If someone has told me a few years ago that I'd be writing my dissertation on graphic memoirs and obsessively filling my bookshelves with books with more pictures than words, I wouldn't have believed you. But here we are.
They're full of suspense and danger and all the stuff you need in order to feel way too emotionally attached to the characters.
November 12th should be declared Ryan Gosling day, because The Notebook star celebrates his 33rd birthday today. And guess what? Next June marks the 10 year anniversary of The Notebook. I know, that's going to make you feel old.
This week we're discussing "The Sisterhood" by Helen Bryan! And get ready to read November's pick: "Tiny, Beautiful Things" by the wonderful Cheryl Strayed.
If you missed the post last week, we are starting up our very own book club. Each month, we will select a novel (using your suggestions, of course!) and then meet back here on the last Saturday of that month to discuss it. Without further ado, I'd like to announce that the inaugural pick of the CollegeCandy Book Club is...The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson!
I've been getting book recommendations from you guys since the dawn of the Saturday Read and I'm finally going to do something about it, by starting the CollegeCandy Book Club. What does that mean? For the next 12 months I'm inviting you, the readers, to join in and read the chosen book for each month.
Outlander is the story of Claire Beauchamp Randall, a military nurse who is vacationing with her husband in the Scottish Highlands in 1945. Claire sets out on her own one day and finds herself transported back in time to 1743. I know, it sounds strange, but stay with me!
Sometimes, I just need a chick-lit read. I've been trying to get into a whole stack of "serious" books and it's just not happening. As summer comes to a close, I want to enjoy every second instead of working my brain into a novel I'm not really feeling. The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud has been sitting on my shelf on a while and, even though it's sappy and predictable, I really enjoyed it!
Happy Saturday everyone! My pick this week was chosen solely because of the wild praise it received on Amazon. Even though I'm a former book snob, I've learned that a book with plenty of good reviews is unlikely to let me down. The book lovers of the world came through for me again and helped me land a winner with "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive" by Steve Earle.
I picked this up because of the beautiful cover. I'll admit, despite the fact that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, I usually do. The picture is stunning and doesn't get any less stunning the more I look at it on my nightstand. But besides the cover, the book it holds is equally stunning!
Steve Berry is a master of mystery and has written tones of novels in the genre. The Jefferson Key is the latest of his most popular series, featuring agent Cotton Malone. Just a note: as in most mystery series, you really don't have to read any of the previous books to enjoy or follow The Jefferson Key. Remember how everyone read The Da Vinci Code and then Angels and Demons, even though A&D took place before The Da Vinci Code? Same thing going on here.
If you were between the ages of 11 and 16 around 2001, I'll bet you've read the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It's become somewhat of a YA classic and is revered by many of my friends as their favorite book. Now, Ann Brashares has come out with the final chapter in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants saga- Sisterhood Everlasting- which features the four friends 10 years later.
I was totally honored to interview Libba Bray this week about her new book, Beauty Queens. Check out the hilarious interview and review.
My initial reason for wanting to read The Imperfectionists was the cover. A simple stack of newspapers set against a neutral backdrop with a gorgeous, swirly, twirly font! Something about it called out to me. On the inside cover, I discovered that the novel was about a small newspaper based in Rome and I was sold. With my summer travel dreams slowly fading away, I hoped that the novel could, at least, transport me to beautiful, historic Rome for a short time.
Lauren Oliver popped onto the YA author scene last year out of the blue. Her debut novel, Before I Fall (which may or may not get reviewed as a Saturday Read someday), was a smash hit and she quickly started work on her second novel, Delirium. Before I Fall was typical YA fiction, but Delirium is a dystopian novel, set ahead in the future when one of our most treasured possessions is forbidden: love.