September 19, 2014

5 Books to Cozy Up with this Fall

It's that time of year again.

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Crisp morning air, colorful leaves, layered clothing, apple cider--what more could you want? 
I'll tell you! 
A perfect fall book to snuggle up with and read til your heart's content.

Delicious Read's 2014 Fall Five

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Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.

Brooke's Writerly Rant: I loved Jo Jo Moyes' other book, "Me Before You" and so I'm really excited to curl up with this one.

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A fugitive train loaded with the plunder of a doomed people. A dazzling jewelled pendant in the form of a stylized peacock. And three men - an American infantry captain in World War II, an Israeli-born dealer in art stolen by the Nazis, and a pioneering psychiatrist in fin-de-si-cle Budapest - who find their carefully-wrought lives turned upside-down by three fierce women, each locked in a struggle against her own history and the history of our times. And at the centre of Love and Treasure, nested like a photograph hidden in a locket, a mystery: where does the worth of a people and its treasures truly lie? What is the value of a gift, when giver and recipient have been lost - of a love offering when the beloved is no more?
In an intricately constructed narrative that is by turns funny and tragic, thrilling and harrowing, with all the expertise and narrative drive that readers have come to expect from her work, Waldman traces the unlikely journey, from 1914 Budapest to post-war Salzburg to present-day New York, of the peacock pendant whose significance changes - token of friendship, love-offering, unlucky talisman with the changes of fortune undergone by her characters as they find themselves caught up in the ebb and flow of modern European history.
Spanning continents and a hundred years of turbulent history, encompassing war and revolution, the history of art, feminism and psychoanalysis, depicting the range of human feeling from the darkness of a shattered Europe to the ordinary heartbreaks of a contemporary New York woman, Love and Treasure marks the full maturity of a remarkable writer.

Brooke's Writerly Rant: This one sounds like the kind of book that wraps itself around your heart. I love stories with depth and intricate characters. Plus the cover is beautiful. Perfect for a stroll in the park and a good picnic reading.

***Expected Release Date October 14th!

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest. The first is Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons—only to later doubt her gifts. The second is Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.

As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

Brooke's Writerly Rant: Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. I love how in the beginning of her books you'll make a judgment about a character… and by the end you'll completely switch positions, or at least question your original thought. She also pulls in different cultures or something interesting to learn about. I'm really excited for this one!

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to get him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Brooke's Writerly Rant: I will admit this is not one I would typically think to recommend . . . however, I've been told about it by three different people whose opinions I value and it's getting solid reviews. So I think I'll give it a shot! It's always fun to try out a different kind of book than what you normally read. 

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.

For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.

Brooke's Writerly Rant: This looks like a fun October Halloween-esque read! It also just barely came out and I love reading fresh, new books.

Well that's it for today! I hope this inspires you to grab a soft blanket, light a caramel apple flavored candle and cozy up with a great fall read. Let us know what other amazing fall books you're really looking forward to! As you may have noticed . . .  we're fond of books around here! 

Your Writerly Ranter,

September 16, 2014

The Maze Runner {Book to Movie}

James Dashner, Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Wes Ball, Will Poulter

 Opens September 19th, 2014

This is the first book in The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner. We did not read this as a book club but many of our members have read this series and we are really excited to see how they brought it to life on the big screen. We are reading one of James Dashner's other books "The Eye of Minds" in January coming up. So you can look forward to that book club in a couple of months.

Screen play for the movie was written by Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, and T.S. Nowlin and is directed by Wes Ball.

Book Synopsis
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers--boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out--and no one's ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Movie Synopsis
 Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.

Dylan O'Brien playing "Thomas" 
He is known for playing "Stiles" in Teen Wolf. and he plays "Stuart" in The Internship.
There is nothing in the works right now. BUT... there is a rumor that he might play "Sebastian/Jonathan Morgenstern" in The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes now wouldn't that be fabulous. I can totally see him as Sebastian.

