This story moved me in unexpected ways. More than the tragedy of a despicable attack on a young woman. More than how the justice system responds. It is an insight into women, their attitudes, reactions, strengths, and weaknesses.
A riveting account from WWI and a group of graduates from Smith College who travel to France to aid villagers whose lives have been shattered by the German army.
Based on archival records and letters written by these women who overcame unimaginable struggles to do what they set out to do.
An ancient custom of Afghanistan, Bacha Posh, allows young Rahima, a daughter in a family with no sons, to dress and be accepted as a boy. She is allowed all the freedoms and priveleges of a boy... until she reaches puberty. Then she must return to the life of a girl.
This book was published 11 years ago and it still resonates with me. Beautiful prose, an exotic setting, deeply felt characters and a saga-like story come together to create a story you will sink into.
Apparently I wasn't paying attention to the news in the 80's and was unaware on the siege of Sarajevo. This book educated and enlightened me Parts that I was sure were creative additions to the events were, in fact, true. A supberb historical/realistic fiction.
Great Circle is epic saga of empowered women and aviation history. Melding the lives of Marion Graves, who wants nothing more than to fly plans (not easily accomplished for a women in the early 1900's) and Hadley Baxter, an actress portraying Marion a century later. A richly detailed adventure that will take you around the world.
If you haven't read The Golem and the Jinni yet (it was published 7 years ago), you need it on your "To Read" nightstand pile. This tale of two mystical creatures flows like the best fairy tales of your youth. Read it now because the equally amazing sequel is coming in June!
Two women go missing from the same town within weeks of each other... At the same time a little girl goes missing and is found 11 years later with more trama than one child should have gone through. Is there a connection? What is that connection? Kubica winds an amazing tale of who, what, when and why... You will read this in one seating!
Nothing ever happens in a small town, until it does... And it's usually huge! Kristen Hannah has done it again! I have read all of her books and this one is my favorite! Her stories keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you reading until the very last word and often you will want to reread it again right away! Twists and turns and an ending that you will not see coming! This is one not to be missed!
Here is a story of how one women has overcome a lifetime of abuse to only become someone who helps other women overcome/leave their abuse in the past. Mary Madison has servived abuse of every nature only to become the strong and powerful woman she is now. This is a story that will stick with you and have you wondering what you can do to help others!
This memoir had me laughing out loud one minute and in tears the next. It made me miss my grandmother deeply! every grandmother, mother, and daughter needs to read this gem!
A child is born...caught between race lines...goes into cardiac distress ...if Nurse Ruth touched the child she could lose her job...if she doesn't the child could die...In this one moment a family changes forever...
Have you ever asked yourself "What If..."? As Mia Jensen lies dying she sees all of her what if moments. Each moment/chapter is written by a different author and all are fabulous! The story flows nicely and the reader wants to know more and more about what Mia Jensen could have been! This is a book you DO NOT want to miss!
On the day of her 40th birthday party Livia has a secert to share with her husband...Not knowing he has a secret of his own to share. They go through the day trying to be upbeat and there for each other while the secerts are tearing them up inside. Told in alternating voices we wonder when the secrets will come out and what will be left of this family.
B.A. Paris is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to psychological thrillers! Behind Closed Doors will keep you on the edge of your seat! You want ot keep reading to see how much more deplorable the husband can be yet you want to stop at the same time because you can't imagine the wife taking any more of his abuse. This is NOT a story for the faint of heart!
This is the story of Annabelle and her quest to run across America. Through her journey of self discovery, we uncover more and more about what caused Annabelle's life-changing trauma. This books is extremely inspiring and I could not put it down!
This book is great for those who love a good teen action/romance novel. Not to mention the epic magical aspect that Clare includes in all of her books. One of my favorite teen series (and authors) ever!
This book is the perfect blendof unbiased journalism and personal stories. It will both inform you about the tragic details of the AIDS crisis as well as break your heart with the intensely touching stories of those who suffered.
These plays are so much more than a family feud, a love triangle, and a talking moon. Lorca's use of symbolism is unparalleled. The truths he reveals about humans' infinite and unbreakable ties to natural fate are so interesting to read about! Highly recommend, especially as an academic read!
