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Top Ten Books I Want to Reread

Lately, I’ve been wanting to do more and more rereading, something I’m still not sure how to balance with all the new releases on my TBR – but there are so many good books I want to reread! Especially after going back through my GoodReads listing. So since this week is a freebie Top Ten topic on Broke and the Bookish, I thought it would be the perfect time to share the top ten books I’d like to reread.

What books do you want to reread?

 

The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

I fell in love with Dumas in high school when I first read The Three Musketeers, and he’s still remained one of my favorite authors. His writing is rich, full of elaborate descriptions, history, action, and beloved characters you’ll want to visit time and time again. I know I do!

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I devoured this book on a road trip. It’s completely engrossing and my kind of writing, a little too verbose and full of description, backstory and crazy happenstances. I really want to reread this one soon, and slow down my pace this time so I can pick-up on any details I missed.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Again, one of my favorite novels from high school – there’s definitely a trend to this list! Berendt is drawing from real life experiences and real people he met while living and working in Savannah, Georgia (one of my favorite cities). His writing is clever while his friends will have you dying in laughter and on your toes as the murder trial proceeds. It’s not one to miss!

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

More favorites from high school! I read these when I was too young to fully appreciate the characters and their struggles. At least with Jane Eyre, I could somewhat relate to young Jane, but I still have a feeling I’ll have a completely new reading experience now as a young adult. These are two badass women and I’d love to revisit their stories.

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

This was by far my favorite required reading in school, and I really don’t even remember much of it. I remember falling for the characters instantly and relating to them as they struggled to find their place in life – definitely a much needed reread.

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

Tom Robbins is one of my all-time favorite authors – he’s a little weird, a mix of kooky, out-there plot lines that draw from different character perspectives to meet in the middle of one large philosophical tale. Jitterbug Perfume may be my favorite book (ok, top five), and it definitely calls for a reread – I first read the book on the way to Geology Field Camp, a time when I was about to graduate from college and felt a little lost. I can honestly say that this book found me at exactly the RIGHT time in life, and I will always love it for that.

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

I love this story, it’s been one of my favorites from childhood, and just has happy memories attached to it. A mix of literature and science, you can’t go wrong with Jules Verne!

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Fates and Furies was my first book break-up in 2016. I barely made it into the first part – the characters were completely unrelatable for me, obsessed with death and just total downers, dwelling on all the terrible things that had happened to them over the years – things that felt completely forced in my opinion. But, this book has received a lot of praise, so I feel obligate to try again. What did you think of Fates and Furies?

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Weekly Reads: Week 25

**Welcome to Weekly Reads! Each Monday I’ll share reviews for my most recent reads. For more reviews, please visit my page, The Reads: From A to Z.**

Can you believe it, we’ve almost reached our half-way mark for the year! July 2nd is officially our half-way mark, so just one more week to go! I’ve changed my reading goals for the year several times over, and have finally settled on 200 books for the year. As of right now, I’m at 96 out of 200, so I’m right on track! I really can’t believe how spot on I am with it! I’ll be exactly half-way through my challenge by the half-way mark of the year. 🙂

Unfortunately, I’ve slowed on completing Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge. I still have a lot of categories to complete. I really just need to spend some time on GoodReads to make a reading list for the rest of the challenge. Any suggestions for a collection of essays?

How is your challenge going?

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The Fireman by Joe Hill

A terrifying new plague is sweeping across the nation, spreading like wildfire not just across the U.S., but the world. Terror stricken and surrounded by fire, a new world order has emerged as crews begin hunting the infected, marked by golden scales the disease is known by. Harper, a young school nurse, witnesses her first burning early on in the epidemic – a normal school day caring for a few sick kids, until she notices a drunken man loitering on the playground, but realizes too late that the man is one of the infected as he bursts to flames. This is the devastating the effect of the Dragonscale, and what Harper will spend the rest of her life evading in order to protect the baby growing within her. Along the way, Harper is rescued by the Fireman, a mysterious man who’s learned to control the fire from within, using the gift to protect the innocent and lead them to safety, an old summer camp where a group of the infected live in hiding.  Only when the group bands together in harmony and complete bliss are they able to unlock its secrets, taking on the healing and protective instincts of the disease, an organism like any other that’s only mission is to thrive. The Fireman takes shape as tensions rise between the healthy and infected, as well as between the group of infected that Harper joins at the camp, ultimately showing the variety of outcomes when an unknown illness is introduced to the world – short answer, it’s down-right scary.

