What I’m reading in 2019?

The complete list of books I am reading this year. Join the conversation >> Elley’s Book Club on Facebook

Children of Blood and Bone

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

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Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism

The story of Hunter S. Thompson's crusade against Richard Nixon and the threat of fascism in America--and the devastating price he paid for it.

Hunter S. Thompson is often misremembered as a wise-cracking, drug-addled cartoon character. This book reclaims him for what he truly was: a fearless opponent of corruption and fascism, one who sacrificed his future well-being to fight against it, rewriting the rules of journalism and political satire in the process. This skillfully told and dramatic story shows how Thompson saw through Richard Nixon's treacherous populism and embarked on a life-defining campaign to stop it. In his fevered effort to expose institutional injustice, Thompson pushed himself far beyond his natural limits, sustained by drugs, mania, and little else. For ten years, he cast aside his old ambitions, troubled his family, and likely hastened his own decline, along the way producing some of the best political writing in our history.

This timely biography recalls a period of anger and derangement in American politics, and one writer with the guts to tell the truth.

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In Her Shadow

Isabel’s life seemed perfect. Successful business, beautiful house, adoring husband. And then she was dead.

For four years Jessica has never doubted that her sister Isabel’s death was an accident. But when Jessica’s young daughter seems to know long-forgotten details about her aunt’s past, Jessica can’t shake the feeling that there’s a more sinister truth behind the tragedy.

As Jessica unearths disturbing revelations about her sister, and about the people she loved and trusted most, it becomes clear Isabel’s life was less than perfect and that Jessica’s might also be at risk.

Did someone murder Isabel? Are they now after Jessica and her family? The key seems to lie in the hands of a child. Can Isabel reveal the truth from beyond the grave, or is the answer closer to home?

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Girl Wash Your Face

As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.

With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.

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2018 Reading List:

The Snowman - Jo Nesbo | Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf... | #elleyreads #elleysbookshelf #suspense #mystery #foreign #books #fictionbooks
Leverage in Death - JD Robb | For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was cruelly coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter―but what was the motive of the masked men? | #elleyreads #elleysbookshelf #jdrobb #indeath #evedallas #fictionbooks #suspense #thriller
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Elley's 2018 Bookshelf.

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