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When I finish a book, I immediately start on another. I drive an hour to and from work 5 days a week, and it helps me feel productive. Some books have been good and some I didn’t even finish. If you’re wondering what you should read next, here are some brief synopsis of the one’s I have read recently that I would recommend:


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All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

booksThis book received a lot of hype when it was first released back in 2014. It’s been on my list for years and I finally got around listening to the audio version a couple of months ago. This is historical fiction taking place during WWII from two different perspectives of a blind French girl and a Nazi German boy.

Werner Pfenning is an orphan who has experience with radios and how they operate. He is recruited by the Nazi’s to track down the resistance in France during the occupation. Marie-Laure is 12 years old when the Nazi’s occupy Paris and force her and her father out to the country-side to reside with her great uncle. Her father carries with him a precious stone worth a fortune the Nazi’s seek.

Werner and Marie-Laure’s stories come together with help from radios and the Nazi occupation. Be cautious when reading, this book is long, has different parts and chapters jump to different time periods. You will need to pay attention while reading, but overall I thought it was a  decent read.

Themes: Historical Fiction, Family, WWII, Adolescence


Related Reading: Reading List for 2018What Should I Read Next?


Turtles All the Way Down – John Green

John GreenYou will have read this or have this on your list if you’ve read any other John Green books, because his fan base is huge. This novel wasn’t my favorite of his, but still worth the read as it relates to the author on a personal level.

Aza is persuaded by her best friend, Daisy, to look into a missing person’s case, whose reward is $100,000. This missing person is the father of Aza’s long lost childhood friend, Davis. To solve the case, she must get close to him once again, for Daisy’s sake. But Aza finds herself discovering more than where the wealthy, irresponsible father has disappeared to as she discovers how to reveal her true self with the help of Davis.

It’s a teen love story, but Aza has a lot of depth to her character that create her to be intriguing until the end. If you haven’t read this yet, be sure to add it to your list. You can get the audible version here.

Themes: Adolescence, Illness, Mystery, Love, Family


Yes Please – Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler

I was recommended this book and decided that it would be a nice change of pace for me. I had been reading a lot of fiction and figured I needed the switch to something more realistic.

This book is about Amy Poehler’s life, including parts before and after her careers primarily on Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation. She delves into her struggles and passions and it is all very engaging! I loved this because it was inspirational and funny. If you read this I would highly recommend the audio version because she reads it and has guest speakers who read different parts like her parents and Seth Meyers.


 Themes: Non-Fiction, Inspirational, Self-Love




Bossypants – Tina Fey

Tina Fey


Tina’s book came out first, but I read it second. Her book is just as inspirational and funny as Amy’s!

Both of their stories are different and unique, but they have a lot of the same struggles they overcame. And yes, of course it’s funny and Tina Fey reads the audio! If you’re looking for some motivation or inspiration, read this.


Themes: Non-Fiction, Inspirational, Self-Love






Related Reading: Elena’s 5 Favorite Books, Belle’s 5 Favorite Books


Not a Sound –  Heather Gudenkauf

Heather Gudenkauf

I chose this book randomly from my app. I needed a new read and this sounded interesting so I gave it a go and I LOVED it!

Amelia Winn is a recovering alcoholic who has burned nearly all bridges with her family and friends. An accident years before caused her to go deaf and learn sign language. She lives in the middle of nowhere practically by the river where she kayaks, paddle-boards and hikes with her service dog, Stitch. One day while she’s out, she stumbles across a body of a friend. She decides to look into the case by herself and discovers more than she bargained for.

I highly recommend this book, it was engaging until the end! Ironically I did read the audio version

Themes: Murder Mystery, Deaf Culture, Love, Medical Controversy



Small Great Things  Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors, I will always lover her books. She focuses on a lot of sensitive topics like gay rights. This book in particular hones in on racism, which may be a bit extreme, but is based off a true story and worth the read.

Ruth Jefferson is a delivery nurse at a small hospital in Connecticut. She has lost her husband to the Iraq war and now lives alone with her only son. Ruth is the ideal nurse, having years of experience and not even one hiccup. That all changes when a couple gives strict instructions that all African American personnel may not be near their newborn son. Ruth is in a predicament when she is the only one on call in the nursery and the baby starts to cardiac distress and she must make a split decision to help the infant and ignore the request or stand back and do nothing. Ruth takes action, which leads her into a huge legal mess with a white supremacy family. Now she must trust in her public attorney and her peers to get her through this situation.

