The Last Time I Lied – Riley Sager

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(Riley Sager, 2018)

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.

And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.

(via Goodreads)

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What I Liked

  • Proved me wrong
    • I went into this book super reluctant and skeptical. Sager’s first book, Final Girls, really fell extremely short for me. It had such an interesting premise, and just did not deliver at all. So when I saw that Sager was at it again with another thriller, I almost passed it up. However, I read the description and I was just itching to see if Sager could pull this one off, it sounded soooo good. Man- I am so glad I gave her another shot because this book was awesome. Very much exceeded my expectations!
  • Emma’s paintings
    • I love that the way Emma dealt with everything after all these years was through her art. I loved the descriptions of the paintings, and the fact that she consistently hid those girls in every single one was chilling. I loved every second of it.
  • Kept you guessing
    • Like any other “good” thriller, this one gives you a long list of people not to trust and you spend the entire book bouncing from theory to theory alongside Emma. I love being tricked to be honest. Now, that isn’t super hard to do in the first place, but I really like making my mind work a little harder to put together what actually happens in these types of stories. It is the basis on which I determine if I enjoyed a thriller or not- how easy it was to figure it out.
  • Specific twist
    • Without giving too much away, there is a development towards the end when Emma is finally starting to piece things together that I rather enjoyed. I think it was a unique “secret” that doesn’t end up being the solution to Emma’s particular question, but really intrigued me to be honest. I think it ties in well to the ultimate ending, and was used in a cool way. I am not sure I can say much else about it without giving it away but I am happy to talk about it with anyone who asks!

What I Disliked

  • The age differences
    • I don’t know why it bothered me so much but I just couldn’t wrap my head around Emma’s age differences with several of the characters, especially to those from “before” and how they are applied to the present. Its a weird thing to harp on, and I am not entirely sure why it bothers me, but it did so I thought I would make note of it.
  • Build up to “the lies”
    • Like in her other book, the author (in Emma’s voice) alludes to all these “terrible lies” she has told in the past. I felt that like in Final Girls, it was overdone to the point of becoming irritating. Once the lies are revealed, they really don’t have the significance that has been built up throughout the entire story thus far. I mean putting SO MUCH pressure and buildup on those few little details really ends up casting them off as not that effective when they do finally come out.

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Final Thoughts

I was really surprised by this one. I truly did not have high hopes for it at all. I honestly thought it would be another awesome idea completely butchered and ruined like Final Girls was for me. But I was pleasantly surprised by how good this one was. I read it rather quickly, and enjoyed it quite a bit. The twist at the end I did not expect at all, but once it was revealed, made total sense to me, and sat better with me than the other “ending” that was being suggested. For those who were skeptical about The Last Time I Lied due to the disappointment that was Final Girls, I am here to tell you to give this a shot. It was a pretty great redemption if I do say so myself.

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Ayeee, look at that! No reviews for two months and just like like two in a week! How do you like that rapid fire? In all seriousness though, have any of you read Final Girls or The Last Time I Lied? What are your thoughts? Let’s chat!!

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First Impression Friday- Stalking Jack the Ripper

Hey ya’ll! I am coming at ya with a “weekly” meme thanks to my friend Joe over @ Storeys of Stories! I really liked this idea because it is less commitment on my part (I don’t have to do it EVERY week, only when I start a new book) and gets me talking about books I have just started (or want to start very soon).

Straight from the horse’s mouth (if you will):

First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther.  Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.  Did you think you’d love it and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right? I think what will really make this meme a lot of fun, is linking back to it from your review to say, “Look at how wrong I was!” OR “See? I knew it all along!”

This week I started:

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

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I haven’t done one of these in quite a while (a couple weeks to be exact) and it feels good to be back! I have decided that the wait is finally over. With October looming the distance, I thought it would be a good idea to finally start this series this week. I have had SJR on my TBR for months now, and regardless of not even reading the first book yet, somehow managed to collect (and now own) the entire series. I have grown tired of looking at these (gorgeous) spines, and finally picked up the first book in the series.

