Sunday, March 11, 2012

In My Mailbox {14} - Contemporary Explosion!

Hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren

In My Mailbox is a weekly event hosted by Kristi over at The Story Siren. She uses this time to tell about the books she receives each week either to review, from the library, or from a purchase. Kristi is kind enough to let us all in on her fun and here is my little piece of that!



A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Eon by Alison Goodman
Eona by Alison Goodman
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

On The Fringe by Courtney King Walker
Oppression by Jessica Therrien

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk 
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer



For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Thank you Balzer + Bray!
Ascend by Amanda Hocking
Thank you St. Martin's Griffin!
Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
Thank you Crown Publishing!

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Thank you Random House & NetGalley!
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
Thank you Bloomsbury and NetGalley!



So it is no secret how much I 
*struggle with loving* contemporary books, 
and I'm sure everyone is tired of hearing about how I'm trying to 
Fellow blogger and awesome person TARA sent me a huge box 
of YA CONTEMPS simply because she loves them so much and
she wants me to love them too. NOT ONLY THAT but she 
wrote me a list of more recommendations
Y'all, handwritten mail is one of the most incredible things EVER. 
Tara is pretty much a rock star.
(Tara blogs at Hobbitsies, a book blog. Check it!)

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer
Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales
Faking Faith by Josie Bloss
Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
I'm Not Her by Janet Gurtler
The Summer I Learned To Fly by Dana Reinhardt
Small Town Sinners by Melissa C. Walker
And as if the box of books wasn't awesome enough, 
Tara threw in some swag! 
Thank you so much Tara! You are SO AWESOME. 

LOVE LOVE LOVE these, Tara! Thank you so much!
You seriously have no idea how much fun these are for me.
I love them as much as I love you sharing the books...
Have any of you read any of these books? 
Did you love them?
Did you hate them?

I want to know! 
Leave me a comment and tell me all about it! 

Also, do you have any 
contemporary YA recommendations
for me? Tara wrote out 36 titles on her note, 
plus the ones she let me borrow. 
What are YOUR favorites so I can add them 
to my recommendations list??

Weekly Recap:



  1. Wow, that is so awesome of her! Lucky you :)
    Contemps i'd recommend...
    Looking for Alaska by John Green
    If i Stay by Gayle Forman
    Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
    Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
    Anna and the French Kiss ( which I see you bought)
    Ten Things we Did by Sarah Mlynowski
    The Edumucation of Jay Baker by Jay Clark
    Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
    Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
    Saving June by Hannah Harrington
    The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
    The Summer series by Jenny Han

  2. HOLY CRAP. Your mailbox is AWESOMEAMAZINGFANTASTIC!! Wow. So, ok. First of all, Eon/Eona is such a wonderful series. I can't wait to see what you think of them because I know you love fantasy--like me!--but I hadn't read much Asian-inspired fantasy until I picked up Eon. It blew me away. YAY!
    Second, The Sky Is Everywhere is seriously no lie one of my favorite books. I LOVE it to the ends of the earth. It's so gorgeous! I hope you love it too! Also, I can't even hide my jealousy over all of the people who got approved for Something Like Normal. I've been trying to reign it in, and I can't anymore, lol. Hearing all the amazing things people are saying about it is TORTURE!!
    But GAH!!! THE BOX!!! Tara did you a solid, my dear. Those are some great books! The Fine Art of Truth or Dare was adorable, and Perfect Chemistry is hot to trot. From the list that Steph provided just above me, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour is awesome, Gayle Forman's If I Stay/Where She Went books are great, and The Summer Series is AWESOME, too. I know you're going to read Anna soon, otherwise I would have mentioned that one, too! But my three faves are The Sky Is Everywhere, Anna, and Amy and Roger's Epic Detour. Although I also LOVE The Dairy Queen series by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols, and Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley.
    Ok. This is the longest, rambliest comment ever. I'm going to stop talking now. But YAY! LOVE your mailbox SO MUCH!!

