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Bookstr’s Three To Read This Week 03/27/20

Hello book lovers! I hope you’re well and, most importantly, home. The world has gone a bit upside-down hasn’t it? Hard to know what to do with everything changing. One thing you can count on, though, is the Three to Read. We’ve got you! I have three amazing reads for you this week – and with everyone self-isolating, your TBR pile might actually stand a chance. With no further ado; the Hot Pick, Coffee Shop Read, and Dark Horse.

Hot pick

Journey: A Novel

by Andrew Zimmerman.

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Synopsis:

Paul is a top business executive hoping to be the next CEO of Ascendant―a New York-based tech giant. He neglects everything―his family and himself―in the race to the top. His fast-paced life is interrupted when he travels to Glastonbury, England, to visit friends in a village rich in history and mysticism.

Glastonbury represents a complete counterpoint to Paul’s elite corporate day job. It compares to an amusement park, with shops and venues catering to spiritual seekers ranging from would-be witches, goddesses and druids, and burned-out hippies. Like many seekers before him, he is attracted to the energy of a nearby hill―Tor―said to be the mythical Isle of Avalon. Paul meets a beautiful soul reader, Christine, who reads his soul and plants the seeds that turn his life upside down.

When he returns to New York, his wife, Mary, is skeptical. Is Paul having a spiritual awakening or is he falling in love with an attractive charlatan? His journey both scares and intrigues her as she watches him struggle to navigate between the business and spiritual worlds. A series of synchronistic events draws Paul closer to Glastonbury and Christine, compelling him and a reluctant Mary to return, unaware that their lives will never be the same.

Why?

Zimmerman’s novel is as spiritual as it is intriguing. The reader is faithfully brought along on Paul’s journey to spiritual realization after his trip to Glastonbury. Many will relate to Paul’s struggle with balancing his career with everything else in his life. This is particularly poignant and thought-provoking these days, with most of the world working from home and reevaluating what is important to them. This novel provides the reader with the inspiration and hope that it is never to late to change the course of your own life, and proves the importance of looking inward, and trusting your gut.

 

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Wicked as you wish

by Rin Chupeco

Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic Book 1) by [Chupeco, Rin]

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Synopsis:

Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left encased in ice when the Snow Queen waged war. Its former citizens are now refugees in a world mostly devoid of magic. Which is why the crown prince and his protectors are stuck in…Arizona.

Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family, is hiding in a town so boring, magic doesn’t even work there. Few know his secret identity, but his friend Tala is one of them.

A new hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala must unite with a ragtag group of new friends to journey back to Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it.

Why?

Who doesn’t love a bit of escapism? Wicked As You Wish is a magical novel with endearing characters and an exciting premise, which Publisher’s Weekly have dubbed “A nail-biting quest that introduces a gripping new series.” Chupeco breathes new life in to many beloved fairytales, and takes some of their best aspects, building them into the totally unique universe that she has created.

Bonus points for Chupeco, too, in the seamless introduction of the novel’s non-binary character, who is correctly gendered and presented throughout. Non-binary readers will undoubtedly enjoy the fair and honest representation that Rin has managed to make natural and low-key.

“Rin Chupeco’s marvelously magical WICKED AS YOU WISH is a great read for fans of fairy tales, myths and legends. In fact, avid fans will want to read it two, three, or four times just to catch all the twists, updates and Easter eggs, as nearly every chapter is loaded with delights. Come for the adventure, stay for the sassy jerkwad firebird.” – Kendare Blake #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

 

dark horse

The Middle Finger Project

By Ash Ambirge

The Middle Finger Project by Ash Ambirge: 9780525540328 ...

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Synopsis:

“Don’t worry, this isn’t a book about God, nor is it a book about Ryan Gosling (second in command). But it is a book about authority and becoming your own.” –Ash Ambirge

After a string of dead-end jobs and a death in the family, Ash Ambirge was down to her last $26 and sleeping in a Kmart parking lot when she faced the truth: No one was coming to her rescue. It was up to her to appoint herself. That night led to what eventually became a six-figure freelance career as a sought-after marketing and copywriting consultant, all while sipping coffee from her front porch in Costa Rica.

She then launched The Middle Finger Project, a blog and online course hub, which has provided tens of thousands of young “women who disobey” with the tools and mindset to give everyone else’s expectations the finger and get on your own path to happiness, wealth, independence, and adventure.

