November 7, 2012

RTW: October's Awesome Reads

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 was the best book you read in October?

 
As is often the case, I can't just pick one. October had some seriously good reads in it, and I would recommend all of the above. All three titles are linked to their Goodreads synopsis.

The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater
Engaging characters, rich atmosphere, compelling story. The first in a quartet, and I will definitely be picking up Book 2 as soon as it's out. (That is if our near-monopoly book chain Indigo/Chapters/Coles actually has it on release day. They didn't have Laini Taylor's Days of Blood & Starlight yesterday unless you lived in Toronto or other major cities in Ontario. Seriously?!)

The Sky Is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
A quick but beautiful read dealing with the loss of a loved one and how those left behind cope and begin to move on. It also has a pretty swoonworthy romance with a really sweet boy. One of my favourite features was the bits of poetry scattered throughout at the beginning of each chapter. This book took something that has been done before and put a new spin on it. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo
Ever since picking up Kristin Cashore's Graceling and Fire, I've been into fantasy again. I also really enjoyed Rae Carson's The Girl of Fire and Thorns. This is another great fantasy which is totally accessible to those who aren't bonkers over fantasy. The world-building was fantastic and reminiscent of Russian folk tales, which is probably one of the things I loved most about it. It lent a truly magical quality to the book. The characters were engaging, especially the many types of relationships between those characters. This was a great start to a series that I will definitely be following.

How about you? What was your favourite October read?

44 comments:

  1. I read The Raven Boys this month too and loved it. I'm still waiting for Shadow and Bone from my library.

    The book I loved the most this month was Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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    1. THE RAVEN BOYS was such a good book, and I can't wait for Book 2. As for SHADOW AND BONE, it's well worth the wait. :) I haven't read OBSIDIAN or anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout, actually. Probably should. :)

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  2. I read The Scorpio Races from Maggie Stiefvater and thought it was too slow for me, so, though I like the blurb of The Raven Boys, I'm a little worried it'll also be a little too slow for my taste ...
    Oh, Shadow and Bone - it was my pick last month. Definetely one of the best reads of the year.
    Speaking of fantasy, I think you may like Throne of Glass too!

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    1. THE RAVEN BOYS isn't fast-paced, but the characters and the atmosphere are just so good that you want to keep on reading. As for SCORPIO RACES, I still haven't finished it yet. I probably will sometime this month, I think. It's funny that you mention THRONE OF GLASS, because it's sitting on my shelf. Must get to it soon! :)

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  3. Looks like a great reading month! I haven't had the chance to read any of those, but they're definitely all high on my list.

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    1. It was a good month for reading. THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE is definitely the quickest read of them all, but the other two are pretty great too. :)

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  4. THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE is one of my all-time favorites. I love that book. So glad you enjoyed it! Looks like October was a quality reading month for you!

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    1. It was a really good month for reading. Here's hoping November is just as good! :)

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  5. I haven't read 'The Raven Boys' yet, but I am so looking forward to it. I love Stiefvater's writing.

    And, of course, I loved 'Smoke and Bone'. Ah, it was soooo gooooood. I've been trying not to gush when I explain the book to other people, but it's hard not to.

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    1. THE RAVEN BOYS was great, and you're right, Stiefvater's writing is amazing. As for SHADOW AND BONE, I can't wait for Book 2. :)

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  6. I fancy trying out The Raven Boys. I wasn't so keen on Shiver but this series sounds interesting. :)

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    1. I have SHIVER, but still haven't read it. I guess I probably should. :) THE RAVEN BOYS wasn't fast-paced, but the characters and atmosphere make it well worth the read.

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  7. I LOVED The Raven Boys and where the Sky is a beautiful beautiful book. I have yet to read SHADOW AND BONE...guess with everyone chatting about it I'll have to pick it up some day soon

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    1. You should definitely read SHADOW AND BONE. It's one of those fantasy books that doesn't feel super heavy. I thoroughly enjoyed it. :)

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  8. While I haven't read SMOKE AND BONE yet, THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE is one of my favorite contemporaries, and I thought THE RAVEN BOYS was fantastic (as you well know!). Great picks as usual, Jaime!

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    1. You enjoyed GRACELING, so I imagine you'd like SHADOW AND BONE. I think I'll be due for some more good contemporary soon. I'm currently reading books set around WWII, so I'll need something a little lighter, I'm thinking. :)

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  9. I need to read some Maggie Stiefvater, and I probably say that every month since one of her books invariably ends up on somebody's list! I thought GRACELING was okay, but I wasn't blown away by it. I do want to read SHADOW AND BONE, though. It's definitely on my TBR, and will probably be on my winter reading list.