  3. AHAHA was it really 36 recs? I'm sure I could think of more, but why don't I let you get started with those....... :P


  4. OK, first wow! Amazing IMM! I am so jealous that you have For Darkness Shows the Stars. I got to see Diana Peterfreund when I went to Yall Fest last year, and she talked about the book then. I can't wait to read it. I really liked Anna and the French Kiss. I have a sister that loves anything by Sarah Dessen. I have heard awesome things about Oppression. You know what all the books in your first picture are ones I have been wanting to pick up so I'm excited to see what you think of them, especially The Replacement because it gets such mixed reviews. OK, I'M going to stop now because this comment is getting way to long, but really what a great book haul!!!

  5. Oh! I see what you mean about adding another book to the mix. :) I love contemp. It might be my favorite genre. All of those are great. I especially love Mostly Good Girls and Perfect Chemistry. I hope you enjoy all of them!

  6. I don't even know where to being with your mailbox.

    Okay first: Eon is the shit and I wish more people would read that duology because A) it's fantasy B) It's Asian inspired C) there are dragons D) it's so freakin' gripping.

    Second: For Darkness Shows The Stars, I would be jealous but instead I'm going to ask my contact to hook it up.

    Third: Tara is such an awesome person. I mean, not just because she sent you books, but genuinely, she is awesome.

    Fourth: I've read all of the books in the first picture AND the second picture, so I feel like super well read just by looking at them.

    Fifth: Start your contemp education with Will Grayson Will Grayson. You won't regret meeting TINY COOPER.

    Sixth: As for contemp recommendations you can't fail with: Maureen Johnson, John Green, Megan McCafferty, Sarah Dessen, Susane Colasanti, and also Audrey Wait by Robin Benway.

    Happy reading :-D

  7. This IMM is super great! Okay, The Truth About Forever, Perfect Chemistry and Sweethearts are at the top of
    my favorites. And that whole box of contemps (droollll) (concentrate,concentrate) I gasped when I saw SLN-- I'm so excited for your detailed review of it. It's the book I'm just going crazy for waiting. I have to tell you that even though I don't comment much, I read the email subs and read your reviews on books I don't even care about because I just like the way you do them.

    As for Contemp recs:
    If I Stay, Hold Still, Dairy Queen, Saving June, I'll Be There, Saving June, Jellicoe Road, The Beginning Of After, Leaving Paradise, Playing Hurt, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, Moonglass, Going Too Far, Jessica Darling series,Stolen, Thirteen Reasons Why, Graffiti Moon, and Not That Kind Of Girl.

  8. Wow - some amazing stuff there! Coincidentally, I have a top 10 contemporary post coming up on my blog on Tuesday and The Sky Is Everywhere is in there. Gallagher Girls is a fab series as well, hope you enjoy I'd Tell You I Love You!

  9. oh geez, so many! I'm going to keep an eye on this post; I'm so out of the loop when it comes to contemporary YA.

    I just finished reading The Age of Miracles yesterday and oh. my. gosh. Absolutely amazing. The writing is beautiful.

  10. I loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Anna & the French Kiss, The Truth About Forever, Perfect Chemistry. Anything by any of those authors is pretty darn good.

  11. You bought so many books that I love, like Will Grayson, Will Grayson and The Name of the Star. Fight Club is really good too.

    I'm lusting after For Darkness Shows the Stars, so I hope you enjoy it!

  12. Wow, that's an amazing mailbox! I hope you enjoy them all! I don't read contemporary, so I'm not a good one to recommend contemporary YA.

    Here's my IMM!

  13. I loved Eon, and Eona! Read them fast :)

    Bri @ Kindling the Fire
    My IMM
    Don't forget to join my giveaway!

  14. WOW, what a fantastic haul this week. I also picked up The Age of Miracles and can't wait to read it! Let me know what you think! :)

    Here is my IMM

    Happy Reading!
    Lindsay @ Turning the Pages

  15. Wow, what an amazing haul. I hope you enjoy everything!

    In My Mailbox #13

  16. Oh my goodness that is some serious reading to do!

  17. Whoa, you got a big mailbox! I'm actually not that into contemporary, so I'm afraid I can't help you on that one.

    I'm currently reading The Replacement, and it's definitely a strange book. Kind of creepy and gloomy. And you got For Darkness Shows the Stars!! I looooved that one, seriously.

