Category Archives: 2016 Books

2016: The Books

January:

1) Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (1) (2016)

2) We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson (2) (2016)

3) The Evening Spider by Emily Arsenault (3) (2016)

4) Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (4) (2016)

5) And Again by Jessica Chiarella (5) (2016)

6) The Good Goodbye by Carla Buckley (6) (2016)

7) The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt (7) (2016)

8) Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz (8) (2016)

9) Zero Day by Jan Gangsei (9) (2016)

10) Good On Paper by Rachel Cantor (10) (2016)

11) Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah and Skye Chatham (11) (2016)

12) The Killing Forest by Sara Blaedel (12) (2016)

13)  What She Left by T.R. Richmond (13) (2016)

14) PS I Miss You by Jennifer Petro-Roy (14)  (beta read)

15)  Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers (15) (2016)

16) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling (16)

17) What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan (17)

18) Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (18) (2016)

19) No Ordinary Life by Suzanne Redfearn (19) (2016)

20) Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange (20) (2016)

21) The Only Girl in School by Natalie Standiford (21) (2016)

22) Take the Fall by Emily Hainsworth (22) (2016)

23) Ascending the Boneyard by CG Watson (23) (2016)

24) The 14th Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm (24)

25) The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price by Jennifer Maschari (25) (2016)

February:

1) Ava and Pip by Carol Weston (26)

2) The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel (27)

3) Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky (28) (2016)

4) Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes (29) (2016)

5) Raging Sea by Michael Buckley (30) (2016)

6) The Revenge Artist by Philip Siegel (31)

7) The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker (32) (2016)

8) The Passenger by Lisa Lutz (33) (2016)

9) The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin (34) (2016)

10) One by Sarah Crossan (35) (2016)

11) Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer (36) (2016)

12) What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell (37)

13) Dear Emma by Katie Heaney (38) (2016)

14) Some of the Parts by Hannah Barnaby (39) (2016)

15) Squid’s Grief by DK Mok (40) (2016)

16) The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan (41) (2016)

17) In Real Life by Jessica Love (42) (2016)

18) The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly (43) (2016)

19) Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon (44) (2016)

20) The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks (45) (2016)

21) How to Be Here by Rob Bell (46) (2016)

March:

1) Two If By Sea by Jacquelyn Mitchard (47) (2016)

2) You Were Here by Cori McCarthy (48) (2016)

3)  The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (49) (2016)

4) My Life With the Liars by Caela Carter (50) (2016)

5) Liars and Losers Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath (51) (2016)

6) The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith (52) (2016)

7) Die For You by Amy Fellner Dominy (53) (2016)

8) This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang (54) (2016)

9) Escaping Perfect by Emma Harrison (55) (2016)

10) Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer (56) (2016)

11) What You Always Wanted by Kristin Rae (57) (2016)

12) Fool No One by Harlan Coben (58) (2016)

13) All Better Now by Emily Wing Smith (59) (2016)

14)  Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke (60) (2016)

15) CRUSH: Writers Reflect On Love, Longing & the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush by Cathy Alter & Dave Singleton (61) (2016)

16) Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan (62) (2016)

17) Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (63) (2016)

18) The New Guy by Amy Spalding (64) (2016)

19) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling (65)

20) Can You Keep a Secret? by RL Stine (66) (2016)

April:

1) Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti (67) (2016)

2) Burning by Danielle Rollins (68) (2016)

3) Rare Objects by Kathleen Tessaro (69) (2016)

4) The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (70) (2016)

5) Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski (71) (2016)

6) The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse (72) (2016)

7) Once was a Time by Leila Sales (73) (2016)

8) The Haters by Jesse Andrews (74) (2016)

9) Dreamology by Lucy Keating (75) (2016)

10) Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley (76) (2016)

11) Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth by John Moe (77)

12) Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (78)

13) Her Again by Michael Schulman (79) (2016)

14) Shug by Jenny Han (80)

15) One For the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (81)

16) Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann (82) (2016)

17) Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman (83) (2016)

18) Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom (84)

19) The Assistants by Camille Perri (85) (2016)

20) Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick (86) (2016)

21) Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia (87) (2016)

22) A Walk in the Sun by Michelle Zink (88) (2016)

