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Elections Ugh

Okay.  Let me just say that election coverage is awful and you should be reading.  You should avoid election angst by reading books and not watching the news.

I can hardly blog about books anymore because they all seem the same and they all seem so sexist.  There are hardly any that seem worth trying.  I would write one for you to read…you know..where the protagonist is a boy or girl or is not gender binary.  Where there is adventure and mystery and suspense.  Where maybe there is absolutely no element of a love story.  Where is a good ol’ Harry Potter book when you need it? When did all media become so The Same?  Okay, enough complaining….maybe there are a few books out there to recommend …

We are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun.  It is a must read book.  It is funny and the most enjoyable book on this list.

The Sun is Also a Star by  Nicola Yoon seem like it might be good.  She wrote Everything, Everything which I did like. This was also a 2016 National Book Award finalist.

The Amateurs by Sara Shepard is a new series from the author of Pretty Little Liars.  It received good reviews.

The Romantics by Leah Konen seems like it could be a very good book.  It has a male protagonist.  It seems like a feel good book which I enjoy.

The Best Possible Answer by Katherine Kottaras seems funny and authentic.

Thats all I have for you right now.

The Spectra Unearthed

The Spectra Unearthed was written by the friend of a friend. If you like fantasy novels, you will like this one. It is unique and sets a world a bit different than your average fantasy novel.  Okay…that one had to come first because it is an author that is someone that I almost know.

But, this week, if you haven’t already read it, you also must read the new Cassandra Clare book, Lady Midnight.  It is a new series but is a sequel to the Mortal Instruments series.

Map of Fates by Maggie Hall is a mystery thriller.  Which I love.  It is a sequel to The Conspiracy of Us.  So, if you haven’t read the first book, you have even more book reading to enjoy.

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis is a book about a Comet that is going to hit the Earth and People Escaping.  I Love This.  But, then I am a much bigger fan of science fiction than fantasy and I love, love, disaster movies/books.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton is another fantasy book that just came out that is pretty good.

The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks might be enjoyable.  It has mostly good reviews and a few so-so ones.  It is about a group of teens who are swept out to sea by a tsunami.  I like Kathy Parks writing.  So, this might be a good one.

Divah by Susannah Applebaum will be released on March 15th.  It is gothic and a bit scary and looks really funny.  I like that it has historical elements because I love history stuff.

Well, these should fill your week for now…


The Girl on the Train

I think that The Girl on the Train is a fine book for older teens.  It was very good.  I read somewhere that Paula Hawkins wrote the book in eight weeks.  I was envious and thought, I want to do that!

I read the sample for The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz.  It was very good.  It has a nice quote from a character in the book, “write with truth and refinement.”  I would like to be able to do that.  My writing is not quite refined.  I want to be.  I think to myself, if I could just win the lottery, I would sit with this lap top on a patio by my pool somewhere drinking my perfectly brewed ice tea and writing grammatically correct Literature.

Rae Carson, author of  the Girl of Fire and Thorns series has a new book, Walk on Earth a Stranger.  It looks pretty good.

Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson is really good.  Its scary, though, so be aware.  If you don’t like spooky stay away!!!

Library of Souls, the third book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series came out this week.

The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace) by Erin Bow looks really good and it has very glowing reviews.

Well, hopefully, that gives you a few ideas for now,


Fall is Coming!

It’s time to procrastinate and avoid your homework with a book.

The Edge of Forever by Melissa Hurst. Time travel.  That’s all you gotta know. Read it in one day.

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery.  It is a biography of Emma Gatewood.  The first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone and the first person to walk it twice.  And, get this, all you youngins’ , she did all of this hiking AFTER she turned 65.  I now have something to aspire to.

Queen of Shadows: Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah Maas.  Well, this series is pretty good.  If you haven’t tried the series, you are in luck.  Four books to read.

The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen by Katherine Howe looks pretty good.  If you don’t mind a bit of supernaturalness kind of thing.  It will be released on Tuesday.

