The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Jun14

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas I am lucky enough to be a part of a book club at our local independent bookstore. The lucky part is that this is not a regular bookclub. We are a group of adults who drink wine and eat Cheetos and only read children’s books. In the year that this group has existed we have read some amazing titles like Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk and The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz. But hands down the best book we...

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This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Mar22

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel I read Laurie Frankel’s This Is How it Always Is without knowing anything about the story. I absolutely love it when this happens. Somehow books are always better in my mind when I have no expectations. I would love for readers to approach this story in the same way so I am going to do my best to review this book without giving away too much. This Is How it Always Is is a family story. A love...

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Nov16

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life I am a huge fan of podcasts. Two of my favorites, “All the Books” and “Get Booked”, are produced by the site Book Riot. The hosts of both of these shows have talked incessantly, since it’s release, about Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life. They talked about their love of the story, the amazing characters and the struggles they had to read anything else after they finished reading it. I tried and...

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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Aug03

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Before the Fall My fear of flying seems to get worse with each flight I take. I keep trying to trace back to when this all began. As a child I traveled with family, thrilling in the excitement of being up in the air. I went to college far from home and flew back and forth many times a year. There were no direct flights between Providence, RI and Richmond, Virginia, so each trip required two takes off and two landings, yet I barely...

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All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
May25

All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage

All Things Cease to Appear Apparently, quotation marks around dialogue in fiction have become optional. This is a trend that I thought would be really hard for me. I like rules. And I especially like grammar. Is anyone else with me when I say that diagramming sentences was one of my favorite parts of middle school? Before reading All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage, I found it hard to imagine that I could ever enjoy a...

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My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Mar02

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

As I have written in this space before, I would like to be Ann Patchett when I grow up. Therefore, when I learned that her bookstore, Parnassus Books, offered a book subscription service, I signed up immediately. My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout was the first Parnassus First Edition Club selection to land on my doorstep. I did not read Olive Kitteridge or Burgess Boys, Strout’s earlier works, so I probably would not have...

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Dec09

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman Until I read Bird Box, I would have told you that I didn’t like to read horror. And then all that changed with the reading of one small story written by debut author Josh Malerman. I had heard mention of this book a lot and the premise interested me but knowing it was horror, I avoided it. I’m not sure what finally pushed the over the edge but I am really glad I went there. Bird Box tells the story of a world...

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My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl
Nov18

My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl

My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl I love listening to podcasts. And I especially love listening to podcasts about books. In fact, between my husband sneaking in extra steps for his Fitbit competitions and my love of podcast listening, our dog is the most over-walked pooch in the neighborhood. Some of my favorite podcasts include Books on the Nightstand, The Book Riot Podcast, All the Books, Get Booked and The Readers. A few weeks ago,...

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The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
Aug19

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne

The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne I almost stopped reading The Ice Twins by S.K.Tremayne three separate times. That said, when people ask me which book they should bring on their beach vacation, I consistently say The Ice Twins. I am not a fan of the supernatural or fantasy at all with the very big exception of all things Harry Potter. Therefore, when I thought The Ice Twins turned in to a ghost story, I became annoyed. And I thought it...

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Two by Melissa Ann Pinney
May27

Two by Melissa Ann Pinney

I want to be Ann Patchett when I grow up. I’m fairly certain I have written that comment here before but it can’t hurt to repeat it. I may not have mentioned here how much I love photography, but I do. In fact, I love photography almost as much as I love Ann Patchett. You can imagine my joy then when I learned about the release of Two. Two is a unique collection of photographs by Melissa Ann Pinney and essays edited by Ann Patchett....

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
May06

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

A few years ago, I heard Jacqueline Woodson speak about her picture book Each Kindness. She exuded something special that day and I wished her talk could last all afternoon. Woodson’s free verse middle grade autobiography, Brown Girl Dreaming, was released earlier this year and as soon as I began to read, I knew I was reading something special. It turns out that many others agreed with me and Brown Girl Dreaming won a Newbery Honor,...

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Mar04

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Sometimes I read a book that is so good, it ruins reading for me for a bit. This happened to me after I read Station Eleven, a book that our leader, Jennifer, reviewed here in November. Everything I picked up for the next few months fell flat. I would enjoy a book for a while but then the end would disappoint me. Or I would start a book and find I didn’t much care what happened to the characters next. Or I would read a book with great...

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Dec03

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

  THE MINIATURIST by Jessie Burton   I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary fiction these days. I’ve been drawn to stories of the present or even in some cases, the future. I haven’t spent too much time reading about the past. Therefore, when a friend recommended The Miniaturist to me, I was hesitant. She described the story as one of a young wife in seventeenth century Amsterdam. My friend is an avid reader and she knows...

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Euphoria by Lily King
Oct29

Euphoria by Lily King

  Today, Great New Books team member Stacey Loscalzo shares one of her favorite recent reads, and we are giving away one signed copy of EUPHORIA by Lily King to one lucky reader (see details below).   EUPHORIA by Lily King   I began reading Euphoria on my Kindle. Quickly, I became frustrated by having to stop and mark passages with the awkward highlighting feature. Also, I know that when I highlight on my Kindle, it is...

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Aug20

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart   Recently there was a bit of excitement in the reading world when Ruth Graham published an article in the Slate Book Review titled, ‘Against YA.’ In the article, Graham bemoans the increase in adult readers buying and loving literature written for young adults. She states, “If they are substituting maudlin teen dramas for the complexity of great adult literature, then they are missing...

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