Books of the Week

Books of the Week

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Happy Independence Day WeekEnd!! I love the fourth of July… delicious barbecues, friends and a good book, of course! Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, play it safe and enjoy the fourth! … Here’s my best books of the week.

Ready for college? I have the perfect College Starter Kit ready for you, the best books that will help you managing your finances, writing the perfect paper and becoming the best student ever.

Did it ever cross your mind to fake your death? Too much work -if you ask me, and Playing Dead  will show you how this is easier said than done. #NotAGoodIdea

Speaking of hashtags, Babe Walker vs Suburbia in American Babe. Funny, irreverent and absolutely enjoyable.

That’s not how we do it here and a mob of meerkats will teach you about management and leadership. Not just a fable, but an inspiring lesson for every entrepreneur out there.

The Indie Corner is officially open! Interviews, tips and tricks and much more.. for indie authors! Join us! #indiecorner

Social media addicts in search for inspiration try this:  Post this book and explore your inner artist with creative prompts to doodle, color, collage, pictures. And don’t forget to #PostThisBook!

This is all for now! Enjoy your day, have fun and celebrate the fourth! Happy reading!!

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Books of the Week

Books of the Week

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How on earth has this week gone by so quickly? Well, at least I had time to read a bunch of books..

This week The Essential Books to Understanding.. covered candidate Bernie Sanders, a short collection of very interesting books that will help you understanding the man and the politician who’s running for president. (Previously The Essential Books To Understanding Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump).

Beyond politics I am a True Crime enthusiast, Dead Ends by Joseph Michael Reynolds is one of my favourite books about Aileen Wuornos. Written by the Reuters reporter who initially broke the story, in 1990, Dead Ends is the firsthand account of Wuornos’s capture, trial, and sentencing to death by lethal injection, that goes deep down where nobody ever before.

The “word of the week” has been “Brexit”. On June 23 Britons were called to vote about whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European Union or leave it for good.  A State of Independency by Mark Brolin will give you an objective and critical analysis of what’s really going on in the Old Country and why Brexit is good.

Don’t get a job, live your dream by Scott Haug, a new sel-help book, contains 7 important reasons that will help convince you to live the life you truly want to live.

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund has been a real challenge for me to read..784 pages of a really dark and disturbed psychological thriller. Epic but well written.

Something different that took me out of my comfort zone: poetry. Djinni Hunter by Thomas Kozumplik is a splendid collection of poems that I am still enjoying.

Well, readers.. that would be all for now!  As always, feel free to comment and share your best books of the week. Happy week and happy reading!

 

Great Summer Readings for Kids and YA

Great Summer Readings for Kids and YA

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Isn’t this the sweetest picture ever? If you have kids you sure know what I mean: your lovely child sitting quietly with a book in his/her hands.. Key word: quiet!

No kidding.. kids are cool! Hungry for knowledge and ready to experience the world. Super energetic –probably sugar fueled– and always on the move. But you know that can be quite hard to get them reading, and -let’s be honest- when comes to kids, it’s hard race to compete with the Internet, videogames, movies and social networks.

I’m not in the “parents league” but I know about kids. Matter of fact I still am one of them -at heart! I read children books, watch cartoons,  I still go playing on the swings in Central Park (or wherever I see one of those), never pass up an opportunity to pop bubble wrap and  I keep saying things like “when I grow up” even though I am grown up.

Does it make me a reliable source? Here some of the coolest stories I have found-read-loved!

Middle Graders (age 8-12)

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Agent Darcy and Ninja Steve in Tiger Trouble, by Grant Goodman

Agent Darcy is 13 years old and she’s an agent-in-training at the Bureau of Sneakery. Her rival, Agent Serena, is sharp competition and Darcy doesn’t deal well with failure. 

Ninja Steve, 12 years old, lives in the village of Ninjastoria. His sister, Nora, is a ninja genius who graduated from college at the age of 16 (with a double degree in Ghost Studies and Spin-Kicks). 

When Darcy gets sent on her first mission, she’s off to Ninjastoria. And when an ancient ghost is freed from his prison, they’re going to need to rely on teamwork to seal it back up. 

