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Are you all getting ready for the holidays? In the spirit of Christmas, I have decided to do something new on the blog today. Below, you will find seven wrapped books with descriptions on them. My goal here is to recommend books to you all without you knowing the title or author. Hopefully, you all will find new books to enjoy that you may have overlooked before.

To find out the title and author, you will have to scroll down to the bottom of the post where I have matched up the book with its own bow. Treat this just like Christmas! No peaking! I would love it if you guys would only read the descriptions, choose your favorites, and then look up which book it is.

(I got the inspiration for this post based on others’ interpretations of this same concept.)

Let the unwrapping begin!

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Which ones have caught your eye? Do you have a feeling you know what any of the wrapped books are?

Keep scrolling to reveal the books. 




Dark Green Bow –  Gemma Doyle Series by Libba Bray

Red Striped Bow – Wake by Lisa McMann

White Bow – The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Light Green Bow – The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

Red Bow – Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Polk-A-Dot Bow – Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Green Striped Bow – The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot

Which books did you end up “unwrapping”? Let me know!


Since I love handing out recommendations, I am here today with some suggestions for fans of Katie McGarry.

If you like Katie McGarry, then try…

Simone Elkeles


 Simone Elkeles’ books have the same kind of feel that Katie McGarry’s books do. Also, they both feature the “bad boy” with a rough past, etc., etc. While I was reading Katie McGarry’s books the Perfect Chemistry series would pop up in my mind. I think they would go well together, especially if you are looking for something to read now that Crash Into You is released. 

Final Verdict: Read Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry series, and also maybe her Leaving Paradise novels as well. 



Brigid Kemmerer

Storm Although Brigid Kemmerer’s Elemental series is urban fantasy, I still think those who liked Pushing the Limits and Crash Into You would enjoy this series. Each book features a different brother who has some control over the elements and the stories are addictive.

 Final Verdict: If you want something like Katie McGarry’s writing and don’t mind venturing a little out of the contemporary genre, then I highly recommended getting Storm today.

What do you think of my recs? Agree? Disagree? If you do end up reading any of these books, let me know what you think! I am always up for some book discussions. 

Want even more recommendations? Click over on the “Recommendations” link under the categories tab. If you want some personalized recommendations, feel free to ask me over on Tumblr or Twitter




Happy Teen Read Week! Celebrated the third week of each October, Teen Read Week is designed to get teens reading and encourage literacy. The overall theme is always Read For the Fun of It, but there is also a sub-theme unique to each year. This year’s theme, Seek the Unknown, really encourages the promotion of fantasy, sci-fi, mystery books, and any other genre that gets your imagination going. Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate and help spread the word.

Here are a few books I think sought out the unknown.

GracelingWithout a doubt one of my favorite fantasy novels, Graceling by Kristin Cashore features a brilliant cast of characters and a truly unique world.


 A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray has mystery and magic in spades. Seriously, if you like your historical fiction with a dose of spookiness and suspense, get your hands on this book immediately.


When will I stop recommending Melina Marchetta’s novels? NEVER! Read Finnikin of the Rock if you want a deep, complex, and gorgeous fantasy.

UnwindIf you want to be creeped out all week, then try Unwind by Neal Shusterman. Not only is it perfect to put you in the Halloween spirit, it is also great to read whenever you need a sci-fi fix. 

What books have you read that seek the unknown? Do you have any special plans for Teen Read Week?

For more information on Teen Reed Week, visit their website.

Hey there! I thought I would share some zombie recommendations. I had a lot of fun making this “flow chart”. (I may have had to much fun putting on blood spatters.)


So I have shared some of my recommendations, what do you have to recommend for me? Any books on here you haven’t read? Any that you agree with? 


I thought I would share some contemporary recommendations in the form of a good old flowchart. (Just click on the flowchart to make it larger and easier to read.)


These are just some of the contemporaries I read and enjoyed. I’m curious to know what you guys could suggest for me. Know any great contemporaries for feminists? How about any with road trips?

Let me know your recommendations in the comments!

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