That’s What Friends Are For – A Book List

Hello, loves.

With Thanksgiving coming up, I decided on a booklist to represent friendship. I know personally, I’m thankful for my family and friends. Sometimes I’m a lot to put up with LOL.

Whether we’re up or down. In great times of need. Blood or not. Friends are always there for us. This book list is dedicated to them. With love, tragedy, heartache, and hardships, life would be a different beast if we had to tame it by ourselves.

And sometimes it isn’t easy to have friends. You’ll fight and cry and may not speak for days or weeks or months, but you know they’re not far away and that you’ll make up. Sometimes you drift apart and that’s okay, too. Make room for as many as possible is my advice.

Like an onion or a flower, sweet or sour, there will be many. Only a few will crack open your heart and be in your special circle. The circle you pair your family in, and it won’t matter how far away you are from each other. It’s the heart that keeps you connected (and of course social media these days LOL).


The Rules of Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic

“Don’t live a little. Live a lot.”

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A Wrinkle in Time
Author: Madeleine L’Engle

Scarlet Reader - A Wrinkle in Time

“We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.”

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The Thing About Jellyfish
Author: Ali Benjamin

The Thing About Jellyfish

“But a person doesn’t always know the difference between a new beginning and a forever sort of ending.”

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Author: Rick Riordan

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“Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or for worse…and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.”

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Daughters of the Moon
Author: Lynne Ewing

Scarlet Reader - Daughters of the Moon

“Life is like riding a bicycle. You get nowhere standing up, so get up on that seat and go!”

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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Author: Ann Brashares

Scarlet Reader - Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

“Maybe, sometimes, it’s easier to be mad at the people you trust because you know they’ll always love you, no matter what.”

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The DUFF
Author: Kody Keplinger

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“You can lie to yourself if you want, but reality is going to catch up with you. I’ll be waiting when it does… whether you like it or not.”

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Pay It Forward
Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde

Scarlet Reader - Pay It Forward

“What’s weird is when you mean a lot more to somebody else than they ever meant to you. I mean, a whole lot more. Like life on two whole different planets.”

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The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik
Author: David Arnold

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“But I also know that sometimes—not always, but in the best of cases—innocence lost can be knowledge gained, and I think this is one of those times.”

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Sisters in Sanity
Author: Gayle Forman

Scarlet Reader - Sisters in Sanity

“It’s just that we’d like to think that craziness and sanity are on opposite ends of an ocean, but really they’re more like neighboring islands.”

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More to come soon…

-K.

 

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All Hallows Read – A Book List

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Halloween book list!

 

Halloween. Is there a better time for a book list! I think not! And there are so many scary books to choose from! If I haven’t said it enough, I LOVE Halloween. I can’t get enough of it and the books that come out during this time of year, I love to see which one will scare me the most.

So, grab a flashlight, hide under the covers, of even just dim the lights or sit by the fire…

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Here are some killer YA books to pick up this scary season.

 

The Sacrifice Box
Author: Martin Stewart

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Don’t go back to the box alone.

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Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel
Author: A. W. Jantha

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The Sanderson Sisters are back for an encore.

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The Wood
Author: Chelsea Bobulski
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It’s dark and sinister and alluring. Don’t go in alone or you might not come out.

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Little Monsters
Author: Kara Thomas

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Sometimes appearances cane be deceiving. 

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that’s NOT what happened
Author: Kody Keplinger
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Finding the truth has it’s consequences.

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Paper Valentine
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
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Love can be killer.

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Something Strange and Deadly
Author: Susan Dennard
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There is something strange and zombie on the loose…

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More to come soon…

-K.

 

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The ABCs of YA ( A Booklist)

Hello book clan! How have you been?

It’s already the middle of September. Wowzers.

This is the book list for the month. It’s quite a long one compared to the norm.

The ABC book list is really popular, and I couldn’t help, but jump on the bandwagon. My ABC’s are based on a Young Adult list. As you know, that’s the forte I love. Maybe you’ve already completed part of this list. I know I can check a couple of them off.

Now, I don’t have descriptions. BUT! If you click the Goodreads links they will take you to the book description, so click away, find new books to put on your list, or even make this a To Read check list.