You can get the audio version here.

Themes: Racism, Love, Family, Legal



Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

I recently discovered that there are two movie adaptations for this book, the most recent one starring Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfieffer, Josh Gad, Judy Dench and Penelope Cruz.

A murder takes place on a train departing from Instanbul to Paris. The train is only on the second day when the train is stopped in a snow drift. Hercule Poirot is recruited by the owner of the express to solve the case.

I read this in a little under a week I think! It was wonderfully done and if you read the audio, the narrator talks in different accents and it’s fabulous. There’s also a Hercules Poirot series, which I will be looking into.


Themes: Murder Mystery, Family, 1930s, Suspense



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March 1, 2018

Reading List for 2018

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A little over due, but still here nonetheless!! Since we haven’t yet read any of these, we’ve included the summary on the back of each book. Also check out the links if the book is becoming a movie!

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Here are the books we’re looking to cross off the list this year:


 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle“It was a dark and stormy night. Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe on a dangerous and most extraordinary adventure– one that will threaten their lives and our universe.”

Watch the trailer here






What Alice Forgot  by Liane Moriarty“Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes.

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.”


 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman“ALL YOU NEED IS OVE.

At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the most grumpiest man you will ever meet, a curmudgeon with staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People think him bitter, and he thinks himself surrounded by idiots.

Ove’s well-ordered, solitary world gets a shake-up one November morning with the appearance of new neighbors — a chatty young couple and their two boisterous daughters — who announce their arrival by accidentally flattening Ove’s mailbox with their U-Haul. What follows is a heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unlikely friendships, and a community’s unexpected reassessment of the one person they thought they had all figured out.”

Watch the trailer here.



Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple“A compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle – and people in general – has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence – creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.” – Synopsis from Goodreads



The Pact  by Jodi Picoult“From Jodi Picoult, one of the most powerful writers in contemporary fiction, comes a riveting, timely, heartbreaking, and terrifying novel of families in anguish — and friendships ripped apart by inconceivable violence. Until the phone calls came at 3:00 A.M. on a November morning, the Golds and their neighbors, the Hartes, had been inseparable. It was no surprise to anyone when their teenage children, Chris and Emily, began showing signs that their relationship was moving beyond that of lifelong friends. But now, seventeen-year-old Emily has been shot to death by her beloved and devoted Chris as part of an apparent suicide pact — leaving two devastated families stranded in the dark and dense predawn, desperate for answers about an unthinkable act and the children they never really knew.”


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Book cover for Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo“Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.”


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Book cover for Outlander by Diana Gabaldon“The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.”



February 1, 2018

We Started A Book Club!

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Being English majors, we were used to having a hefty reading list throughout the semester. Not just reading, but discussing important concepts in a book and talking about it with others.  Now, as graduated adults working full time, we’ve found it hard to continue reading for pleasure. We decided that one way we could stay on track with reading would to have something to motivate us. We figured the best way to go about this would be to create a book club.

Getting Started

In order to create a successful book club, we had to gather enough people. It’s hard enough in our day to day lives to meet up with others, so we did what any other millennial would do: set up an online group through social media. This way people could stay up to date on what we were reading, when we would discuss throughout the month and the poll for the following month’s book choice. Belle set up a Facebook page and we each set to inviting people we thought would want to be involved. Our page is open as well, so if you’re interested please join us!

How it Works

Life is busy, so only do one book a month. One person a month creates a poll of three options, and then the book with the most votes wins (duh)! Midway through the month, we have an online forum to discuss the first half of the book. Anyone can post questions about anything, and everyone can answer in any way.

At the end of the month, it’s fun to go out and mix things up. We picked a coffee spot somewhere in the middle of the majority of our members and talked about the book over coffee. And our lives. And tattoos. And the cute guy in the corner. It’s hard to stay focused some times.

We just started month two, but so far we’re in love with our book club. It’s small and we hope to help it grow, but it’s been amazing to have something to read and discuss again. Even if you’re not an English major like us, or even a book fanatic, we’d still encourage you to be a part of a book club! It’s a great way to stay in touch with people, meet new people, and try new things.

December 5, 2017

What Should I Read Next?

