Katie

I've always loved to read, and as a spawn of the Harry Potter generation my favorite genre will forever be fantasy. I'm not a pigeonholed reader though; I also love outdoor writing, adventure nonfiction, pretty much any kind of fiction, and I've never really met a cookbook I didn't have to own (even though I lowkey do not enjoy cooking...at all). When I'm not at the bookstore, or hiding out with a good series somewhere, I enjoy being outside, petting dogs, drinking coffee, eating, and traveling. 

 

 

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Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534437678
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - October 13th, 2020

If you've been into the store recently, or subscribe to our emails or social media, you have seen the craze over The Licanius Trilogy among the staff. If you love "big hype" about a fantasy series, and don't mind being accosted by the staff *cough, cough, Zach* then please join me further down the fantasy rabbit hole with Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. Oh my goodness, I am all about this book. It's the first in a trilogy (three really is the magic number) and is such a gripping jumping off point to this series, that I haven't been able to think about another book for a week. The story centers on religious conflict; the Celestial Tower has been the religious ruler for 300 years, having overthrown the old Gods in favor of heavenly guidance. The Tower is made up of the Priesthood split into four factions: Order of Oracles, Knives, Healing Society, and Records. They divine the future from the stars in order to maintain and aide the inhabitants of Tova. Theirs is a religion of reason and science, not magic and witchcraft. Then there are the cultists. They are members of the Sky Clans that make up the population of Tova and still pay homage to their Gods in quiet and secreted societies. The Tower is aware of the cultists but imagines them to be zealots that have no means to gain any real footing among the Tovans. Yet, one clan in particular has their eyes on the Celestial Tower: Carrion Crow. Their people have paid heavily in blood for the Tower to keep its hold over the community, and they are all too aware of a great prophecy that has been spread from the cultists of their Crow God returning once again to power on the day of this year's eclipse. I listened to the Libro.fm audiobook of Black Sun and it has a full cast which is frankly, just killer. The story cycles between four main characters, each of whom has opposing ideologies about the cultists and the Celestial Tower, making it really hard to decide who I wanted to side with! You'll just have to listen (or read) for yourself and let me know what you think! This book is such a fun adventure you really shouldn't miss out!
 


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Run to the Finish: The Everyday Runner's Guide to Avoiding Injury, Ignoring the Clock, and Loving the Run Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780738285993
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Published: Hachette Go - March 3rd, 2020

I am loathe to actually call myself a runner. In my mind that title is reserved for people who get out and run every single day, mile after mile, enter races frequently, and bring home medals. The people who own more running gear than regular clothing and only eat kale chips and the tears of those that run much much slower than them are "runners," "those people," if you will. I run on occasion. Not every day, hardly ever more than three miles at a time, I haven't raced since high school, I have exponentially more pairs of jeans than running shorts, and kale chips are revolting. Yet, if you ask Ms. Brooks I am in fact a runner. A runner runner. According to her, if you put on any pair of running shoes, get outside or hop onto the treadmill, and you start doing the thing, one foot in front of the other, bam! You're a runner! I love that. It seems like a "well, duh" kind of thing, but I think for those of us that are middle-of-the-pack runners (we aren't dead last, but there are no Olympic glories in our futures) it is really freaking motivating! I also feel like way less of a poser. Besides helping to give the average runner a little ego boost, Run to the Finish is also full of some amazing motivators, challenges, and tips and tricks to keeping yourself healthy and safe while you continue to enjoy this crazy hobby. I used to hate stretching before and after runs, and I absolutely never wanted to do any other extra exercises because ...hello? ...I'm already running; what more do you want?! After this book though, I have consistently stretched before and after each of my runs, and I even started her core challenge to help build up stamina and form. I don't even know who I am anymore! What I do know is that I haven't had a single shin splint, or IT band pain over the last two months and those both were constant injuries every time I tried to pick the sport back up again. This has been such a game changer because in the past, after a week of limping around, it was game over, and I wouldn't even think about running again for months. So, I know it's a little crazy to run at all and maybe even a little crazier to read about running, but if you're thinking about getting back into it, or trying it out for the first time, you should really pick up this book. On top of keeping you injury-free, and your eye on the prize, Amanda Brooks is a seriously funny lady, and I laughed out loud on almost every page. Seriously, what else are you going to do with all this beautiful weather and lakes still to cold to jump in?


