Best of the Bunch is a monthly meme that was started at Lyrical Reviews and is currently hosted at Always Lost in Stories. It gives bloggers the chance to share their absolute favorite book that they read from the past month.
I had a lot of trouble picking this month because I read so many amazing books, and I’ve realized I can’t narrow it down to one. So I’m slightly cheating (forgive me?), with my TWO Best of the Bunch picks for February (in the order that I read them):
My first pick is…..
By Kirsten Hubbard
It all begins with a stupid question:
Are you a Global Vagabond?
No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America – the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.
Bria’s a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan’s a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they’ve got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.
But Bria comes to realize she can’t run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.
Why: Oh. My. Goodness. This book is so completely swoonworthy. I started reading it one night and literally didn’t sleep until I finished it, it was so good. I haven’t written my review yet because I haven’t been able to find the words to express my adoration, but it will be up soon. EVERYBODY GO READ THIS BOOK.
And my second pick…
By Huntley Fitzpatrick
“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”
The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them… until one summer evening Jase Garrett climbs her trellis and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love and stumble through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first romance, Jase’s family makes Samantha one of their own – even as she keeps him a secret from her disapproving mother and critical best friend. Then the unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?
A debut novel about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.
Why: Another novel I fell completely in love with and read pretty much nonstop. I was expecting a fairly standard contemporary novel but this one is SO much more. I read it as part of an ARC tour and almost didn't sign up for it but I'm soooooo glad I did. It’s like the perfect summer romance. I will definitely be rereading it come June. My review will be posted on my blog closer to the release date, but you can read it on Goodreads if you want. :)
What was your favorite book from February? I love seeing what everyone else is adoring. :)