To be honest, I really don’t know too much about the book. I know that a lot of people love the series, and that a handful of people really just do not like it (Emma from Emmabooks on Youtube comes to mind). But I was really drawn to the dark, historical feel of these books. I have heard amazing things about the couple in this series as well, so I am also looking forward to that- I could really use a distraction from my Lara Jean/Peter K. obsession. Other than the gorgeous covers, and the title- oh, and MEETING Kerri Maniscalco at Book Expo in June- that is about all I know.

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That all being said, I haven’t actually opened the book yet, though by the time this is posted, I hope to have at least read the first couple of pages. Hard to judge a book by it’s cover, but I am hoping for at least a 4 out of 5 stars for this read. There is a lot of hype behind this series so I am going in with high hopes. I have plans to binge the entire series (thus far) so expect more of those books to pop up in the coming weeks!

 

This was fun! What are you guys starting this week? Have you read the Stalking Jack the Ripper series? What are your thoughts on it? Let’s chat!

Book of the Month- September 2018

YIKES! I don’t know how I ended up with three books for this month, especially since I haven’t touched my BOTM TBR shelf this summer, and most likely won’t for a little while still. I think these stories all just jumped out at me, and I know in my heart that eventually down the line, I am going to want to read them…I hope.

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The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, who continue to wage bloody war over a stolen woman—Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war’s outcome: Briseis. She was queen of one of Troy’s neighboring kingdoms, until Achilles, Greece’s greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles’s concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army. 

When Agamemnon, the brutal political leader of the Greek forces, demands Briseis for himself, she finds herself caught between the two most powerful of the Greeks. Achilles refuses to fight in protest, and the Greeks begin to lose ground to their Trojan opponents. Keenly observant and cooly unflinching about the daily horrors of war, Briseis finds herself in an unprecedented position to observe the two men driving the Greek forces in what will become their final confrontation, deciding the fate, not only of Briseis’s people, but also of the ancient world at large.

Briseis is just one among thousands of women living behind the scenes in this war—the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead—all of them erased by history. With breathtaking historical detail and luminous prose, Pat Barker brings the teeming world of the Greek camp to vivid life. She offers nuanced, complex portraits of characters and stories familiar from mythology, which, seen from Briseis’s perspective, are rife with newfound revelations. Barker’s latest builds on her decades-long study of war and its impact on individual lives—and it is nothing short of magnificent.

(via Goodreads)

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This one just really grabbed my attention. I know that I don’t typically read these types of books (especially when they lean heavily on the literary side) but I just knew that it was one of those books that I would want to own. I have a feeling it is going to explode onto the scene shortly, and that everyone will be reading and talking about it. I don’t know if I will be one of them per say, BUT I do know that it is something that I won’t be disappointed to see on my shelves even years later.

 

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough

Lisa lives for her daughter Ava, her job, and her best friend Marilyn, but when a handsome client shows an interest in her, Lisa starts daydreaming about sharing her life with him too. Maybe she’s ready now. Maybe she can trust again. Maybe it’s time to let her terrifying secret past go. Then her daughter rescues a boy from drowning and their pictures are all over the news for everyone to see. Lisa’s world explodes, and she finds everything she has built threatened. Not knowing whom she can trust, it’s up to her to face her past to save what she holds dear.

(via Goodreads)

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Soooo I had two books all ready to go, I was about to click “ship my box” when I noticed the author’s name on the bottom of this book. I did a quick double take and added it so fast that I barely had time to register anything. Sarah Pinborough is the author of the suspense/thriller that got me into the genre, Behind Her Eyes (which was also a BOTM choice way back when). I was BLOWN AWAY by that book, so seeing that author’s name on another thriller made it an instant MUST HAVE. I wouldn’t be surprised if I read this almost immediately.

 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

(via Goodreads)

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This book is EVERYWHERE! Seriously, if you haven’t heard of it or seen this cover, you have been living under a rock. Every single person who has mentioned or talked about this book has sung crazy amazing praises for it. When I saw it as an option to add on, I immediately added it to my box. I mean, I would have been fine just picking it for my August box but since it wasn’t a main choice, I couldn’t, so it was saved for September. I am anxious to get my hands on it, and finally see what all the talk is about. I can hardly wait!

 

So despite me trying to save money for my wedding, I ended up with not one, but THREE books from BOTM this month (I won’t even go into my pre-orders expected for September). Luckily though, I am feeling really good about all three picks. I think they will be worth having in the long run, and I look forward to getting to them (eventually).

