I'm Katie, the newest member of the McLean & Eakin team and happy to be here! I've always loved to read, I was constantly reprimanded for reading during various math classes of my childhood and getting busted reading in my room with a flashlight well past my bedtime. I couldn't help it, I was an addict and not looking to curb my addiction whatsoever. Growing up I loved The Chronicles of Narnia, and the first series I was actively obsessed with was Harry Potter. Today, I still love a good fantasy series but I also can be found reading some science fiction (hello, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett), some classics, and a smattering of nonfiction (especially if it's outdoor/adventure based). I want to buy almost every cookbook I lay eyes on even though I hardly ever cook, and I'd like to give mystery a go. When I'm not reading I like to spend my time outside, traveling, drinking coffee, and eating.



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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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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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