Monday, February 25, 2013

You Should Be Reading ~Giveaway

Two of my friends, Jolene Perry and Steph Campbell have both done posts recently about books you should be reading. Never one to pass up a chance to talk about BOOKS I thought I'd post about some of my all time favorite reads too. These are books I think everyone should read. Books that I fell in love with for one reason or another.



The Disenchantments--This book pulled me out of a recent reading slump. I loved Colby. I think the voice was authentic. Really liked the friendship between the characters and it was just an all around special read. I love books that have a group of friends who are really close. Who are always there for each other and though none of the characters here are perfect and mistakes are made, they're an awesome group of friends.


Don't Let Me Go--This is more of a NA than YA. It's an awesome, LGBT book. Again this is a story with flawed, imperfect characters that I am so fond of. And I really loved the boys romance.

Flash Burnout--This book is a little different, but I loved it. Awesome boy POV. It's authentic. In a way, a little younger, POV in my opinion, but I really liked it. Loved the voice.

Freefall--Holy smokes, batman. I love this book. Another awesome, authentic male POV. You'll notice that's a pattern with me. LOL. Well done male POV always stands out to me, because I struggle to find it.

Graffiti Moon--Some of the most beautiful language I have ever read. I'm a lover of words and beautiful language and Cath Crowley does it really, REALLY well. I can't even put into words how beautiful some of the passages in this book are. And it's alternation POV which I love.

Harmonic Feedback--Justin is one of my favorite contemporary YA book boys. Plus, Tara Kelly can just write. Awesome book. This book really made me think. Who decides what normal is, anyway?

Saving June--Authentic voice and Jake. Yeah, I said it. LOL.

Something Like Normal--Travis...oh Travis. He is real. He is flawed. He is pained. I love those things about him. A lot of the time, characters seem to have a book that tells them the right thing to do. Or their mistakes don't feel real. Travis's did. And again, awesome male POV.

I Know it's Over--THIS is authentic male POV. This is an awesome book. It put CK Kelly Martin on my list of favorite authors. Great, great, book.

Split--Awesome book about a relationship between two brothers. Authentic male POV and also this book does NOT sugarcoat abuse and the affects it has on children. It's not always pretty. This book is raw and honest.

Sea--It's been a long time since I read this book, but I still think about it often. It's unique. It's not predictable and it's real.

Twenty Boy Summer--Another book where I wish I could soak myself in the words. Where I can listen to the language all day long. Sarah is one of my "words heroes".

So, there's my list of MUST READS. And because I love these books so much, I'm going to give one away. One lucky commenter will win their choice of an ebook or print book of one of the books above. I'll draw a winner on Friday March 1. Make sure you leave your email address in the comments. Print book option for US residents only (sorry!!), but if you choose ebook, international as long as you can accepted gifted books from Amazon or Barnes and Noble for your ereader.




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50 comments:

  1. Love the giveaway.....can't believe I haven't read any of these but I will def be adding to my TBR list. bmurphy_lucky@yahoo.com

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  2. Nyrae you are the best! I would say too bad your books arent on the list but I have them all already anyway. :)

    Palmtree29@ctc.net

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  3. Oooh, I haven't read any of these books! Thanks for the giveaway chance! mveeyore_luver@yahoo.com

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  4. Love giveaways :) Bluffer5403@aol.com

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  5. I've heard great things about Graffiti Moon and if YOU recommend books, I'm sold on them! You are an expert on writing Male POV as well and they are so hard to find. I'm putting these on myvTBR list. Thanks for the great recommendations and the giveaway.(I need something great while waiting for Facade! Lol;)

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  6. I haven't read any of the books on the list. Thank you for introducing them!
    alyssaxchen14 AT gmail DOT com

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  7. Freefall... because you said HOLY SMOKES BATMAN, It must be worth the pick :-)

    hull_jessica@hotmail.com

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  8. Whoops! I forgot to leavevmy email address!
    javalotta@yahoo.com

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  9. Great giveaway! Thanks:) torres911@att.net

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  10. awesome giveaway. THANK YOU for the chance
    shelshkr@optonline.net

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  11. I just got Graffiti Moon for my birthday and can't wait to read it!
    Sara22185@msn.com

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  12. Ahhhh, I loved Something Like Normal! Travis is pretty twisted and complicated, but I really liked him. And I really liked Harper. That book is awesome!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! You ROCK :D

    lilleetleet AT verizon DOT net

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  13. Can't believe I haven't read one book on your list. Ive heard you talk about Graffiti Moon before and thought I had it downloaded but don't :/

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    1. lol Kim hahaha dont feel too bad I am in the same boat although I do have Graffiti Moon and Something Like Normal waiting to read

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  14. Mrsmommybooknerdsbookreviews at gmail dot com
    Thanks for the giveaway! I don't know which I would choose, so many great choices!