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Graceling (Graceling Realm) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547258300
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Published: Clarion Books - September 7th, 2009

In The Seven Kingdoms there are unique people who are born with an amazing ability, each person who has one of these abilities is known to the Kingdoms as a Graceling. Gracelings are powerful, feared, used, and in some cases hidden away. Each Graceling is born with an extreme proclivity for a specific purpose or talent; unfortunately for Katsa, her Grace is the ability to kill. As niece to the King of Nander, Katsa is used as his personal assassin, helping her uncle keep a tight hold on his kingdom and his place as one of the most feared kings in the land. Despite her proclivity at ending life, the Grace weighs heavily on Katsa's young shoulders. Taking life is no easy feat and it chafes at her being. She is equally constricted by the eye her uncle keeps on her to ensure his power will never be questioned or overthrown. She is resigned to and horrified by the life she is leading, until she meets a fellow Graceling. Suddenly, Katsa realizes there are more options for her life than she could have hoped for. This book first came across my path many years ago (I was fourteen!) and it was such a fun dive into a different aspect of fantasy for me. What's even more exciting is that Cashore came out with her latest installment in the series, Winterfell, just last week! If you haven't yet read Graceling I highly recommend it, especially for anyone who was a fan of The Hunger Games, or The Divergent Series. It's a really fun fantasy series that dips its toe into the romance realm, and will keep you tearing through book after book.


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You're Not Enough (And That's Okay): Escaping the Toxic Culture of Self-Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593083840
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Published: Sentinel - August 11th, 2020

Alright, this is not my typical read, and from the title alone I can very much imagine why it could and would turn someone away - but hear me out! If you're a Christian woman, particularly of millennial age, then trust me you are going to want to read this book. As millennial women, we are right on the cusp of the social media blowout. I mean we were there when VCRs were still spewing out the guts of our beloved Little Mermaid tape all over the place like a macabre streamer! We didn't get our first cell phones until our early teenage years, and only to call mom to come get us when track practice was over. Social media? Never heard of her. Not at first anyway. Now? You can't get away from her. She's everywhere, and with her has been ushered in an entire culture of self-love. What Stuckey addresses in her book is why, even with all this hoopla around loving yourself and the encouragement to celebrate that self-bolstering on your cell phone, tablet, and laptop (don't even pretend you don't have all three of those) we can still feel so out of touch with ourselves, unfulfilled, and at times downright depressed. According to Stuckey, it's just like her title tells you; you were not meant to be enough to fulfill yourself. That's God's job, and it's a job he can do better than any of us can do for ourselves because God is constant. Our moods are definitely not constant, fluctuating day-to-day, and in the age of social media we are always being peppered with new ways to keep ourselves happy and feeling purposeful. It is a lot to keep up, with and it can be dizzying and frustrating, especially when you're trying so hard and still nothing seems to permanently pull you out of the depths of emotional woe. Stuckey puts a lot of social media's mind games into perspective and outlines a way to feel better and have some true peace. Now, naturally I am a pretty positive gal and I've been lucky enough to not have dealt with a significant amount of self-doubt or depression, but for a lot of women that is very much their reality and I think this book can bring a lot of refreshing and hopeful perspective into any Christian woman's life (men can read this too, it's just geared toward women). It definitely left me with some warmth in my heart, and after the year we've had, who couldn't use a little (or a lot) more of that?


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A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593128480
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Published: Del Rey - September 29th, 2020

The Scholomance is a very special place, for very special teens, and it is their only hope for survival. It is also, in some cases, their demise. The Scholomance is a school built for teenagers that are magically gifted. There are no teachers and no outsiders; only the students themselves who are chosen mysteriously by the school. At age fourteen, they are virtually sucked inside from around the world on induction day. Students will remain there for four years, until they graduate, at the end of their senior year. The Scholomance was built by powerful wizards to give these chosen kids a fighting chance. Everyone in the world who posseses magic produces an energy called mana. There are monstrous creatures or malifacaria in the world who feed specifically on mana, and nothing makes for a tastier snack than a teen with no idea how to harness magic to protect themselves. Just like real high school and only a smidge darker! If you're thinking Harry Potter you are dead wrong. Now don't misunderstand, I love Harry Potter and all the wizarding world encompasses, this is just not that story. For instance, more than half of the students will die before the end of the book. This story was so much fun to listen to. It's been one of the best Libro.fm reads I've enjoyed in awhile. The main character is snarky, and dark humored, she's dealing with a looooot, and the story is a pretty interesting take on the magical world trope. It is the first of a three book series, I'm chomping at the bit for the next two! 