In her first book, Ash draws on her unconventional personal story to offer a fun, bracing, and occasionally potty-mouthed manifesto for the transformative power of radical self-reliance. Employing the signature wit and wordsmithing she’s used to build an avid following, she offers paradigm-shifting advice along the lines of:

  The best feeling in the world is knowing who you are and what you’re capable of doing.
  Life circumstances are not life sentences. If a Scranton girl who grew up in a trailer park can make it, so can you.
  What you believe about yourself will either murder your chances or save your life. So why not believe something good?
  You don’t need a high-ranking job title to be authorized to contribute. You just need to contribute.
  Be your own authority. Authority only works as long as you trust that someone smarter than you is making the rules.
  The way you become a force is by being the most radically real version of yourself that you can be.
 You only have 12 f*cks a day to give, so use them wisely.

 

Why?

Who wouldn’t want to master the art of being their own authority? This novel is fun, fresh and on-the-nose. We all struggle with imposter syndrome, women in particular, and Ambirge will help you overcome this with The Middle Finger Project. Pulling from her own experiences, she inspires and instills hope in any woman (or person, for that matter) that is ready to break free of the shackles of the own worry that they aren’t good enough. Ambirge is inspiring both in matters of business, and life in general, with a down-to-earth and to-the-point read that will have you disobeying, making your own rules, and setting up your own business. The f-bombs are far from off-putting and instead come across as honest, because who hasn’t dropped a few of late? Ambirge doesn’t pretend that getting what you deserve is easy, either, and highlights the dangers and fears rather than hiding them. But this, too, is refreshingly honest and transparent. You’ll trust Ash, and most importantly, you’ll trust yourself. Go get this book and then go get your life!

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Plague Books Recommended by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is famously known for her dystopian novels so she obviously knows a thing or two on how to handle quarantine and self-isolation. On Twitter this past Tuesday, Atwood recommended some books for her fans who are self-isolating right now.

The actress Mia Farrow put in a request for books about the plague. Atwood replied by recommending Rats, Lice, and History, by Hans Zinsser. This book is about the disease typhus. It`s a biography of the disease as seen throughout history.

 

 

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The author also recommended Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond. Which discusses European Microbes, viruses and how they affected America.

 

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Gross titles, I know. But maybe they will appeal to some people? Just maybe?

And if you want nothing to do with books about plagues or the end of the world, Atwood recommended classics such as Jane Austen and Agatha Christie. You can never go wrong with those two!

 

 

Of course you can also read Margaret Atwoods own dystopian novels as well!

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Take a Bite Out of These TV Shows and Movies!

We’re back with more recipes! This time, we bring you cookbooks based on some favorites from the big and small screen. Take a culinary trip to Westeros or Monica Gellar’s kitchen with these fantastic culinary creations. Enjoy!

 

A feast of ice and fire: the official game of thrones companion cookbook– chelsea monroe-cassel and sariann lehrer

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Are you surprised? Just because Game of Thrones is over, it doesn’t mean we have to stop our obsession. In fact, we can further our obsession with these recipes that allow us to indulge in the fantastical cuisine of Westeros.

 

the star wars cookbook: wookie cookies and other galactic recipes– ROBIN DAVIS

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Take a break from fighting intergalactic crime and cook up some of these out-of-this-world recipes!

 

 

The official Downton abbey cookbook– Annie gray

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An elegant cookbook for an elegant series!

 

The one with all the recipes: an unofficial cookbook for fans of friends– teresa finney

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You can practice your culinary skills before cooking up a huge feast for the Friends reunion this spring!

 

The Casablanca cookbook: wining and dining at rick’s– Sarah key, jennifer newman brazil, and vicki wells

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Take a step back in time with this one. Plus, there’s fun trivia to spice up your cooking experience!

 

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5 Fantasy Books With Mermaids

Mermaids are beings that can be found in legends from different parts of the world, and they can most certainly be traced to different mythologies as well. We have tales of mermaids that end tragically, and we have stories where they end happily. There are stories of mermaids shedding their tails for human legs, and then there are tales where these same beings drag humans to their watery deaths. They are dangerous and fascinating. It isn’t surprising that there are stories that focus on these beings in some way, shape, or form.

Here are five fantasy books featuring mermaid characters.

