Top Ten Books To Read With A Book Club

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish in which we can showcase the top ten books we feel deserve the spotlight according to the topic of the week. This week's topic is books to read with a book club.

Now, I'm not actually part of a book club, online or otherwise, but these are the books I think would spark some interesting discussions. I love all of these books and have refrained from gushing about them to my non-reader friends, but so many of you guys will know my feels. They're all amazing.

Books with taboo issues always spark the most interesting discussions, and it doesn't get much more taboo than incest. There are going to be people out there who hate this novel, but if you love it, don't be scared to admit it. I adored this book and will definitely be reading it again. It's just such a powerful story.

Pretty much anything by John Green would be a good choice for a book club read and most of you will understand why. Green gets pretty deep and has no issue writing heartbreaking stories that will stay with you for years to come.

Stockholm Syndrome is a very scary reality, but this novel is one of the best I've ever read. It's strange to be in the head of someone who is falling in love with their captor, but this story is so powerful and so moving that you can't help but understand.

As far as issue books go, this one is probably my favourite of all time. This novel is told in dual perspectives... at the same time. The way Hannah's audiotapes are written is heartbreaking, and her battle with depression really spoke to me.

Cancer is always a difficult subject to read about, but Teodora Kostova nailed it. This is a new adult novel that I read a couple of years ago and I loved it. I laughed, I cried, and I wanted the world to read this novel. 

I'm kind of cheating here because I'm including the whole series. I think Harry Potter is a fantastic series to read with a book club, due simply to the fact that there will be people who have never actually read this novel. I, personally, grew up with it, so it surprises me when I come across a person my age who has never delved into this world. I just think that every single person in this world needs to read these books.

This is a book that has stuck with me since I first read it not long after it was released. Though it's quite predictable in places, the story itself is beautiful. You'll find yourself completely immersed in this novel, and believe me, the conclusion to this mystery is something you're going to want to talk about.

This novel features a heavily disguised abusive relationship that so many people don't pick up on. I'm almost positive that the author didn't mean for the world to see the relationship in this way, so it would be interesting to see how your book club portrays this novel.

Fairytale retellings are always a good one to discuss with people, especially if the fairytale in question is one of their favourites. This retelling of Cinderella is about as far from the original as it can get, so it's definitely a good pick.

Set in a society where love can be eradicated, this is an interesting series that will give you some crazy feels. I told so many people about these books after I read them, so I know that it would be a good book to read with other people. 

My Thoughts On Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Bk. #3 of Hush, Hush
First published in 2011 by Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Avg. Rating: ★★★★ (4.22)

Edition I Purchased
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published in 2011 by Simon & Schuster
My Rating: ★★★★★

Nora Grey can't remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks - with no one knowing where she was or who she was with - she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom's creepy new boyfriend.

But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers... and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.
Silence is a book that broke my heart, shattered my soul, and took me on an emotional rollercoaster that I'm not sure I'll ever recover from. After being kidnapped by her Nephilim father, Hank Millar, Nora wakes up alone in the cemetery with her memory of the last five months completely erased. She can't remember who kidnapped her, or why. She can't remember anything of fallen angels and Nephilim. She can't remember Patch. As she slowly rediscovers parts of her missing memory, she starts piecing together the truth: Hank kidnapped her to force Patch into gathering information on fallen angels. With the help of Patch and Scott, Nora tries desperately to come up with a plan that will take Hank down for good.

As far as character development in this novel goes, I have no complaints. Though Nora's petty side came out in the previous book, she went back to being the Nora we all know and love, despite the memory loss. Her stubborn streak may be her downfall one day, but for now it's her greatest strength. Her determination to find answers - no matter the question - is unparallelled, and that makes her a fantastic character. When it comes to Patch, I don't believe she's na├»ve. A lot of people hate Patch, and I don't understand why. Yes, he oozes bad boy charm and sex appeal, but he has a much softer side that is so refreshing to see. That tender side is one that I hope he shows more in the final book of this series.

Scott made a reappearance in this novel and I have to say that I loved his involvement. He's shed the dark image he was wearing like a cloak, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading his story. He's sarcastic, playful, and downright lovable. Though there is a lot of fear in him, he shows it in a way that really makes you care. It's difficult to explain in writing, but that feeling I got when I realised just how deep Scott's fear truly ran was inexplicably intense.

The story of Nora's amnesia was as heartbreaking as it was frustrating. I hated that everybody was keeping her in the dark, and all I wanted to do was tell her everything. I understand that Vee and her mum were trying to protect her, but what they did wasn't fair. They should have told her about Patch. They should have given her full disclosure. I was not impressed.

This novel was written fantastically with plenty of action throughout. Though romance was a huge part of the story, it wasn't the focal point. Nora's determination to take Hank down made for a great read, and I loved diving deeper into the Nephilim society. I can't wait to see what the next book brings.

