Young Adult Recommendations

Hi, readers!

How was your reading this weekend? I’m finally making some serious progress on two books I’ve been reading for weeks now and am greatly enjoying them. I am also actively picking up books by authors of color. Right now, I’m alternating between a book by a white author and a book by an author of color. We’ll see how long I keep this up!

Also, are you following along with the Reading Women’s June reading challenge? Be sure to check out their website for all the details, including giveaways! I’m joining their Mrs. Dalloway read along. Be sure to check them out and find great book recommendations by women!

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite Young Adult books. I think summer is a great time to read YA. The stories are sometimes a little shorter, and the plots often move along quickly. There are also so many great YA series, making it easy to find your next read!

I recommend…

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

This is a beautiful story about a young man grieving after the death of his best friend and ex-boyfriend. I previously mentioned History in this post in which I shared three books about mental health. I was blown away with how honestly Silvera depicts grief and how respectfully he presented the relationships in this story.

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

This is a coming of age story, that is really about a feminist awakening. Juliet travels to Portland for an internship with a prominent feminist writer. While there, she learns more about her mind, her body, and her feminism. Rivera makes you cheer for Juliet while also teaching the reader plenty of feminist and queer studies terminology.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

You’ve likely heard of this story because it was recently turned into a movie called Love, Simon. This is a very cute story about a high schooler’s budding anonymous email relationship with a fellow classmate and his coming out story. Both the book and the movie have received a lot of attention, and for good reason. LGBTQ romances are often only told when they end in sadness. Simon’s story has a happy ending, which is always good to see.

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Spoiler alert: this book will have you sobbing by the end! This is Yoon’s second novel and it’s a wonderfully written story about fate and the ripple effect of human interactions. It’s a bit hard to describe this book without giving anything away. Suffice to say, you’ll have to read this for yourself.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

This is a fantastic retelling of 1001 Nights. You will devour this story because it has everything: romance, fantasy, a hero, a villain, danger, and sacrifice. Ahdieh has a great explanation for why events unfold the way they do. Can’t recommend this one enough!

That’s it for today! What YA books would you recommend?

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3 On A Theme: Mental Health

Hi, readers!

How’s your reading progress this month? I’ve been moving through books pretty slowly lately, and by that, I mean I don’t want to pick up any of the books I’m currently reading. My halting reading progress is due to the darker nature and content of the books I’m currently reading. I’m enjoying them, but none of them are happy, light, or easy to read. And these factors combined are making me stressed about reading. So instead I went to the library for some romance novels! I think they’re just what I need to break out of this rut and then I can do a better job of balancing the lighter reads with the heavier ones.

I bring this up today because, as you may or may not know, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The darker books I was reading were negatively affecting my moods and thoughts, making me feel bogged down in grief, drama, and isolation. It’s important to talk about mental health and how various items, events, interactions, etc. affect our moods. I do think that we should continue to talk about mental health outside of May in order to normalize and humanize many conditions. Talking about mental health decreases the stigma and shame often associated with mental health conditions. Today I’m sharing three books that prominently feature characters struggling with their mental health and, importantly, handle this issue with sensitivity, respect, and awareness.

The three books are…

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Griffin’s best friend, first love, and ex-boyfriend dies in a drowning accident. Reeling from this loss, Griffin turns to his ex-boyfriend’s new boyfriend, and leans on him for emotional support. This is a beautifully written YA novel about grief, love, and friendship.

Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

Annie is unhappy at home, at work, and is struggling under her incredible loss and grief. And then she meets Polly, who has terminal cancer. Together, the two women help each other to balance joy alongside their pain, to accept reality and plan for the future, and to make a difference in whatever way they can.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

This is a fun book about Bernadette, a former architect, who is agoraphobic and therefore housebound. That is, until she disappears. Where’d You Go is told through letters, emails, and memos and also follows Bernadette’s daughter as she searches for her mother and grieves for her loss.

That’s it for today! Have you read any of these books? What book(s) that address mental health would you recommend?

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Memoir Recommendations

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Today I’m sharing five memoir recommendations. I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, but when I do, I prefer to read memoirs. Memoirs offer a fascinating glimpse into a different existence and set of problems. I really enjoy reading about someone else’s life, whether their life events are extraordinary or mundane. And the books featured here today certainly run the gamut of ordinary and not so ordinary. I’ve loved all the books mentioned below and I think you will, too!

Let’s get to those books!

