What’s Next? (1)

Hi everyone, it’s Allison!


Here’s how it works:

  • Every Thursday, select three-five books (not too many, not too little!) that you want to read but can’t decide which one to read first.
  • Post the cover, and if you want, the synopsis or even a random line from the book, for each of your selections.
  • At the end of your post, ask readers to vote on which one you should read next!
  • Even if you don’t end up reading your readers’ top choice, you’ll know what the majority is excited for.

What’s Next is hosted by Hafsah at Iceybooks.



1) The Fault in Our Stars — John Green

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.  Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.


2)  I’ll Be There – Holly Goldberg Sloan

Sam Border wishes he could escape. Raised by an unstable father, he’s spent his life moving from place to place. But he could never abandon his little brother, Riddle. Riddle Border doesn’t talk much. Instead, he draws pictures of the insides of things and waits for the day when the outsides of things will make sense. He worships his older brother. But how can they leave when there’s nowhere to go? Then everything changes. Because Sam meets Emily. Emily Bell believes in destiny. She sings for her church choir, though she doesn’t have a particularly good voice. Nothing, she feels, is mere coincidence. And she’s singing at the moment she first sees Sam.  Everyone whose path you cross in life has the power to change you–sometimes in small ways, and sometimes in ways greater than you could have ever known.


3)  Virtuosity – Jessica Martinez

Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen’s whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn’t just hot…what if Jeremy is better? Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can’t end well, but she just can’t stay away. Nobody else understands her–and riles her up–like he does. Still, she can’t trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she’s told, doing what’s expected. Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall…

So…which book should I read next? Leave a comment to let me know which book I should pick and why!

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  1. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS! Probably in my top favorite books of all-time! Keep a box of tissue handy, though! 🙂

  2. The Fault In Our Stars, I’ve heard great things even though I haven’t read it myself.

  3. I’d vote The Fault in Our Stars. I haven’t read it yet – I feel like I’m going to need some time to emotionally prepare for it and then some time to get over it haha. But I know it’s going to be amazing.

  4. The only one I’ve read is Virtuosity but I’ve heard amazing things about John Green so that should probably be next (especially if you’re a fan of him!)

  5. The Fault in our Stars. Hands down. It is one of the most beautifully written books of all time. Read that with a box of tissues for the last hundred pages or so.

  6. The Fault in Our Stars because it’s a beautiful, beautiful (heartbreaking) book. It’s one of my favorites. 🙂

  7. i vote for I’ll be there! It looks like a good book!

  8. i vote for I’ll be there! It looks like a good book!

  9. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. That book . . . it’s so fantastic I can barely even express it. Beautiful and hilarious and heartbreaking and perfect.

  10. I’ve heard good things about VIRTUOSITY… but then, I’ve only heard incredible things about TFIOS. So I vote for John Green!

    Thanks for participating 😉

  11. Christina G says

    Fault is a ten star, beyond amazing story! No way you will be disappointed.


  13. I’ve read The Fault in our Stars and you can’t go wrong with that one, but my vote is for Virtuosity cause it’s on my list and I’d love to see your review:)

  14. The obvious choice is The Fault in Our Stars because that book is SO AMAZING. I have yet to find someone who’s read it & did not get at least something out of it. However, if you’re wanting something to surprise you.. I suggest Virtuosity. This book shocked me by how much I loved it. It’s a quiet book that didn’t get a lot of attention, which I feel it deserves. I highly recommend it!

  15. Definitely The Fault in our Stars. It’s the only one of the three I’ve read, which might make be biased towards it in this case, but even if you’d put up books I had read and really enjoyed, TFIOS would probably still be my vote.

  16. I vote 358723508978753 times for The Fault in Our Stars 🙂 It is one of the best books I’ve read this year and I can’t recommend it enough!

  17. I don’t usually comment on blog posts, but I felt compelled to click out of my RSS feed and tell you that I just read The Fault in Our Stars, and it is definitely what you should read!

  18. What an awesome new feature!! (And so helpful for those times when I have ZERO clue what to read *lol* )

    I would definitely say The Fault in Our Stars!! You will absolutely adore it.

    -Jac @ For Love and Books

  19. The Fault in our Stars. It sounds amazing. Enjoy.

    Happy Reading
    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  20. SO TOUGH. I’m going to go with I’ll Be There. I haven’t read Fault yet, but I know how sad it can get… and I really want someone to share in I’ll Be There with me. It’s such a great book and it really surprised me… in a good way. Sure, it’s sad but there’s a lot of hope in there too. I’m looking forward to seeing what you choose. 🙂

  21. I vote for TFiOS!!! I love John Green and TFiOS is one of my favorites of his, along with Paper Towns and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I hope you enjoy whichever book you choose!

  22. That’s incredibly difficult. But I’m gonna go with I’LL BE THERE. Because it’s beautiful in every way.

  23. I’ll be there sounds the best to me! I love stories about siblings that take care of one another ans face things together! 😉 Great meme!

  24. I vote for the fault in our stars, I have heard amazing things about John Green, Have a great day!

    My WN: youngadultbookhaven.blogspot.com

  25. Virtuosity!!!!

  26. I hesitated reading TFiOS for a while because it’s a “cancer” book, but I should have known better since John Green is one of my favorite authors. The writing is gorgeous, smart, and funny. The story is heart-breaking but so incredibly heart-warming at the sane time. It’s one of those I wish I could delete the memory of from my brain and go back and re-read!

  27. I’d say The Fault in Our Stars, I haven’t read it yet but i’ve heard amazing things about it.

  28. Another vote for The Fault in Our Stars! Loved it.

  29. Just started tFiOS today, and it’s amazing. BUT, you really need to read John’s books in order, to enjoy them the most….But my vote is still on it.

  30. I’ll say I’ll Be There. It’s such a great book. The third person narration and vignette style writing is so refreshing! It’s an easy read with lots of big ideas behing it.

  31. There is NO contest …THE FAULT IN OUT STARS! <3

  32. is this a joke?! TFiOS!!! 🙂 xoxoxoxo

  33. Um TFiOS of course! lol My 1st JG book, it was amazing, he is brilliant! Given the topic, totally not depressing, funny, light BUT thought provoking. Oh & you might cry! Sad cry at first but happy cry in the end.

    I read Virtuosity, didn’t like it too much but def. well written. Kind of a dark/depressing read for a summer read(in my opinion.) As for the plot/story I just wish it explored more of Carmen addiction.

  34. I vote Virtuosity!! To be fair, I haven’t read the other two yet, but I have recommended Virtuosity to anyone who has shown the slightest of interests because it’s GREAT!

  35. I have heard great things about the John Green one! I hope you enjoy whichever one you pick 🙂

  36. I haven’t read The Fault in Our Stars yet (though it’s high on my list), but I say Virtuosity. It is one of my faves of 2011. SO GOOD!

  37. I’ve read Virtuosity and TFioS and so naturally I saw: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.

  38. Another vote for THE FAULT IN OUR STARRRRRRRS!

  39. Oh wow, this is a great idea! I have read Virtuosity and I really liked it, but I still think you should go for The Fault in Our Stars – I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it!

  40. Virtuosity

  41. I’ll Be There! I haven’t read the others, but IBT was one of my favorite reads this year.