“There’s something horribly unfair about dying in the middle of a good story, before you have a chance to see how it all comes out.”

“You know, we might’ve fucked up the planet, sucking out all the oil, melting the ice caps, allowing ska music to flourish, but we made Coca-Cola, so goddamn it, people weren’t all bad.”

The Fireman was easily one of my most anticipated May releases, so much so I’ve been talking pretty much non-stop about it and recommending it to everyone. The story is fantastic and everything I was expecting it would be, but the author’s writing style is not my favorite. There’s too much focus on pop-culture references and too many unnecessary side stories that could have been cut to make the novel a tad shorter (it’s 752 pages!). That aside, I can see how he’d want to include pop-culture to a degree, using it as a connector between the real world and the full on pandemic experienced by his characters. His constant references to Marry Poppins and Harry Potter make it more believable that his world isn’t so different from ours, that this could happen and at any time! While the effects of the Dragonscale are extreme, the resulting chaos is entirely likely if a new pandemic were to enter our world.

 Harper is an amazing character, stopping at nothing to conquer the disease and save her baby. She is admirable and caring, as every nurse should be, but more than that, she’s a decent human being who’s been kicked around one too many times and ain’t takin’ it no more! The first portion of the novel focuses on Harper’s relationship with her husband as the disease emerges and she discovers she’s both pregnant and infected. Her husband, Jake, is definitely one of the strongest antagonists of the novel, as their relationship sours he begins to blame her for pretty much everything that’s ever happened to him, but he makes the mistake of underestimating Harper. As she crosses the line between placated house wife to questioning mother, she discovers he’s been manipulating her their entire relationship – an unnecessary side story, but one I really enjoyed. Instead of just having Jake go crazy because of the Dragonscale, Hill takes it one step further by making him completely psychotic to start with. Strangely, the only character I didn’t like was the Fireman, himself. He’s haughty and inexplicable – does he really want to help, or is he just there to play the hero and reap the rewards? I don’t believe he’s the good guy we’re meant to see him as – he plays too many games and pushes the limits with every new escapade just because he can.

Rating: 3 Stars      GoodReads      Amazon

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Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Amani has lived in Dustwalk her entire life, but now, after the death of her parents, she’ll do anything to escape as her future has been settled: marriage or death. Disguised as a boy, she enters a sharpshooting contest where she meets Jin, a mysterious foreigner that’s wanted for treason. Together, they’ll escape the desert town – fleeing the Sultan’s army on a mythical horse. In all her time dreaming of another life, of leaving Dustwalk for good, she never imagined fate would entwine her with the mystical Rebel Prince and a chance to save her desert nation for good. Evoking the mysticism of the Middle East as the Sultan sets to battle ancient magic, Rebel of the Sands is sure to be a sensational new series.

“Being born doesn’t make a single soul important. But you were important when I met you, that girl who dressed as a boy, who taught herself to shoot true, who dreamed and saved and wanted so badly. That girl was someone who had made herself matter.”

