November 30, 2011

RTW: Best November Read

Before I get into this week's Road Trip Wednesday with YA Highway, take a look at this Winter Wonderland (*snort* not hardly) outside my window:

So unless this magically disappears (again, *snort* not likely) in the next 25 days, we will indeed be having a White Christmas. At least it's not cold. Moving on....
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Road Trip Wednesday is a 'Blog Carnival' where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic:
What's the best book you read in November?
But it turns out it's a two-way tie, with one only a smidge ahead of the other. In first place:

ANNA and the FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins

What I LVED:
- That it was set in Paris - this just made it seem all the more romantic.
- Anna and Étienne/St. Clair - two of my favourite book characters ever.
- The simple romance that didn't feel the need to be raunchy or risqué.
- That whole voice thing - Stephanie Perkins nailed it.
- The fact that I could not put this book down until three in the morning
   (AKA when I read the last page).

And second runner up (only by a hair, because I preferred the Paris setting in Anna):

LOLA and the BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins
(Big surprise, right? I can't shut up about these books. I'm sorry.)

What I LVED:
- Cricket Bell - this guy was such a great love interest and friend.
- Lola's total funky fashion sense was pretty fun and interesting.
- That Anna and Étienne are in this book as well. They're just cute.
- Lola's best friend, Lindsey. Wish I had a friend like her.
- Again, that the romance was neither raunchy nor risqué.
- Again, Perkins has voice nailed.
- And again, that I couldn't put this book down until 3AM-4AM.

Both are really great reads, and I cannot wait until ISLA and the HAPPILY EVER AFTER arrives next Fall (Boo! Hiss! Boo!). That's too darn long to wait. Ah well, guess I'll just have to reread these gems in the meantime.
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And just a little reminder: If you haven't already entered my giveaway as part of the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop organized by Sarah Belliston, you can enter HERE. I'm giving away a copy of Marie Lu's LEGEND and a pack of nineteen Fingerstache Tattoos! The contest runs until December 12th. As part of the blog hop, I'll be doing a post tomorrow since I'm the First Day of Christmas AKA the ♫Partridge in a Pear Tree♫.


  1. Anna and the French Kiss is one of my fave books of all time! Cutest couple ever. Also, your pictures made me miss snow--we don't get that in southern Texas. :)

  2. I love ANNA and LOLA! I miss reading them!

    I am jealous of your wonderland. It's been too warm here for me to get in the spirit. [Now wait until it snows, and then watch me complain about the cold. :) ]

  3. Beautiful pics! I grew up in Pennsylvania and LOVED White Christmases. It was tough to lose that with my move to NC, but I have the beach now. I'm good with it.

    LOLA is on my Christmas list - like THE top item. Cannot wait to read!

  4. You know, every year it's the same story and every year we Canadian whine and moan about the snow (like we're being forced to live here or something). I am kind of to the point where I could do without it, though. Even for Christmas (*gasp*).

  5. My oldest daughter would gladly trade places with you in a heartbeat. She loves snow and laments our lack of it down here. We've come close to a white Christmas a few times, but we rarely get the white stuff on the 25th. And how can it be snowing and not cold? You must have a definition of cold I don't know about--and I'm of British extraction! :)

  6. I loved ANNA, but haven't read LOLA yet. I plan to get to it in December though ;)

  7. I need to read both of those! I hear nothing but wonderful things about Anna and the French Kiss. :)

  8. @Colin: It's barely below freezing at the moment. Last week it got to -24C and then by Sunday was up to +10C (I know, it's messed up).I've experienced -50C, so you get why -2C (the current temp) doesn't feel especially chilly? LOL :)

  9. Snow = gorgeous. But after the blizzards we've endured in the past few years on the Mid-Atlantic coast, I can see why snow gets old for folks in the northern parts of NA.

    And ANNA was easily my favorite read of 2011. Stephanie Perkins can craft one hell of a romance. Can't wait to read LOLA! I've been hinting like crazy that my husband needs to put this in my Xmas stocking.

  10. I loved ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS too. I thought I wouldn't (I'm kind of more of a science fiction/fantasy gal), but it turned out to be one of my faves this year.

  11. I feel you on the winter thing, I'm in Chicago.

    Those books sound fab, I'll have to pick them up next time I hit the bookstore!

  12. My library system is in the process of getting both the Stephanie Perkins audiobooks *rubs hands together* can't wait!

  13. Both of these look like great reads.

  14. I loved Anna way more than I thought I would (no vampires? no monsters? how is that fun?) and am looking forward to reading Lola.

    And we haven't gotten any snow yet, but we usually get it in February. Except a couple of years ago when it came the second week of December and snowed us in (we've since bought a 4x4 though)

  15. Oh, good grief! I don't know how you tolerate all that snow... DISLIKE!

    On a more positive note, I adore both ANNA and LOLA. In fact, ANNA was one of my favorites from last year, and LOLA is one of my favorites this year. Stephanie Perkins is a gEnIuS!

  16. The true test of a book for me is whether it keeps me up way past my bedtime, so both of these recommendations sound good!


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