Book Recs & Reviews

Here you can find so many book recommendations and reviews from the WordNerds. To watch all of them, use the embedded playlist. To find a specific type of book recommendation, use the list below or the search bar.

#OwnVoices

Emma Kate talks about #OwnVioces, its importance in the bookish world, and gives some #OwnVoices book recs.

18 Books I Read and Loved in 2018

Emma Kate recommends 18 books from 2018.

2 Bomb Contemporary Recommendations

Rachel Sargeant recommends two great contemporary YA reads–Geekerella by Ashley Poston, and Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy.

2017 Contemporary Read Recommendations

Recurring guest WordNerd Kyra Nelson shares some contemporary young adult book recommendations.

3 Spoiler-Free ARC Reviews

Emma Kate reviews A WHOLE NEW WORLD by Liz Braswell, FROM A DISTANT STAR by Karen McQuestion, and THE SCORPIO RULES by Erin Bow.

34 Book Reviews in Under 9 Minutes

Meghan Jashinsky does 34 quick, spoiler free book reviews!

4 (Spoiler Free!) Reasons to Read The Raven Cycle

Emma Kate loves The Raven Cycle. You probably would too.

4 New releases

Emma Kate shares 4 early 2017 reads that you need to check out.

4 Reasons to Read (NYT Bestselling!) Cemetery Boys

Why are you here?? You should be reading Cemetery Boys right now! (unless you’ve already read it, in which case carry on) Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52339313-cemetery-boys

5 Better-Then-Mediocre Fantasy Books from 2017

Rachel Sargeant talks about some fantasy novels from 2017 that she enjoyed.

6 YA-Adult Crossover Books

Rachel Sargeant shares some books that seem to straddle the YA and adult categories.

75 YA Book Reviews

Kellie Sheridan has the BIGGEST WORDNERDS REVIEW VIDEO YET! Here’s reviews of 75 YA books!

A Short NaNo Reading Break

Emma Kate shares some books that are great for reading during NaNoWriMo.

Across the Universe

Emma Kate talks about ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis.

Audiobook Recommendations

Emma Kate recommends some audiobooks.

Audiobook Reviews: EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR and ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD

Emma Kate gives two spoiler-free reviews for the audiobook editions of EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR by E. K. Johnston, and ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD by Kendare Blake.

Audiobooks

Kellie Sheridan shares some audiobooks worth listening to.

Book Recommendations For How To Write Strong Pacing

The WordNerds all stop by to share some of their favorite examples of books with strong pacing in order to help anyone who may be trying to learn how to better set the pacing through their own books.

Book Review: Shadow Scale and Firefight

Emma Kate reviews two sequels–SHADOW SCALE by Rachel Hartman and FIREFIGHT by Brandon Sanderson.

Books for World Mental Health Day

Emma Kate recommends some great books featuring characters living with mental illness.

Books That Do Tropes *Right*

Rachel recommends books that do the classic tropes RIGHT.

Books to Get You Through the Rest of 2020

Kellie recommends some books to help you get through the rest of this hellscape of a year.

Books Written During NaNoWriMo

Kellie Sheridan talks about which published books were written during National Novel Writing Month.

Calyn’s Bucket List (Side Effects May Vary)

Calyn Morgan shares her bucket list as part of her review of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by Julie Murphy.

Childhood Faves

Emma Kate recommends some of her favorite books from her childhood.

CLAP WHEN YOU LAND by Elizabeth Acevedo // Quarter Three Book Club

This quarter our book club pick is CLAP WHEN YOU LAND by Elizabeth Acevedo. Did you read the book? What did you think?

Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Kellie Sheridan talks about Jennifer L. Armentrout and her COVENANT series.

Current Reads Update

Emma Kate shares what she’s currently reading and what books got her out of her reading rut.

Cyborgs, Textbooks, and Demons OH MY!

Erica Crouch talks about what she’s read, what she is reading, and what she will be reading.

Desiraye’s Favorite Nonfiction Reads!!

Desiraye Williams shares some awesome nonfiction books.

Emma’s Contemporary Recommendations

Emma shares some of her favorite contemporary novels.

Erica Gets Weird (What She’s Reading)

Erica Crouch shares what she’s reading in a totally-normal-not-weird-at-all way.

Everyone Can Learn from Patrick Rothfuss

Rachel Sargeant talks about THE NAME OF THE WIND by Pat Rothfuss and how reading it can help you become a better writer.

