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.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is 10 books on my spring TBR.
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.
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
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.
Last week I had written a post about things you should not do while reading. I guess you could consider this the sequel to that post, so here’s a small list of things you should do while reading. Continue reading
Over the years I have learned a few things that you shouldn’t do while reading. While some of the things on this list may not apply to you or you probably don’t do them, I think some of these may help you in the future while you read. Continue reading
Title: November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: November 10th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.
Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
Title: Lord of the Flies
Author: William Golding
Publish Date: May 2006 (1st published 1954)
Genres: Classics, Young Adult, Dystopian
William Golding’s classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, “the boy with fair hair,” and Piggy, Ralph’s chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island’s wild pig population. Soon Ralph’s rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted: “He forgot his words, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear on flying feet.” Golding’s gripping novel explores the boundary between human reason and animal instinct, all on the brutal playing field of adolescent competition. –Jennifer Hubert
Title: Through the Woods
Author: Emily Carroll
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publish Date: July 15th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Graphic Novels
‘It came from the woods. Most strange things do.’
Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.
These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.
Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…
I’ve come to terms with the fact that popular Young Adult books are going to be turned into movies, am I OK with that…no not really. You probably just gasped really loudly, but I have my reasons. It’s not that I don’t like my favorite books being turned into movies, but I think it’s gotten out of hand.
Title: The Sea of Monsters
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Publisher: Miramax Books
Publish Date: April 1st, 2006
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Mythology
The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan’s amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a “half blood” whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan’s series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book’s drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come.
You: Who is this new blogger?
Me: Why I’m Melanie or Mel.
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Me: Oh, I like to think it’s my charismatic personality or my ninja like skills.
You: Cut to the chase, why are you really here?
Me: Well, there was a co-blogger position open and I was interested in it.
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