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 Ready Player One - Ernest Cline | In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confine | novel | game | fiction | book to movie | 

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. 

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 Fairest of All - Serena Valentino | for the first time, we'll examine the life of the Wicked Queen and find out just what it is that makes her so nasty.  | disney | villains | book | novel | ya | ya books

For anyone who's seen Walt Disney's Snow White, you'll know that the Wicked Queen is one evil woman! After all, it's not everyone who wants to cut out their teenage step-daughter's heart and have it delivered back in a locked keepsake box. (And even if this sort of thing is a common urge, we don't know many people who have acted upon it.)

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 Declutter Your Mind - SJ Scott |  The goal of this book is simple: We will teach you the habits, actions, and mindsets to clean up the mental clutter that's holding you back from living a meaningful life. | productivity | mindfulness | Non Fiction | Anxiety | Worrying |

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Feel overwhelmed by your thoughts? Struggling with anxiety about your daily tasks? Or do you want to stop worrying about life?  The truth is...We all experience the occasional negative thought. But if you always feel overwhelmed, then you need to closely examine how these thoughts are negatively impacting your lifestyle


 Elley's Bookshelf: Lost Girls by Robert Kolker | a humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island, and presents the first detailed look at the shadow world of online escorts, where dangers remain all too real. | mystery | unsolved | cold case | homicide | research | non fiction | books | reading

A humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island, and presents the first detailed look at the shadow world of online escorts, where making a living is easier than ever and the dangers remain all too real. A triumph of reporting, a riveting narrative. Lost Girls is a portrait of unsolved murders in an idyllic part of America, of the underside of the Internet, and of the secrets we keep without admitting to ourselves that we keep them.

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 Elley's Bookshelf: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng | A riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. Exploring the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.  | novel | family | mystery | secrets | books | reading | book club | bestseller

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. Exploring the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.  Perfect for book clubs! 

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 Elley's Bookshelf: The Alienist by Caleb Carr | Reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned. The two embark on an effort in criminology & their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over. | mystery | crime | alienist | police | brothel | prostitution | mental illness | books | reading

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The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist, or “alienist”—to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. The two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology &  their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over.

 Elley's Bookshelf: The Breakdown by BA Paris | Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods & a woman was sitting inside―the woman who was killed. But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing. The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, & the nagging guilt, the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her | mystery | suspense | thriller | novel | books | reading

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Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods. It was on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, and a woman was sitting inside―the woman who was killed. But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing. Where she left the car; if she took her pills; even the alarm code.The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt. And the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…


 Elley's Bookshelf: Did Moses Exist by DM Murdock | The biblical figure of Moses has been the center of fascination for over 2,000 years, but what do we actually know about him? Is the story in the Pentateuch a mythical account written centuries after the alleged events? Why does Moses's story resemble that of others? Why are there so many elements of sun & wine god myths in the tale of Moses?  | history | religion | judaism | moses | christianity | bible  | books | reading

The biblical figure of Moses has been the center of fascination for over 2,000 years, but what do we actually know about him? Was he a real person? Did the Exodus truly happen? Or is the story in the Pentateuch a mythical account written centuries after the alleged events? Why does Moses's story resemble that of other, older lawgivers and legendary predecessors? Why are there so many elements of sun and wine god myths in the tale of Moses? What does the focus on the serpent in his story signify? Who were Yahweh and the Elohim?

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 Elley's Bookshelf: The Nest - Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeny | Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City. "The Nest", meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems. | novel | books | book reviews | family | chick lit | dramedy | the nest

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City. "The Nest", meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

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 Elley's Bookshelf: Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris | Jack and Grace are inseparable. Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows. Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed. | mystery | thriller | murder | torture | books | reading

Jack and Grace are inseparable. Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows. Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

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 Elley's Bookshelf: The Third Gate by Lincoln Child | Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god- king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all—Narmer’s crown—might be buried with him. | supernatural | egypt | mummies | tombs | pharaohs | excavation | mystery | near death experiences | books | reading | book reviews

Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god- king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all—Narmer’s crown—might be buried with him.

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 Elley's Bookshelf: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher | Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.  | novel | bullying | netflix | 13 reasons why | hannah baker | clay jensen | suicide | rape | fiction | ya | ya books

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. 

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 Elley's Bookshelf: Adultery by Paulo Coehlo | Adultery, the provocative new novel by Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, explores the question of what it means to live life fully and happily, finding the balance between life's routine and the desire for something new. | the alchemist | paulo coelho | adultery | romance | love | sexuality | books | reading | novel | book reviews

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Adultery, the provocative new novel by Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, explores the question of what it means to live life fully and happily, finding the balance between life's routine and the desire for something new.  


 Elley's Bookshelf: White Houses by Amy Bloom | Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt’s first presidential campaign. “Hick,” as she’s known to her friends and admirers, is not quite instantly charmed by the idealistic, patrician Eleanor. But then, as her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love, and a life that Hick never expected to have. | historical fiction | history | elenor roosevelt | first lady | president of the usa | potus | lesbian | gay | novel | books | book list | book reviews | reading

Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt’s first presidential campaign. “Hick,” as she’s known to her friends and admirers, is not quite instantly charmed by the idealistic, patrician Eleanor. But then, as her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion matures into a lasting love, and a life that Hick never expected to have.

