Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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I LOVE Sarah Dessen books, and her newest book Saint Anything is one of her best. Is there anything better to read on a sunny day than one of Sarah’s books?! They are the perfect beach read. Recently, Publisher’s Weekly asked booksellers questions about the upcoming summer and how it was shaping up for bookstores across the country and I, of course, gushed about Saint Anything. Check out the entire article here! BUT the exciting part (no offence to Publishers Weekly…haha) was when I tweeted the link to the article and Sarah promptly replied that I made her day…and then replied a second time thanking me and Pub Weekly for the mention! Total nerdy fan girl moment…it happens. (Thanks Sarah!) Also, I dare you to read Saint Anything and not be totally craving pizza, french fries and dum dums by the time you get to the end.

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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Before reading Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania I didn’t know much about the story of the Lusitania, and now it’s a story I’ll never forget. Erik Larson is such a storyteller and the tale of the Lusitania was so vividly brought to life in the pages of this book. So much research went into finding tons of small scraps of information about the disaster and weaving them into a full picture of the event itself and many of the people aboard the final crossing.

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The individual stories of the people who lived the nightmare make you so invested in the story itself and the outcome. History books must be done well to not read as dull and monotonous …Erik Larson can definitely write history in such a away that you get sucked in.  I couldn’t stop reading this one, and it’s one you definitely don’t want to miss!

Dinner with Teresa Toten

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Last Monday we had dinner at Maximilien in Pike Place Market with Teresa Toten the author of The Unlikely Hero of Room 13BIf you haven’t yet had the pleasure of picking this book up, add it to your To Be Read pile for sure. A lot of the popular YA books are discussing mental illness right now and it’s a very important conversation to be had. Unlikely Hero is about an OCD support group, focusing on Adam (Batman) and Robyn (Robin). I loved the characters, the humor and honesty found within these pages and I know you’ll love it to. Teresa Toten was a fascinating person to talk to and you could see how passionate she is about normalizing the discussion of mental illness in every day life.

And thank you to Random House Kids for a delicious dinner!

Once we get a little more up and running over here I have a signed galley of this great read to giveaway to one of you lucky people! 🙂 Details to come!