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs

This is an emotional read about one woman’s terminal cancer diagnosis and how it impacted her life. I unashamedly cried while reading Riggs’s story as her journey is similar to those of the countless people dealing with cancer. The Bright Hour is beautifully written and offers stunning commentary on life, death, and living.

Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham

Keeping with the theme of medical related memoirs, Happiness is the story of one family’s tumultuous experiences of living with a sick child. Harpham writes eloquently about fate, choice, and family. Happiness was the April pick for Reese Witherspoon’s book club and I previously reviewed this book. You can read my review here.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

Hunger is a difficult book to describe and also a difficult book to read. Gay holds nothing back as she recounts stories from her childhood that influenced her interactions and feelings toward food and her own body, including a horrific gang rape. This is a short book and a very necessary read, as Gay’s writing will lead you to confront your own experiences surrounding your body.

Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember: The Stroke That Changed My Life by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

This is a uniquely written story about a woman who suffered a serious stroke in her 30s. By reflecting on her traumatic medical experiences, Hyung-Oak Lee comments on the fleeting nature of memory, moving on, and recovery. I previously reviewed this book and you can read my review post here.

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

Now this one is just plain fun! Wishful Drinking is the story of Fisher’s life. This book will make you laugh out loud and groan alongside Fisher as she recounts the bizarre, unfortunate, and purely outlandish events that happened in her life. It’s a super quick read that I highly recommend!

That’s it for today! Do you enjoy reading memoirs? What memoirs would you recommend?

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Book Recommendations for Graduates

Hi, readers!

It’s that time of year again: graduation season! There are two college graduations happening in my family this spring and I’ve been excitedly picking out the perfect books for their graduation gifts. Because I think we all know that books are a great present for any occasion! Today I’m sharing four books that would make great gifts for graduates. Some of these might seem surprising, but I promise, they’re on this list for good reason!

Let’s get to those books…

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (or your own favorite book)

I think there’s something to be said for gifting someone your own favorite book, along with a note explaining why it’s so special to you. The Bell Jar would make an excellent choice, though, as the protagonist is on the cusp of college and struggling with mental health and identity. The Bell Jar is one of my personal favorites and you can read about my other favorites in this post here.

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

My first experience reading Brown was with this book last year. In Wilderness, Brown divulges what it takes to truly and authentically be yourself and how to interact with the world around you. And the answers are nothing like you’d expect. I found myself nodding along to every single page. I think this book should be a must read for everyone and would be an excellent choice for someone about to step onto a new path.

Make Trouble by John Waters

This one’s a little more fun, but it still packs a punch! Make Trouble contains words of wisdom from Waters’s speech to the Rhode Island School of Design. His speech went viral because it speaks to the reality of living life as a creative. But I think this book would be a great choice for a graduate regardless of their major or career path. Waters’s text is a call to action and a push towards changing the world.

Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick

Okay, hear me out on this one. Spinster is a great memoir of one woman’s journey to embrace the word ‘spinster’ by making and loving a life of her own choosing. This book profiles a few other famous women who never married and Bolick draws parallels between them and herself. I think this book is inspirational and challenges the reader to think about their own life and how much they’re enjoying it.

That’s it for today! What will you gift to a graduate?

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Book Series I Love

Hi, readers!

Happy Friday! This week was pretty busy doing things with family, preparing for some upcoming life shifts, and reevaluating this blog. You may have noticed there was no blog post yesterday. This was a conscious choice as I’ve moved to posting three times a week instead of five. This change will allow me to focus on longer and more informative posts, which is important to me, and is also in anticipation of some upcoming life changes. Unfortunately, I’ve been so busy this week there hasn’t been much time for reading! I’m hoping to read a lot this weekend to play catch up and get back in the swing of reading.

As for what I’ll be reading this weekend, I’m hoping to make some more progress on The Odyssey, as translated by Emily Wilson. I only have 139 pages left! I’ve been very slowly reading this book for the longest time now and am determined to finish it before the month is out. I’m sure you’re tired of hearing about it! I am really enjoying it but am finding it difficult to fall into the book, which has led to my picking it up in small segments. One book that is not difficult for me to read is The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. This is the first book in what will be a YA fantasy series (and is therefore relevant to today’s post) and I’m loving it so far! I’m about 180 pages in and I really appreciate all the world building that Clayton did, as well as all the luscious detail that really makes the story come alive.

And finally, today’s post is all about book series. By the way, in my opinion, for it to count as a series, there must be at least three major books. Smaller prequel and in between novels are excluded from this. I always love starting a new series. There’s something so exciting about knowing an entire world awaits you! However I sometimes forget to keep up with a series. I find it’s easiest for me to play catch up and read several books in a row, knowing that the next book I’ll need is ready to read. So there are a number of series of which I’ve read one or two books and stopped!