This is a MUST READ for every Twilight fan! Midnight Sun is the first book in the series retold from Edward's perspective. There is loads more character development and answers many of the questions that the original series left fans wondering about. This absolutely fulfilled my insatiable thrist (pun intended) for more Twilight content! Loved it!
If a big sister were a book... this would be it. Dodie is a wonderful musician and youtuber. This book is full of little anecdotes, advice, poetry, music, behind the scenes pictures, anything you could ask for. I flew threw it and always find myself flipping back through it. A great light read!
This series is phenomenal. As if the storyline wasn't enough, the incredibly detailed artwork adds even more to the plot. This is the story of an unconventional family working together to save the world from the apocalypse (that they may or may not have caused). There are lots of laughs to be found in these graphic novels. I loved all of them! Highly recommend!
"Life is a pretty sweet fruit." --Bruce McCullough, Kids in the Hall
Devil in the White City is one of the first non-fiction books to really spark a love of non-fiction storytelling for me. Told with the full drama and excitement that the subject demands Larson follows both the creation of the 1893 World's Fair and a horrifying serial murderer using the chaos of the city in motion to cover his crimes. Perfect for true crime fans and fans of US history.
The Immortalists is nothing one of the most engaging and beautiful novels I've read in a long time. The premise seems dark but the storytelling is not at all. Four siblings travel to a local fortune-teller to hear their death date as children and that knowledge (whether believed or not) has startling impacts on their lives. The novel follows each sibling in succession, showing how varried and unpredictable our reactions to knowlege can be. Full of hope and life and promise this is a book that stayed with me long after I closed it's covers.
Lily and the Octopus was an impulse purchase, I liked the cover and needed a book for a plane ride. Rowley took me completely by surprise, the book is full of quirky humor and heartbreak, of finding and losing love, of the madness that grief can cause and the healing that comes after. I can't say much about the plot without ruining the experience of the read but I promise you won't be disappointed!
Good Omens is, hands down, my favorite book. Two of my favorite authors paired up to explore Armageddon from the eyes of a 9 year old boy, a demon who is maybe sometimes good and an angel who is maybe sometimes bad! If you recently watched the series adaptation on Amazon give the book a try--it is a great adaptation but the book always has more details, more jokes, more characters.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is novel set in an alternate, but similar, universe where magic once existed and is now studied by gentlemen of leisure in much the way science or medicine was studied in the early 1900s. Mr Norrell, a student of magic, is given an invitation to experience real magic, as preformed by Jonathan Strange, a young, confident and odd recluse. The journey these two take through real magic is so delightful and immersive you'll feel like you are there with them. A perfect book for fans of Harry Potter, the Magicians and magical realism.
Neil Gaiman using his unique voice to tell Old Norse mythology! Grab your keys and get your copy now!
My son told me I HAD to read this book--"it's a little bit sad but then it isn't. It's so so good!" Well, he was not wrong! The Wild Robot is shipwrecked on an island and accidentally turned on by some playful animals. But how does a Robot fit into the natural world of plants and animals? Will she learn to make friends? Will the animals learn to trust her? This is my go-to recommendation for ages 7-9 but it's been part of all school reads and the short chapters lend very well to bedtime or family time read alouds.
When we moved out to the country one of our first goals was to get a coop built and get some chickens. Storey's guide was crucial to our success as chicken tenders. Full of all the information you could possibly need to get started and a reference you will go back to time and time again as new things come up or new breeds are offered. Backyard flocks of 2-3 or big operations are all covered in Storey's guide.
My new favorite fantasy series! Aptly described as a cross between Douglas Adams and Sir Terry Pratchett this loose series (there are recurring characters but each book is a stand alone within the Farm Boy world) this book will have you laughing out loud. So many fantasy troupes make an appearance but in new and interesting ways.
Although I am a huge advocate for Graphic Novels, they aren't usually my cup of tea. The art fights with the words for my attention and I end up frustrated and confused. The simple drawings compliment the complex word play of this debut novel in a way I found compelling. It's full of feminist sensibilities, literary humor and a healthy dose of irreverency, I devored it in just a few sittings! I was so sad to turn that final page but I'm left with the hope of a sequel in our future.
