Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Books to Swoon Over (2)

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:
Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal - SEE REVIEW
This was one of the first books I read at the beginning of the year, but it still sticks with me. It's a story that anyone can relate to and has this astounding emotional backbone that made me laugh, cry, and feel so much hope. It also has some great comedic and sarcastic moments as exhibited by the quote below:
“That’s nice,” Evelyn said with a stiff grin, the way people do when they meet an ugly baby. How cute. How adorable. That’s the most hideous thing in existence but I’ll just smile and tickle the unsightly creature because it’s the polite thing to do. ~ pg. 91
Chime by Franny Billingsley - SEE REVIEW
When I read Chime, I hadn't expected to love it as much as I did and still do. When I closed the back cover, the book had somehow claimed the throne of my favorite book of the year and it still holds that place, though there is another book that may be prepared to dethrone it. I think they'll both need a reread to decide, but Chime is still absolutely stunning and amazing and a beautiful mix of perfection.
The moonlight slipped and shifted beneath my feet; my legs dissolved into mud. The swamp has no beginnings, it has no end, it’s all fringes and wisps and foreverness. ~ pg. 217
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff - SEE REVIEW
This one is much darker than the other two, but still very worthy of the swoon. I found Mackie's entire existence to be interesting, but the thing I connected with most was his relationship with his sister Emma. If you have siblings, you'll understand. Yovanoff presents the sibling relationship in such an honest and beautiful way. We love our siblings wholeheartedly and without reservations and that's exactly what I got from Mackie and Emma.
I wanted to tell her that I loved her, and not in the complicated way I loved our parents, but in a simple way I never had to think about. I loved her like breathing. ~ pg. 38
That's the soon I have for you today, but fear not, I've created an entire list of books to swoon over, so I'm sure I'll be doing more of these in the future. Once a month, maybe?


~The Book Pixie said...

I own both Chime and Other Words for Love and hope I enjoy them just as much as you did. And just because you loved it so much, I may have to give The Replacement a shot. :D


Robolobolyn's Universe of Books said...

I was not a fan of Chime at all. I couldn't finish it, I could barely even make it halfway. But I really enjoyed The Replacement, and just this week I got Other Words for Love from the library. I can't wait to start it now! (:

Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Chime is one I've just read another stellar review about and I'm planning to download it to the ole Nook. Looking forward to reading it!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

The Book Pixie - I hope you enjoy them as much as I did too! I've seen some mixed reviews of The Replacement, but I really did love it, especially the love between Mackie and his sister.

Robolobolyn - Really? That's too bad, but no one can like every single book they read, so I get it...sort of. I loved Chime, so when someone tells me they didn't, I'm kind of in shock. I do hope you enjoy Other Words for Love though!

Natalie - YAY! I don't give my Nook as much love as I should. I can't help it though, I love the feel of a book in my hands and an e-reader can't replace that. I did read Other Words for Love on my Nook though because I desperately wanted it and none of the stores around me had it. My Nook is always good for that :)

Candace said...

I STILL haven't read Chime but I did read the other two and loved them! I love this feature ;)

Khadija said...

Glad to hear i'm not the only one that swooned over The Replacement and Other Words for Love :P I'll have to check out Chime since I usually like a lot of the same books as you. ^-^


Lori said...

I LOVED both Other Words for Love and Chime. Chime is definitely one of my favorite books of the year, it was just pure magic. Great post!

Bere said...

I haven't read any of these as of yet but I'm hoping to get to them soon. I especially want to read The Replacement. That cover is just so awesome ;].

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