Kick Off March with These YA Titles

A new month means new novels to look forward to. These YA titles are just vying for a spot on your TBR and what a wide selection of novels they are.

  1. “Of Curses and Kisses” by Sandhya Menon

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Of Curses and Kisses follows two young royals at a boarding school, Princess Jaya Rao and Lordship Grey Emerson. The Raos and Emersons have a longstanding feud, and when the Emersons threaten to target Jaya’s little sister, Jaya must get revenge and what better revenge than to make Grey fall in love with her so she can break his heart. Grey, on the other hand, hates interactions with other human beings and he’s used to an isolated life but when Jaya works her magic, they begin to communicate. However, Jaya’s plan to hurt Grey doesn’t work out so well when she begins to fall for him herself. Grey on the other hand doesn’t trust Jaya completely, he is struck by the ruby pendant she wears. Now the two together must figure out if they’re destined for their own happy ending.

2. “THe King of Crows” by Libba Bray

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The King of Crows is the final book in the Diviners series. In the previous novel, the Diviners lose one of their own and are about to begin a war with the King of Crows. Isaiah receives a vision from someone named Sara Beth who knows how to stop the King of Crows, and she needs the diviners help to stop them. Jericho knows the truth to the Kings of Crows plans and he just managed to escape from the Marlowe’s estate, so now the diviners have to travel to Nebraska to get Sarah Beth’s help to stop the King of Crows. However, hope dwindles when towns start to become ghost towns, and now the diviners must really band together to save the world.


3. “Yes No Maybe So” by Becky Albertali and Aisha Saeed

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Yes No Maybe So follows two teenagers, Maya and Jamie, who are volunteering with the local state senate. Jamie wants to work behind the scenes of the campaign, but he has to go door to door to get votes and that is nerve racking for him. He gets choked up talking to literally anyone, but then Maya comes along. Maya is going through a lot; her parents are divorcing, her summer trip is cancelled, and her best friend doesn’t have time for her. So, her Ramadan isn’t going like she planned. She is helping with the senate race because her mom thinks it’s a good idea. Now she is subjected to spending time with Jamie, whom she hardly knows. Of course, working together every day lights a spark between the two, and the polls are getting closer, but the biggest issue is the cross cultural romance between Jamie and Maya.

4. “The Gravity of Us” by Phil Stamper

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The Gravity of Us follows Cal, whose dad is a pilot and just got a job with NASA for a mission to Mars. The job is going to be highly publicized and with Cal’s social media presence of half a million followers, he is used to being in the eyes of the public. However, his family now have to move from Brooklyn to Houston. There, Cal meets Leon, who just so happens to be another ‘astro’ kid. Their connection grows as the NASA mission continues, and when Cal learns a secret about the mission, he must decide how to tell the truth without hurting the people he cares about.

5. “The Upside of Falling” by Alex Light

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The Upside of Falling follows Becca Hart, who lies to her ex best friend about being in a relationship after she teases her for not having a boyfriend. Lucky for Becca, Brett Wells, captain of the football team and one of the most popular people in school, overhears the lie and decides to step in and be her boyfriend. Brett has always been more concerned with his future than being in a relationship but pretend dating Becca is just what he might need. However, being in a relationship with someone you barely know is hard, Becca is dealing with past chaos and Brett is dealing with similar chaos now, and that just might be enough to get these two connect and realize that they have more in common than they both thought. The question is: will this pretend relationship breed real feelings?


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Fill Your Ever-Expanding Bookshelf With Bookstr’s Nonfiction Recommendations!


Each week, Bookstr scans bestseller lists across the Internet to learn what people are reading, buying, gifting, and talking about most — just so we can ensure consistent, high quality recommendations. This week’s nonfiction picks are bestsellers, and showcase what’s resonating with audiences right now! Pick these up to see what everyone is talking about!


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5. Hungry by Jeff Gordinier 

Hungry by Jeff Gordinier is a story for any food lover to wet your appetite for meals and adventure. Feeling stuck in a dead-end work life, Gordinier happens into a fateful meeting with a Danish chef Rene Redzepi. The two begin the adventure of a lifetime, to set off across the world to find new flavors, new meals, and new food together. Across the world, they begin this road trip. In Sydney, they forage for sea rocket and sandpaper figs in suburban parks and on surf-lashed beaches. On a boat in the Arctic Circle, a lone fisherman guides them to what may or may not be his secret cache of the world’s finest sea urchins. And back in Copenhagen, the quiet canal-lined city where Redzepi started it all, he plans the resurrection of his restaurant on the unlikely site of a garbage-filled lot. Along the way, readers meet Redzepi’s merry band of friends and collaborators, including acclaimed chefs such as Danny Bowien, Kylie Kwong, Rosio Sánchez, David Chang, and Enrique Olvera.



