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July/August Break Ups…

July and August were surprisingly full of break ups. What is happening!? Is my taste faltering, did I have a stroke, why don’t I like books anymore?? Or at least that’s how I feel. In truth, my favorite genres have taken a major turn from contemporary and historical fiction to YA and fantasy. I’m still trying to adjust my TBR and library holds to match, but it’s actually pretty hard when I still have so many great contemporary reads on my list…but I’m just not feeling it right now.

Most of my break ups this month were novels that are highly rated and often recommended on BookTube and blogs alike….but they just didn’t work for me. My attempts were via audio, and that might have something to do with it (you’ll see why below), but I suspect switching to print isn’t going to be the magical fix I’m looking for. I say “fix” because, as much as I didn’t like these books, I feel a little shameful about it. They’re SERIOUSLY popular, and I really want to like them….but I just don’t. Or at least right now (I’m hoping). *sigh* The book shame is real today.

First, the Pity Dates:

I.E. Books I desperately wanted to quit, but couldn’t…

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Zero K by Don DeLillo

I thought Zero K would be a cool sci-fi story, delving into technological advances in cryogenics and the repercussions of highly questionable biomedical theories. In reality, the novel focuses on our main character, Jeffrey, who is struggling to, not only understand why his father wants to early-term his life in order to freeze himself for the future, but why his parents couldn’t stay together, why did his father leave him? DeLillo’s overall message was completely overshadowed by the family drama and weird cult-like faction he created.

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Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt

A riff on The Fable, Undermajordomo was completely underwhelming and over the top. DeWitt tried WAY too hard to make his novel interesting, that he lost sight of his characters. While I initially fed into the playful language and quirky characters, once I reached the pie-slapping scene, I really, really wanted to quit. Was that really necessary? It happens, and then there’s no mention of it again or any repercussions…. so really, what was the point? But then again, you could say the same thing for every ridiculous thing that happens in the book.

And the Break Ups:

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The Secret History by Donna Tartt

I was so excited when I discovered The Secret History was available to checkout on Overdrive, but then I started listening, and then really listening, to the story, and I just had to end it. For starters, the main character (and narrator) is from California and attending a prestigious New England college, so why the Southern accent? WHY? I really want to blame the audio book, since I never could get past that one point, but everything from the word usage to the actual story seemed over-pretentious. I get that the characters are philosophy students, so a little pretentiousness is to be expected, but it just became insufferable after a couple hours.

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The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks

Again, I could easily blame the audio book narrator for this one – the guy is a total surfer dude, but in all honesty, I began reading The Black Prism in PRINT and then switched to audio…surfer dude quality is prevalent in both. Not that I have anything against surfers, but it just doesn’t quite mesh with the high fantasy setting. Maybe one day I’ll revisit the series, the premise is fascinating, but for now, it’s a break up.

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Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3)
by Laini Tayler

So I skipped the second book in the series…but I still stand by this break up. Even without a Wiki refresher, the novel is an easy follow-up from the first installment.  Unfortunately, I only made it half-way before the breakup.  The mythology became overcomplicated and the romance between Karou and Akiva stale and repetitive…. not something you really want to read for 600 plus pages. Still, I wonder whatever became of Eliza, and how her story fit with the rest of the plot…

What books have you disliked lately? Will you read any of them again?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Required Reading For All Fairy Tale Fans

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a back to school freebie! Given so many great ideas from Broke and the Bookish already, I struggled to choose the right list for today’s topic. Too many books to choose from! When I went to high school, we had to read a new book (usually a classic) every month, and by the time I got around to my own reading, I wanted something a little lighter, a little more fun. So, in the spirit of distraction, I bring you my Top Ten picks for modern day fairy tale fans:

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The Turnip Princess by Franz Xaver von Schonwerth

Even children are well versed with the works of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, have you seen Disney lately? How about something new, a little darker, and a touch mysterious. Similar to his peers, Schonwerth traveled across Bravaria in search of the dark and violent roots buried beneath the prettied layers of the most beloved fairy tales, bringing a new life to a treasured genre. In this volume, you’ll find a rougher, more resourceful breed of women, giving new meaning to classic tales such as Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin.

