Dystopian Book Suggestions

Heya Readers!

So I asked in a few of my book groups for book suggestions. I specifically asked for Dystopian books, adult – not YA. I received tons of excited responses but it also let me know that sometimes even we, readers, do not always read. Dystopian and post apocalyptic books are not the same. Just because there has been a virus or nuclear war, does not mean the book is now dystopian.

I digress.

Since some of the books actually sounded really interesting, I decided to put them on my list anyway. So do not fret.

That being said..here are the books that I pulled from those suggestions, read the synopsis and decided to add to my TBR pile. I’ve requested most of them from the library and, as things go, they all came at the same time. So I currently have around 8 books sitting next to my bed.

Oh lord!

Below are the books, their covers, the beginning of the synopsis and their links. Enjoy!

Anthem by Ayn Rand

Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in the United Kingdom. The story takes place at an unspecified future date when mankind has entered another Dark Age. Technological advancement is now carefully planned and the concept of individuality has been eliminated. Get It Here!

Anthem by Ayn Rand

Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

In the near future, America is crushed by a financial crisis and our patient Chinese creditors may just be ready to foreclose on the whole mess. The novel takes place in a near-future dystopian New York where life is dominated by media and retail. Get It Here!

Super Sad True Love Story

Arrowhead by Paul Kane

As the world dies, a legend is reborn!- In the years following ‘The Cull’ England has reverted back to the Middle Ages, ripe for invasion by the Frenchman De Falaise and his group of mercenaries. They enter through the Channel Tunnel and work their way up the country. Ex-policeman Robert Stokes lost everything to the virus that ravaged these isles. Along with his wife and his son, it took Robert’s whole reason for living. But when De Falaise arrives at Nottingham – proclaiming himself the new ‘Sheriff’ –Robert finds himself drawn reluctantly into the fight, using the famous legend of a Hooded Man as his guide! Get It Here!

ArrowHead by paul kane

 

The Circle by Dave Eggers

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge. Get it Here!

the circle dave eggers

The Power by Naomi Alderman

In THE POWER, teenage girls now have immense physical power–they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets. Get It Here!

the power by naomi alderman

 

The Stand by Stephen King

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.
And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides — or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail — and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man. Get It Here!

the stand by stephen king

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Largely set in a futuristic World State of genetically modified citizens and an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that are combined to make a utopian society that goes challenged only by a single outsider. Get It Here!

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The Overstory by Richard Powers

An Air Force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another. These four, and five other strangers—each summoned in different ways by trees—are brought together in a last and violent stand to save the continent’s few remaining acres of virgin forest. Get It Here!

the overstory by richard powers

The Binding by Bridget Collins

(This one I added myself! It sounds so good but it doesn’t come out in the US until April 9th! Of course I had to add the full synopsis for this one!)

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded. Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it. Get It Here!

the binding by bridgett collins

 

If you’ve read any of these books, liked them, disliked them, hated them or haven’t read them (or listened to them) yet but plan to…let me know in the comments!

I’d seriously love to hear your thoughts. How did you like the book? Did you know what was going to happen? Could you predict the way it would go? Are you upset with the ending? Happy?

If you have any book suggestions or any reviews you’d like to see here, let me know!

Good Readdance,
Jade

Book Review: Born in Fire by K.F. Breene

Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options.  So dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old as sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day.

Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case.

Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.

 

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First thing I’m going to say is that I honestly feel like the synopsis (on google and such) for this book is completely different than the actual book. I have no idea why they are different. I found this one on Amazon. At least it encompasses the personality of the main character!

Alright! So, administrative stuff over.

I really enjoyed this book. I love that the main character is so outspoken and confident. She is quick to point out when things are awkward, when she isn’t ok with something and has the strength to back it up. There’s just something about strong female characters that I love. Gone are the days of weak, docile, damsels in distress! Women are fierce, angry and wear kickass boots. I also love that the mcm is a hot vampire who needs help. He needs our assistance, despite being an elder with all this power and arrogance. Knock him down a few pegs.

The storyline for this one is also right up my alley: Vampire men, women who can hold their own in a magical fight, squirrelly snitches, emasculated cops and cross realm travel.

If you’re looking for a book with romance, fighting,  blood and guts and weird investigational tactics, this is the one for you! The pacing of the story is good. The sample of the next book in the series sounds really good too. I finished reading the book at 4am and read that as well. I plan to pick it up as soon as I can.

If you’ve read this book, liked it, disliked it, hated it or haven’t read it (or listened to it) yet but plan to…let me know in the comments! I’d seriously love to hear your thoughts. How did you like the book? Did you know what was going to happen? Could you predict the way it would go? Are you upset with the ending? Happy?