Fairy Tale Retellings

Emma Kate recommends two fairy tale retellings.

Fantasy Book Recommendations

Kellie Sheridan gives some fantasy book recs.

Faves of the Fall

Rachel Sargeant talks about her favorite Fall 2018 reads. GRIM LOVELIES BLOG POST: https://amodelwhosread.wordpress.com/2018/10/01/blog-tour-grim-lovelies-by-megan-shepard/

Favorite Contemporary Reads

Kellie Sheridan shares some of her favorite contemporary books.

Favorite Picture Books of 2018

Emma Kate talks about her favorite picture books from the last year.

First Ladies

Erica Crouch shares three of her favorite first books in series that have strong female leads.

Focused on Reading

Emma Kate has been reading so so much, in part for her job and in part because reading is awesome.

Four Book Reviews

Kellie Sheridan gives quick reviews of SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo, STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel, THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli, and MISTBORN by Brandon Sanderson.

FOUR OF A KIND (+a giveaway!)

Meghan Jashinsky talks about Kellie Sheridan’s book, FOUR OF A KIND, and gives away a copy!

Graphic Novel Recommendations

Kellie Sheridan recommends some graphic novels.

Graphic Novels, Marvel & Comixology!

Kellie Sheridan talks about her favorite graphic novels and comics!

Halfway Through 2017

Emma Kate gives an update on her Goodreads challenge, and shares a few recs for books she’s been loving in 2017.

Halloween Reads

E. Latimer eats candy and gives some Halloween book recommendations.

Halloween Reads

Emma Kate recommends some books to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Hiatus Reads

Emma Kate shares some books she read while the WordNerds were on hiatus.

Historical Settings

Emma Kate recommends some historical novels.

How I Choose 5 Star Reads

Rachel talks about what makes a book a five star read. Rachel’s Goodreads (come be my friend!): https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/40873875-rachel-sargeant

If You Like This, You’ll Like That

Rachel Sargeant gives some book recs based on other popular YA titles that you probably like!

ILLUMINAE

Meghan Jashinsky adored ILLUMINAE by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff. Spoiler free!

IMPROMPTU & UNOFFICIAL BUT STILL FUN BOOK AWARDS

Happy Sunday, Nerds! In honor of the announcements of 2017’s major book awards, today we’re doing our own totally impromptu but still super awesome/fun book awards.

Intimidatingly Huge Books to Read

Rachel Sargeant shares six intimidatingly huge book recommendations.

Kellie’s Favorite Books of 2018

Kellie Sheridan shares the books she loved most in 2018. Follow Kellie on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/kelliesheridan

Kellie’s September Releases!

Kellie Sheridan published a book every week in September 2017. Here are those books!

Kellie’s Six Star Reads

Kellie Sheridan shares some of her very best book recommendations.

Kellie’s top 10 Books of 2016… So Far

Kellie Sheridan talks about the books that have knocked her socks off (so far) in the year 2016. Part 1: Part 2:

Kristen Martin Recommends Books!

Kristen Martin–author and booktuber–shares some of her favorite reads!

Let’s Get Spooky

In this Sunday Special Live chat, the WordNerds talk about all things spooky in YA lit. And also life.

Let’s Talk About VENGEFUL

Meghan Jashinsky talks about VENGEFUL by V.E. Schwab. The first few minutes are SPOILER FREE! And then she gives a big big spoiler warning and talks all about her spoilery feels.

LGBTQ+ Reads

In celebration of Pride month, we’ll be talking about our favorite LGBTQ+ books!

Miscellaneous: AdAstra Authors’ YA Recommendations

Recorded by Kellie Sheridan while at the AdAstra sci-fi convention in Toronto, several authors share their Young Adult book recs.

More Book Recs!

Kellie Sheridan shares a few more awesome book recommendations to round out your summer reading list.

My Favorite Graphic Novels

Emma talks about some of her favorite graphic novels. Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37534577-check-please-book-1 Check, Please! Webcomic: https://checkpleasecomic.com/comic/01-01-01 Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31926882-nico-bravo-and-the-hound-of-hades The Giver: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40796210-the-giver Lighter Than My Shadow: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17456953-lighter-than-my-shadow The Prince and the Dressmaker: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34506912-the-prince-and-the-dressmaker Lore Olympus on Webtoons: https://www.webtoons.com/en/romance/lore-olympus/list?title_no=1320&page=1

My Reading Past, Present, and Future

Erica shares what she has read, what she is reading, and what she plans to read next.