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The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the champion of modern day fairy tales, with well known works such as Stardust and Neverwhere, the man is completely brilliant! But, have you read The Sleeper and the Spindle? Interweaving elements from Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, Gaiman, along with illustrator Chis Riddell, will leave you absolutely spellbound as a young queen sets out on a journey of her own, risking it all to save a sleeping princess and deciding, once and for all, her own path in life.

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A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham

From a gingerbread house in the woods to a man with one human arm and a magical swan wing, to a nefarious wizard who would go to any length to procure a child… Cunningham pushes the boundaries of the beloved classics to bring you a devilish, modern spin to well-known villains and lesser known side characters who’ve earned their time in the sun. Along with Yuko Shimizu’s beautiful illustrations, A Wild Swan is not one to miss!

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The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Chava, a golem made by a disgraced rabbi, and Ahmad, a jinni trapped in an ancient copper flask by a Bedouin wizard, are magically brought together in the streets of New York, forging an unlikely friendship. Though different by nature, their bond will be tested by a powerful threat, “challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.” In making this list, I couldn’t help but add The Golem and the Jinni to my TBR – an obvious choice for fairy tale fans, I can’t believe I missed this gem!

 

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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

An allegorical tale for the ceaseless wars between Saxons and Britons, Ishiguro weaves an enchanting veil as you enter an Arthurian England in which a magical mist has overtaken the realm, wiping away memories and muddying good intentions. From heroic knights to terrifying ogres, The Buried Giant will leave you perfectly mesmerized and heart broken.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A modern, fantastical take on Cinderella, Cinder is sparky, funny, and charmingly romantic – the modern retelling we’ve all been waiting for. Cinder is one of the most talented mechanics in New Beijing, but she’s also a cyborg. But when her step-sister becomes terminally ill, her life will take a surprising new turn as she befriends the Prince and suddenly finds herself at the middle of an intergalactic war. I can’t wait to read the next installment, Scarlet!

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Never Ever by Sara Saedi

A modern, YA-fantasy retelling of Peter Pan, Saedi will take you by surprise as Wylie and her two brothers are whisked away to a magical island off the coast of New York, where they can be seventeen forever. Life is always a party, or so it seems. As tensions rise and islanders go missing, it’s clear her magical hero hasn’t been completely honest – but what dark secrets could he be hiding?

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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Twelve year old David is lost and mourning the death of his mother, finding refuge in the only company he has, his books. As his family falls apart, David’s reality will meld into a fantastical journey into the unknown where heroes and monsters come alive, and childhood innocence remains.

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The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

If you’re a lover of fairy tales but looking for something darker with a serious dose of female empowerment, look no further. In this volume, Carter retells beloved classics such as Beauty and the Beast and Little Red Riding Hood in a Gothic spin, adding a new sense of sensuality and rebellion, and taking the genre from beloved classics to horrific wonders.

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Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Set to release September 20th, Vassa in the Night gives the Russian fairy tale, Vassilissa the Beautiful, new life. Retold in modern day Brooklyn, Vassa has one last gift from her late mother: the magical, tough-talking doll, Erg. Together, they’ll need sharp wits and a cunning ferocity to break the witch’s curse and save the neighborhood.

What are your favorite retellings? 

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Weekly Reads: Best of the Best Weeks 30 through 35 (Part 1)

 **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.**

Hope y’all are ready, it’s going to be a long one! We have a lot to catch up on, and as hard as I tried to cut it down, there’s something to say about each one of the following works – some good, some bad, mostly jaw-shocking writing that I absolutely can’t ignore. There have been an amazing number of new releases this summer, and in my opinion, all fantastic reads! So settle in, maybe grab a coffee (or cocktail), and have your TBR ready for updates!