If you have any book suggestions or any reviews you’d like to see here, let me know!

Good Readdance,
Jade

 

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Book Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.
 
Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

Dark Matter Blake Crouch

 

This was the second book Tony bought me at Barnes and Nobles. Several people recommended this book to me but I never got around to reading it. Then, we walked into BaN and I was like “OMG! I have to have it!” Alright, alright, it wasn’t so dramatic but that’s basically what happened.

It took me about a day and a half to read Dark Matter, mostly because I didn’t start reading until around 11:45pm. As I do. By 4am I knew I had to to go to bed; I just didn’t want to. It was so good, start to finish it blew me away.

As I picked it up from a recommendation, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into or what the book was about. I didn’t want to cause bias so I didn’t read the synopsis. Sometimes this sets me back, so I choose not to read them. Honestly, about halfway through I wanted to skip ahead. I just HAD to know what was happening, why it was happening and if it would all end out ok but I didn’t. It was so hard but I stopped myself.

If you need further convincing that you should be going to get this book RIGHT NOW; I didn’t even wait 2 minutes to tweet after finishing:

“Omg…I just finished .
Superb
Intriguing
Intense
Scientific but understandable
Mind bending
I don’t know if this is crazy but I legit almost cried at the end.

Easily best book I’ve read all 2018…” 

…that’s how great it was. After reading, I couldn’t stop thinking about what my life would be if…no, I can’t say anymore lest I spoil it for you. Thank you, Blake Crouch. Thank you so much for making me think, making me imagine, making me ask questions about the universe (or…multi… heh heh).

If you’ve read this book, liked it, disliked it, hated it or haven’t read it (or listened to it) yet but plan to…let me know in the comments! I’d seriously love to hear your thoughts. How did you like the book? Did you know what was going to happen? Could you predict the way it would go? Are you upset with the ending? Happy?

If you have any book suggestions or any reviews you’d like to see here, let me know!

Good Readdance,
Jade

 

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Book Review: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

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I’m so happy about this: So my guy took me to Barnes and Noble yesterday, December 20th, and I got; two books The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin and Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, a 3 pack of writing notebooks that I love because they are small enough to fit in my purse but are still a good size, and cozy reading socks!! Literally…they were labeled and tagged as cozy reading socks!

Cozy Reading Socks

Anyway, so I posted in a few of the book groups that I’m in and everyone raved about both books. I wasn’t sure which one recommended either of these to me but I was so excited when I hit the store. I decided to read The Immoralists first and I loved it.

It’s intriguing, heartbreaking, inspiring, and makes you think about your own life. Really, ask yourself the questions. If you could find out the EXACT day you were going to die…would you? And if you did, how would you live your life? Seeing the world and lives of 4 different siblings who experienced the same thing, had the same parents and grew up so unique really makes the story relatable.

I will admit, there are a few parts that I was uncomfortable with (sexually) but it didn’t pull me out of the story and my heart was already wrenching because I knew what was going to happen. I quickly turned pages because I just had to get to the end of that section. I really wanted to cry but I held in my tears. As I paged through the book I kept thinking I was going to put the book down (It was 3am for god’s sake!!) and I couldn’t. One chapter bled into the other and I just needed to know…I was not disappointed. Benjamin pulled me in and I’m very glad I chose to read this one first.

If you’ve read this book, liked it, disliked it, hated it or haven’t read it (or listened to it) yet but plan to…let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you have any book suggestions or any reviews you’d like to see here, let me know!

Good Readdance,

Jade

 

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Black Owned Bookstores

Heya!

A while ago I compiled a list of Black Owned bookstores from all over the US, that I thought were pretty cool, and I’ve decided to finally share them with you. Most of these were shared with me, just as I take suggestions here, I do on other social media boards as well!

Here are a FEW links and a few names with locations!

AALBC

A New Generation of African-American-Owned Bookstores

The FBI’s War on Black-Owned Bookstores

54 BLACK OWNED BOOKSTORES IN AMERICA

BOOK ENDS: BLACK-OWNED BOOK STORES TO SUPPORT DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Olive Tree Books

Medu and Shrine of Black Madonna in Atlanta

Pan African Connection Bookstore. Dallas, TX 

Black and Nobel, West Philly, PA

Community Bookstore, New Orleans, LA

If you can think of any others, or know of one in your neighborhood or city that isn’t on this list, COMMENT THE NAME OR LINK BELOW!!

Let’s support Black and Local businesses as well as others!

