Kaitlyn has been reading and writing stories for as long as she can remember. One of her earliest writing memories is of the book binding station at her elementary school library where she could buy bound books to write in for pocket change. Kaitlyn has a degree in English Literature from ASU, where she also studied Creative Writing. She is an omnivorous reader known to read multiple books at once. She never reads without a pen, a fact that her often heavily annotated books can attest to.
I envy those people that can make you feel understood even when they've never met you by putting just the right string of words together. It's books like these that show how even when the world is divided there are certain feelings and drives that can hold us together. This is a book that is, as it claims to be, for every one; for all ages, and for any one creative or not. I believe that every one can find at least one sentence that will speak directly to them. Whether it helps you for a moment or maybe sets you out on a new life path, this book is absolutely worth reading and rereading as often as necessary.
What would you think if, over the course of your life, you met a woman with an impossible vehicle who seemed to appear and disappear in a way that defied the senses? You might think she was The Doctor. You'd be wrong, but not entirely. She just might be a time traveler with a secret that could change the course of history, and there are definitely monstrous beings hot on her trail. A new take on classic treasure hunt story that does not disappoint. Perfect for fans of Doctor Who, with enough realism to draw in even a reluctant science fiction reader.
Told in the multimedia format popularized by author/illustrator Brian Selznick, Thornhill is the parallel and intersecting story about two lonely young girls and the lengths that they will go to make a friend who understands them. This novel is haunting and grapples with sophisticated topics in an engrossing way. The illustrations are mesmerizing and the prose beautifully captures both the emotions and trauma of life. This book is recommended for a more mature reader who is ready to tackle a tale with deep resonance and lasting impact.
The perfect combination of timeless fairy tale qualities and the austerity and fear mongering ways of the Puritans this book explores the dark natures of human beings. When twins Benedicta and Angelica are banished from their village they are irrevocably changed as are the lives of those that banished them. This book deftly explores the public and private faces that each of us possess, how our assumptions and beliefs color the way we see the world, and the ways in which responding in fear can create the exact things that we fear. Thoroughly creepy and unexpectedly deep this book should definitely be on your list of things to read.
Warning, do not begin this book if you aren't prepared to give your heart to an enigmatic, exquisitely dressed, fact-filled ten year old. The allure of a reclusive author beginning to write after many years spent secreted away from the public intrigued me, but it was truly the aforementioned ten year old, Frank, that kept me coming back to this book. Fun tidbits about old Hollywood films and their stars live side by side with bluntly realistic depictions of how the world is not always an easy place to navigate. This novel is ultimately a sweet story about a mother who loves her son, his journey to be himself in a world that doesn't understand him, and the ways in which his struggle touches those who take the time to get to know him.
Warning, this book is not for the faint hearted. At its core is a gut wrenching secret that will shake you to your core and make you feel culpable for following the events of the novel without doing anything to change what happens. That is the beauty and terrible power of this novel, it makes you feel a part of the story. The characters and the writing is so vivid you can't help but be drawn in. It's a story that won't soon leave you so make sure you're prepared before you crack the cover and enter the world of The Roanoke Girls.
Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. This book looks at those moments and how they can either build you up or break you. It made me think about how you can never know what someone else may be going through though under the surface there is guaranteed to be something. The writing in this books is beautiful, the emotions real, and its impact lasting. It’s subject may be sad, but the book left me feeling oddly light, happy, and hopeful.
Is there anything more relatable than the chaotic state of growing from childhood into the even messier world of adults? The Strays looks at relationships in all forms; friendship, family, love, rivalry. Despite the unusual circumstances of the story, the relationships at the heart of the novel are ones that anyone can find something to relate to. It explores how childhood bonds leave lasting impressions, but rarely survive the passage of time. It looks at how seemingly small events can have a big impact on how our lives play out; how they can change who we become for better or worse.
If you know the story of Orpheus and Eurydice you know that to look back at Eurydice meant that Orpheus would truly lose her forever. But you never hear about Eurydice looking back at her old life, at a chance at living once again. The Possessions thinks about the dangerous draw of life for a spirit and the obsession that can come of having to pretend to be someone else. This is an immersive read; chilling and thought provoking. Dark, dangerous, and thrilling. Reader beware: you may lose yourself in these pages.
Neal Shusterman has done it again! He writes books that will delight teens and adults alike without talking down to the younger bracket of his readers. His stories are complex and deal with grim realities in the most elegant ways. In a world where death has been conquered and a group of people known as Scythes are responsible for culling the population to ensure that the world remains stable anything is possible. Once I began this book, everything else I had to do I did grudgingly, wanting more than anything to spend uninterrupted reading time in this new world. The world of this novel is so fully realized. Shusterman thought of it all, from the technologies that would power his future society to the slang people would use and new ways they would get themselves into trouble. The characters inner life is rich and conflicted which makes for a great read. Simply put this book is brilliant!
