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Romance Novels to End the Year!

It’s that time of the week again and it’s also the last few days of 2020! What a crazy year it’s been, and what better way to end such a hard year than by reading some romance books. Snuggle up with one these cool new books and read your way into a new year.

 

1. Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

 

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Instant Karma is about Prudence Barnett, an overachiever and very judgmental girl. After a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the ability to grant instant karma on those around her. Of course, while she can use her newfound powers on anyone from vandals to karaoke hecklers, the one person that she wants to use them on is immune to them. Quint Erickson is her slacker lab partner, but her powers just won’t work on him. However, Prudence soon learns some things about Quint, and even some truths about herself.

 

 

2. Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

 

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Written in the Stars tells the storty of two women, Darcy Lowell and Elle Jones. Darcy is over her brother setting her up on blind dates and refuses to let him set her up on anymore. So, she lies and tells him she hit it off with Elle. Unfortunately, Elle is Darcy’s brothers new business partner and she is surprised at how much Darcy claims their date went. According to Elle, Darcy is a stick in the mud and isnt the right fit for her free spirted ways. So, Darcy ends up begging Elle to play along with the condition for Elle’s family through the holidays as well. The offer ends on New Years Eve. However the two might actually be falling for each other.

 

3. The Flipside by James Bailey

 

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The Flip Side tells the story of Josh, a man going through a quarter life crisis… and what a crisis it is. He just lost his job, his girlfriend, and he just moved back in with his parents. So, he decides to make his life choices by flipping a coin. It starts out as a joke, but then he decides to put his faith in it since careful planning didn’t work out too well. However, when the girl of his dreams is on the line, Josh isn’t sure if he should take the chance and flip the coin.

 

 

4. Notorious by Minerva Spencer

 

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Notorious tells the story of Drusilla Clare who doesn’t want to get married. However, her brother’s best friend, Gabriel, seems to make her rush with desire despite how much of a rake he is. When she is in the clutches of a scroundel and rescued by Gabriel, he proposes and it makes her crumble. Gabriel finds Drusilla intriuging, but there is someone else that wants her affection and that just makes his flare for her even hotter. The one true thing that will save their marriage is to trust each other and the love they have for one another.

 

5. The Boy Toy by Nicole Marsh

 

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The Boy Toy is about Samira Broderick and Rory Radcliffe. Samira has used her succesful practice to avoid a trip home to visit her mother. She is still upset with her mom over an arranged marriage that didn’t work out. But, now that she has a new job that’s in Australia, she is ready to go back home and visit her mom. She is also ready for a fling. Rory is a stuntman who avoids speaking roles because of his stutter, but when he is offered a job he can’t refuse, he hires a dialect coach: Samira, the woman he happened to have had a one stand with. Samira knows Rory is completely wrong for her; for one thing he is ten years younger than her and he’s not indian. She knows her mom would never approve of him, but even if things were to get serious, does she have to tell her mother?

 

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Best Non-Fiction Books of 2020

In a year where we couldn't take our eyes off the news, these non-fiction titles offered us some solace and empowerment by educating us on social justice issues, telling stories that inspire us, and showing us the most humane and strange sides of our world. Here are some of the best non-fiction titles that kept us going this the year.

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Epic New Fantasy Novels

Welcome to your weekly guide on the best new books to read for the week. These brand new fantasy novels are amazing and ready to take you on a trip of a lifetime. So go ahead and get your hands on these books.

 

1. How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

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How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories, is an illustrated story that is apart of the Folk of Air trilogy. It tells the tales of Elfhame King Carden, before the Cruel Prince, during the Cruel Prince and after the trilogy ended. All from the perspective of King Carden himself.

2. Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg

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Spellbreaker, tells the tale of Elsie Camden, who was born with the ability to break enchantments. She learned early on that there is a difference between her, and the others who pay for the powers to cast spells. However, since she is unliscensed, it is a crime for Elsie to use her magic, but she does anyway, and she uses it for good. She’s like a magical robin hood. That is until, Bacchus Kelsey, an elite magic user catches Elsie in the act, and in order to keep her secret Elsie has agreed to fix spells all over his estate. As the two work together, Elsie not only begins to trust him but she also starts to fall in love with him. Unfortunately, there is a rise in murder and in theft of spellbooks. Now, Elsie must learn more about her family, her powers, and Bacchus before it’s too late and she will lose everything she loves.

3. The Awakening by Nora Roberts

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The Awakening, tells the tale of Breen Kelly, who was told magical tales as a child by her father. Now, Breen is in her twenties and is swimming in debt. Then, Breen learns her mom has been hiding a secret investment account in her name,  that her father has funded, with over four million dollars in it. Now, Breen can take that trip to Ireland she’s been dreaming of. However, Breen doesn’t know that her trip to Ireland is about to unlock secrets she never imagined. She will soon learn why she kept seeing a silver haired man, and why she kept hearing his voice telling her to come home. Breen, will learn where her truth destiny lies and that’s a through a portal in Galway, to a land of mermaids and faeries, and also to a man named Keegan. She will be guided by her heart to her own dangerous destiny.

4. A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova

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A Deal with the Elf King, is about nineteen year old Luella, who thought she escaped the mark of death from the Elf King. For centuries the Elves have taken people from her village to be their human queen, and Luella, thought she escaped the mark by dedicating her life to herbology and becoming the town healer, but unfortunately, the Elf King comes for her. Luella, soon learns that everything about her life is a lie and now she is forced to be a queen in a land of wild magic to cold but handsome elf king. She sees that the world is dying and she is the one who can save it. Her home, and the people pull on her heart strings but the true thing that will break Luella is a passion she never asked for.

5. The Ickabog by JK Rowling

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The Ickabog, tells the tale of two best friends, Bert and Daisy who go on a journey to bring happiness back to Cornucopia. Cornucopia is rich in happiness and food, but despite the happiness a monster still lurks within the kingdom. Some say its just a myth, while others believe it spits fire and posion, and it takes children and sheep. Bert and Daisy go on a trip to find out the truth about the monster, so they can bring happiness back to Cornucopia.

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Happy Birthday, Huck Finn!

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published today! Authored by Mark Twain (whose real name was Samuel Clemens, for those of you who will appreciate that fun fact) and perhaps one of the most banned novels in school curriculums, Huckleberry Finn is one of the most iconic characters in all of American literature, and his story has been rolling off the printing presses since 1885.

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Yet don’t blame the “snowflakes” for the backlash to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, for it didn’t take a month after the novel’s initial publication for librarians in Concord, Massachusetts to deem it “trash” and “suitable only for the slums.” Challenges to the book have always been present. From claims of Huck being a poor role model for children to claims that the novel’s incessant use of the N-word makes it unreadable, throughout American history there have always been people denouncing Huck’s story.

Yet it’s still regarded as an American classic, and is read in many high schools and college campuses all over the country. Set in the antebellum South, Mark Twain’s classic tale of two runaways – one escaping an abusive father, and the other escaping slavery – went straight to the heart of the question: what does it mean to be free? For Jim the answer to the question is pretty obvious, yet for Huck it’s quite nuanced, and is explored as the novel progresses.

Also, don’t think that Twain’s pervasive racial slurs means that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is equal to Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Sure, Jim still isn’t the most dignified portrayal of a black man, speaking with dim-witted vocabulary that Twain seems to only reserve for the slave characters, but unlike Uncle Tom, he fights against his enslavement, and is shown to be just as human as Huck is when he feels intense remorse for beating his daughter. Showing that black men has the same capacity for emotion as everyone else may not seem revolutionary now, but during a time when they were seen no differently than a horse that plows your field, Twain intended to use Jim as a symbol for anti-slavery.

Published on the thirteen anniversary of the Civil War’s end, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn explores a realistic depiction of American slavery, and acknowledges that, even when Jim eventually free at the end, he’ll still face plenty of hardships, illustrating to the reader just how pervasive the effects of slavery have been ingrained in our society, even if the institution itself has been dismantled. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a revolutionary novel, and one that deserves to be acknowledges as, while far from a perfect book, has made its mark on the abolitionist movement.

 

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