30 Day Book Blogging Challenge…Best Book I Read Last Year!

30 day book blogging challenge_peter monn

Last month, I attempted to blog every day per several monthly “blog challenges” I had found, but grew tired of some of the questions, so fell sort of my goal.  In anticipation of my book release for The Before Now and After Then on 7/29, I wanted to do blog daily about something dear to my heart; books! I found this really cool 30 Day Book Blogging Challenge and will be blogging the response for each day, as well as additional blog, so stay tuned to learn about my favorite books of all time!

What is the best book I read last year?

This is kind of a tricky question, because I read so much that I sometimes have a difficult time remembering when I actually read a book.  I don’t just read new books either.  My bookshelf is filled with books I bought years ago and often I find something I bought awhile ago and start reading it as if it is new.  I also love returning to the classics and finding something old and making it new again.  I would have to say definitively, the best book I read in 2013 was The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. (I’ve linked the pictures to Amazon so you can find out more about each book!)

the fault in our stars book john green_peter monn

And I’m not just saying that because I’m jumping on the bandwagon of dedicated fans who just saw the movie and are now rushing out to buy everything he wrote, although I don’t think it matters, the man is a master storyteller.  I actually heard about the book because Tyler Oakley, the YouTuber, did a video about the book and after hearing his public outcry for his love of the story, I had to read it.

wally lamb she's come undone_peter monn

Not since Wally Lamb‘s She’s Come Undone had I read a book so fast.  I literally sat on my front porch one night at about 8pm, pot of coffee ready for the read, and I splashed into the world of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters.  Several hours later, I came up, drowned in the emotion of their love for each other and a hauntingly honest tale of teenage love.  The book is amazing!

But that was in 2013, and since January I’ve read so many books that I’ve really, really loved, that it’s hard to pick just one.  So I won’t…I’ll pick two, and this does not include my favorite series I’ve read, which you’ll have to wait until later in the month to find out.

love letters to the dead_peter monn

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira I absolutely one of the best books I have ever read.  I do not believe in spoilers, so I won’t tell you anything about the book, except trust me.  Even better, if you’re a member of Audible, buy it on audible and listen to it read out loud while you drive around.  In one sentence, it is about a girl who is grieving the loss of her older sister and growing up, all told through letters to famous dead people like Kurt Cobain and Amelia Earhart.  (I don’t want to give away any others because waiting to see who she would pick was part of the fun.)  The book is deep and meaningful and resonated long after I turned the last page.

aristotle and dante discover the secrets of the universe_peter monnI don’t even know where to start with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.  First of all, this book was recommended to me by someone who I don’t normally like what they recommend so I was hesitant to start it anyway.  Then when I went to Barnes and Noble and looked everywhere in the young adult section, just to find it wedged in the adult literature section, I was even more concerned.  I first read this book, in two days, and then immediately bought it on audible and listened to it.

This book is truth and I immediately fell in love with Aristotle and Dante.  I won’t admit that I knew where it was going, but I had my suspicions and I was overjoyed with the heartfelt and endearing end to this book.  By the end, I felt like they had both been through so much that I just wanted them to be happy.  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.  And God, I wish I had a friend like Dante! Great summer reading book!

So there you have it! My favorite two books of 2014…so far!

I have decided that I am going to start doing book review blogs and videos on my YouTube channel so if you’re interested in me reviewing a certain book please contact me at peter@raannt.com or let me know in the comments below!

Much love,


And stay tuned for the release of my book The Before Now and After Then July 29th 2014! It would really mean a lot to me if you’d add it to your Goodreads to-read shelf and go there to find out more and visit my author page! Thanks!

Please visit the Goodreads page to add this book to your shelf!




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