I have been waiting to read this book for MONTHS now, and sadly, it was kind of a big let-down. While the world Hamilton was amazing, and the magic system unique to anything I’ve read, I wish there was more to the story – more background on the history of the world, more details on the djinn, more on the area’s politics and treatment of women… more of everything! I know long back stories can bore a lot of readers, but that is always my favorite aspect of fantasy! It’s hard for me to be totally immersed in a story when I have too many questions about their world bouncing around in my head. As for the characters though, I thought they were spot on. Especially Amani – she’s smart and strong willed, but rushes to judgments and rash decisions that often lead to trouble, something I think we can all relate to. As for the story overall, I thought it was flawed and too predictable. The first half, especially, read as a cheesy spaghetti western in print – girl disguises herself as a man, girl joins a shooting contest, girl gets into a bar fight, someone makes a diversion so they can get away, girl falls for her rescuer as they evade a posse, they join a wagon trail, hijack a train… see my point? Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE spaghetti westerns, they are some of my favorite movies, but the mix between the westernized plot and the Middle Eastern setting just didn’t work for me. I wan’t really intrigued by the novel until well after the mid-way point when Amani and Jin are rescued by his family and the entire political climate is (somewhat) explained. Still not sure if I’ll go for the second novel or not, but it would be interesting to see more of the genies at play.

Rating: 3 Stars      GoodReads      Amazon

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Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe

Lucas and Katya were only teenagers when Vera was born, running away from boarding school to live on a commune until the reality of a child hit Lucas so hard, he fled back to the comfort of home, leaving Katya alone to raise their daughter. Seventeen years later, Lucas has just re-entered Vera’s life, a weekend dad to the core, finding friendship easier than fatherhood, until Vera suffers a terrifying psychotic breakdown at a high school party. After a few weeks in a mental institution, Lucas whisks her away to Lithuania to rediscover their family origin, hoping the time away would solve all their problems, that maybe, maybe, Vera isn’t crazy, she just needs a break. Instead they find the importance of family, and the drastic consequences the past carries with it.

“What aided the mind made the body suffer. They could choose mental health or physical health, but they could not have both.”

Listening to the audio version, this was a slow starter if there ever was one, but trust me, it’s worth the wait! What follows is a truly remarkable story of family, of father and daughter, of our struggle with humanity, mental illness, and the devastating effects of war, not just immediate consequences, but lasting generations to come. For me, their story hit to the core just like The Salt to the Sea – reminding me of the family lost and the ones that survived, and the legacy that followed. The story is just as much about Lucas as it is about Vera, switching off narrations between the two as Lucas struggles with his Grandmother’s escape from the war while coming to terms with Vera’s illness. Vera shares her side of the story through letters to Fang (her totally artsy, typical poetry loving hipster), though many of her letters have been censored, revealing only at the end the depth to her unraveling. Lucas wants to believer her, he has to believe her when she says it was drugs – she’s not REALLY crazy. She’s not bipolar, she’s just a normal teenager experimenting, and he buys it. Honestly I can’t blame him, if I were in his shoes, I’d want to believe it too, but Lucas isn’t wholly at fault. Their journey to Lithuania is far more trying than they ever could have imagined, discovering long lost family secrets as the reality of his grandmother’s escape hits home, creating a link between a family fractured by war and the devastating consequences to come. An experience like that leaves a mark, whether told as family legend or as a warning, it’s a shattering legacy that will pass on for generations to come.

Rating: 4 Stars      GoodReads      Amazon

What have you been reading lately?

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Filling the Shelves: June Book Haul!

Happy Friday, friends!

Well, June’s not even over and I’ve already bought WAY too many books! I couldn’t help myself; I was already in the area for my yoga class, so why not walk across the street for the library sale? It’s like avoiding the 50% off candy after Easter – that just doesn’t happen!

So far, I really don’t have too many new releases I’m planning on reading in July so hopefully I’ll have some downtime in my library holds to read some of my own. Or at least that’s the plan!
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Some pictured had previously been purchased, but I think they arrived a little too late last time to be included in my last haul. So here they all are! I had some rearranging to do, but we’re moving soon so really, it wasn’t really rearranging to make room for books so much as it was a little pre-packing. Right?

The Books:

The Round House by Louise Erdich

I’ve been wanting to read her latest novel, LaRose, but I’ve heard amazing things about The Round House – what a lucky find!