Are any of these on your radar? What do you think? Let’s chat!

Storm Runner – J.C. Cervantes (ARC)

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(JC Cervantes, 2018)

Storm Runner is available now! It was released September 18th, 2018.

 

A contemporary adventure based on Maya mythology from Rick Riordan Presents!
Booklist Starred Review: “Cervantes wastes no time getting right into the action, and her conversational tone and suspenseful pacing will keep the pages turning as the tension escalates and the characters face deepening stakes. A Rip-roaring adventure. “

School Library Journal Starred Review: “Fantastic and villainous creatures from Mayan folklore combine with clever, realistic, and heartwarming characters. VERDICT A page-turning and well-written trip into the world of Mayan mythology.”

Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He’d much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno—for his one good leg. What Zane doesn’t know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy. A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he’s destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in—unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can’t even walk well without a cane?
Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Maya mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate.

(via Goodreads)

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What I Liked

  • Different
    • I loved that this book used generally unknown source material- i.e. Mayan Mythology. I actually studied some Central American History in college and became really interested in the Mayans and Aztecs. Unfortunately (for my curiosity) I was in college, and more concerned about my social life than an interesting school topic. Needless to say, it was really refreshing to revisit this previous interest. Which leads into my next point…
  • Rick Riordan Presents…does it again
    • I have to say, thus far, this imprint is really doing an awesome job at picking and choosing awesome, obscure stories to shed light on. I think that kids these days (as well as book loving parents and teachers) could really use these types of stories right now. We are coming into a generation of people who feel they know everything because knowledge is so much more accessible than ever before. But the unfortunate fact of the matter is that most people DON’T know anything about anyone outside their immediate circle. There are more folklore and myths out there than just Greek. There are more interesting civilizations, and generations of people and places that rarely get any attention, that need a little love once in a while. I think slapping Rick Riordan’s name on these types of stories will really help get them into hands of students, which is what we want/need in the first place!
  • Intriguing
    • I don’t know if it is because I enjoyed the writer’s style or what, but I was interested throughout the entire story. Unfortunately, I had picked this up in the middle of a pretty bad slump, and was still finding myself drawn to the story! I am very much looking forward to the sequel, something I did not immediately feel about Aru Shah, so I know that I really enjoyed it.
  • Pronunciation Guide
    • This was KEY throughout the story. Some of those Mayan names are really really difficult to pronounce, but being able to flip back and forth to the glossary for the pronunciation, made me feel a lot more comfortable while reading.
  • The Characters
    • Generally for me, I did really like the characters. I thought they were different and interesting, and some even had an air of mystery to them that kept you guessing through the entire thing! The characters felt fresh and new, and yet, like they were people you have known for a really long time. I love when an author can do that with their characters. It makes the adventure feel more “real.”

What I Disliked

  • Percy Jackson-like
    • I hate that I compared this to Percy Jackson the entire time, as I also did with Aru Shah. I want to see these books stand on their own two feet, but found the comparisons too easy to ignore. The characters, and plot (while different in content) still felt like they were derived from a preexisting template (if that makes sense). I would have liked to see a slightly different approach to “saving the world.”
  • Press
    • THIS BOOK NEEDS MORE PRESS! I mean, why is no one talking about this book? I know some of the book blogging/tube community talked a bit about Aru Shah when it came out but I haven’t really heard a peep about this one (save for a handful of amazing bloggers)! When I got this as an ARC at Book Expo, the guy behind the counter even seemed a little confused as to why I was so excited! Mind you, I was the only one standing there at the time! Like WHAT?!?! Guys- pick up this book, share it with your friends. Kids need to see these titles.

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Final Thoughts

I honestly really liked this book quite a bit. As was Aru Shah, this book reads a lot like our familiar and well-liked Percy Jackson series, so it is no surprise that this fell under Riordan’s imprint. Cervantes does a really great job presenting unknown myths, and making them feel, well, known. I loved that she includes a glossary and PRONUNCIATION key. This was a NEEDED addition to the book and I was very thankful to have access to it while reading it. I just wish that more people were talking about this! PUT DOWN DOGMAN and try this out instead! We need to get kids (and their parents and teachers) reading important content again.

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Yikes! I really must have been in some slump because I haven’t posted a book review since July..SORRY! In all seriousness, you should check this book out, and let me know what you think!

