As you may know if you follow me here or there, I traveled away most of February, first on a family vacation to Hawaii and then on a pre-publication book tour for Revived (which comes out IN LESS THAN TWO MONTHS!). The trips were very different but they both afforded me some downtime to read other authors’ books…and I read a bunch of great ones. So, I thought I’d do a quick post on what I’ve read recently. Paper Towns by John Green. Yeah, yeah, you read it ages ago; I’m late to the party. But I’m glad I finally showed up. I’d read and loved Green’s other books like Will Grayson, Will Grayson and An Abundance of Katherines, this, the new one and Looking for Alaska were still on my list. Then one of my favorite bloggers, who also happens to be my Music Advisor and Entertainment Sherpa, told me that I’d like Paper Towns best. So far, I agree. I cried and laughed out loud several times, and stayed up an entire night in Hawaii to finish it. White Cat and Red Glove by Holly Black. I love the dark coolness of the main character in these books—he’s swoony, yo—and the fact that Holly Black writes from a guy’s perspective so, so well. The books are about superhero-magician types living among us, and are realistic to the point that I started wondering whether my neighbor is a Curse Worker (she’s got a lot of furniture in her garage–you never know if some of it used to be people). I’m chomping at the bit for the third book in the series, Black Heart, out very soon! 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I have Stephen King’s entire library staring at me from the shelf right now—Hubby’s a superfan—but I hadn’t read any of his books until I snuggled up with this bazillion page brick just before we went on vacation. It’s a history lesson, a brain teaser and an ethical dilemma all rolled into one nice, neat package, with an ending I’ll remember. I really enjoyed it, but I’m still not reading Salem’s Lot. World War Z by Max Brooks. This oral history of the (OMG so realistic) world war against zombies is a few years old, but it’s definitely worth a read. It’s gripping like a hungry zombie, and left me and my already nervous self monitoring the Pacific Ocean from the lanai not for whales, but for the undead. I just knew they were going to walk their nasty selves out of the surf and try to eat my children, and that would seriously ruin our vacation. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Fangirl alert: I love Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. This will sound beyond cheesy, but to me, her books are like that super emotional playlist you listen to on a rainy day, the one that makes you feel full of happy and sad at the same time. The Scorpio Races is about killer horses from the sea and the people who love them, and it’s poetic, mesmerizing and oh so romantic. This was my favorite of the bunch. That’s it for me, but I’d love to hear what you thought of these titles, and/or what books you’re reading and loving now.