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Honey and Venom: Confessions of an Urban Beekeeper Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524799045
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 9th, 2020

Did you know that the largest apiary in North America resides in New York City of all places? Did you know that 'apiary' is the fancy term for bee farm? Did you know that bees release a pheromone when they have stung something, alerting the other bees in their hive that there is danger afoot? Did you know this pheromone smells exactly the same to bees as the banana does and you should never eat banana anything if you're dealing with bees and wish to not entice a stinging flying mob? If you did not know any of these facts, here's the book for you! If you did know some or all and want to know more, here's the book for you! -Hear me out.- Andrew Coté has a pretty interesting story going on here. He is a generational beekeeper and his family has been keeping the happy little honey bee well before they were even living in this country, let alone the big apple. Spurred on by his desire to spend more time with his father, Coté began as an unofficial beekeeping apprentice as a kid and the rest is history. Well, sort of. In-between taking on the bees full time he has had many jobs and callings throughout the years. None as satisfactory though as the humble honey bee. This is a story of family, loving what you do, a selfless journey to better the world, and many many bee facts. This is a big-time upper and will leave you with a smile and make you a great new edition to any trivia team!


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Of Literature and Lattes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780785222040
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Published: Thomas Nelson - May 12th, 2020

If you know me you know that The Printed Letter Bookshop holds a dear place in my literary heart, well we are back folks with a second installment! This time around Reay focuses on Janet’s daughter, Alyssa, and the recent explosion of her career and the company she worked for... not in a good way. Alyssa Harrison finds herself at the center of a major medical tech. scandal, and now jobless, homeless, and waiting to be questioned by the FBI, she has no choice but to limp back home to Winsome, Illinois and all that she tried to flee from there. Namely her mother. Jeremy Mitchell on the other hand is brand new to Winsome. He's a Seattle transplant looking to be closer to his daughter, uprooted from the rainy west coast to the Midwest in the hopes of being a better father, a more cooperative ex-husband, and starting another thriving coffee shop right in sleepy Winsome. What Jeremy was not prepared for in this tiny offshoot of Chicago, was the distrust of newcomers by the townsfolk and just how deeply rooted tradition is in this tight knit community. Although my heart still firmly belongs to The Printed Letter Bookshop, Of Literature & Lattes is also a wonderful read full of the same amazing storytelling Reay makes seem so easy, and truly beautiful underlying morals of love and family. This is a perfect read if you need something uplifting to take the edge off these covid and election crazed times. Bonus: it’s in paperback!


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Half Baked Harvest Super Simple: More Than 125 Recipes for Instant, Overnight, Meal-Prepped, and Easy Comfort Foods: A Cookbook Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525577072
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Published: Clarkson Potter - October 29th, 2019

By nature I am not much of a chef; I really only ever cook out of necessity and very rarely because it sounds fun or because I’m feeling creative. The same can be said of baking for me. However, I do have a deep love for cookbooks and cannot help wanting to own every one that catches my eye (all about judging that book by its cover). So, when I came across Teighan Gerard’s second installment in Half Baked Harvest Super Simple, I was struck by two things: the first is that it is beautiful, with a delicious and pleasing photo on the cover; the second is that it literally has ‘simple’ in the title. This was the cookbook for me! I wasn’t at all disappointed when I started taking a deeper look either. Gerard comes right out and says that if there is an easier way to do something in the kitchen, that is how she will do it (Preach, girl!). She also goes on to defend store-bought pastry dough and pie crust saying she keeps some on hand at all times (seriously my kind of woman). If you are the lazy and reluctant cook and baker as I am, I beseech you; buy this book! The recipes are insanely delicious, seriously simple and I cannot emphasize that enough, and Gerard is hilarious. If nothing else, this will make for a beautiful and funny coffee table book in your home. If you are brave enough to take my advice and peek between the covers, you will find yourself standing in the middle of your kitchen clutching the most delicious apple tarts you’ve ever made (and not just because they are the only ones you’ve ever made...) and thinking, “Wow, Katie sure knew what she was talking about”. I do though, because Tieghan Gerard does.