Today I’m recommending several book series, broken up in two groups. The first grouping are series of which I’ve read all the books and loved them. I may not necessarily have read each and every little mini book that accompanies the main books, but I’ve definitely read the main ones. The second grouping are series that I’ve started and loved but haven’t finished. Here’s hoping this post inspires me to revisit them!

And now, onto those books!

Series I’ve Finished

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

There are currently three books in this series, but many more are already planned. This is, quite possibly, my favorite fantasy series. I love that they’re inspired by Beauty and the Beast and are full of surprising twists and turns. My favorite book is the second in the series, A Court of Mist and Fury. But this is definitely a series you should start from the beginning.

Lady Sherlock by Sherry Thomas

This is a fun mystery series that reimagines Sherlock Holmes as an alias for a young woman cast out of society due to some unfortunate choices. I love the ways Thomas plays with the Sherlock Holmes stories. While only two books are published thus far, the third is coming out this fall. And I’m counting this series in this category because I’ve read the first two books!

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

There are four major books in this series and a number of smaller in between books. The Lunar Chronicles is a fun YA sci-fi series that is inspired by fairy tales. We see updated versions of those original stories that are fun, clever, and more feminist in tone. These books do get progressively longer throughout the series but they’re all quick reads and very engaging.

Series I Haven’t Finished

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache by Louise Penny

It’s no secret that I’m in love with Louise Penny, Armand Gamache, and all that Three Pines has to offer. As of right now there are thirteen books in this series and I’ve only read three! While I definitely want to keep reading, I also want to savor these delightful mysteries. My very rough goal is to catch up with this series by the end of the year.

Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French

French crafted a fantastic mystery series with the Dublin Murder Squad. These books are dark, psychological thrillers that will keep you on the edge if your seat! French’s books can be read out of order as they follow the same detective squad, but the events within each book are not sequential in the larger series. I’ve only read two out of the six books in this series and am looking forward to reading the rest.

Miss Marple by Agatha Christie

I love Miss Marple! Actually, I love all things Agatha Christie and the Miss Marple books are always a delight. There are a whopping fifteen books in this series, of which I’ve read five. The Miss Marple mysteries are clever, funny, short, and sweet, so I highly recommend giving them a go. I always try to guess the solution but am always bested by this elderly detective!

That’s it for today! What series would you recommend? What will you be reading this weekend?

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Page Turning Recommendations

Hi, readers!

Happy Monday! Did you read anything fun this weekend? I made some great progress on Little Women and now only have about 100 pages to go! Today’s post is for anyone who loves to get lost in a good book. I especially love to settle in with an engaging read on the weekends, when the weather is bad, when the weather is nice and you can open a window…actually, pretty much anytime!

Today I’m sharing five books with you that I found incredibly difficult to put down. They’re so enticing, you’ll read them in just a few sittings and find yourself constantly thinking about the storyline and what the characters will do next. Let’s get right to these recommendations so you can choose your next great read for this weekend!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

If you haven’t read Big Little Lies by now, this should be your very next read. This book beautifully weaves several storylines following a group of women and mothers, the choices they must live with, and the lies they tell. Plus, there’s been a murder! I also highly recommend the HBO series, but please read the book first. And don’t be fooled by the long page count. You’ll read this in an afternoon.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is the first book in Meyer’s YA fantasy Lunar Chronicles series that is, broadly, a retelling of some classic fairy tales. Cinder is a fantastic start to this series and begins as a modern/futuristic retelling of Cinderella. This book is funny, smart, high energy, and enthralling. If you read this one, you’ll definitely want to continue with the series!

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

This is the first book in MacLean’s Rules of Scoundrels series. It’s a super quick read that will have you laughing, blushing, and practically inhaling the story and these characters. The characters in this book appear through the rest of the series, and I promise you’ll fall hard for this duo as they move from friends to lovers. I previously reviewed this book and you can read my review here.

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

This book is a reimagining of what happened to the infamous Borden family. If you don’t know, Lizzie Borden was arrested, tried, and exonerated for the brutal axe murders of her father and stepmother. Talk about an unputdownable read! By shifting points of view, this book will have you on your toes and eager to learn more about this unsolved mystery. I previously reviewed this book and you can read my review here.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Last but not least, we have another mystery recommendation! This book came out earlier this year and has remained popular. Inspired by Hitchcock films, this story will devour you. Page after page will leave you wondering who to trust and questioning what’s actually going on. I read the whole thing in one day because I couldn’t put it down! I previously reviewed this book and you can read my review here.