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

My step-mom recommended this earlier in the month – and guess what I found!? I loved his earlier novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns.

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

I still haven’t read anything by Alice Hoffman, even though Practical Magic is one of my all time favorite movies.

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Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

And I found some great beach reads! I still can’t believe I found all of these amazing (and kind of recent) titles!

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

I still haven’t read this, and after seeing 10 different copies on different shelves at the sale, I took the hint.

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King

A continuation of the infamous Sherlock Holmes mysteries. There was a time I saw this novel EVERYWHERE – I’m so excited to read this!

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver, so yeah. It’s kind of an automated response now.

Spool of Thread by Anne Tyler

An emotional family tale, I was a little reluctant to purchase this novel, but then I kind of forgot to take it out of my bag. Hope it’s good!

From Thrift Books:

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

After reading a few other novels set in the Netherlands, I thought this was the perfect continuation. It sounds absolutely charming.

The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith

After reading her latest novel, Free Men, I fell in love with her unique settings and characters. I really haven’t read too many novels set around the Revolutionary War, and her stories are absolutely fascinating.

The Tin Horse by Janice Steinberg

Recommended for fans of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and a beautiful cover – this was definitely bought on a whim.

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The Passage and The Twelve by Justin Cronin

Someday, somehow, I am going to finish this series!!

The Sage of Waterloo by Leona Francombe

I seriously couldn’t help myself, it was only $3! I instantly fell for this delightful story told by farm rabbits. I have no doubt this will still be one of my favorite 2016 reads by the end of the year!

Book of the Month Club

Sadly, this is my last month with Book of the Month Club. Luckily they had another stellar month of selections, so I’m leaving a happy camper. 🙂

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The Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend

An American Midwesterner and her husband, an undercover spy, are sent to the Galápagos Islands at the start of World War II. How great does that sound!?

What books have you picked-up lately?

 

 

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Top Ten 2016 Releases…So Far!

We’re keeping the new release trend rolling this week on Top Ten Tuesday by Broke and the Bookish. There have been so many amazing releases this year already, and even more to come! Some of my top ten I’ve read, some I’m waiting to read, and others I still haven’t gotten my hands on…so without further ado.

My Top Ten 2016 Releases…So Far:

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I just finished writing my review on ACOMAF, and wow, was it difficult – there are so many emotions and things that need to be discussed. I can’t remember the last time I devoured a novel so quickly! For days I skipped lunch and sleep and more lunches to finish…the last night I read so quickly it was over before I knew it! If you haven’t read this series yet, better add it to the list – it’s amazing!

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell
and Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Jane Eyre is one of my favorite novels, and as a retelling, Jane Steele is superb, but also an amazing novel for those who haven’t read the beloved classic. On the opposite end of the spectrum, The Madwoman Upstairs reveals the hidden relationship between the Bronte sisters and the ground breaking stories they told.

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The Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The story of four teenagers of different backgrounds bound by their pursuit of survival and by the secrets they keep. The Salt to the Sea is a unique telling of World War II and the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, and the many that did not survive.

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The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley

Just one more example of Christopher Buckley’s genius for satires, The Relic Master exposes the frivolous fraud behind the relic industry as Dismas is caught between his two greatest clients, Frederick the Wise and Cardinal Albrecht of Mainz. Whether for the modern humor or medieval history, The Relic Master is a unique pleasure.

 

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The Queen of the Night Alexander Chee

The tale of a fated opera diva, bound by her secrets and lovers, it’ll take more than her haunting voice to escape the trickery in store. Parisian extravagances, grand balls, beautiful gowns, espionage…what’s not to love about The Queen of Night?

Releases Still On My TBR:

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
and Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

I have both of these novels,  I just haven’t read them yet. I always blame my library holds, but then I just keep putting more books on hold. I think, deep down, I’m just not ready to read them – The Nest because I know I’m going to love it and want to wait for the perfect time to read it and Eligible because I’m afraid I might hate it. What did you think of them?