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My Favorite Half-Night Stand Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501197406
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Published: Gallery Books - December 4th, 2018

If you’re ever looking for something that is going to make you laugh, you never have to look farther than a Christina Lauren novel. This writing duo has mastered the art of rom-com in book form and My Favorite Half-Night Stand is one of their best. Millie Morris is a professor in California who loves her job, her friends, and her life, but she can’t shake the nagging thought that her love life isn’t exactly where she wants it to be. With that thought lodged in her brain, combined with a night of too much wine, she breaks the age-old rule of not blurring that line of friendship with her best friend, Reid. They both agree it’s never going to happen again but things start getting heated in more ways than one when their university’s annual benefit turns into a black-tie and date situation and Millie’s friends all decide they need dates to it. Real ones. Now Millie finds herself caught in a situation that is quickly flying out of control as a one-time-fling seems to be stuck on repeat, and she can’t decide what it is she should do, let alone what she really wants from Reid. This book is a perfect break from reality, and I think we’re all overdue for that break right now! You’ll laugh, cry, and feel your heart grow three times its size. The perfect book for a sunny afternoon hanging at the beach or swinging in your hammock.


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Ruthie Fear: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393635560
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 1st, 2020

Literary fiction is not typically my type of read, but I’m glad I made the exception here; this book was a weird and raw exploration of what it’s like to grow up high in the mountains with just a dad and a really wild imagination. Ruthie Fear is not a stranger to hard times, in fact it is all she’s ever known, and one of the first lessons she learns is that in order to survive, you have to be tough. Especially in the wilds of Montana, and especially as a lone girl in a world of men. Abandoned by her mother as a toddler, Ruthie has no female role models in her life, all she has in the realm of female friendships is her best friend Pip who is also being raised mostly by men. Ruthie decides that in order to truly learn how the world works, because her father and his friends certainly aren’t going to give her the advice she’s looking for, she has to watch and wait. It’s amidst this watching that Ruthie finally sees something. A something she cannot explain and cannot shake that will follow her throughout her life; never really releasing her mind from its grip. Loskutoff does a really convincing job of getting inside the mentality of growing from a girl into a woman and sharing it in a truly strange and gripping tale. Ruthie Fear won’t be published until this September, but it is well worth the wait!


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The Familiars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778309017
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Published: Mira Books - October 1st, 2019

I had been looking forward to reading this book forever, and it turned out so much better than I could've hoped. Based on the real life Pendle Witch Trials in England in the 1600s, Fleetwood Shuttleworth is a young wife to an up-and-comer in English aristocracy and is desperate to give her husband a son and heir. Amid the growing hysteria of witches on the rise near Fleetwood's town, she meets a strange woman who is a midwife in the neighboring village who promises to help Mistress Shuttleworth. Fleetwood soon realizes her boldness for defending and housing a stranger during this time when no woman is safe may have dire consequences. This is a beautiful story of immense heartbreak, the bonds of female friendships, human ambition, and of course witches.


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The Unhoneymooners Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501128035
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Published: Gallery Books - May 14th, 2019

This book had me screaming with laughter. Olive Torres is a twin; the unlucky twin to be exact. Her sister Ami is sunny, positive, and wins every competition she has ever entered...which is all of them. Olive on the other hand is pessimistic, grouchy, and keeps her eyes peeled for life's sucker punch. I love Olive. When her sister's entire wedding, sans Olive and Ethan the best man, gets food poisoning her Ami forces the two of them to take her and her new husband's place on their honeymoon. The trip is one hundred percent nonrefundable, and Ami is not about to let her big win go to waste. The problem; Olive and Ethan absolutely hate each other. Snarky, sexy, and completely adorable this book was all too easy to get lost in. Christina and Lauren (the authors) have such a knack for quick-witted dialogue, the characters are lovable and hateable, and the story is a fun take on the classic hate him then love him trope.


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Once Upon a River: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743298087
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - July 2nd, 2019

This is a book for all the fantasy and fairy tale lovers. We begin along the banks of the Thames, in a small town, in a smaller pub: The Swan. The Swan is legendary for the tales that are told within its walls, with travelers from far and wide hoping for the chance to hear a story that will thrill them or, even better, for the glory of telling the best tale yet. On a stormy night, as is custom in any good fantasy, the village folk and travelers occupying the pub suddenly find themselves caught in a tale that is much darker, more captivating, and far more inconceivable than anything that has so far been told. It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up a fantasy that really swept me up in the story, but I started this one on a lunch break one day because it sounded interesting and the cover was pretty (I know, I know!).  Before I knew it, my break was over, and I did not want to put it down. It has all the “once upon a time” finesse of compelling characters, grim twists and turns, and a world that is believable but with that fantastical edge that doesn’t leave you feeling too settled.