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

One second Jason is out on an ice cream run for family night and the next he’s knocked unconscious by an eerily familiar voice asking him, of all things, “Are you happy with your life?” He wakes surrounded by doctors in hazmat suits, by a man claiming to be his colleague and friend, at a state of the art, top-secret lab HE built, but he’s just a college professor, how could any of this be true? What if you woke to a world not your own, what if you could go back and rewrite your life – from that one pivotal moment where everything changed, when every decision you made mattered most, would you be happier if things had turned out differently?

“We’re more than the sum total of our choices, that all the paths we might have taken factor somehow into the math of our identity.”

“I’ve seen so many versions of you. With me. Without me. Artist. Teacher. Graphic designer. But it’s all, in the end, just life. We see it macro, like one big story, but when you’re in it, it’s all just day-to-day, right? And isn’t that what you have to make your peace with?”

Dark Matter, while exploring the wondrous depth and horrifying reality of alternate realities, truly explores the meaning of life. What matters most to you? What if you could change your life – would you be happier? Jason is given this choice, many times over, and each and every time he chooses the same: his wife, his son, his family. He chooses love when given the choice between a menial job he sometimes hates, but the love of a family, or a lonely life as an esteemed physicist on the brink of a world-changing discovery. To reach the ones he loves, he’ll have to confront the deepest caverns of his soul, pushing the boundaries of time and space, making the impossible possible. Reading Blake Crouch for several years now, Dark Matter definitely lived up to, and wildly surpassed, my expectations. Not only an expert world builder and story teller, always fine-tuning even the smallest of details, Crouch takes you on an unbelievable ride that will leave you in awe and asking yourself, “Are you happy with your life?”

Rating: 5 Stars      Goodreads

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Maestra by L.S. Hilton

Judith is chasing her dreams, finally working as an assistant at a prestigious London auction house, but when she alerts her boss to a possible fraud, she’s the one with the boot? Leaning on her side job at one of London’s less esteemed champagne bars, trouble seems to follow as she makes a side trip to the French Riviera with one of her illustrious clients.

“Choices are made before explanations, whether or not we care to know it.”

There is so much more to Maestra than a simple art conspiracy. Judith is an extremely complicated character. Working a menial job with a seemingly fancy title, she’s reduced to rubble at work, always taking the blame and lowering herself to others, but in reality, Judith is a powerful woman, in and out of the bedroom. For once we’re given a strong female character who not only enjoys sex, but relies on it as a source for power – and not because she has daddy issues or some underlying trauma to work out, but purely because she enjoys it. She has an amazing ability to charm those around her, which lucky for her, works to her advantage as she quickly leaps from art conspiracy to murder. Her journey will have you traveling across the luxuries of Europe one yacht to another while all the while keeping you on the edge of your seat.

Rating: 4 Stars      Goodreads

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The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

After their father has a psychotic break, Claire moves her daughters to a quaint apartment off a community garden. It’s the perfect place to raise the girls, charming neighbors and plenty of other children in the neighborhood – what could go wrong?

The Girls in the Garden will take you by surprise, lead you down a well-known path, and just when you think you know who attacked young Grace, it’ll take a twist so dark, you’ll never see it coming. From the very start, each neighbor’s introduction is woven with gossip and suspicion, creating a false sense of familiarity that will keep you guessing ’til very last page.

Rating: 3 Stars      Goodreads

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Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

Nora often visits her sister on the weekends, taking the train from London to the small rural town where she lives, walking to the house and opening the door to find a lavish dinner and a glass of wine at the ready, but this trip is different. Instead, Nora enters the house to find blood at the base of the stairs and her sister brutally murdered. She’d been assaulted in the past, perhaps the key to solving the crime lies in the past? Nora struggles to understand the secrets left behind, the little clues her sister left, quickly turning her fears into a nightmare, into a horrifying obsession.

“Rachel knew I blamed myself for what happened to her in Snaith, and that I wanted things to be even. Whatever that meant. I wished I hadn’t told her.”

Under the Harrow is, to me, the psychological thriller of the summer. Haunted by the memories of her sister and plagued by grief, Nora’s journey explores the twisted realities in grief, how it can easily distort everything you think you know. Suddenly a once flippant comment takes on a whole new meaning, transferring itself into fear, into a deadly obsession to find the truth.

