Ladies of Literature (pt. 2)

While doing part one of Ladies of Literature, I wanted to include books written by women that I plan to read in the near future. However the post already felt too long for me to add more content on, especially with images. So I decided to give it its own post, therefore allowing me to expand on what is drawing me in to a particular book. Below is a list of five books, written by women, that I want to read sooner rather than later:

 

You by Caroline Kepnes

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When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder. (Source: Goodreads)

This female authored novel follows a man who stalks a woman and eventually becomes her perfect man. By any means necessary. The synopsis read like an episode of Criminal Minds from the unsub’s (unknown subject) perspective. Because I love Criminal Minds as much as I do this novel has been on my radar for quite some time. I just haven’t had the chance to read it yet.

 

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

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Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, and she can’t always decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the charming-yet-volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

A recent release, Burning Glass is the first in a fantasy trilogy (of course) which revolves around a young girl who is an empath. Ever since I watched Charmed on tv a decade ago, I have been fascinated by the concept of empathy. Naturally, a book centered around it would draw my attention despite its mixed reviews on Goodreads.

 

Air Awakens by Elisa Kova

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A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.

An indie release that I happened across on Amazon a few months ago. I bought it instantly but I just never sat down to read it (even though it’s around 200 pages). I have been wanting to read more indie releases for review so I felt like a six book fantasy series about a librarian and elemental magic would be right up my alley.

 

The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth

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“I try not to think about it, what I did to that boy.”

Seventeen-year-old Kenna Marsden has a secret.

She’s haunted by a violent tragedy she can’t explain. Kenna’s past has kept people—even her own mother—at a distance for years. Just when she finds a friend who loves her and life begins to improve, she’s plunged into a new nightmare. Her mom and twin sister are attacked, and the dark powers Kenna has struggled to suppress awaken with a vengeance.

On the heels of the assault, Kenna is exiled to a nearby commune, known as Eclipse, to live with a relative she never knew she had. There, she discovers an extraordinary new way of life as she learns who she really is, and the wonders she’s capable of. For the first time, she starts to feel like she belongs somewhere. That her terrible secret makes her beautiful and strong, not dangerous. But the longer she stays at Eclipse, the more she senses there is something malignant lurking underneath it all. And she begins to suspect that her new family has sinister plans for her…

My interest in this book is based purely on the mystery created by the title and the quote that opens the synopsis: “I try not to think about it, what I did to that boy.” The combination of those two things has created such hype that I’m willing to ignore the paranormal tag attached to this novel and give it a try.

 

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

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It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister’s daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death.

The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbors accused neighbors, parents and children each other. Aside from suffrage, the Salem Witch Trials represent the only moment when women played the central role in American history. In curious ways, the trials would shape the future republic.

As psychologically thrilling as it is historically seminal, THE WITCHES is Stacy Schiff’s account of this fantastical story-the first great American mystery unveiled fully for the first time by one of our most acclaimed historians.

The Salem Witch Trials of the 1600’s is probably the most interesting part of US history to me. I’ve seen tv shows on it and have read books that draw on it for inspiration (Josephine Angelini’s Trial by Fire), but those were all fiction. This is a non-fiction book that talks about the Witch Trials that I’ve wanted since I saw it on a shelf in Barnes & Noble in the Fall.

-GJA

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