23) My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix (89) (2016)

May:

1) The Fireman by Joe Hill (90) (2016)

2) Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw (91) (2016)

3) Signs of Life by Selene Castrovilla (92) (2016)

4) Sealed with a Secret by Lisa Schroeder (93) (2016)

5) Hearts, Fingers and Other Things to Cross by Katie Finn (94) (2016)

6) Saving Abby by Steena Holmes (95) (2016)

7) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling (96)

8) Modern Lovers by Emma Straub (97) (2016)

9) The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You by Lily Anderson (98) (2016)

10) One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid (99) (2016)

11) With Malice by Eileen Cook (100) (2016)

12) You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina LaCour (101) (2016)

13) Untethered by Julie Lawson Timmer (102) (2016)

14) How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler (103) (2016)

15) Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler (104)

16) Right of First Refusal by Dahlia Adler (105) (2016)

17) Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler (106) (2016)

19) Stone’s Heart by Darby Karchut (107) (2016)

20) True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan (108) (2016)

21) The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass (109) (2016)

22) Ink & Bone by Lisa Unger (110) (2016)

23) The Girls by Emma Cline (111) (2016)

June:

1) Fates & Furies by Lauren Groff (112)

2) Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee (113) (2016)

3) A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams (114) (2016)

4) Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi (115) (2016)

5) The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker (116) (2016)

6) All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda (117) (2016)

7) Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay (118) (2016)

8) End of Watch by Stephen King (119) (2016)

9) Brighton by Michael Harvey (120) (2016)

10) Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler (121)

11) Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson (122) (2016)

12) Second Helpings by Megan McCafferty (123)

13) Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty (124)

14) Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty (125)

15) Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty (126)

16) Meet Me Here by Bryan Bliss (127) (2016)

17) Nine, Ten by Nora Raleigh Baskin (128) (2016)

18) The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (129)

19) Where You’ll Find Me by Natasha Friend (130) (2016)

20) First Comes Love by Emily Giffin (131) (2016)

21) In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch (132) (2016)

22) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling (133)

July:

1) Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius (134)

2) The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone (135) (2016)

3) The Memory Book by Lara Avery (136) (2016)

4) Secrets, Lies and Scandals by Amanda K. Morgan (137) (2016)

5) Run by Kody Keplinger (138) (2016)

6) Every Single Second by Tricia Springstubb (139) (2016)

7) As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds (140) (2016)

8) If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (141) (2016)

9) Wide Awake by David Levithan (142)

10) Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (143)

11) Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan (144)

12) How to be a Person in the World by Heather Havrilesky (145) (2016)

13) The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer & Stephen Dyer (146) (2016)

14) Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes (147) (2016)

15) Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (148) (2016)

16) You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott (149) (2016)

17) Revolver by Duane Swierczynski (150) (2016)

18) How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather (151) (2016)

19) Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler (152) (2016)

20) Nerve by Jeanne Ryan (153) 

21) A World Without You by Beth Revis (154) (2016)

22) My Name is Leon by Kat De Waal (155) (2016)

23) Falling by Jane Green (156) (2016)

24) By the Numbers by Jen Lancaster (157) (2016)

25) All We Have Left by Wendy Mills (158) (2016)

26) Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Penaflor (159) (2016)

27) PS I Like You by Kasie West (160) (2016)

28) The Smaller Evil by Stephanie Kuehn (161) (2016)

29) Ghost by Jason Reynolds (162) (2016)

30) Textbook by Amy Krause Rosenthal (163) (2016)

31) Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson (164) (2016)

32) The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood (165) (2016)

33) A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (166) (2016)

34) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling (167) (2016)

August:

1) Max at Night by Ed Vere (168) (2016)

2) Cherry by Lindsey Rosin (169) (2016)

3) Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer (170) (2016)

4) Little Bee by Chris Cleave (171)

5) The Best Man by Richard Peck (172) (2016)

6) Into White by Randi Pink (173) (2016)

7) Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (174) (2016)

8) Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (175) (2016)

9) Red Right Hand by Chris Holm (176) (2016)

10) The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner (177) (2016)

11) Finn’s Choice by Darby Karchut (178) (2016)

12) Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (179) (2016)