Rating: 4 Stars     Goodreads

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A World Without You by Beth Revis

A World Without You explores the dichotomy between perception and reality. Toeing that line between sanity and madness, seventeen year old Bo believes he has the power to move through time, but without a stern control, a fun, quick trip to the past leaves his girlfriend Sofia stranded in Salem during the infamous witch trials. Desperate to bring her back, he tries again and again to find her in time, or any time, just see her again as he slowly realizes his school is not for teens with special abilities, but a school for children with special needs. Will he finally succumb to his psychosis beyond hope, or will he brave the harsh reality of his illness, the first step in a long road to recovery?

“You never know all of a person; you only know them in a specific moment of time.”

A World Without You, while highly unique and nothing short of intriguing, did not live up to the pedestal I’d built for it. After reading Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep, I had amazing expectations for this story and couldn’t help but compare the two novels as I was reading. Bo’s struggle is real and his journey truly harrowing, but the story is muddied behind pages and pages of repetitive plot twists. His realization doesn’t even come into play until the last 50 or so pages of the book. So much emphasis is placed on this point in the story, but by the time it happens the book is over and we’re left with a scant recap on how his treatment has changed. But where the story lacks for Bo, it only grows stronger for his sister Phoebe. As his world crashes down around him, Phoebe struggles to juggle life with and without Bo as he flip flops between the school and home, all the while trying her best to live up to her role as the “normal” sibling. While her story lacks major plot points, Phoebe undergoes the most growth, but only after her bond with Bo is reborn. Together they are stronger, and a life without family is only a life of madness.

Rating: 3 Stars      Goodreads

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Imagine a world where a monster is standing right next to you, breathing on you, smelling you…it could be doing anything, it could BE anything, but you can’t look. One peek, and you’ll die. This is the only world Malorie’s two children have known, a world that came to be in when she first found out she was pregnant, but now that the children are four, it’s time to take them to safety. Only one blindfolded boat journey away…

“In a world where you can’t open your eyes, isn’t a blindfold all you could ever hope for?”

Bird Box is truly terrifying. I’m not one for horror stories, so that may not mean much, but a world where you can’t look outside, not even one peek, is terrifying! They have no idea what the “monster” even is. All they know is one glance and the seer is overcome by a violent rage that ends with their death. Between the mystery and the overwhelming hysteria created, Malories journey will keep you at the edge of your seat!

Rating: 4 Stars      Goodreads

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The Muse by Jessie Burton

Since emigrating from Trinidad to London five years ago, life hasn’t quite lived up to expectations for Odelle Bastien, that is until she lands a job at the highly esteemed Skelton gallery. Though only a young typist, she’s taken under wing by her glamorous superior Marjorie Quick, whose mysterious assistance unleashes a new-found confidence she didn’t know she had, a confidence she’ll surely need to solve the mysterious origins of a lost masterpiece with a secret history.

“As an image it was simple and at the same time not easily decipherable – a girl, holding another girl’s severed head in her hands on one side of the painting, and on the other, a lion, sitting on his haunches, not yet springing for the kill. It had the air of a fable.”

Highly anticipated, The Muse did not paint the startling, or jaw-dropping, scene I had imagined. Instead, I was given a distracting narrative interwoven with the seductive love triangle between Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, and the mysterious painter Isaac Robles. I couldn’t help but be distracted by Odelle – nothing about her story really fit with me. Her narration was a pretentious retelling of her life, often mismatching broken English with poetic language as she unfolds the mystery that carried her through her life’s “reconfiguration”.  Though I can appreciate her beautiful writing, I felt it was Jessie Burton narrating and not truly Odelle, ultimately undercutting any and all character growth she was given.  I gladly skipped 100 pages through the middle and didn’t miss a beat – the true story belongs to Olive, with all the deception and suspense a love story could ever promise.