Dylan O'Brien, Thomas
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Kaya Scodelario playing "Teresa"
 She just finished filming two films opening soon. "The Moon and the Sun" & "Tiger House"
She is known for playing "Peshet" in Clash of the Titans, and "Emanuel" in The Truth About Emanuel.
Kaya Scodelario, Teresa
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Thomas Brodie-Sangster playing "Newt"
He just finished filming Phantom Halo playing "Samuel Emerson".
He is known for playing the voice of "Ferb" in Phineas and Ferb, playing "Sam" in Love Actually & "Young Tristan" in Tristan + Isolde and the hugely popular Game of Thrones playing Jojen Reed.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Newt
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Will Poulter playing "Gally"
He just finished filming Kids in Love playing "Jack".
He is known for playing "Kenny Rossmore" in We Are the Millers & "Eustace Scrubb" in The Chronicles of Narnia-The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Will Poulter, Gally
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Ki Hong Lee playing "Minho"
He is currently working on a new TV Series called Whispers playing "Peter Kim".
He has done many short films and rolls in TV series.
The Maze Runner, Book to Movie, 2014, James Dashner
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Aml Ameen playing "Alby"
He just finished filming Lila and Eve playing "Stephon".
He is known for playing "Cecil Gaines" in Lee Daniel's The Butler.
Aml Ameen, Alby
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Blake Cooper playing "Chuck"
He is fairly new to the acting business and has done a few TV show appearances.
Blake Cooper, Chuck
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Wes Ball {Director}
He has directed three short films. This is his first full feature film. But he has also worked in the Art Department and Visual Effects for movies and TV shows. I think it is always good to have an artistic director. Can't wait to see what he does with this movie!

Wes Ball, Director

Movie Stills
Movie Trailer
Check out our If I Stay {Book to Movie} post
our The Giver {Book to Movie} post. Let me know your movie review in the comments.
We'll be seeing you at the movies.

xoxo - Kellie

September 15, 2014

Pretty in Print: Gone Reading

That deliciously, tantalizing crispness is beginning to fill the air.
The leaves are starting to slowly change into their rich, fall colors.
The kids are headed back to school, and pumpkin 
flavored everything is hitting the shelves.
In my opinion,

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

With the change of the seasons our thoughts begin to turn to 
hosting and attending festive parities, school events and activities,
Halloween, Thanksgiving, and, of course, Christmas shopping!

With all those fun filled events that are filling up your calendar 
you will be looking for the perfect:

-Teacher appreciation gifts
-Hostess gifts
-Party decor
-Gifts for all those friends with fall birthdays
-Table settings
-Holiday decorations
-Christmas presents

Friends, I have discovered the most marvelous site that will make 
all of you upcoming fall and holiday plans so much easier and 
is sure to make every event you host all the more magical.

Has a huge variety of gifts, home decor, reading accessories and more.
But what sets them apart is their inspiring mission:

"To spread the magic of reading in the developing world.  That’s why we’ve pledged 100% of after-tax profits to fund reading related charities, especially the work of our good friends at Read Global and Ethiopia Reads."

Photo Source: Read Global

Photo Source : Ethiopian Reads

Click the links above to learn more about these amazing organizations.  Gone Reading
is such a great site with such a sweet and wonderful mission.  I love knowing that 
all of my purchases are helping to spread the magic of reading to those who will
love and cherish it.

If that wasn't enough good news, I have even more good news
to share with you dear readers!  I have collaborated with the lovely 
people at Gone Reading, and they were gracious enough to
give our readers a special coupon code to get 

20% off all non-clearance items!

Simply enter in the code, DELREADS20 during the check out process to receive your special discount from now until the end of October.

Just to give you an idea of all the 
delightful things you can find on Gone Reading,
here are some of my favorite products 
you can find on their site. 
(Just as a side note, this entire article is something that I chose to write, I 
wanted to spread awareness about the good people at 
Gone Reading and the uplifting and fulfilling mission
they are out to accomplish.  I approached them
about writing an article about their purpose, and they
were nice enough to give us a coupon code.  This 
is in no way a sponsored or requested post from them, these
are all my own thoughts and opinions.) 