 

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It’s a mystery! I am currently unsure of what I want to pick up but You can keep your eyes on my Goodreads account because once I do choose, you’ll know about it there :]

You Like Me, You REALLY Like Me! ~ 200 Follower Celebratory Giveaway!

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In a little under a year of book blogging, (I AM ALREADY COMING UP ON A YEAR!) it appears that I have tricked over 200 people to follow this blog! With no posting schedule, irregular book reviews, and a smattering of rants, Modern Witch’s Bookshelf has somehow become desirable for a larger number of people than I could have ever dreamed imaginable.

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Truthfully, I never anticipated this kind of reception. Originally I started this blog as a personal space to keep my thoughts on books I was reading all together. I had no idea it would evolve into this lovely little space you see before you today. I have made friends on here, and I have learned on here. I find books DAILY that I had never heard of before. This blog and the community surrounding it has honestly helped a great deal with my job as well, because I can recommend more than I was able to previously and do so with confidence because I have come to trust all these people and their opinions. I don’t have to tell you how amazing this community is, or how welcoming- you already know. So instead I want to thank you from the bottom of my wee little heart, and express just how much I appreciate your support with a little support of my own :]

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I honestly LOVE giveaways! So I am thrilled to host another one in honor of this accomplishment for my blog!

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Here are the facts:

  1. There are 4 ways to earn points toward the giveaway
  2. Giveaway will run from Monday September 17th through Monday October 1st
  3. The giveaway will be for 4 mystery books of my choosing
  4. Winners will be decided at random- however, you can only win once (i.e. if your name comes up in spots 1 and 3, you will only win one book, and the person in spot 5 will earn the other one)

If you have any questions, obviously feel free to reach out. Here is a link to the rafflecopter page, just in case the above does not show up:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c489178a3/?

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Best of luck my darlings! And thank you again for being soo very supportive of my weird little blog. Keep your eyes peeled for an even bigger giveaway for my one year anniversary!

What’s On My Bookshelf tag

They say you can tell a lot about a person by looking at simple things. Your bookshelf, for instance. It is always the first thing I look for when visiting a friend’s house/apartment for the first time. What does their bookshelf look like? Are there multiple shelves? How are the books arranged? Are they decorated with trinkets and such? These questions (and their answers) help me determine a better understanding of said friend. I think that is why we are all so interested in each other’s shelves!

Anyway; today I have for you a What’s On My Bookshelf tag! I saw this on My Mundane Life’s page (she did not tag me) but I really liked the idea and thought I might participate too! The OG creator of this tag is Naty’s Bookshelf (you can find the link to her page below).

Let’s get ready to peak at my shelves!

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RULES

  • Link back to me so I can see everyone’s answers! (Naty’s Bookshelf)
  • Also link back to the person who tagged you!
  • Name one book for each category; try not to repeat books to make this more fun!
  • Tag at least 5 people

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THE TAG

A LIBRARY BOOK

I literally have an entire stack of books from the library at the moment. I like to put in hold requests for super popular books I’m not going to buy at the library. They usually take a while to finally get to me, so I can read other things in the meantime. I also place multiple holds at any given time. Unfortunately for me, all the holds I’ve placed in the last month or so have decided to come in, all at the same time…

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Plus- I picked these up at the library to prep for a library conference I am going to in October in which we have to have read specific books so we can discuss them…

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PLUS two ARCs that I borrowed from the library system (as a librarian to review)

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Checked by Cynthia Kadohada


A BOOK YOU GOT AS A GIFT

I got this book as a gift from my brother’s best friend! He thought it would be cool if we read the same book and talked about it the next time we saw each other.

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A CHILDHOOD BOOK

hmmm this is a good one. I am going to skip the obvious (Harry Potter) and go with Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. This was one of the first books I ever remember loving. And certainly one of the first school assigned books that I actually enjoyed.

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A MAGICAL BOOK

I mean, magic is in the title of these books. I feel like they are pretty magical!

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A ROMANTIC BOOK

It is so hard for me to commit to saying something is “romantic,” especially because the majority of books I read with romance in them, have other things going on, so I don’t automatically think of them as romantic, you know?


