Category: Recommended Reading 101

Recommended Reading 101: New Orleans

Posted March 4, 2017 by Bonnie in Recommended Reading 101 / 6 Comments

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

New Orleans 101

11178225If you’re looking for a historical mystery set in the 1950s…

Out of the Easy is the story of a young girl, the daughter of a brothel prostitute, struggling to make a new name for herself. Recent secrets have been dug up that involve her mother and she gets embroiled in the mystery proving that New Orleans isn’t done with her yet. Septys never disappoints with her tales of young girls in the past.


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If you’re looking for a post-apocalyptic tale (without any romance)…

After the Gulf Coast is ravaged by hurricanes and an outbreak causes a mass quaratine, (New) Orleans is irrevocably changed. Post-apocalyptic stories became a massive hit and this one remains vastly underrated for reasons unknown. I’ve read dozens upon dozens and Orleans remains one of my favorite stories of survival.


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If you’re looking for a classic vampire tale…

Interview with the Vampire is the book about New Orleans. Well, and vampires too, of course. The first introduction to her recurring character Lestat, this novel was written in 1976 and it still reigns popular with good reason.


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Recommended Reading 101: Aussie YA

Posted February 25, 2017 by Bonnie in Recommended Reading 101 / 4 Comments

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

Aussie YA 101


Book Tour Review – Fury by Shirley MarrIf you’re looking for a Aussie murder mystery…

Fury was such a thrilling debut read that made it impossible to put this down (I stayed up till 2am to finish it). Hands down one of the best YA mysteries I’ve ever read. A bit hard to get a hold of this but well worth it.


Early Review – Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

If you’re looking for something compelling and realistic…

Graffiti Moon remains one of my all-time favorites in realistic YA. Cath Crowley is a most amazing writer and this story of love, humor, and amazing characterization is completely unforgettable.


Book Review – Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

If you’re looking for an emotionally complex whirlwind…

Stolen was not a story that I anticipated to love so much that I’m still bringing it up five years later. Stockholm Syndrome is a delicate subject matter to tackle but I believe it was handled incredibly well.


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Recommended Reading 101: Forbidden Love

Posted February 18, 2017 by Bonnie in Recommended Reading 101 / 1 Comment

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

Forbidden Love 101

8179495If you’re looking for something literary and brutally honest…

A chance encounter with a stranger leads a woman to question everything about herself, her marriage, and her life. Love in Mid Air was beautifully written and hopeful tale of life continuing even when you didn’t think it could.


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If you’re looking for something in verse…

Triangles bounces between three female characters all dealing with mid-life crisis clichés but Hopkins gives each an enthralling complexity in her first adult novel.


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If you’re looking for a complex tragedy…

Indiscretion is full of characters that most will fail to sympathize with but their story will enrapt you. Dubow’s writing reads much like Fitzgerald and its sultry rhythm will be the highlight of this tale.


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Recommended Reading 101: Office Romance

Posted February 11, 2017 by Bonnie in Recommended Reading 101 / 1 Comment

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

Office Romance 101

28938849If you’re looking for something cute and funny about work enemies falling in love…

The Hating Game is one of the most fantastic debut novels I have ever read. Lucy and Joshua hate each other (but not really because they’ve been secretly falling in love with each other for years). This one has hysterical banter and some seriously hot chemistry.


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If you’re looking for something with more suspense…

Something About You combines a murder mystery with some slow-building office romance between a U.S. attorney and an FBI agent who are working a case together. This one leaned more towards predictable but the chemistry + steamy scenes made this well worth the read.


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If you’re looking for an epistolary novel about finding love in unexpected ways…

Attachments was my very first Rowell and is my all-time favorite of hers. Combining hilarious e-mail banter between friends Beth and Jennifer and a behind the scenes look at the IT man responsible for monitoring work e-mails who slowly begins falling in love with Beth and you’ve got Attachments.


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Recommended Reading 101: Fantasy Romance

Posted February 4, 2017 by Bonnie in Recommended Reading 101 / 5 Comments

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

Fantasy Romance 101


Book Review – First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda JonesIf you’re looking for something with equal parts steamy and humor…

First Grave on the Right, the first installment in the Charley Davidson series, is crazy entertaining. Charley has a non-stop snarky sense of humor and is one of my all time favorite literary characters. These stories are a witty combination of mystery and paranormal with some seriously steamy scenes between Charley and Reyes, the literal son of Satan.



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This was one of the very first Urban Fantasy series I fell in love with and it’s still one of my all time favorites to this day (at least the first 5 installments are). The Fever series has always had one of the most captivating magical worlds where the Fae walk among us along with many other dark and mysterious things. And of course Jericho Barrons.



Book Review – A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. MaasIf you’re looking for some heart-wrenching, unforgettable romance…

A Court of Thorns and Roses didn’t cause complete swoons (it’s really the second book that I loved but reading the first is a must). Regardless, Maas writes some phenomenal romances and I absolutely adore this intriguing retelling of Beauty and the Beast.


