Kate 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 runs the Fountain Bookstore Tonic Book Club, the Fountain of Youth Book Club- a book club for adults who love to read Young Adult, the F-Files Book Club- for sci-fi and horror lovers, and she and Andi co-host Fountain of Evidence- for true crime fans. You'll also see her hangng out with our customer run diverse romance book club, Fountain Flirt. 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 or faster.
I don't usually put a lot of pre-order books on my page, but Cackle is pure October reading (which I desperately needed in this heat!). Poor Annie is heartbroken- dumped by her long term, live in boyfriend, she leaves NYC to take a teaching job in a tiny town in upstate New York. She's lonely, talking to the spiders that lurk in her new apartment, but then she meets the glamorous and spooktacular Sophie. That's when the book shifts from Heartbreak Hotel to Witches of Eastwick, wrapping a wicked spell around the reader.
If the Hallmark Channel doesn't immediately turn this book into a movie, then they should have their FCC license revoked. In this Closed Door Romance (which is a genre I just now discovered), best friends Bree and Nathan are super crazy in love with each other, but both are too afraid to do anything about it. Bree is a dance teacher living on the edge of poverty to keep her classes affordable, and Nathan is a quarterback in the NFL. For publicity's sake, the friends end up in a fake relationship, but with the help of his teammates, Nathan is armed with a cheat sheet to finally make Bree realize that they are meant to be. A basket full of puppies has nothing on this adorable romance!
Think Weekend at Bernies but filled with hilarious, amazing, and brazen Chinese-Indonesian Aunties.
I LOVED this book. Like, deep love. Like help dispose of a body and cover up a murder love.
Dial A for Aunties is funny and outrageous and, surprisingly, romantic.
If your family drives you crazy, but would also drive with a dead body in their trunk for you, then maybe you should cut them some slack and appreciate them. ;)
In a society that puts mothers on a pedestal (no greater love than that of a mother!), even if they're quick to mommy shame them (she lets those kids have too much screen time!), it can be tough and disheartening to navigate the world as child free woman. Erin Lane breaks down the Mother Scripts, tackling the origins of what it means to be a mother from biblical times, to the rise of modern motherhood (thanks, Teddy Roosevelt). She interviews women from all backgrounds- women who don't want kids, can't have kids, became step-parents, or are raising kids through the foster system. It's a fascinating insight into the way society perceives women and an important discussion of moving beyond the boundaries of those expectations.
I absolutely loved this romance, which is a fresh take on Beauty and the Beast. Set in the publishing world, Isabelle is stagnated by her job, and has lost her writing mojo. She jumps at the opportunity to talk to famous bad boy, Beau, about his very overdue memoir that he owes her publishing house. He's everything she thought he'd be- spoiled, rude, and privileged. He surprises her by asking for her help, and although the pair butt heads there's also a spark between them- and it's a tale as old as time, if you'll allow me to make the obvious joke.
Jules is just your typical teen girl using a BuzzFeed article to summon a demon to take her to hell to bring back her favorite, and recently deceased, celebrity crush. What could possibly go wrong? Well, first off, she accidentally summons the wrong demon, Ash, and from there on things go hilariously off course. On her way to rescue her crush, Jules has to first rescue her demon companion- by trading the girl she might actually be falling in love with (which was news to her). Delightfully wicked, for fans of Lucifer and The Craft, and for every fangirl/fanboy/fanbody who would do anything for the object of their worship. Five snarky stars!
Alex Turner is a top notch divorce lawyer, the granddaughter of a famous (and infamous for a long list of ex-husbands) Jazz singer, and she's also apparently the last woman her exes date before they marry the next one. Will Harkness is a popular celebrity chef, former step-son of Alex's grandmother, and the thorn in Alex's side. Things have been tense between them since Will spurned teenage Alex's affections, and it's been war since then. Will offers to help Alex track down her exes to find out why they all got their HEA after breaking up with her, and sparks fly between the two.
After binge watching Tinder Swindler, Inventing Anna, and The Dropout, con artists are my new favorite obsession. Enter Meg, a young woman living out of her car before coming up with a plan to get more out of her dates than a free dinner. Kat is a young journalist who is the only one to suspect Meg's involvement in a recent scandal, but tracking Meg down leads to disaster, ruining Kat's life. Years later, Meg is back in town, and Kat is determined to unmask her. A complicated game unfurls, as Meg and Kat both lay their traps. A brilliant, nail-biting thriller!
There's a new Scooby Gang forming in Sunnydale, although there's plenty of familiar faces (Willow, Oz, Spike!). When tragedy strikes a Slayer's convention, it falls to Frankie Rosenberg to take on the mantle of slayer. She's still struggling with learning magic, so staking vampires and battling demons is a nightmare. In Every Generation is a great nostalgic read for Buffy lovers, and a fantastic introduction to how to survive when your high school is directly over a hell mouth for new readers.
I loved Searles Helf for the Haunted, and I devoured this book just as greedily! Elderly widow Skyla lives alone, and has lost her eyesight. She's lonely and decided to rent the empty cottage of her land, upon which also sits a now closed drive in movie theater. Teddy seems like the perfect English gentleman when he comes to view the property. Soon Skyla and Teddy settle into a happy landlord/tenant relationship, but both are keeping secrets from the other. For an added thrill- get this one from Libro.fm, because the narration is superb!
You should never read the comments on your social media posts, 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.