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Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 2/6/19

Valentine’s Day is closer than ever, and let’s be real—some of us are going to need a date with a book. (And if you’re currently reading a book that’s not quite meeting your literary needs, you can always have an affair.) As the month drags on and the nights get lonely, it’s best to have a book by your side that you can really fall in love with. Our picks for the week range in subject matter from gripping political non-fiction, capricious fey, and the ever-more-relatable anxiety about the future. Here are Bookstr’s Three to Read: the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!




'We Are Displaced' Malala Yousafzai



Nobel Peace Prize-winner Malala Yousafzai will start with her own story of displacement as an Internally Displaced Person to show what it means to lose your home, your community, and the only world you’ve ever known. She will also share the personal stories of some of the girls she has met on her various journeys to refugee camps and the cities where refugee girls and their families have settled.

In a time of immigration crises, war, and border conflicts, We Are Displaced is a reminder from one of the world’s most famous people who experienced displacement that everyone deserves universal human rights and a home.


Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai is the youngest person to win the Nobel Prize. From the age of eleven, Malala fought for education, anonymously writing for BBC about life under the Taliban regime. A survivor of a direct shot to the head, Malala’s story couldn’t be stopped even with a bullet. Kirkus Reviews‘ starred review called it “a poignant, fascinating, and relevant read.” We Are Displaced is something of a collective memoir, a unique exploration in communal storytelling. As Malala conveys her own story, she also introduces readers to the faces behind the grave statistics: 68.5 million displaced people around the world. Often, these are young people. Always, these are people who have experienced immense loss. This thought-provoking and timely work is a perfect choice to better understand the world and people in it.



'The Wicked King' by Holly Black



You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.


Holly Black has been one of the biggest names in YA fantasy for well over a decade. In 2002, Black published her debut novel Tithea gritty, unflinching, and terribly delightful urban fantasy novel. Through her White Cat trilogy (it’s the magical mafia; the plot twist is how many amazing plot twists there are), Magisterium Series (co-authored with best friend and bestseller Cassandra Clare), and other unique hits, Black proved her skill at finding that eerie liminal space where magic and reality meet. The Wicked King is the sequel to New York Times and USA Today bestselling The Cruel PrinceBooklist‘s starred review called the follow-up “brutally beautiful.” This one’s guaranteed to be wicked fun.



'Love and Other Carnivorous Plants' by Florence Gonsalves



Freshman year at Harvard was the most anticlimactic year of Danny’s life. She’s failing pre-med and drifting apart from her best friend. One by one, Danny is losing all the underpinnings of her identity. When she finds herself attracted to an older, edgy girl who she met in rehab for an eating disorder, she finally feels like she might be finding a new sense of self. But when tragedy strikes, her self-destructive tendencies come back to haunt her as she struggles to discover who that self really is.


Florence Gonsalves published Love & Other Carnivorous Objects just three years after graduating college, risking it all to become the novelist she aspired to be. The novel is as brave as its author, tackling difficult (and often taboo) topics: drug abuse, mental health issues, and the question of sexual orientation—a question that doesn’t always come with an obvious answer. As in her life, Gonsalves handles the challenges with humor and expertise. Since the novel came out early in 2018, you might have missed it. There’s no need to make the same mistake twice.


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10 Holly Black Quotes That Show She Is the Queen of Urban Fantasy

Holly Black is the dark queen of urban fantasy. From cruelly shocking to tender and sensitive, her words capture the reader’s attention and hold it hostage until the end of the end of the book, and even after the last page. Author of the best-selling books, The Darkest Part of the Forest and The Cruel Prince, Holly Black is a well-known fantasy author who has forever changed the landscape of young adult fiction.

Here are ten quotes from Holly Black’s books showcasing the author’s sharp wit and gothic eloquence.



1. “Every hero is the villain of his own story.” 

―  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown



2. “If she was going to die, she might as well die sarcastic.” 

―  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown



3. “Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.” 

―  The Cruel Prince



4. “Even from the beginning, that was the problem. People liked pretty things. People even liked pretty things that wanted to kill and eat them.”

―  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown



5. “Nice things don’t happen in storybooks. Or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise the story would be boring, and no one would read it.” 

―  The Cruel Prince


6. “I need to stop fantasizing about running away to some other life and start figuring out the one I have.” 

―  The Darkest Part of the Forest


7. “That’s family for you. Can’t live with them, can’t murder them.” 