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Recommended Reading 101: Reality TV

Posted January 28, 2017 by Bonnie in Recommended Reading 101 / 5 Comments

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

Reality TV 101

Book Review – The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra OlivaIf you’re looking for something post-apocalyptic…

Alexandra Olivia’s debut novel was enough to make me believe there’s still some life in the post-apocalyptic genre. Twelve individuals participate in a wilderness survival show with no idea that in the world outside, their survival is becoming less reality tv and more reality.


Book Review – The Long Walk by Stephen KingIf you’re looking for something subtly horrific…

In The Long Walk, 100 boys compete in a  to see who can out walk the other 99. Only Stephen King could write such a spellbinding tale of a bunch of boys doing nothing but walking.


Ominous October – A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul TremblayIf you’re looking for some family drama and an exorcism…

A Head Full of Ghosts is a mystery/horror combination, where a family who garners the attention of a television producer is given their own television show. Their daughter is diagnosed with schizophrenia but they soon realize that she may need an exorcism instead.


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Recommended Reading 101: Unreliable Narrators

Posted January 21, 2017 by Bonnie in Recommended Reading 101 / 3 Comments

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

Unreliable Narrators 101

Early Review – The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren SumaIf you’re looking for a haunting story (both literal and figurative)…

Nova Ren Suma is known for her incredible stories but this one takes the cake. The Walls Around Us delves into juvenile delinquency and the discrepancies in the criminal justice system as well as the harsh reality of discrimination, and the blurred lines between fantasy and reality.


Book Review – The Collector by John FowlesIf you’re looking for something especially disturbing…

The Collector is the story of Frederick Clegg, a man that collects butterflies but begins to desire collecting other beautiful things. Like a girl named Miranda. The story splits points of view between the two characters. It’s an unnerving yet unforgettable read.


Short & Sweet Review – The Secret History by Donna TarttIf you’re looking for the classic boarding school novel…

 The Secret History is one of the most enthralling stories I’ve ever read. Beautifully written and immensely captivating. The end is revealed at the very beginning of the book but it doesn’t detract from the shocking way it unfolds.


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Recommended Reading 101: Cozy Mystery

Posted January 14, 2017 by Bonnie in Recommended Reading 101 / 3 Comments

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

Cozy Mystery 101

7558193If you’re looking something humorous and light-hearted…

Lucky O’Toole is head of Customer Relations at the Babylon, Las Vegas’ newest and largest ‘mega-casino’ and as you can only imagine, all kinds of craziness happens. While the crimes are often serious, there’s an airy feel to Wanna Get Lucky? and a comedic element that will keep you entertained.


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If you’re looking for something with some historical significance…

Constance is not a regular lady since most ladies in the early 1900s wouldn’t choose to carry a gun and patrol the streets alongside men. She’s a fascinating woman, but what’s even more fascinating is the fact that her story is based off a true story: Constance Kopp is credited as being one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs.


17405003If you’re looking for a “monstrous” cozy mystery…

In the basement of the Holy Heart church, a group of monstrous individuals (consisting of a werewolf, a mummy, a Frankenstein creation, etc.) hold support groups as they struggle with life among humans. Club Monstrosity is the first of (unfortunately) just two stories but they’re both plenty entertaining.


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Recommended Reading 101: Outer Space

Posted January 7, 2017 by Bonnie in Recommended Reading 101 / 11 Comments

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

Outer Space 101

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If you’re looking for something thrilling with a fantastic romance…

Fortune’s Pawn is the first in a Sci-Fi trilogy that would appeal to anyone with a love of Urban Fantasy. Very much “sci-fi lite” for anyone who, like me, doesn’t often read science fiction. Devi Morris is an unforgettable character that you’ll quickly fall in love with.


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After Mark Watney gets stranded on Mars he’s forced to figure out how to be the first person to grow potatoes on Mars to survive. This is far more humorous than I make it sound. Mark is an insane (yet hilarious) story of survival.


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If you’re looking for something imaginative, bizarre, sexy, fascinating… (you get the picture)

Saga is honestly one of the strangest graphic novels I’ve ever read what with the strange torso-less people and the people with TVs for heads. There’s also a war going on and two soldiers from opposing sides fall in love.


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Recommended Reading 101: Dual Timelines

Posted December 31, 2016 by Bonnie in Recommended Reading 101 / 5 Comments

Taking classes and getting excited for the assigned reading was always my favorite part of school. Using that same concept and turning different genres, locations, and subjects into a course of their own, you could come up with your own assigned reading. These would be my picks for recommended reading, what would yours be?

Dual Timelines 101

 

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If you’re looking for some mystery and a hidden diary…

The Violets of March is the story of a woman recovering from heartbreak who stumbles upon a lost diary from the 1940s that actually involves her. This was a flawless and engrossing story from a (then) debut author.


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If you’re looking for something involving a family mystery…

Kate Morton is the reigning Queen of dual timeline stories and The Secret Keeper is quite possibly her best. This story possesses such intricate detailing, intersecting storylines that blended beautifully, and an ending I never could have possibly imagined.


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If you’re looking for something involving time travel and romance…

Julia Beckett is the new owner of a mysterious old-fashioned farmhouse. Something about that mysterious old house allows her to travel back in time to the 17th century where she has a life as a woman named Mariana. Completely enthralling and complete with time travel, romance, and a fantastic twist of an ending.


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