YA literature

Best Summer Books / Beach Reads / Young Adult Novels 2014: Recommendations

Underdog Literature May 2014
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Here are 17 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention…

Young Adult. dystopias. middle grade fiction. beach reads.

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01: PAUL ACAMPORA, „I Kill The Mockingbird“, 176 pages, May 2014. [Middle Grade]

I Kill the Mockingbird

02: E. LOCKHART, „We were Liars“, 240 pages, May 2014.

We Were Liars

03: MARIKO TAMAKI, „This one Summer“, 320 pages, May 2014. [YA Graphic Novel]

This One Summer

04: JASON REYNOLDS, „When I was the Greatest“, 240 pages, January 2014.

When I Was the Greatest

05: N.D. Wilson, „Boys of Blur“, 208 pages, January 2014. [Middle Grade Fantasy]

Boys of Blur

06: NON PRATT, „Trouble“, 384 pages, February 2014.

Trouble

07: KATE RACCULIA, „Bellweather Rhapsody“, 340 pages, January 2014. [YA Mystery]

Bellweather Rhapsody

08: LAURA MARX FITZGERALD, „Under the Egg“, 247 pages, March 2014. [Middle Grade]

Under the Egg

09: MELISSA KANTOR, „Maybe One Day“, 384 pages, February 2014.

Maybe One Day

10: EMERY LORD, „Open Road Summer“, 342 pages, April 2014.

Open Road Summer

11: ANNIE CARDI, „The Chance you won’t return“, 352 pages, April 2014.

The Chance You Won't Return

12: ROBERT DINSDALE, „Gingerbread“, 421 pages, February 2014.

Gingerbread

13: SARAH BETH DURST, „The Lost“, 352 pages, May 2014. [Dystopian YA, Book 1 of 3]

The Lost (The Lost, #1)

14: MATT HAIG, „Echo Boy“, 400 pages, February 2014. [Dystopian YA]

Echo Boy

15: MIKE CAREY, „The Girl with all the Gifts“, 416 pages, January 2014. [Dystopian YA]

The Girl with All the Gifts

16: CHARLES SWIFT, „The Newman Resident“, 337 pages, 2014. [Dystopian YA]

The Newman Resident

17: CLAIRE NORTH (Catherine Webb), „The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August“, 416 pages, January 2014.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

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More? Here are three new YA books that feature disabled main characters:

01: KIMBERLY ELKINS, „What is visible“, 320 pages, June 2014.

What Is Visible: A Novel

02: GAIL GILES, „Girls Like Us“, 224 pages, May 2014.

Girls Like Us

03: CAMMIE McGOVERN, „Say what you will“, 352 pages, March 2014.

Say What You Will

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Underdog Literature, March 2012: 15 fresh or overlooked, off-the-wall titles

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Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention:

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01: CLAIRE BIDWELL SMITH, „The Rules of Inheritance“, 298 pages, 2012.C

02: ISMET PRCIC, „Shards“, 400 pages, 2011.

03: JEFF MARTIN, „The late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books“, 165 pages, 2011.

04: GUY DELISLE, „Jerusalem“, 334 pages, 2011. [Graphic Novel; nonfiction]

05: LIZ MOORE, „Heft“, 352 pages, 2012.

06: EOWYN IVEY, „The Snow Child“, 389 pages, 2011.

07: AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL, „Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life“, 240 pages, 2005.

08: ERIC WALTERS, „Safe as Houses“, 160 pages, 2007. [Young Adult]

09: SHARON M. DRAPER, „Out of my Mind“, 295 pages, 2010. [Young Adult]

10: RYAN KNIGHTON, „C’mon Papa: Dispatches from a Dad in the Dark“, 272 pages, 2010. [Memoir]

11: ALISON BECHDEL, „Are you my Mother?“, 224 pages, 2012. [Graphic Novel / Memoir]

12: HAVEN KIMMEL, „She got off the Couch; and other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana“, 320 pages, 2005. [Humor]

13: JULIE ANNE PETERS, „Between Mom and Jo“, 240 pages, 2007. [Young Adult]

14: MILLEN BRAND, „The Outward Room“, 240 pages, 1937.

15: STEPHANIE COONTZ, „The Way we never were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap“, 432 pages, 1992.

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Here are five books that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: WOLFGANG HERRNDORF, „Tschick“, 253 pages, 2010 [Young Adult, German].

02: SARAH OCKLER, „Twenty Boy Summer“, 290 pages, 2009 [Young Adult].

03: PATRICK DeWITT, „The Sisters Brothers“, 352 pages, 2011.

04: ROHINTON MISTRY, „A Fine Balance“, 603 pages, 1995.

05: REBECCA SKLOOT, „The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks“, 370 pages, 2010.

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…and finally, here are three books that I read – and that were really good:

1: 5 of 5 stars: STEWART O’NAN, „The Odds“, 179 pages, 2012.

2: 4 of 5 stars: BRIAN FRANCIS, „Natural Order“, 384 pages, 2011.

3: 4 of 5 stars: OCTAVIA E. BUTLER, „Kindred“, 288 pages, 1983.

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Underdog Literature, January 2012: 15 fresh or amazing, off-the-wall titles

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Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention:

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01: MATTHEW NORMAN, ‚Domestic Violets‘, 352 pages, 2011.

