2017 New Adult Reading Challenge: Book Recommendations (5)

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Hey guys! As you know, this year I’m doing the 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge, created by the amazing Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, and because I’ve read some amazing NA books last year, I thought that I could recommend some to you that fit in the Book Bingo from the challenge.

Today I’ll focus on the last 5 topics:

21. One word title
22. Book about sports
23. Book on the bottom of your TBR
24. Book with only male POV
25. Freebie

All books here are books I’ve read and really really liked. Click on the names of the books to be redirected to my review of said book.

Recommendations 1-5Recommendations 6-10 |
Recommendations 11-15 | Recommendations 16-20


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A few less known thrown in there…

Trust
Extreme
Play
Keepsake
Hopeless


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These are fairly easy to come across. I could have filled it with Hockey books only, eheh.

Chased
This is Falling
Shut Out
The Understatement of the Year
Waking Olivia


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This one depends on your own TBR, obviously, but I thought I could show you some less known NA books so maybe you could add them to your TBR, eve if at the bottom.

For the One
Wanting More
Blind Spot
Down and Out
Right Where You Are


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So not easy… I’ve read a few awesome ones with only male POV, but they were adult contemporary romances, such as Big Rock.

More Than Exes
The Matchmaker’s Playbook
Undeclared


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For the star in the middle of the challenge, you can pick whatever you would like. I’m showing you 5 books that I enjoyed, but weren’t really my thing, if you know what I mean. Still, they were pretty good and they might be right up your alley.

Lines We Forget
Rikki
Lessons in Gravity
The Room Mate
Frosh: First Blush


And I’m done with these recommendations posts. I hope you can get some rec from these lists, and I do hope you’re joining the challenge, because this genre of books deserves more love 😉 .

Undeclared (Julianna Keyes)

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2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | Book with only Male POV

Kellan McVey is Burnham College’s most prolific athlete, partier, and ladies’ man—and that’s just how he likes it. Returning to reign for his third year, he wants nothing to change. Then Andrea Walsh shows up.

It wasn’t too long ago that Andi and Kellan were lifelong friends, mortal enemies, and, for one hot summer, more. Then Kellan left and Andi stayed behind.

Kellan thought he’d moved past that last summer’s heartbreak, but with Andi sitting next to him in class, befriending his friends, and battling for the same once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity, he’s starting to remember why he hated her…and why he loved her.

Kellan has a long list of reasons that falling for Andi again is a terrible idea, though every new moment together challenges that theory. But Andi’s all too familiar with Kellan’s love ’em and leave ’em approach — and she’s found someone else to get serious about.

Burnham’s campus king has never had to fight for a girl, but if he wants Andi to give him another chance, he’ll have to do the one thing he’s never had the nerve to do: admit it.


I read this book as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go to her blog in the next few days to read her take on this one. Well… in reality when she started it, I was already done with it, but hey, it counts.

So… you might remember that awhile back I read and reviewed Undecided, which I loved, and that is book one of this series. Contrary to what the cover made you think, the book didn’t have a love triangle at all, but Kellan – the MC for THIS book – was kind of in the way of Nora and Crosbie. I really liked Kellan and was super curious about him, which is the reasons for me requesting this book as soon as it became available on netgalley, and reading it as soon as I was approved.

I’m sadden to say that this book didn’t quite work for me.

The book is told through Kellan’s POV and only his POV, and while I usually love books only told through the guy’s POV, I felt like I really needed Andi’s view of things on this one. This comes from the fact that while Kellan was a pretty entertaining guy, he is not the best narrator. I couldn’t connect to him at all.

To put things into context, Kellan and Andi have known each other since they were 5, they were always close, until the summer where they were more than friends, and after that Kellan left for college and Andi never spoke to him again. Until Andi starts college, at Burnham, and Kellan can’t stay away from her.

I came to this book already being fond of Kellan, because even though he made some pretty big mistakes in Undecided and was an asshole sometimes, I kind of thought that there was more to him than that. After all, he was a great friend to Nora and Crosbie, and he was super funny. So, there is more to him than that, but it didn’t quite make up for all the assholiness…

I understood his fears, but like Nora, Kellan lived for what other people thought of him, but while Nora managed to rise above it in a way, Kellan wanted to but never truly did. I liked his mostly happy attitude, but I hated how he was painted as dumb – and this happened multiple times. I hated that he knew what he did wrong towards Andi, but never truly tried to do anything about it. And to be honest, I didn’t quite get how and why everything was handed to him…

Now, you might think “well… she must have at least liked Andi, right?“… yeah, NO. Again, I understood her, she had been in love with a guy she thought she didn’t stood a chance with for her whole live. She wanted to be free of that, she wanted to be herself, so she goes after another guy… and then she makes some stupid decisions. Here I think her POV would have solved a lot, because she was such an interesting character, but I felt like I never really truly “heard” her, you know?

