Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. She is content enough—until a boy with eyes the color of the Atlantic Ocean moves in next door. Their complicated romance begins over IM and grows through a wunderkammer of vignettes, illustrations, charts, and more.

Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.*

This critically acclaimed YA favorite is now in theaters as a feature length film. A perfect book club pick!

*Synopsis taken from the author’s website: www.nicolayoon.com

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

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The true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.

I won’t say much more than that simple one-sentence synopsis and a heart-felt plea to PLEASE READ this fascinating account of a group of dedicated African American female mathematicians known as “human computers” who used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. After you’ve read this phenomenal story I would implore you to also watch the film–a fantastic adaptation starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae. Highly recommended.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Even before the highly anticipated miniseries premiered on HBO, this book has spread like wildfire–due mostly to word of mouth. However, if you somehow missed all the hoopla surrounding it, this is a friendly reminder to take a look at this well written and entertaining page turner–preferably, before you watch the adaptation.

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Someone is dead and it happened at a school trivia night. The reader finds this out immediately but it is over the course of the book that we find out why and how and ultimately whodunit. Told in alternating points of view, the book follows three mothers whose lives intersect through their school-aged children. Each woman is well-developed and interesting and, as the reader, we care for all of them while still desperately racing to the end of the novel to find out exactly what happened at Trivia Night.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

To kick off a month of blog posts about recent film adaptations of popular books, I’d like to start with a novel that’s in my Top 5 Favorite Books (ever!)–American Gods.

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Shadow Moon is released from prison the day after his beloved wife dies. Unsure of how to proceed with his life, Shadow is hired by the mysterious Mr. Wednesday. What follows is a strange journey across America where Shadow encounters divinities who are losing their power because they are no longer believed in (old gods from overseas–like Odin and Anansi–who traveled to the new world with the immigrants who worshiped them) and the dangerous “new gods” of technology, freeways, and television who want the old guard vanquished so they can fully reign. Mythic, poignant, and not to be missed. Read the book before you watch the upcoming series.