An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

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“A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting away.”

Many mystery novels are compared to the works of Agatha Christie, but most don’t even come close. It seems like the go-to way of marketing mysteries these days, and while I don’t tend to buy into the hype, sometimes my interest is piqued. This was the case with An Unwanted Guest, which drew me in from the description alone. It is a cold, winter weekend in the Catskills, and Mitchell’s Inn is the perfect getaway for those looking for a few cozy days, unplugged from technology. The weekend starts off well enough, for most of the guests, however when a blizzard cuts off the electricity and all contact with the outside world, the guests have to make the best of it. That is until one of them is found dead. And then another. Panic sets in, but with no way to leave and no way to alert authorities, all they can do is wait for help and attempt to survive. Continue reading “An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena”

Fall Reading List: Top 5 YA Novels

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So many books, so little time. Great YA selections coming out this fall, and these are the ones that caught my attention:

1. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
18304322“Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.” Continue reading “Fall Reading List: Top 5 YA Novels”

Top 5 Books On My Fall Reading List

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There are a lot of great books to get excited about this fall. Here are the ones I’m really looking forward to (not including YA novels, which really deserve a list of their own):

1. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
22716447“In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.” Continue reading “Top 5 Books On My Fall Reading List”