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

HAte U Give

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

strange sorrows of ava lavender

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.

 

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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

astrophysics

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

summer reads

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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Summer Reads ~ YA Edition

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Hiya, precious bookworms!

If you’ve been noticing that I’ve been talking about summer reading and books that I save just for summer then you might’ve been expecting this list. Or, you were hoping for this.

Now, I usually only do one list of books a month so that I can keep it fresh, but being summer and all, I am going to be doing three. I’m very excited! I find these lists to be helpful because sometimes you just want a good book and have trouble deciding or have trouble thinking up one. Well, voila! Here we are.

I’m starting with YA because, if you couldn’t tell, I prefer YA over a lot of other genres, except for paranormal/fantasy. I live for the abnormal, sometimes angsty, sometimes moody-broody, first love and possibly never-ending love. It leaves me hopeful and inspired and in a world of awe and imagination. You know, the Willy Wonka spiel. Very close to that, and I LOVE it.

willy wonka

Now, enough of my rambling. Let’s look at books!

 

The Siren
Author: Kiera Cass

Siren- Adweek

I’ve done a review on this already. For those who love mermaids, the ocean, and a fairytale-esque storyline, this is a splendid read. Saved from death, Kahlen owes a debt to the Ocean and serves it as a siren. She’s not allowed to connect with the human world. Then she meets Akinli, sweet and thoughtful Akinli. At the risk of incurring the Ocean’s wrath, she must know him.

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Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber

Caraval

This one looks like so much fun, AND its sequel just came out.

Scarlet Dragna has never left the tiny island where she lives. Even though an arranged marriage lies on the horizon, she’s always dreamt of seeing Caraval—the once-a-year performance where the audience participates. When her sister Tella is kidnapped and put into the show, Scarlet must participate. To win, she must find Tella first or else she’ll disappear forever.

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Freeks
Author: Amanda Hocking

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This is another one I’ve read and can recommend.

Mara has lived her whole life in Gideon’s Traveling Carnival, going from town to town with her mom, the fortune teller.  She really just wants an ordinary life without people who have freaky premonitions or who can levitate. When they stop in the town of Caudry, she gets her chance. But this town has its own magical mysteriousness and she along with Gabe, the boy she met start searching for the thing that’s attacking her people before it’s too late and everybody is dead.

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The Hazel Wood
Author: Melissa Albert

Hazel Wood

Alice and her mother have spent most of their lives on the road, but when Alice’s grandmother, a reclusive author of a cult classic book of fairy tales, dies on her estate the Hazel Wood, Alice and her mother come to stay. Then Alice discovers just how bad her luck can be. Her mother is kidnapped by something supernatural that’s from the place in her grandmother’s book and she’s warned to stay out of the Hazel Wood. Teaming up with fanboy of the book, Ellery, they set out to rescue her mother, venturing into the Hazel Wood to do so.

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Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone

 

Just came out a few weeks ago; I got a copy and can’t wait to read it! It’s pretty far out of my usual reading zone. Magic and rebellion. Such a sweet combination.

Orisha used to hum with magic. Burners ignited flames. Tiders beckoned waves. Reapers summoned forth souls. Zelie Adebola remembers all of this, but all of it disappeared into the night as a king ordered that all of the maji were to be killed, leaving Zelie without her mother. With a rogue princess, Zelie has a chance to get magic back and hopefully before it’s gone for good. With many dangers lurking about and standing in her way, she may be the biggest danger of all as she struggles with her not only her powers, but her feelings towards an enemy.

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BONUS!

In addition to a few books to read this summer, I also have a couple series!

 

Night World
Author: L. J. Smith

Night World

If you love The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, read this other series by the same author that came up with the swoon worthy shows. Each story explores the supernatural world and how it must remain a secret. Though, when the myth of soulmates becomes real that may be a problem. Follow many characters and their stories and the tribulations they go through upon discovering their soulmate and the troubles that follow. Dangerous paranormals and breathtaking love that’ll have you melting.