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4. Nuking the Moon by Vince Houghton 

Nuking the Moon by Vince Houghton is a funny, hilarious book on so called ‘intelligence’ schemes the military left on the drawing board. Among them are attempts to use cats as listening devices, make aircraft carriers out of icebergs, psyche out Japanese soldiers by dropping foxes onto beaches, and yes…nuking the moon in order to shift hurricane trajectories. Obviously, none of these insane ideas came to reality but you’d be surprised how close them each came in this hidden history of government antics.



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3. They bled blue by Jason Turbow

They Bled Blue by sportswriter Jason Turbow captures the Los Angeles Dodgers’ thrilling, improbable 1981 championship season, highlighting the behind the scenes antics of the edgy and cast of colorful characters of the team. Eventually, this team went on to defeat the New York Yankees. This is a summer treat for fans of sports, mad tales of excess, and the quirkiness that is the rollicking, crazy ride of the 1981 baseball season.



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2. The Vinyl Frontier by Jonathan Scott 

The Vinyl Frontier by Jonathan Scott is an unlikely story of the 1977 NASA team attempting to craft the perfect playlist to place on the Voyager probe. Led by the great Carl Sagan, the music was intended not just to represent humanity but also to advertise our world to any intelligent alien forms of life. This book tells of how the record, The Sounds of Earth, was created. The final playlist contains music written and performed by well-known names such as Bach, Beethoven, Glenn Gould, Chuck Berry and Blind Willie Johnson, as well as music from China, India and more remote cultures such as a community in Small Malaita in the Solomon Islands. It also contained a message of peace from US president Jimmy Carter, a variety of scientific figures and dimensions, and instructions on how to use it for a variety of alien lifeforms. This is a fascinating book showcasing the creation of one of humanity’s greatest achievements.



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1. Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz 

Spying on the South by Tony Horwitz is a tale of one man’s journey across the American South. Tony Horwitz recounts the experience of an American journalist who was sent to explore the South prior to the Civil War as an assignment. The book follows this journalist’s journey, as the South proved to be an alien, hostile environment. He traveled for fourteen months on stagecoach, horseback, and by boat, becoming America’s first renowned landscape architect. In the modern day, Tony Horwitz tries to follow the journey undertaken over a century ago, seeking context for the divide between the South and the rest of America.



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NASA Renames Street to Honor the Women of ‘Hidden Figures’

The Guardian reports that NASA has renamed the street in front of its headquarters “Hidden Figures Way,” after the acclaimed book by Margot Lee Shetterly and its 2016 Academy Award-nominated adaptation.

The designation honors African American mathematicians Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, the featured icons in Hidden Figures who combated racial segregation to contribute to NASA’s earliest moon landing missions.


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Their efforts collectively spanned decades throughout World War II, the Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, and the Space Race, but opened the door for women of future generations.

Author Margot Lee Shetterly and Senator Ted Cruz joined the members of the celebrated women’s families, along with other NASA administrators who unveiled the street sign at the ceremony.



Cruz, whose mother was a mathematician at the Smithsonian Institution in the 1950s, explained:


The extraordinary achievements of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and Dr. Christine Darden, who’s with us today, prior to the book and the movie had not been told. Very few people knew those stories, and yet those are stories that can and do inspire and we should be telling stories like that a lot more often.


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Would You Buy the Book Astronauts Used to Land on the Moon?

This July, Christie's Auction House will open bids for a 44-page binder full of space shuttle control guidelines from the Apollo 11 launch, according to Reuters. The former owners — Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin — used it in the 1969 moon landing.

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New NASA Book Explores Beauty of Planet Earth

There is a lot of beauty in the world, and NASA has found a way to make it easier to see.

With pictures taken from various NASA satellites, the government agency has released 168 pages of photographs covering various remote landscapes and compiled them into a new book titled Earth.

The main version of this book is interactive and can be found here. There are four sections: atmosphere, water, land, and ice/snow. Clicking on each section will open up a slideshow of photos along with stories about how these locations came to be.

The book is also available in a hardcover version for $53 for those who want to take a physical version home as well as a PDF version for download.

Here is a preview of some of the photos you will see on the site.


A Trio of Plumes in the South Sandwich Islands

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Bowknot Bend

Iceberg off Mertz Glacier Tongue

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