These beautiful posters are comprised of the actual text, 
 more than 18,000 words, from the books they
represent.  The two pictured below are 
Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion.

Gone Reading has numerous items
to help make your home look and 
feel great.  I adore these floating bookshelves, 
but they also have a wide variety of candles and diffusers and
all sorts of reading accessories to make your favorite 
pastime all the more comfortable and relaxing.

Floating book shelf

Gone Reading organized different gift collections
that make finding the perfect present 
so easy.  Some of their collections include:

-Book club gifts
-Jane Austin Gifts
-Librarian Gifts
-Edgar Allen Poe Gifts (Perfect for Halloween!)
-Shakespearean Gifts
-Gifts for Families and Kids

These are stunning postcards 
found in the Jane Austin gift collection

My all time favorite items that I have found 
thus far on Gone Reading are the 

The tea cup and saucers are hand down my favorite
Just look at how charming they are!

book tea cup

Thank you so much to the wonderful staff at Gone Reading for all the 
good you are doing to spread the blessing of reading around the world. 
And thank you so much for our very special coupon code!

Thanks for reading and 
happy shopping!


September 5, 2014

Top 24 Books for Teen Boys

Boy reading books without titles

I love me a good cheesy romance or a cry-til-your-nose runs book. There's nothing wrong with fancy dresses and crowns and heart flutters. The young adult market is currently inundated with novel after novel of stories told from a teen girl perspective with ooey gooey romance on the side. Now, I'm not saying that these can't be read by the male population. In fact, many a young man could learn a lot by studying these manuals into a girl's heart and mind. Yes, there are several books out there that are great for any gal or guy to read and totally enjoy.

BUT, what about those guys out there who wouldn't be caught dead with a book in hand that shows that beautiful girl in the flowy dress or, heaven forbid, a boy and girl sitting next to each other on a bench? Or what about those tom boys out there who just want some great adventure and mystery, not to be bogged down with too many feelings and wardrobe changes? I know I'm probably going to get some flack for putting guys and girls into set categories, but, seriously, teen boys need to start somewhere and why not in a place where most can relate?

I have the answer to every male teenager out there. I give you THE LIST . . .

Now you will notice some classics here, including some made-into-movie books too. You may have seen the movie or heard all the hype. Don't let that turn you away.  There's a reason these books have been read by millions - they are that good! Several of these books are part of a series as well, but I have just listed the first book to get you started. Keep in mind that although these book are great ideas for teen boys, they are perfect for any adult males as well. So save this list - you might need it for gift ideas in the future!

Below I've included the book jacket summary of each book:

The cover of The Amulet of Samarkand

Nathaniel is a boy magician-in-training, sold to the government by his birth parents at the age of five and sent to live as an apprentice to a master. Powerful magicians rule Britain, and its empire, and Nathaniel is told his is the "ultimate sacrifice" for a "noble destiny." 

If leaving his parents and erasing his past life isn't tough enough, Nathaniel's master, Arthur Underwood, is a cold, condescending, and cruel middle-ranking magician in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The boy's only saving grace is the master's wife, Martha Underwood, who shows him genuine affection that he rewards with fierce devotion. Nathaniel gets along tolerably well over the years in the Underwood household until the summer before his eleventh birthday. Everything changes when he is publicly humiliated by the ruthless magician Simon Lovelace and betrayed by his cowardly master who does not defend him.

Nathaniel vows revenge. In a Faustian fever, he devours magical texts and hones his magic skills, all the while trying to appear subservient to his master. When he musters the strength to summon the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus to avenge Lovelace by stealing the powerful Amulet of Samarkand, the boy magician plunges into a situation more dangerous and deadly than anything he could ever imagine

The cover of Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories—they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

The cover of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . . There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head . . . Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes. There is a curse. On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it's been promised. And no one can stop it. In the end, there is a grave. Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.

