Bookstrology: Taurus (April 21-May 21)

Taurus (April 21–May 21)

Taurus is the second sign in the zodiac cycle. Represented by the sign of the bull, Taurus are hardworking, loyal, dependable and very stubborn. Taurus also have a love for the finer things in life and will go out of their way for the material goods they desire.

 

Book of the Month: Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Taurus will be drawn to this story of family, and will relate to the stubborn and unique title character. Ginny Moon is a fourteen-year-old girl with autism. While she has finally left foster care and found her “forever family,” Ginny will do anything to return to her abusive birth mother, Gloria. Even if that means getting herself kidnapped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fellow Taurus

Charlotte Brontë (April 21, 1816)

Vladimir Nabokov (April 22, 1899)

William Shakespeare (April 23, 1564)

Harper Lee (April 28, 1926)

Terry Pratchett (April 28, 1948)


BookClubbish Was There: Benjamin Ludwig in Toronto

Bunting, book bags … and Michael Jackson posters? This was the pitch-perfect setting in HarperCollins Canada’s boardroom when they hosted author Benjamin Ludwig in Toronto. Fifty booksellers showed up to hear about GINNY MOON, which the HarperCanada sales force made their Top Pick selection of the summer season (the one book they will champion the most).

GINNY MOON releases on May 2nd, and it has also been chosen as a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, an Indie Next Pick, a LibraryReads Pick, and a Shopper’s Drug Mart Book Lover’s Pick — all excellent indicators this book will be a major hit.

So why all the fuss? GINNY MOON is narrated by a young girl with autism who tries to make sense of the world around her. Through her unique lens, the reader finds out about Ginny’s past, about her new home with parents who adopted her, and about the mysterious Baby Doll she obsesses about.

Ginny, the character, is someone I’ll not soon forget, and GINNY, the book, is simply a masterpiece of emotions: a dark but ultimately uplifting journey that will make you see the world differently.

Kudos to the HarperCanada team for building the buzz around GINNY. As for the Michael Jackson posters and their significance to the book? I’ll let you read GINNY MOON to find out for yourself!

BOOKCLUBBISH WAS THERE at the HarperCanada reception for Benjamin Ludwig, and we were wanna be startin’ somethin’.


Books About the Search

There’s no better place to search for something than in a book. Books have always been the number one resource for anything you might be looking for (sorry, internet). Here are seven books about characters searching: for the truth, for love new or lost, for self-discovery, for family and even for riches.

 

Find Me by J.S. Monroe

Five years ago Jar’s girlfriend Rosa killed herself by walking off the end of a pier in the dead of night. But was that what really happened? Jar has never been able to let the death of Rosa go. He sees her everywhere and is obsessed with proving she’s still alive. When he gets a mysterious email from someone who sounds like Rosa, Jar embarks on a search to find out the truth.

 

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

When nine-year-old Oskar Schell finds a mysterious key in a vase in his father’s closet, he sets out to solve the mystery of what the key could be for. Oskar’s father died one year ago in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, and now Oskar will cross the five boroughs to search for the key owner and their connection to Oskar’s father.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

Leo Gursky is an elderly man living alone in New York, waiting to die. Alma Singer is a fourteen-year-old girl looking to find the author of her mother’s favorite book. Zvi Litvinoff is a bestselling author. All three are connected by a book thought to have been destroyed years ago. The History of Love is a lyrically written story spanning the Holocaust to modern New York.

 

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The story of one woman’s search for her best self over a one-year trip: four months in Italy, four months at an ashram in India and four months in Bali. Throughout her year abroad, she embarks on a journey of pleasure, spiritualism and, ultimately, love.

 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Marie-Laure is a young blind girl living in Paris near the Museum of Natural History with her father. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and Marie-Laure and her father flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo to live with her reclusive great-uncle. Werner is a young orphan with a gift for understanding radios: a gift that leads him to the Hitler Youth and ultimately to the army and Saint-Malo, where his story converges with Marie-Laure’s. At the same time, a man seeks a valuable and dangerous jewel that Marie-Laure’s father took from the museum to protect.

 

Lion by Saroo Brierley

At five years old, Saroo was lost on a train in India, traveling for perhaps days from his home and family to Calcutta. Eventually adopted by a couple in Australia, Saroo grew up with clear memories of his early life but no way to locate his family: he didn’t know the name of his home or even his last name. With the invention of Google Earth, Saroo used math and his memories to retrace the journey he made as a child, searching for his home. After years of searching, he found what he was looking for and left for India to find his family.

 

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Arthur Pepper is a sixty-nine-year-old widower who lives a predictable life, sticking to the same routines he had when his wife, Miriam, was still alive. On the one-year anniversary of Miriam’s death Arthur finds an exquisite golden charm bracelet in her possession that he has never seen before. Arthur begins a journey of healing and self-discovery, searching for the truth about Miriam’s life before they met: a search that will take him from London to Paris and even to India.

Love, self-discovery, truth—what have you found in a book? Let us know in the comments below!


Old Favorites, New Favorites

Will any book ever live up to our old favorites? While it’s a difficult feat to find a book that can top the books we always go back to, here’s what you can read next once you finish these seven popular books.

Outlander -> The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

Do you love Diana Gabaldon’s epic time-travel series? Trade Scotland for 1921 coastal South Carolina in this story of love lost then found in the past. Faye, mourning her husband, Will, takes a photography job in an isolated coastal town. Drawn to the nearby lighthouse, she is swept away from her modern life by the tide, waking up in the 1920s only to meet one of her late husband’s ancestors.

Treasure Island -> The Hidden Keys by André Alexis

Fans of Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous pirate story can find a modern retelling in Giller Prize winner André Alexis’s newest novel. Tancred Palmieri is a thief who is recruited to assist an aging heroin addict steal mysterious objects that provide clues to the whereabouts of a massive treasure.

 


Your Autism Awareness Day Reading List

National Autism Awareness Month begins April 1: the entire month of April is devoted to a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and inclusion, and to ensure that each person with autism is provided the opportunity to achieve the best possible quality of life. You can learn more about National Autism Awareness Month on the Autism Society’s website here.

Here are seven books about autism and Asperger’s to read throughout April, including one for younger readers.

 

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Ginny Moon has finally found her forever family. After growing up with her abusive drug-addict mother, Ginny was placed in foster care. Now, at fourteen, Ginny lives with her forever mom and forever dad, eats exactly nine grapes for breakfast, listens to Michael Jackson and plays basketball in her Special Olympics team. But why does Ginny want to return to her birth mother and leave the family every foster kid would dream of living with?

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Christopher John Francis Boone is a fifteen-year-old boy with a gift for logic, a hatred of the color yellow and a preference for animals over humans. When Wellington, a neighborhood dog, is killed, Christopher sets out to solve the murder mystery.

 


Books on the Subway: Find Me by J.S. Monroe (Video)

Did you find any hidden copies of Find Me by J.S. Monroe on the subway? Watch the video below to find out more about the 200 copies hidden throughout New York City’s subway system, and see if you can spot the hidden book covers in the video!


Judge a Book by Its Cover: Coastal Edition

Should you judge something solely by its appearance? Definitely not, but today we’re looking ahead to summer and showcasing covers on a coastal theme for books that are as amazing on the inside as they are on the outside.

Marked for Revenge by Emelie Schepp

The second book in the thrilling Nordic Noir trilogy, Marked for Revenge follows the brilliant Jana Berzelius as she delves into the international drug trade and child trafficking, which may be connected to her own past.


The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

Faye Barlowe, mourning for her husband, takes a job photographing the coast of South Carolina. There, she falls in love with the beautiful Bride Island lighthouse. Drawn to the lighthouse for reasons she can’t explain, one night Faye is swept away by the tides, waking up in 1921 to meet an ancestor of her deceased husband.



Books to Read in the Dark

Saturday, March 25, 2017, we are turning off all our lights at 8:30 p.m. local time in a global event sponsored by the WWF called EARTH HOUR. Turn off as much power as you can and open a book that’s best read in the (near) dark.

What books will you be reading this Saturday? Let us know in the comments below!


Books That Are Larger Than Life

By Emma Hunter

 

Have you ever finished reading a book feeling like years have passed and you’ve traveled half the world, only to find you’re still sitting in your living room? These eight books are epic stories with plots that take the characters far from where they started in life—not just in terms of distance but in the broader sense.

An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney

“I would like to make myself the heroine of this story—an innocent victim led astray. But alas sir, I would be lying…”

In 1756 London, Tully Truegood writes out the story of her life as she awaits trial for murder. Recounting her life from housemaid to conjurer’s assistant to courtesan, her only chance of avoiding execution is to share her story with the one person who can save her.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

When Theo Decker is thirteen, his life changes forever when he survives a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He enters the museum with his mother and leaves without her, but with a painting that he stole in his confusion after the attack. The theft alters Theo’s whole life, leading him through New York, Las Vegas and Amsterdam—and into the underworld of art.

 


Bookstrology: Aries

By Emma Hunter

ARIES (March 21–April 20)

In like a lion, out like a ram: March is coming to an end and Aries is at the forefront of Bookstrology this month, just like they are in most areas of their lives. Creative, adventurous and forceful, Aries dives into challenges headfirst and is always looking for adventure and characters that reflect them.

 

BOOK OF THE MONTH:

MARKED FOR REVENGE BY EMELIE SCHEPP

Jana Berzelius is an enigmatic and fierce heroine in the second book in this Nordic noir trilogy. Diving into her dark past, the international drug trade and child trafficking, this fast-paced and suspenseful thriller is as fiery as Aries. As Berzelius becomes entangled in the criminal underworld, she will have to face her past and fight for her life.

 

 

 

 

 

FELLOW ARIES

MAYA ANGELOU

ROBERT FROST

BEVERLY CLEARY


Cyber Reads: Books for a Digital World

By Emma Hunter

Let’s face it: the Internet is a huge part of most of our lives. You’re using it right now to read this post. Whether you have a Black Mirror perspective or love the many advantages of the web (online shopping, your Netflix queue, BookClubbish…) here are books all about the internet and technology—and the good and bad that come with them.

 

Find Me by J.S. Monroe

Five years ago, Rosa committed suicide by walking off a pier in the dead of night. Jar, Rosa’s boyfriend, can’t let her go, no matter how much time has passed. He sees Rosa everywhere and is obsessed with proving that she is still alive. And then he gets an email: Find me, Jar. Find me, before they do…

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Beth and Jennifer work at a Nebraskan newspaper in 1999. Email is still new to the office and all company emails are monitored. That doesn’t stop them from constantly sending each other personal messages. Lincoln is the person paid to read other people’s email; his official title is “internet security officer.” When Lincoln finds the emails between the two friends, he should turn them in. But he doesn’t, and soon he finds himself falling for Beth.

 


Excerpt: Keep You Safe

The bell rang out and on cue they started to approach all at once, like a stampeding herd. Standing back to let the first wave pass while shivering in late-March wind and cold, I pulled my gloved hands out of my pockets and tugged my woolly hat a bit more firmly down over my ears,… Read More »

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The Ultimatum

Thief. Manipulator. Con artist. Call it what you will Bianca St. Ives is the best in the business. Growing up, Bianca St. Ives knew she was different from all her friends. Instead of playing hopscotch or combing her dolls’ hair, she studied martial arts with sensei masters and dismantled explosives with special-ops retirees. Her father… Read More »

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