I really really liked the core of the story, and that’s what kept me engaged. There is a lot of character growth, and facing your fears is a tough thing to do. I’m sorry that I didn’t exactly feel much chemistry between the main characters though…

However, there was some things in the plot that I could have done without, mainly the television contest. Ultimatly, it is not important at all and it contributed nothing to the story. Also, I felt like it was highly unbelievable. Why would a TV presenter contact Kellan directly to ask him to audition? I know Kell is a big shot, but he runs track, and I didn’t get it. o_O Also, unfortunately I found the pacing slightly off, and the book felt really slow to me.

Another positive thing about this book though was the friendships. I loved the love and support that Kellan’s friends showed him. Those were some awesome bonds, and I loved when they all got together.

So, to sum it up, I really liked the story, but couldn’t quite connect with the characters and the pacing felt off. But still, read it! But read book 1 first, otherwise you will be highly spoiled. 🙂

2017 New Adult Reading Challenge: Book Recommendations (4)

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Hey guys! As you know, this year I’m doing the 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge, created by the amazing Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, and because I’ve read some amazing NA books last year, I thought that I could recommend some to you that fit in the Book Bingo from the challenge.

Today I’ll focus these 5 topics:

16. Book set in the summer
17. Book you knew nothing about
18. A re-read
19. Book about a road trip
20. Book recommendation

All books here are books I’ve read and really really liked. Click on the names of the books to be redirected to my review of said book.

Recommendations 1-5Recommendations 6-10 | Recommendations 11-15


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Not as easy as I thought it would be…

Him
More Than Comics
Love on the Ledge
How Not to Fall
Finding London


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I knew nothing about these books when I started them.

The Matchmaker’s Playbook
Being Brooke
Loud is How I Love You
Wasted Words
Feel Me Break


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I want to re-read these books this year!

Fangirl
Us
Smut
Ugly Love
Royally Screwed


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So not easy…

Stay Until We Break
Chasing Crazy
More Than Distance


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Books that have been recommended to me in the past, and that I loved.

You and Everything After
The Score
Steadfast
Maybe Someday
Hold My Breath


Next week I’ll post the last 5 categories. Have you read these books? What did you think of them?

Let’s Talk About: What is New Adult?!

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Hello peeps. I haven’t done a discussion post in a while, since last year actually, but this past month me and  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too were discussing some of the books we were reading and debating whether or not they fell on the New Adult category. This, of course, if because we’re doing the 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge, created by Cátia herself. This is not going to be long…


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If you type in “What is New Adult” on google, this is what shows up:

New adult (NA) fiction, also rendered as newadult fiction, is a developing genre of fiction with protagonists in the 18–30 age bracket. …New adult fiction tends to focus on issues such as leaving home, developing sexuality, and negotiating education and career choices.

But if you keep looking, you will find some other definitions that fit the category, such as:

New Adult books focus on the period in life where you are becoming a proper adult. The characters are usually between about 18 – 25 and are generally either at college or starting their first job. The category fits in between YA and Adult books. It has a similar coming of age feel as YA books but rather than people experiencing their first kisses the content and issues used are more mature such as first serious relationships and heartbreak. (Link)

These are not exactly different, but they make it sometimes hard to properly define a book as NA. Why? Mostly the age bracket.

There is no doubt that New Adult books are usually set at a time that a person is going through the transition into adulthood, and sometimes that involves getting into college, figuring out what to do if you don’t want to go to college, figuring out life after college or after something major shifts in your life. Leaving home, big changes, first job… those are no brainers. A book set in college are the easiest to determine whether they belong in NA or not, because they are the DEFINITION of NA.


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But some books are harder. I remember that the first time I read Wallbanger I thought it was NA, because the characters are young and it has such a light funny vibe to it, that I easily associate with the genre. But then someone pointed out that Both Caroline and Simon have fixed and stable jobs, are both at their own houses, and are for all intents and purposes, ADULTS. So yeah, this whole categorizing books is not easy.

