What's Next?


Sarah here, with a new semi-regular feature on the blog -- where semi-regular means "when I remember to do it", of course.  I follow Hafsah of IceyBooks on Twitter and the other day, she tweeted a reminder about her What's Next? meme. I thought it was pretty genius, because since starting this whole book blogging thing I'm definitely familiar with the struggle of "so many books, not sure which to read!"  So I'm turn it over to you all to help me pick what I should be reading.  It's pretty great for someone as indecisive as me!  Here's a selection of books -- some old, some new -- that I'm trying to decide between.  Check out the summaries and comment to tell me which one you think I should bump to the top of my to-read pile!

Beautiful Lies, by Jessica Warman
Rachel and Alice are an extremely rare kind of identical twins—so identical that even their aunt and uncle, whom they’ve lived with since their parents passed away, can’t tell them apart. But the sisters are connected in a way that goes well beyond their surfaces: when one experiences pain, the other exhibits the exact same signs of distress. So when one twin mysteriously disappears, the other immediately knows something is wrong—especially when she starts experiencing serious physical traumas, despite the fact that nobody has touched her. As the search commences to find her sister, the twin left behind must rely on their intense bond to uncover the truth. But is there anyone around her she can trust, when everyone could be a suspect? And ultimately, can she even trust herself? Master storyteller Jessica Warman will keep readers guessing when everything they see—and everything they are told—suddenly becomes unreliable in this page-turning literary thriller.


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. Fiction is based on real black and white photographs. The death of grandfather Abe sends sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and explores abandoned bedrooms and hallways. The children may still live.

The Punk Ethic, by Timothy Decker

Back to music, what are songs anyway? They’re crappy little stories. And there are two kinds: the whiny confession. Which suck. And the fictional story. Which suck. All this strumming and singing is a waste. I’m tired of wasting time. I don’t want to tell anybody anything about me. That’s stupid. I don’t want to invent some story. I don’t want to be entertaining. That’s stupid.

I have to do something. Wake up, Martin. Go start something. Go!


If you want to rock, you come out swinging. Well, Martin Henry just made a fist.

Challenged by a teacher to actually “do” something, Martin walks a minefield of idiot friends, an unfathomable Dream Girl, high school, and relative pennilessness to prove that he can change the world.

The funny thing about change, it screws up everything.


Henry Franks: A Novel, by Peter Adam Salomon

A dark, psychological thriller about a boy's search for himself

Four thousand, three hundred and seventeen stitches, his father had told him once. All the King's horses and all the King's men had put Henry Franks back together again.

One year ago, a terrible accident robbed Henry Franks of his mother and his memories. The past sixteen years have vanished. All he has now are scars and a distant father—the only one who can tell Henry who he is.

If he could trust his father.

Can his nightmares—a sweet little girl calling him Daddy, murderous urges, dead bodies—help him remember?

While a serial killer stalks their small Georgia town, Henry unearths the bitter truth behind his mother’s death—and the terrifying secrets of his own dark past.

Sometimes, the only thing worse than forgetting is remembering.


8 comments:

  1. I've heard lots of great things about Peculiar Children. I've been meaning to pick it up, but there are just sooo many books out there.

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  2. I vote for Beautiful Lies. Vote on mine: http://writtenbybrittan.blogspot.com/2012/08/whats-next-5.html

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  3. Beautiful Lies...

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever
    http://booksliveforever.com/?p=3026

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  4. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - heard it's great.

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  5. I'm about to start Beautiful Lies! Maybe you should too :o) I didn't much care for Miss Peregrine. Oh well.

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  6. Beautiful Lies, I look forward to reading that one

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  7. I vote for Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

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