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Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 7/26/19

We are approaching the middle of the summer when, depending on where in the world you are, you’re either seeking the refuge of air-conditioned spaces or taking advantage of your nearby beach. It goes without saying that you will likely be spending a lot of time in these sanctuaries, so why not pass the time with a new read?

Check out Bookstr’s Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!



Swipe Right for Murder




An epic case of mistaken identity puts a teen looking for a hookup on the run from both the FBI and a murderous cult in this compulsively readable thriller.

Finding himself alone in a posh New York City hotel room for the night, Aidan does what any red-blooded seventeen-year-old would do–tries to hook up with someone new. But that lapse in judgement leads him to a room with a dead guy and a mysterious flash drive…two things that spark an epic case of mistaken identity that puts Aidan on the run–from the authorities, his friends, his family, the people who are out to kill him–and especially from his own troubled past.

Inspired by a Hitchcock classic, this whirlwind mistaken-identity caper has razor-sharp humor, devastating emotional stakes, and a thrilling storyline with an explosive conclusion to make this the most compelling YA novel of the year.



You never know how trying to “get lucky” will turn out. However, you definitely don’t expect to be so unlucky that you end up being framed for murder and on the run. Kirkus Reviews appropriately recommends that you “don’t swipe left on this one” and calls this thriller “an addicting read.” Derek Milman’s novel can be considered a modern reimagining of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic North by Northwest, but with the extra enthrallment of cheering for this young teenager’s survival amidst a crisis he could never have prepared for. Swipe Right for Murder has been highly anticipated and is sure to keep readers turning the pages when it releases on August 6.




The Unhoneymooners




For two sworn enemies, anything can happen during the Hawaiian trip of a lifetime—maybe even love—in this romantic comedy from the New York Times bestselling authors of Roomies.

Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister Ami is an eternal champion . . . she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas.

Olive braces herself for wedding hell, determined to put on a brave face, but when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. Suddenly there’s a free honeymoon up for grabs, and Olive will be damned if Ethan gets to enjoy paradise solo.

Agreeing to a temporary truce, the pair head for Maui. After all, ten days of bliss is worth having to assume the role of loving newlyweds, right? But the weird thing is . . . Olive doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, the more she pretends to be the luckiest woman alive, the more it feels like she might be.



It’s wedding season, vacation season, and pretending-as-though-you’re-not-jealous-of-other people-having-a-better-time-than-you season. This book captures all of those relatable feelings, and promises that good times are on their way as long as you’re patient and can seize opportunity when it arrives. Author Christina Lauren delivers a feel-good story about unexpected fun and excitement and unlikely romance. If you have pent up aggression from past sibling rivalries or lack of future honeymoon plans, then this book is for you. Bring it with you when you need a therapeutic and enjoyable trip to the beach, even if the water there isn’t blue like in your friends’ Instagram posts.




Too Much of Not Enough: A Memoir




Jane Pollak spent most of her life “looking for a family.” Raised by a mother who was emotionally unavailable, she grew up believing that love came from performance rather than from being seen, heard, and acknowledged for her true self. It followed that she married an extrovert who performed for his students and yet was unable to connect with his wife.

In this poignant, instructive memoir, Pollak investigates the roots of misguided love and paints a picture of what it means to live a satisfied life. Her tale starts in the couples’ counseling office, where her soon-to-be ex-husband drops the bomb that he’s seeing someone else. From there, Jane goes on to find self-empowerment through her La Leche League group, her career as an artist, her travels around the world, her journey through twelve-step recovery, and her experiences while dating in her sixties. At last, she forges a blissful life on her own in Manhattan, conducting business and enjoying time with family, friends and a bit of romance.

Inspiring and deeply relatable, Too Much of Not Enough is a primer on how to be the proactive agent of one’s own best path.



Unconditional love is a treasure that should never be taken for granted, and can take years to find or recognize. If you’re lucky, you’ll find it from a handful of people who truly love you for being nothing other than what you are, and not for being what is most convenient for them. For author Jane Pollak, it took most of her life and pretty significant bumps along the way. However, her gradual acquiring of inner peace very much influenced her journey from being the quiet, people-pleasing good girl to the successful artist and entrepreneur that she is today. Pollak is kind enough to share her story in her inspiring memoir, Too Much of Not Enough, and provides guidelines that anyone can follow in their quest for a more fulfilling life, surrounded by the people you were meant to be with.




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