Top 5 Favorite Underrated Books

1)The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

The Winner’s trilogy is fairly popular among the YA community but I think it deserves a bigger audience. The entire series is captivating, with exquisite characters and a slow-burning romance that is to die for. It is one of my favorite trilogies of all time and I’m baffled that it is not a world-wide phenomenon.

2) The Sweetest Dark series by Shana Abe

The Sweetest Dark (The Sweetest Dark, #1)

Another YA series that should be incredibly popular but isn’t. It features shape-shifting dragons, gorgeous writing, and lots of magic and drama. YA fans should be flocking to it and yet I have yet to find someone who has heard about it, let alone read it.

3) The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

The Orphan Master's Son

Despite having won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2012, whenever I mention this book to people, I am usually met with blank stares. Not that people obsessively follow the Pulitzers or anything, but it is just soooooo good that it deserves to be widely read. (It’s about North Korea! And it’s fascinating! And heartbreaking! What more do you want?)

4) The Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)

The Thursday Next series is a book lover’s dream – it’s about a detective who has the ability to enter the pages of books and interact with the characters. It’s clever, funny, and chock-full of literary references. But it doesn’t seem to be that well-known in the book community.

5) Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

Throne of the Crescent Moon (The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, #1)

Such a wonderful fantasy novel that should have a huge following and a movie adaptation already – but it doesn’t. This one makes me a little sad – I have been waiting and waiting for a sequel but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

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Top 5 Polarizing Books

1) Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies

There are a lot of readers that hate this book because it offers a bleak view on the nature of humanity – but I love it in all of its beautiful, savage glory.

2) Under the Skin by Michel Faber

Under The Skin

I’m not a hundred percent sure if this book is polarizing in general but I did read it with a couple of friends of mine for a book club and they absolutely HATED it – but I loved it. I found it disturbing, poetic, and profound. This book will change the way you think.

3) The plays of William Shakespeare

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

I was kind of naive in my teenage years, thinking Shakespeare was universally beloved and respected. Ah, not so, not so! Since then I have met many people who think Shakespeare is highly overrated and his plays are boring. I am not one of these people – my fondness for all things Shakespeare has only grown.

4) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

Before I got into The Hunger Games series, I had heard from a couple of people that the first two books were incredible but the last one wasn’t very good at all. While Mockingjay isn’t my favorite in the series, the more times I reread it, the more I like it.

5) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov


Lolita is probably one of the most controversial novels of all time and it’s not really surprising – the main character is, after all, a pedophile. It is definitely not one of the most comfortable topics to read about and there are some parts that are downright disturbing – but it is also a beautifully written story. Some people claim that Lolita glamorizes and promotes pedophilia but I don’t think that this is the case. Nabokov’s goal with Lolita was to write about the most loathsome kind of person he could imagine – and then make him sympathetic.

What are some of your favorite polarizing or controversial books? Let me know!

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Top 5 Wednesday: 5 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For

1) Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Empress of a Thousand Skies

Release Date: February 7, 2017

Empress of a Thousand Skies sounds like a mash-up between Star Wars and Game of Thrones and I could not be more excited for it!

2) Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Pirate King

Release Date: February 28, 2017

A 17-year-old pirate captain deliberately allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in order to steal a legendary treasure map.

3)  Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

Release Date: January 31, 2017

Two sisters attempt to escape from their ruthless father by participating in Caraval, a legendary game and dangerous game.

4) Poison’s Kiss (Poison’s Kiss #1) by Breeana Shields

Poison's Kiss (Poison's Kiss, #1)

Release Date: Janaury 10, 2017

A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the boy she loves.

5) Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1)  by Lana Popvic

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1)

Release Date: August 15, 2017

Iris and Malina are two sisters who are born with a gleam – the ability to manipulate beauty through magic.

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Top 5 Wednesday: 2017 Goals


Happy New Year! I’ve got a few different goals for 2017, some personal, some professional, and of course, some bookish ones.

1) Eat Healthier

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This is a pretty standard New Year’s resolution but I’m really motivated to incorporate more healthy foods into my diet and cut out the junk because, honestly, I am just so tired of eating the same crappy stuff all the time. Not that I’m going to stop eating junk food altogether (because, come on, you’ve got to live a little) but I want to eat less of it. Also, I want to learn how to cook because it’s kind of an essential skill to have.

2) Exercise More

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This one goes hand in hand with eating better. I’ve come to realize that I have no upper body strength whatsoever and it’s kind of sad. My motivation isn’t to lose weight or fit into a certain size – I’m pretty happy with the way my body looks so I just want to exercise more and eat healthier so I’ll feel better.

3) Write More

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I’ve got so many ideas for stories swimming around in my head but I am so bad at actually writing them down. In 2017, my goal is to make time for writing every single day. To achieve this goal, I plan on getting up early and writing first thing in the morning. I’d like to finish one novel and at least one short story and see if I can get them published!

