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 is: What was the best book you read in July?
I don’t usually do blogfests, but the topic of this was timely. I also never do book reviews, so excuse my lack of finesse. But I have to try, because the book I just finished was THAT AWESOME! (Sorry for shouting.)
The Back-story: I’m writing a summer novel so I went to the library to find a good summer read. I was going through my Goodreads list and found the library had THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan. Not a beach read (try postapocalyptic), but it was on my list, so I picked it up thinking I’d read it after whatever beach read I could find.
Then the Goodreads site went down. I didn’t really have time to go browsing through the shelves for a good beach book, so I took TFOHAT (I am lazy and that is a LONG title) to checkout and went home.
The Act of Reading: I just wanted to read a few pages before I started writing. Was not amazed by the first page, I almost put it down because I thought it didn’t sound like anything I would read. But then I turned the page, and then the next and the next.
So yeah, TFOHAT is a page turner. But more than that, it is a good page turner! I have read books before that I couldn’t put down because I wanted to know what happened, but I thought the story was so lame I resented needing to read to the end to find out the answer to my one silly question.
TFOHAT is not that book! I actually found myself savoring the pages as I read. Even though I wanted to know how it ended, I didn’t want it to end too soon. It’s been a while since a book has done that to me.
I finished TFOHAT in less than a day. I know that isn’t fast for some readers, but it’s fast for me. I love reading, but I’m lucky if I get through 3 or 4 books a month. So for me to finish this book in such a short time is kinda awesome.
What I Liked: I almost feel like I should write what I didn’t like since that list would be shorter. I hated her brother (he was abusive). But everything else about this book was so delicious! The everything else was perfect, the world building, the pacing, the characters.
So, to sum up, I loved TFOHAT! Not just the best book I read in July, the best book I’ve read so far this year.
What about you? What’s the best book you read in July (or so far this year)?