13) In Case You Missed It by Sarah Darer Littman (180) (2016)

14) What Light by Jay Asher (181) (2016)

15) Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven (182) (2016)

16) The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (183) (2016)

17) Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner (184) (2016)

18) Rise the Dark by Michael Koryta (185) (2016)

19) Game On by Michelle Smith (186) (2016)

20) We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly (187) (2016)

21) You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein (188) (2016)

22) Watching Edie by Camilla Way (189) (2016)

23) Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall (190) (2016)

24) Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate (191) (2016)

25) The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day (192) (2016)

26) The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts (193) (2016)

27) And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich (194) (2016)

28) Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith (195) (2016)

29) Going Geek by Charlotte Huang (196) (2016)

30) The Boy Who Killed Grant Parker by Kat Spears (197) (2016)

31) The Littlest Bigfoot by Jennifer Weiner (198) (2016)

32) The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan (199) (2016)

33) Cradle and All by James Patterson (200) (2016 revamped release)

September:

1) Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra (201) (2016)

2) The Other Boy by MG Hennessey (202) (2016)

3) Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (203) (2016)

4) Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu (204) (2016)

5) More About Boy by Roald Dahl (205) (2016)

6) A Night in with Audrey Hepburn by Lucy Holliday (206)

7) How to Make Out by Brianna Shrum (207) (2016)

8) As I Descended by Robin Talley (208) (2016)

9) The Dead Boyfriend by R.L. Stine (209) (2016)

10) Frazzled by Booki Vivat (210) (2016)

11) Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics (211) (2016)

12) TV (The Book) by Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz (212) (2016)

13) Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner (213) (2016)

14) Bounce by Megan Shull (214) (2016)

15) The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (215) (2016)

16) The Wonder by Emma Donoghue (216) (2016)

17) A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (217)

18) Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson (218) (2016)

19) Cooking For Ghosts by Patricia V. Davis (219) (2016)

20) Black Flowers, White Lies by Yvonne Ventresca (220) (2016)

21) Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (221) (2016)

22) The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz (222) (2016)

23) The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (223) (2016)

24) A Patron Saint for Junior Bridesmaids by Shelley Tougas (224) (2016)

25) This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills (225) (2016)

26) Wish by Barbara O’Connor (226) (2016)

27) Cruel Beautiful World by Caroline Leavitt (227) (2016)

28) The Messenger by Carol Lynch Williams (228) (2016)

29) Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz (229) (2016)

30) Pushing Perfect by Michelle Falkoff (230) (2016)

31) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (231) (2016)

32) How to Keep a Boy From Kissing You by Tara Eglington (232) (2016)

33) The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras (233) (2016)

34) Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple (234) 

October:

1) Claiming the Maverick’s Heart by Debra Holt (235) (2016)

2) Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (236) (2016)

3) Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee (237) (2016)

4) Exit, Pursued By a Bear by E.K. Johnston (238) (2016)

5) Gutless by Carl Deuker (239) (2016)

6) Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes (240) (2016)

7) Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown (241) (2016)

8) Peas and Carrots by Tanita S. Davis (242) (2016)

9) The Distance From Me to You by Marina Gessner (243) 

10) We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen (244) (2016)

11) All the Feels by Danika Stone (245) (2016)

12) Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett (246) (2016)

13) This Above All by Lindsey Roth Culli (247) (2016)

14) Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed (248)

15) Wrecked by Maria Padian (249) (2016)

16) Beast by Brie Spangler (250) (2016)

17) Lucy and Linh by Alice Pung (251) (2016)

18) The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati (252) (2016)

19) Whisper to Me by Nick Lake (253) (2016)

20) Great Falls by Steve Watkins (254) (2016)

November:

1) Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander (255) (2016)

2) The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly (256) (2016)

3) Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton (257) (2016)

4) You are a Badass by Jen Sincero (258) (2016)

5) Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton (259)

6) Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (260)

7) It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt (261) (2016)

8) Torch by Cheryl Strayed (262) (2016)

9) The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner (263) (2016)

10) Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper (264) (2016)

11) Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart (265) (2016)

12) Chasing Truth by Julie Cross (266) (2016)

13) A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund (267) (2016)

14) The Merciless II by Danielle Vega (268) (2016)

