Edgar Allan Poe is often regarded as one of the greatest American poets and authors of the nineteenth century. He is revered for both his poetry and prose, and his works are often read in both high school and college literature courses. How well do you know your Edgar Allan Poe?
Title: The Girl on the Train
Author: Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publish Date: January 13th, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Adult
A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
On a weekly basis, the New York Times releases a list of bestsellers from a variety of genres, which are consequently featured in bookstores and websites throughout the nation. We’ve decided to incorporate some of these selections from recent years from the young adult genre into our 52nd Sunday Stumper!
Author: David Arnold
Publisher: Viking Children’s
Publish Date: March 3rd, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health
“I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.”
After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, “Mosquitoland” is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.
A few weeks ago, we featured a few of our favorite female authors. This week, conversely, we decided to recognize some notable male authors from the past several centuries. Good luck with this week’s stumper!
Have you heard of the Hamilton musical, because if you haven’t then you’re about to be educated on it. So, the Hamilton musical is essentially a musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton (personally I haven’t seen the musical…yet!) and the soundtrack that goes along with the musical is sooooooooooooo good. Continue reading
Readers tend to either love or hate lengthy series, particularly when they reach 5, 6, even 7 books long. Whatever your personal take on longer series, you’ll have as good a chance as anyone in solving our 50th Sunday Stumper!
Author: Amy Alward
Series: Potion series
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: September 29th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Magic, Adventure, Young Adult, Romance
When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.
Enter Samantha Kemi – an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam’s family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they’ve fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? Just how close is Sam willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing former classmate and enemy, in the meantime?
And just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news.
No big deal, then.
Title: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel
Author: Sara Farizan
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publish Date: October 7th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, LGBTQIA+, Contemporary, Romance
High-school junior Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is something of a relief. Her Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates; if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when a sophisticated, beautiful new girl, Saskia, shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual. Struggling to sort out her growing feelings and Saskia’s confusing signals, Leila confides in her old friend, Lisa, and grows closer to her fellow drama tech-crew members, especially Tomas, whose comments about his own sexuality are frank, funny, wise, and sometimes painful. Gradually, Leila begins to see that almost all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and many are keeping fascinating secrets of their own.