From my bookshelf:
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikery
by Gabrielle Zevin
On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto "No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World." A. J. Fikry, the irascible
owner, is about to discover just what that truly means.
A. J. Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen.
And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It's a small package, but large in weight. It's that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn't take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.'s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn't see coming.
I received an advance review copy from publisher via Curiosity Quills. A HUGE thank you to both companies for this reading opportunity!
The Tower Must Fall
by S. E. Bennett
The last fairy-tale ended a hundred years ago, and one thing is certain: the monsters lost. In the world beyond the Bay of Glass, humanity has an overwhelming majority, and the creatures that go bump in the night - the Cryptids - live in hiding. In some lands, discovery by the government spells death, while in others whole tribes are exterminated by knights in shining armor: the Animus.
I love books! I love old books. I love the smell of books. I love hard-bound books! I LOVE BOOKS!
One thing I enjoy doing is going to the library and judging a few books by its cover. Does the cover art grab me? What do I get from the first pages? I do not like to know too much about a book when I'm reading it. I think jackets can give too much away. Like overzealous movie previews! I hate it when I can tell the ending from the preview. That's probably why I don't like romance movies. 9 out of 10 times, its too predictable. But that's not books... I'm talking books.
Feel free to share what you think I should look for at the library on my next stop!
Of note -- these are just my opinions. If you're going to leave a note blasting me, do not be offended if I delete your comment. I overall try to keep a positive attitude and open mind. I hope the visitors of my site will also keep this point of view and respect the fact that these are only my opinions. I welcome yours as well, as long as its not a shoot you down with guns blazing sort of rebuttle.
Just released December 2016: "The Forgotten" volume 2 "Heir of the Heretic"
Reviewed and awarded the
2016 Indie Editor's Choice
by the Historical Novel Society.
Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.
Goodreads profile at: https://www.goodreads.com/JElse
Oh how this makes me laugh!
Just so funny!!! Grumpy Old Angels?