4) Read more, watch less TV

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I confess: I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump the past few months and have spent waaaaaay too much time on Netflix. But here’s the thing – I literally have hundreds of unread books on my bookshelves and I really want to start tackling my TBR list. So I’m canceling my Netflix account (oh the humanity!) and devoting more of my free time to reading (YAY!) My reading goal for 2017 is to read at least 100 books, if not more.

5) Try new things

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I’ll admit, I’m not very adventurous. I tend to play it safe and do the same things and go to the same places. But no more! This year I’m going to make it a point to try and do one new thing each month. It doesn’t have to be particularly big like skydiving (although I would like to try that one day.) It can be something relatively small, like going to a restaurant I’ve never been to before or taking an art class.

So there you have it – my goals for 2017. I wish everyone a happy New Year and good luck with your own 2017 goals! Let’s make 2017 the BEST YEAR EVER!

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TTT: Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For

It’s the beginning of a brand new year and you know what that means – anticipating all of the new book releases we’ll be getting in 2017! Below, I’ve listed the Top 10 books I am super stoked to get my greedy little book claws on this year.

1) A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

Release Date: May 2, 2017

Words cannot describe how much I am anticipating this book. The first two books in the series are two of my favorite books of all time! Sarah J. Maas has created a beautiful fantasy world with incredible characters (Feyre! Rhysand!) and I cannot wait to return to it.

2) The Gatlon School for Vigilantes (The Gatlon Trilogy #1) by Marissa Meyer

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Release Date: November 7, 2017

Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles, is launching the first book in a new science fiction series in November next year. The synopsis has words like ‘superheroes’ ‘vigilantes’ and ‘pet Thunderbird’ in it, so yeah, I’m excited!

3) Hunted (Hunted #1) by Meagan Spooner

Hunted (Hunted, #1)

Release Date: March 14, 2017


4) Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen

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Release Date: March 7, 2017


5) Beauty and the Beast: Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World by Maria Tatar

Beauty and the Beast: Classic Tales about Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World

Release Date: March 7, 2017


It’s shaping up to be a great year for Beauty and the Beast fans (like moi!) At least two retellings, a book of Beauty and the Beast tales, and oh yeah A LIVE ACTION REMAKE OF THE DISNEY CLASSIC! WOOHOO!

6) Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1) by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

Release Date: May 2, 2017

Young adult fantasy with samurais, bandits, and alchemy! AND THAT COVER!

7) Wires and Nerve, Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerves, #1)

Release Date: January 31, 2017

A graphic novel companion series to the blockbuster Lunar Chronicles, starring everyone’s favorite android, Iko.

8) Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

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Release Date: TBD

The origin story of the sea witch from The Little Mermaid – told from the villainess’s point of view.

9) The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

Release Date: April 11

I absolutely adored Becky Albertalli’s debut YA novel, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda so I’m super stoked to read her next book!

10) The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Release Date: June 20, 2017

Magic! Historical fiction! An M/M love story!

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New Book Releases: January 2017

Jan. 3


Wayfarer (Passenger #2) by Alexandra Bracken

Wayfarer (Passenger, #2)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

The second and final book in the Passenger duology.

Windwitch (The Witchlands #2)  by Susan Dennard

Windwitch (The Witchlands #2)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

The second book in the Witchlands series.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

While venturing outside to her front porch to rescue her groceries, agoraphobic Norah is spotted by Luke, the adorable boy-next-door. As their friendship blossoms, Norah can’t help but feel that Luke deserves better – like someone who can actually leave their house.

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

 The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Teenage misfit Hawthorn Creely is determined to find out what really happened to Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared when she went camping with her boyfriend. But that means immersing herself in Lizzie’s life – taking her job…and her boyfriend. How far will Hawthorn go to find solve the mystery?

Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

Everything You Want Me to Be

Genre: Mystery

Good girl and star student Hattie Hoffman is found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play. But was Hattie really the person everyone thought she was?  Told from multiple POVs, Everything You Want Me to Be tells the story of Hattie’s final school year – and the events that lead to her death.

Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #2) by Amanda Bouchet

Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #2)

Genre: Fantasy

The second book in the Kingmaker Chronicles. 

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

The Book Jumper

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Amy Lennox is a book jumper – she can travel into books and interact with the characters inside. Even though it is an ability most bookworms would kill for, being a book jumper comes with its own unique dangers. Someone is stealing from the books Amy visits – and just might be after her own life.

