Two Books I Never Seem to Stop Thinking About

We all have THOSE books. The ones we read that made SUCH a huge impact on us, or touched us in some way that we just can’t thinking about them. There are books for me that I’ve read in the past that I think about these days when I see a list of upcoming releases and I think, “Oh man, I LOVED this book … why has the author not released anything else yet? WHEN are they going to release something??” and, the inevitable … “Will it be as good as this book?

Here are two books that I rarely stop thinking about — the funny thing is that I don’t own either of them, but I always, always, always want to reread them. Guess I should pick up a few copies, huh?

The Horror

the unquiet

The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee is one of those books that scared the CRAP out of me. And it was such an unsettling feeling that I had when I was reading it. It’s not one of those books that isn’t outright gory, but instead one that makes you think there might be something lurking over your shoulder, or just out of the corner of your eye.

I always complain that the reason horror books aren’t scary for me is because they don’t have a soundtrack, but I could totally hear one in my head when I was reading this one. CRAZY.

This book was released in 2012 and there STILL isn’t anything listed as upcoming for Garsee — but don’t worry, I check CONSTANTLY.

Here’s what it’s about: 

Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother.

After a suicide attempt, and now her parents’ separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home, undaunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn’s bedroom. At school, her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be “touched” by Annaliese…or if Annaliese even exists.

With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about–not to mention her own–she can’t help wondering: who should she really be afraid of?

Annaliese? Or herself?

The Contemporary

the waiting sky

The Waiting Sky by Lara Zielin was amazing when I first read it. When I was younger, I was a huge fan of the movie Twister, so reading about people who chase storms was EXACTLY my thing. I also loved the characters in this book AND the fact that there is romance in it, but it’s not the main focus (as it can be in YA books). I loved this one so much that I actually gave away the ARC that I read — and always wish that I hadn’t since I think this home deserves a permanent spot on my bookshelf!

Coincidentally, this book was also published in 2012 — maybe that was just the year of awesome books? Here’s hoping that another year like that comes back AND that Lara Zieilin releases something new soon!

Here’s what it’s about: 

One summer chasing tornadoes could finally change Jane’s life for the better

Seventeen-year-old Jane McAllister can’t quite admit her mother’s alcoholism is spiraling dangerously out of control until she drives drunk, nearly killing them and Jane’s best friend.

Jane has only one place to turn: her older brother Ethan, who left the problems at home years ago for college. A summer with him and his tornado-chasing buddies may just provide the time and space Jane needs to figure out her life and whether it still includes her mother. But she struggles with her anger at Ethan for leaving home and feels guilty–is she also abandoning her mom just when she needs Jane most? The carefree trip turned journey of self-discovery quickly becomes more than Jane bargained for, especially when the devilishly handsome Max steps into the picture.

Have you read either of these books? What books do you constantly think about? 

The Top 5 Books I Look Forward to Re-Reading This Year

the list - rereads

In the past, I was never about rereading books. But as I grow older (and more forgetful), I feel like I can finally handle reading certain books over again.

There are some books that I’ve read the first time that give me that amazing feeling by the final pages — books that I just could never believe would uphold that same feeling with a reread.

But with age comes forgetfulness, which means I have no idea sometimes what happened in a book, but I know I loved it.

Of course, this can backfire and those once amazing feelings I’ve had towards a book turn into hostility as I wonder what the heck younger me was thinking.

At any rate, here are the top 5 books I plan to reread this year:

the handmaid's tale

1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I think about this book a lot. I can’t be sure (read: getting old), but I think I’ve read this one twice already. I remember the last time I read it was years ago, on a walk in the beautiful countryside while giant grasshoppers jumped around me. (On a related note: jumping and flying grasshoppers are HORRIBLE.) I’ve read very little of what Margaret Atwood has to offer, but maybe with a reread of this one, I’ll want to read more.

me before you

2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

This is a tricky, tricky one. I absolutely adored this book and just read it last year shortly after it came out. Is it too soon to reread it? Of course, I have three other books by Moyes on my shelf but I just can’t stop thinking of this one!

the art of asking

3. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

Another fresh read for me, BUT I have the audiobook version which I’ve heard has little extra bits in it. It’s been a while since I’ve listened to an audiobook, but with spring (hopefully?!?) around the corner, it might be a good listen as I try to freshen up the house from its winter hibernation.

percy jackson and the olympians

4. The entire Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

I haven’t actually read this whole series yet, only the first three books, but there are SO MANY amazing reviews about this whole series and its spinoff that I just have to go back and start over again and read the whole thing. I feel so out of the look with having not continued with this series that I need to get back in it!

naive super

5. Naive. Super by Erlend Loe

I’m not even sure if you can buy a copy of this book anymore, since it’s an import, BUT this is one book that I remember having strong feelings about. It’s this tiny little book and it almost seems like it’s about absolutely nothing, but I loved it. Again, it’s been years since I’ve read it and I’ve given away my copy, but hopefully I can track down another one and try it again.

Now, I know it sounds odd to list the books I want to reread this year, when I should be talking about the books that I’m most looking forward to. But sometimes there’s something special in a reread. If it goes well, you find those little moments in a book that were overlooked the first time. Or maybe you just “get” the book with a second reading in one of those “Oh my god, I can’t believe I never thought of that!” moments.

Are you a rereader? What are some of your favourites from the past?