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.
Summer is here (or almost here for some of you!) and that means breaking out the fun, beachy reads. You know - chick lit, young adult, etc. Who can focus on a tough read when they're at the beach and there is so much scenery to take in? And by scenery, I mean half-naked men playing beach volleyball and rolling around in the sand. For days like this, I turn to my favorite YA and chick lit authors.
The Passage was originally released last year and maintained its hardcover form for quite a while, so I had to pass. It wasn't the price that bothered me - I can handle the occasional $15 book - it was the weight!
Emma Forrest's "Your Voice in My Head" was just released on Tuesday. This book is a memoir and, as Emma perfectly put it, a duet. Emma has struggled with mental illness since her teens, but isn't diagnosed until she winds up on Dr. R's doorstep after a failed suicide attempt. She credits Dr. R with her recovery, but when he suddenly passes away from cancer, she realizes how little she knows about this man who saved her life.
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.
I love poetry. Sometimes it is just so soothing to curl up under the covers with a cup of hot tea (or even better, hot cocoa!) and your favorite poems. Poetry is such a different form of expression than literature. A poet manages to get so much across in a much shorter prose and makes you read between the lines. Sure, that sounds like work, but there really is little more satisfying than extracting so much meaning from a little paragraph.