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


 The Gallery, by Laura Marx Fitzgeraldc4adb4117afcf5479bce6c4c17026740.jpg

 It’s 1929, and twelve-year-old Martha has no choice but to work as a maid in the New York City mansion of the wealthy Sewell family.

But, despite the Gatsby-like parties and trimmings of success, she suspects something might be deeply wrong in the household—specifically with Rose Sewell, the formerly vivacious lady of the house who now refuses to leave her room.

The other servants say Rose is crazy, but scrappy, strong-willed Martha thinks there’s more to the story—and that the paintings in the Sewell’s gallery contain a hidden message detailing the truth. But in a house filled with secrets, nothing is quite what it seems, and no one is who they say. Can Martha follow the clues, decipher the code, and solve the mystery of what’s really going on with Rose Sewell?

 Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


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Wish, by Barbara O’Connor

Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade.  But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true.

That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. 

From award-winning author Barbara O’Connor comes a middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of a true-blue friend, a big-hearted aunt and uncle, and the dog of her dreams, unexpectedly learns the true meaning of family in the least likely of places.

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


Young Adults (age 13-18)

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The Quantum Door, by Jonathan Ballagh (review)

The mysterious woods behind Brady and Felix’s house have been deserted for years. But things change when a fence goes up and the brothers notice strange things happening at night.

From the moment they dare cross the fence, the brothers enter a world of dark technological secrets that will rock the foundation of everything they know to be true.

And once they enter, there’s no turning back.  Some places are better left alone…

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


cover78858-mediumBeware That Girl, by Teresa Toten (review)

As the scholarship student at the Waverly School in NYC, Kate has her work cut out for her: her plan is to climb the social ladder and land a spot at Yale. She’s already found her “people” among the senior class “it” girls—specifically in the cosseted, mega-wealthy yet deeply damaged Olivia Sumner.

As for Olivia, she considers Kate the best friend she’s always needed, the sister she never had. 

When the handsome and whip-smart Mark Redkin joins the Waverly administration, he immediately charms his way into the faculty’s and students’ lives—becoming especially close to Olivia, a fact she’s intent on keeping to herself. It becomes increasingly obvious that Redkin poses a threat to Kate, too, in a way she can’t reveal—and can’t afford to ignore. How close can Kate and Olivia get to Mark without having to share their dark pasts?

Get your copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


cover83093-mediumDreaming of Antigone, by Robin Bridges (review)

Andria’s twin sister, Iris, had adoring friends, a cool boyfriend, a wicked car, and a shelf full of soccer trophies. She had everything, including a drug problem.

Six months after Iris’s death, Andria is trying to keep her grades, her friends, and her family from falling apart. But stargazing and books aren’t enough to ward off her guilt that she–the freak with the scary illness and all-black wardrobe–is still here when Iris isn’t. And then there’s Alex Hammond. The boy Andria blames for Iris’s death. The boy she’s unwittingly started swapping lines of poetry and secrets with, even as she tries to keep hating him. 

Heartwrenching, smart, and bold, Dreaming of Antigone is a story about the jagged pieces that lie beneath the surface of the most seemingly perfect life…and how they can fit together to make something wholly unexpected.

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


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ONE SUMMER in the French countryside, among sun-kissed fields of lavender . . . ANOTHER SUMMER in upstate New York, along familiar roads that lead to surprises . . . 
When Summer Everett makes a split-second decision, her summer divides into two parallel worlds.

In one, she travels to France, where she dreamed of going: a land of chocolate croissants, handsome boys, and art museums. In the other, she remains home, in her ordinary suburb, where she expects her ordinary life to continue but nothing is as it seems. 

She will fall in love and discover new sides of herself. But a terrible family secret may break her.
From “New York Times” bestselling author Aimee Friedman comes an irresistible, inventive novel that takes readers around the world and back again, and asks us what matters more: the journey or the destination.”

Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (eBook)


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Judge ’em By The Cover: How to Create an Amazing Summer Reading List

 

Surfing the net in search of tips and tricks on how to create the perfect Summer Reading List?

I usually take advantage of social book sites as YourNextRead.com and Goodreads, the massive community of book lovers. But with 5,100,000 users, browsing the infinite lists and finding the right book can be hard.