―  Black Heart


8. “If you hurt me, I wouldn’t cry. I would hurt you back.” 

―  The Cruel Prince


9. “Well fine, then. I could send you out to win my favor. Possibly on a quest involving bringing a large mug of coffee and a doughnut. Or the wholesale slaughter of all my enemies. I haven’t decided which.” 

―  The Darkest Part of the Forest


10. “I become if I stopped worrying about death, about pain, about anything? If I stopped trying to belong? Instead of being afraid, I could become something to fear.” 

―  The Cruel Prince



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Kirsten Stewart and cover of Tithe by Holly Black

6 Actors We Would Love to Narrate Audiobooks

Summer is the perfect season for audiobook; whether you’re dilly-dallying on your way to work, trying to make the most of your moments in the sun, sunbathing on any available surface, or, if you’re super lucky, going on vacation (woohoo!).


We’ve rounded up the smoothest voices in Hollywood we would love to hear, and the books we think would best suit them! 


1. Julie Andrews

Julie’s soothing lilt has cropped up in some of our favorite fairy-tale films such as ‘The Princess Diaries’ and ‘Enchanted,’ not to mention the classic ‘Mary Poppins.’ Everything her tender tones touch seems to turn to gold. 


Julie Andrews

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Suggested BookA Little Princess

Since she’s already an old-hand at all things princess, we think Francis Hodgson Burnett’s ‘A Little Princess‘ would be perfect. A childhood favorite of many, this moving novel follows Sarah, who, having grown up in India, is sent to boarding school in England when her father is conscripted. 


2. Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman must have the most beloved voice in Hollywood, and we can’t think of anything we wouldn’t want to hear his rich tones recite! We’d happily listen to him reading the phone book, a take-out menu, a list of every type of lawnmower ever manufactured, the ingredients in a tin of Spam…ANYTHING.


Morgan Freeman

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Suggested BookThe Road

…BUT, given the choice, we would love to hear him read Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road.’ This dystopian tale follows a father and son as they make their way across bleak landscapes. We think Freeman’s famous voice would lend a wonderful dimension to this dark story.


3. Cate Blanchett

Blanchett’s narration at the start of the Lord of the Rings movies is pretty intoxicating, her voice at once soothing and powerful just like you might expect from an elven queen. 


Cate Blanchett

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Suggested BookA Series of Unfortunate Events

Blanchett is such a versatile actor, filling roles as diverse as Bob Dylan, Katharine Hepburn, and Queen Elizabeth I. With this in mind, we’d love to hear her reading ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events.’ Lemony Snicket’s best-selling series boasts an ever-changing cast of characters as well as some constants (like Count Olaf) who are constantly cropping up under different guises. The books are narrated by the character Lemony Snicket, but given the various male roles Blanchett has taken on before, we’re sure she’d pull it off.


4. Idris Elba 

Everybody loves Idris Elba’s cheeky London twang, and we know from his various roles that he’s capable of affecting many different accents.


Idris Elba with hands together looking at camera

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Suggested BookJames Bond books

Touted by many as being the perfect successor to Daniel Craig in the role of 007, we would love to hear Elba reading Ian Fleming’s James Bond books. It’s looking unlikely that he will land the role, due to scheduling conflicts, but hearing him read the books would definitely be the next best thing!


5. Kristen Stewart

We can’t get enough of Stewart’s laid-back, husky voice which always lends serious believability to her acting.


Kirsten Stewart with blond buzzcut

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Suggested BookTithe

We’d love to hear Stewart narrate ‘Tithe‘ by ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ author Holly Black. This dark modern day fairy tale is narrated by deadpan teenager Kay who spends her days touring with her mother’s band until she is sucked into the dark world of faerie-land. Stewart’s chilled out, authentic voice would be perfect for this cool character, not to mention she has experience voicing characters unwittingly sucked into supernatural worlds!


7. Evanna Lynch

‘Harry Potter’s’ Luna Lovegood has one of the most soothing voices in Hollywood, and one we don’t get to hear enough. Hailing from Louth, Ireland, she already has audiobook experience, narrating ‘Foster’ by Irish author Claire Keegan. 


Evanna Lynch

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Suggested BookSpare and Found Parts

We think Evanna would be perfect to narrate Sarah Maria Griffin’s new YA sci-fi novel ‘Spare and Found Parts.‘ Set in dystopian Dublin, Ireland, this story follows Nell who sets about building her own companion out of spare parts. 


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