On another hand, me and Cátia recently read Good Boy and were left wondering if this would be considered New Adult or not. Both characters are over 25, but Jess is starting grad school and it at a really hard limbo in her life, but both characters have been “adults” for a while. It does deal with themes of growing up and finding her own path, but in the end, Cátia decided that this book was NA to her, while I classified it as just a Romance.

I think that ultimately the most confusing thing about this whole discussion is the age. Some people define the genre from 18 to 25, while others extend it to 30. And honestly, nowadays, when we are finding our paths later and later in life, I think it’s possible to have a NA book where the main characters are over 25.

Another issue is that a lot of people think that New Adult books ALWAYS include explicit sex and/or profanities. No guys, NO! There’s NA that doesn’t have sex at all. There’s extremely mild NA. I’ve read YA books spicier than some NA books I’ve read.

Then you have the opposite, and books that deal with all the issues mentioned above are classified as Young Adult. Remind you of anything? Yeah… Fangirl… that book should be put firmly in the New Adult category.


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I try to follow the definitions set above. I’m just not very strict about the whole age interval thing. So, here are some things that a book has to have for me to classify it as New Adult:

  • one or both characters, under the age of 30:
    • going through some life changing event;
    • starting, being or finishing college;
    • finding themselves;
    • looking or starting a new path in life;
    • anything that i think makes up the life of a brand new adult person!

There are some other things that I expect to find in my beloved NA romances, such as lots of sex, but again, that is not mandatory or a given. I do think it’s a normal time of one’s life to think, discuss it and experiment with it.

If both of the main characters have a defined place in life and are not dealing with any major thing, I usually don’t classify it as NA, even if they are young enough to be put on that category.


This was just for me to clarify how I look at New Adult and what I see as it. But I know that a lot of people have several different definitions of what constituted this category. And I want to know them!

Also, is there any book that has been classified as New Adult and you don’t agree with?
Or any that is not in the category and you think it should be?
How do you define NA?

Hit my comments and answer these questions, I’m curious!

A Thousand Letters (Staci Hart)

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2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | 2017 Release

Sometimes your life is split by a single decision.

I’ve spent every day of the last seven years regretting mine: he left, and I didn’t follow. A thousand letters went unanswered, my words like petals in the wind, spinning away into nothing, taking me with them.

But now he’s back.

I barely recognize the man he’s become, but I can still see a glimmer of the boy who asked me to be his forever, the boy I walked away from when I was young and afraid.

Maybe if he’d come home under better circumstances, he could speak to me without anger in his voice. Maybe if I’d said yes all those years ago, he’d look at me without the weight of rejection in his eyes. Maybe if things were different, we would have had a chance.

One regretted decision sent him away. One painful journey brought him back to me. I only wish I could keep him.

*A contemporary romance inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion*

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Once again, I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go to her blog in the next few days to read her take on this one.

Last year I read Wasted Words, and I really liked Staci Hart’s funny  and witty writing, so when I saw this one available, also an adaptation of Jane Austen’s work, I was all for it. A Thousand Letters turned out to be way way more awesome than I was expecting.

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The writing of this book is magical! I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s lyrical and amazing and heartfelt, and it left me heartbroken and hopeful, and I LOVED IT! The book is told in dual POV, which is great in and of itself, but their voices were also great. And because the characters had a big connections to literature and poetry, it made it even more beautiful. This book made me want to pick up ALL other books by this author 😀 .

You know the plot of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, right? Guy and girl love each other, they want to marry, girl’s family opposes the union, years later they reconnect with a lot of anger and regret between them, she needs to decide what’s important to her, he needs to let go and forgive.

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This one follows much of the same plot line, but extremely well adapted. Both Elliot and Wade live in pain, but deal with it in a very different way. Elliot is submissive, she lives in the background, with a family that never paid any attention to her, and she’s ok with putting her needs and wants in second to everyone else’s. Wade has learned to bury down all his feeling and thoughts, and only show a hard shell of himself, because he thinks that’s who he needs to be.

After 7 years of not seeing each other, they have to learn how to live in each other’s live again, due to Wade’s dad illness. The journey and result of this is heartbreaking and eye opening. And both characters grow up a lot and face their fears. Have I mentioned how amazing the writing of this book is?!

