High Five for Bibliophiles

The Bibliophiles dream: endless books and an endless time to read them.  I'm really behind on my Goodreads book challenge for 2015, but I think I've figured out a way to reach my goal: audio books.  That's right!  I have a 30 minute commute (one way) each day, and I've replaced my usual podcast time for book time.  Now that I'm almost done with my first audio book (The Martian by Andy Weir) I'm looking at what my next book may be.  So, for my bibliophile friends, here are five of my books on the "to read/listen to" list.

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Rainbow Rowell, author of Fangirl, is coming out with her first book based on Simon and Baz from Fangirl. Rowell says that she wrote this book to be enjoyable even if you aren't familiar with Simon and Baz. Here's the description of the book from Goodreads:

 "Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything."

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I'm not sure how I originally stumbled upon this book, but I couldn't say no once I read it's summary:

"No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. ‘I nearly missed you, Doctor August,’ she says. ‘I need to send a message.’"

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I have a weak spot for biographies and histories about royalty, and I can't wait to read this one:

"You think you know her story. You’ve read the Brothers Grimm, you’ve watched the Disney cartoons, you cheered as these virtuous women lived happily ever after. But the lives of real princesses couldn’t be more different. Sure, many were graceful and benevolent leaders—but just as many were ruthless in their quest for power, and all of them had skeletons rattling in their royal closets. Princess Stephanie von Hohenlohe was a Nazi spy. Empress Elizabeth of the Austro-Hungarian empire slept wearing a mask of raw veal. Princess Olga of Kiev murdered thousands of men, and Princess Rani Lakshmibai waged war on the battlefield, charging into combat with her toddler son strapped to her back. Princesses Behaving Badly offers minibiographies of all these princesses and dozens more. It’s a fascinating read for history buffs, feminists, and anyone seeking a different kind of bedtime story."

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When I did my research for the post Caitlyn Jenner: A Mother's Perspective, this is a book that came up more than once:

"Nobody Passes is a collection of essays that confronts and challenges the very notion of belonging. By examining the perilous intersections of identity, categorization, and community, contributors challenge societal mores and countercultural norms. Nobody Passes explores and critiques the various systems of power seen (or not seen) in the act of “passing.” In a pass-fail situation, standards for acceptance may vary, but somebody always gets trampled on. This anthology seeks to eliminate the pressure to pass and thereby unearth the delicious and devastating opportunities for transformation that might create."

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This book was introduce to me via NPR podcasts, and it looks like a great mix of genres for me:

"On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man was shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of hundreds of young men slain in LA every year. His assailant ran down the street, jumped into an SUV, and vanished, hoping to join the vast majority of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes. But as soon as the case was assigned to Detective John Skaggs, the odds shifted. Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the quintessential American murder--one young black man slaying another--and a determined crew of detectives whose creed was to pursue justice at all costs for its forgotten victims. Ghettosideis a fast-paced narrative of a devastating crime, an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy, and a surprising new lens into the great subject of murder in America--why it happens and how the plague of killings might yet be stopped."

What are you reading this weekend? Be sure to follow me on Goodreads if you are a fellow book lover!  Until Monday, stay exceptionally chic and exquisitely geek!

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