This book is everything! The 80s, female relationships, group mentality, witchcraft, sex, love, coming-of-age, Emilio Esteves, telepathy, bad girls and, eventually, sanity. It's hard to put into words but once you read it you'll know--and be compelled to hand it to your friends to read too!
In many ways, Project Hail Mary is even better than Weir's almost-perfect The Martian. We are treated to a save-the-world scenario instead of save-only-the-astronaut. A deadly microbe is killing the light from the Sun, and Earth is expected to begin suffering mass casualties. The theory of relativity throws a major wrench into the plan to save the planet, and there are only a few, very gene-specific humans who can help. So good...
Best non-fiction/adventure book I've read in a long time. Shocking and true! If you don't know the story, don't look it up before you read the book first!
Not only a timely topic, but a great scientific history written with the eagerness of a mystery- my favorite type of non-fiction.
I read this cover to cover the first time I opened it. Educational, mouthwatering intros for most recipes, and other than several new-to-me spices and staples, the ingredients are generally few, and likely to to be in your pantry or fridge already. A really cool technique recipe on how to make couscous from scratch!
This true story by David Grann about the Osage tribe in Oklahoma during the 1920's, reads as if it were a fictional mystery. You'll be reeling from the murders painstakingly planned and performed by "a serial killer" in order to receive (um, steal) a piece of the oil-money pie owned by tribal members with rights to the oil discovered on their reservation.
Fast-paced, insightful and terrifying- a must read for other true story adventure fans.
If you are open and willing, this book WILL change your life...Kondo's process to get rid of, and organize your beloved possessions will be uplifting. After the grand purge, adopt several small but highly effective habits and feel tons lighter in your life. Her strong, gentle style gives a sense of ownership that will avoid your decluttering from becoming a temporary fad/fix.
"...some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." - C.S. Lewis
I loved this graphic novel so much!! The art is adorable and the story communicates how to handle emotions (especially the negative kind) in a digestable way for all ages. Willow runs into the woods after a fight with her sister, where she meets Pilu, a girl from the woods who is also dealing with struggle inside her family. The book explores their journeys to face their feelings and reconcile with their families while becoming friends along the way. There are some fun activities at the back, including a recipe that is absolutely delicious! I highly recommend this heartwarming story.
With beautiful writing style that hits hard with every chapter, Jessica Hindman weaves in her experience as a fake violinist with the American experience and what it's like to be a woman living "life in the body". She also provides a valuable perspective as an educated journalist specializing in the Middle East at the time of 9/11. An incredible memoir with wit, humor, and eloquence.
Clara Evans, a scholarship student at a private school, is shocked to find out that over 50 books have just been put added to a list of "prohibited media" at her school. Though she tries to push back, the principal will not budge and the librarian tells her that the books will just disappear if he doesn't get rid of them himself. So, she takes the library's copies- and rents them out of her locker. As more and more students start checking out her books, she starts to wonder if maybe the books were banned for a reason. Suggested Reading is a fantastic book that studies the mindset behind banned books and why censorship is ultimately wrong. I highly recommend!
Princess Anthia's world is torn apart when the Illucian empire invades and destroys her kingdom's prized magical crows, killing her mother and leaving her sister to be queen. Though Anthia has been bedridden with depresion, Queen Caliza makes the desperate choice to arrange a marriage between Anthia and the detestable Prince of Illucia. However, Anthia soon discovers that there may be more to the Prince- and Illucia- than she first thought. This book had me hooked from the first page! An intriguing tale of court politics, complex relationships, and the start of a rebellion.
Great for fans of The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale! Thorn explores the Goose Girl fairytale in a whole new way: Princess Alyrra is content to escape her role and become a goose girl when her companion betrays her to take her place as the bride of Prince Kestrin. However, between the dark sorceress that is orchestrating the prince's downfall and the injustice that runs rampant in the kingdom, Alyrra realizes that she cannot remain complacent. This is a lovely book that explores themes of family, abuse, justice, and duty. Both my sister and I loved it!
