As book lovers, we tend to do a few things people don’t expect. For starters, we DO judge books by their covers. (And if you just denied that statement...you’re lying to yourself.) One of my favorite things as a bookworm is to sort my books by the color of their cover, because, let’s be real, folks, it’s super satisfying. There hasn’t been a rainbow #shelfie to cross my Instagram dash that I didn’t like. So, to coincide with that, I thought I would share some book recommendations this week in rainbow format, just in case you still need a book in that one color to even out your shelfies. (I’ve got your back.)
We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story, by: Josh Sundquist
misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places.
This memoir by Josh Sundquist is one of my all-time favorite nonfiction books. It’s a story that takes the reader through all of Josh’s awkward and embarrassing encounters with girls while growing up. It left me crying tears of laughter. What makes this book so great is how relatable it is to just about everyone. I mean, we’ve all got to admit to having those mortifying encounters with crushes in our youth. Josh’s ability to tell a story and mock his younger self adds a particular kind of charm to the whole experience. If you are looking for a nonfiction book with a YA contemporary tone, you have come to the right place with this one.
Ready Player One, by: Ernest Cline
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I LOVE young adult books centered around video gaming and digital realities. This book is no exception to that rule. Full of humor, action, and references to 1980’s pop culture, it has something to appeal to almost everyone. Wade Watts is our gamer and the main character in the story, who goes on an adventure through the virtual reality in his world, called the OASIS, to figure out the puzzle hidden within it. Based all around the creator’s love of the 80’s (both the OASIS inventor and Ernest Cline), it provides layer upon layer of elements from pop culture to romance, and it’s one of my all-time favorites.
Gregory and the Grimbockle, by: Melanie Schubert
Gregory and the Grimbockle is a fantastic middle-grade book. If you've ever read The BFG by Roald Dahl and enjoyed it, you're sure to love this book just as much. Even though it’s geared towards a younger audience, the story discusses the topic of relationships between family members and friends. Be sure to check out my full review if you would like to know more.
Windfall, by: Jennifer E. Smith
ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.
As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.
We’ve all had that same thought: “What would you do if you won the library?” This YA contemporary explores that idea when Alice buys her best friend Teddy a lottery ticket for his eighteenth birthday, and he wins. Most people considering winning a dream, but this story explores the mess that it can make between people, and how money can affect the relationships between them, no matter how close they are.
The Chaos of Standing Still, by: Jessica Brody
When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.
Ryn can’t move on.
But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.
For some people, getting snowed in at an airport isn’t ideal. For Ryn, it’s a nightmare. This book takes place one year after she loses her best friend in a car accident. Not to mention, it’s New Year’s Eve, and the airport is in chaos. (See what I did there?) Set over the course of one night with some interwoven flashbacks, this story explores the issues dealing with PTSD and what it’s like to grieve and move on. Although the plot idea is a deep one, this book still has plenty of witty banter and amusing cameos. Who knew so much could happen and people could grow so much in one night?
Foolish Hearts, by: Emma Mills
As a reader who also considers herself a theatre nerd, this book was a welcome surprise in my December Uppercase Box. Being a high school girl and experiencing a lot of the same situations with friendships and play production, I found this book very relatable. (And even if you aren’t big into drama, this book is still an excellent read.) This story explored character development that was incredible and made me rethink how friendships and relationships in high school work. It also gets bonus points for having an adorable LGBT feature.
Warcross, by: Marie Lu
creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
Surprise, surprise, it’s another virtual reality book. (#noshame) Marie Lu is such a fabulous writer, and to combine her queenliness with a world type that I love is a recipe for success. Add in a tough female heroine who doesn’t take crap from anyone, and you’re looking at one of my all-time favorite books. If you’re looking for a smart, action-packed dystopian novel, you have come to the right place with this one. This book not only has the qualities of a great dystopia, but it also takes those elements and combines them with some wit and romance as well. Click to read my full review of a rant post about how good this book was.
Do you have any colorful books that need to be read ASAP? Let me know in the comments!
Your color-oriented reader,
She said it out loud, the words distributed into a room that was full of cold air and books. Books everywhere! Each wall was armed with overcrowded yet immaculate shelving. It was barely possible to see paintwork. There were all different styles and sizes of lettering on the spines of the black, the red, the gray, the every-colored books. It was one of the most beautiful things Liesel Meminger had ever seen.
— Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.