Happy Readdance,
Jade

My First ARC: Dating by the Book by Mary Ann Marlowe

Six months ago, writer and bookstore owner Maddie Hanson was left at the altar. Since then, she’s had zero interest in romance—despite the fact that she runs a book club full of sexy eligible bachelors. But when her latest novel is panned by an anonymous blogger who goes by the name Silver Fox—and who accuses her of knowing nothing about passion—she decides to prove her nemesis wrong by seeking a romance hero in real life . . .

There’s the smoldering rock musician, the bookish college professor, and her competitive childhood friend who may want to steal her bookstore more than her heart. Even Silver Fox is getting in on the action, sending Maddie alarmingly—and intoxicatingly—flirtatious emails. And that’s not all. Her ex wants her back.

Now Maddie is about to discover that like any good story, life has twists and turns, and love can happen when you least expect it—with the person you least expect

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Ok…

Girl…

Yessss…

So, this is the first ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) that I’ve received from an author directly. I have so many, but they’ve been gifted to me by readers or I found them at yard sales and thrift stores (before I even knew what they were). This is definitely an exciting part of my reader to Beta Reader life!

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Along with the book, I also got an adorable book mark! 

That being said, I felt this book in my soul. I loved how the main character goes through many of the ups and downs a real-life author would. I love that she’s not a famous author to start. On top of her romance story line, you see her going through the steps of a debut author and all the worries that go along with putting yourself out there for the first time and hoping someone doesn’t tear you to shreds. I feel that it’s a fantastic showing of internal conflict.

I’m totally a fan of the main character. Maddie is smart, sweet (yet intense), and a bit stubborn. BOY IS SHE STUBBORN. Woman after my own heart. I relate to her so much because I, too, want to do things on my own. I want to prove (mostly to myself) that I can achieve my goals and be successful. I want to write, and hope others enjoy my words as much as I often do. Maddie, I feel ya girl.

I’m happy that while you have this love…pentagon(?)…it’s not overly cheesy or overdone. Often times, you find that love circles can be very predictable. There’s always one TOTALLY amazing guy that, from the beginning, is soooooobviously ‘The One’ and it makes reading the book a drag. You sit there like ‘girl…who are you fooling!?’ With Dating by the Book, several guys are realistic contenders for the main character’s heart. I also had some of those ‘shoooot, if she doesn’t take him I would!…If I was still single’! (Sorry, Tony!)

 

 

This book is not yet out but…Pre-Order to surprise yourself with a summer read!

If you’ve read this book, liked it, disliked it, hated it or haven’t read it (or listened to it) yet but plan to…let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you have any book suggestions or any reviews you’d like to see here, let me know!

Good Readdance,
Jade

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P.S. I literally just picked up her book Some Kind of Magic (so excited!).

 

New Posts and Beta Reading Services

Heya! 

So I took a hiatus from the blog for a few months. Since finding out that I am pregnant again, I’ve had a lot of life things to deal with. Fall 2018 school semester, a high risk pregnancy (with copious amounts of doctors visits and check ups) and a new job (and now past job) has taken up most of my time. 

However, I’ve been reading a lot! Of course…nothing detracts from my reading! I have a lot of new reviews that I want to share with you and, as the semester just ended, I have plenty of time over the next few weeks to write them! 

Also, in case you haven’t noticed, I have added Beta Reading services to my blog and I hope, if any of you are writers, you will take advantage of my reading addiction! 

If you’d like to know more about my Beta Reading services head over to that page to check out my process, rates and more!

Beta Reading Services

I’m still taking suggestions for books! Feel free to comment or send me a message and I’ll look into it for my next read! 

Alright guys! Gonna keep this one short for today. Oh, how I’ve missed you

Good Readdance, 

Jade

Book Review: Shadow and Ice by Gena Showalter

Knox of Iviland, the most ruthless warrior in All War history, has spent his life fighting others to the death, winning new realms for his king. Now the stakes are higher than ever. If he prevails in the battle for Earth, his slave bands will be removed. Victory is his sole focus…until he meets her.

On an arctic getaway with her foster sister, street tough but vulnerable Vale London is shocked to stumble upon a cave filled with ancient gods waging epic combat. When she is inadvertently drawn into their war, she is forced to team up with an unlikely ally—the sexy god who makes her burn with desire.

Though Vale is his enemy, Knox is consumed with lust and a fierce need to protect her. But only one combatant can triumph, and he will have to choose: live for freedom, or die for love.

