Sunday, August 3, 2014

Utah Books I've Read This Year

It's not just during August that I read books by Utah authors. It's an ongoing effort for me, and so I thought I'd highlight the Utah books I've read SINCE last August's Utah book celebration. We wouldn't want these books (or authors) to feel left out! I've linked to my review.

Drift by M.K Hutchins: A clever, yet strange, fantasy based on Mayan culture.

Jabberwocky by Daniel Coleman: Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem, explained in novel form. I loved it!

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson: The second in an awesome epic ten-books-to-be fantasy.

The Hitler Dilemma by Carolyn Twede Frank: One boy's desire to stay true to his faith and serve his country collide.

The Rent Collector by Camron Wright: A thought provoking look into the lives of a Cambodian family living in the dump.

Signed, Skye Harper by Carol Lynch Williams: Cute and whimsical, yet thought provoking at the same time.

Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale: Funny and poignant graphic novel about the ill fated Donner Party.

House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple: The story of a family of witches.

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton: The end of the trilogy about Nikki's issues and conflicts with the Everneath!

Ruins by Dan Wells: The end of fabulous creative dystopian trilogy. Loved it!

Roomies by Sara Zarr: Correspondence between two future roommates.

Dangerous by Shannon Hale: A wonderful mishmash of genres... science fiction, paranormal and etc.

The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen: The end of an awesome fantasy trilogy with an awesomely flawed hero.

Angie by Pat Bezzant: A novel about the struggle of a special needs child.

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner: The start a new series, about a virtual reality game.

Defy by Sara B. Larson: Start of a fun fantasy series about a girl who's disguised herself as a boy, only no one is fooled.

My Own Mr. Darcy by Karey White: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice... the Matthew McFadden version.

To Mormons, With Love by Chrisy Ross: One non Mormon's experience living amongst the Mormons.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson: The beginning of a fun, smart YA science fiction series where the superhumans are the bad guys.

Felicite Found by Julia King: A girl with amnesia shows up and slowly her strange past is revealed.

Blackout by Robison Wells: A fun and crazy ride about two groups of super-powered kids, one starting an apocalypse and one trying to stop it.

Blackmore by Julianne Donaldson: A darkish, gothic-ish regency romance. Loved it!

Pieces by Michelle Argyle: The conclusion to the kidnapping story which began with Breakaway.

The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale: The most rousing and raucous book club we've ever had!

My favorites of this bunch and ones I would highly recommend? Jabberwocky, Brandon Sanderson's series (both the YA one and the epic fantasy one), Dan Wells' Partials series, Jennifer Nielsen's lovely series... for starters! Ah man, there's so many good ones on this list!! Read them all!

If you read a Utah book with us this month be sure to head over to the Utah Book Blog and link up your review. We'd love to see what you're reading!


  1. Oh. My. Goodness. I had no idea you read so many books by Utah authors! I'm so impressed. And there are a number of these I need to read.

  2. Way to support our Utah authors!

  3. I didn't realize you've read so many Utah books in the last year. I knew you read a lot; I just didn't realize how much!

    I've read a few of these this year myself: Evertrue, Defy, Blackmoore, and The Actor and the Housewife. I've also read in the last year: Cut Me Free (just barely) and A Different Blue. I need to up the ante a bit!

  4. Great list. I loved Blackout and The False Prince much.

  5. I guess I'd better get busy, I just picked up a few books. Great list.



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