Freeks by Amanda Hocking


Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Mara has been traveling around with Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow but she’s not a performer – she cleans the tiger cages. While her friends perform supernatural feats, Mara longs for a normal life in a normal town. She gets that opportunity when the Sideshow sets up camp in Caudry, Louisiana – even better, she meets a cute boy. But then the performers start disappearing and bodies are being mauled by an invisible beast and maybe normal life isn’t what it seems for Mara…

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist

Love and First Sight

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Blind sixteen-year-old Will is finding it hard fitting in at his new school. One good thing is Cecily, the shy, quiet girl he’s crushing on. But when Will undergoes eye surgery to get his sight back, he realizes that navigating the world – and love – isn’t as easy as he thought it was going to be.

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Difficult Women

Genre: Short Story Collection

In this story collection, feminist writer Roxane Gay explores the lives of women in modern-day America.

Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson

Midnight Without a Moon

Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction

Rose Lee Carter, a 13-year-old African-American girl, dreams of life beyond the Mississippi cotton fields during the summer of 1955. Her world is rocked when a 14-year-old African-American boy, Emmett Till, is killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman.

Maresi (The Red Abbey Chronicles #1) by Maria Turtschaninoff


Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Only women and girls are allowed in the Red Abbey, a haven from abuse and oppression. Maresi, a thirteen-year-old novice there, arrived in the winter and now lives a happy life in the Abbey, protected by the Mother and reveling in the vast library in the House of Knowledge, her favorite place. Into this idyllic existence comes Jai, a girl with a dark past. She has escaped her home after witnessing the killing of her beloved sister. Soon the dangers of the outside world follow Jai into the sacred space of the Abbey, and Maresi can no longer hide in books and words but must become one who acts.

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

History of Wolves

Genre: Literary Fiction

Linda is a teenage outsider with a desire for a normal family. She gets a glimpse of ordinary family life when she gets a job babysitting a young girl for a nice couple. But as she starts to insinuate herself into their happy home, Linda discovers that this family is not what they appear…

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case that Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation

Genre: True Crime

Jan. 10

RoseBlood by A.G. Howard


Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

A modern-day retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. 

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga #1) by Elly Blake

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

In a world where frostbloods are the ruling class, fireblood Ruby is forced to hide her powers. Things turn deadly when she is forced to compete in a lethal tournament where fireblood prisoners are pitted against frostblood champions.

Poison’s Kiss (Poison’s Kiss #1)  by Breeana Shields

Poison's Kiss (Poison's Kiss, #1)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

A teenage assassin has the ability to kill people with a single kiss. But what will she do when she is ordered to kill the boy she loves?

The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian

The Sleepwalker

Genre: Mystery

Annalee Ahlberg is a sleepwalker and when she goes missing one night, her children fear the worst.

Commander in Chief (White House #2) by Katy Evans

Commander in Chief (White House, #2)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

The sequel to Mr. President. 

The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1) by Elise Kova

The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga, #1)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

An exciting new YA fantasy adventure featuring alchemy, steampunk, and political scheming from the author of the Air Awakens series.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale

Genre: Fantasy

In this novel inspired by Russian fairy tales, a young girl must protect her village from the dark forces that lurk in the woods.

A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell #2) by Deanna Raybourn

A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell, #2)

Genre: Historical Mystery

The second book in the Veronica Speedwell series.

Little Heaven by Nick Cutter

Little Heaven

Genre: Horror

A malevolent force invades the settlement of Little Heaven, trapping the inhabitants in a place much like Hell.

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski

Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life

Genre: Science

The Second Mrs. Hockaday  by Susan Rivers

The Second Mrs. Hockaday

Genre: Historical Fiction

When Major Gryffth Hockaday heads to fight on the front lines of the Civil War, he leaves his young wife, Placidia, behind to run the farm and raise their family by herself. When Major Gryffth returns two years later, he is shocked to discover that Placidia is on her way  to jail, accused of bearing and murdering a child in his absence. What caused Placidia to act so drastically? What really happened when her husband was at war?

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson

The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

Genre: Fiction

New teacher Molly Nicoll is trying to get to know her students, all of whom are still dealing with the aftermath of a middle school tragedy.

Always Happy Hour: Stories by Mary Miller

Always Happy Hour: Stories

Genre: Fiction-Short Stories

Full Package by Lauren Blakely

Full Package

Genre: Contemporary Romance

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

The River at Night

Genre: Thriller

Four friends fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident.

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin 

Fever Dream

Genre: Fiction

A young woman lies dying in a hospital and talks to David. The two are not related and as the story unfolds, the relationship between them becomes stranger and stranger.

The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry

Genre: Mystery

Lotus by Lijia Zhang


Genre: Literary Fiction

Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang

Dragon Springs Road

Genre: Historical Fiction

Under a Watchful Eye by Adam Nevill

Under a Watchful Eye

Genre: Horror

A man starts having visions of a dark supernatural figure form a past he’s desperate to leave behind.

Jan. 17

Carve the Mark (Untitled Duology #1) by Veronica Roth

Carve the Mark

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Promising to be one of the biggest books of 2017, best-selling author of Divergent, Veronica Roth, is releasing the first in a new sci-fi series that is said to be influenced by Star Wars. 

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies unexpectedly in a drowning accident. While Griffin falls into a downaward spiral, his grieving process is made even more complicated by his growing attraction to Jackson – Theo’s last boyfriend.

The Fire By Night by Teresa Messineo

The Fire by Night

Genre: Historical Fiction

Two military nurses in World War II fight to save the lives of wounded soldiers on the front lines.

Human Acts by Han Kang

Human Acts

Genre: Historical Fiction

Human Acts explores the heartbreaking aftermath of a violently-suppressed student uprising through multiple perspectives.

Heartstone by Elle Katharine White


Genre: Fantasy

This book has been described as Pride and Prejudice with dragons. ‘Nuff said.

Little Deaths by Emma Flint

Little Deaths

Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery

It’s 1965 in Queens, New York. Ruth, a cocktail waitress, wakes up one morning to discover her two children, Frankie Jr. and Cindy, have gone missing. A few days later, Cindy turns up dead. A few days after that, Frankie Jr.’s body is found. Immediately, all fingers point to Ruth.

Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

Homesick for Another World

Genre: Fiction-Short Stories

Galactic Empires  by Neil Clarke

Galactic Empires

Genre: Science Fiction/Anthology

Jan. 24

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Girl Before

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Yet another thriller with the word ‘Girl’ in the title that is drawing the inevitable comparisons to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. From the synopsis: ‘Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.’ The request seems odd, even intrusive – and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating. 

After the Fall by Kate Hart

After the Fall

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Raychel turns to two brothers in the aftermath of a devastating assault. One brother is a platonic friend, while one has the potential to be something more.

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson


Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

A teenage girl is accused of allegedly killing a baby.

City of Saints & Thieves  by Natalie C. Anderson

City of Saints & Thieves

Genre: Young Adult Mystery

Described as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl set in Kenya, City of Saints & Thieves follows Tina and her search for her mother’s killer.

The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

The You I've Never Known

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Ever since her mother left, Arielle has lived a nomadic life with her father as he moves from job to job and they move from city to city. But one day her mother comes back and tells Arielle something shocking – Arielle’s father kidnapped her.

Passing Strange by Ellen Klages

Passing Strange

Genre: Fantasy

Six women living in the 1940s San Francisco explore a magical World’s Fair.

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

This Is How It Always Is

Genre: Fiction

Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society by Cordelia Fine

Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society

Genre: Nonfiction/Science

Jan. 31

Caraval (Untitled #1) by Stephanie Garber


Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

 Two sisters become caught up in the dangerous game of Caraval, a once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show.

Dawn Study (Soulfinders #3)  by Maria V. Snyder

Dawn Study (Soulfinders, #3)

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

The third book in the Soulfinders series.

By Your Side by Kasie West

By Your Side

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Two students who are polar opposites find themselves locked in the library together for an entire weekend. Inevitably, sparks start to fly in the enclosed space.

Wires and Nerve, Vol. 1 by Marissa Meyer

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 (Wires and Nerves, #1)

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Graphic Novels

A thrilling companion series to the Lunar Chronicles starring everyone’s favourite android Iko.

I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi

I Liked My Life

Genre: Fiction

A woman’s suicide leaves her family reeling.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes

Genre: Thriller

A woman is drawn into the twisted relationship between a husband and wife.

Wait for Me by Caroline Leech

Wait for Me

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction

A Scottish farmer’s daughter falls for a German POW.

Silver Stars (Soldier Girl #2)  by Michael Grant

Silver Stars (Soldier Girl #2)

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction

The second book in Michael Grant’s alternate history series where women were allowed to fight in World War II.

Bitch Planet, Vol. 2: President Bitch by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Taki Soma, and Valentine De Landro

 Bitch Planet, Vol. 2: President Bitch

Genre: Comic Books

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

Six Wakes

Genre: Science Fiction

A lone crew on a spaceship is murdered and then resurrected through cloning.

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell and Shadra Strickland 

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction

Crossroads of Canopy (Titan’s Forest #1)  by Thoraiya Dyer

Crossroads of Canopy (Titan's Forest, #1)

Genre: Fantasy

The fantasy world of Canopy is set in a giant forest where 13 gods and goddesses rule. But the world of Canopy is not without its dark side – underneath the tree tops lives the slave class that provide those in power with free labor.

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

4 3 2 1

Genre: Literary Fiction

An epic story of one man living four different lives, 4 3 2 1 tells the story of Archibald Isaac Ferguson in four parallel universes.

The Edge of Everything (Untitled #1) by Jeff Giles

The Edge of Everything

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Zoe gets caught up with a bounty hunter from hell when he saves her from an attacker.

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

My Husband's Wife

Genre: Thriller

Exo (Exo #1)  by Fonda Lee


Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction