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.
I loved this even more than The Wife Between Us! It was hard not to root for Jessica- a young woman working hard to help support her family, dealing with the guilt of a long ago incident. When she arranges to sneak into a ethics study (maybe not the best idea) things quickly go sideways. The switching pov's between Jessica and the psychiatrist running the study made for a fast paced and thrilling read that I couldn't put down! This book will most definitely leave you side-eyeing your therapist or the make up artist at the mall... ;)
Of all the lands, and of all the tales so far in the Wayward Children series, Lundy's world of the Goblin Market is the one most likely to entice me to stray from this world. Almost anything can be had at the Goblin Market, but you must be willing to pay a fair price. Lundy comes and goes between her two worlds, until she makes one last heartbreaking trade, which brings her to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children. One of my all time favorite fantasy series!
One of my absolute favorite books of 2018! The unnamed main character is one of 5 girls that were texted by a local boy with murder on his mind- only one girl replied, only one girl was brutally murdered. A year later and our heroine is dealing with survivor's guilt, the upcoming sentencing trial for the murderer, and the crush on a dead girl's boyfriend. A life forever changed by the what ifs of one fateful day, the violence that so easily can end the life of any woman, makes for an unforgettable and unputdownable read!
This one is already destined for my Best Books of 2018 list! Set in 1917 and 1921 India, this is the first book in the a fictionalized series centered around Perveen Mistry- the first female lawyer in India. The title refers to three widows who live in seclusion, meaning they have no contact with men. Perveen first interviews the recent widows because she is concerned that they do not understand a legal request they have made of Mistry Law, however a dead body soon embroils Perveen into a much darker mystery. Her past is explored as her life becomes fraught with peril in the present. Loved the setting, loved the characters, and the tense, twisty plot! We do have some signed copies left over from Sujata Massey's visit to the store (which sadly I missed!) if you'd like to order one. *****
A cute, charming romance set in the world of beer brewing! Independent brewer Piper is trying to get her Out of the Bottle Brewing company off the ground (the beers sounded so, so good) but sexy pub owner Blake threatens her heart and her career. The supporting characters, especially Blake's buddies Bear and Conner. were the best and I really hope to see them in future books. A great, romantic debut!
This is my first encounter with anonymous Instagram poet, Atticus (@atticuspoetry), but I'm now a certified fan! This collection is soaked in stardust, immersed in rain, and sparkle-spun in love. Is sparkle-spun even a word, or has this poetry collection gone to my head? Throughout the book there are dazzling, magical photographs that capture the wide open feel of the tiny, lovely poems. The perfect poetry for snuggling up and reading on rainy days, but just as good on a sun soaked beach or, if you're like me, reading in between the bits and fits of reality anywhere I can.
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).
A YA mashup of Ready Player One and Blade Runner! Fun, fast paced, with an ending that will make you want to become a hacker and hack into Lu's computer (I am not actually suggesting or condoning this, and thankfully I am way too old and lazy to turn hacker) to read the draft of book 2! I really enjoyed this book and the narration on the audiobook (available through our Libro.fm account) was fantastic!
A cheeky, sexy, adventurous romp! I ended up listening to this one on audiobook, and I totally recommend it because the narrator really brings Monty to life. This is one of those YA books that I feel totally comfortable recommending to adults and older teens who don't normally like YA, because it's so much fun and transcends any type of genre. And Monty is my favorite character of 2017, hands down!
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.