already read tons of fantastic things on Anna and the French Kiss. Everybody seems to love this one so I'm very anxious to pick it up! The Lover's Dictionary seems brilliant. I'm looking forward to reading this one. And I really, really want to read Fixing Delilah! =)

~The Book Pixie said...

Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto is a fave of mine! I own and need to read Fixing Delilah. Anna is on my wishlist. I've read 3 swoon over books so far this year and they are Wither, Delirium, and In the Shadow of the Lamp. Great post! :D


Lenny said...

I love Simone Elkeles--she wrote Perfect Chemistry (and the sequel Rules of Attraction) and Leaving Paradise (and Return to Paradise). I'm also in love with the NightWorld Series by L.J. Smith, Author of the Vampire Diaries and the Secret Circle series and Susan Colasanti: she wrote When It Happens, one of my ulitmate favorites :)
Love your blog!! I always look forward to your posts :)

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Elodie - I LOVED Anna! But I just read Lola and the Boy Next Door and I loved it even more.

Candace - I think Fixing Delilah was hit or miss for people. I read a lot of reviews where people thought it was just so-so, but I was blown away by it. It's one of my favorite books. And I have Moonglass, but haven't read it yet. SOON. I remember your review for Hounded and it's on my wishlist. I think I'm going to pick up the first two very soon. I've never read anything by Lisa Schroeder, but everyone says I have to, so I will. Eventually :)

soulunsung - Put it at the very tippity top of your reading pile! It deserves to be there, to be read, then be reread over and over.

Bere - You MUST read Anna! There seems to be very few people who don't enjoy it, so I feel like I can recommend that one to anyone.

The Book Pixie - Ooh, I have yet to read Wither or The Shadow of the Lamp, but I'm nearly positive I have the latter on my Nook. I'll have to try to bump it up on my list.

Lenny - I have yet to read any of the books you listed, but I'll have to now! I have Something Like Fate by Susanne Colasanti, but haven't read it yet. I've heard so many great things about her books though, as well as L.J. Smith's books. Thanks for the recs!

BrittLit said...

I loved Anna and the French Kiss and The Lover's Dictionary, so I will definitely have to check out the other two. Great post. Thanks for the recommendations.

Lori said...

I love this post!! I completely agree with Anna and The Lover's Dictionary..I loved that book sooo much! I'm adding Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto to my wish list asap!

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