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Daughter of the Pirate King 10.22.2020 (romance/Adventure)

Daughter of the Pirate King 10.22.2020 (romance/Adventure)

I'm taking two college classes that aren't leaving me much time to pleasure read. But when a student recommends a book I have to find time and I am so glad I did. #1 - it has pirates. #2 -it's protaganist is a kick-butt female pirate. #3 - there is romance #4 - it's told in the person, which I love and #5-ummmm...PIRATES!  It has started off strong with a good sack and pilage scene and I can't wait to delve in deeper. 
RADIO SILENCE 10.6.2020 (Realistic Fiction) All you closet geeks are going to love this! Set in England, this story is told from Frances' point of view. She is head girl and Cambridge bound but has a secret....she is not boring studious girl everyone thinks she is. She loves the sci fi youtube podcast Universe City, she loves to draw and she is bi. Frances uses her artistic skills and online alias to create fan art. Her art catches the attention of Universe City's creator and all of a sudden her life changes. This book is about relationships, friendships, family and being true to you. 
THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR 10.5.2020  (Dystopian)
Set in 2118 New York when a 1000 foot super structure subcity is built on what used to be Central Park and your rank in society is determined by what floor you live on. We meet teens that live in the top 100. We learn that even the super wealthy have their problems. Come talk to me after you read it...I'd love to know what you thought of the ending!
The NATURALS Series 9.28.2020 (Mystery)
Fans of Ally Carter's Heist series will love this!! Mystery, crime, a bit of romance with interestingly complex characters. I finished the first one on kindle and was so glad to see WHS has the rest because I wanted more, more, more! Just starting book 3 and have not been dissapointed. 
FLYGIRL 8.31.20 (Historical Fiction)
My dad is a pilot. He was the manager of a small county airport when I was young and I loved visiting him at work. He was part owner of two planes that were used in flight schools, but when they weren't being rented out he would take us up. I loved when it was my turn to "fly". The sounds, the feeling in your stomach, the views are all different in a little prop plane. Looking forward to what this book has in store for me.  
MAGIC KINGDOM FOR SALE 8.25.20  (Fantasy)
Sometimes it is good to visit old friends. Written by the great Terry Brooks, this novel was my first introduction to the fantasy genre so many years ago. While there are plenty of clues this was written in a different decade, it is still a fun and imaginative read.
SlLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE  8.10.20 (Classic)
After months of reading YA and beach reads, I thought it was time to experience a classic. Even though I have seen this title (book and movie) for years, I started the book not knowing what it was about. Sometimes that works. Sometimes you pick a book and it sucks you in. Sometimes you pick up a book and you have to keep reading just to figure out what the heck is going on. That is what this book was like for me. I was part way through chapter 2 when I decided I needed to stop and do research. I needed something that would help make sense of the randomness that was this book. So to cliff notes I went and boy I am glad I did. Without it, I am pretty sure I would have given up trying to translate Kurt Vonnegut into something that made sense to me. 


Educated; a memoir  by Tara Westover
Westover talks about her life growing up with her survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho. It is a book that will stay with you a long time. If i could only recommend one book that I read this year, it would be this one. Warning: physical and psychological abuse
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
Humorously awkward and darkly comical. Friendship, family, love, anger, sympathy, growth, understanding, sadness, hope, cultural misunderstanding, disappointment, love ...this one has all the feels. Read it!!
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
You know when you watch a movie and you can see the set up and can’t wait to see if it is going where you think or somewhere else entirely? That’s this book. They tell you in the beginning what the end result is...the book is about revealing that journey. Funny and touching with characters and wonderful friendship you can’t help but like.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Epic fantasy inspired by West African culture. Princess in trouble, suppressed magic, people oppressed, domineering king, and prince in debate between right and wrong. Twists, turns, fighting, loyalty, betrayal, action, adventure, family. Sometimes they make groan-worthy choices but you can’t help but cheer for them! I cannot wait for the second book!!
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Karou is mysterious and spunky with bright blue hair. Raised by monsters this is her journey to discovering who or what she really is. Enjoyed her friend Zuzana and that storyline. The author does a great job of making you side with the “monsters” and question the goodness of the “angels.” It came out in 2011 and the rest of the trilogy is out so no waiting required if you like it! This fantasy kept me turning the pages.
Heartbreakers by Ali Novak
A cross between YA romance and chick lit.  "When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music." Fun easy read for when you just want to get your mind off of life.
Edenbrooke by Juianne Donaldson
New to our WHS library but this one of my go-to rereads. It has lovely and light hearted moments along with all the misunderstandings and longing needed to make a great historical romance. Set in 1800s England. My daughters are all fans too! Give it a try!
The Sentence is Death - by Anthony Horowitz
Written by the screenwriter of British TV Show Foyle’s War, Horowitz puts himself in this book as an author of true crime novels. He teams up Private Inspector Hawthorne and gets imbroiled in the murder of a celebrity-divorce lawyer. It does as it should. It keeps you guessing. In the mood for a murder mystery? I recommend it!
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Boarding house, cliques, a secret society and mysterious questions about the past. This fantasy borders on the horror spectrum if only for the creep factor.  The library has the whole Gemma  Doyle trilogy. Was glad I read it but it wasn’t my favorite of the summer.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
“Anna is... less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?”
Fun little YA romance.
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw
“Be careful of the dark, dark wood… Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even. Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth.” Adventure, romance, suspense, magic, mystery, danger and heroism. This kept me coming back for more. 

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
Historical mystery to sink into and fight for. “These Shallow Graves succeeds as a wonderfully paced thriller, a heart-pounding romance and an unflinching look at the hard choices one young woman must make when society disparages her dreams.” -Shelf Awareness, Starred Review  Loved it!