December 2016 Book Haul

Hi everybody!

I know I will not be buy anymore books for a while. Here are all the books I bought in the month of December.

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo: Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean – the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread – Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them to the barricades during the uprising of 1832 with a breathtaking realism that is unsurpassed in modern prose. Within his dramatic story are themes that capture the intellect and the emotions: crime and punishment, the relentless persecution of Valjen by Inspector Javert, the desperation of the prostitute Fantine, the amorality of the rogue Thenardier, and the universal desire to escape the prisons of our own minds. Les Misérabes gave Victor Hugo a canvas upon which he portrayed his criticism of the French political and judicial systems, but the portrait that resulted is larger than life, epic in scope – an extravagant spectacle that dazzles the senses even as it touches the heart.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover: Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily had built with Ryle is threatened.

Shine by Newsboys: “Be the change you want to see.” In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your father in heaven. -Matthew 5:16

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen: She’s used to counting on no one and answering to nobody. But all of that changes when her mother vanishes and Ruby is sent to live with her elder sister, Cora. Now Ruby’s got her own room in a fabulous new house, she’s going to private school, and – for the first time – feeling as if she has a future. Plus, there’s the adorable and sweet boy next door, Nate. Everything should be perfect. So why is Ruby so wary? And why is Nate keeping her at a distance? Ruby soon comes to realize that sometimes, in order to save yourself, you’ve got to reach out to someone else.

90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper and Cecil Murphy: On the way home from a conference, Don Piper’s car was crushed by a semi that crossed into his lane. Medical personnel said he died instantly. While his body lay lifeless inside the ruins of his car, Piper experienced the glories of heaven, awed by its beauty and music. Ninety minutes after the wreck, while a minister prayed for him, Piper miraculously returned to life on earth with only the memory of inexpressible heavenly bliss. His faith in God was severely tested as he faced an uncertain and grueling recovery. Now he shares his life-changing story with you. 90 Minutes in Heaven offers a glimpse into a very real dimension of God’s reality. It encourages those recovering from serious injuries and those dealing with the loss of a loved one. The experience dramatically changed Piper’s life, and it will change yours too. 

The Girlfriend Curse by Valerie Frankel: It’s uncanny! Within six months of breaking up with her, Peg Silver’s ex-lovers always meet and marry the women of their dreams. Even worse than being the eternal bridesmaid, she’s the last girlfriend, the one who awakens in a guy the knowledge of what he’s always wanted in a relationship…and it’s never with Peg. Obviously, a major lifestyle change is seriously called for, which is why the distraught interior landscape designer says good-bye to Manhattan and late-night lattes with pal Nina, and hello to a farmhouse on ten acres in tiny, backwater Manshire, Vermont, hoping to meet the ultimate, all-organic country man (without too much facial hair) to keep her warm in those frosty New England winters. Instead, Peg finds herself at Inward Bound – a proactive adult-education retreat for the hapless and hopelessly lovelorn – to try to lift her dreaded “Girlfriend curse”. A steamy (and expressly forbidden) dalliance with gorgeous woman-eater Ray probably isn’t going to help cure her. But some romantic insight could arise from her attraction to Linus, Inward Bound’s sexy, scruffy, smart, and still-single founder. Perhaps there is a secret to be unearthed in the crunchy Green Mountains, one that will magically transform Peg Silver from the Perpetual Also Ran to the Big Winner in love.

Through The Eyes Of A Lion by Levi Lusko: Her parents called her Lenya Lion because of her ferocious personality and hair that had been wild and mane-like since birth. But they never expected that, five days before Christmas, their five-year-old daughter would suddenly go to heaven after an asthma attack. How do you walk out of the ER without your daughter? More a manifesto for high-octane living than a manual for grieving, Through the Eyes of a Lion will help you turn your journey into a “roar story” by guiding you to: look past what you can see with the naked eye, survive Saturday – the space between promise and fulfillment, let God turn your pain into a microphone, and cue the eagle and run toward the roar. Whether you’re currently facing adversity or want to prepare yourself for inevitable hardship, it’s time to look at the adventure of your life through Jesus’ eyes – the eyes of a Lion. 

Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs: This Book is approved for consumption by those seeking pleasure, escape, amusement, enlightenment, or general distraction. This book is not approved to treat disorders such as eBay addiction or incessant blind dating. In studies, some people reported inappropriate, convulsive laughter, a tingling sensation in the limbs, and sudden gasping. Fewer than 1 percent reported narcolepsy. Doll collectors may experience special sensitivity, as may discourteous drivers, candy-company brand managers, and nicotine-gum users. This book has been shown to be especially helpful to those with parents, grandparents, life partners, and incontinent dogs. People with dry, cracked skin have responded well to this book, as have people with certain heart conditions. Do not operate heavy machinery while reading this book, until you know what effects it may have on you. This text is contraindicated in those suffering from certain psychiatric disorders, including – but not limited to – readers afflicted with anhedonia, which is the inability to experience pleasure. Ask your doctor about Possible Side Effects.

Hannah Montana: Rock the Waves by Suzanne Harper: It’s summer vacation, and Miley Stewart is seriously stoked about three months with no homework, cafeteria food, or early morning alarms. Even better: Miley’s crush of the moment, Aussie surfer Talen Wright, will be riding the waves in the Breakpoint Surf Series – a major surfing competition being held in her hometown of Malibu. When Hannah Montana is asked to perform at the Surf Series’ closing ceremonies, the stage seems perfectly set for fun in the sun…Then Miley learns that all her time onstage as Hannah Montana had caused some setbacks at school. Instead of hanging out on the beach, she’ll be making up work in the classroom for two whole weeks! In a surprise twist of fate, Talen and Miley end up in the same summer school class – but so does his ex-girlfriend, who isn’t quite ready to let Talen go. As the summer heats up, so does the drama! Will Miley find a way to hang ten with Talen – or have a major wipeout?

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult: Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an elder man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that there can’t, and they become companions. Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret – one that nobody else in town would ever suspect – and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With her own identitysuddenly  challenged, and the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever had clouded, Sage behinds to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her life and her family. When does a moral choice become a moral imperative? And where does one draw the line between punishment and justice, forgiveness and mercy?

Zodiac by Romina Russell: In a galaxy where your sign determines which planet you call home, Rho, the young Guardian of Cancer, must find a way to unite the divided Houses of the Zodiac before an ancient evil destroys them all. But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe divided by difference? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Fallen by Lauren Kate: There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and Aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at Sword & Cross boarding school in Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are screwups, and security cameras watch every move. Except Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But Luce can’t ignore the feeling that she’s being pulled to him, drawn like a moth to a flame. She must find out what Daniel is so desperate to hide…even if it kills her.

Torment by Lauren Kate: Hell on Earth. That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel. It took them an eternity to find one another, but now Daniel has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts – immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. The more Luce learns at Shoreline, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something – something dangerous. What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t really true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

Slammed by Colleen Hoover: Following the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and her younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope. One young Man brings change to all of this. After moving across the country, Layken meets her attractive twenty-one-year-old neighbor who has an intriguing passion for slams. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope. Not long after a heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together and the forces that tear them apart.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer: She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decide she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target in her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires makes her situation even more dangerous. Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood for survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of. 

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick: When Nora and Patch are forced together as lab partners, Nora would rather fall to her death than put up with his elusive answers to her questions, his teasing, and his infuriatingly handsome face and hypnotizing eyes. It seems Patch was put on earth just to drive her crazy. But before long, Nora’s defenses start to break down as her curiousity about Patch heats up. Why does he always seem to be wherever she is and know exactly what she’s thinking? How does he know what to say to both attract and repulse her? And what is up with those V-shaped scars on his chiseled back? As their connection grows stronger, Nora’s own life becomes increasingly fragile. Nora needs to decide: Is Patch the one who wants to do her harm or the one who will keep her safe? Has she fallen for one of the fallen?

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick: With summer starting and Patch – her extremely protective, extremely hot guardian angel – by her side, things seemed perfect for Nora Grey. Unfortunately, she has to take a summer school class, and Patch has suddenly grown distant and developed an irritating interest in Nora’s archenemy, Marcie Millar. If she hadn’t been so frustrated by Patch, Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who moved back to town. His attitude alone is enough to drive her away, but Nora is mysteriously drawn to him and the secrets he seems to have about her past. On top of all that, Nora is suddenly haunted by images of her murdered father, and questions whether her Nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death. Desperate for answers, Nora risks everything despite warnings from everyone she knows that some things are better left buried.

