Friday, July 1, 2011

Help My Sister Find a Good Book to Read

Check out that rockin' teddy bear T-shirt. Plus, I'm a drooly mess. Hello, 1985! 

My big sister came to town last night. The first thing she said to me was: "Look, I read three books you recommended on your blog, and I didn't enjoy them."

WHAT! Apparently her complaints about them include "accidents involving kittens" and "not being about grown-ups."

So I asked her, "What kind of book DO you like?" Her response: "Twilight and Pride & Prejudice and Around the World in 80 Days. Maybe Jane Eyre but I don't really remember what that's about."

Okay, so who knows about Around the World in 80 Days, and honestly I don't remember what Jane Eyre is about either except the creepo in the attic. So the most I can see in common is this theme: "Dudes who don't really like the chicks and act like douches but secretly do like them."

The Sister: "Yeah, but they don't act like douches. They're just kind of cold. Until they realize..."

Okay, so The Sister likes cold dudes who become enlightened.

The Sister: "YEAH! I DO LIKE THAT!"

Anyone have recommendations for her? She's here all weekend and will buy anything on her Kindle on a whim if you tell her to. Please leave a note in the comments.

So far I have given her Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols and Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. I tried to get her to branch out, but this is how that went:

Me: Well, how do you feel about fairies?
Her: (Cold stare and eye roll)
Me: Okay then, are you open to werewolves?
Her: I am closed to werewolves.


Anna Reads young adult book blog

PS: The Sister would like to clarify: "You know what I don't like about this blog post? How it suggest I'm a big, giant Twilight fan. Not that I didn't enjoy them, actually. But I did like Jacob's hot bod. But like, literally, how he's not cold like marble. Does this make me sound crazy?"


  1. Haha! Well, I'm totally with her on Pride and Prejudice, it's one of my favourite books ever.

    As for recommendations, well, JANE by April Lindner is a modern retelling of Jane Eyre, where Mr. Rochester is a rock star! How much more aloof and alluring could you get?

  2. Has she read any of the other Austen novels? They are all great. If she likes Jane Eyre or other gothic-inspired type stuff, then maybe The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. For something along the lines of Jules Verne, she could try The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma. As far as cold dudes who become enlightened, maybe The DUFF?

  3. I'm closed to werewolves too :) vampire girl heart here.

    The first book that came to mind that might fit and that I read recently was Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt. And definitely Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles unless she already attempted that from your blog.

    It's kinda fun being a psuedo-librarian, it reminds me why I like reading: sharing :)

  4. "..dudes who become enlightened"

    After reading that I immediately thought of one of my favorite books so far this year..One Day by David Nicholls. I read it in a afternoon, really really good.

  5. ahhhhh the beautuche? (beautiful douche)......I would like to say the mortal instruments series, because i read that when i wasn't really sure about the genre and I LOVED it. Maybe she'd like John Green? specifically Paper Towns.

    OH MY GOSH!!! Okay, so this is an adult book recommendation and i've been trying to push these books on anyone who will listen to me. ALSO YOU JUST GAVE ME MY IDEA FOR MY POST TODAY. .........The Ivy league books by Diana Peterfreund. They are about a secret society at an Ivy league college and they are fabulous! It's a four book series and they get better and better!

  6. She should try a historic romance novel then,they are adult books but the beautiful douche is a common theme there:)The only one that comes to mind right at this moment is The devil in winter by Lisa Kleypas

  7. If she likes dudes who are douches to their love interests, she should have a field day with YA romance.
    Fallen by Lauren Kate.
    Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
    The House of Night series. (Actually the guys in this pretty much suck but she might like Stark introduced later on. All the tween girls love him.)
    Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
    Evermore by Alyson Noel
    And of course, the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.

    PS, don't tell her, but I just looked up the Snark Squad's shittiest books list to find these recommendations LMAO (except TMI)!

  8. It's an older book but one that immediately came to mind after reading about the books your sister likes is A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux.

    Would second the House of Night series but if she's looking for something LESS YA-centric than Zoey's internal ramblings might be a turn off after a bit.

    Did your sister try and hate the Vampire Academy series? I found those to be a good mix of angst and hotness!

    Also steamy and more towards adult characters with that vamp-vibe of a bit aloof but changed by the woman style of male leads are the Carpathian novels by Christine Feehan. Series starts with "Dark Prince". Sultry and very popular!

  9. LOL @ your sister. You two sound like a hoot.

    Okay, how about...

    Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
    The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
    The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
    Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
    Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

    Now the only downside is that these are all very much not about adults... But that's kind of the point of YA fiction! :P

  10. I agree with the person who said One Day by David Nicholls, as long as your sister doesn't require a super happy happy ending.

  11. Ohhh Anna's sister. You are too funny. I would suggest Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready. I think it's got more of an "older" vibe going on. Plus it's seriously hot.

  12. How does she feel about mermaids? Forgive my Fins by Terra Lynn Childs.
    Or other Jane Austin books, Emma? or Sense and Sensibility? Or maybe Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

  13. how about hunger games? and def TMI! good luck, anna's sister!

  14. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. If she likes Jane Eyre, there in no colder motherfer of man than Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. Is he likes some adult sluttiness with her paranormal, look no further than the aloof, yet accessible men of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by JR Ward. Saving Francesca or The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta. Hope this helps!