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ISBN: 9781982583330
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Published: Blackstone - November 12th, 2019

This nonfiction adventure had me from the very first chapter. The Twenty-Ninth Day is an insane retelling of a 600-mile canoe trip in the Canadian tundra that brought the author face-to-teeth with a grizzly bear. What could be more perfect than a canoeing expedition through gorgeous and generally untouched wilderness with five of your buddies? To Alex Messenger- probably nothing. He brings you right along side him: paddling the Dubawnt River, catching trout in Princess Mary Lake, laughing in camp along the shores of an unnamed island, and then climbing a ridgeline of the tundra to look into the eyes of one of the most powerful beasts in North America. In short, this book is intense. I held my breath through each set of rapids, felt the itch to start planning my next camping trip, and was mind blown over how unreal it is that the author walked away from a grizzly attack. This truly is an incredible story, and it has me torn between buying myself a canoe or carrying a rifle to check my mailbox.


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The Printed Letter Bookshop Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780785222002
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Published: Thomas Nelson - May 14th, 2019

This has been one of my absolute favorite reads of the summer. This story is about women. Three women in particular: Madeline, Claire, and Janet. Madeline is an up-and-comer at her law firm, with the finish line of becoming the youngest partner in her firm perfectly in sight. Everything is exactly as it should be until her estranged aunt dies and leaves Madeline her house, her bookshop, and her two and only employees, Claire and Janet. These three women must now not only navigate the loss of someone intertwined with all of their lives, but discover how they will all coexist in this newly scrambled present. This is a story of redemption, love, and friendship. How the power of women is strong enough to overcome even the most damaged of situations, and you can always find a friend in unexpected places. This book made me laugh, made me blink back tears, and had me thinking "oh jeez, I'm exactly like that..." It is perfect for women of all ages, especially ones who are looking to read a well-written story with amazing characters and a lot of heart.


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How to Stop Time: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525522898
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Published: Penguin Books - June 11th, 2019

Is love bound by time? Can decades truly hold no power over the strength of love? Is it possible to fall in love again centuries later? Will teaching a history class to British teenagers cause all of that to come to a crashing halt? Possibly. Tom Hazard is not like most folks, he ages at a slower rate than the average human. So slow that he has lived for centuries, looking no older than his thirties. This is Tom's secret, a secret he must keep in order to protect himself and those few people like him...on pain of death. Tom now spends his days as a high school history teacher in London, while looking for a similarly gifted daughter he hasn't seen in centuries, while desperately trying to avoid his attraction to the pretty French teacher he now calls a colleague. This book is a wonderful journey through time, illustrating just how powerful love is and the lengths a person will be driven to in an attempt to preserve that love. It's a fun read for anyone who loves history, science, time travel, and of course a good love story.


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The Darwin Affair: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206345
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 11th, 2019

The Darwin Affair by Tim Mason is such a fun mystery; combining history and fiction seamlessly. The year is 1860 in London, and there have been a flurry of assassination attempts on Queen Victoria. Despite the rise in threats to her life, the Queen is unwilling to limit herself, and will only consent to a heavy guard during a carriage ride through the heart of London with her husband. Moments later, a shot rings out over the assembly, as another attempt on the Queen is made.

Meanwhile, in Oxford, there is a great buzzing of anticipation as the school's esteemed Bishop Wilberforce is preparing to publicly challenge Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species and refute his claims of evolution in a formal debate. It is here that Chief Detective Inspector Field, of the Metropolitan London Police finds himself involved with both Darwin and The Queen, when he discovers that the rise in attempts on the Queen's life may have to do with the controversies of Darwin's writing. I truly was giddy with anticipation, reading a mystery that is so well thought out it kept me guessing the entire way! The perfect read if you're looking to spice up your normal reading rotation, or just want something exciting to lose yourself in.


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Waiting for Tom Hanks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984804020
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Published: Berkley - June 11th, 2019

I'm not going to lie, I initially picked up this book because of the bright pink lettering (and that 100% falls under judging a book by its cover), but hats off to Winfrey's marketing team because I'm so glad I bought into that bubblegum title. This is a story about a college graduate, Annie, with aspirations to become a screen writer, but she's having trouble breaking up with her pre-college life; living in her family's home with her uncle, and watching endless romcoms featuring none other than the always-charming, Tom Hanks. Annie is in a rut, daydreaming of how things could be for her career and love life and just waiting for something to come along to change everything. There is just the right amount of cheesiness to this book, that makes you laugh, hope so badly those two characters are finally going to kiss, and then leaves you with a smile. This thing is also jam packed with a highlight reel of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan's "greatest of" making it a must for anyone who ever loved You've Got Mail, or Sleepless in Seattle! Truly an enjoyable read.


 

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