10 Books to Read in 2017- via BBC Books

Check out the 10 bet books of 2017 according to BBC Books. I thoroughly loved a couple of these. Which one(s) were your favorite?

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10 Books to read this month- via BBC Books

Ten books to read in March! I’m a little sad to say that NONE of these made their way on my review pile this month :(. They all look so great. Have you read any of these?

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Preview: Netgalley shelf for April and May

Here’s a quick preview of my Netgalley TBR! I’m am currently reading Book One of the Themis Files Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neufeld in preparation to read and review Book Two Waking Gods. So far I am loving it! 

I have a few awesome reviews publishing this month. Here’s a peek:

Monday March 13th 

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan 

Monday March 20th

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker 

Monday March 27th 

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff 

Have you read any of these? I’m looking forward to then immensely. 

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Book Review: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

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After that, I started to get fascinated by the whole situation, mostly because I noticed a bunch of weird stuff. Which was how I figured out Lizzie Lovett’s secret.
 The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti follows Hawthorn Creely, with all of her quirks and insecurities, as she delves deeply into uncovering the reason behind a local girl’s disappearance. Determined to leave no theory unexplored, Hawthorn takes to the woods where the disappearance occurred to satiate her need for answers.
Lizzie Lovett went into the woods and never came out. But I would. I would come back with all her secrets.
Lizzie Lovett appears to everyone, especially Hawthorn, as the eptiome of perfect highschool popularity- pretty, well-liked and stuck-up. She is the opposite of Hawthorn in every way. However, as the story progresses, Hawthorn learns this may not be quite true. A complicated love interest, developed as a result of her investigation, helps her see that.
Lizzie was… magnetic. But once you started talking to her, you realized there was no substance. She’s the kind of person who can be summed up in one sentence. You’re strange and complicated and sometimes really frustrating, but that’s what makes you interesting, Hawthorn. Doesn’t that mean something?

As the plot move along it becomes more about Hawthorn finding herself in the midst of finding answers to the disappearance of Lizzie Lovett. As she learns more about Lizzie’s life post-high school she quickly sees life doesn’t revolve around popularity and cliques. She learns that you are not defined by people but rather by yourself.

I would never have the guts to walk away from everything and everyone I knew. I thought of Lizzie, of course. Like Sundog, she shed her old skin and became someone new, started over from scratch. I wished I had their courage.
Hawthorns theories about Lizzie take both sinister and fantastical turns satisfying her need for adventure and mystery. Eventually she comes to learn the truth and is left with the stark realization that things, and people, aren’t always what they seem.
There was no shapeshifting involved. Hers was a much simpler story than that. Afterward, everyone nodded and said of course, of course, as if they’d known what happened all along. But they didn’t. How could they have known? Their guesses were as good as mine.
Sedoti has crafted a solid coming-of-age tale that will be easily relatable to anyone who has ever felt to be a little outside of “normal”.
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Intrigued? Buy the book here:
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
by Sedoti, ChelseaHardcover
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A review copy of this title was provided by Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley.

Support your Library- via BookRiot

My library has taken to their Facebook page with fierce determination to educate the public in light of recent political events. Offering resources to combat fake new and better understand American history in context. I am proud to be a patron and hope you take the time to explore what your library has to offer! Click the link to see how to best support yours.

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When the dictionary comes to the rescue- via Buzzfeed

“But we will say this: Anyone who spends their life sifting through how language is used also has to sift through history, and how words have been used at various points to harm, erase, or exclude. Our job is to tease language out from spin, politicking, rhetoric, and apologetics, and tell the truth about what a word means.”

Check out how one dictionary revamped its online presence in light of recent political events and quickly reminded us that it is a source of timely truth and knowledge.

Thoughts?

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Book Review: The Most Dangerous Place On Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson

Intention was one thing; it was the smallest decisions that made any difference.

The Most Dangerous Place On Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson is a poignant and solidly written examination of the private lives of a group of entitled, unaware teenagers and eager teachers at a wealthy, suburban high school. It begins with a group of seemingly perfect middle school kids as they begin to set the ranks within their group- who is in and who is out. A note and the bullying of the boy that wrote it highlights the quantity of and effect of cyber-bullying that many kids endure.

From then on, Tristan spent his lunch periods outside, walking the edge of the schoolyard where asphalt crumbled into marshland. He kept his head bowed, and when he came back inside, his ankles were purpled with mud. Nobody bullied him at school. Nobody minded him at all. And every afternoon, Cally and Abigail watched from Abigail’s bedroom as the Facebook posts continued, flashing onto the computer screen at an inexorable pace, gleeful, hateful, now from people they didn’t even know. Sometimes Tristan wrote back, defending himself angrily or desperately, but each comment he posted only renewed the energy of the attacks.

Johnson writes with finesse as she charts the tearing down of a person in such a vulnerable stage of life. These opening scenes provide a back-drop, and possibly a cause, for what occurs throughout the rest of these teenager’s adolescence.

Turning to his left, he saw the red-orange spires of the Golden Gate Bridge, like masts of an enormous ship, like skyscrapers of an alien nation, like ladders to the sky. His heart beat frantically in his ears. Yet for the first time in a long time, he felt like he could breathe.

Bouncing between perspectives we learn more about those involved in this initial encounter and how their lives progressed. We learn, also, just how vulnerable each one of them is in their own right. Personal accounts flesh out the depth of each character while the contrasting viewpoint from one earnest, young teacher proves the degree to which these teenage characters will go to hide their undesirable emotions and characteristics.

And she’d realized there was something worse than being ignored; there was being a target.

Each narrative blossoms with emotional depth and unexpected weakness.  A raw examination of the truth behind the lives of teenagers today. Though admittedly the focus is on upper middle class, white narratives, the problems faced are real. Johnson appears to put much of her personal story onto the page and her work shines as a result. The Most Dangerous Place On Earth is a young adult crossover that deserves a special place on your shelf.

There was only the decision to get up. There was only standing and brushing herself off, only turning and hiking back to her friends whose hoots and laughter carried through the trees, to her friends who were flawed but, yes, living; there was only digging through her bag for the last remnants of high school, throwing them into the fire. As the flames ate the papers to curling black, she knew there was only this, and whatever moment would come after, only Calista Broderick going on and trying, like everyone, to live in this beautiful world.

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Thoughts?

Intrigued? Buy the book here:

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth
by Dan Hampton
Hardcover
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A review copy of this title was provided by Random House via Netgalley.