15) A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody (269) (2016)

16) Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander (270)

17) Still a Work in Progress by Jo Knowles (271) (2016)

18) What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler (272)

19) My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier (273) (2016)

20) Wild by Cheryl Strayed (274)

21) Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham (275) (2016)

22) Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (276)

December:

1) The Rose Society by Marie Lu (277)

2) The Midnight Star by Marie Lu (278) (2016)

3) Asking For It by Louise O’Neill (279) (2016)

4) Scythe by Neal Shusterman (280) (2016)

5) Maresi by Marie Turtschaninoff (281)

6) Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist (282)

7) Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez (283)

8) Alterations by Stephanie Scott (284) (2016)

9) The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee (285) (2016)

10) Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall (286)

11) The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovitt by Chelsea Sedoti (287) 

12) How Will I Know You? by Jessica Treadway (288) (2016)

13) Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos (289)

14) Frostblood by Elly Blake (290)

15) Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson (291)

16) The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson (292)

17) The Trump Survival Guide by Gene Stone (293)

18) The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian (294)

19) A List of Cages by Robin Roe (295)

20) A Night in with Marilyn Monroe by Lucy Holliday (296) (2016)

21) Charlie the Choo-Choo by Beryl Evans (297) (2016)

22) A Night in with Grace Kelly by Lucy Holliday (298)

23) History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (299)

Charlie the Choo-Choo

Finished Charlie the Choo-Choo by Beryl Evans. (Really Stephen King under a pseudonym.)

This picture book is about Charlie, the creepy train from the Dark Tower series. 

This book itself isn’t creepy (at least text-wise; the illustrations of Charlie are still unsettling, to put it mildly). 

If you’re a fan of the Dark Tower series and are curious about the Mid-World Railway Company (clever, right?), check this out. It’ll be the best ten minutes you’ve had in ages. 

Interviewing Martha Brockenbrough

Martha Brockenbrough was nice enough to stop by and talk about Love, Santa (the world’s cutest picture book). ETA: this interview was done when we thought the book was coming out this year; the answers haven’t changed. 

What’s the Twitter pitch for Love, Santa?

The book you need when your kids are ready for the truth about Santa.

What is the collaboration like between you and the illustrator?

I absolutely love Lee White, who is illustrating the book. He is inventive, thoughtful, and so gifted with the paintbrush. I’d loved his work from the moment I saw it many years ago, and have literally wept tears of joy when I’ve seen the art he is creating for this book.

What was the inspiration for Love, Santa?

When my daughter was in third grade, she asked me for THE TRUTH about Santa. We were sharing a letter journal back and forth at the time, and I wrote her a response that became wildly popular online. I didn’t think of it as a potential picture book at the time. Picture books are about characters. There’s a story arc. It’s not just a mom’s letter to her child. But after a conversation with my friend Samantha Berger, a brilliant author of many wonderful picture books, the right idea emerged. This book has the same heart and spirit as that original letter, but is an even more satisfying and child-appropriate read.

You write books for different audiences—which is the easiest?

I desperately want to write every book I am working on, and that makes the work both easy and difficult. Easy, because not doing it makes me miserable. And hard, because there is just so much  want each book to do for the world. In general, adults are an easier audience than children, because adults will often pretend to be impressed so they don’t have to be embarrassed for not liking or understanding something. Younger readers, especially the youngest, will happily look at a dead bug rather than listen to your boring story. It’s humbling and challenging.

Can you share the first few lines of text?

“When Lucy was five, she wrote Santa a letter.”

What were your favorite 2015 releases?

This was a really great year for YA books. I particularly loved INFANDOUS by Elana K Arnold and BONE GAP by Laura Ruby. But I write this as the year is just half over, and my TBR pile is towering, and I hate the idea of leaving books off. I love that we are still publishing new books.

What 2016 releases are you most excited for?

I have no idea. Truly. I have been immersed in work and reading and can’t wait to have my face melt in surprise and wonder that there are such good writers in the world.

(Martha did later email to say she’s excited to re-read Up to this Pointe by Jennifer Longo, which is out in January. )

Thanks, Martha!

Love, Santa

Love, Santa is by Martha Brockenbrough.  It will be released next year.