This time I’m going for anJudgeACover.jpg easy and extremely practical tactic: “Judge ’em By The Cover“.

I know, I know.. Never judge a book by its cover. But despite how true it might be, the reality of the book industry is that the majority of readers use the cover of a book as a deciding factor in whether or not they should buy the book. With millions of books we can choose from, the first “sales pitch” is the cover.
Sure the content is essential, but how you present it maybe be equally important so as to grab the attention of your target and a well designed cover is the first assurance of high quality.
Sloppy and unappealing fonts, pixelated images or bad illustrations will turn off the reader right away. If it is not striking enough to draw attention, it will be passed over. At least by me.
So this is how I’m gonna play it. I will add to my Summer Reading List only those books with fancy and well-designed covers and see how it goes.
And you? Do you judge a book by its cover? Answer the poll and share your tips and tricks for the best summer reading list.
Happy Reading!

 

 

 

Fooled By The Title

Fooled By The Title

My Best Friend’s Exorcism, by Grady Hendrix

Peacefully walking down the aisles of your favourite bookstore in town. Touching the spine of infinite books with the tip of your fingers, a gentle touch like playing the roulette. Eyes fervently catch a glimpse of titles, names, pictures on the cover. Then something hits you… and here’s the chosen. Congratulation! You got yourself a new book.

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Have you ever been fooled by the title of the book? By picking up Grady Hendrix’s novel I hoped to read some quality horror literature…but, My Best Friend’s Exorcism is pure and simple  (a bit boring) general fiction.

This book is about friendship. Abby and Gretchen have been best friend since fifth grade. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act . . . different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behaviour start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favourite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen and their friendship.

This book will probably make you trip if you are missing -really missing- the 80s. Heavy doses of 80s references, E.T., roller-skating parties, LSD and scratch-and-sniff stickers are all in here. But where is the creepy stuff? Head spinning around 360° like Regan’s in The Exorcist, people crawling up the kitchen wall? Where is the exorcism?

I can’t deny that I was a little bit disappointed. It’s a good story, decently written.. but the title fooled me big time!


Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com (Book) – (Ebook)

 

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Millennials: Are You One of Us?

 

9d861ac5027505d5d61fe9eb36448da7One of the best part of becoming a self-proclaimed “book blogger” is when authors and PR people from publishing companies reach you out asking if -by any chance- you’d like to read this or that book and help them spreading the word.

Duh!! I’m a bookworm. Sure I would like to read your new/soon-to-be-published book!!

A week ago, Jack Cahn -a first-time author and college student- offered me to read an advanced copy of When Millennials Rule: The Reshaping of America,  written with his twin brother David.

I knew JaWhen Millennials Ruleck and David Cahn -the Twin Titans of Stuyvesant High School– from the media attention they received in 2013 because of their involvement in school activism, and I am an avid reader of their Huffington Post posts too (read here David’s entries and here Jack’s entries).

Jack and David’s book -which I will review soon- is written by and for a specific demographic cohort called Millennials.

According to all the legitimate sources I have consulted, I am -my birthright- one of them. Yes people, I am a Millennial.

Despite there are no precise dates for when the generation starts and ends; most researchers use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to around 2000.* The credit of naming the Millennials goes to authors William Strauss and Neil Howe, which -in their latest book titled Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation– defined the Millennials as a “civic-minded generation with a strong sense of community both local and global“.

Pretty cool, huh? Sure is, on paper. Here comes the reality check.

o-THE-REAL-ME-GENERATION-facebookAfter further research I found out that Millennials don’t exactly enjoy widespread appreciation, nor consideration among society; lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents, tech junkies and guinea pigs for everything marketing related.

We might be more tech savvy, more entrepreneurial, more tolerant and even more optimistic about the future, but we also are the generation with the highest joblessness and debt out of school.

Statistics show that we are the best educated generation of history but -apparently- our political views don’t make any sense, our ideas are unrealistic and we will never reach higher political positions.