 

A…

Ash Princess
Author: Laura Sebastian

ash princess

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B…

Broken Beautiful Hearts
Author: Kami Garcia

Broken Beautiful Hearts

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C…

Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tome Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone

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D…

Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken

Darkest Minds

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E…

Echoes
Author: Alice Reeds

Echoes

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F…

Flame in the Mist
Author: Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist

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G…

The Gathering
Author: Kelley Armstrong

The Gathering

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H…

Holding Up the Universe
Author: Jennifer Niven

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I…

Ink and Bone
Author: Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone

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J…

Just One Day
Author: Gayle Foreman
Just One Day

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K…

Kissed by An Angel
Author: Elizabeth Chandler

Kissed by an Angel

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L…

Love & Luck
Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Love and Luck

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M…

Monday’s Not Coming
Author: Tiffany D. Jackson

Monday's Not Coming

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N…

Nyxia
Author: Scott Reintgen

Nyxia

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O…

One of Us is Lying
Author: Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying

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P…

Poison Princess
Author: Kresley Cole

Poison Princess

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Q…

The Queen’s Rising
Author: Rebecca Ross

Queen's Rising

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R…

Roar
Author: Cora Carmack

Roar

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S…

Sweep
Author: Cate Tieran
Sweep

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T…

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han

To All the Boy I've Loved Before

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U…

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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V…

Vengance
Author: Megan Miranda

Vengeance

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W…

The Wish List
Author: Eoin Colfer

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X…

X-Isle
Author: Steve Augarde

X-Isle

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Y…

You Will Be Mine
Author: Natasha Preston

You Will Be Mine

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Z…

Zenith
Author: Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

Zenith

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A couple of these I’ve got on my cue list to read and a few others I really want to add to it. There are a couple I’ve read like Children of Blood and Bone, The Wish List, Poison Princess (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve already geeked out about this book. Rereading the series right now actually.), and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and I think they are great to add to this list.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying – A Book List

There are books out there that really yank on the heart. They yank so hard that you cry, and those teardrops fall onto the pages, seeping in. Those tear-jerkers are emotional gutbusters. I like these kinds of books every once in a while. They evoke some deep emotions. Make me feel like I’m not an utter robot. That’s good right? Of course! We all need a good cry sometimes.

Cry Cry

Here are some phenomenal tear-jerkers that you can fall asleep crying to at night.

 

 

A Walk to Remember
Author: Nicholas Sparks

A Walk to Remember

Landon Carter had gone with a girl or two. And then he met Jamie, the town minister’s daughter and the last person he ever thought he’d fall in love with. She was quiet, always carried her Bible and was content living her life in her own way with her own beliefs.

After getting partnered with Jamie for a project, Landon’s life was never the same

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the thing about jellyfish
Author: Ali Benjamin

The Thing About Jellyfish

After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is determined to figure out the real cause of it and she believes it’s because of a jellyfish sting. She will stop at nothing to prove this theory, retreating into her own world to prove it. Her journey leads her to explore life, death, and aching tragedy as she struggles with a reality without her friend.

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The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

Though her tumor has shrunk, giving her a few extra years, Hazel is terminal…dying. And she accepts it. When Augustus Waters appears at a support group Hazel knows that her life—at least the end of it—will never be the same.

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Before I Die
 Author: Jenny Downham

Before I Die

This is Tessa’s story. She’s rebelling, Amid this rebellion, she has ten things she wants to do to release her from this restraining life she’s been living, and why not? She gets a taste of new reality that send her spinning and yet, ground her. As she goes on completing her goals, reality sets in as she is reminded of what’s most precious, making her wish that she wasn’t dying.

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Bridge to Terabithia
 Author: Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia

Jess Aarons has one goal. To be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing, but that means nothing when the new girl, Leslie Burke, beats him and everyone else. Bold and kind, she and Jess become fast friends, and they come to create one of the most magical places of the imagination—Terabithia.

Just close your eyes and keep your mind wide open.

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Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky

Perks of Being a Wallflower

Caught up in adolescence, Charlie tries to steer through carefully. From first dates to family drama to young love to the Rocky Horror Picture Show, he is stuck between living his life and running from it. Charlie will learn to navigate this crazy ride called life.

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If I Stay
Author: Gayle Foreman

If I Stay

Mia is caught between life and death after a car crash kills her parents and little brother. But, he’s telling her to stay. Adam. From having many choices to having only one, will she fight to remain or let go and be with her family?

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More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Some Red, Some Blue, and a Pinch of White – A Book List

While the fourth of July may have passed, this month’s book list is based on the great red, white and blue…though I’m sure you figured that out from the title. As you know, I’m mostly centric around YA books. So, I have also dedicated this list to the YA genre.

Here we go…

 

Red…

 

The Space Between

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Space Between

Daphne is the half-demon and half-angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. When her brother Obie is kidnapped, she leaves her home, Pandemonium, and goes up to the streets of Earth. With the help of a boy who is supposedly the last person to see her brother, Daphne delves deeper into this world, her demonic powers, and while discovering what it means to be human.

 

Scythe

Author: Neal Shusterman

Scythe

There’s no hunger. No disease. No war. No misery.

Citra and Rowan are chosed to apprentice to a scythe. They must learn the ‘art’ of taking life. Scythes are the only ones who can end a life. They are ordered to do so to keep population under control. Neither Citra or Rowan want this, but who would?