Never Ever by Sara Saedi
and With Malice by Eileen Cook

My library has yet to acquire either – maybe I should just buy them?

What have been your favorite releases this year?

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Weekly Reads: Week 24

**Welcome to Weekly Reads! Each Monday I’ll share reviews for my most recent reads. For more reviews, please visit my page, The Reads: From A to Z.**

Last week was incredibly busy – though I’ve been there for a year as a temp, my first week as a full time employee was one of my busiest yet! I’ll be getting several new tasks to add to my already full plate, but the more the better, I’m ready for the challenge! Hopefully, with time, my schedule will even out and I’ll have more energy to blog in the evenings. For everyone who has stuck around in my down-time, thank you! I promise I’ll be back full force soon!

Side note, I’ve been juggling several longer reads for a week now, and then even MORE holds popped up, one of them being A Court of Mist and Fury….so what else was I to do? How can you have ACOMAF in your possession and NOT read it immediately!? You can’t! But now it’s read, and the year long wait for the next installment begins.

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Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Hopping city to city one cinnamon roll at time, Hannah Martin is living the life many only dream of, but at twenty nine, wihout a steady job and recovering from a messy relationship with a married man, she’ll pack her bags and move back to Los Angelos. There, she reconnects with old friends and an old flame after a wild night out at the bars. Should she leave early with her friend and current couch lessor? Or should she risk it all and leave with her ex, the one that got away all those years ago? Well, lucky for her, she won’t have to choose as fate has other ideas – leading two separate lives in two separate realities, Hannah will find just what she’s looking for, and who.

“I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices and they led me somewhere else, led me to someone else. And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn’t end up with you.”

“You can only forgive yourself for the mistakes you made in the past once you know you’ll never make them again.”

There are, and always be, those moments we’ll question the rest of our lives – pivotal moments where everything we knew changed, moments you can look back on and say “there! that was it!”. Whether good or bad, these moments shape our lives forever. I love the idea of another world where perhaps my choices were different – maybe I didn’t major in geology, maybe I never moved to Texas, maybe I went to a completely different college. All those what ifs and what could have beens… we all have them, and for Hannah, they shape two different and yet, similar lives. But alternate realities aside, Hannah’s journey is relatable on so many levels. She’s hopping job to job, homeless, and stuck between the choice of two men. She’s at the precipice of making incredible life choices that could change the course of her life forever – so, what do you choose? How do you choose it? Reid has an amazing way of keeping the tone level headed no matter the turmoil strummed up by Hannah’s choices, giving us helpful hints page after page. Maybe in Another Life had thinking of all my choices over the years, but by the end of Hannah’s journey, I was reminded of all of the great things that have happened to me because of the choices I made – for everyone who feels stuck or at those first steps in life, this is the novel for you.

Rating: 4 Stars      GoodReads      Amazon

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Following A Court of Thorns and Roses, the story continues as Feyre returns to the Spring Court with Tamlin. Though they survived the trials from under the mountain, the effects are still apparent – night terrors, visions, constant reminders of the pain and torture. Tamlin does what he can for Feyre, but constantly away defending the territory, she is often left alone and confined to the grounds for her safety, giving her plenty of time to plan the upcoming wedding ceremony and enjoy every splendor the court has to offer. But just as her happy ending is coming to a close, the High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand, appears make good on their bargain. During her weeks at the Night Court, she’ll find the answers she seeks and questions she never imagined she’d have to ask herself, or even the man she loves. With a new threat looming, Feyre will need to summon great strength to overcome her weakened soul to save the faerie realm once again, discovering new powers and forging new bonds, she’ll discover unlikely allies and shocking enemies along the way.

“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”

“No one was my master— but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.”

