Melissa Walker

Friday, April 18th, 2014 Melissa Walker

It was so fun to hear about where everyone was during the inauguration. Some watching, some studying, some totally ignoring. All interesting! The two winners from last week, as chosen randomly, are… HI im Kaitlyn *waves frantically* (The ABC’s of Kissing Boys) and Ann (the necklace)! Send me your addresses.
RR-3415R.jpg This week, I went and saw Kate and Leo in their first movie together since Titanic (which I saw a total of five times in the theater, but remember that I worked there so the screenings were free… and that makes it a little less embarrassing). Now, I’ve blogged about Revolutionary Road before, and the movie people offered a book for Win-It Wednesday this week! So, here’s your chance.
The thing is, I loved the movie, but having read the book and knowing even more of the back story made it that much better. Richard Yates’s novel is a total masterpiece. It’s about a married couple in the suburbs–so it’s not quite what I normally feature here–but it’s definitely worth reading. I’d be interested to hear what you guys think. So whoever wins it has to report back!
To enter to win, just comment below and tell me what non-Young Adult book you’ve liked lately, if you’ve read one. I read so much YA that I joined a book club just so I’d have to read a regular fiction book every once in a while, and that’s how I found Revolutionary Road.
Good luck!
PS-Other contests to know about (leave more in the comments if you’ve got em!):
1. This one on Linda Gerber’s blog (ends 2/1).
2. This one on I Heart Daily (ends 2/10).
3. This one at readergirlz, including 25 full sets of Ellen Emerson White’s President’s Daughter series (ends 1/31).

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  1. Samantha says:

    I’ve recently picked up “The Fidelity Files” by Jessica Brody, after finding a link to (Contest then :) They give away free books every friday)
    It’s a really great book thus far :) Wish I had more time to read for pleasure. Classes are taking up SO much time.

  2. Amy H. says:

    At the beginning of this month I finished Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. So good, really interesting and eye-opening.

  3. Laura says:

    Last week I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It was incredibly sweet – made me want to write long chatty letters and do nice things for people.

  4. Termeh says:

    I specialized in literature when I was in high school (where i grew up, you had to pick a ‘specialty’), then majored in English lit and minored in French lit when in college…so after I graduated, I’ve hardly ever picked up a book!!! I’m all booked out.
    I do however have like a dozen magazine subscriptions which I read every day on the train (not all at once of course).
    Does that count???
    I loved Revolutionary Road and have heard such great things about the book. If I win…I think it’ll be the first novel I read in 2-3 years!!!!

  5. Liviania says:

    Most of what I’ve been reading lately is non-YA. I post it all on my blog on Thursdays.

  6. Hillary says:

    I just finished Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot yesterday. It was really good.

  7. Tee Ring says:

    I just finished Hoot by Carl Hiaasen and am now reading the YA book he wrote afterwards, Flush. Both really good. Let’s see … so that would make the last non-YA fiction I read Memoirs of an Ex Prom Queen by Alix Kates Shulman. Quite a storm cloud of a book about male/female relationships. It inspired me to seek out her actual memoirs which I hope to read soon. Have been wanting to read Revolutionary Road, too. (Am obsessive about not seeing a movie unless I’ve read the book first … for some reason, once I’ve seen the movie, it takes the fun out of the book … makes my husband crazy, but just cannot do it.)

  8. JoeKinski says:

    I’m working my way through The Q Document by James Hall Roberts – mid-60s suspense novel – set around manuscripts purporting to prove Christianty false – yep it’s Da Vinci in the 60s set in Japan with Nazis and child-slavers…. everything you could wish Dan Brown was… ha!

  9. lenore says:

    I am reading Eclipse by Richard North Patterson right now and it is great so far.
    I saw Revolutionary Road last week and I’ve been dying to read the novel.
    I saw Titanic 3 times in the theater, and I didn’t work at one (for shame!)

  10. Erika Lynn says:

    I have been reading the Sue Grafton alphabet series mysteries and they are a great departure from YA novels. I also saw the movie Revolutionary Road and it was amazing so I would really like to read the book. thank!

  11. Megan says:

    People have been reading some pretty great books. I have only finished one non YA book so far this year. That book was called Perfect on Paper and is a great and funny read. I too am making a conscious effort to read more adult fiction and mostly failing. I hope next month will be more successful since I have a great reading list planned.
    Oh and I am also running a contest the ends 2/15. Top prize: $30 Amazon shopping spree.

  12. Diana Dang says:

    The latest non-YA fiction I have read and enjoyed is Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell. Here’s my review of it:

  13. JenP says:

    i just finished The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, a historical fiction novel by Lauren Willig

  14. Mona says:

    books i’ve read lately are:
    Blue Bloods Series
    Luxe Series
    and starting the Private Series soon

  15. Jenna says:

    The latest non-YA book I have read was Mouse Tales: A Behind-the-Ears Look at Disneyland by David Koenig.

  16. Liv says:

    Haven’t read a whole lot of non-YA fiction lately, but I’m forever a Jodi Picoult fan. :)

  17. Grace says:

    mmmm…i’ve recently read the Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane…

  18. Bridget says:

    I’ve posted this on Win A Book.
    Just finished Janet Evanovich’s Fearless Fourteen. A good book; not her best, but fun just the same.

  19. Julie P. says:

    I just read SENORA DA VINCI and really enjoyed it!