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The Arcana Chronicles
Author: Kresley Cole

Arcana Chronicles

I can’t recommend this series enough! I think I may reread it this summer as I wait for the new one to be released. Evie Greene led an ordinary, teenage life. She was a cheerleader and dating the most popular boy. Was. After the Flash, the world is a decimated place. Scorched and a wasteland. If she hopes to survive it, she’ll have to rely on Jackson Deavaeux. There’s more at play than just the end of the world though. Tarot cards—and yes, they’re real—have risen up for the great battle and Evie’s caught in the middle. Dark mysticism and riveting action and magnetic chemistry that’ll make you spin.

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And there we go, loves! Books and books and books! Happy reading and be good.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Mom’s May Day – A Book List

Happy Mother’s Day to moms everywhere.

Mothers Day

It’s going to be a bit of a short post. Here, I have a list of books that make me think of moms and how special they truly are. Well, sort of. LOL.

Moms help us grow and become who we’re meant to be. Never should they be taken for granted.

I know I love my mom to pieces. She’s sacrificed so much for me. Time. Sanity. And so much more. I’m eternally grateful. I wouldn’t be the loud, obnoxious, overly exciteable, neurotic, crazy, loving, geeky, booknerd if not for her. Our lives have never been easy and with her I learned to tackle hurdles I never thought I could. She’s made me stronger, though sometimes I don’t feel strong at all. I love my mom.

 

Probabilities of Miracles
Author: Wendy Wunder

Probability of Miracles

A last chance for a mother to save her daughter from illness. This mother/daughter is sweet, tender, and yet, bittersweet.

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Love + Gelato
Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Love and Gelato

After losing her mother, a daughter is moved to Italy to get to know her father of whom she’s never met. Her mother’s journal falls into her hands and she gets a chance to see how she met her father. For the summer, she follows in her mother’s footsteps and unexpectedly falls in love

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Practical Magic
Author: Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic

Owens sisters confront challenge in love, life and magic. Together they break a curse that’s hung over their family destroying the love of their lives. Sally and Gillian have experienced this just as every woman of their family has. Can they break this curse?

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Everything Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon

Everything Everything

With a rare disease, a young girl has lived in doors all her life, always cared for by her mother. After meeting the boy next door and spending time with him, she begins to question whether she’s truly sick or not.

On Goodreads

 

Turtles All the Way Down
Author: John Green

Turtles

Aza is trying to be a good daughter, friend, and student, and with a fugitive billionaire missing suddenly and $100,000 reward at stake, she tries to be a good detective. With her best friend also intrigued enough to join the investigation, they go on the hunt.

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White Oleander
Author: Janet Fitch

white oleander

Ingrid is in prison for murder. Her daughter Astrid moves from foster home to foster, each more different than the last, with rules and dangers and lessons all of their own. This difficult journey becomes a journey of self-discovery for both mother and daughter.

On Goodreads

 

Flowers in the Attic
Author: V.C. Andrews

FITA

Corrine Dollanganger and her four children move in with her mother so that she can get back into her father’s good graces and inherit his money. Empty promises are made and soon the children are locked up like prisoners in the attic where only a fake garden comforts them.

On Goodreads

 

Shower your mom with love and smiles and hugs. Know that Mother’s Day is more than just gifts. It’s a feeling and a time that we get to remind moms that they did, and are stilling doing, a great job. That we love them deeply and we would be nowhere without their effect on our lives. They are superheroes.

Side Note: My mum, my mimsy-whimsy, my momo, the woman who shoved me out of the birth canal-actually is was a C-section-is really bummed about Lucifer getting suddenly cancelled as am I. I’ve been taking to Twitter and you should too!  It’s a fantastic show with phenomenal actors and crew and a splendid storyline. It’s TOO SOON TO SAY GOODBYE! So, I say #SaveLucifer and you should too.

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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From the Page to the Screen – A Book List

Hello, my epic and awesome bookworms!

How’s hangin’?

