Katie is a long time reader, book blogger, book clubber and was once even on the Reading Team in high school (don't know what a Reading Team is? Go ahead and ask her, because she loves to talk about it!). She currently helps run the Fountain Bookstore Book Club (which you can find on Meetup). She reads a mix of Young Adult and Adult, and especially loves thrillers and magical realism.
I don't know if swoon crying is a thing, but this book had me doing both. I really loved Dara, her strength and fearlessness pre-accident, and the grieving but determined Dara post accident, and watching her slowly piece herself back together was my second favorite thing. My most favorite thing was Ethan, that's where the swooning bit comes in. Totally worth the runny nose and leaking eyes I have after finishing the book!
Lizzie Borden took an axe... or did she? Sarah Schmidt takes us inside the Borden household before and after the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden. Schmidt's writing is so good that you can feel the pressure building in the house, taste the sweetness of the pears and sharpness of tainted mutton on the tips of tongues, imagine the smell as the hot summer days weighs heavily, suffocatingly on the inhabitants of the Borden home. Did Lizzie simply snap, did Bridget the maid hack her way to new employment, did Lizzie's uncle intervene to protect his nieces, or was it a stranger? Prepare for sharp-edged read!
This book is a cheeky romp! Please believe me when I tell you that I don't use those two words together very often, but they describe this book perfectly. There's impeccable manners, roguish behavior, unrequited love, theives and scientists, and all manner of chases and saucy quips! If you're a fan of audiobooks, then I definitely recommend the narrator-- just click on our Libro FM link on the home page!
Darkly delightful! I really loved Every Heart a Doorway, and this prequel didn't disappoint! The world (or is it worlds?) McGuire has created in the Wayward Children series is disturbing and morbid and fascinating. Her spin on fairytales and legends- this time it's a take on the nursery rhyme about Jack and Jill- is truly unique and fresh. Here there be vampires and monsters, and things that go bump in the night, where innocent children learn to play with dead things. I cannot wait for more books in this series!
Unputdownable! Full of secrets and revenge and temptation, this is a book that has layers uponlayers of deep, dark, murky mystery. Literally everyone is a suspect, even main character Leah Stevens, who's keeping plenty secrets of her own. I came for the twisty thriller, but stayed for the small town intrigue, the heated romance, and the haunted pasts. Watch out for papercuts, because this is a page turner!
It's never too soon for a Christmas romance, and Shalvis is my favorite author for sexy romance and holiday magic. I love the characters of Heartbreaker Bay, and Young Adult author Colbie was a perfect fit for the sexy and nerdy Spence. From their first meet cute to their first... well, you know, I was entranced with their story. Throw in a sassy cat, meddling friends, and crazy family members, and you have a book that's better than any Hallmark Christmas movie ever!
A must for all The Princess Bride fans! Cary Elwes (aka Farm Boy aka Westley aka The Dread Pirate Roberts) tells the tales behind the making of one of the best loved and most quoted movies ever, with a little help from his former castmates and director and writer. It is inconceivable that you won't love this book! Have fun storming the castles (or at least come on down to the store and pick up a copy)!
This is a book for Readers with a capital R! Will Schwalbe delights and details the pleasure and necessity of reading. Every chapter features a different book and something that the author got from reading it- Slowing Down, Choosing Kindness, Recharging, Losing, Mastering the Art of Reading (of which I personally underline most of the chapter) and so many more. In fact the only times I put this book down was to write down my own feelings on what I had just read. A perfect book for any bookworm, and one that I'll be sharing with my book club friends!
I am awed and devastated by this book. I feel the urge to rename my hometown Weep.
Laini Taylor makes magic with her words, and the story of Strange the Dreamer and the Godspawn is like a gorgeous dream that flips to nightmares now and then. The description was so vivid that I felt like I was in it. If you haven't read her Daughter of Smoke and Bone yet, you should!
Forget Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. Move over Big Little Lies and The Woman in Cabin 10. Because Fingersmith has one of the best jaw dropping, plot twisting, Oh-My-God-Did-That-Just-Happen moments that I've ever read.
Every reader has been asked that impossible question "What's your favorite book?". I used to dread that question, knowing I would have to pull out charts listing my favorite authors, and narrowing it down to their best books. Pie charts and math were involved. Until I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and it finally answered the question of what was my favorite book of all time. Full of magic and beauty, it makes my heart ache with longing, because it's a world I would love to visit. If you get the chance, I'd also recommend this one on audio because it's narrated by the talented Jim Dale.
You will never look at rain the same way, I guarantee it. These four novellas are absolutely brilliant! Joe Hill won me over a long time ago with his short stories and novels, but it turns out that he's equally as good as his dad (Stephen King) at churning out heart stopping, mind bending, soul shattering novellas as well. Thought provoking and chilling, Strange Weather is definitely going on my Best of 2017 list!
Despite it's title, you should most definitely not read this book while you're alone. Isolated in a rundown, sprawling mansion that was once an elaborate murder mystery retreat, Seda and her family are mostly immune to their temporary home's creepy and eccentric history. But when a group of teenagers come seeking refuge, a scavenger hunt meant to entertain ends up entangling everyone into one horrific night of terror. Is it the house, or something else that is haunting Seda as she tries her best to protect her family and the unwelcome guests from harm? Balog interjects the house's past throughout the novel, and I've never wanted to visit a fictional place more. The perfect book for thrills and chills, with a devious and delightful ending!