A STEAMY BOOK

I am borderline ashamed to admit that I own these but the notorious Fifty Shades series does reside on my shelf. And if those aren’t steamy…I quit.

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AN OLD BOOK

I have a soft spot for old books…so when my library discards them, or I find a good one at a thrift store, I cave and take them home.

I have a ton of older books, but I keep forgetting to take a picture of them.. so sorry!


A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH

I remember laughing all through this book.

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A BOOK THAT MAKES YOU EMOTIONAL

I’m a crier, so this one should be super easy.

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A BOOK WHOSE ENDING YOU DISLIKE

I really liked this book, but I think I ultimately wanted more from the ending, or at least a promise of continuation.

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A BOOK YOU WISH HAD ILLUSTRATIONS

Ooh! This was the first one that came into my head.

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A BOOK OR GENRE YOU LOVE READING WHEN ITS RAINING

Books in general are wonderful when it is raining but I guess I will go with suspense/thriller for this one.

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Calendar Girls (September 2018): Back to School {Favorite Book Set in School}

Ayyeeeee! WE BACK YA’LL! I am THRILLED to inform you that monthly themed event known as Calendar Girls is finally back after going on hiatus in January of this year. If you are unfamiliar with Calendar Girls events each month, check out their info page here.

Melanie and Flavia are the original creators of this event, but in January, both creators explained that they had full plates and let us know that they would be putting CG on the back burner. In walks Katie from Never Not Reading, and Adrienne from Darque Dreamer Reads and we are up and running again! Thank you sooooo much to Katie and Adrienne for keeping this awesome and unique event alive! This month (September) is the second month under their rein, and I am pleased to share with you the theme for this month.

The votes are in, and September’s theme has been decided!:

Back To School: Favorite Book Set in a School.

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Uhg…now I really want to watch Grease… ANYWAY. I mean, it makes sense to do a “Back to School” theme after doing a “Favorite Summer Book” theme! For fans of YA, this is bound to be a difficult choice. I know I had a really hard time deciding…

Here are some of the contenders:

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I know what you are thinking, “Holy Crap, Sam didn’t pick Harry Potter!” You’re right, I didn’t (obviously). I wanted to, very badly, but decided to try to step outside my comfortably magical box, and choose something else. That doesn’t mean I don’t love the Hogwarts setting. It probably is my absolute favorite, BUT I am trying to expand my horizons and pick books other than Harry Potter once in a while…

Guys, SO MANY FAVORITES fall into this category! This was such a hard decision. Maybe it is because I enjoy YA. Maybe it is because I love school settings. Either way, I have my plate very very  full this month.

Alas, I pulled one book out from the pack, and decided that it would be my crowning example of “Back to School.”

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

CATH IS A SIMON SNOW FAN. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan… But for Cath, being a fan is her life–and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. 

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. 

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath that she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend; a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world; a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…and she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?


Gosh, I really liked this book. Not only did it take place in college, which is super rare in YA lit, but it felt like a school related book. Yes there were subplots and other major things going on (namely dates and romance) but it genuinely felt like the characters were in school, and brought us along with them. Truthfully, it felt the most movie-like because of that part of the book.

Some of my favorite parts were school related, like when Cath’s writing professor took her down a few notches, or when Cath helped Levi study for his exam. They felt so much like what my first year at college was like, so it was extra relatable (and if I am being honest, made me miss college even more).

I honestly love school-related stories, where the setting and main plot takes place not only in the school, but center around it. I like passages about classes and the genuine worry over exams. Sometimes I really miss school, and these types of books really fill that void.

I really loved these characters and this book, and thought it deserved it’s 15 minutes of fame. Fangirl is about a college freshman, who isn’t the most social person you’ve ever met. Cath spends most of her time writing fan fiction about her (eerily similar to Harry Potter) favorite fantasy book series. Her twin sister used to write with her, but has grown out of that part of her life, and has become quite the social butterfly-obviously much different than Cath. It is a coming of age story about an anxious girl, her love for fictional characters (I can relate), and first love. The cast of characters are so lovable, and real that you truly feel like you are in the story along with them.

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As a side note, I also really love seeing all the fan art for this book :] I will share some below:

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Be sure to check out our lovely host’s picks for this month as well!

Never Not Reading

Darque Dreamer Reads

Until next time Calendar Girls (and Boys)….