Rating: 3 Stars      Goodreads

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We Could Be Beautiful by Swan Huntley

Catherine West has lived a life of luxury. Growing up on Manhattan’s east side, daily massages, expensive clothing…. she has it all, except love. Until she meets a familiar face at an art gallery, an old friend of the family by chance. He’s charming with expensive taste and an ease to that makes her weak in the knees. But love comes at a price, the only question is how much?

“You can be in the same rut for so long, and then, seemingly out of nowhere, everything changes and you remember what the point is. The point, of course, is love. To love someone, to be loved by someone: that is the point.”

I have to admit, I saw the plot twist a mile away, but I still finished and enjoyed We Could Be Beautiful anyways. Catherine is a character that you will hate – she know’s she’s over-privileged, and she really wants to care about you too, but it’s hard. Even so, I couldn’t help but want to know more, to see more of her world and how it would change. And oh does it change.

Rating: 3 Stars      Goodreads

What have you been reading lately? Stay tuned for Part 2 next week!

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Links to Love

August was a tough month to get through… With moving and trying to find time to read and still blog, I’m glad it’s finally over! That said, August was still an amazing month!

Don’t believe me? Just check out all the links to love below. 🙂

Read Books, Live Longer?

Count me in! A new study, reported by The New York Times, shows people who read three and a half hours or more per week actually live longer! Though there are few glitches with the small sample size and the fact that readers are typically women (who already live longer, on average), I love having another reason to read as much as I do.

New to The Rumpus

A writer from one of my new favorites, The Rumpus, recently posted a piece on The Surprising Magic of Bad Books. Focusing on the fairy magic of popular children’s books, her point surprisingly still rings true with adult novels too. Even a novel who’s only point is to entertain is still a valid source of inspiration!

Choosing the Right Indoor Plants

Now that our furniture is put together and semi-arranged in our apartment, we’re hoping to get a few indoor plants to balance out the space. But what kind should we get!? I’ve always wanted to garden and have potted plants, but I’ve never been in an apartment with enough space or sunlight to start the habit. Thankfully, I stumbled upon A Pair & A Spare’s quick guide to choosing the right indoor plants for you!

End of Summer Cocktail

As y’all probably know by now, I’m absolutely OBSESSED with all things grapefruit when it comes to cocktail hour. A new drink recipe by Sunny Sweet Days combines the citrus spunk of the grapefruit with the sweet Kinky Liqueur (another favorite). Yum!

New Song from GREEN DAY!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out their new song, Bang Bang. Album should be coming soon!

What have you been loving lately?

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Top Ten Books That Have Been on My Shelf…Since Before I Started Blogging

This week on Top Ten Tuesday, by Broke and the Bookish, dirt’s coming out, and some bookish secrets exposed. While I haven’t been blogging very long, many of the books below have been on my shelves since college or before and I STILL haven’t read them! I really do intend on reading them – some I’ve even purchased and repurchased (multiple times) after moving clean-outs. Perhaps next year’s reading challenge should be more shelf – focused?

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Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas

This is NOT going to be a list of classic novels, but this lesser known novel by Dumas has been on my TBR since High School. HIGH SCHOOL! I first read The Three Musketeers during my freshman year and have reread the beloved story several times since, but each time I pick up the sequel, something always comes up.

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Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

McCann’s ambitious novel is a story of the century, weaving together disparate tales of city life, full of promise and desperation, connected by the hopeful inspiration felt by all after Philippe Petite’s daring tight rope walk between the Twin Towers in 1974. After watching The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I absolutely need to read this book!

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Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver

I only just realized this book existed a couple years ago, and it’s been on my TBR (and shelf) ever since. After reading The Bean Trees in High School, I’d love to see where life takes Taylor and Turtle next.

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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

While known for its humor, Catch-22 is also well known for its reading difficulty – most reviewers give up about a third of the way in. I really want to like it, but I’m nervous I might be among the many on this one…. which is why it’s still on the TBR.

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Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie

An amazing biography on one of the most amazing women of history – one day I’ll finally get through its 600 plus pages.

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Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins

I was first introduced to the genius of Tom Robbins in college.Ever since, I’ve limited myself to one new read a year (you only get a first reading once!). I think this one’s next!