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When I finish reading a book, I always find myself in a sort of depression. I feel gratified that I’ve just finished another great read, but then I don’t know where to go next! If this sounds like you, I’ve composed a short list of the books that I’ve read recently/highly recommend. I’ve also added my “want to read” list at the end for even more ideas for you!


Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time – Jodi Picoult

I read this book at the end of the summer. I actually listened to the book through my libraries App, on my drive to and from work during the work week. The story is about a pre-teen girl who has been looking for her mother, since she disappeared years prior. Leaving Time dives into the past of a woman who is a mother, scientist and wife who faces hardship, heartbreak and a devastating reality.

Topics: Mystery, Realism, Family, Relationships, Skepticism




Ready Player One Ernest ClineReady Player One – Ernest Cline

I read this book a few weeks ago, recommended to me by Belle. At first when she explained it to me, I was skeptical. It didn’t seem like the type of book I usually read. I was right, but I also had a hard time pausing the audio book!

Ready Player One takes place in 2044, where reality has become what everyone fears it would: poor and  damaged and people dying with the planet. However, the one saving grace is the world-wide virtual reality, the OASIS. The creator of the OASIS has died and left an entire universe full of games and puzzles waiting to be solved. Once they all are, fame and fortune awaits the winner; but there can only be one.

Topics: Mystery, Science Fiction, Relationships, Nerds, Futuristic



the perfume collector kathleen tessaro

The Perfume Collector – Kathleen Tassaro

My grandma recommended this book to me earlier this year. After reading the back cover, I decided to give it a shot. The Perfume Collector is about a newly-wed, Grace, who resides in London. She receives a letter from a mysterious woman in Paris saying she’s inherited all of this woman’s belongings. Grace must discover who this mystery woman is, and why she’s left everything in her name by digging into a stranger’s past as well as her own.

Topics: Relationships, Family, History




The Husband's Secret - Liane Moriarty

The Husband’s SecretLiane Moriarty

My sister recommended I read What Alice Forgot, but since it was unavailable as an audio book, I decided to try something else by Liane Moriarty.

Cecilia Fitzpatrick is the perfect wife and mother, and is now burdened with her husband’s dark secret. A letter will change everything for Cecilia and her family, as well as others. The Husband’s Secret is written from a different point of view each chapter. Soon, the truth has become revealed changing everyone’s lives forever.

Topics: Love, Mystery, Relationships, Family




Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

I decided to read this book because I remembered how it had been a best seller years back when I was younger. I wouldn’t have been able to understand then, so now seemed as good a time as ever to read.

Nitta Sayuri tells her story of how she was sold to become a Geisha at a young age. Memoirs of a Geisha covers Sayuri’s life struggles as a child, becoming a geisha and life during WWII in Japan. The story is extremely engaging and powerful; however prepare yourself for a long read.

Topics: Family, Relationships, History, Geisha, Memoir

Note: Check out the movie that came out on this book in 2005


Related Reading: Belle’s 5 Favorite Books, Elena’s 5 Favorite Books


Elena’s “Want to Read” List

The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson

What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies– Liane Moriarty

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl– Anne Frank

Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly

Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Harry Potter Series– J.K. Rowling


November 6, 2017

Elena’s 5 Favorite Books

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There are  hundreds of books in the world, and only so much time to read through the ones recommended by others. To save time on deciding what you should read next, I’ve composed a list of my top 5 books that are a must read:

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  1. The Storyteller  Jodi Picoult

The Storyteller Jodi Picoult book cover

This is one of my favorite books, and not just the book, I’m obsessed with the author, too. Jodi Picoult has written over 20 books since she started publishing in 1992 (6 of which I’ve read so far). She is the author of one of the most popular tear-jerkers, My Sister’s Keeper featuring Abigail Breslin and Sofia Vassilieva. Jodi Picoult writes about sensitive subjects like gay rights, cancer, murder, race, autism and family relationships. All of her books are told from a different character’s perspective each chapter.

The Storyteller is about a woman, Sage, who befriends an old man, Josef, who is a part of her support group. One day, Josef says he has an important favor to ask of Sage. He confesses a shameful secret, altering Sage’s perspective on her newfound friend as well as on her own family. Honing in on the horrors of WWII, Sage must determine what is right and what is justified.

If you’re intrigued by WWII as much as I am, this is a fascinating read and a real page-turner.


