Biography, Blogging For Books, Humor

The Book of Joan by Melissa Rivers

Ages 18+joan

Melissa Rivers does a fantastic job of portraying her mother’s wit and spunk in this hilarious biography. From insightful advice about dating to life rules to follow in general, Joan Rivers’s life and legacy are lovingly portrayed through the various stories told by her daughter. Joan was an unforgettable personality and she will no doubt be remembered for years and years to come.

Thanks to for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, Horror/Thriller, Mystery

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Ages 18+sleep

This book reminds me of the movies 50 First Dates with Drew Barrymore and The Vow with Rachel McAdams because all three stories are about women who lose their memories and have to be told what their life is like every day when they wake up by those who love them. I loved this book because there’s that mystery component that leaves you wondering if the main character, Christine, will ever get her memory back, or if she’ll have to be reminded every day for the rest of her life. There is also a movie adaptation of this book by the same name with Nicole Kidman.

Adult Fiction, Horror/Thriller, Mystery

In A Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Ages 18+
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Nora wakes up in a hospital bed and is confused as to how she ended up there, and why she is so badly bruised. Then it starts coming back to her: she was invited to her friend Clare’s hen party (what the British call a bachelorette party). The thing is, she hasn’t seen Clare in ten years, and wonders why she was even invited. The book gets even more suspenseful when Nora finds out that Clare’s fiance is murdered and she’s a suspect. This book was hard to put down!   

Animals, Picture Books, Series

The Pout Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen

Ages 5-8fish

The Pout Pout Fish is sure he won’t do well in school – he thinks he’s not smart, he’ll never get it, he’ll doesn’t belong and he should forget it! Kids will love the repetition of this book, and, if they’ve ever had trouble with school or a hard time learning something, they will relate. The Pout Pout Fish series is a true winner!

Adult Fiction, Horror/Thriller, Mystery, Science Fiction

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Ages 18+dark matter

From the author of the Wayward Pines trilogy comes the eerie tale of Professor Jason Dessen. He has an adoring wife, Daniela, and a fifteen-old-son, Charlie who he loves very much. His life was perfect…until he wakes up naked and tied to a gurney, surrounded by people in lab coats. He quickly learns he was abducted but remembers little else. Jason fears he will never see his family again. Fans of Gone Girl will eat this one up!

Thanks to Penguin Random House for a review copy of this book.

Graphic, Middle Grade Fiction

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Grades 5-7drama
Drama is a play…I mean, graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier. In Act 1, we meet Callie, a student at Eucalyptus Middle School. She has just come clean to her crush, Greg, who has just broken up with his girlfriend.
The next day at school, the students are preparing to put on a play, Moon Over Mississippi. A group of students is assigned a part of the Stage Crew. The play is beginning to take shape!
In Act 2, Callie meets Justin and Jesse, twin brothers who are excited about getting involved in the play. The trio become great friends and start hanging out together.
Before they know it, dress rehearsal has arrived and the show is upon them. Find out how Callie and her friends put on the play of their middle school lives in Drama by Raina Telgemeier.
Romance, YA Fiction

Starry Night by Isabel Gillies

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Grades 9-12

Starry Night by Isabel Gillies is a book about friendship, love, and life lessons. The main character, Wren, is attending a black tie event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where her father curated a major exhibit. Then she meets a new friend of her brother Oliver’s. That friend’s name is Nolan. Wren finds herself in love with Nolan, and everything changes for her.

Of course, everything changes. That’s what love does to a person, especially a teenage person, like herself. Wren’s life is consumed by Nolan, her art, her schoolwork, and her three best friends, Farah, Vati and Reagan.

Wren has a chance to go to a specialized art program in France, and her whole future seems to be riding on her submission of the application. Does she follow her dream? Or follow her heart? Read Starry Night by Isabel Gillies and find out.

Romance, YA Fiction

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Grades 9-12
This is a book about an upper class family named the Sinclairs who live on a private island. Well, at least they stay there during the summer. The book hooks you from the first sentence, and gets juicier by the page.
The liars are a group of kids—all the same age—who become best friends, and spend each summer together on Beechwood Island in Massachusetts. Their names are Johnny, Mirren, Gat, and Cady, the narrator.
Then Cady realizes she has romantic feelings for Gat, and the dynamic in the group of friends changes. They spend more and more time together and seem to be falling in love.
Things change forever for Cady when she has an accident and can’t spend summers on the island with her group of friends. She travels Europe and the rest of the world, but misses her friends terribly.
If you like books with a large family of characters interwoven to make a great story, read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, but be careful because you never know which is the truth and which is a lie.
Fantasy, Mystery, YA Fiction

I Woke Up Dead at the Mall by Judy Sheehan

Grades 9-12mall

Sixteen-year-old Sarah is dead. And she’s at the mall. The first person she meets is Bertha, who claims to be her Death Coach. She tells Sarah that she has been murdered; poisoned to be exact. Sarah is in a limbo of sorts, and Bertha tells her that her mission is not to get to heaven or hell, but to simply move on and finish her unfinished business. She is only sixteen, after all, and had her whole life ahead of her. Now she has no choice but to make the best of her situation. Readers are taken on a non-stop ride as Sarah becomes acquainted with the after-world and tries to figure out who murdered her, and why.

Animals, Memoirs

A Street Cat Named Bob & How He Saved My Life by James Bowen

Ages 16+
James Bowen was just a busker, playing his guitar on the streets of London to make ends meet. Enter Bob, an injured street cat who James nursed back to health and sent him on  way, never to be seen again. Or so he thought. Bob quickly became James’s companion, who sat by his side, day by day, while James made his living. People stopped by to give James some spare change, but it was Bob who stole their hearts. Read this poignant memoir to learn about all of James and Bob’s adventures in A Street Cat Named Bob & How He Saved My Life.