    Happy reading!
    Celine ~ Nyx Book Reviews
    My IMM

  18. You are such a grown-up, deliberately moving out of your comfort zone. I want to do this with poetry someday.

  19. Oh wow. I can't pick which of these goodies I should comment on first. Lol. Great haul! Happy reading

  20. Amazing mailbox! You've got so many books there!

    I see Anna and the French Kiss. It's a really enjoyable book! Hope you'll like it.

    Happy reading!

    Here's my IMM for the week

  21. I've read The Truth About Forever and Perfect Chemistry, both were really good!

    You have so many books I've been wanting to read! Can't wait to hear about them!

  22. Oh my goodness! You got a TON of great books this week. I'm way jealous! Hope you enjoy them all!

  23. HOLY BOUNTY of BOOKS Batman! Wow! That's like an entire shelf at my library!

    Since you asked,

    I LOVED:
    The Name of The Star, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Anna and the French Kiss,Perfect Chemistry (whew! HOT),Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, and The Truth About Forever. Whew! My hands are tired:)

    Can't wait to hear your thoughts on all of those and I am green with envy that you got The Age of Miracles, Something Like Normal and The Darkness Shows the Stars! That is all:)

  24. WOW! Awesome books, that was so nice of her to send all of those to you :D I hope you enjoy reading all of them! I haven't really ever tried the Contemporary Romance genre, but since you love it so much I'll have to give it a shot! Great IMM!

    Kayla @ Simply Kayla's Book Reviews

    Link to my IMM Post: Click Here

  25. Nice mailbox this week! Have you read any Kody Kepplinger? I like her books and it's contemp YA.
    Book Sniffers Anonymous

  26. Eon and Eona have been on my wishlist for SO long, but I can't find cheapish copies of them. Amazon's are so darn expensive! Anywho, I hope you enjoy them.

    Here's my IMM this week.

  27. LOVING SO MUCH the initial stack. Obviously, as I am all about the fantastical goodness. I have Eon and need to read that so perhaps a read along will finally happen for us!

    You have a solid start to contemporary ya, my friend. TARA IS THE BEST EVAH.

  28. I'm so jealous of this mailbox of awesome! Most of those contemps are on my TBR too, but I sadly haven't read them. I can't wait to see what you think of all the contemps :]

  29. Your mailbox looks awesome. I have read some of the ones pictured and the one I really liked was "Faking Faith" which I thought was a very interesting premise.

  30. What a great IMM!!! Wow! Eon & Eona are on my MEGA wanna-read-'em-now list (similar, but different from Must Reads, TBR's or Wishlists). How fun!!! -Burgandy Ice

  31. Okay, you need to STOP because I don't even know where to start with all of these amazing books. Too many to gush about! Book I'm most jealous of? For Darkness Shows the Stars. I didn't like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close myself, but I know so many people who love it. I AM a huge Chuck Palahniuk fan, so I hope you enjoy Fight Club. I don't think it's his best (Rant is one of my all time favorite books), but it is good. I really liked Name of the Star, but it's not a universal favorite the way Anna and the French Kiss is. Good luck picking what to read first! :P

  32. Wow, what an awesome week you had! I also struggle to love contemps, so you may have to share your list!

  33. WHOA!!!!! That is one heck of a mailbox Asheley! Luck you:) I'm so excited to see Anna and the French Kiss in that pile, I absolutely adored that one! SO GOOD! If you're on a contemporary kick, I also really enjoyed Amplified by Tara Kelly, it was a quick, really fun read.

  34. Oooh! Looks like you got some great books this week! I see some I need to add to my to read list!

    Thanks for sharing!

  35. I still need to read Anna and the French Kiss myself. We should read it together. :-)

    I enjoyed On the Fringe quite a bit.

    I have been slow to the contemp party myself. We'll get there.


  36. Oh and I have I'm Not Her and Perfect Chemistry to read as well. Just sayin. :-)

  37. Sarah Dessen, John Green, and Stephanie Perkins!! Awesome, awesome, and more awesome!

    Also, I ALMOST bought Eon the other day...I might be regretting not snatching that sucker up! What a wonderful bunch of goodies this week!

  38. OMG...Tara has given you TONS of choices in the contemporary dept. Which one are you starting with?


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