If the summary above is a little scanty, it’s because how can you really summarize this novel without giving away the whole story!? Each chapter is a new cliff hanger, a new twist in the plot, and I can’t imagine spoiling this story for anyone – twofold, I’m glad I didn’t read any summaries, myself! If you read my review on ACOTAR last week, you noticed while I was intrigued by Rhysand, and generally liked his character, I was pretty hung up on the whole bargain thing, and completely missed where Maas was taking the story. This definitely didn’t ruin anything for me, actually it kept me on my toes the whole way through! I love the direction she went with Feyre’s relationships in the sequel – as a character, she is sooo much more appealing in this book, and much more developed in terms of a back story with the emotional pulp you need to reinforce it.

 Beware: Spoilers Ahead!!

First, the elephant in the room: Tamlin. They’ve both undergone dramatic changes since their time under the mountain, but that’s no excuse for his controlling and neglectful behavior – sure, he has his own demons to face, and probably wants to protect her from them, but why avoid her? Why never discuss the issues – doesn’t he see she’s wasting away to NOTHING! I would have thought now, with the curse broken, he’d be more open with Feyre, wanting to share his world with her unimpeded, especially now that she’s High Fae. So imagine my surprise to find her confined to the castle grounds – wear pretty dresses, plan your wedding, I’ll see you for five minutes later and we can have sex, ok, bye… Nope, that doesn’t work – it never works. Poor, poor, clueless Tamlin, he let the curse get the better of him.

Thankfully, Rhysand is the complete opposite of Tamlin. While Tamlin basks in his goodness, always seeking approval and praise, Rhysand hides behind his shadows – literally. He’s the definition of selfless, letting the world think the worst of him while actually saving the day. He has to be one of the most selfless characters I’ve read, and Feyre clearly learns a few things by him by the end. Their relationship is slow to form, but everything I loved about the first book is still there, only this time, most of the playful flirtation is over magical letter writing – a little faerie IMing. Burt you can tell Feyre has learned her lessson, asking him anything and everything she can think of, getting all the details and then making her decision, on her own terms, and still having plenty of time left over for a little romance. I was so proud of her! She’s grown from a whiny human to a broken young faerie to a captive to an escapee to a warrior, and now High Lady, in a very short amount of time, and yet, all the way, she’s pushing and learning and fighting her way to the top. Nothing is given to her – she has earned her place next to Rhysand, especially after her one-on-one with the Attor. I can’t wait to see where her story leads next – her espionage, her manipulations over Tamlin, her escape back to the Night Court, the war…what will she do next!?

Rating: 5 Stars     GoodReads      Amazon

What have you been reading lately? Have you finished ACOMAF!?

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Gifts for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is quickly approaching! Here are six suggestions sure to please any guy in your life – from the science fiction lover to the action-packed adventure junkie.

The Picks:

 

The Fireman by Joe Hill

An unknown epidemic sweeps across the world “like a wildfire”, inducing its victims to burst into flames. While the world collapses and terror takes over, a pregnant nurse desperately clings to hope at the first sign of the illness on her skin, a gold fleck, a dragonscale. Known as The Fireman, one man has learned to control the fire within as he avenges the wronged and cares for the weak. Can she learn his secrets in time to protect her child? (747 pages)

The Cartel by Don Winslow

From the internationally best-selling author of The Power of the Dog, The Cartel is an epic, true-to-life story of the power hungry, corrupted men of one of the most infamous blood feuds in history, the story behind the story of the roaring Mexican-American drug wars. (616 pages)

Armada by Ernest Cline

For fans of Ready Player One, this is a no brainer. Zach Lightman, as any sci-fi fan does, yearns for some magical, life-altering, other-worldly even will come knocking, shaking up his normal hum-drum life forever. But it’s just a dream, a fantasy….or it is until he witnesses an unfamiliar shape in the clouds….a flying saucer, perhaps? (349 pages)

The Infiltrator by Robert Mazur

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad, The Infiltrator is the story of Federal Agent Robert Mazur and the perilous 5 years he spent investigating the international underworld. Slowly, he worked his way to the top of the ladder, exposing the world’s most dangerous and powerful criminals – culminating to a fake wedding in which over 40 high-ranked criminals were taken down. An incredible story you have to read to believe. (384 pages)

The Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin

More than just another vampire novel, The Passage is a tale of power, corruption, and strength. Justin Cronin has created a world we can only imagine, a world in which a deadly virus has been unleashed – meant as a weapon of destruction, it cannot be controlled, transforming its victims into blood-thirsty monsters. 90 years later, human kind is left in shambles and running out of power to run their only remaining line of defense, until the girl from nowhere appears, as if by magic, to change their lives forever. (766 pages)

11/22/63 by Stephen King

 Though only an ordinary high school English teacher, Jake Epping is the right man for the job – the next in line to take on the mission – to jump through the portal and prevent the assassination of J.F.K – to not only change the course of history, but the world. (849 pages)

What will you be gifting this Father’s Day?

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Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The 2nd Half Of The Year

The next couple weeks on Broke and the Bookish, it’s all about new releases! Now, so far, I really haven’t looked too far ahead in the schedule, I think the most I’ve looked ahead is by two months, but not anymore. You guys, there are so many AMAZING releases set for the rest of the year! And one thing I noticed? The crazy number of YA fantasy novels and fairy tale retellings!

I really wanted to list them all, but here are my top ten for the months to come:

The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner
July 12th

A beautiful and vast family saga set on an the enchanting island of Castellamare off the coast of Italy. Spanning nearly a century, the Esposito family will endure the passing of wars, a recession, and threats of fascism, strengthening their bond and testing their strength. (432 pages)

The Muse by Jessie Burton
July 26th

Tied by history and a painted mystery, The Muse reveals the story of two young women: a Caribbean immigrant in 1960s London, and a bohemian woman in 1930s Spain. Written by the author who brought us The Miniaturist, this might be one of my most anticipated release listed! (416 pages)

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
August 2nd

I absolutely LOVE Blake Crouch – from Wayward Pines to Abandon, he is an amazing storyteller that keeps me guessing ’til the end! Abducted and awoken on a hospital gurney, Jason is thrown into an alternate reality. Or is he? (352 pages)

The Hike by Drew Magary
August 2nd

A strange and wonderful journey, a suburban family man takes the hike of his life while away in the wilds of Pennsylvania for business. “With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.” (288 pages)

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
August 9th

Wavy, neglected by her meth dealing father, is the responsible one in the family, trying her best to raise her little brother on her own. Her one escape: the stars, until one night, a fateful motorcycle accident yields a heartbreaking friendship and shocking love story between the young girl and an older man, one of her father’s cronies, “reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.” (352 pages)

The Ballroom by Anna Hope
September 6th

“Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, THE BALLROOM is a tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.” A lover’s tale in the midst of an insane asylum, how intriguing! (320 pages)

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter
September 20th

A Russian fairy tale retold in the magical land of Brooklyn, Vassa has one last gift from her late mother, a bit of light to see her through: the tough talking doll, Erg. Together, they’ll have to find their cunning to out-wit the dishonorable shop keeper in order to break the curse and save the neighborhood. (304 pages)

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna – Marie McLemore
October 4th

Both unique and curiously strange, Miel and Sam have been inseparable since childhood. Miel is a wonder, with roses growing from her wrist, while Sam is known for decorating the trees with his moons. With magical prose and fantastical story telling, When the Moon Was Ours is a true story of love and friendship as both decide how best to define themselves in a world of wickedness. (288 pages)

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
October 11th

Fourth in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, this is a retelling and continuation of The Tempest full of illusion and revenge, by Margaret Atwood! I can’t wait!! (224 pages)

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
November 8th

By the author of Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles), Heartless fills in the blanks on the infamous Queen of Hearts, a girl who just wanted to fall in love, and on her own terms. But, in a world of twists and tongues, fate is bound to fuddle the path to happiness, making for one of my most anticipated retellings of the year! (416 pages)

What releases are you most excited for!?

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