  15. Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery (about real live adults, not a fairy in sight)
    Any Georgette Heyer (I would start with Devil's Cub - a very swoony douche)

  16. Vampire Academy? if she loved Twilight, then she will love Vampire Academy also :) Dimitri is hot like a god and he's cold until he become enlightened. :D

  17. The Host by Stephanie Meyer, she'll hate the summary on the back of the book. But trust me, read it anyway it's got lots of the type of love she wants and the sci-fi aspect isn't as weird as she'll be expecting.

    Oh, and I second One Day...who ever said it. It's adult and takes the guy awhile to warm up...but when he does, sigh, lots of good stuff.

  18. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour might be good. He's not a douche but is totally distant. Before I Fall of Anna & the French Kiss might be too close to true romance and lighter on the fated lovers theme but still good reads. She's So Dead to Us has good angst and relationship push/pull. Sean Griswold's Head was a great read and Murdoch's Dairy Queen series has a kinda asshole jock as the main love interest.

  19. You're sister sounds awesome. I agree with your suggestion of Sloppy Firsts. I read it recently and LOVED it. My other suggestions are

    City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
    Evermore by Alyson Noel
    Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
    Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

  20. How does she feel about angels? Sharon Shinn's Archangel came to mind - pretty sure it's adult, and the guy has kind of a superiority complex at the beginning, but he softens as it goes along.

  21. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier! It has history and a douchy-but-not guy character, with time travel thrown in for fun. Plus the cover is absolutely gorgeous!

  22. The two books I heard about here that I love and that have been loved by everyone I suggested them to are Divergent and The Sky is Everywhere.

  23. Do you think your sister would like Where She Went by Gayle Forman? Adam complains and acts like a douche until he becomes enlightened later in the book. Adam and Mia are 21+ and independently in NYC, so the book has a slightly older vibe. If she likes Adam and Mia enough, then she can go back and read If I Stay. (As for the beautiful part of beautuche, Adam doesn't detail his own appearance in Where She Went, but Mia somewhat describes his swoony looks in If I Stay.)

  24. This is a great question! Let's see...

    "Emma", by Jane Austin is a great read. Though I guess the guy's not a douche...Emma kinda is though!

    "The Mortal Instruments" is a great series. Jace definitely has the bad-boy-in-need-of-a-spanking thing going on.

    "The Host" is amazing! I have listened to the audiobook three times and read the book once. I prefer the audio version as it makes the interaction between Wanda and Melanie clearer.

    "Gone With the Wind" - my mum fell pregnant with me and my brother the two times she read this. :P What more can I say?!

    "The Southern Vampire Mysteries", or "True Blood" if y'all prefer. Eric is a dangerous douche, but OH. SO. HOT.

    "Personal Demons" - Luc. Drool.

    "Howl's Moving Castle" - Howl's an ass but you still want him and Sophie to realise their love.

    No doubt I'll think of a bazillion more :P

    Great post!

  25. Anything (and everything) by Sarah Addison Allen. Her books involve grown-ups and at least two of them ("The Girl Who Chased the Moon" / "The Peach Keeper") involve distant guys.

    Or "Jellicoe Road" by Melina Marchetta. Definitely.

  26. Anna and the French Kiss! I'm telling you. Best damn book with a guy as a douche but still really hot and the sexual tension was just crackling.

    Oh, got caught up there for a second. New follower btw. but yeah. Anna and the French Kiss should do it. Especially if she wants an adult feel.

    ♥ Trish
    Just a YA Girl

  27. Birth Marked or Hex Hall...?

  28. Some "grown-upish" books I've loved-

    The Birthhouse by Ami Mckay (loved)
    The Secret History by Donna Tartt

  29. OHMIGOD! The Secret History, by Donna Tartt is UH-mazing!

  30. lol @ "i am closed to werewolves"

    keep us posted with what she decides!

  31. Okay, for cold hero's, she definitely needs to read Karen Marie Moning's Fever series. You can't get any colder than Barrons! But he is so absolutely sexy that you can look past all that.

    My other recommendation is Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Bones is, well, freakin' hot. These are both adult series, and the smexin' isn't too bad!

  32. Hehehe, I really laughed reading this post. :) I could really vividly picture this conversation! I love Pride & Prejudice, but I found Around the World in 80 Days boring. Maybe if I would read it when I was a teenager, it would be different. My mum read it as a child and ever since she is re-reading it every couple of years.

    I hope I am not too presumptuous if I suggest your sister to read the book I have written: The Curse of the LeRoys. There are no werewolves and no fairies involved. There is a curse, though. And Liam. I like Liam a lot. :) He is cute and charming. He is no Mr. Darcy, but that is a good thing. He has no snobbishness to overcome. :-P There is a lot of beautiful Welsh countryside. A lot of researching and discovering family secrets. A few scary moments, but not too scary. You can learn more about the story here: . For now it is only available for Kindle users, but who knows what will the future bring ... And if you would be interested in reviewing the book, let me know and I will send you a free copy in exchange for honest review.

  33. On The Jellicoe Road- Melina Marchetta!


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