 

So, I’m actually really excited to bring this book review. I haven’t been on my reading game lately. Since finding out that I’m pregnant, also being in school, and dealing with everything that goes along with both of those, I haven’t had the time to read like I used to. Also the reason I haven’t uploaded many reviews.

This all changed when I made a quick stop in the book section of Walmart. I got home, watched TV and procrastinated for hours and finally, around 11pm, I decided to start reading. Why do I do this? WHY!?!?

I literally stayed up until 6am the next morning. Every time I would say “ok just one more chapter” I would get drawn back in and end up reading even more. So…480 pages later and I happily put the book down.

I love this new idea! Shadow and Ice is the first book in the Gods of War series and I need the next book now. I loved the main characters. I loved the banter. I loved the main character and how she’s so fierce. She’s super extra. I can also see the way the other books in the series will come about. One thing that did bother me a bit is the amount of info dumping in the first few chapters. Like, I know that there’s so much to uncover when creating a new world or a new species (etc) but man, it was enough for me to right it down in my little notebook. On the other hand, it could just be me being very…sensitive. Who knows? I will say, don’t let that turn you away as clearly I continued on and enjoyed the book.

 

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If you’ve read this book, liked it, disliked it, hated it or haven’t read it (or listened to it) yet but plan to…let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you have any book suggestions or any reviews you’d like to see here, let me know!

Good Readdance,
Jade

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This book is paranormal/fantasy romance!

Book Review: Them Bones by Carolyn Haines

No self-respecting lady would allow herself to end up in Sarah Booth’s situation. Unwed, unemployed, and over thirty, she’s flat broke and about to lose the family plantation. Not to mention being haunted by the ghost of her great-great-grandmother’s nanny, who never misses an opportunity to remind her of her sorry state–or to suggest a plan of action, like ransoming her friend’s prize pooch to raise some cash.

But soon Sarah Booth’s walk on the criminal side leads her deeper into unladylike territory, and she’s hired to solve a murder. Did gorgeous, landed Hamilton Garrett V really kill his mother twenty years ago? And if so, what is Sarah Booth doing falling for this possible murderer? When she asks one too many questions and a new corpse turns up, she is suddenly a suspect herself…and Sarah Booth finds that digging up the bones of the past could leave her rolling over in her grave.

 
Heya!!

So I felt really bad. Past tense. I saw a suggestion for this book and quickly requested it from the library. I preceded to keep the book for a month and a half. Started accruing library fees and I didn’t even realize it. At the time, we’d just moved from the old apartment and I thought I had packed all the library books in the same box. Not true.

Anyway, so by the time I found it and opened it, I already had an $8 library fine. YIKES! So, of course I thought, I might as well read it now. I practically own it.

So I did. And it was glorious. I was so happy with this book that I read it all in one day. Well into the night. I then looked up the sequel to request. Unfortunately, I forgot to turn it in for three more days. ARGH!

 

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So basically, I really liked it. I liked the character development, the mystery, the coziness (har har har) and the pacing. I’m a big fan of cozy mysteries and I didn’t know it! I like to giggle and sense suspense at the same time. Who knew?

If you’ve read this book, liked it, disliked it, hated it or haven’t read it (or listened to it) yet but plan to…let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you have any book suggestions or any reviews you’d like to see here, let me know!

Good Readdance,
Jade

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30 Day Yoga: Session 30

Hi!

Today was definitely harder than yesterday. I’m not extremely flexible, yet. That’s going to take well over one month. I can barely get into a full child’s pose, butt straight up in the air, elbows just hovering over the ground. It felt good though. It felt good to stretch out, to flex muscles I don’t normally flex and to reach my heart up to the sky.

I have a lot of stress right now: work, school and worries about my writing. Yoga has always helped me center and focus on my goals and dreams while in the moment. However, I’ve had a hard time keeping that same Chi in my every day life. I even had to create a mantra specifically for driving and sitting in traffic. (“You have the time, don’t get mad, you have the time”). I definitely hope starting my yoga practice, in this way, will give me the peace I need for delving deeper with my writing, focusing on school, and handling stressful situations at work.

Today’s Session:

Today’s mantra, or word as they always ask, was “I Can Do This!”. I have been feeling like getting back in shape was impossible. I’ve been thinking that there’s no way this fluff will go away. Well that’s done with! I’m taking the reigns and I will do this! I can do this! Along with my yoga sessions, I plan to do different ab workouts everyday. I need to get that belly right and tight for my Barcelona trip! Let’s go!!

Adriene is a great instructor and I am definitely looking forward to tomorrow’s session! Yes, I plan to continue and maybe start over or who knows…at least I’m trying something! lol

Jade