Hello Booklovers! It’s time for another crop of Three to Read!
This week’s recommendations explore the ins and outs of the human psyche as we read about everything from plagiarism, murder, gossip, romance, and the healing power of music. Please enjoy this week’s selections for our Hot Pick, Beach Read, and Dark Horse!
by CECILY VON ZIEGesAR
Hey Upper East Siders,
In honor of the HBO Gossip Girl reboot’s release last week, Bookstr is listing the inspiration for its well-loved original CW series as our Hot Pick for Three to Read. Centered within Manhattan’s Upper East Side elite, Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl #1 explores the ins and outs of New York’s teen gentry when Serena Van Der Woodsen returns from boarding school with a splash. Adored for its unabashed cattiness and flavor for drama, the Gossip Girl series promises to be a gripping read from page one through Book# 19. You know you love her. Xoxo.
Why: If you can’t get enough of the new HBO series, you’re in luck! Gossip Girl #1 is the first of nineteen different novels. You’ll be able to follow Blair and Serena throughout their journeys and draw connections from this original publication to the 2021 adaption!
by Leah Johnson
The last thing Toni and Olivia think they need when they arrive at the Farmland Music and Arts Festival is each other.
Toni is getting ready to start college in about a week. Unsure of who she wants to become and still coping with her musician father’s death, college is the last place she wants to be. Instead she goes back to the Farmland Music and Arts Festival that changed her father’s life, hoping that a walk in his footsteps will help make her future more clear.
Olivia knows all about falling in love, but also being dumped. After her last break up, Olivia has become an outcast at school and at home. Determined to start fresh, Olivia and her best friend go on a no-crush weekend to the Farmland Music and Arts Festival to their minds off the beginning of senior year.
As events get more complicated the two begin to see how much they need each other and music in this story about grief, love, and the power of music to heal and connect us.
This novel, by Stonewall Book Awarded author Leah Johnson, is a feel good LGBT Romance about the lengths through which music heals and connects us. If you’re a fan of music festivals, this book will evoke that great nostalgia for the days of pre-pandemic live music events. Rise to the Sun has also been called “An anthem for every queer Black teen who’s ever been told they’re undeserving of their happy ending” by Julian Winters, award-winning author of Running with Lions.
BY: DAVID BELL
This week’s Dark Horse is a new thriller from USA Today best-selling author of The Request, David Bell.
When a student disappears and is presumed dead, her professor passes off her manuscript as his own—only to find out it implicates him in an unsolved murder.
After years of struggling to write following the deaths of his wife and son, English professor Connor Nye publishes his first novel, a thriller about the murder of a young woman.
There’s just one problem: Connor didn’t write the book. His missing student did. And then she appears on his doorstep, alive and well, threatening to expose him.
Connor’s problems escalate when the police insist details in the novel implicate him in an unsolved murder from two years ago. Soon Connor discovers the crime is part of a disturbing scandal on campus and faces an impossible dilemma—admit he didn’t write the book and lose his job, or keep up the lie and risk everything. When another murder occurs, Connor must clear his name by unraveling the horrifying secrets buried in his student’s manuscript.
This is a suspenseful, provocative novel about the sexual harassment that still runs rampant in academia, as well as the lengths that those in power will go to cover it up. Written in three points of view, and alternating between past and present chapters, Kill All Your Darlings slowly unravels the truth hidden in its depths. David Bell is a master at plotting and pacing his thrillers, and this book will grab you from the very beginning to the end!