  20. Teresa W. says:

    I just finished Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris, this is a first in another great series by her.

  21. Katie says:

    I read My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult book last week and LOVED it.

  22. Alyce says:

    I enjoyed reading The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker.

  23. Amanda says:

    I did read a fantastic YA book recently (The King’s Rose), but never mind! The best non-YA book lately would be Time and Chance by Sharon Penman. Historical fiction at its very best!

  24. Grace M. says:

    I just finished rereading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It is one of my favorite books of all time and I reread it periodically.

  25. Kristi says:

    I have just started reading Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese. (I read a lot of YA also – so when I actually read an “adult” book it amazes me that I can’t just fly through it!)
    kherbrand at comcast dot net

  26. Kristi says:

    I have just started reading Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese. (I read a lot of YA also – so when I actually read an “adult” book it amazes me that I can’t just fly through it!)
    kherbrand at comcast dot net

  27. Kristi says:

    I have just started reading Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese. (I read a lot of YA also – so when I actually read an “adult” book it amazes me that I can’t just fly through it!)
    kherbrand at comcast dot net

  28. Thao says:

    I just finished See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson. I can’t get enough of Chick lits.
    Oh and there’s a ARC giveway at Brook Taylor’s blog, in case you haven’t know : D
    Thanks for another great giveaway Mel.

  29. Violet says:

    Jane Eyre. Although I did have a few complaints but overall I loved the book.

  30. tanabata says:

    I’m not in the US so I don’t know if I qualify for the giveaway, but the last book I read was Kissing Games of the World. A modern non-sappy love story.

  31. Stephanie says:

    Right now I’m reading Second Child by John Saul, but so far my favorite book that I read was Something Blue by Emily Griffin
    I am dying to read and see revolutionary Road! I love that Kate and Leonardo are back together on the big screen!

  32. bridget3420 says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this book.
    Right now I am reading The Saga of Beowulf by R. Scot Johns and its wonderful.

  33. Valorie says:

    I’ve read quite a few books lately that are just great. One is Medicus by Ruth Downie. Another one is Battle Royale by Takami, though it’s not a book for the faint of heart! Lots of violence.

  34. chris swan says:

    I’d love to read that book. The most recent book I read is The Secret Life of Bees (not sure if that is YA or not).

  35. nhertel85 says:

    I just finished Hotter Than Hell.

  36. rachel says:

    I read “black” by Ted Dekker. i’m not even sure if it’s young adult or adult.
    i would love to be entered in your contest!
    Thank you.

  37. rachel says:

    I read “black” by Ted Dekker. i’m not even sure if it’s young adult or adult.
    i would love to be entered in your contest!
    Thank you.

  38. carolyn says:

    If you like gritty mystery/crime/detective stuff as I do, you’ll love “The Last Detective” and “The Forgotten Man” (they kind of go together)by Robert Crais. I just finished them both last week–They are the latest in his Elvis Cole series. The books are set in LA which is kind of fun because I know many of the places Crais describes.
    I love serial books because after reading them for years, you’ve seen the characters grow and develop and they truly seem like friends.
    Also, 8 years ago, I went to a Robert Crais reading/signing and let me tell you…He is, um, easy on the eyes as they say. Wow.
    Can you believe I’ve never seen “Titanic?”

  39. Lis says:

    One non YA book that I recently read was Q&A by Vikas Swarup, the book my favorite movie Slumdog Millionaire is based on. I LOVE the book! and the movie of course haha

  40. Nikki U. says:

    I just read Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and loved it. Elizabeth travels for a year in Italy, Indonesia, and India to recover from a divorce and other nasty life changes.
    I love that she sees eating pasta as therapeutic.

  41. Kathy says:

    I loved The School of Essential Ingredients.

  42. Steph Su says:

    Hmm, non-YA? I recently read The Count of Monte Cristo and it’s now one of my favorite books.

  43. Kate says:

    I just read the Kite Runner and really loved it. I don’t know why it took me so long to read it, but I finally borrowed my stepmom’s copy!
    I’m going to see Revolutionary Road tomorrow, so I’d love to have the book too.

  44. Katlin S. says:

    I just finished the fifth book in Jennifer Rardin’s Jaz Parks sereis. It was supposed to be her last one, but I guess she decided to continue it. It’s not my usual genre, but the narrator is witty and entertaining.

  45. Nicole says:

    i’ve just read the reader which is another movie that kate winslet is in! its pretty good!

  46. cecilia says:

    I’m currently in the middle of The Stepmother as well as The Magicians & Mrs Quent.
    As for other contests floating about, here’s some from my sidebar:
    * For the Love of Books – wintergirls until 2/15
    * Harmony Book Reviews – Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by 2/17
    * Books By Their Cover – Chinese New Year Giveaways
    * Po(sey) Sessions – birthday prize pack until by 2/15
    * Shooting Star Mag – Zomo CDs until 2/7
    * Presenting Lenore – Penguin 8+ Prize Pack until 2/8
    * Reviewer X – Death By Bikini until 2/10

  47. Paradox says:

    I recently read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (Woo! Newbery Medal!) and enjoyed it!

  48. Ink says:

    I LOVE To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a classic. I’ve also read Ill Wind by Rachel Caine.

  49. kaitlyn says:

    hey its HI im Kaitlyn *waves frantically*
    ahh i cant believe i won ahhh thats so exciting idk how you want me to give you my adress you can email me if you want
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