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 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 helping 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.
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.
My coworkers have also read this book, and probably done more justice in reviewing it's awesomeness, but let me jump on this bookwagon! Razorblade Tears shot straight to my Top 5 Reads of 2021 before I even finished the third chapter. Ike and Buddy Lee are two perfectly imperfect characters, bent on getting revenge for their slain sons. Revenge and regret swirl across the story, the emotions even more brutal the carnage on the page. I feel like Ike and Buddy Lee are tattooed permanently in my bookish heart, and I cannot sing the praises of this book enough!
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. ;)
Andrew McCarthy tells his story of being a member of the famous and infamous Brat Pack, but his story is not the usual tale of Hollywood parties and hookups. With humor, humility and honesty, Brat is the story of a young actor unprepared for fame and struggling to navigate a life in public's eye. From unfortunate wigs, bowling shoes, and hangovers, McCarthy isn't afraid to present himself with all his flaws, and when you get to the end, you'll wish there was more. Definitely recommending this one on audio!
Dustin is my favorite character from Stranger Things, so I already knew I was going to like his camp adventures. Mixing a bit of Slasher Horror in with Science Camp and First Love and Scooby Gang energy really works and was joy, making this an absolute must read for fans. Also loved seeing more of Suzie, hoping she and Dustin have a Neverending Story of their own! Fantastic images make this a graphic novel worthy of your shelves!
Jim Doyle has a secret. Eve Black is determined to bring that secret to the light.
Once known as the Nothing Man, the terrifying serial killer of Cork, Ireland, now Jim Doyle works as a security guard in a grocery store. Eve Black was the sole survivor of his last attack, one that left her mother, father, and younger sister dead. And now Jim is surrounded by Eve's best selling book about the Nothing Man, the one vowing to catch him.
Reminiscent of the Golden State killer, Howard delves into the mind of a man who was once an active serial killer, dispelling the myth that these men are too smart to get caught, too evil to be banished. She also leaves the reader stunned with some unexpected twists.
The audiobook is fantastic! Dual narrators, Alana Kerr Collins and John Keating, are excellent! Keating is a favorite narrator of mine, and he nails Jim Doyle. I was so engrossed with the audiobook, that it was a struggle to turn it off and go to work.
With shades of the R. Kelly case, Grown is a Me Too book for all girls, but especially empowering for the black and brown girls- their voices silenced even more when they try to speak up about abuse and rape.
Enchanted Jones is a seventeen year old girl with a love for swimming and a passion for singing. Her parents work hard to send her and her siblings to private schools where they are well educated, but definitely the minority among their mostly all white classmates. When a chance meeting with music star, and 28 year old, Korey Fields, gives her the chance to achieve her dreams, Enchanted is all bright eyed with hope and the spark of attraction.
Korey offers to mentor her, but soon their relationship turns dark. Korey has a thing for young girls, and a way of keeping them silent. One morning, Enchanted awakens covered in blood, next to the body of Korey Fields, confused, scared, and the pounding on the door signals the arrival of police.
Grown explores how society often blames young women over the powerful, older men they become entangled with. Tiffany D. Jackson brings the mystery and thriller elements to the story as well, as even the reader is unsure what went down that night until the very end.
This is my first audiobook narration by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, but it won't be my last! She perfectly captures the ups and downs of Enchanted's story, from shy school girl, to hopeful star, from first love to scared love, from terror to strength.
Also, that cover! I loved the audiobook, but I'm totally buying a physical copy for my shelves too.
You know it's a great thriller when your fingers twitch to turn to the last page because the anxiety and fear for what's to come is real!
Joshilyn Jackson has quickly become a favorite author, and this book only further cemented her in my thriller loving heart.
Raw, emotional, elegant and powerful!
Amal Shahid tells his story in verse, a story of how the color of his skin led him to be imprisoned, branded a man at the age of sixteen, branded a thug by the media, branded guilty by society. His voice- candid, aching, angry, scared... real. Author Ibi Zoboi worked with prison reform activist Yusef Salaam, who was wrongfully convicted and ultimately proven innocent and released from prison, to create this stunning and heartbreaking story of injustice and racism. Narrator Ethan Herrise gives voice to Amal, perfectly capturing his creative mind, his emotional turmoil and his struggle to fight against a system that wants to beat him down.
Who says horror has to be a bad thing for a relationship? When a vampire and a werewolf meet in a bar, opposites attract. Sure, one is into murder and blood and the other is into meditation and full moons, but they make for the perfect pair when it comes to snuggling. Sarah Anderson's illustrations and humor make this a graphic novel you'll reach for over and over again.
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!