Topics: WWII, Nazi Germany, Family, Romance, Mystery, Relationships


  1. Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

    Sharp Objects Gillian Flynn book cover

If you read or saw Gone Girl, Dark Places should definitely be on your list. If you’ve never read Gillian Flynn, let me warn you now: you will not be able to put this book down. Flynn’s novels are all suspenseful mysteries with female protagonists.

Camille Preaker is a journalist in Chicago who spent years in a psychiatric hospital for self harm after the unexpected death of her sister, Marian, at a young age. But after a murder to a young girl and disappearance of another in her hometown, she is assigned to cover the story. She finds herself back in her childhood home with her remarried mother and half-sister, Amma, born after Marian’s death. Amma is now a spoiled pre-teen, who behaves immaturely in front of her mother to hide her not-so-innocent personality. Camille must dig into her past to discover the mystery behind the missing and dead girls to get the story- and if she want’s to survive this homecoming.

This is really dark and a bit messed up, but that’s what makes it so compelling.


Topics: Murder, Mystery, Romance, Family, Illness


  1. Lock and Key – Sarah Dessen

    Lock and Key Sarah Dessen book cover

Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite adolescent authors. I’ve read 10 of her books (she has 14 published). Her books focus on  girls transforming into women by facing their fears, trying something new or finally accepting who they are.

Lock and Key is about an adolescent girl named Ruby, who has been abandoned by her mother and is forced to live under the care of her older sister, Cora. Ruby wears her old house key around her neck in hopes that her mother will return. With help from the cute boy next door, Ruby discovers secrets revealing the truth behind her unraveling family. Ruby must discover how to open herself up to others and determine what is right and what is easy.

Remember young love as a teen? This book is better than that.


Topics: Adolescence, Family, Romance

Related Reading: What Should I Read Next?

  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty – Libba Bray

    A Great and Terrible Beauty Libba Bray book cover

I recently started to reread this trilogy I hadn’t touched in years and I wasn’t disappointed. I plowed through the first two in a couple of months and am now on the third. A Great and Terrible Beauty was Libba Bray’s first book. It’s filled with mystery, magic, adolescent teenage girls and plenty of family issues.

Gemma Doyle is 16 and living in India with her parents until her mother is unexpectedly killed. Gemma is shipped to London to attend a private school under the watchful eye of her older brother, Tom. Spence Academy for Young Ladies is a proper school, teaching more than just academics, and holding more answers to Gemma’s mother’s past than she expected. With three best friends by her side, Gemma discovers a part of her she never knew. Step into the Realms of Spence with Gemma to unlock  the truth behind her mother’s death and the true power within herself.



Topics: Family, Adolescence, Magic, Romance, Murder


  1. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

    The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger book cover

If you haven’t read this American classic, I highly suggest you do. This story is about an adolescent boy who decides to figure out his life by exploring New York City. He branches away from school and his parents, encountering the everyday life of a New Yorker.  

Holden Caulfield is a 16 year old who leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes AWOL in New York City. To put lightly, this book is about a teenager who wonders New York City pretending to be an adult. He goes back to remembering who he was and what he wants through his younger sister. She is the only person he truly cherishes and can find himself. Join Holden during his three days of getting intoxicated, ordering hookers and contemplating life as no other teenager has before.

If you speak sarcasm, please read this.


Topics: Adolescence, Family, Self-discovery


Related Reading: Belle’s 5 Favorite Books

October 17, 2017

Belle’s 5 Favorite Books

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Coming up with a list of my five favorite books was incredibly difficult, as it is for most bookworms. Three came easily, the fourth wasn’t too difficult, the fifth was almost impossible. I choose my five mostly because of their special meanings, like the first book that kept me up all night. These mean a lot to me, but I also think they’re amazing, so they’re also my top recommendations to you!

1. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Book Cover of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Yes, yes, it’s a series, but whatever. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was the book that got me started on the bookworm trail all the way back in first grade. But if you want my favorite of the series, I’d have to say The Prisoner of Azkaban, even if it’s a tiny margin. If you haven’t read this series yet, shame on you (only slightly kidding). This series shaped my life for a love of books, magic, and fandom. 
Filled with mythology, lovable characters, and adventure, the series focuses on “the boy who lived”. At Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry faces enemies and challenges with his best friends. Even better, fans have expanded the story-verse with their own writings, so there’s always something to read related to Harry Potter
Topics: magic, mythology, England, friendship, hero quest

2. Fire Bringer by David Clement-Davies

Book Cover for Fire Bringer by David Celement-Davies
I took a liking to fantasy, adventure, and science-fiction back in elementary school. I can remember a lot of the titles I read back then but the one that stands out is Fire Bringer. It was the first book that made my up past my bedtime to read one more chapter, followed by one more chapter, and then one more. It captivated my imagination and transitioned me out of the happy-ending fairy into books about the realities of battle. Oh, I should mention, the characters are all animals.
Born on the night his father’s murder and with the sign of the prophecy on his forehead, Rannoch is swapped with a stillborn fawn to protect his life. When discovered by the new, murderous Head of the Herd, he and his friends flee in hopes of finding safety and peace. That is, until the prophecy requires Rannoch to return and face his enemies to protect himself, and all of Scotland as well
Topics: animals, prophecy, destiny, war, folklore, identity

3. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Folder edition Book Cover for Hamlet by William Shakespeare
In the fifth grade, my class did a reader’s theater performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, sparking my love for the bard. Determined to read more of his works, I set out to read Hamlet by myself in seventh grade. I’ve since read it another six times, seen three different versions, memorized “To be or not to be,” and even got a tattooed
A brilliant story about identity and perception, Hamlet is about the young prince of Denmark and his search for truth. After a visit from the ghost of his murdered father, Hamlet plots to convict his uncle. written in the beautiful and inspiring language of Shakespeare, a web of pretend, corruption, and tragedy ensues.
Topics: family, royalty, love, insanity, war, ghosts

4. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Book Cover for Stargirl by Gerry Spinelli
“What would Stargirl do?” was the joke I wasn’t in on during my junior year of college. Classmates who had taken a class before I did would say the phrase every now and then, and at one point I heard them complimenting someone’s Stargirl tattoo. I was clueless, until I finally took the same class and read what is easily one of the most amazing, inspiring, adorable, heart-wrenching books I’ve ever had the pleasure to come across
Leo Borlock is an average kid at a school that prides itself on being average, but everything changes when an anything-but-average girl joins their class. Stargirl is unique without meaning to be: she wears costume clothing, has a sunflower painted on her book bag, carries her pet rat Cinnamon with her, and plays “Happy Birthday” on her ukulele at lunch. Everything Leo knows and values is challenged as he tries to understand this strange girl and, by extension, himself.
Topics: identity, love, growing up, high school, bullying

5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Book Cover for The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
This book first entered my life as a summer reading assignment for AP English Literature, and I LOVED IT!! I couldn’t put it down. I was always a pro at literature and enjoyed thinking about what I was reading, but The Handmaid’s Tale took everything to a new level. Suddenly, I was faced with ideas and concepts and thoughts and it was a whole new world, a dazzling place I never knew.
Narrated by a woman whom the reader knows as Offred, The Handmaid’s Tale is set in the new Republic of Gilead (once the United States). Gilead, the result of religious radicalization focused on dramatically declining birthrates, completely reorganizes society and gender roles. Offred narrates pieces of her life, from flashbacks to before the regime, to how she became a Handmaid, to her discoveries of rebellions and secrets. A marvelous and terrifying dystopian, The Handmaid’s Tale becomes more and more of a must read with every passing day.
Topics: religion, politics, freedom, identity, dystopia

6. Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe

Book Cover for Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe
I know I said this would be a list of my top 5, but I couldn’t resist including this one. Bad Kitty is a teen book that I’ve fervently held onto throughout the years, partly because it’s hard to find, and because it’s just fantastic
Jasmine’s bad luck follows her to Las Vegas where she’s on vacation with her dad, too-young stepmom, annoying cousin, and the cousin’s Evil Hench Twin. When a little boy and his cat land Jasmine in the middle of a murder investigation, it’s do or die. As luck would have it (ha!), Jas dreams of a life in crime investigation. Determined to get herself out of the mess, and save the hoy guy along the way, Jas and her friends set out to solve the case. Filled with wit and silly trends you wish would catch on, Bad Kitty is hilarious and original, a must-read for everyone at every age
Topics: crime, murder mystery, teen romance, humor, friendship
Related Reading: Elena’s 5 Favorite Books
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October 16, 2017