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 Elley's Bookshelf: The Cruel Prince - Holly Black | Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him--and face the consequences. | ya | ya books | holly black | faerie | gentry | fey | books | fantasy | reading | royalty | book list

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him--and face the consequences.

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 Elley's Bookshelf: The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod | Hal Elrod’sThe Miracle Morning has helped redefine the mornings and the lives of millions of readers since 2012. Since then, careers have been launched, goals have been met, and dreams have been realized, all through the power of the Miracle Morning’s six Life S.A.V.E.R.S. | non fiction | self improvement | habits | habit stacking | biography | self care | mindfulness | book reviews | reading

Hal Elrod’sThe Miracle Morning has helped redefine the mornings and the lives of millions of readers since 2012. Since then, careers have been launched, goals have been met, and dreams have been realized, all through the power of the Miracle Morning’s six Life S.A.V.E.R.S. 
 

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 Elley's Bookshelf: Rising Strong by Brene Brown | As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, What do these people  have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort. | self improvement | mindfulness | non fiction | brene brown | books | book reviews | self help | self care

As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, What do these people  have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.

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 Elley's Bookshelf: Lucrezia Borgia by Sarah Bradford | The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissance. Yet, as Sarah Bradford reveals, the truth is far more fascinating than the myth. Neither a vicious monster nor a seductive pawn, Lucrezia Borgia was a shrewd, determined woman who used her beauty and intelligence to secure a key role in the political struggles of her day. | historical | biography | borgia | pope | rome | book | reading | book reviews

The very name Lucrezia Borgia conjures up everything that was sinister and corrupt about the Renaissance. Yet, as Sarah Bradford reveals, the truth is far more fascinating than the myth. Neither a vicious monster nor a seductive pawn, Lucrezia Borgia was a shrewd, determined woman who used her beauty and intelligence to secure a key role in the political struggles of her day.

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 Elley's Bookshelf: Finding Atlantis by David King | What do Zeus, Apollo, and the gods of Mount Olympus have in common with Odin, Thor, and the gods of Valhalla have to do with Atlantis? Olof Rudbeck found the answer: They could all be traced to an ancient lost civilization that once thrived in the far north of Rudbeck’s native Sweden.  | history | non fictopn books | greek mythology | norse mythology | scandavavian | atlantis | research

What do Zeus, Apollo, and the gods of Mount Olympus have in common with Odin, Thor, and the gods of Valhalla have to do with Atlantis? Olof Rudbeck found the answer: They could all be traced to an ancient lost civilization that once thrived in the far north of Rudbeck’s native Sweden. 

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 Elley's Bookshelf: Origin by Dan Brown | Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. With him is Ambra Vidal, who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret. | the davinci code | angels and demons | robert langdon | catholic church | book reviews | spain | artificial intellegence | extinction

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Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. With him is Ambra Vidal, who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret

 Elley's Bookshelf: Dark in Death by JD Robb | On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional | suspense | reading | in death series | eve dallas | mystery | crime | homicide | new york

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan’s neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel’s best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel’s blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

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 Elley's Bookshelf: A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery | Zoe Saldivar is alone. She recently broke up with her longtime boyfriend, she works from home & her best friend Jen is so obsessed with her baby that she has practically abandoned their friendship. The day Zoe traps herself in her attic, she realizes that it’s up to her to stop living in isolation. | novel | family | books | reading | chick lit | book reviews | best friends

Zoe Saldivar is alone. She recently broke up with her longtime boyfriend, she works from home & her best friend Jen is so obsessed with her baby that she has practically abandoned their friendship. The day Zoe traps herself in her attic, she realizes that it’s up to her to stop living in isolation.

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 Elley's Book shelf: Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss | Krauss conjures an achingly beautiful and breathtakingly original novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals—an older lawyer and a young novelist—whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert. | books | book reviews | novel | judaism | history | kafka | ww2 | israel

Krauss conjures an achingly beautiful and breathtakingly original novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals—an older lawyer and a young novelist—whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert.

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 Elley's Bookshelf: What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty | Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over—she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old.  | reading | books | mystery | thriller | suspense | book reviews

Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over—she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. 

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 Elley's Bookshelf: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman | Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue. He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust—and the spy it was intended for finds him.  | his dark materials | the golden compass | ya | ya books | reading | book reviews | 

Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue. He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust—and the spy it was intended for finds him

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 Elley's Bookshelf: The Spy by Paulo Coehlo | HER ONLY CRIME WAS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN  Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price. | paulo coelho | the alchemist | mata hari | books | reading | book reviews | novel | biography | historical

HER ONLY CRIME WAS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN
 
Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price.

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 Elley's Bookshelf: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz | This fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery.  Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective. | mystery | suspense | agatha christie | murder mystery | whodunnit | reading list | books | book reviews

This fiendishly brilliant, riveting thriller weaves a classic whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie into a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery.

Masterful, clever, and relentlessly suspenseful, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.

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 Elley's Bookshelf: The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty | Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive... | thriller | mystery | suspense | reading list | books | book reviews

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive...

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 Elley's Bookshelf: Secrets in Death by JD Robb | The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening. | book reviews | reading list | books | thriller | mystery


The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.

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