Overall, Silence is a fantastic novel. After a few books, series' can start to get a bit stale, but Fitzpatrick has managed to find a way to incorporate a whole new side to the story. My only worry is that this new development may just open up more questions. I just hope that Fitzpatrick manages to tie up all her loose ends. To be honest, I have a lot of faith in her. This series hasn't let me down yet.

My Thoughts On Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Bk. #2 of Hush, Hush
First published in 2010 by Simon & Schuster
Avg. Rating: ★★★★ (4.10)

Edition I Purchased
Hardcover, 427 pages
Published in 2010 by Simon & Schuster
My Rating: ★★★★★

Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angle. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and, even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.

Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadn't been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude, Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.

Haunting by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself in increasingly dangerous situations as she searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.
Hush, Hush - the first book in this series - was one of the best angel books I've ever read, and Crescendo was, without a doubt, just as good. With an interesting plot, wonderful new characters, and heartbreaking romance, it's clear that this series is just going to get better and better. Though Fitzpatrick doesn't have an overtly flamboyant style, the way she writes flows beautifully and easily, and I can guarantee you'll fly through this book without even thinking about it. 

After surviving an attack on her life by her Nephilim ancestor, Chauncey, Nora has been enjoying spending time with boyfriend and guardian angel, Patch. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and Patch has been acting distant lately. Not only that, but Nora has been having strange... encounters. Encounters with her dead father. As Nora follows a path she can't return from, she uncovers the truth about the murder that will change her life forever. 

The way Fitzpatrick writes romance is spot on. She combines just the right amount of tenderness and sexual tension to create a relationship that is as seductive as it is complicated. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and Patch's distance is getting too much. She begins questioning his loyalty, and we see a side of her that is very different from the Nora we know and love. Based on her character in Hush, Hush, I was suprised to see her succumb to petty jealousy and complete selfishness. I didn't like the Nora we met in this book, but I have no doubt that the Nora I adore will be back for the next installment.

When Scott Parnell, an old childhood friend of Nora's, returns to Coldwater, my initial emotional reaction was worry. I was convinced that Fitzpatrick was going to create a love triangle, and I was fully prepared for it. Thankfully, she completely sidestepped that aspect and I found myself growing more comfortable as the novel progressed. Scott as a character was intriguing. I was thoroughly invested in his story and loved every second of it. His background with the Black Hand was as interesting as it was mysterious and I found myself more than satisfied with the way Fitzpatrick brought about the truth. I truly hope Scott makes a reappearance in the next book. After the ending of this one, I find myself really caring about him.

Overall, this was a pretty intense read. I was thoroughly enthralled by the mystery shrouding Nora's father. Though I figured out what was happening pretty early on, I was still fascinated by the visions. When the truth came to light, I almost fell out of my chair. The major twist pertaining the murderer was mind-blowing, and I can safely say that I did not expect it in the least. The way Fitzpatrick tied up all the loose ends was art at its finest, and I genuinely believe she's one of the best authors I've ever read. And that cliffhanger? Ouch.

Eagerly Awaiting Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking The Spine in which we can spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly awaiting. My pick this week is Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Expected March 2015 from HarperCollins
Genre: YA Mystery
300+ pages

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Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged.

When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked.

Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.
Lauren Oliver is one of my favourite authors of all time. I read the Delirium trilogy a couple of years ago and fell in love with this author's style. When I found a copy of Before I Fall in a used bookstore, I snatched it up without hesitation and once again found myself completely absorbed. Then, last year, Hodder & Stoughton sent me an unsolicited review copy of Panic. Though I had a slightly harder time with this novel than any of the others, I still thought it was a fantastic read. 

This sounds like an interesting novel. Though most of her other work contains mystery of some kind, I'm curious to see how Oliver goes about this story. Some authors can write suspense and intrigue in these kinds of books, and some can't. Either way, I'll definitely be reading this novel.

Top Ten Favourite 2015 Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish in which we can showcase the top ten books we feel deserve the spotlight according to the topic of the week. This week's topic is a freebie, so I chose my favourite 2015 book covers.

Trawling through the 2015 YA Listopia categories on Goodreads, trying to find some new releases to add to my wishlist, I started noticing all of the beautiful covers. Even if books don't particularly appeal to me, I can always appreciate a good cover, so here are a few of my favourites.

Duplicity by N.K. Traver - Expected March 17th.
The shattered effect really ties in with the premise of this book, and I adore the mix of colour and greyscale. It's not very often that a book featuring a male protaganist actually has a dude on the cover, but those that do are generally quite good. This is just fitting nicely in with that trend.
Though the cover of this novel doesn't really tell you anything about the book, I absolutely adore the design. The haphazard scribbles make a really nice background, and the font is super cute. Definitely one of the nicest designs I've seen in a long time.

