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?

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-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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Eyes of Fire (Summer of Fear – A Book Review)

Summer of Fear
Author: Lois Duncan
Published: 1983

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Rachel’s not jealous of her beautiful cousin. But she is afraid.

Cousin Julia comes to live with Rachel and her family after a terrible car accident. Slowly, inch by inch, Julia is taking over Rachel’s life. She takes her bedroom, her boyfriend, and soon enough her family. Everybody thinks Rachel is jealous, but that’s not it at all. There’s something dark about Julia, and Rachel’s terrified.

 

This book was a quick read. It is. Rather short. I finished it in three hours. I really enjoyed it even though a page was missing. LOL. I will never know what happened on the first page of chapter five. Kidding. I can probably buy a new copy of the book. This one I got out at a library sale. Those things are freaking gold mines. Anyway…a fantastic read. Classic, cult, and edgy from the same author of I Know What You Did Last Summer.

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Rachel is that ultimate final girl that—I hope I’m not the only one—you miss in horror movies these days. While everyone falls under Julia’s spell, she’s determined to get to the bottom of it. There’s heartbreak and even that panic inducing feeling. It wasn’t strong, but this dark and mystical story was a great page turner. Duncan does so well at building up to her great reveal. She always gets you with that twist. When everybody turns on Rachel, she fights back. And let me tell you, that was intense. That feeling of isolation that she gets trapped in is nothing compared to what could possibly happen to her.

I really clung on to the additional element of witch lore and magic. From having read a more horror novel last time, this was fresh to me. Witches of late have appeared more as agents of good, but not in this story. This book really touches on the bit that witches can be evil, too. There are upsides and dark sides of the supernatural and it was pretty cool to see the dark side.

Evil Witch

The attention to detail was wonderful. Not too much, but enough that the imagery was perfect, reminding me that this is set before the era of cell phones and DVDs. For many these days I’m sure your’e saying, “WHAT!?”. Yup, those days existed folks. After all, this was done in the eighties. Duncan’s writing really captured that without seeming overboard. I really liked it.

A favorite summer read of mine, but I believe Lois Duncan is great at creating a story like that. It’s the deadly story that gets you wanting summer. What kidn of story does that!? LOL. This one did, for me. Utterly original and, like I said already, classic. I’d really like to have the rest of the collection. So, do you read it because you like paranormal stories and horror? Yes! Do you read this because I say so? Well, that’d be cool, but I haven’t mastered the ability of manipulation so you’ll have to decid that for yourself.

 

Quotables

“It’s crazy, isn’t it, thinking you’ll never have anything but two brothers and then finally, at your age, getting a sister.” (Mike to Julia, p. 18)

“When you lose touch with youth, you grow old fast.” (Professor Jarvis to Julia, p. 56)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

P.S. Song today? Summer Sunshine by The Corrs.

 

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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.

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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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