The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Patrick Ness is by far one of my favorite authors of all time. I've loved every single one of his books to date. So when I heard he was coming out with a new one, I just had to pre-order it, and I was not disappointed!
I read it over the course of one weekend, because, as I've found with most of Ness' books, it was an incredibly quick and fluid read. What makes this book brilliant is that its entire premise is a parody of the classic tropes in YA literature - the Mary Sues, the cheesy love triangles, and main protagonists who always manage to have an uncommon name like "Satchel" or "Finn" - inter-cut with the extraordinarily warming and down-to-earth story of the kids who didn't make that "YA" cut. The novel's protagonist, Mikey, is just an average kid who wants to make it to graduation before another horde of zombies attacks, or the high school getting blown up. But while the "Finns" and "Satchels" of their mountainous hometown duke it out with otherworldly forces, Mikey has to battle with his crippling OCD, a mother who has more of a fondness for politics than her own kids, and questions about his sexuality, relationships, and the real difference between infatuation and true love.
Whether or not you're familiar with YA tropes, this book will make you weep. Chances are, you'll come away touched by the thought that it's not such a bad thing to lead an ordinary life after all.
That's three books down for me, and about another fifty-something to go! Currently I'm working on Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. But what are your winter favorites? Got any suggestions? Leave them in the comments down below! Nothing gets you quite as motivated as a book by a good author, and a cup of warm tea!