Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Best Book of September

Every Wednesday, YA Highway asks their readership a simple question to answer on your blog. Once you answer, you link your blog in the comments for other readers to hop on board. This is Road Trip Wednesday.

Today's topic: What's the best book you read in September?

Unlike last month where I couldn't up my book count because of Camp NaNoWriMo, this month I devoured ten books. This has everything to do with the fact my plot ran away from me and I haven't been able to figure it out yet.

80% of what I read was awesome with four or five star ratings. You can see the winners below.

I know what you're thinking, with all this awesome how can a best be picked? So simple. Only one of these got five stars--When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.

Blurb from Goodreads:
By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. They know where it's safe to go, and they know who to avoid. Like the crazy guy on the corner.

But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda's mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then a mysterious note arrives, scrawled on a tiny slip of paper. The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Each message brings her closer to believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she's too late.

What I Liked About It: There wasn't a single thing I would change about this book. I loved Miranda's voice. I loved how the story unfolded. I kept trying to figure out what was going to happen throughout, because I knew a twist was coming, but never succeeded in figuring out the *entire* twist. The constant A Wrinkle in Time* references were awesome and worked into the story naturally.

What You Should Know: This book flew into my favorites and I already want to read it again. This novel was reminiscent of A Wrinkle in Time in so many ways, which made this girl very happy. If you haven't read this book yet, get thee to the library.

What were your thoughts on When You Reach Me? What awesome book did you read this month?

* Which you should know has been challenged on an off for years. For more information about challenged books, read yesterday's post.
_________ hit of the day: Liberation of a Giant by A Different Breed of Killer


  1. Ooh, this book sounds excellent. Definitely going on my list! I love A Wrinkle in Time, too.

  2. I LOVE WHEN YOU REACH ME! I love the subtle magic. And I love the connection to A WRINKLE IN TIME, one of my childhood faves.

    The best book I read this month was THE BODY FINDER by Kimberly Derting.

  3. I loved When You Reach Me, too! So sweet and simple (without really being simple). Also liked the time period it was set in.

  4. Ooh, that sounds awesome. I haven't even heard of it before now. *ducks* Thanks for the rec!

  5. "There wasn't a single thing I would change about this book." Me, too! I adore WHEN YOU REACH ME. Just a perfect book.

  6. I really loved When You Reach Me. I support your five-star rating. :)

    I've just started reading Save the Cat, too. I'm not too far into it yet, but I hear it's really helpful.

  7. Loved this book--the twist was fantastic!

  8. It seems that everyone who reads WHEN YOU REACH ME loves it... time to pick it up, I think!

  9. You know, I'll be honest. I don't know that there's a single book I've read where I wouldn't change anything at all if I could. That must be an incredible read.

  10. I'm thinking I have another book to add to my TBR pile!

  11. OMG, I see the book "Homecoming," and that makes me super happy because it was one of my favorites as a young adult!!!
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  12. I can't wait for the day when my TBR list drops back down to zero. As it stands I don't even know what books are on it anymore. I have a feeling I've heard of this book before...I just can't remember anymore.

  13. I think i need to pick this up.
    *eyes tottering tbr pile*

  14. I don't know how I missed this one--it's going on the list! Thanks

  15. I adored this book're right, the WRINKLE references were spot on.


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