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What We're Reading: Looking for the Next Big Thing in YA Fiction ... and More!

updated 02/28/2013 at 04:30 PM EST

originally published 02/28/2013 12:15PM

We're big book lovers around here – novels, celebrity memoirs, the classics, YA fiction … anything that grabs and transports us.

This week's selection of staff book picks reflects our fairly eclectic tastes. Check out what we're reading this week below, and keep the conversation going by letting us know in the comments what books are capturing your imagination.

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Ender's Game

Alynda Wheat, Movie Critic
Her pick: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

I'm always reading something that's being turned into a movie. These days that means plenty of young-adult fiction as studios pursue the next hit teen franchise, like Twilight or The Hunger Games. This one's a contender: It's about a futuristic space school where kids prepare to battle aliens. The action and the moral implications are intense – and it might give 15-year-old Asa Butterfield, the star of the film coming in November, a shot at being another Jennifer Lawrence.











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Beautiful Ruins



Samantha Miller, Features Editor
Her pick: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Beautiful Ruins is a romantic, funny, page-turner of a novel about both modern-day Hollywood and a struggling young actress in Italy in the 1960s. I'd call it a classy beach read except it's 40 degrees and raining here in New York City ... the book's taking me away from all that!











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The House on Willow Street

Lisa Greissinger, Deputy Editorial Manager
Her Pick: The House on Willow Street by Cathy Kelly

Sometimes I review books for the magazine, and I love it: it gives me an excuse to curl up with a novel and tell everyone that mama's "working." Right now my "work" is this story set in an Irish village. My favorite character is a mom of two whose high school boyfriend shows up just as she's separated from her husband. Which of us hasn't wondered about the guy who got away? It's pretty delicious.

Check back next Thursday for another round of staff picks, and see more book reviews each week in PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

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