White Oleander by Janet Fitch 
and Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

Both have been on my TBR since High School….and I’ve completely lost count of how many times I’ve repurchased copies of both…. One day!

Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani
and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

I bought a Kindle version of both…and then quit reading from Kindle for some time. Now that I’ve got it back out, I’m ready to read these beautiful and harrowing tales.

What have you still not read?

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Top Ten Books Set at a Boarding School

With school quickly approaching and my exponential love for all things YA, of course my pick for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday setting theme, brought to you by Broke and the Bookish, is boarding school! I’ve started a few new series recently, spanning from YA contemporary to mysteries to thrillers, all YA and all at a boarding school.

Now, I’ve never been to boarding school, but the one aspect of all the books I’ve read set at one have one thing in common. Freedom. Freedom to move about, freedom to set your own rules (within reason), freedom to be your own person away from parental expectations… The characters I’ve met are ten times more mature than I was at their age, living mini adult lives while still abiding to a curfew.

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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

In Cavallaro’s series, Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes meet in the most unsuspecting of places, an American prep school. Both on the run from gossip and family tensions, their past catches up to them as someone frames the duo for murder. A great YA twist on a classic story!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne

Is it even possible to curate a list of boarding school novels and not include at least one of the Harry Potter books?? Written by Jack Thorne, based on the novels by J. K. Rowling, the Cursed Child follows the friendship between Harry’s son Albus and Draco’s son Scorpius.

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A World Without You by Beth Revis

A World Without You explores the dichotomy between perception and reality. Seventeen year old Bo believes he attends a school for those with special abilities in order to learn control over his power, the ability to travel in time. In reality, Bo is enrolled to a school for children with special needs. Desperate to save his lost girlfriend, Bo will have to decide to face reality or succumb to his psychosis.

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Breaking news: Every Heart a Doorway is going to be a series!!! Like everyone else at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, Nancy has been ripped from her magical home and her doorway gone, maybe forever. When tragedy strikes, their refuge under Eleanor’s care is put in jeopardy and their search for home more perilous than ever.

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The Girls by Emma Cline

 In The Girls, Evie Boyd is a lost girl. Emotionally abandoned by her family and without a friend to lean on, Evie is easily mesmerized by an older group of girls living at a Manson Family style cult. With a newfound freedom to choose her own path, Evie will struggle with the decision to either stay or return home. Her story ends as she ultimately returns to boarding school, but her experiences with the cult will leave you absolutely haunted.

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Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

It’s been years since I’ve read Prep, but it has made a lasting impression. Lee Flora leaves the familiarity and happiness of South Bend, Indiana to join the ranks of elite students at the prestigious Ault School in Massachusetts. Between her intense friendships and almost relationships, Lee’s story explores the world of adolescence and the difficult choices that shape who we are, and who we’ll become.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

The original tale of  boarding school, this list would be nothing without Jane Eyre! Her formative years are spend at Lowood School, a morally strict charity school for young girls. Full of yearning and self respect, Jane settles for nothing in her search for a life of her own.

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A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Set at a boarding school during World War II, A Separate Peace follows the friendship of Gene and Phineas as they come of age in the most harrowing of times. A high school must-read and an American classic, this is not one to miss.

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A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Sara Crewe is an amazingly imaginative and blessed child, but when her father is tragically killed in action, her life becomes anything but a fairy tale. Now penniless and desperate, she’s banished to the attic at her school and forced to work as a servant. But always hopeful, she’ll find a fortune in friendship.

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

This has been on my TBR for a while now. Kathy, Ruth and Tommy have grown up together at the exclusive Hailsham boarding school in the English countryside. Between the mysterious façade of the school and the dangerous relationships they forge, only by looking back will they understand how special they truly are.

What books are on your list?

 

 

 

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A Little Update…

After weeks of prep and packing, our move is finally over!! 

And all of my books are unpacked! 

It’s still a work in progress, but it’s coming along beautifully. And I still have plenty of room for more books!