10 books you won’t be able to put down

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the hunt for my next book. I spend time commuting on a bus every day, so I go through books like crazy! Here are some of the books I’ve read already this year, as well as a few others I can’t wait to get my hands on. What are some of your favorite page-turners? Let us know in the comments below!

Dark Places

From the back of the book: Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer. Get your copy right here!

The Name Of The Wind

From the back of the book: My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me. So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature—the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend. Get your copy here!

I Am Pilgrim

From the back of the book: A breakneck race against time…and an implacable enemy. An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity. One path links them all, and only one man can make the journey. Pilgrim. Get your copy here!

11/22/63

From the back of the book: Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out. President John F. Kennedy is dead. Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful. Get your copy here!

Legend

From the back of the book: What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets. Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills. Get your copy here!

Zone One

From the back of the book: A pandemic has devastated the planet, sorting humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. After the worst of the plague is over, armed forces stationed in Chinatown’s Fort Wonton have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—aka Zone One. Mark Spitz is a member of one of the three-person civilian sweeper units tasked with clearing lower Manhattan of the remaining feral zombies. Zone One unfolds over three surreal days in which Spitz is occupied with the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder (PASD), and the impossible task of coming to terms with a fallen world. And then things start to go terribly wrong… At once a chilling horror story and a literary novel by a contemporary master, Zone One is a dazzling portrait of modern civilization in all its wretched, shambling glory. Get your copy here!

Salvage The Bones

From the back of the book: A hurricane is building over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the coastal town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi, and Esch’s father is growing concerned. A hard drinker, largely absent, he doesn’t show concern for much else. Esch and her three brothers are stocking food, but there isn’t much to save. Lately, Esch can’t keep down what food she gets; she’s fourteen and pregnant. Her brother Skeetah is sneaking scraps for his prized pitbull’s new litter, dying one by one in the dirt. While brothers Randall and Junior try to stake their claim in a family long on child’s play and short on parenting. As the twelve days that comprise the novel’s framework yield to the final day and Hurricane Katrina, the unforgettable family at the novel’s heart–motherless children sacrificing for each other as they can, protecting and nurturing where love is scarce–pulls itself up to struggle for another day. A wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, Salvage the Bone is muscled with poetry, revelatory, and real. Get your copy here!

Kindred

From the back of the book: Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin. Get your copy here!

The Unbecoming Of Mara Dryer

From the back of the book: Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed. There is. She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. She’s wrong. Get your copy here!

Eleanor & Park

From the back of the book: Bono met his wife in high school, Park says. So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding, he says. You should be, she says, we’re 16. What about Romeo and Juliet? Shallow, confused, then dead. I love you, Park says. Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding, he says. You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under. Get your copy here!

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10 Life Lessons That We Learned By Watching And Reading Winnie The Pooh

Winnie the Pooh is more than just a cuddly stuffed bear, whose shenanigans have entertained kids for decades. Whether you read the stories, or watched the shows and movies, you have definitely had Winnie the Pooh as part of your life at least once.

Not only were the characters and stories entertaining on the surface, but the deeper meanings behind many of the lighthearted interactions often shone through for kids as they grew up.

1. When you want something, you can go out and work for it.
Nothing in this life will ever just be handed to you. If there is something that you want, sometimes you just have to go out and get it. That means hard work, and making sure that you keep your “eyes on the prize.”

2. It’s important to find the “silver linings” in all things.
Even when something bad or unexpected happens, it’s important to look at it from every angle. If something doesn’t work out exactly like you planned, there is usually a “silver lining” in there somewhere that you can learn and grow from.

3. You should always cherish the people who share your life.
You never really know what you have until it’s gone, and that goes doubly for the people that you choose to keep in your life. Those friends and family that you may take for granted won’t always be there. So while they are, you should cherish those relationships and put in the work to make sure they succeed.

4. Don’t worry about the past or future, live in the present.
The past is the past, it can’t be changed, and the future is impossible to fully control. What you do have control over is what you are doing with the present, so start living. Sure there comes a point where you have to plan for the future, but hey, plans can change.

5. Using your imagination is an important part of life.
Human beings have gotten to where we are by using our imaginations. Imagine if Einstein or Da Vinci had decided that creativity and make-believe were useless exercises, we wouldn’t be the societal culture that we are today. It’s okay to pretend and use our God given minds.

6. There is much more to life than just running like a rat in a race.
We are all guilty of this at some point in our lives, where we don’t actually live, we just go through the process in hopes of being able to accumulate things like money and power. It’s important to sit back and relax in order to enjoy some of the simpler things in life.

7. If it isn’t a big deal, don’t make it one.
In an effort to use cliche great effect, “don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill.” Just because something doesn’t go the way you wanted, doesn’t mean that it is the end of the world. You have to learn when to let things go and just move on with your life.

8. If you try to explain love, you will likely fail.
Go ahead, try and explain love to a child, or better yet an adult. No two answers are going to be the same, and no two “loves” are going to be the same either. We love different people differently depending on the context. Whether it be your spouse, your child, your parents or siblings, or even your best friend, they all hold a piece of your heart in their own ways.

9. The world is a confusing place, and that is alright.
Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean that it is bad. The world is a confusing and changing place, and you have to be open to learning about new things. Once we start shutting ourselves out to new ideas we have failed as a culture.

10. Patience is a virtue that we all need to learn.
We have all developed this need for immediate satisfaction. We want what we want, and we want it now. It’s not a great way to go through your life. Some of the best and most worthwhile things in life take time to develop, and you need to have patience in order to watch and wait.

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