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  15. Saving June is in my tr list!! Thanks. Susanauribers@hotmail.com

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  17. I love your list of To read books what an awesome drawing :) Thanks!!

    casshake@gmail.com

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  18. Awesome giveaway! I love that Travis from Something Like Normal made this list! He is a favorite of mine and actually made me fall in love with male POV!

    kaciboutwell@gmail.com

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  19. Um, how about one of YOUR books? ;)

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  20. Haven't read any yet, would live to!

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  21. I, too, have not read any if these! What a treat!!!!!!

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  22. I, too, have not read any if these! What a treat!!!!!!

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  23. I've read 2 of the ones you mentioned and yes great books! im also partial to the guy POV and I gotta say Ms. Dawn , I havent read any that compare you yours! whether its cocky guys like Sebastian (love him!) , bad boys like colt (*swoon) or sweethearts like Tegan (*sigh*) you sure know how to get inside a guys head and you write them like no can!

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  24. Great giveaway! I would love any! I gravitated toward The Disenchantments and Twenty Boy Summer, but I think all sound wonderful! Thanks for the chance!

    Dawnbushemail@yahoo.com

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  25. I haven't read any of these but they look great!

    Debra.diaz@yahoo.com

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  26. Thanks for the giveaway! That is an awesome list of books!

    mamamoss08@hotmail.com

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  27. 3rd time is a charm on leaving a message. LOL. I love a lot of these books. I've wanted to read The Disenchantments and Graffiti Moon for a while. The rest sound good too. Great giveaway.

    mjlnmorris@gmail.com

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  28. LOVE this list, Nyrae (btw how do you say your name? a friend and I were having trouble on that - is it Nah-ray or Nuh-ray). I loved SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL, FREEFALL, THE DISENCHANTMENTS, etc. Great giveaway idea! *Please don't add me in though as i own all of these!!*

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  29. I read John Green's Fault in Our Stars, and have suddenly developed a love for YA and other similar books. I'd definitely love a chance to win a book.

    yk010181@aol.com

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  30. I have been wanting to read twenty boy summer for over a year now but I keep getting distracted by other books (yours included) My ADD gets really bad when it comes to choosing a book to read.

    abcrazyblue@gmail.com

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  31. Thanks for making my TBR list grow even more! mbuchanangamble@gmail.com

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  32. I can't believe I've only read a handful of those! I'm going to have to scour my library for them next time I go....

    katelarkindale (at) gmail (dot) com

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  33. The only one I already read was something like normal (and I did love it)!! I love the chance to see new books. Thanks. My email is astbush@yahoo.com

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  34. Wow, haven't heard of many of these and am excited to dive in! Great giveaway! xoxo

    iloveyafiction@gmail.com

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  35. A few of these are on my list. Thanks so much for reminding me.

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  36. I had to add a few of these to my tbr list after your descriptions. I would love to have any of them! Thanks for the chance

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  37. I cannot believe I have not read any of these! I will have to add to my tbr list. Great giveaway idea, thanks for the chance :)

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  38. Thanks so much for this giveaway, Nyrae! I haven't read any of these. I have Graffiti Moon and Twenty Boy Summer on my TBR, though. I would love copy of either.
    My email for contact is jennycatlv@yahoo.com

    Thanks!

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  39. Amazingly, I haven't read any of these. I will have to check them out. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!!!
    miminbennett@hotmail.com

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  40. All of those that I've read are fabulous, so I definitely would want to read the ones that I haven't! Thanks for the giveaway! taymcbroom@gmail.com

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  41. That is a great list! I loved Grafitti Moon so much. The Disenchantments and Don't Let Me Go are both high on my to-read list.
    Thanks!
    andreat78@yahoo.com

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  42. I have read ALMOST all of these...
    Don't Let Me Go is probably next.
    Fantastic list ;-)

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  43. Of your list I've only read Something Like Normal and loved it. I love to hear what writers that I follow like to read. Thank you for the giveaway

    drerivera4 at gmail dot com

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  44. All of these books sound amazing! More to add to my TBR list! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    teribeth90(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. Love looking at your recommendations. Will definitely check out some of those books. :)

    sesterholt at aol dot com

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  46. I admit some of these I haven't heard of before but I will definitely look into. I love books from the male POV! I think there just aren't enough of them out there in the YA and NA genre.

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  47. Love giveaways!

    sgibby1642@yahoo.com

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  48. Love all your recommendations!Thank u for the giveaway, i would choose saving june:)giselle.contreras39@yahoo.com

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  49. Thanks for the recommendations! I've only read one of these (Something Like Normal), but I loved it! I'll definitely be checking out the others.
    deedee [at] grifmail [dot] com

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