Kissing In America by Margo Rabb - Expected May 26th.
I'm not sure why I like this cover so much, but I think it might have something to do with the fact that it's quite loud. Just looking at it makes you feel like the book is going to be a pretty fun read.

Paperweight by Meg Haston - Expected July 7th.
I absolutely love the simplicity of this cover. The almost childlike appearance of this novel seriously contrasts with what I can only imagine will be a deeply emotional read. Sometimes simplistic covers are the loveliest ones.
Another gorgous simplistic cover, this one is just too cute. I love the basic font coupled with the doodled heart, and the textured background really gives it a nice look.

Ensnared by A.G. Howard - Released January 6th.
I love absolutely every cover in this series, but this one is by far my favourite. I absolutely love the colours, and the font is beautiful as ever. 

The Start Of Me & You by Emery Lord - Expected March 31st.
I can safely say that this cover is my favourite on this entire list. The mix of colours is absolutely gorgeous, and the mismatched fonts set the whole thing off nicely. I also like covers that showcase people from a distance, so this one is right up my alley.

Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton - Expected February 5th.
Once again, it's the colours of this cover that really captured my attention. Though they're not exactly contrasting, the blend is perfect. I also really enjoy how the cover looks reversed - the trees are inside the silhouettes, instead of being in the background. It's a really nice touch.

I think the only reason I love this cover as much as I do is because I love post-it-notes. I'm not really sure why, but I've always loved making pictures out of them, so this cover really appeals to me.

Simplicity at its finest, once again. As you can probably guess, this novel is about a guy who wants to be a girl. The fact that this cover incorporates that makes me smile.

My Thoughts On Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Bk. #1 of Hush, Hush
First published in 2009 by Simon & Schuster
Avg. Rating: ★★★★ (4.02)

Edition I Purchased
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published in 2009 by Simon & Schuster
My Rating: ★★★★★

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgement.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and knows more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide.

And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. For Nora is right in the middle of a centuries old battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and sooner or later, she's going to have to pick a side...
I've read my fair share of angel books, but I have to say that Hush, Hush is the best by far. The combination of interesting characters, believable romance (as far as YA lit goes, at least), exciting plot, and a fast-paced writing style made this novel one of the best I've ever read. Becca Fitzpatrick is a great author with the ability to really pull you into her world. When I found out that this was her debut novel, I was... well, surprised would be an understatement. If her first book was this good, I can't wait to see the progress she makes as the series continues.

Hush, Hush tells the story of Nora Grey, a strait-laced high school student, and Patch, a mysterious transfer from who knows where. Patch is shrouded in mystery and when one of their teachers decides to implement a seating plan into his class, Nora's rocky relationship with Patch begins. Oddly enough, however, not long after Nora is forced to play nice with the dark, brooding stranger, someone - or something - starts following her. She feels eyes on her through her bedroom window, and when she hits a man wearing a black ski mask with her car, she freaks. Especially when he walks away without a scratch and the car is left flawless. After a string of events that prove the person in the ski mask is trying to kill her, Nora is close to believing that she's going insane. Who is behind the ski mask? And why does he want her dead? All the while, the signs are pointing to Patch...

I absolutely loved Nora. Though she's pretty innocent, as far as high school students go, her connection to Patch is far from innocent. Though their relationship barely started in this novel, I can imagine that Patch will bring out a side in Nora that none of us expect. He's dark, brooding, and shrouded in mystery, and despite what Nora believes, he's beyond dangerous. An angel cast out of heaven, what he's searching for may surprise you. Both characters are well-written and will complement each other perfectly as their relationship progresses. I just hope Patch doesn't lose his edge. Too often in YA lit does a "bad boy" end up being too influenced by his "good girl" female counterpart. But as long as Patch never gets boring, we're good.

Though Nora's attraction to Patch is a little sudden, it still felt realistic. She's drawn to him for reasons even she doesn't understand, and despite all the signs pointing at him, she doesn't believe he's the one stalking her. Their relationship progressed at a slow pace - such a breath of fresh air coming from these kinds of books - and felt real. I love the way Fitzpatrick writes romance (read sexual tension), and I can't wait to see how their relationship progresses.

Out of all the other characters, Jules was the only one that really piqued my interest. His mysterious disappearances whenever Nora and Vee joined him and Elliot were very suspicious, and I couldn't wait to find out what his problem was. His story takes a completely unexpected turn that shocked me to my very core. I definitely wasn't expecting that. Thinking back, however, all the little signs are there...

With enough mystery and action throughout, and a surprising twist at the end, Hush, Hush will have you hooked until the very last page. I found myself completely absorbed in the story and can't wait to dive into the sequel. Angels are a tricky creature to write realistically, but Fitzpatrick nailed it. This novel comes highly, highly recommended from me.

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