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 and the Fountain of Youth Book Club- a book club for adults who love to read Young Adult. She reads a mix of Young Adult and Adult, and especially loves thrillers, horror and magical realism. Most of her time off is spent listening to audiobooks at 2x speed.
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All the love for this cute rom com!
Emma loves her job as assistant to screenwriter Jo. And then a moment between them on the red carpet at the SAG awards sparks rumors of a romance. Jo is older, richer, and far more powerful then Emma, and the change in their relationship as Jo moves to protect them leaves Emma feeling bereft. Maybe there's something to what the media, and what all their friends and family, already sees. The road to love is a rocky one, but Emma and Jo are both women to root for, as they both take on career and relationship challenges. There's also a fantastic Harvey Weinsteinesque take down that will have you cheering!
With poems like I Thought I Had Personal Issues With Taking Up Space But Then I Realized It Was Socially Ingrained Sexism and Horoscopes For Letting Go, it's impossible not to see yourself reflected in the author's words. But it's the smaller, nameless poems that I gravitated to the most, the ones that begged to be read aloud, as if the thoughts and ideas had been plucked from my own soul and given life. A wonderful and lovely poetry book, sometimes sad and melancholy, sometimes biting and scathing, sometimes uplifting, but always honest.
A must own for any Beatles fan! The artwork is stunning, and the graphic novel takes a look at the Paul is Dead conspiracy theory that still has it's ardent supporters. Did Paul McCartney die, only to be replaced by a look-alike? Was it covered up to prevent adoring fans from destroying themselves with grief? Part history, part alternative history, all a trip that only the Fab Four could take us on!
There is nobody who writes better novellas than Stephen King, and If It Bleeds contains four spectacular stories! From calls to the grave in Mr. Harrigan's Phone, to giant billboard ads in The Life of Chuck, to a visit to Finders Keepers with Holly and crew, and finally to the desperation of a struggling author to just finish one book, just once, King doles out the thrills and chills, but also captures the human condition in all its many forms. And like a pyschic in a traveling renfaire, King seems to prepare readers to make sure they wash their hands and cover those sneezes!
This book had me at the summary. A young woman fakes madness in order to rescue her older sister from an insane asylum (she's inspired by Nellie Bly) and things go terribly wrong! I'm a huge fan of Greer Macllister, and this is definitely a book to devour. Plus, we have signed copies at the moment!
Can we all just take a movent to drool over this cover? The author not only wrote this gorgeous piece of magical realism based on Bolivian history and politcs, but she created the cover too! We read this recently for our Young Adult Book Club, Foutain of Youth, for adults who read YA, and it was a hit!
This is a fevered Macbeth dream of teenage girl's revenge fantasy. It is bloody and gory and disturbing, so basically everything I like in a book! Jade and her friends go full on coven against the privileged boys of St. Andrews private school, and soon there's a new King at school, being controlled by the whispers of witches. So much love for this dark and lovely Shakespeare retelling! Trigger warning- the book begins with a rape, although it is "off screen", it is referenced throughout the book. And also lots of bloody revenge.
Don't read the comments, but you should totally read Don't Read the Comments by Fountain favorite, Eric Smith! Eric takes on internet trolls, youtube fame, and the very real threat of when the violence and bullying online spill over into real life. Plus it's the very sweet, wonderful, and adorable story of two people meeting online, and making a real connection that strengthens them both. Also, tons of fun movie, game and television references. And we have some signed copies from Eric's last visit to RVA!
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.
A post-apocalyptic Young Adult western? Yes, please!
Ride On is one of my favorite books this year, and I am in love with both Seph and Avery (and Cade, who might be the coolest literary horse since Misty of Chincoteague). Set in a future where the sun doesn't shine and outlaws and lawmen both obey their own rules, this is part West World, part Tombstone, and all Amazing! Westerns aren't even my usual genre, but this one had me questioning why I don't read them more (the answer is I will if Gwen writes more).