That’s it for today! Have you read any of these books? What page turner would you recommend?

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European Historical Fiction Recommendations

Hi, readers!

As you may have noticed, I love reading historical fiction. I enjoy reading about time periods other than my own, with different day to day tasks. I especially enjoy novels set either during or just after WWI and WWII. Give me a good period drama any day! And as I prepared today’s post of recommendations, I realized that many of my favorites are set in Europe. And so, without further ado, today I’m sharing eight historical fiction books set in either England or France.

Here we go!

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

You’ve likely seen my review of The Alice Network, as I’ve mentioned it a few times on the blog. This book was a little slow to start for me but quickly became one of my favorite books! It’s a beautiful drama following two women, one working as a British spy during WWI and the other searching for a long lost cousin in France after WWII.

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

This is a great first novel of a mystery series following a young woman working as a private investigator after WWII in England. I really enjoyed this story and found Maisie to be a bit like Sherlock Holmes! You can read my review here.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Fasten your seatbelts, because this book is quite the ride! This is one of my favorite books ever. It follows two sisters living in Nazi-occupied France during WWII. Each woman makes her own choices in order to survive the war and must learn to live with her decisions. Be sure to have Kleenex ready!

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

I really enjoyed this book about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Elizabeth Hadley, and their time together in Paris in the 1920s. This is a fantastic introduction to this relationship and a great way to learn more about Hadley as a person.

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

If you’re looking for a fun escape, look no further than the Pink Carnation! This book is great because it follows two timelines: one in present day England as a young woman works on her thesis project, and the other in 1800s England. It’s funny, charming, sexy, and very entertaining!

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

This is a beautiful story about two sisters searching for one another after WWI. Through a series of events, they are separated during the London bombings. I was really touched at the lengths to which they went to find one another and reunite.

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

You’ve likely heard of this excellent Sherlock Holmes retelling! In this first book of a new series, Sherlock Holmes is the detective alias of a young woman trying to support herself. This book is clever, funny, and delightful if you’re a fan of the Sherlock Holmes story.

The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

Gregory is well known for writing excellent historical fiction and this book is no exception! This story follows Elizabeth of York, her new marriage to Henry Tudor, and the missing heir to the throne. It’s exciting, fast paced, and enlightening!

That’s it for today! What historical fiction books would you recommend?

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Bookish Things To Do In Spring

Hi, readers!

It seems like across the country, more and more people are experiencing snow and winter weather than warmer spring temperatures. Although, to tie this in with my current read, Louise Penny’s The Cruelest Month, town favorite Ruth Zardo waxes poetic about spring:

“We all know what to expect in other seasons. But not spring. The worst flooding happens in spring. Forest fires, killing frosts, snowstorms and mud slides. Nature’s in turmoil. Anything can happen.”

The weather may not be pleasant, but there are still lots of ways to have fun! Today I’m sharing ten bookish things to do in spring. Because spring’s weather is oh so complicated, these activities can be completed outdoors and indoors. These indoor activities will have you loving books and reading all season long!

  1. Read a book set in spring. Need recommendations? Check mine out here.
  2. Visit a literary landmark in a city near you!
  3. Wait for a warm day and spend the afternoon reading outdoors.
  4. Spend a weekend purging your bookshelves. Return long lost library books, donate gently loved copies, and sell used copies to a local independent used bookstore.
  5. Make your own bookmarks. Perhaps a floral theme?
  6. Visit your local library and attend a class, presentation, or activity! My local library has lots of fun outdoor activities planned, including nature walks, beekeeping classes, and gardening tutorials.
  7. Read a book of poetry. Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? I’m partial to Mary Oliver, Emily Dickinson, and Sylvia Plath.
  8. Swap favorite books with your best friend!
  9. Visit your local bookstore and ask a bookseller for a recommendation. Don’t be shy! That’s what we’re there for!
  10. Join the Dewey 24 Hour Readathon happening April 28!

That’s it for today! Which activity will you tackle first? What bookish things do you like to do in spring?

Anticipated Spring 2018 New Releases

Hi, readers!

Today I’m sharing some books I’m especially excited about. These are upcoming new releases that will be published this spring! I’m sharing ten books in this post and will post seasonal updates to the blog with more new releases. Who else is excited for new books?!