 

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Simon

Simon, not openly gay, prefers to reserve drama for the school musical, but when an e-mail is sent to the wrong person he’s blackmailed. His secret is threatened and unless he plays wingman for the class clown it could become everyone’s business. Even worse, the person meant to receive the e-mail, the guy he’s been crushing on, could revealed as well. Simon has to find a way to step WAY out of his comfort zone in order to preserve his secret.

 

Heartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Heartless

Catherine, though desired by many of Wonderland, has only ever wanted toopen a bakery. Her mother deems that unthinkable for the next possible queen. When she meets Jest, the mysterious jester, she feels an attraction. At the risk of infuriating the great king and her parents, the two begin a secret courtship, determined to be with each other.

 

 

White…

 

The Raven Boys

Author: Maggie Stievvater

Raven Boys

Every year, Blue stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Usually she never sees them until this year.

Gansey ask for her help. He’s on a quest, but he’s from the private school, Aglionby, and Blue stays away from Aglionby boys also called the Raven Boys. They can only mean trouble. Somehow, she’s drawn to him.

For as long as Blue can remember, she’s been warned that she’d cause her true love to die. As she gets caught up with Gansey she never thought it would be a problem, especially with him. Now, she’s not so sure.

 

The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

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Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood she lives in and the fancy prep school she attends. These worlds shatter when she witnesses her best friend, Khalil, being shot by a police officer. His death becomes a national headline. Some are calling him a thug or drug dealer. Protesters take to the streets in Khalil’s name.

What everyone wants really wants to know is: what really happened that night?

 

All My Dangerous Friends

Author: Sonya Hartnett

All My Dangerous Friends

Louie has finished with her old life and stepped into the world of sinners. Morality is a nuisance. It’s good to be bad. Everything can be bought, but the prices paid are high.

 

One of Us is Lying

Author: Karen M McManus

One of Us is Lying

The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars. Five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect.

 

 

And Blue…

 

How to Hang a Witch

Author: Adriana Mather

How to Hang A Witch

Sam Mather moves to Salem, Massachusetts, the site for the infamous Salem Witch Trials, when her dad fall ill. A turn of events makes Sam the target of the Descendants—the original descendants of the witches—and the center of a centuries old curse. With visions plaguing her, Sam must get to the bottom of the curse to stop a deadly cycle that’s been going on since the first witch was hung before history can repeat itself.

 

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Karou fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real. Her hair is naturally blue and she speaks multiple languages, some of which aren’t human. But, who is she? When Akiva fixes on her in an alley, the result unleashes a star-crossed love that in rooted in a violent past that also lead Karou to learn the truth about herself, but will she regret it?

 

Carve the Mark

Author: Veronica Roth

Carve the Mark

Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the sister of the brutal tyrant that rules the Shotet people. He’s just a farmer and oracle of Thuvhe. Cyra is exploited by her brother, but he has no idea just how strong she is. The hostility between Akos and Cyra’s countries seems insurmountable. Will they help each other survive or destroy each other?

 

the strange and beautiful sorrow of ava lavender

Author: Leslye Walton

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Foolish love appears to be the Roux Family birthright. Sixteen year-old Ava just wants to fit in with her peers, though she’s naïve about the twisted motives of others. Nathan Sorrows mistakes her for an angel and grows more and more obsessed with her until the Summer Solstice. It’s a night filled with rain and feathers and devastation for many.

 

 

Some of these are currently on the NYT Bestseller List, some are being turned into movies and some of these are just too good to miss…though I haven’t read every single one. I still recommend them.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Summer Reads – Nonfiction Edition

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Hello, precious bookworms,

June has been filled with a few book lists. Why? Because summer is upon us and that means days that you’ll spend lounging around, reading a great book, or many great books.

I’ve already gotten the YA Edition and the Fiction Edition up. I bring you my final list this month and that is the Nonfiction list.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Author: Neil deGrasse Tyson

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On the NYT Bestsellers List, get a fast lane knowledge on the cosmos, because who has time to contemplate them lately? I wish I had the time, especially now that it’s summer, the perfect time for looking at the stars. Questions you’ve always wondered about like, the nature of space and time and how does the universe fit within us, are answered and in a timely fashion. Whether on the bus on your way to work or on a lunch break, you’ll get your moment to think about the meaning of life or at least the search for planets. I don’t read much nonfiction. I much prefer the YA genre, but this book is on my list.

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Hillbilly Elegy
Author: J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy

A powerful analysis of a culture in crisis and the disintegration of the demographic of white working-class Americans. I feel like this is a touchy subject, yet one that should, and is, discussed wonderfully in this book. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this bestseller. Vance’s story is personal and passionate from the POV of him and his family, starting in postwar America with his grandparents and moving forward through the change of America from there.

