Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Paperback Book Day: some of my favorite paperbacks

Today is Paperback Book Day! On this day in 1935, Penguin published its first book. To celebrate, here are some of my favorite books out in paperback.


Diva without a Cause by Grace Dent. Shiraz will be the first to tell you that she's not a chav, even though she's the very definition of one. All she wants is to finish school so she can be discovered and go on Big Brother, but this year has other plans. Only the first sequel, Posh and Prejudice was published in the US, but there are several in the UK.

Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale y Holly Black. When Kaye moves back to New Jersey, she discovers that she is actually a changeling child-- a pixie left by the faeries to replace the human child they stole. This is a retelling on Tam Lin. It's time for the 7-year tithe and Kaye's friends are it. Kaye's changling status lets her straddle both worlds, and she can save her friends, but if you don't know the ways of the faerie, it's a dangerous game to play.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. After his grandfather is killed, Jacob feels compelled to travel to a small Welsh island to discover more about his grandfather's past. There he discovers that his grandfather's wild stories were true. There's a time loop and the monsters are real. This is one where I had it in print and ebook so I could read it EVERYWHERE until I finished. Sequel comes out in January.


A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. Anna's a Russian Countess who's fled communist Russia and landed penniless in London. She's had to take a job as a housemaid in a manor house. Rupert, Earl of Westerholme, was never supposed to be Earl, but his older brother died in the war. Mersham is out of money, and Rupert has to marry for money. You know where this is going but you're still on the edge of your seat.

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. Jessica ("Not-So") Darling is one of my favorite characters in YA literature, her sarcastic and cynical look at New Jersey high school life is wonderful. In this book, she's mourning the fact her best friend, Hope, has moved away and can't escape Marcus Flutie, the stoner best friend of Hope's older (and recently deceased) brother. There are five books in the series, follow it with Second Helpings.

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Ford Prefect is a writer for the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy-- a handbook every space adventurer needs. He rescues hapless earthling Arthur Dent moments before the Earth is demolished to build a highway. This omnibus edition contains all 5 volumes of the trilogy. Remember to pack your towel.


Tamar: A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal by Mal Peet. After her grandfather commits suicide, Tamar is left with his box of parachute silks, with code written on them, plus some other objects from his time in WWII. The story bounces between her and her grandfather in WWII, when he was with the Dutch resistance, him, his best friend, and the girl they were both in love with. Trapped in Nazi-occupied Netherlands, they get information out, and receive information. But the tension and fear soon take its devastating toll. Seriously, one of my favorite books of all time.

All-American Girl by Meg Cabot. Sam's just a goth girl in DC, who's in love with her older (uber-popular) sister's boyfriend. Things take a turn when she (accidentally) saves the President's life. Suddenly in the lime-light and the nation's Teen Ambassador, she's finding that the political advisors want her to speak up and use her voice--but only if she sticks to the talking points. Making matters more complicated is the president's son, who has a thing for Sam.

Gamma Glamma by Kim Flores. Normally, being asked to enter the science fair would be an honor, but it's the same day as Homecoming--something Luz does not want to miss. Her solution? Come up with a project so outrageous, there's no way it will win and she won't have to go! So, she's using science to make people popular. Her lab cooks it all up--jelly beans that make you tan, bubble gum that helps your conversational skills, and specially formulated perfume. Sadly, it turns out when you made all your friends super-popular, there's no one left to eat lunch with. And she her success means she still has to go to Science Fair.

What are your favorite paperbacks?

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