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I honestly found this book gorgeous, the plot, resolutions and characters were all very well constructed, and i just loved it. 

If you love a good romance, full of angst, with imperfect characters, and a great great writing, pick this one up. You won’t be sorry!

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About the Author:

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, even though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.

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The Feeling of Forever (Jamie Howard)

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2017 NEW ADULT READING CHALLENGE | Diverse Novel

Juliet St. Clair has spent her life under Hollywood’s spotlight. While being America’s favorite girl next door has had its perks, having to testify against her stalker to put him behind bars certainly wasn’t one of them. But when she thinks about walking away from it all, she can’t help remembering the enormous pile of medical bills her family is drowning under. Bills that just keep on coming.

Felix Donovan had it all — stunning good looks, gorgeous women, and a spot as the drummer to a band that’s sitting pretty at the top of the charts. Until one life-altering decision left him paralyzed from the waist down. He doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry when he wins this year’s Sexiest Man award, but the one thing he immediately does is send out a Non-disclosure agreement. Hiding his condition from the public is hard as hell, but he’s not ready to face the world while he’s still struggling to accept his new reality.

Except this year’s Sexiest Woman — Juliet St. Clair — never looks at him with pity, only desire. But falling for Juliet means a permanent spot in the tabloids, a decision Felix isn’t sure he’s ready to make. And when Juliet’s stalker re-emerges from her past, Felix’s secret isn’t the only thing at stake, it could cost Juliet her life.


Once again, I read this book as a buddy read with  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, so go to her blog in the next few days to read her take on this one.

This is my third book by Jamie Howard, and I have to say that I just love her writing. This book is told in the first person, dual POV, and the writing is awesome. While it is not necessary to read the first book of this series, All the Ways You Saved Me, I would still think it gives you a better understanding of the band dynamics and the supporting characters.

And this is a big part of why I’m loving this series so much, the band, the friendships, the dynamics they have. It’s great 😀 .

Both main characters are amazing, and very well constructed. Juliet was thrown into acting when she was super young, but she never lost sight of who she was, and she was just such a good person. Even when dealing with impossibly hard situations, she was always humble and kept her sweet nature. She won me over the first time she saw Felix!

Felix was a delight to read. I’m glad that the book focused a bit on his journey to acceptance of his new reality, because it wasn’t easy for him to deal with it, and he was still not ready for a lot of things, and I’m glad that the story focused on that. There was no pressure from the people who loved him, but there was always a ton of support and that was awesome to read.

The relationship starts up fast, but it develops over time, and unlike some other novels of the genre, we actually see these two extremely busy people in a relationship together. Which, again, soper great. I loved their connection and their romance, how they opened up to one another and really got close.

I found the plot kind of predictable in some points to be honest, but it might have been just me. I still really liked it. There’s a bit of suspense on this romance, so if you like that, definitly read this one.

Overall I really really loved this book, and I can’t wait for the next one in the series, because I’m so curious about the last 2 pairings.

2017 New Adult Reading Challenge: Book Recommendations (3)

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Hey guys! As you know, this year I’m doing the 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge, created by the amazing Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too, and because I’ve read some amazing NA books last year, I thought that I could recommend some to you that fit in the Book Bingo from the challenge.

Today I’ll focus these 5 topics:

11. A LGBT novel or with a LGBT characters
12. New to you author
13. Book you can finish in one day
14. Start a series
15. Book that makes you laugh

All books here are books I’ve read and really really liked. Click on the names of the books to be redirected to my review of said book.

Recommendations 1-5Recommendations 6-10


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I have to find more diverse LGBT books, but these have gay characters and relationships, bisexuals, asexuals and transgenders.

Adulting 101
#Junkie
The Understatement of the Year
Outside the Lines
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All these authors were new to me, and I hope you end up reading some or all of them.

Undecided
Blind Spot 
That Thing Between Eli & Gwen
Watch Me Rise
Waking Olivia


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I’ve finished all of these in less than 24 hours.

Stay Until We Break
Stripped
Tempting Fate
More Than Fashion
Keepsake


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So many great series out there…

The Deal
Shut Out
 Price of a Kiss
All the Ways You Saved Me
This is Falling


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I really liked all of these, and I have a few more that would fit this category.

Roommates
Smut
Right
Hustler
Chasing Crazy


So, next week I’ll post another 5 categories. Have you read these books? What did you think of them?