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13 Books to Read Under Your Desk This Year

You may not be able to control what’s on your required reading list, but no one said anything about not having two! Add some serious color to your fall semester with these YA books that won’t be on the final but DO deserve their own highly relevant classes:


The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Course title – Fairytales and Retellings You Might Feel Guilty For Liking Better Than the Original 101


A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

Course title – Bridging the Dangerous Gap: When Fantasy and Reality Collide


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Course title – Oppressive Empires Scarier Than What You Just Took a Quiz on in World History Because This Time They Have Magic


Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

Course title – Trust Issues: A Study on Narrators Who Mess With Your Mind and Why It’s Frightening Because Revenge Is Involved


Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Course title – How to Fall for the Right Guy, Finally

*Pizza will be served frequently to engage further with the text


The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Course title – Course or Coincidence? When Dark Family Secrets Start Getting Supernatural

*Please wear a helmet and bring bandaids to class.


The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Course title – A History of Why the Good Decision Isn’t Always the Right One and Opposites Frequently Attract and Please Just Get Together Already I’m Shipping You Like Fedex RN


Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

Course title – The Consequences of Getting Left Behind During an Impending 14 Years of Night

*Flashlights will be provided


Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Course title – A Theory of Missing Persons Investigations and Why It’s Better When They’re Hilarious


Soundless by Richelle Mead

Course title – Ridin’ Solo: Natural Consequences When You Are the Only One in Your Society Who Can Hear Noise


The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

Course title – The Great Disruption of 1799, When Each Continent Was Flung Into a Different Time Period


Mosquitoland by David Arnold



The Mickey Bolitar Series by Harlan Coben

Course title – How to Bust Conspiracies, Avoid Near-Death Situations, and Save People on Top of Your Other Extracurriculars





Excerpt Alert: Rebelwing

Happy #FridayReads! Did someone say robot dragons?! This week, we’re reading Rebelwing by Andrea Tang. Read the excerpt below! Chapter 1   The Drop   The whole mess was a long time coming, but the drama really began when the long, sleek snout of a plasma gun interrupted Pru’s breakfast.   “Good morning,” said Alex, black-eyed gaze intent over … Continued
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Excerpt Alert: Devil Darling Spy

If you like an edge of thriller in your historical fiction, we’ve got some good news for you. Devil Darling Spy is hitting shelves January 21! This fast-paced follow-up to Orphan Monster Spy follows Sarah’s perilous journey as she hunts a rogue German doctor in Central Africa who might be a serial murderer. This unbearably high-stakes thriller pushes Sarah to … Continued
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Read an excerpt of THE BEAUTIFUL by Renée Ahdieh

Vampires are making their comeback in just FIVE DAYS, and we’re celebrating with an excerpt! Scroll down to read the first chapter of Renée Ahdieh’s The Beautiful. 1st février, 1872 aboard the CGT Aramis Not What It Seemed The Aramis was supposed to arrive at first light, like it did in Celine’s dreams. She would wake beneath a sunlit … Continued
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6 Books to Cuddle Up With

Winter is the best time to be a reader because no one tries to force you to go outside and be “active,” leaving you with plenty of time to cuddle up with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. Below are a few of our favorites to get all snuggly with, and the … Continued
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6 Reads to Help You Recover from Black Friday

You know that day that comes right after the day we all say how thankful we are for the things we have? The one where everyone runs out and risks life and limb to get half-priced plasma screens and tupperware? Black Friday. It’s one that requires a cup of hot cocoa and a stack of good … Continued
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October’s most anticipated reads!

To put it simply, October is a very good month for books. And here are 6 of the most highly anticipated you do NOT want to miss!   The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys – October 1st If you love historical fiction, stunning prose, and a cover you’ll want to keep turned out to gaze … Continued
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Excerpt alert: The Blossom and the Firefly

This week, we’re reading The Blossom and the Firefly by Sherri L. Smith, a powerful WWII romance between two Japanese teens caught in the cogs of an unwinnable war. Scroll down to read the excerpt! Chapter One Hana Japan 1945 My father’s voice wakes me—thick as wool, slightly scratchy. “Get up, Hana. It’s time to get going.” Music … Continued
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17 Books That Will Get You Hooked on Historical Fiction

Here’s the thing about reading a life-changing historical fiction novel. Once you read one, there’s no going back. You need to read another. And another. And another. So we decided to share the love and round up 17 reads that will get YOU hooked on historical fiction. (Welcome to the dark side. We have cookies.) … Continued
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Halloween may be over, but these 4 books will leave you thoroughly creeped out

We love a good Halloween spook, but the best ones are the scares that last year round, and these top 4 reads will probably be keeping us creeped out well into 2020…   Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall BY. FAR. One of the CREEPIEST reads of 2019. Rules for Vanishing is a chilling combination of The Blair Witch … Continued
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Read an excerpt of FIREBORNE

We’ll make it plain: Fireborne is going to destroy you. It is going to do things to your emotions. It’s going to suck you in with the gutting emotional pull of An Ember in the Ashes and then shock you with Game of Thrones-esque plot twists and battles. And it’s all coming October 15th, scroll down to read the … Continued
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