1. “The Mermaid’s sister”

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Carrie Anne Noble‘s book The Mermaid’s Sister, is definitely a story to check out. This tale follows Clara, a girl who lives with her sister Maren and their aunt. Life for them is perfect. They gather herbs for their aunt’s potions, and they listen to her tales in the evening. However, everything changes when Clara realizes that scales are growing under Maran’s skin, and she is turning into a mermaid. If they don’t get her to the ocean, then she will die. Together, the sisters set off with their friend O’Neill, and all the while, Clara begins to question if she might also be something other than human.

2. “The mermaid”

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The Mermaid, by Christina Henry, follows a mermaid who is caught by a fisherman’s net. Though the fisherman decides to free her, the mermaid, Amelia, stays and becomes his wife. She evokes a special magic that allows her to trade her tale for legs, and she settles into life with the fishermen. This all changes when P.T. Barnum, one half of Barnum and Bailey, is seeking out new attractions for his museum when he learns about Amelia. She agrees to play the mermaid for him under the pretense that she can leave whenever she wishes, but she soon learns that this assumption is far from the truth.

3. “Sink”

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Sink by M.E. Rhines is the first book in the Mermaid Royalty series. This story follows Pauline, daughter of Queen Calypso, a cruel ruler who punishes individuals for the smallest of transgressions. While Pauline has learned to remain quiet and obedient when it comes to her mother, she finds that she cannot continue to do so when she learns a horrible secret. In an effort to break the cycle attached to this secret, Pauline goes to the surface to try and save drowning sailors. She finds herself attracted to one of these men, and she kisses him. However, this act puts the man in danger, and Pauline must risk all that she has to save the sailor.

4. “the mermaid trials”

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Cameron Drake‘s book The Mermaid Trials, is the first book in a series. We follow the protagonist Katriana, a mermaid from the royal family. Once every century, the royalty holds a contest referred to as The Trials, and all mermaids of a certain age group must participate. The champion is allowed to walk on land, and Katriana wants to desperately escape her stepmother’s cruelty. She is so desperate that she is willing to enter the Trials without proper preparation. However, Katriana also needs to consider what, exactly, is she ready to forfeit if she wins this contest, and what, exactly, will it entail to be one of the Trial’s champions.

5. “Sea Witch”

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Sea Witch, by Sarah Henning, follows Evie, a young girl who has been an outcast since her best friend Anna drowned. However, years later, a woman appears who resemble Evie’s lost friend, and Evie begins to question if Anna actually died. It becomes more than obvious though that Evie will need to help her new friend. Evie will need to not only remain on land but to maintain her grip on humanity. And, hopefully, in saving her friend, Evie can also save the prince that she has fallen in love with too.

 

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Empowering Female Biographies For Women’s History Month

Happy Women’s History Month! This month, we take the time to celebrate all the fierce women of history and recognize their outstanding lives of achievement and legacy. To start off this month, here are five must-read biographies of women that have certainly shaped history.

I AM MALALA– MALALA YOUSAFZAI

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You have most likely heard of this inspiring young woman. In October of 2012 when Malala’s story garnered worldwide attention, watchers from all parts of the globe avidly tuned in as this courageous young woman fought for the rights of girls everywhere. Courage radiates off the pages of this autobiography and you will surely admire Malala’s journey.

 

Zelda– nancy Milford

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Her husband is one of the most famous authors in literary history. Young Zelda Sayre’s life is chronicled from her childhood through her adult life, as she became Zelda Fitzgerald, and in turn, a prominent figure in the literary world beyond. Milford eloquently tells of the struggles and trying times behind the glamour of the roaring twenties and the shining legacy of The Great Gatsby.

 

Madame curie: a biography– eve curie

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This biography written by Madame Curie’s own daughter brings a personal touch to the story of one of the greatest female scientists of all time.

The collective autobiographies of Maya Angelou– Maya Angelou

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This collection of memoirs will let you into the intimate details of Maya Angelou’s life and mind. This book chronicles the many milestones in her life, from her childhood to her adulthood.

The immortal life of henrietta lacks– rebecca skloot

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Rebecca Skloot writes the unbelievable story of Henrietta Lacks, the woman who contributed revolutionary cells to science without knowing it. Skloot takes dives deep into the Lacks family, science, and the circumstances surrounding the revolutionary HeLa cells. Much is revealed about this strong woman’s life in this utterly fascinating account.

 

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