Librarian Reading: May 2018

This monthly column, by our own Sara Marks, will feature new books that librarians and book bloggers are talking about.

This month I’m only sharing one book…. MY OWN!

Phi Alpha Pi

Coming out on May 28th, Phi Alpha Pi is the second book in my 21st Century Austen series.  The series is an anthology series, so pick either of the two current books and enjoy.  It doesn’t matter which one you start with (the other is Modern Persuasion).  Here’s the blurb:

Pride and Prejudice and the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy is one of the most popular and famous in British literature. What happens to the same story and characters if you set it today, in a university’s Greek system?
Phi Alpha Pi is the oldest and largest sorority on campus and new president Lizbeth has a busy senior year ahead of her. She is determined to keep her sorority in good standing on campus after a year on probation. She is barely dealing with the new sorority house manager, Mrs. C, who has her own ideas about how to support the sorority sisters. Lizbeth has to balance this with her own academic goals to complete an honors thesis and go to graduate school.
The last thing Lizbeth expects is her anger when Wil, a new member of the Alpha Pi fraternity, pushes every one of her buttons. Lizbeth finds him rude, snobby, and judgmental. Wil, has just transferred to the university with his best friend, Charlie. Lizbeth’s irritation with Wil grows through the year as she keeps being forced to interact with him ALL YEAR.

If the blurb wasn’t clear, this is a modernization of Pride and Prejudice. It’s a sweet romance book, which means there aren’t any sex scenes on the page, but they’re implied.  You can pre-order the ebook online now.

Don’t worry, I’m going back to regular suggestions next month!

Want more?  Check out Sara’s blog, Book Club of 1, where she talks about her own experiences as writer and sometimes suggests books to her readers.  Her column will be featured on the first Wednesday of each month.  Want to see more books suggested by librarians, check out Library Reads.

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Librarian Reading – April 2018

This monthly column, by our own Sara Marks, will feature new books that librarians and book bloggers are talking about.

I’m having a weird reading month.  I check out a lot of books from my library’s Overdrive account.  This means, when the loan is over, the book just disappears from my account.  If I remember in time, I can renew it, but if there is a waiting list, it puts me at the end.  That means, in many cases, that I have to wait months to get a book and I might have had to wait months to get it in the first place.  These two books are some I expect will take me months to get and months to finish while I wait for the second round of the waiting list to get to me.

35959740Circe

I know a lot of the Mill Page authors like fantasy and mythology.  So many of our conversations turn to various mythologies and magical creatures.  For me, I love the Hindu deities more than other pantheons.  For those who love the Greeks, you should give Circe a try.  It’s getting a lot of great buzz.  Here’s the blurb:

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

Circe comes out on April 10th.  It is a mythological drama with a strong female lead.

PrintMy Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel

I’m sure many of us read at least one Choose Your Own Adventure book in our lifetime.  If you haven’t I suggest you find one at a used bookstore, Amazon (used), or in a library.  They are fun and you always end up dying.  I never discovered a path that led to any success.  Anyway, My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel is that method with a romance novel.  Here’s the blurb:

You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand. Will you flip forward fetchingly to find love with the bantering baronet Sir Benedict Granville? Or turn the page to true love with the hardworking, horse-loving highlander Captain Angus McTaggart? Or perhaps race through the chapters chasing a good (and arousing) man gone mad, bad, and scandalous to know, Lord Garraway Craven? Or read on recklessly and take to the Continent as the “traveling companion” of the spirited and adventuresome Lady Evangeline? Or yet some other intriguing fate? Make choices, turn pages, and discover all the daring delights of the multiple (and intertwining!) storylines. And in every path you pick, beguiling illustrations bring all the lust and love to life.

The publisher, Quirk, is known for… quirk.  They brought us Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, William Shakespeare/Star Wars, and other greats.  This book comes out on April 3rd.

Want more?  Check out Sara’s blog, Book Club of 1, where she talks about her own experiences as writer and sometimes suggests books to her readers.  Her column will be featured on the first Wednesday of each month.  Want to see more books suggested by librarians, check out Library Reads.

Librarian Reading

This monthly column, by our own Sara Marks, will feature new books that librarians and book bloggers are talking about.

Let me start with an introduction.  I’m not just a writer, but also a librarian.  I’m specifically an academic librarian.  That means I don’t get to suggest pleasurable reading to people.  Academic librarians help you write research papers and find evidence to support points you’re making in said papers.  I read SO many books.  I am sent SO many books from publishers.  I want you to read ALL the books.  Welcome to the column where I get to fill this hole in my heart by suggesting books to you.

Each month I will share two books that librarians and book bloggers are talking about.  They will always be new releases, but I may not have read them.  Yes, I sometimes get previews of books, but I also have a TBR bookshelf full of books to be read.  I’ll be giving you the blurb, some genre details, and why it caught my attention.

I got both these books this summer as previews to be able to suggest to readers.  One I haven’t gotten a chance to read yet.  The other I read as soon as it arrive in my mail box.

An American MarriageAn American Marriage by Tayari Jones (coming out on February 6th) is a book I was going to gift to someone until I read the blurb on the back for a second time.  Here it is:

“Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.”

This is contemporary fiction about the New South, racism, and life after prison.  It is something to consider taking to your book club this year!


Mister Tender's GirlMister Tender’s Girl by Carter Wilson (coming out on February 13th) is one I loved.  I love horror books, especially ones about the horrors we do to each other.  It has already been optioned to be a TV series!    Here’s the blurb:

“How far are you willing to go for Mister Tender?

At fourteen, Alice Hill was viciously attacked by two of her classmates and left to die. The teens claim she was a sacrifice for a man called Mister Tender, but that could never be true: Mister Tender doesn’t exist. His sinister character is pop-culture fiction, created by Alice’s own father in a series of popular graphic novels.

Over a decade later, Alice has changed her name and is trying to heal. But someone is watching her. They know more about Alice than any stranger could: her scars, her fears, and the secrets she keeps locked away. She can try to escape her past, but Mister Tender is never far behind. He will come with a smile that seduces, and a dark whisper in her ear…

Inspired by a true story, this gripping thriller plunges you into a world of haunting memories and unseen threats, leaving you guessing until the harrowing end.”

Unlike other upcoming Slender Man inspired stories, this one focuses on what would happen to a victim who survived such a terrible attack.  Then it adds in the suspense and horror of what happens to her as an adult.  It was powerful and bananas!  This is one that might keep people up late at night either to read more of it or… well, with nightmares!

Those are my two picks for the month.  Come back and tell me, in the comments, what you thought of these picks!  Feel free to suggest others books for me to read too!

Want more?  Check out Sara’s blog, Book Club of 1, where she talks about her own experiences as writer and sometimes suggests books to her readers.  Her column will be featured on the first Wednesday of each month.  Want to see more books suggested by librarians, check out Library Reads.