The cover of The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain) by Lloyd Alexander

Taran wanted to be a hero, and looking after a pig wasn't exactly heroic, even though Hen Wen was an oracular pig. But the day that Hen Wen vanished, Taran was led into an enchanting and perilous world. With his band of followers, he confronted the Horned King and his terrible Cauldron-Born. These were the forces of evil, and only Hen Wen knew the secret of keeping the kingdom of Prydain safe from them. But who would find her first?

The cover of The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for his family. The only thing of value he has is something he can't sell—the thick silver cuffs he's worn since birth. They're clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he's never been able to get them off.

One day, Han and his clan friend, Dancer, confront three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hamalea. Han takes an amulet from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to keep him from using it against them. Soon Han learns that the amulet has an evil history—it once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece that powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Raisa ana'Marianna, princess heir of the Fells, has her own battles to fight. She's just returned to court after three years of freedom in the mountains—riding, hunting, and working the famous clan markets. Raisa wants to be more than an ornament in a glittering cage. She aspires to be like Hanalea—the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But her mother has other plans for her—including marriage to a suitor who goes against everything the queendom stands for. The Seven Realms tremble when the lives of Hans and Raisa collide, fanning the flames of the smoldering war between clans and wizards.

the cover of Divergent by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
the cover of Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister. 

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
the cover of Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?

But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery. The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.  And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team. But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever

the cover of The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

the cover of The Giver by Lois Lowry

In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community's Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newbery Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.

the cover of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

ALONE. Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present -- and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent's divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self pity, or despair -- it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage 
than he knew he possessed, to survive. 

the cover of Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He's never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry's room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that's been waiting for him... if Harry can survive the encounter
the cover of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

the cover of  The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo–alone and unaided–who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside . . .

This stirring adventure fantasy begins the tale of the hobbits that was continued by J.R.R. Tolkien in his bestselling epic The Lord of the Rings.

the cover of Holes by Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck going back generations, so he is not too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre. Nor is he very surprised when he is told that his daily labour at the camp is to dig a hole, five foot wide by five foot deep, and report anything that he finds in that hole. The warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie and Stanley must dig up the truth. In this wonderfully inventive, compelling novel that is both serious and funny, Louis Sachar has created a masterpiece that will leave all readers amazed and delighted by the author's narrative flair and brilliantly handled plot.

the cover of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The 'tributes' are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

the cover of The Last Apprentice #1: Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney

For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried—some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope, the last apprentice.

the cover of The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.
the cover of Lord of the Flies by William Golding

A group of English schoolboys are plane-wrecked on a deserted island. At first, the stranded boys cooperate, attempting to gather food, make shelters, and maintain signal fires. Overseeing their efforts are Ralph, "the boy with fair hair," and Piggy, Ralph's chubby, wisdom-dispensing sidekick whose thick spectacles come in handy for lighting fires. Although Ralph tries to impose order and delegate responsibility, there are many in their number who would rather swim, play, or hunt the island's wild pig population. Soon Ralph's rules are being ignored or challenged outright. His fiercest antagonist is Jack, the redheaded leader of the pig hunters, who manages to lure away many of the boys to join his band of painted savages. The situation deteriorates as the trappings of civilization continue to fall away, until Ralph discovers that instead of being hunters, he and Piggy have become the hunted.
the cover of The Maze Runner by James Dashner

"If you ain't scared, you ain't human."  When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers--boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out--and no one's ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
the cover of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more? In Brandon Sanderson's intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage - Allomancy, a magic of the metals.

the cover of The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice #1) by John Flanagan

They have always scared him in the past — the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied....

the cover of A Separate Peace by John Knowles

An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world war. Set at a boys boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.

the cover of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him. But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Headshot of Author Robin King

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