Landwhale by Jes Baker, out May 8 from Seal Press

This memoir takes us inside Baker’s personal life, and the her personal experiences as a fat person. This book does not shy away from addressing our culture’s systemic fatphobia and how that constantly and negatively affects persons living in larger bodies.

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh, out now from Berkley

I loved Mackintosh’s first book, I Let You Go. Her newest thriller follows Anna, who is still struggling to accept her parents’ deaths, which were both ruled as suicides. But Anna refuses to accept this and is determined to prove her parents were murdered. I’ve heard really great things about this one and am looking forward to Mackintosh’s way of completely surprising the reader!

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain, out May 1 from Ballantine Books

I love historical fiction and I’m super excited for the newest book from McLain, who wrote The Paris Wife. Her newest novel follows Hemingway’s infamous marriage with Martha Gellhorn. Gellhorn is one of the most famous war correspondents of the 20th century and is also, to be frank, Hemingway’s best wife. This is going to be so good!

Marry in Scandal by Anne Gracie, out April 3 from Berkley

I do love a good romance novel! Edward and Lily find themselves in a marriage of convenience. But Lily wants more from her new husband and Edward would much rather be left to himself. Like all good historical romance novels, this one should be fun, witty, and charming!

Not That Bad edited by Roxane Gay, out May 1 from Harper Perennial

This is a collection of essays about rape, assault, and sexual harassment. The essays are from a variety of established and new writers. This collection promises to be heartbreaking, powerful, memorable, and a very necessary addition to this ongoing conversation.

Odd Girl Out by Laura James, out today from Seal Press

Laura felt out of touch with the world her whole life, until her autism diagnosis in her 40s. This memoir touches on how her life changed with such a late diagnosis, and the realities of being neuro atypical.

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve, out today in paperback from Vintage

This book tells the story of Grace, who faces an uncertain future after wildfires in 1947 Maine. She’s lost her home, her community is destroyed, and she’s unsure if her distant husband survived. I’ve had my eye on this one for awhile now, and I’m excited for the release!

Swimming Between Worlds by Elaine Neil Orr, out April 3 from Berkley

Set in 1960s North Carolina, this book follows three vastly different people and the ways in which their lives intersect, all alongside the Civil Rights Movement. This is being described as a Southern coming-of-age novel and it sounds really good.

Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth by Sheila O’Connor, out April 3 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

There’s a middle grade novel on this list! I’m really looking forward to this novel about a girl developing a pen pal relationship with her reclusive neighbor. The two new friends will work together to prevent the protagonist’s brother from fighting in the Vietnam War. This book sounds absolutely heartwarming, memorable, and educational.

You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld, out April 24 from Random House

In her first ever short story collection, Sittenfeld tackles class, relationships, and gender roles in our ever volatile nation. Sittenfeld’s writing is always sharp, witty, and biting, and I’m sure this book will be no different.

That’s it for today! Which new releases are you excited to read?

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Spring Book Recommendations

Hi, readers!

Happy Spring! Even though I’m a bit bummed that winter is officially over, I am excited about the changes that come with a new season. The weather is getting warmer, it’s light outside longer in the evenings, and people are happier! In honor of the first day of spring, I’m sharing a few spring books with you today. These books aren’t necessarily set in spring, but their stories either take place in nature or they feature themes of rebirth, flourishing, and discovery.

And now, on to the books!

The Awakeningby Kate Chopin

This is an old and shocking story about a young woman who decides to take her life into her own hands. Along the way, she discovers things and people that actually make her happy and builds a life she loves. This is a pretty quick read with a shattering ending.

Emma by Jane Austen

To be fair, any of Austen’s books would be appropriate to read in the spring. Emma features lots of walks in nature, conversations about young love, and happiness, even more so than other Austen novels. I’ve written about Austen in this post. Emma is a lovely story and provides a great excuse to rewatch Clueless!

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

This is the first book in a fun historical fiction/romance series about an American grad student researching British spies. I thought this book was especially fun as it alternates between the past and the present as we follow our protagonist’s discovery and the flourishing espionage career of the Pink Carnation.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This is a fun YA book about a closeted gay teen being blackmailed over his sexuality. I realize that sentence doesn’t sound happy, but I promise this book will have you laughing out loud as Simon discovers who he truly is and learns how to celebrate himself, rather than hide away. They’ve adapted this into a movie, Love, Simon, that’s been really well reviewed and is out now!

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

And last but certainly not least, we have another YA read! This is a beautiful coming of age story about young Francie that will have you laughing, crying, and cheering for our young hero. I highly recommend this book, no matter how old you are.

That’s it for today! What books do you love to read in the spring?

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