This is a fantastic Robin Hood story! Marian is engaged to Robin of Locksley. There is corruption and greed among those running the country, and the king's war requires steep taxes which are draining the kingdom. Even worse, Robin dies in this war, leaving Marian behind with Guy of Gisborne halfheartedly attempting to win her hand. What starts as a rescue attempt for her maid's outlawed brother soon turns into the beginning of Marian's adventures as Robin Hood. This was an amazing book that far exceeded my expectations!
This book is a beautifully tragic backstory of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Cath, who dreams of opening a bakery, is courted by a king she does not want to marry. His obliviousness to her wishes and her parents' pressure on her to marry well propell her through the courtship, but all the while she finds herself attracted to the new court joker instead. Will she find her happy ending and open the best bakery in all of Hearts, or will she give in and become queen?
In a nation with superheroes trying to govern a country torn apart by the anarchy of villains who fought for the right to exist, whose side will you choose? Nightmare, who witnessed her parents' murder and was rescued by the leader of the anarchists? Or the Sentinel, who becomes obsessed with tracking down Nightmare for the good of the superhero Council, all while she is under his nose? You won't be able to put it down!
This is a charming book about love, adventure, and dreams. Meg was rejected from film school and Hugo was dumped by his girlfriend, but together they find a way to bounce back from their disappointments, all while on a train ride through America.
This is such a lovely book! The art is stunning and the storyline is sweet. Rinn discovers a dragon named Aedhan who has been sleeping for a lifetime - and who just woke up! Rinn, Aedhan, her family, and of course the tea dragons have adventures together as they solve the mystery of who put Aedhan to sleep, all while preparing for the Tea Dragon Festival. Perfect for all ages!
This dystopian speculative fiction doesn't seem too far off: an America ruled by a corporation called the Cloud, which bears a striking resemblance to a certain online retailer. Zinnia, a corporate spy, is given one of her hardest missions yet: infiltrating the Cloud. There, she meets Paxton, a man whose startup business was crushed by the Cloud and who now has no other choice than to work for the corporation that ruined his dreams. Zinnia's mission drives the plot forward while Paxton's inner conflict provides interest and a connection with the characters. Not only is this a great book, it is also an important wakeup call to what this country could become.
The story of Rose and her adventuring heart is so beautiful! A retelling of the fairytale East of the Sun, West of the Moon, East presents a creative new story that stays true to the tale's Nordic roots. Perfect for any fairytale lover!
The first of the Seraphim trilogy by David Dalglish, Skyborn begins the story of Kael and Bree Skyborn, who begin following in the footsteps of their parents and become part of an elite group of warriors who defend their home. For those who enjoy fantasy and action, this is a trilogy that will keep you reading until it's end.
Prince of Thorns tells the story of Jorg Ancrath, a protagonist that is unlike any other prince you might have read about. As you follow him across a new world set in familiar territory, this story tells of the cost of conflict, and just how far some may go to achieve their ends.
If you don’t like reading, you haven’t found the right book.
Atwood is hot right now. The robber bride is Zenia, who is seemingly back from the dead. Roz, Charis, and Tony cemented their friendship in the shared experience of the havoc and destruction left in Zenia's wake. Atwood's wit is at its finest.
Letty Espinosz is a hardworking single mother. She dreams of a better life for her children. She tries to escape her family's increasing dangerous neighborhood. A wonderful story about family and the quest for the American dream.
This is a great read with a cup of coffee and your favorite baked goody. Olivia Rawlings is a big city pastry chef who gets a change of scenery when she moves to rural Vermont. This book is full of country atmosphere and characters.
Lydia Smith has a past. She is estranged from her father and left her childhood friends in her tragic past. She currently is a bookseller, spending her days surrounded by books and the book store regulars. She becomes embroiled in mystery upon the death of one of the regulars and is forced to confront her past.
I've always wondered what it would be like to live year round in Door County. Riordan offers a glimpse into what happens off-season on Washington Island. Fiona Campbell buys a home, in need to TLC and meets her neighbors. She learns that small town life isn't quite what she imagined.