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    1. She's just such an excellent writer, and so good at crafting great characters and atmosphere. As for SHADOW AND BONE, none of the aspects of GRACELING that you weren't crazy about are in it (I read your review). It's a really good read and the Eastern European influences were especially great. :)

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  10. I am just now reading Maggie Stiefvater's first trilogy, The Wolves of Mercy Falls (Shiver, Linger, and Forever) for some reason. But I like her style, and I plan to read The Raven Boys in the future. Shadow and Bone was a great read, one of my faves of the year! I too liked Kristen Cashore's Graceling Realm trilogy, though I like Bitterblue the best. It was the most emotional read. I like emotional.

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    1. I still need to read THE WOLVES OF MERCY FALLS trilogy. I have the first two, but I've been slow to pick them up and read them. I love her style too. As for Kristin Cashore's books, I liked BITTERBLUE the least of the trilogy. To each his/her own, I guess. :)

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  11. Loved THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE also. Raven Boys is on my TBListenedTo pile...and I'm still hoping an audio version of SHADOW AND BONE shows up somewhere (meaning my library or Audible).

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    1. You have some good books to listen to when they become available--RAVEN BOYS and SHADOW AND BONE are both well worth the wait, in my opinion. :)

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  12. Oh Im such a huge fan of Shadow and Bone! *claps hands together* I just love seeing that book in favorite reads posts! I also really enjoyed the Raven boys. I haven't read the Sky is Everywhere yet, but I've heard great things! :-D

    http://wordsareinnermusic.blogspot.com/2012/11/road-trip-wednesday-best-book-of-october.html

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    1. Everything about SHADOW AND BONE was great. I loved the way the book itself looked on every page--so many neat little details. :)

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  13. Ooh, great month! The only one I haven't read is THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE but so many people have loved it that it's been close to the top of my list for a while now.

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    1. I think you'll like THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE. It's a nice quick read and thoroughly enjoyable. :)

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  14. Looks like we have similar tastes in books. I'm reading The Raven Boys right now, and I love it! I have the other two on my list and hope to get to them soon. Happy reading!

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    1. There's so much to love about THE RAVEN BOYS, namely the Raven Boys themselves. :) The other two are both such great reads too.

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  15. Haven't read the other two--I'm sort of hoping I can hold out on SHADOW until the series is fully written. It's just so much more fun to get lost in a series like that when all the books are out!

    I loved THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE, too. Nelson's writing is so gorgeous and for some reason, the description of the lion-face boy has stuck with me. Love it.

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    1. I think sometime waiting for a whole series to be finished is a great idea. There's just SO much time between releases it's hard to remember what happened in the last book. I read GRACELING and FIRE by Kristin Cashore just before BITTERBLUE came out (although, I had an ARC) and that was a great way to read a series. :)

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  16. Wow, Raven Boys and The Sky is Everywhere are some of my favorite books ever! What a great reading month you've had. :)

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    1. They were both so good and probably rank pretty high on my list of favourites too. :)

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  17. If Chapters/Indigo doesn't sell the sequel to The Raven Boys on its proper release day you and I are going to protest with picket signs and bullhorns and the whole bit, okay?

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    1. Agreed. And then we're promptly going to hop a plane/bus/whatever to Minot or some other US border town and get our hands on a copy there. Living in Canada sucks only sometimes. This is one of those times.

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  18. Shadow and Bone is one of my favorite reads from this year! And I haven't gotten to read The Raven Boys yet because the wait to get it from my library is so long :(

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    1. SHADOW AND BONE and THE RAVEN BOYS will both probably be on my list of favourite 2012 reads for sure. Both were such good books, and I'm eagerly awaiting their sequels...impatiently. I hope that library line suddenly becomes much shorter so that you can get your hands on THE RAVEN BOYS! :)

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  19. I finally read The Raven Boys and I LOVED it. And Shadow and Bone is glorious, too. I didn't realize The Raven Boys was a four-part series. I was planning to look into that, and now I'm super excited.

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    1. It was really good, wasn't it? Maggie Stiefvater is one of those authors I stand in awe of. I'm pretty excited that there will be three more in this series, though that does work out to A LOT of impatient waiting. :)

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  20. I have THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE sitting on my shelf and I can't wait to read it! I've heard only good things :)

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    1. It's a quick and easy read, but well worth it. :)

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  21. Ah, I can't wait to read the Raven Boys! I loved the Sky is Everywhere, and Shadow and Bone is on my TBR list too. I hear the world building is fantastic.

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    1. THE RAVEN BOYS is fantastic! Maggie Stiefvater just amazes me. SHADOW AND BONE is another great beginning to a series I'll definitely be following. The world-building is so, so good! :)

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  23. I've read The Sky is Everywhere and I did enjoy it but found it maybe a little simple.... Shadow and Bone and The Raven Boys are both on my MUST READ ASAP list and I'm looking forward to it!

    I totally wrote out this comment on Wednesday and then didn't press publish. Super fail :(

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