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What We're Reading: Swoon Authors

Last week, Swoon Staffers shared the books they were reading whilst hunkered down for the winter. Now it's our wonderful Swoon Authors' turn!

the martian cover"I always read two or three books at a time. Right now, the ones cluttering my dresser are The Martian by Andy Weir, which I'm reading aloud to my boys (adjusting the language as I go, of course!) and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, one of the funniest books I've read, despite the admittedly dark topic. (Seriously—your sides will ache from laughter.) A few days ago I also finished my reread of These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas which I LOVED. The tweaks and alterations are amazing! I'd strongly suggest nabbing this one, even if you read the earlier version. Definitely one of my top choices for 2016 releases!" – Danika Stone, author of All the Feels

"The last fiction book I read was The Black Prism by Brent Weeks. Really interesting spin on color magic, amazingly complex and large cast, and an intricate and satisfying plot." – Temple West, author of Velvet

all the bright places cover"I'm reading All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven right now. It was one of my Christmas presents and I'm just now starting it but already in love with the main characters and Jennifer Niven's writing. It's absolutely gorgeous. I think this book (which deals with mental illness) is a really, really important one for people to read. Love it!!" – Kristen Orlando, author of You Don't Know My Name

"I am reading The Dark Days Club—a slow-burning regency paranormal romance. I love the heroine—she's so solidly in her own time period and Lord Byron may or may not show up as a character. It's GREAT and beautifully detailed. I hope it never ends." – Kelly Zekas, co-author of These Vicious Masks

year of yes cover"My first read for 2016 is Year of Yes by the Queen of TV, Shonda Rhimes. It’s made me laugh, cry and feel like I’m not alone in my introversion and anxieties. After hearing her sister mutter the words “You never say yes to anything,” Shonda resolved to say YES for a whole year, and it transformed her whole life. If you need a shot of inspiration or a hit of empowerment (with a lot of laughs!), I definitely recommend this gem. Also, Emma Watson just started a feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf. I’m so excited about it and jumped in straight away, so up next I’ll be reading the first pick: My Life on the Road by the brilliant Gloria Steinem. Are there any swooners in Emma’s club? Let me know!" – Jen Wilde, author of What Happens at SupaCon

"I just finished Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City #1), a super fun and cute contemporary romance novel by Penny Reid. It has an adorkable protagonist, a hunky alpha male love interest and cool group of friends. Just all around a good light read." – Alyssa Brandon, author of The Hard Mate

weight of feathers cover"I'm starting my 2016 with The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore. The magical realism is breathtaking and the tension between rival traveling performers promises an escape worthy of many hours huddled under blankets with hot tea." – Kimberly Karalius, author of Love Fortunes and Other Disasters and Love Charms and Other Catastrophes

"I am currently reading the second book of Sharon Shinn's Elemental Blessings, Royal Airs. It is a romantic fantasy focused (this time) on a princess of one of the Five Families in the world of Welce. Though 60 or 70 pages in, I find the pace a little slow but I will stick with it because Shinn is a fantastic writer. I know I will be thoroughly engaged by the end of the book, waiting impatiently for number 3." – Cindy Anstey, author of Love, Lies & Spies

truthwitch cover"I'm currently reading Truthwitch. Only a few chapters in and it is Ah-May-Zing! It hits my fantasy sweet spot of well built world with a badass yet flawed heroine. If everything goes well, this might earn the devotion I only reserve for the likes of Sarah J. Maas and Pierce Brown." – Kate Evangelista, author of No Love Allowed

"I just finished The Secret Side of Empty, which was a great read. M.T. is an illegal immigrant from Argentina. She can't tell her friends or teachers the truth because her family could be deported. She can't get her driver's license or go to college (like all her friends are about to do) without her papers. She can't tell the truth to her new boyfriend, either. The author, Maria E. Andreu, faced the same struggle during her own teen years, and the emotion just pours from this book. As a writer, I really enjoyed the development of the antagonists as well. Spoiler alert: while the romance is super swoony, be prepared that although it doesn't go as tragically as Romeo and Juliet, HAE in this case is definitely not Disney-ever-after. Still, Andreu brings it to a satisfactory close and her real first boyfriend gets a thank you in her acknowledgements. :-)" – Katie Van Ark, author of The Boy Next Door

city of savages cover"I'm currently reading City of Savages by Lee Kelly. I have to confess that I know the author personally (and this was her debut), but it's a gripping can't-put-it-down sort of book about two sisters, trapped in a post-apocalyptic concentration camp formerly known as New York City. All sorts of twists and turns, and the family feels are strong between the sisters and their remembered mother. I'm loving it!" – L.E. DeLano, author of Traveler

"I'm currently reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, which is a sci-fi dystopia set in 2044 where most people spend their days jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS, and the protagonist has to go on a quest that could change his life. I'm very much enjoying it so far, especially the way the story plays with our concepts of utopia, but also because I can't put it down; I just have to know what happens to the characters!" – Hanna Nowinski, author of Meg and Linus

order of phoenix cover"I’m currently rereading the Harry Potter series for probably the seventh time. I just finished Prisoner of Azkaban which introduces my absolute favorite characters: The Marauders. I’m looking forward to finishing Goblet of Fire soon and getting to Order of the Phoenix, which is my favorite." – Tiffany Pitcock, author of Just Friends

"I'm right in the middle of The Hero of Ages, the third book in Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series, and as expected, his plotting and world-building is still addictive and brilliant. I've had to enforce a strict time limit on my daily reading otherwise I would tear through this and the Stormlight Archive books and get nothing else done." – Tarun Shanker, co-author of These Vicious Masks

"I've reading two books right now—for book club, I'm reading This Is Where I Leave Youfamily dysfunction in novels always makes you appreciate the family you've got! I'm concurrently reading Kim Karalius' Love Charms and Other Catastrophes. It's a perfect Valentine's Day read, as the town of Grimbaud is romance central. I instantly fell for the love interest in this sequel— his innocence and instant devotion is so lovable." – Karole Cozzo, author of How to Say I Love You Out Loud and How to Keep Rolling After a Fall

night circus cover"I’m currently listening to Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, read by Jim Dale (of Harry Potter audiobook fame), and it is pure magic. Remarkably creative and atmospheric, with beautiful prose, incredibly high stakes, and a star-crossed romance. I’m in love!" – Katy Upperman, author of Kissing Max Holden

"I am in the middle (or actually pretty close to the end now that I checked) of The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt. Abby and Zeke are French partners during a summer intensive program for high school students on a college campus. So it's sort of like they're at French camp. I've spent a lot of time during this story rueing my five years of high school Spanish and wishing I knew even a little tiny bit of French. But it's awesome because even though there's a pretty solid smattering of French, the way the author weaves it into the story is never confusing. I'm loving it as both a reader and a writer. I can't wait to see what happens to these two very real characters in the end!" – Sandy Hall, author of A Little Something Different, Signs Point to Yes and Been Here All Along

How about you, Swooners? What are you reading right now? See anything you're going to add to your own To Read list? Sound off in the comments!

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