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November 9 | Colleen Hoover

“‘One of the things I always try to remind myself is that everyone has scars,’ she says. “A lot of them are worse than mine. The only difference is that mine are visible and most people’s aren’t.’”

Genre: Romance Number of Pages: 320 Perspective: Alternating First Location: California and New York
November 9 is the story of Ben and Fallon. On the day they meet, Ben helps Fallon in an argument against her dad. They immediately have a connection, but Fallon is moving—that night. They agree to meet in the same spot on the same date every year for a few years, with no additional contact. This is so that they both have a chance to experience life and mature. But life and love are never that simple. For a complete summary, you can go here.

Any book that makes me stay up to crazy hours in the middle of the night to finish the night before a twelve hour drive deserves five stars. [Not to mention that I started it as I laid down for bed]. It's been awhile since a book has consumed me like that……

Why I Love Happily-Ever-Afters

This is a guest post by Elsa Winckler. There is something about a happily-ever-after that still gets me every time and I’m way past the age where one is supposed to still believe in that. Despite all the curveballs life has thrown my way I still believe in kindred spirits, soul mates, love at first sight and the possibility of being happy forever.
It probably has a lot to do with the fact that I married my college sweetheart and we celebrated our fortieth wedding anniversary earlier this year. Being married, having kids, going through one crisis after the other, in other words when life happens, it’s easy to forget why you fell in love in the first place. But when you do remember, the rest becomes white noise.
I’m an avid reader and literally read every book in the library of the small town where I grew up. But somewhere along the way, I’ve realized the stories with the happy endings, the stories with the promise of hope – those are the ones I love to read. So when I’ve decided to try …

Some Well Meant Advice On How To Avoid Giving Author Interviews

This is a guest post by James Roberts.
As the writer of a one of the funniest books ever written I am often pressed for what I would describe as 'authorial titbits'. (This current article being a case in point). This phenomenon, the desire to know all about 'the author', I am afraid to say, is particularly virulent amongst that generation for which a free university education, affordable mortgages and paying for recorded music are quite fanciful notions. Ergo, younger readers, or the NA market if you happen to be up on your genres. Now being one of those wordsmiths for whom more than a half page of text per day is likely to bring about a seizure, this presents something of a problem. No words to spare, as it were. On these occasions, I often find myself calling upon my old chum Roland Barthes and his seminal monograph Death of the Author (1967). 
Why? you ask. Well, let me tell you. Within the many, many pages of Death of Barthes puts forward a convincing argument (or s…

The Storyteller | Jodi Picoult

“It’s amazing what you can convince yourself of, if you buy into the lie.”

Genre: Historical Fiction Number of Pages: 460 Perspective: Alternating First Location: New England, Germany, and other parts of Europe
The Storyteller is about a girl, Sage, that is asked to partake in assisted suicide and to forgive an ex-Nazi. Her grandma was a survivor of the Holocaust, so she has to decide what is the right thing to do. For a complete summary, you can go here.
Let me start off by saying that I am not a Jodi Picoult fan. She has written so many books, and many of them become very well known. I have read two of her books and I was not impressed. They were boring and drawn out. But all of her books, including this one, have to do with some sort of ethical dilemma. More on that later. After reading her book Change of Heart, I vowed to never read one of her books again. But my book club happened to choose The Storyteller this month, so I had to suck it up and give her another chance. Honestly, I am …

Confess | Colleen Hoover

“There are people you meet that you get to know, and then there are people you meet that you already know.”

Genre: New Adult Romance Number of Pages: 306 Perspective: First Alternating Location: Dallas, Texas
Confess is about Auburn and Owen. Auburn has a strict plan for her future, but that all changes when she walks into Owen’s art studio. They fall quickly for each other, but they each have their own secrets. It may be in the greater good for them to stay apart rather than expose their secrets. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I hate romance novels, but I loved this book! It even won my Best Book Award! I think what I hate most about romance novels are the cheesy lines and the too perfect relationships. But Colleen Hoover avoids that. She’s been noted to say that she hates romance novels too, and never imagined that she would write one herself.  
There were a few things that I really loved about this book. First of all, I loved that people submitted confessions and they were tur…