Jenny's Picks

break your glass slippers by Amanda Lovelace

break your glass slippers is another brilliant collection from amanda lovelace. on every page another lesson my brain may not have wanted but my heart needed so deeply. "nobody can ever own your magic". I can, will, be my own fairy godmother.

Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami

Breathtaking. A poetic meditation on what it means to be female.

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

Mother and daughter. Neither one a reliable narrator. Sickly child or victim of abuse? Mother of the year or malicious abuser? Does either one have any redeeming qualities? I continued to be surprised with each chapter.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

As a former peculiar child who has grown into a peculiar adult, I was drawn to this book solely for the title. I was not disappointed. A wonderful gothic fantasy adventure that kept me engaged page after fantastical page.

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett Krosoczka

Hey, Kiddo is an unflinchingly honest look at addiction as a family disease. Krosoczka’s artwork is a powerful compliment to his memoir. I can’t stop thinking about this one.

I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson

I don't know what to say about this book without spoiling anything. It's a disturbing, unsettling, shocking YA thriller that will stay with me for a long time. WOW!

96 Miles by J.L. Esplin

A major and wide spread power outage occurs while John and Stewart Lockwood’s dad is away from home. And now they need to travel 96 miles through the Nevada desert in 3 days. During the summer. On foot. With limited food and water. Esplin’s debut novel is an amazing survival story that I could not put down!

The Red Address Book by Sofia Lundberg

I love Sofia Lundberg’s debut novel. 96 year old Doris has a very strong bond with her grandniece, Jenny, and although they live across the world from each other, they Skype on a regular basis. But the history of Doris’ long life is actually revealed through letters she has been writing for Jenny. These alternating story lines of past and present are a wonderfully charming tale of life and love. I laughed, I cried, and I can’t wait for Lundberg’s next book!

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Cassie Bowen wakes up next to a dead body, with very little memory of what happened. A blackout drinker with a history of promiscuity, she isn’t really even sure that she doesn’t belong on the list of suspects. Cassie is very flawed and difficult to like , but I was just as interested in her character development as I was in solving the crime.

The Nanny by Gilly MacMillan

Nothing is quite what it seems in this dark tale of secrets and lies. I highly recommend this chilling page-turner.

A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer

How do magical creatures survive in a land where magic has been outlawed? How does an intelligent and curious girl tolerate a world where women are not allowed to read? I am absolutely engrossed by this new series and can’t wait for the next book to come out!

The Last to Die by Kelly Garrett

I’m a sucker for a flawed protagonist. Garrett does a great job getting me to root for an arrogant, abrasive teen girl in this thrilling whodunit. I’m not often surprised at the twists and turns of mystery novels, but the ending of this book was unexpected and somehow I can’t imagine it any other way.

Different Seasons by Stephen King

For this Stephen King fan, Different Seasons is the best bang for her buck. The four novellas, each representing a (shocker) different season, are perhaps some of King's best work.

Where the Crawdads Sing bu Delia Owens

All at once a survival story, a coming of age tale, and a murder mystery, I absolutely loved this book. I was sad when I finished; not because it felt incomplete, but because I loved it so much that I wasn’t ready for it to be over.

White Bird by R.J. Palacio

This is a beautifully illustrated and powerfully written graphic novel about two Jewish children struggling to survive during WWII in Nazi occupied France. I devoured this book in two days and it brought me to heart-wrenching tears. While not an easy topic to think about, it is most certainly an important one. If you are looking for a lighthearted read, this is not it.

A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel

This book is a unique take on the unreliable narrator. Hannah insists that what happened to her best friend Agnes was an accident. The further I read into the story, the more questions I had. I didn't want to stop reading until I finished!

The Best of Iggy by Annie Barrows

Haven't we all done things we wish we hadn't? Iggy is a known troublemaker who lists these bad things in three categories: 1. things we wish we hadn't done, but actually wish we hadn't gotten in trouble for, 2. things we wish we hadn't done quite as much as we did, and 3. things we really, completely wish we hadn't done. He gives the reader an example in each of these categories and goes on to tell us about "extenuating circumstances". Iggy shows us that we are so much more than the bad things we do. We can make mistakes and still be good people.

