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!
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.
Reads like a sun drenched, whiskey soaked country love song. Both Clay and Annie have back stories that will add tears to your beers, but their romance has a sweetness that keeps it in the Young Adult genre even if it's knocking on the New Adult door. I don't even like country music all that much, but this book had me looking up Country Music for Beginners Playlists on Reddit and talking with a lot more twang than usual. Recommend reading this in the cool shade of a willow tree while sipping a glass of sweet tea.
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).