Monday, May 3, 2010

Spread the Awesome!

When Elana Johnson asked me to participate in a "recommended reading" thingy last week, I said, "Can I pick LIPS TOUCH?!"

"Of course!"

So here we are. I get to shout out again about the incredible LIPS TOUCH and it's adorable author Laini Taylor. But rather than trusting you to click my link back to my previous review, I thought I'd just paste it here. I'm easy like that :)

And after you read this, check out Kathy McCullough's review of THE EVOLUTION OF CALPERNIA TATE!! It's on my TBR list fo sho!

While we're talking about the big TBR list, do you want 60 recommendations?? That's right, you heard me. SIXTY MORE AWESOME BOOKS! Well, Elana has that too! She has compiled the complete list of everyone's favorite books with links to their review. Get ready to spend some time surfing :)


Let me tell you how much I heart Laini Taylor's new book Lips Touch. Beyond being a lush collection of three tales in which the action all hinges on a kiss (and we all know how much I love kissing), this is how Laini's book rocked my clock:

Within seconds, I called my mother and said, "RUN out and get this book!" The prose is freakishly gorgeous in a way that only Laini's brain could write. Truly stunning!

Within minutes, I sat my 12 year old down and said, "Let me read you something."

After about three pages I said, "Good, huh?" To which she replied, "Yeah. Keep reading." I tried not to freak out that she was loving an actual book, but she was.

Within hours, I called SF and told her to go buy the book "because you will want to own this one." And then I did something I have never done before. I told her that if she didn't LOVE it, then I'd buy it back from her. Did you hear that?! I offered a money back guarantee!

Within a day, I was skipping Glee to read it - Not to mention emailing Laini an embarrassing amount of times.

Within a week, I was updating Twitter and Facebook telling everyone from friends to editors to race out and read it. AND, I ventured over to Laini's husband, Jim's blog to see if he had anything else interesting to say - which he did! One of those items was a description of the process of painting the beautiful illustrations found in the book. Did you hear that?! Jim did all the illustrations! In Credible. What a team.

Within months, I expect to purchase several for Christmas presents. *Jingle bells*

Within a year, I'm not sure yet - but I am thinking big here.*** UPDATE*** It was nominated for the National book award! Can I pick 'em or what?!

Look - Just take it from me. This is a must "own" book! Not since Harry Potter have I savored a book like this. Laini makes me want to be a better writer.

For real.


Read it.

Your welcome :-)


storyqueen said...

I loved this book so much, too!!

Sooo beautifully done!


Tamika: said...

Thank you! Hubby will be glad to have my Mother's Day reading list a little early!

Anonymous said...

This was one of those books I judged by its cover: it looked very dramatic and romantic and I'm not usually into romance, so I skipped it. (My bad!)

That was until a friend of mine gushed and gushed about it so much that I had to peek...and I was hooked hard! The prose is gorgeous, the paintings glorious, and as a big fan of ethnocultural mythology, I was in heaven! I joined the same fanclub as everyone else.

Great one to pick & post. ;-)

jessjordan said...

Wait, I'm confused ... Should I read it or not?


Solvang Sherrie said...

I've heard about this book but I haven't read it. Your review has convinced me to add it to the pile :)

Yamile said...

LOL! Your enthusiasm is so contagious! I'll sure try it!

Weronika Janczuk said...

This is another book I've been aware of and have wanted to read, especially after I read somewhere that the covers were drawn by the hubby.

Another thing to do!

Suzette Saxton said...

I cannot wait to read it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Nichole Giles said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I'm definitely interested now. It's going on my fast-growing to-be-read list.

Christine Fonseca said...

This looks so so so good!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I'd never heard of this book until today. It's definitely going to my very tall TBR pile. :D

Kathy McCullough said...

I loved this book. I actually wrote down quotes from it I loved. Here's one:

“They laughed alike and moved alike, and they thought the same thoughts as completely as if a butterfly traveled back and forth between their minds, bearing ideas on its legs like pollen.”

Elle Strauss said...

It's now on my TBR. Thanks for the review!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Ha! Great review. I love when you come across books that grip you like this. I'll have to add this one to my TBR pile. Geez, so many now! Thanks for the recommendation.

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

I STILL need to read this book. Thank you so much for the reminder to bump it up my TBR list. :)

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Great review! Looking forward to getting my nose in this one!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Wow! You have totally sold me, Katie! I MUST HAVE this book now. Great review! :-)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I love this book! I'm so glad you reviewed it. The illustrations are perfect with the exquisite stories.

Jenn Wilks said...

Okay, okay, I'll read it. You've thoroughly convinced me. I love books that have beautiful writing in addition to wicked awesome stories. But you already had me at the kissing, by the way. ;o)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I haven't read the book, yet, but you are really pursasive. :)

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