Weekly Reads


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Christine- The Bell Jar

Meghan- Life from Scratch:A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness

Shianne- Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between

Sue- The Storyteller

Weekly Reads


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Christine- Eileen

JoAnna- Rat Bastards:The Life and Times of South Boston’s Most Honorable Irish Mobster

Meghan- Royal Wedding

Shianne- Dark Shimmer

Sue- The Girl on the Train

We All Looked Up


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By: Tommy Wallach

If you liked the film ‘The Breakfast Club’ then you are sure to enjoy this book which follows and connects four teens from very different backgrounds. In this story a huge asteroid nicknamed Ardor threatens to end life as we know it. The world is doomed. With only two months to live the people of earth are confused about how to continue, there is no such thing as a rocket that can save them, and they must simply accept their fate. The main characters Peter, Anita, Andy, and Eliza begin to question how they have been living and how to continue with no time to spare, and with a 66.6% chance of death.

This book kept me anxious the whole way through and the image of a NASA trajectory showing Earth and Ardor’s distance from one another, functioning as chapter titles, counting down the time of impact only did more to increase the anxiety. The story was engaging and unique from traditional apocalyptic tales, it even inspired a couple nightmares for yours truly. Already there is talk of a movie being made- which is what I was hoping for. As for the fate of the characters, it is up to you to decide whether or not the end result was a fair one.

Go Set a Watchman


Go Set a Watchman

By: Harper Lee

Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon

A twenty-five year old Jean-Louise (Scout) Finch, the beloved tom-boy narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird returns home to Maycomb, Alabama to visit her elderly father. She has been living in New York City, a place very different from her childhood home. While visiting she begins to discover that the town, the people, and even her beloved father, Atticus are not as she remembers. She wonders how everything she loved could have changed so much… or is it Jean-Louise who has changed?

Set decades after To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman is a sequel (of sorts). It is not a typical sequel, because Harper Lee actually wrote it before Mockingbird. It was rediscovered and published for the first time this year. This makes for an unusual reading experience. I couldn’t stop wondering if Watchman would have been the same if Lee had written it after Mockingbird. It was fun to return to the characters I remember from the classic novel. My favorite parts were the numerous flashbacks to Scout’s childhood and adolescence, many of which were laugh-out-loud funny. Go Set a Watchman is worth reading for the flashbacks alone.

The question everyone keeps asking me is, “Did it ruin Atticus Finch for you?” It didn’t. In Mockingbird, he is portrayed as a larger-than-life hero because he is seen through the eyes of his children. In Watchman, Jean Louise is an adult and naturally begins to see her father from a different perspective. It is this theme that made the book so memorable.

I listened to the audio edition, read by Reese Witherspoon. The narration was phenomenal and truly enhanced the story. If you love audio books, don’t miss this one!



by Betsy Schow

          Spelled  Imagine a life forever within the walls of a castle, which to some would sound like a dream come true, but for Dorthea it is a curse. Once long ago, one of her ancestors wronged a witch, thus cursing a member of the family line to someday turn evil and destroy the world in flames. As a precaution the royal family had put up a barrier- never allowing Dorthea to see the world in fear of what she might become. Dorthea is unhappy here and wants nothing more than to get out and see the world, without having to rely on a prince. Unfortunately, she gets her wish but not without the price of upsetting the world as she knows it.

            In conclusion, a few chapters in one would begin to doubt this book being worthy of a YA rating as it was riddled with childish puns such as: being ‘pixed off’, saying ‘what in spell’, and even making a play on the tween favorite band One Direction. However, there were instances of graphic and potentially uncomfortable death scenes where the YA rating began to make sense. ‘Spelled’ overall contained an intriguing story and is a must for those who enjoy a little twist on popular fairy tales.

Weekly Reads


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Christine- A Walk in the Woods:Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Jeanne- Don’t Go Home

Meghan- A Walk in the Woods:Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Sue- The Spymistress


A Court of Thorns and Roses


 By: Sarah J. Maas

court of thorns and rosesIn the South, humans reside shut out from paradise- hunting, haggling, and godless. While to the north lies Prythian, walled within secrecy, a whole new world, mystical and mysterious- where powerful elven beings rule faerie creatures of all shapes and sizes. Humans despise faeries of all kinds and harbor a deep fear, the result of a civil war that freed humans from slavery.

            Once of nobility, Feyre’s family struggles to cope with life after being stripped of it’s titles and fortune. Forced with shouldering the burden of hunting and keeping her family alive, she is headstrong and hates Faeries like no one else. One day while out hunting Feyre comes across an unnaturally sized wolf, believing it to be a faerie in disguise, she slays it only to be tracked down and face punishment for the deed. Feyre’s life will never be the same.

            Leaving you on that mysterious note, I say when I first picked up this book I was not too impressed with its description. However, something compelled me to check it out and keep on reading. By doing so, I was rewarded greatly with twists I didn’t expect and an intriguing story hidden beyond what the description mentioned. I highly recommend this book believing you too will be pleasantly surprised; I anxiously await a possible sequel in this new series that could hold its own against Hunger Games and Twilight.