Martha said that this is the book you need when your kids are ready for the truth about Santa.  It’s this adorable, sweet picture book that explains the truth about Santa is possibly the best way to broach the subject with your children.  It’s awesome.

Why I’m excited:

I started reading Martha when her book Devine Intervention was at Scholastic’s BEA party a few years ago.  I loved it so much and told her so on Twitter.  Then when she released Game of Love and Death, I featured it here last year.  And then I read it, and it’s one of my favorite books ever.  Martha is now a must-buy author for me, in whatever format she publishes books.

I generally don’t read picture books, but I am so excited to read this and I plan to buy a copy for my goddaughter, and one for my niece when she’s old enough.  (Telling her the truth about Santa now would be a jerk move.)

Scythe

Finished Scythe by Neal Shusterman. 

This is set in the future, when death and disease have been conquered. Unfortunately, population control is still an issue so there are people called Scythes who “glean” people and kill them. Some are compassionate and some are bloodthirsty. Citra and Rowan are Scythe apprentices (though they don’t want to be) and their success means immunity for their families. 

This book is amazing (no surprise; Neal Shusterman is always excellent). It’s the start of a series and I can’t even imagine what’s ahead. 

There’s a lot of cleverness in here. Scythes take on new names based on historic figures of the past, and you can learn a lot based on that (there is, for example, a Scythe Mandela and a Scythe Curie; there is also Scythe Rand). 

I absolutely loved this novel and can’t wait to see where the story goes. 

Highly recommended. 

Asking For It

Finished Asking For It by Louise O’Neill. 

Emma was raped at a party. And that sentence doesn’t even begin to cover it. She was gang-raped after passing out. There are pictures and video, and it’s all over social media. And you can guess whose side most people are on (spoiler: not hers). 

This book absolutely gutted me. It is raw and wrenching and it was beyond painful to read–which is why everyone should. 

The best comparison I can come up with is Courtney Summers. Like her protagonists, Emma is awful. She’s mean and she’s not at all sympathetic. She’s hard to relate to. And if you read this and find yourself thinking about how she deliberately drank too much and deliberately took pills and deliberately slept with one of the guys, you’ll realize (as I did) that you’re part of the problem. It’s easy to support the victim when you like her; it’s not as easy when it’s someone you actively dislike. But it should be. 

Highly recommended. 

The Midnight Star (mini-review)

Finished The Midnight Star by Marie Lu. 

Adelina is queen now and she is not a very good one. She’s skilled at battle but she’s not kind. She’s pretty much all villain now, too; she’s paranoid and away from almost all good influences in her life. (Magiano is still around but she doesn’t trust him at all.)

This book absolutely broke my heart but it’s a worthy ending to a great series. (And they can’t all survive, right? This isn’t Twilight.)

Highly recommended. 

The Rose Society (mini-review)

Finished The Rose Society by Marie Lu. It is the second book in her Young Elites series. 

This book is absolutely heartbreaking. The series details Adelina’s turn to villainy. And it’s also horrible because in this book, she does some pretty awful things but I still love her. 

The next book is The Midnight Star and I’m about to start it. I don’t know if I’ll still love Adelina. We’ll see. 

This is such a fascinating series and Marie Lu is an amazing author. 

Recommended. 

Hyperbole and a Half (mini-review)

Finished Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh. I received a copy for review. 

This book is fantastic. It’s an incredibly fast read but manages to be both poignant and laugh out loud funny. 

It’ll appeal to pretty much everyone. Do you have dogs? There are chapters you’ll relate to. Do you suffer from depression? It’s in here. Basically if you are a human being, you’ll love this. 

I’m sad I waited so long to read this but I appreciated it enough for everyone. You will too (but I hope you read it before now; if not, fix it). 

Highly recommended. 

Talking As Fast As I Can (mini-review)

Finished Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham. 

This is Lauren Graham’s memoir and it focuses more on Gilmore Girls than anything else. But there’s also a chapter on Parenthood and stories of her life before Gilmore Girls. 

If you want to know about other parts of her career or Hollywood gossip, you’re out of luck. But if you’re a Gilmore Girls fan, as I am, you’ll enjoy it. (And you’ll probably wish it was longer; it’s 205 pages.)

Still, this book is incredibly fun. Recommended.