One of my favorite blogs that I follow is Anne Bogel’s Modern Mrs. Darcy. She has a book out that I am currently reading and will include in this list, Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything. She also has a podcast What Should I Read Next?. I highly recommend all 3! Enough fangirling, her blog post Quick Lit for November 2017 ( https://modernmrsdarcy.com/quick-lit-november-2017/) has inspired this post about what I am currently reading (thanks Anne!)
Moonlight Over Manhattan (From Manhattan With Love #6) by Sarah Morgan: I am a big fan of Sarah Morgan’s From Manhattan With Love series. I have read the whole series up until this point, admittedly out of order, and each book can be read as a standalone. Which makes it fun when characters from the previous books are mentioned and thank goodness I am reading it on my Kindle as the highlighting is borderline out of control. Along with my somewhat obnoxious notes of “:)” or “!!!!” or “AWWW”. Back to the point: Moonlight Over Manhattan focuses on Harriet Knight, twin sister of Fliss and younger sister of Daniel (both of whom have already had their own stories in this series). Fliss has been Harriet’s protector their whole lives and now Fliss has expanded their dog walking business, The Bark Rangers, to the Hamptons, leaving Harriet in Manhattan alone. Now Harriet has to figure out how to fend for herself, and find herself, in the big city during one of the biggest holidays of the year: Christmas. It is off to a charming start, as per usual with Sarah Morgan’s books, with humor and identity discovery. See below for links to my reviews of the other books in the series:
- Sleepless in Manhattan (From Manhattan With Love #1) by Sarah Morgan-5/5 Star Review!
- Sunset In Central Park (From Manhattan With Love #2) by Sarah Morgan- A 5/5 Star Review!
- Miracle On 5th Avenue (From Manhattan With Love #3) by Sarah Morgan Review: 5/5 Stars!
- New York, Actually (From Manhattan With Love #4) by Sarah Morgan- a 4/5 Star Review!
- Holiday in the Hamptons (From Manhattan with Love #5) by Sarah Morgan- A 5/5 Star Review!
- BONUS! A New York Christmas Story by Sarah Morgan-5/5 Star Review!
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (Dash & Lily #1) by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan: Another book that has to do with the holiday season but this one was selected as this month’s Book Club pick in the Young Adult Book Club that I am involved in locally. It revolves around two teenagers in New York City who could not be more different when it comes to the holidays. Dash hates it, Lily loves it. However, Lily and her brother create a Book of Dares and hide it on a bookshelf in the famous Strand Bookstore, and Dash stumbles across it, plays her game as instructed in the book, then comes up with a game of his own for her. I really like it so far because of it’s unique concept and it’s setting in NYC during the holidays.
Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel: As stated in the beginning of this post, I am a big fan of Anne Bogel. Reading People is a deep look into personality and how different traits factor in to making a person who they are. She cites many reputable sources and breaks down complicated subjects into concepts that are easily relatable. I am only halfway through but have learned so much! Especially about Highly Sensitive People and it has helped me understand people in my own life better.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (Read by Wil Wheaton): I wanted to read this before the movie comes out next March. Wade Watts is a teenager in the year 2044 with an obsession for video games and virtual reality. His home life isn’t great, so he escapes to the OASIS where he can virtually go to school, hang out with friends, and play video games. The creator of OASIS was a multi-billionaire who will give his estate to whomever finds five clues hidden throughout the game. It has been years since and no one has found any clue. The attention has faded, until Wade finds the first clue. Now, the stakes are even higher as there is not only money on the line, but fame and even his life. Wil Wheaton is a brilliant choice for the audiobook verison as he makes it very engaging. So far it kind of seems like a Willy Wonka meets World of Warcraft but it is entertaining and full of ’80’s references.
Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner: I also wanted to read this before the movie comes out in January. I have read the other two books in this series and it is a YA dystopian adventure revolving around Thomas and his friends (not the children’s series about trains). Sun flares have scorched the earth and now The Flare is a virus that attacks the brain and turns the host into a “crank” (a.k.a. zombie). In this book, the group is still trying to escape WICKED (World In Catastrophe: Killzone Experiment Department), the group of scientists that put this group of teens through excruciating experiments in order to design a cure for the Flare virus. Fast-paced just like the other books and it is fun to be back in the group dynamic! Although I am ambivalent on how I feel about this book series, Minho is still my favorite :).