Some (very misguided) people believe summer prep begins as follows: Avoid food. Double up at the gym. Find a suit with Spanx. That’s all well and good, I guess, but we Bookanistas thought it’d be more fun to usher in warmer temps with a different sort of makeover. One that involved a little less sweat and a little more literature.
Also, one without the whole crash diet ordeal.
So, you know, voila! That, my friends who are too uninterested to click the link, is the new and improved Bookanistas site. It’s mighty fine, folks. Mighty fine.*
But wait, that’s not all. I know, I know, seeing a new and purty site is gratifying for you and all, but some of the Bookanistas had the bright idea that it’s not a true celebration until someone breaks out the free books.
There, I said it. Free books. As in: THERE IS A GIVEAWAY.
But before we get to that, I’d like to—in the spirit of summer reading—offer you a list of five books you need to bring with you on your next beach trip.
Audrey Wait! by Robin Benway I’ve professed my love for Robin Benway on multiple occasions, including my gushing review of this very book. I can’t help it. It’s like catnip to me. If I were a cat. Or something. Forget the metaphor. This book is hilarious and the perfect read for a relaxing day at the beach. When you’re done, assume I’m saying, “YOU ARE WELCOME.”
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty I would happily live in Jessica Darling’s head. She’s a hilarious narrator who makes this story fly by. Though it doesn’t hurt that it includes one of my favorite YA boys ever: Marcus Flutie. Sigh.
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson Two words: Road Trip.**
The entire Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han This is possibly the most perfect YA summer series ever written. Yes, the books take place at the beach. No, they’re not fluff. I’ve mentioned my love for this series so many times here, but it boils down to this: Really great characters, each and every one of them.
For all of you who read through that before getting to this point: High-five. And now for what you’re really interested in: PRIZES! The winner of the Bookanista Relaunch giveaway of awesome will receive:
Signed copies of these Bookanista-authored books…
If I Lie and Touched by Corrine Jackson PLUS ARCs of Just One Day and Speechless
Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
By Blood by Tracy Banghart
Possession, Surrender, and Abandon by Elana Johnson
Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini (plus a swag surprise)
Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe
The Girl Guide by Christine Fonseca (plus sweet swag)
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
And a second winner will get a box filled with Bookanista-beloved reads including:
Ditched by Robin Mellom
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Taken by Erin Bowman
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
Sparrow Road by Sheila O’Connor
You can find lots more Bookanista Relaunch Book Love at our sites around the interwebs: Carolina Valdez Miller, Carrie Harris, Christine Fonseca, Corrine Jackson, Debra Driza, Elana Johnson, Jessica Love, Katy Upperman, Kimberly Sabatini, Lenore Appelhans, Nikki Katz, Rebecca Behrens, Shannon Messenger, Shelli Johannes-Wells, Stasia Ward Kehoe, Tracy Banghart
* As in, I have spent way too long gazing longingly at those pretty book covers. It’s a sickness. I think it’s, like, legit and all.
** Okay, fine, I’ll go on. It’s an adorable, quick read with a believable romance that makes you wish Matson would write a sequel.