I will freely admit that I'm kind of a sap, so when it came time to pick books for this month's love-themed Reading Mutiny, the biggest problem I had was narrowing down the options! Did I want sweet, uplifting love stories, or sad ones (or snarky ones)? First kisses or breakups? Love at first sight, or the kind of love where you're the last to realize you're already in it? Contemporary or historical or magical or dystopian? My bookshelves are piled high with love—not that I'm complaining about that!—and it took some rereading and some willpower to get the field down to eight stellar books.
So without further ado:
1. ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins: Anna hates being forced to spend her senior year in Paris—but when she meets Etienne, she starts to think boarding school might not be so bad...
2. AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES by John Green: Former child prodigy Colin has been dumped 19 times by girls named Katherine. Following his most recent breakup, he sets out on a road trip with his best friend Hassan. Hijinx ensue.
3. THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern: A magical circus that only opens after nightfall. A game of skill and wits between two aging magicians and their young apprentices, Celia and Marco. An epic, beautifully written love story.
4. ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell: Two misfits become friends, and then much more, in Omaha in 1986. If you didn't read this one in our December 2013 Rewind, now's your chance.
5. THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY by David Levithan: A love affair told through dictionary entries, alphabetically rather than chronologically. This slim novel may be YA rock star Levithan's first book written for adults, but it's so perfect and unique that I had to include it.
6. CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein: Not all love stories are romantic. This tale of two friends caught up in World War II—one a civilian pilot, the other a captured spy—is full of love, passion, and heartbreak. Get the tissues ready.
7. MEANT TO BE by Lauren Morrill: Straight-A, straight-laced Julia ends up partnered with her nemesis, class clown Jason, on a school trip to London that's filled with text-message mixups, pratfalls, surprising revelations, and more than a little romance.
8. DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver: In a dystopian future where love is viewed as a deadly disease, Lena meets Alex and discovers that maybe she doesn't want to be "cured" after all...
As an extra incentive to help you get in the mood for love, we're giving away six YA romance faves to two lucky readers this month:
MEANT TO BE by Lauren Morrill
MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick
RULES OF SUMMER by Joanna Philbin
THE YEAR OF LUMINOUS LOVE by Lurlene McDaniel
THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith
THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE by Natalie Standiford
Learn more about the books and our February giveaway here!
READING MUTINY RULES:
- Choose one or more of the selected books for the month and read!
- Once you're finished reading, create a blog post of YOUR book review on your own personal blog or share it on Goodreads, then report back here!
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- For every book you read and review during the Mutiny Challenge you'll gain one entry into our monthly drawing to pick a prize of your choice from our Treasure Chest! Don't forget to enter via the applicable Rafflecopter widget to be eligible for the giveaway!
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