The Friendship War by Andrew Clements

18 to 29 can be a difficult time for both child and parent. Times have certainly changed and the issues affecting these “emerging adults” are definitely not the same as they once were. I recommend this book to all parents, step-parents, grandparents, guardians, and anyone who interacts with someone(s) in their 20-something years.

Big Ideas for Curious Minds by The School of LIfe

Philosophy can be quite a difficult subject to comprehend. Big Ideas for Curious Minds breaks down some of the biggest ideas from the world's biggest minds into language that is easier to understand. Not just for kids, this book can help anyone "act more wisely when facing the problems in our lives that we can't do much about."

The Cassandra by Sharma Shields

The Cassandra is a dark exploration of the inhumanity of humanity. Mildred Groves’ new job at the Hanford Atomic Plant during WWII gives her a way to leave her unhappy home and to feel a part of something bigger than herself. But her increasingly dark visions of the future contribute to her decreasing grip on reality. Sharma Shields does a great job of weaving factual history and the supernatural into a realistic horror of political and personal importance. This novel covers some very dark and graphic topics and is definitely not for the faint of heart.

A Strangely Wrapped Gift by Emily Juniper

Sometimes we read the right thing at the right time. A Strangely Wrapped Gift was just that; a gift for my soul. I didn’t know I needed to hear this pure poetry until I began reading it and then I couldn’t put it down until I had finished completely absorbing the whole, honest, raw, messy, beautiful truth. Perfection.

Getting to 30 by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

18 to 29 can be a difficult time for both child and parent. Times have certainly changed and the issues affecting these “emerging adults” are definitely not the same as they once were. I recommend this book to all parents, step-parents, grandparents, guardians, and anyone who interacts with someone(s) in their 20-something years.

She Persisted Around the World by Chelsea Clinton

"They persisted and so should you." Enough said.

Not One of These Poems is About You by Teva Harrison

Not One Of These Poems Is About You is profoundly honest poetry accompanied by simple, beautiful drawings. Teva Harrison’s art, both written and visual, brought me to gut-wrenching tears. This is definitely a volume I will add to my personal collection.

Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass is a fantastical coming of age novel about Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, two children from parallel universes. It’s the first in an epic trilogy that brilliantly uses concepts from philosophy, religion, and physics while still remaining an adventurous fantasy quest.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but that is exactly what I did with Through The Woods by Emily Carroll. I knew I had to read it as soon as I saw it. It turned out to be even better than I was expecting. Five hauntingly illustrated tales of gothic horror kept me truly engrossed from cover to cover. Although wholly original, it did give me feels of Edgar Allan Poe and Edward Gorey. This is a definite must read for fans of the genre.

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

The Kingdom of Back is a wonderful blend of historical fiction, classical music, fantasy, and coming-of-age. Marie Lu lovingly expands on the tale of Nannerl Mozart, the much lesser known sister of Wolfgang. The struggle to be remembered in her own right leads Nannerl, and later her brother, to a magical kingdom accessed through her music, stories, and dreams. You don’t need to have a knowledge of classical music to appreciate this story. Although there are certainly little treasures of reference sprinkled throughout the novel, giving it just one more level to appreciate.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I found it interesting that the sequel to The Handmaid's Tale was written from the perspective of three women, none of whom were handmaids. A founding Aunt of Gilead reveals how some of them became to be such an integral part in the inner workings of the oppressive regime. Almost immediately I began to question my own preconceived judgments of these women. The other two POVs were of young women born in the time of Gilead; one raised in Gilead by a high level Commander and one in Canada raised by parents who were very involved in the resistance movement. It is fascinating, and at times unnerving, to see how beliefs can be formed and choices made. More so with The Testaments than with the original I was left truly wondering what choices I might make in a similar situation.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

I have a thing for intelligent humor and Douglas Adams definitely satisfies. He blends that humor into a dark satirical science fiction adventure that has become an international multimedia phenomenon. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy brilliantly and hilariously follows the adventures of a haphazard group of humans and aliens as they explore the galaxy. I could not put it down and then couldn’t wait to read the other four novels that make up the “Hitchhiker’s Trilogy”. Don’t Panic and enjoy this book!