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BRAVE
Author: Rose McGowan

Brave

Rose McGowan, a powerful, feminist icon, was born into one cult and came of age in another, more prominent one—Hollywood. If you’ve kept up with this woman then you know she has no filter and that makes her powerful. She’s stood alongside women who have suffered from abuse and harassment. She stands with them and in this memoir, she shares her own experiences as only one actress who’s lived under constant exposure from the spotlight and over-sexualization. Here, she speaks up, no, she shouts and screams. This powerful book reaches out and encourages men and women to step up and be strong and be brave. Expect expletives, folks. This is another book on my list that I want to read. I am a big fan of Rose and ever since she’s comes forward and been loud and strong about her stance in Hollywood I’ve loved her even more.

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The Last Black Unicorn
Author: Tiffany Haddish

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A stand-up comedian, and breakout actress, Tiffany Haddish brings something brand new to memoir.  Edgy, hysterical and no holding back with her personal essays. From one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, she learned to survive by making people laugh. Through tough times, Tiffany kept her dream alive, something she found worth living for: comedy. These accounts of how she was brought up is unique and filled with laughs as well as showing how humble and grateful she is for being able to get her dream.

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#NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line
Author: David Hogg, Lauren Hogg

Never Again

On February 14, 2018, David and his sister Lauren Hogg went to school and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. They believed it was going to be like any other day. It wasn’t. That day, the school experienced a shooting and by the next morning seventeen classmates and faculty were dead. David and Lauren have joined the movement for this to end, that never again should something this terrifying happen again. Never again should kids be afraid to go to school These siblings step forward with this manifesto with strong voices, they’re saying, Enough.

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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic

Elizabeth Gilbert shares her unique wisdom and perspective on creativity. She goes over the attitudes, approaches and habits we need and what fuels our creativity. Encouraging for us to find what makes us sparkle, our ‘strange jewels’, in yourself. Whether embarking on a dream or infusing it with everyday life, this gem is sure to open you up in ways you didn’t think of.

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In Cold Blood
Author: Truman Capote

In Cold Blood

For those who love the true crime variety, Truman follows the story of two men who murdered the Clutter family. No motive. Almost no clues led to the killers. With incredible empathy and suspense, Truman follows the murder, investigation, trial and execution. This insight to American just and violence is shudder worthy.

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There you have it, loves. You’ve got YA, Fiction, and Nonfiction. A wide variety. I know I’ve been expanding my interests lately and I’ve been surprised a few times. What are you reading this summer?

More to come soon…

-K.

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Summer Reads – Fiction Edition

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Happy summer, booknerds!

Hope you are all doing well and that the weather is beautiful. I told you I had a few extra lists this month. I’ve done the YA list already – which you can find here. This is the Summer Read Fiction Edition. I wanted to pick up a variety to attract a variety of you lovely readers as well as pique some new interests.

 

Circe
Author: Madeline Miller

Circe

This NY Times bestseller brings to life a new and more in depth tale about the daughter of the Titan, Helios: Circe, and how she became one of the most powerful witches in history. That she isn’t as evil as she’s made out to be and just wants to protect those she cares about. With the power to transform rivals into beasts and more, she’ll go against the gods and humans. I’m a big lover of Greek mythology, so this one is definitely on my to-read list. This also comes from the same author who wrote The Song of Achilles.

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The Outsider
Author: Stephen King

Outsider

If you’ve got horror in your bones and love a good paranormal-y twist then pick this up. On the NY Times Bestseller list, this story circles around the murder of a kid. While the authorities are sure they know who it is, the coach of the kid’s little league team, he has an alibi, and a good one, plus more people turn up dead. But, the killer looked like him? How? Get addicted to this brand new story by the King-man.

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Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

On and off the bestseller’s list, this action packed ride will have you hanging on. This is currently up on my reading queue and I can’t wait to read it. For gamers and anybody that loves clinging on to an adventure with a BIG endgame, read this. Exciting and fulfilling…so I hear. Also, a movie that’s recently come out this year.

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Noir
Author: Christopher Moore

Noir

If you love noir, dicks (private dicks…damn it, detectives, people), and hella good comedy then this is for you. I love Christopher Moore and I was really excited to hear about this novel. Love at first sight, a UFO, a plane crash, and the kidnapping of Cheese after a scheme gone bad. Sammy Tiffin, the bartender of a hopping gin joint, has his work cut out for him.

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Sinless
Author: Sarah Tarkoff

Sinless

Calling all dystopian lovers! Those who are good are graced with beauty while those who are considered bad suffer from disfigurement or death. When important information is stumbled upon battle breaks out and it becomes hard to distinguish the good from the evil.

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These are only a couple spanning the many genres to choose from as well as a few of the most popular I’ve heard about.

 

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