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We are good buyers though. No kidding. In fact, there are a lot of books about how to make us buy even more things:

  • Marketing to Millennials: Reach the largest and most influential Generation of Consumer Ever, by Jeff Fromm and Christie Garton (Book) – (eBook)
  • Your Customer is the star: How to make Millennials, Boomers and Everyone Else Love your Business, by Micah Solomon (Book) – (eBook)
  • Managing the Millennials: Discover the core Competencies for Managing Today’s Workforce, by Chip Espinoza and Mick Ukleja (Book) – (eBook)

Just to name a few. That’s quite sad, isn’t it?

My question to you, brave reader, is: What’s really hiding under the sand? Who’s keeping Millennials out of the big game? Why society doesn’t give Millennials credit? Are Millennials really narcissistic personalities characterized by a damaged sense of self?

When Millennials Rule: The Reshaping of America by Jack and David Cahn is an extraordinary reading that I recommend (pub.date August 2nd, 2016). If words and ideas can change the world, and if “it depends on us, on the choices we make, particularly when big changes are happening and everything seems up for grabs“** than we -Millennials- have a lot of work to do.


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** President Obama to the class of 2016 at Rutger University 250th Anniversary Commencement

***This post reflects my personal opinion. I am not sponsored by none of the people mentioned above. The reason why I am  highly, strongly, shamelessy suggesting to buy Jack and David’s book is mostly because I believe in the message that carries. I will never get tired to recommend any writer who is not afraid to share good ideas and knows how to use a perfect consecutio temporum!

****If you don’t know what the consecutio temporum is…get out of here!! Kidding, just google it!

Wanna Be A Writer?

Wanna Be A Writer?

Paper Hearts, by Beth Revis

cover84939-mediumWith the economy going down and a lot of downsizing here and there, you found yourself playing with the crazy idea of becoming a writer. The publishing industry might have changed but, thanks God it still runs pretty good.

You’ve done some research and, to your great surprise, you found out that a lot of people get published; kids from Youtube, bored housewives with dirty minds and some soft porn in the drawer, and even that celebrity and his/her cookbook.

cover86916-mediumSo, why not to try. At this point you probably need some help figuring out what to do, how to present good material, how to get publishers attention and basically how to get your name out there.

Beth Revis -NY Times bestselling author- comes in help with the Paper Hearts series.

Book #1 is full of practical advices coming from real experience; story structure, how to develop character, plot and world, grammar, style and tone.

Book #2cover89310-medium.png guides you through the busy path of publishing; basic professional advices, practical informations on agents and all you need to know about self publishing.

Book #3 will help you develop an online presence, examine and understand the market, develop live and online book tour and host live events.

If you are really toying the idea of writing, these books might help you find your way. Beth Revis is sharing the tricks of the trade for you to be the next best writer. Take the chance!


Get your own copy now! On Amazon.com

Book #1 (eBook) – (Book)

Book #2 (eBook) – (Book)

Book #3 (eBook) – (Book)

Are You Ready for a Thrill Ride?

Are You Ready for a Thrill Ride?

All the Missing Girls, by Megan Miranda

 Gillian Flynn paved the way for a lot of girls to come. Some got crazy, otherscover80631-medium.png missing and others got crazy because missing. Some of those books were riveting, others not so much. That is why I am a bit skeptical when I see the word “girls” on the title.

Megan Miranda took her chance with this “girl thing” and she came back with a compelling novel!

Just for the sake of  your curiosity, this breathtaking story is about the disappearances of two young women -a decade apart- told backwards.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left Cooley Ridge after her best friend Corinne disappeared without a trace. Back again for some family business, Nic is plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds.

When another girl  -Annaleise Carter – goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbour’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago.

Presented as the next The Girl on the Train or Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel All the Missing Girls is even better! Original, engaging and beautifully written. Megan Miranda’s writing style is something you could easily get addicted to.

All the Missing Girls has it all! A spine-tingling ride from beginning to end.

 


Pre-order your own copy! On Amazon.com (eBook) – (Book)

Censorship or Editing?

Censorship or Editing?

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Some call it censorship, others call it editing.
Do you think anything can be published or is there a red line that can’t be crossed?
Politics, religion, sexuality, relationships… what’s your opinion?

 

We are discussing it at The Serial Readers Book Club on Goodreads!! Join us!

Or leave a comment here!