NaNoWriMo Reading Recommendations

Kellie Sheridan recommends some books that are great ones for when you want to keep reading, but also it’s NaNoWriMo and you are creatively exhausted.

Old Books, New Books, Every Kind of Book!

Emma Kate gives three book recommendations.

Poetry (& Birthdays!)

Erica Crouch talks about poetry (particularly Robert Frost) and is excited for her sister’s birthday!

Quick Reads for NaNoWriMo

Emma Kate shares some book recs for when you’re participating in NaNoWriMo or are otherwise too busy for longer stories.

Rachel’s Favourite Stand-Alones

Rachel Sargeant shares her top five favorite stand-alones–and only a few of them are contemporary novels. 🙂

Re-Readable Books

Kellie Sheridan talks about reading those old favorites that she already knows she loves.

Read Indie YA Books!

Kellie Sheridan shares some must-read indie published YA books.

Reading Adult Books

Kellie Sheridan shares some adult books that YA fans might enjoy.

Reads to Rave Over

E. Latimer shares some of her favorite recent reads.

Recent Books Recs from Kyra

Recurring guest WordNerd Kyra Nelson recommends some books.

Retellings of Classic Literature

In honor of the release of THE STRANGE AND DEADLY PORTRAITS OF BRYONY GRAY by E. Latimer, Emma Kate recommends four other retellings of classic novels. Books mentioned in this video: The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray by E. Latimer – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32602045 The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5297 The … Continue reading Retellings of Classic Literature

Review: THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE

Emma Kate recommends THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee.

Reviews of 3 May Releases

Emma Kate reviews three May 2018 book releases.

Reviews of Two Contemporary YA New Releases

Books reviewed in this video: There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35583527-there-s-something-about-sweetie Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41717246-don-t-date-rosa-santos

Romantic Reads Series Suggestions

Erica Crouch recommends some series that have steamy romances.

Say Yes to Distressed

Calyn Morgan and the rest of the WordNerds received ARCs of DAMSEL DISTRESSED by Kelsey Macke and LOVED IT. Here Calyn does the Say Yes to Distressed tag and talks about how amazing the book is.

Series I Won’t Be Finishing!

Desiraye Williams talks about a few popular book series that she will not be reading to the end.

Series to Reread

Rachel Sargeant shares some series that are worth a reread!

Spoiler Free Book Review: Denton Little’s Death Date

Meghan Jashinsky reviews DENTON LITTLE’S DEATH DATE by Lance Rubin.

Standalone Books

Emma Kate recommends some standalone novels.

Strange Chemistry Publishing

Meghan Jashinsky recommends supporting some of the Strange Chemistry authors because of the closure of the publishing house.

Ten Book Reviews in 6 Minutes

Emma Kate does so many book reviews! Books in this video: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36222611-aru-shah-and-the-end-of-time Save the Date by Morgan Matson: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32333338-save-the-date Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34726469-sky-in-the-deep Winner Take All by Laurie Devore: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34499209-winner-take-all Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30223025-dread-nation Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson: … Continue reading Ten Book Reviews in 6 Minutes

The Classics

Calyn Morgan talks about the classics and rectifying the lack of classics she has read.

The Diviners

Meghan Jashinsky loves THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray and thinks you would too.

The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

Kellie Sheridan put off reading THE GLASS SENTENCE by S. E. Grove for far too long, but now she has read it! Here is her review.

THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER and SUFFER LOVE

Emma Kate gives spoiler free reviews of THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER by Renee Ahdieh and SUFFER LOVE by Ashley Herring Blake.

These Broken Stars

Erica Crouch talks about how awesome THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kauffman and Meagan Spooner is. Spoiler free!

Three Books I’m Impressed With

Rachel Sargeant shares three books that have really impressed her lately.

Three Genres, Three Recommendations

Kellie Sheridan shares three recommendations across three different genres.

Three Trilling Thrillers

Rachel Sargeant shares some thriller book recommendations.

Under Appreciated Books

Erica Crouch shares some reads that she thinks are underrated.

Underrated Book Recommendations!

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about the books that they love that aren’t getting enough buzz!

Vegetarian Protagonists

Emma Kate shares five YA novels with vegetarian main characters.

We Were Liars

Erica Crouch talks about WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart.