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Three Great Books to Read during Quarantine

While in quarantine, one of the best things to do is open a book. There are so many great ones out there, and while having this time to stay at home, I’ve managed to cross some books off my TBR list and I even discovered some new ones. Out of all the books I’ve read since this pandemic started, there are three that are simply too good not to pass on to others.

 

1. ‘Dangerous Alliance’ by Jennieke Cohen

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Dangerous Alliance is a historical fiction romance, and it’s such a great story. The novel follows a young woman, Lady Victoria, who has to quickly find a husband to protect her family’s estate from her older sister’s abusive fiancé. What I love most about this book is how much of a book worm Lady Victoria is, and how she uses the characters from Jane Austen novels to help her find a decent husband. There is also a little mystery in this novel with an old friend of Victoria’s that comes back into her life, Tom. The novel is also told from his perspective as he’s trying to open a hotel while protecting Victoria from Mr. Carmichael, who he believes is conspiring with Victoria’s sister’s husband. Even though Victoria is looking for a husband, she has a good head on her shoulders and will do anything to protect her sister, despite the weird occurrences happening around her (like the man attacking her on her estate, or the carriage losing control while on a date with another suitor, Mr. Silby). The mystery is, what does Mr. Carmichael want, and who keeps trying to harm Victoria? This book is bound to keep you invested in these kooky characters and mysterious story!

2. ‘Regretting You’ by Colleen Hoover

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Regretting You is a contemporary fiction novel that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on, as I am a big Colleen Hoover fan. She rarely disappoints. This book features a dual perspective story about a mother, Morgan, and her daughter, Clara, who are dealing with grief and a shocking revelation. Morgan just lost her husband and her sister in a car accident, and she also put the pieces together and discovered a big secret that’s been hidden for years. On top of that, she is fighting with Clara, who is choosing now to rebel. Clara just wants to escape and not think about the death of her dad and aunt, both of whom she was so close to. She wants to make sense of the world and right now the only thing that is helping her deal is the boy her mom won’t let her see because he’s a bad influence. What I love about this novel is the family element, and how much you think you know someone when you don’t. Life is full of surprises, and not always good ones. The characters are going through a lot, a perfect distraction from our own current issues!

3. ‘Chain of Gold’ by Cassandra Clare

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Chain of Gold is a new fantasy novel by Cassandra Clare, need I say more? I am a big Cassandra Clare fan, so of course, I had to read this. If you’ve read The Infernal Devices trilogy, then you will recognize Will, Tessa, and Jem in this novel; now all grown-up with Will and Tessa being married with kids of their own. Their children, James and Lucie, are the focal point of this novel along with their friends. James is in love with Grace Blackthorn, who is kept hidden by her mother because of her hatred towards shadow hunters, specifically the Herondales. Lucie’s best friend Cordelia Castairs is doing her best to save her family name, all while something dark threatens the lives of the shadow hunters and James, Lucie, and the rest of their friends and family try to stop it. I love reading about this world, and how each new book takes us on a journey with great characters and a wild plot. Cassandra Clare never ceases to amaze me when it comes to her books.

Hopefully, these picks will distract you from the chaos of the world right now and bring you into a different kind of chaos, someone else’s!

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The Best Romance Novels of All Time!

It’s the week we celebrate love, and it’s also the week we read lots of romance. There are so many different romance novels in the world, that it’s hard to choose which ones to read, so what better place to find that great romance read, than by reading up on some of the most romantic books of all time.

 

1.Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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Gone with the Wind, is classic tale about a young woman named, Scarlet O’Hara who tries her best to fight her way through poverty. She is also very spoiled and the daughter of a Georgia plantation owner. One of Scarlet’s most prominent characteristics is her inner conflicts with her heart and how she must choose between her feelings or her behavior for a woman of her class and age. Throughout the novel she ages from 16 to 28 and has three husbands.  Her first two husbands die, the first one, Charles, dies just a few weeks into the war due to measles. Her main love, her star crossed love, and her third and final husband is Rhett. It’s been said that the love story between Rhett and Scarlet is one of the best ever told.

2. It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

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It Ends with Us, tells the story of Lily and Ryle, and this novel isn’t your typical romance novel because it deals with physical abuse. Lily just moved to Boston and is about to start her own business. Then Ryle makes his way into her life, a gorgeous neurosurgeon. Ryle has his reservations about dating and even has a no dating rule, but Lily seems to be the exception and she can’t figure out why. She also can’t get past memories of her first love, Atlas out of her head either, especially when he suddenly appears, which makes her relationship with Ryle even harder. This novel mainly focuses on how the people you love the most can hurt you the most.

3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Me Before You, chronicles the relationship between Louisa Clark and Will Traynor. Louisa is Will’s nurse and companion because Will is wheelchair bound due to an accident. He is a paraplegic and hates that he isn’t the man he used to be. Louisa, learns that Will is planning to end his life so she tries her best to convince him that he can still be how he used to be, regardless of his condition, she takes him out the house and tries to get him to live his life again. As she takes him on these adventures, Louisa begins to realize that Will’s happiness is more important to her than she thought, but her main goal is to keep him from following through with his plans, she must stay on task and not let her heart get in the way, but of course that’s never easy.

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Pride and Prejudice, is one of the most beloved classics of all time. This novel follows the Bennett family, a family that has five daughters and Mrs. Bennett is very eager to marry off all of her daughters. The main focus of this novel is the relationship between the second eldest Bennett daughter, Elizabeth and a young man named Darcy. Or as he is well known as, Mr. Darcy. Upon their first meeting, Elizabeth is less than impressed with the man, however they are slightly intrigued with one another, which forms the basis of their relationship. Over the course of the novel Elizabeth lets her pride and prejudice cloud her judgement when it comes him, and it takes awhile for her to let her guard down and realize that Mr. Darcy is a decent man, especially when he helps her family out in a big way. That’s when Elizabeth is able to admit her admiration towards him.

5. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

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The Thorn Birds, spans over the course of five decades and three generations! It’s quite a long tale that chronicles the love between a catholic priest named Ralph de Bricassart, and his relationship with the daughter of a sheep station owner, Meggie Cleary. At the beginning of the novel Meggie is only four and Ralph is already a young man. He takes a liking to her when he befriends the family and the novel follows the life of the Cleary family over the five decades, but of course the main focus is the forbidden love story between Meggie and Ralph. It is quite a tale, considering how young Meggie is when they meet and how their love grows as she grows older.

 

 

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5 Incredible Books for Celebrating National Poetry Month

For the non-poetry reader, finding ways to celebrate National Poetry Month can be hard. We’re making it easier for you to find your next favorite book while also celebrating the beautiful art of poetry!

1. Slammed by Colleen Hoover

 

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After the death of her father, Layken moves away from sunny Texas to snow-ridden Michigan with her brother and mother. She immediately finds love in their neighbor, Will Cooper. Will introduces Layken to the wonderful world of slam poetry through an open mic night at a local club. Though their relationship gets more and more complicated, their love for poetry remains true through the book and its sequels.

2. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

 

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Sixteen-year-old Bri dreams of becoming a rapper and ultimately making it out of her neighborhood. Before his death, her father was “an underground rap legend” leaving Bri with some big shoes to fill. The book is filled with fresh rhymes written by Angie Thomas herself, leaving readers inspired and with a renewed love of music.

 

3. The Rose that Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur

 

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Published after his death, the book chronicles the poetry Shakur wrote from the time he was a teenager. Each poem is filled with the most intimate of thoughts and emotions. These poems will speak to each of his fans and fill them with the Shakur’s spirit, energy, and hope for a better future.

 

4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins

 

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Hopkins has a unique way of telling her story, using lines of poetry instead of prose to convey the narration. The book chronicles the disturbing relationship between Kristina and her monster. Kristina is inspired by Hopkins’ own daughter, while the monster is crystal meth or ‘crank’. Kristina is introduced to the drug after a visit with her father. Under the influence, she turns into her “sexy alter-ego ‘Bree’.” The book is sure to provoke an emotional response and inspire a love of poetry.

 

5. Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

 

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After her debut Speak, which touched upon the very serious effects of sexual assault, not much has changed. Shout is her response to the continued fight to end sexual assault. These poems are thought-provoking, personal anecdotes by Anderson. If Speak didn’t make you angry, Shout is sure to have you screaming. The book is filled with “reflections, rants, and calls to action” all written in free-verse to inspire the activist in you.

Do you have a favorite poetry book not found on this list? Let us know!

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10 Most Followed YA Authors Instagrams

There are are innumerable ways to judge an author’s success—the first way tends to be counting book sales. Instagram follows don’t measure the technical quality of writing, rather they measure less tangible, but still extremely important things: connection and community. These ten authors are the most successful (verified) YA authors of Instagram, and they’re successful because of you. Chances are, you’re better off because of them.

 

1. John Green (2.2 million)

 

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Everybody knows John Green, YouTube sensation and author of six bestsellers: Looking for Alaska; An Abundance of Katherines; Paper Towns; Will Grayson, Will Grayson; The Fault in Our Stars; and Turtles all the Way Down. His novels have spawned two film adaptations with serious all-star casts (box-office hit The Fault in Our Stars and the more recent Paper Towns). Also popular for his YouTube videos on the Vlogbrothers channel, Green frequently uses his status to raise money for charity and teach online history courses. Famously, critics believe Green has redefined YA literature, naming him one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. It’s no surprise that the so-called ‘Teen Whisperer‘ is the most popular YA author on Instagram. 

 

2. Rick Riordan (543k)

 

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Most famous for his Percy Jackson series (starting with The Lightning Thief), Rick Riordan is the bestselling author of over twenty books. Riordan conceptualized the series as he told bedtime stories to his son, and it was his son who inspired its eponymous protagonist’s ADHD and Dyslexia—traits that help to make Percy Jackson a relatable character for readers with learning disabilities. The series currently has two film adaptations. Translations of his work exist in forty-two languages, and they’ve sold well over 30 million copies in the U.S. alone. His Trials of Apollo series (start with The Hidden Oracle) is still ongoing. 

 

3. Cassandra Clare (491k)

 

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Cassandra Clare is the creator of the sprawling Shadowhunters universe where angelic warriors hunt demons to protect our world. On page, this entails a lot of leather-wearing misfits who uncover shocking secret after shocking secret as they do cool, edgy teenager things (like riding on the back of flying motorcycles or constantly making out). The universe contains three series: The Mortal Instruments (start with City of Bones); The Infernal Devices (start with Clockwork Angel), and The Dark Artifices (start with Lady Midnight). The universe will expand to include at least one other trilogy, and it already includes several spin-off novels featuring favorite characters. The Shadowhunters universe has been adapted multiple times, first as a film and second as wildly popular TV series. Perhaps most impressively, Clare has been a champion of LGBT+ representation in YA genre fiction, even in the genre’s earlier days. Since the universe’s creation in 2007, every single Shadowhunters book has featured queer protagonists across a wide spectrum of identities.

 

4. Hank Green (403k)

 

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Hank Green may be the only author on this list most famous for something besides his writing. In addition to his recent bestselling debut novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Green has had a devoted Internet following since 2007 as one half of the Vlogbrothers, his shared YouTube channel with brother John Green. Hank and John are the co-founders of VidCon, the world’s largest conference for online videos. Hank has also acted as a contributing producer for a number of popular podcasts and web shows like Sexplanations and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

 

5. Sarah J. Maas (300k)

 

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Author of the Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas experienced a career takeoff in 2008 when earlier drafts of the series became some of the most popular works on FictionPress.com. A Cinderella story with a dark twist, Maas’ series has been an international bestseller with publication in fifteen countries. Amazingly, these weren’t even the original drafts—Maas began writing the series’ first book, Throne of Glass, at the tender age of sixteen. Maas has also written a prequel series (start with The Assassin and the Pirate Lord) and the A Court of Thorn and Roses series (start with, you guessed it, A Court of Thorn and Roses). Her first adult fantasy series is forthcoming.

 

6. Jenny Han (225k)

 

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Earlier this summer, Netflix released the film adaptation of Jenny Han‘s novel To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before with a massively positive audience response, leading to a huge spike in Instagram follows. Its sequel, P.S. I Still Love You, won the Young Adult Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Han is also the author of a YA romance trilogy, starting with the novel The Summer I Turned PrettyAs if that wasn’t impressive enough, Han wrote her first book, middle school coming-of-age Shug, while she was still a college student.

 

7. James Dashner (211k)

 

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James Dashner is the hugely prolific author of nearly twenty novels, including the dystopian hit The Maze Runner, which earned a film adaptation. Dashner was dropped by Penguin Random House in 2018 following sexual harassment allegations.

 

8. Veronica Roth (206k)

 

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The definition of a prodigy and star, Veronica Roth sold film rights to her first novel, Divergent, months before the book saw print—and she sold the publishing rights before graduating college. Roth wrote the first draft of the novel during senior year winter break, and it sold well over a million copies within the next two years. Roth is also famous for her novels Insurgent and Allegiant, the second and third books of her dystopian series in which society operates with personality-based factions that define each person’s profession and goals. (And believe it or not, removing all kind and generous people from the government so that they can work on farms is not a great leadership strategy.) 

 

9. Colleen Hoover (202k)

 

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Breakout romance novelist Colleen Hoover had no intentions of ever mainstream-publishing her first novel, Slammed. Astoundingly, it made the New York Times bestseller list as a self-published work. Hoover published Hopeless just a year later—and it became the first self-published novel to ever break #1 on the chart. A five-time winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards, Hoover has written eleven bestsellers in only seven years. While several of Hoover’s works have been published with Atria Books, Hoover has shattered the limits of what self-publishing can accomplish.

 

10. Rainbow Rowell (136k)

 

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Rainbow Rowell is the author of three wildly popular YA novels: Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, and Carry On. Famously, Fangirl began as a NaNoWriMo project—yes, that means the first draft was written in thirty days! Rowell famously faced controversy for the exploration of domestic violence in Eleanor & Park, with one Minnesota school district canceling her appearance and banning her book during Banned Books Week. Sounds like somebody missed the point! Despite this, the novel went on to earn a Michael L. Printz Award Honor, one of the highest recognitions in YA literature (other honored books include Angie Thomas‘ acclaimed The Hate U Give). 

 

 

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