I have a confession to make. I love ghost hunting tv shows. They are my guilty pleasure. The most fascinating part of these shows for me isn't the scares or the investigation, it's the history. In Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, Colin Dickey explores the history behind the legends of some of the country's most famously, or infamously, haunted locations. Dickey also looks at what our ghost stories say about our culture and how we often hide behind them when the truth is too ugly to face. When I first saw Ghostland I knew this was a book for me and I was not disappointed. I learned a lot and was totally enthralled by the stories that were told.
For me, returning to the Old Kingdom is akin to returning to Hogwarts. I am always ready for the next tale, the next harrowing adventure, the next opportunity to return to the friends I made years ago. This book is unique in that several short stories that were published in the time between the publication of Abhorsen and Goldenhand figure into the story prominently. It was fun to see the details from those stories come into play in this tale. This book is truly for the fans that have followed the tales of the Old Kingdom with ravenous devotion. Here we get a story that brings together everything we know into a seamless and spellbinding tale. For the best experience I recommend that you refamiliarize yourself with all of the novels and short stories related to the Old Kingdom.
Buy this book. Don’t think twice. I’m begging you, learn from my mistake. I looked at the cover of this book and assumed that the historical element might make it a little dry; informative, but dry. I could not have been more wrong. From the opening page to the very last word, I was captivated. This novel is the perfect combination of history and heartfelt human connection. The stars of this story are it’s unlikely relationships. They will make you smile and remind you of the possibility of endurance in the face of terrible odds. Towles’ writing is smart without being pretentious and anyone familiar with Russian literature will feel its influence on Towles and this story.
If you love F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, or Thomas Wolfe, this book is a MUST! Reading about how amazing books like The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises came into the world was a treat; I felt like I was getting away with something. I couldn't help but smile while reading about Max Perkins. My cheeks positively ached with joy. Perkins seems like that kind of man that I would have like to know, and even more to have worked with and learned from. I feel lucky that A. Scott Berg wrote such a comprehensive, and entertaining, biography that allows me to feel as if I did get to know the man after a fashion.
I found myself left with just one question after finishing this book: "Where were you when I was in school?" While reading, I realized just how much I missed out on over the course of my education; from books I never read, to books I never truly appreciated. Useful for both readers and writers, Cline's technique is easy to understand, and just as easy to put into practice. This book is a wealth of knowledge. I am certain it will lead to a deeper enjoyment of any book that you read after learning this amazing technique.
I was astonished by this book. Between the story of the main character trying to find Lenore (both her grandmother and herself), her parrot who repeats scripture, her brother who refers to himself as the antichrist, and the sessions with “about the worst psychologist of all time”, this book is nonstop fun. This book is witty, as well as absurd. I laughed out loud, and was alternately moved to introspection. I learned so much while reading because I constantly found myself lacking a good enough understanding to completely enjoy what Foster Wallace was delving into. I cannot wait to read this again to see what new experiences it has in store.
“I know exactly what you’d be saying to me now. You’d be telling me that I have to try. To try to try.” This was all it took to convince me to read this book. I am so glad I took the time to peek inside or I might have missed this absolute gem. I loved the writing in this book. James Hannah understands how to write with impact; how a few well-placed words can stop a reader dead. I loved that this story didn't lay everything on the line right away. I liked that the reader learned things about the main character, Ivo, only as he was able to divulge them. When the end finally came I wasn’t ready for it. I knew what was coming, and yet I wasn’t prepared to read it. Absolutely beautiful book.
I made a snap judgment with this book, not so much a case of judging a book by its cover, though I did do that, but of judging by its title. I opened the book without bothering to find out what it was about. The narrative instantly drew me in. I thought I'd just read the first paragraph to get a feel for it, but I couldn't stop. I kept reading, and didn't stop until I had finished it. I think what I liked best about this book is that the story of Sophie Stark is not told by Sophie, but by others who knew and loved her. I loved the aura of mystique that this provided to Sophie, she was untouchable even to those who considered themselves close to her. Raw and compelling, this book rings true, and hits on something deep.
I came to Tom Spanbauer through a long, and sometimes tumultuous, relationship with Chuck Palahniuk. I had no idea what to expect when I came to this book, but anything I could have imagined would have been wrong. I'll admit I was nervous going into this book because at its core it is about a love triangle. The difference between this and the typical love triangle portrayed in books and movies is that this particular love triangle feels organic; it is the product of time, and of the strange ways that life can bring people together and pull them apart. The characters feel alive, and more real than should be possible. This book opens with emotional force, and it never relents. Fans of Chuck Palahniuk will recognize the style, but the punch packed by Spanbauer's writing is more emotional, his prose lyrical and moving.