My Top 10 Books Read in 2016

The monthly Top 10 list is now a well-established feature here at The Stuff, and like last January 1st, I’m doing a Favorite Books Read list. I guess now that it’s my second year doing it, I can officially call it an annual tradition. Yay! Just like last year, the actual release date of the […]

How to Hang a Witch, by Adriana Mather

It’s October, close to Halloween, and I wanted a book to match the season. I had caught wind of this book a few months before its release and added it to my to-read list, but it took me a couple months before I remembered to check it out of the local library. The book description […]

Gemini, by Sonya Mukherjee

As soon as I learned about this book, I wanted to read it. It wasn’t available at the time, so I’d have to wait. And wait. And wait. I avoided reading reviews, but I saw the high average star rating it had—people who had the privilege of reading an advance copy loved it. But I […]

If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo

As soon as I learned about this book, I wanted to read it. And as soon as I saw it on display in the YA room of a local library, I checked it out and started reading a few days later (because I wasn’t yet done with a different book). As I quickly read this […]

The Girl in the Time Machine, by Debra Chapoton

I recently got an Amazon gift card, and I used it to order a book that I really want to read, but I have to wait for it to arrive. Also, I just finished (and loved) a book that I really wanted to read, but I’m still working on writing that review. So I searched through […]

Places No One Knows, by Brenna Yovanoff

On the surface, this book is YA romance between a super-motivated girl and a super-slacker boy. That somewhat common trope wouldn’t be enough to attract me to this. What pulled me in was the inclusion of a magical realism element. I like YA contemporary books with one little fantastical twist, especially if it’s used well […]

Emerge, by Tobie Easton

As a YA author whose debut book is a story about mermaids, I assigned myself a mission to read similar books in the genre, and I’ve enjoyed them to varying degrees. Well, there’s a new fish in the ocean: Emerge by Tobie Easton. This is her first novel, and the blurb sounded interesting, so I […]

The Siren, by Kiera Cass

“A girl with a secret. The boy of her dreams. An Ocean between them.” What a fantastic tagline on the gorgeous front cover of this book! It so perfectly sums up the plot and conflict of the story in ways I didn’t realize when I started the book. Notice how Ocean is capitalized. Hmmm…what could that […]

Another Day, by David Levithan

“No matter how hard you try to keep hold of a day, it’s going to leave you.” When I read Levithan’s Every Day last spring, it became one of my favorite books of the year and of all time. I was both skeptical and intrigued upon hearing the news that Levithan was writing not a […]

Five Seven Five (The Boy with Words, Book One), by C.E. Wilson

I previously featured C.E. Wilson in an author spotlight when her previous YA book To Nowhere came out. The story was about a girl named Lyris who wandered through some kind of portal into a world of giants who sell humans as some kind of exotic pets. I gave the book five stars for its […]