I’m good. The weather has been up and down. Rainy and snowy (which sucks). It’s supposed to be spring! I’ve discovered that I’m really into the trend of cacti. Don’t know why. Well, actually, it may relate to me being as prickly as a cactus. Kidding!And I’m on my sixth bag of jelly beans, but I can’t help it! The Sweet Tart Jellies are sooooo good. They do that thing where they rub my tongue raw, though.

Anyway, I have the monthly book list! This time I went with one that could stir up debate: the best book turned movie. There are a lot of favorites out there. I took some time to get some and have compiled a list. You be the judge!

Bridge to Terabithia
Author: Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia

“It really captured all of the creativity and imagination that the characters have.”

-Kat J.

Bridge to Terabithia

Harry Potter
Author: J.K. Rowling

HP

“It was pretty close to the books and created real magic.”

-Kya Y.

Harry Potter

Gone with the Wind
Author: Margaret Mitchell

Gone With the Wind

“I love historical fiction and this really did well in capturing Scarlet O’Hara. The length of the movie compared to the book was perfect.”

-Susan C.

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The Time Machine
Author: H.G. Wells

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“I love time travel sci-fi. The movie was really good in showing how the hero slowly turned into the villain with each time travel. It’s also gotten me into Dr. Who.”

-Jeff C.

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Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen

Water for Elephants

“A truly magical story. Kept close to the book.”

-Delena T.

Water for Elephants

Twilight
Author: Stephanie Meyer

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“I loved how well the intensity of the emotions of the characters were captured. Edward was perfect.”

-Rae R.

Twilight

The Princess Bride
Author: William Goldman

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“Just, yes. Definitely the best.”

-Becca B.

Princess Bride

Cat in the Hat
Author: Dr. Seuss

Cat in the Hat

-Bernard F.

Cat in the Hat

The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry

The Giver

“It wasn’t perfect, but they did a good job capturing the vibe.”

-Cierra M.

The Giver

Because of Winn-Dixie
Author: Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie

“It did a wonderful job of capturing the essence of Opal and her relationships.”

-Alice T.

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Have a book that you believe was made into a great movie? Tell me in the comments below!

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It’s Easy to be Green (and Fun) (A Book List)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Love this day. It celebrates my favorite color, and beer, and leprechauns and the Irish. The holiday is so much more than that, I know. This is the celebration Ireland’s patron saint and its culture. A beautiful culture by the way.

And the leprechauns….

This one:

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Not this one:

leprechaun

Again:

leprechaun

Thank you, Neil Gaiman for American Gods.

 

Here, I’ve got a special list of books of which I’ve picked out according to the specific guidelines listed below in celebration of

  • Books with green or luck in the title.
  • Books with green covers.
  • Books that take place in Ireland.
  • Can’t be in the middle of a series but can start one because it would be awkward to start in the middle of a journey, though not unheard of. I’m guilty of this, but still.
  • Books about St. Patrick’s Day (I couldn’t find one! I am now dying to read a YA book about luck, magic, Celtic culture, and St. Patrick’s day. Artemis Fowl is close, but just doesn’t cut it even though this spoiled, evil child is out for gold and magic.)

Here we go:

Love and Luck

Love + Luck
Author: Jenna Evans Welsh

 

The Lucky One

The Lucky One
Author: Nicholas Sparks

 

The Green Mile

The Green Mile
Author: Stephen King

 

Freaky Green Eyes

Freaky Green Eyes
Author: Joyce Carol Oates

 

Matched

Matched
Author: Maddie Condle

 

Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner

 

Splintered

Splintered
Author: A.G. Howard

 

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Anne of Green Gables
Author: L.M. Montgomery

 

Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl
Author: Eoin Colfer

 

Wicked

Wicked
Author: Gregory McGuire

 

Grab a beer and settle in, though I must say, it’s not easy to read while tipsy. I know from personal experience.Either the book tips sideways or I do. That or the words move and that makes reading difficult. However, there are some good ones on this list!

Have an amazing GREEN day and be safe. Love you, book nerds.

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