Girl in the Woods by Aspen Matis is a coming of age story.  Aspen was raped in the first few days of college. Her parents encouraged her not to report the rape.  She eventually decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in a soul searching quest.  This book has really good reviews.  I like how she mentions, “how my recklessness became my salvation.”

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer Smith.  Love that oxford comma. From the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.  She is such a good writer.  High school senior couple tries to decide whether to say goodbye or not.

The Hurricane by Hugh Howey looks good.  It has over 300 reviews and most of them are good.  I always have had a fondness for disaster movies/books.

She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick.  It is the story of a girl who is trying to solve the mystery of her missing father.  She is blind and she kidnaps her little brother to head out on this adventure.

If you feel like venturing into adult type books, I just finished, Make Me by Lee Child.  He is always good.  Bones on Ice is a great novella by Kathy Reichs.  (If you like Bones, she writes that!)

Have a great week,



I have been working on getting the blog to have more pleasing graphics.  I finally figured out how to change what is called the “blavatar”  So ridiculous. I am writing this book on college planning/financing etc.  The new image is of the cover.  The book is far from finished though. I will update the image later.  At least I know, now, how to change it.  Have a great night,


School Year has Begun

Well, before the school work gets overwhelming, it may be time to crawl under the covers this weekend and over Labor Day and read some books.  Here are a few you might want to try:

The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.  My daughter and I both read this and liked it.  It is Scandal meets YA fiction.

Gates of Thread and Stone and The Infinite (Gates of Thread and Stone series) by Lori Lee

Defiance, Deception, Deliverance (Courier’s Daughter series) by C.J. Redwine

Reawakened by Colleen Houck is about an egyptian mummy come to life.

Keepers of the Labyrinth by Erin Moulton is a greek mythology story that bills itself as a grown up Percy Jackson book.  Kind of a theme this week with the Egyptian mythology book above.

If you don’t like scary books, then skip this book Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano.  Its a book about a haunted house and its pretty scary.

Stranded by Melinda Braun is a survival in the woods story.  Looks scary but really good. It’s on my list of books to read.

There’s a few for now.

The Royal We

The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan releases today. It looks very funny. It’s about a girl who goes to college and meets the heir to the British throne. It says that it is for older people so it might be a bit racy. I’ll check it out and let you know.

Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer is very good. Both my daughter and I read it and enjoyed it. It’s about a girl whose classmates pay her to do things that are grifter like. It’s funny.

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith looks good.

all right – that’s all for tonight


Departure by A.G. Riddle

This is my recommendation for the week.Departure by A.G. Riddle.  Not a book that is stuck in the YA category but which you will love nonetheless…

I also really enjoyed..The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall which I read last week.

Embassy Row Book 1 by Ally Carter was released this week.  I am a big fan of Ally….and this book looks pretty good.

Twisted Fate by Norah Olson was also released this week.  It looks okay.  You might want to check it out although I’ll be busy reading the three books listed above this week.



Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston.  I read this myself and I thought it was pretty good.  A nice beach read for the summer.

After the End by Amy Plum is also very good.

#scandal by Sarah Ockler looks really good.  This is the author of Twenty Boy Summer.

17 First Kisses seems like a light romance that could be good.

Summer of Yesterday by Gaby Triana looks amusing.  It has time travel!!!! Which, I admit, I always find amusing.  People going back in time and seeing how far we have come.  Or, people coming from the past to today and seeing all the new, amazing progress.  They are both intriguing and it’s easy to create humor with this plot technique.

Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis seems interesting too.  The main character is a boy from Arizona.  And, since I live there, and the author does not, I am interested to see how well she captures the location.

Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau will be released on Tuesday, June 17th.  It is the third book in the Testing trilogy.  It’s early reviews have been mixed.  However, I suppose if you have read the first two then you probably want to read it regardless.


That’s all for now!  Have a good week,

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