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick: After waking up in a cemetery with no memory of the last few months, let alone the last five minutes, Nora Grey discovers that she has been missing for weeks. As she struggles to put the pieces together and resume her daily life – hanging with her best friend, Vee; going to school; and avoiding her mother’s creepy new boyfriend – she gets the feeling that everyone knows more about her disappearance than she does. When she meets a mysterious stranger whom she is simultaneously drawn to and afraid of, the pieces of the puzzle start to come together. As he begins to shed light on the events that led to her memory loss, Nora discovers that not only is she about to embark on the fight of her life, wedged between ancient enemies she can barely comprehend, she’s also falling in love. But even with all these strange new occurrences happening around her, she can’t help feeling she has done this all before.

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick: Nora and Patch were ready to put the past behind them after they defeated the Black Hand. But in the Black Hand’s absence, Nora has unwittingly become the head of the Nephilim and must lead them to destroy the fallen angels – and the only person she has ever loved. Patch attempts to find out everything he can as Nora struggles to convince the Nephilim that their fight with the fallen angels is a mistake. But soon she finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated, and even Patch may not be able to help her find her way back. Will their love grow even stronger or will the differences that first drew them together finally be their undoing?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling: The year is 1926 in the city of New York…A time and place where the actions of a handful of people…and creatures…will determine the fate of the many. Magizoologist Newt Scamander, newly arrived in town, intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when Newt’s magical case is misplaced and some of his fantastic beasts escape into the city, it spells trouble for everyone…

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling: The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains five richly diverse fairy tales, each with its own magical character, that will variously bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril. Essential and enjoyable reading for Muggles and wizards alike, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a uniquely magical volume. With illuminating notes by Albus Dumbledore.

Quidditch Through The Ages by J.K. Rowling: If you have ever asked yourself where the Golden Snitch came from, how the Bludgers came into existence or why the Wigtown Wanderers have pictures of meat cleavers on their robes, you need Quidditch Through the Ages. This invaluable volume is consulted by young Quidditch fans on an almost daily basis.

The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy: Hogwarts for Muggles edited by William Irwin and Gregory Bassham: J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular Harry Potter books may appear to be simple  children’s tales on the surface, but like Hogwarts, they conceal many hidden chambers, trapdoors, and perplexing secrets. Drawing on all seven books in the Harry Potter series, The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy offers a powerful brew of insights about good and evil, love, death, power, sacrifice, and hope. Is it true, as Dumbledore says, that our choices reveal far more about us than our abilities do? Is there an afterlife, and what might it be like? Here’s a Pensieve for your thoughts. So take a healthy slug of Baruffio’s Brain Elixir and join Brassham’s Army of talented Philosophers in exploring the mind-stretching deeper questions of the Potter books and films.

Vampire Academy: 10th Anniversary Edition by Richelle Mead: Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi, the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and Vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them. After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where Vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be prepare for a life fraught with danger. Rose and Lissa must navigate their treacherous world and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever. But soon Rose finds herself gripped by the temptation of forbidden love, leaving Lissa exposed to Strigoi attack. Now she must choose between the best friend she lives for and the man she can’t live without…Richelle Mead celebrates ten years of Vampire Academy with an exclusive, never-before-seen collection of stories that sheds new light on the world and its players: The Turn and the Flame takes a deeper look into the dark stain on the Ozera dynasty…From the Journal of Vasilisa Dragomir unearth’s the princess’s private thoughts from a transformative period of her life…The Meeting gives us a glimpse of Rose Hathaway through Dimitri’s eyes…Hello, My Name Is Rose Hathaway tracks the shenanigans that ensue when Rose and Dimitri become unlikely teammates in a high-stakes scavenger hunt.

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I got this last book as a Christmas present from my sister! It’s about the Salem Witch Trials and anybody who knows me knows that I LOVED reading “The Crusible” by Author Miller back in high school.

The Witches by Stacy Schiff: The panic began in 1692, over a raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister’s niece began to writhe and roar. It spread quickly – as neighbors accused neighbors, husbands accused wives, parents and children one another. It ended less than a year later, but not before nineteen men and women had been hanged.

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