02: PIERS BRENDON, „The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s“, 848 pages, 2000. [History]

03: JEANETTE WINTERSON, „Why be happy when you could be normal?“, 256 pages, 2011. [Memoir]

04: JORDAN ROSENFELD, „Make a Scene: Crafting a powerful Story one Scene at a Time“, 272 pages, 2007. [Creative Writing]

05: CAROLE MASO, „The Art Lover“, 176 pages, 1990.

06: JANE GARDAM, „Old Filth“, 289 pages, 2004.

07: BRIAN FARREY, ‚With or without you‘, 368 pages, 2011. [Young Adult]

08: ANDREW SMITH, ‚Stick‘, 292 pages, 2011. [Young Adult]

09: SUZETTE MAYR, ‚Monoceros‘, 280 pages, 2011.

10: ALEXANDER MAKSIK, „You deserve nothing“, 323 pages, 2011.

11: CAROLINE PRESTON, „The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt“, 240 pages, 2011.

12: ANNA FUNDER, „All that I am“, 370 pages, 2011.

13: MICHAEL LESY, „Wisconsin Death Trip“, 261 pages, 1973. [Art / Photography.]

14: ALAN FLETCHER, „The Art of Looking Sideways“, 534 pages, 2001. [Art / Design / Neurology / Cultural Studies.]

15: EDEN ROBINSON, „Monkey Beach“, 384 pages, 1999.

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Here are five books that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: MARILYN FRENCH, „The Women’s Room“, 544 pages, 1977.

02: HANS FALLADA, „Wer einmal aus dem Blechnapf frißt“, [German pre-WW2 classic], 584 pages, 1934.

03: TUCKER SHAW, „Everything I ate: A Year in the History of my Mouth“, 496 pages, 2005.

04: NAOMI KLEIN, „The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism“, 588 pages, 2007.

05: DOUGLAS KENNEDY, „The Pursuit of Happiness“, 656 pages, 2001.

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…and finally, here are three books that I read – and that were really good:

1: 4 of 5 stars: W.G. SEBALD, „Die Ausgewanderten“ [US: „The Emigrants“], 354 pages, 1996.

2: 4 of 5 stars: JERRY SPINELLI, „Milkweed“, YA Holocaust Novel, 208 pages, 2003.

3: 4 of 5 stars: ELIZABETH McCRACKEN, „An exact Replica of a Figment of my Imagination“, Memoir, 192 pages, 2008.

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Underdog Literature: 15 fresh or notable, off-the-wall titles

Here are 15 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention:

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01: EDAN LEPUCKI, ‚If you’re not yet like me‘, 102 pages, 2010

02: VANESSA VESELKA, ‚Zazen‘, 256 pages, 2011

03: A.S. KING, ‚Please ignore Vera Dietz‘, 336 pages, 2010 [YA Lit]

04: BEN TANZER, ‚Most likely you’ll go your way and I’ll go mine‘, 180 pages, 2008

05: BEN TANZER, ‚You can make him like you‘, 222 pages, 2011

06: JERRY MANDER, ‚Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television‘, 376 pages, 1978 [Essay]

07: CHRISTIE HODGEN, ‚Elegies for the Brokenhearted‘, 256 pages, 2010

08: MEGHAN O’ROURKE, ‚The Long Goodbye‘, 320 pages, 2011

09: ADAM LEVIN, ‚The Instructions‘, 1030 pages, 2010

10: PHILIP HENSHER, ‚King of the Badgers‘, 300 pages, 2011

11: COLIN MELOY [Singer of ‚The Decemberists‘], ‚Wildwood‘, 560 pages, 2011 [Kid’s Book/Genre]

12: JULIA WERTZ, ‚Drinking at the Movies‘, 192 pages, 2010 [Graphic Novel]

13: GRANT MORRISON, ‚Supergods‘, 431 pages, 2011 [Literary Theory of Super-Hero Graphic Novels]

14: MARTIN BÜSSER, ‚Der Junge von nebenan‘, 100 pages, 2009 [German Graphic Novel]

15: RICARDA JUNGE, ‚Die komische Frau‘, 188 pages, 2010 [German]

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Here are five books that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: ANTHONY POWELL, ‚A Dance to the Music of Time‘, 732 pages, 1951 [more here]

02: DOROTHEE ELMIGER, ‚Einladung an die Waghalsigen‘, 140 pages, 2010 [German]

03: MARIANA LEKY, ‚Die Herrenausstatterin‘, 208 pages, 2010 [German, Hildesheim Author]

04: JUDITH ZANDER, ‚Dinge, die wir heute sagten‘, 480 pages, 2010 [German, recommended by Sabrina Janesch]

05: SUSAN J. DOUGLAS, ‚Where the Girls are: Growing up female with the Mass Media‘, 349 pages, 1994 [Essay]

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…and finally, here are three books that I read – and that were really good:

5 of 5 stars: GABRIEL BÁ, FABIO MOON, ‚Daytripper‘, 256 pages, 2011 [Graphic Novel]

4 of 5 stars: JOSH KILMER-PURCELL, ‚The Bucolic Plague‘, 304 pages, 2010 [Memoir]

4 of 5 stars: BRENDA UELAND: ‚If you want to write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit‘, 179 pages, 1938 [Essay]

What have you read? What made you curious? Recommendations?

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