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Hands Free Mama
$1.99
Author: Rachel Macy Stafford
Genre: Motherhood, Christian Living

Description (from Amazon):

“If technology is the new addiction, then multi-tasking is the new marching order. We check our email while cooking dinner, send a text while bathing the kids, and spend more time looking into electronic screens than into the eyes of our loved ones. With our never-ending to-do lists and jam-packed schedules, it’s no wonder we’re distracted.

But this isn’t the way it has to be.

In July 2010, special education teacher and mother Rachel Macy Stafford decided enough was enough. Tired of losing track of what matters most in life, Rachel began practicing simple strategies that enabled her to momentarily let go of largely meaningless distractions and engage in meaningful soul-to-soul connections. She started a blog to chronicle her endeavors and soon saw how both external and internal distractions had been sabotaging her happiness and preventing her from bonding with the people she loves most.

Hands Free Mama is the digital society’s answer to finding balance in a media-saturated, perfection-obsessed world. It doesn’t mean giving up all technology forever. It doesn’t mean forgoing our jobs and responsibilities. What it does mean is seizing the little moments that life offers us to engage in real and meaningful interaction. It means looking our loved ones in the eye and giving them the gift of our undivided attention, leaving the laundry till later to dance with our kids in the rain, and living a present, authentic, and intentional life despite a world full of distractions.”


Hands Free Life
$1.99
Author: Rachel Macy Stafford
Genre: Motherhood, Christian Living

Description (from Amazon):

“We all yearn to look back to find we lived a life of significance. But is it even possible anymore? Considering the amount of distraction and pressure that exists in society today, living a fulfilling life may seem like an unachievable dream. But it is not—not with the nine habits outlined in this book.

New York Times bestselling author and widely known blogger, Rachel Macy Stafford, reveals nine habits that help you focus on investing in the most significant parts of your life. As your hands, heart, and eyes become open, you will experience a new sense of urgency—an urgency to live, love, dream, connect, create, forgive, and flourish despite the distractions of our culture.”


To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
$2.99
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: Young Adult, Coming of Age

Description (from Amazon):

“Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.”

*I recently read this book for the first time, and I actually really liked it. I thought it was very well-written and had some depth to it. A really good YA contemporary, if that’s something you’re into. *


Red Queen
$2.99
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Description (from Amazon):

“Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.”

*I’ve not read this yet, but I just bought it and it’s on my TBR list for 2017. A lot of people really love it, from what I’ve heard.*


The Sovereignty of God
$0.99
Author: A.W. Pink
Genre: Christianity

Description (from Amazon):

“When was the last time we truly paused to meditate and study the crucially important doctrine of the sovereignty of God? In this book A.W. Pink unpacks the theology of the sovereignty of God for us in a way few others have before or after him. Pink dives into Scripture not only to define the sovereignty of God; he goes on to help us apply the doctrine to various aspects of our lives. Pink passionately challenges us to wrestle with and accept a higher, deeper and broader view of our omniscient and omnipotent King.”


Things We Wish Were True
$4.99
Author: Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Thriller

Description (from Amazon):

“From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house.

Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts—until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors’ intertwined lives begins to unravel.

During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the neighbors learn that it’s impossible to really know those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them?”


Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
$1.99
Author: Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, LGBT

Description (from Amazon):

“Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.”

*A lot of you may be surprised by (or disagree with) my decision to suggest this book, but I think it’s really important – especially if you don’t agree – to read books like this to try to better understand other people’s perspectives. Better understanding a person or community doesn’t mean that you are agreeing with their lifestyle, and honestly during this politically turbulent season, we could all afford to have some empathy and understanding of people who are very different from us. For all of those reasons, this book is on my To Be Read list for this year.*


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Be Frank With Me
$1.99
Author: Julia Claiborne Johnson
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Humor

Description (from School Library Journal):
“Reclusive literary legend M. M. “Mimi” Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she’s flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies—with a few stipulations: No Ivy-Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids. Quiet, discreet, sane.

When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she’s put to work right away—as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer’s eccentric nine-year-old, a boy with the wit of Noel Coward, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and very little in common with his fellow fourth-graders.

As she slowly gets to know Frank, Alice becomes consumed with finding out who Frank’s father is, how his gorgeous “piano teacher and itinerant male role model” Xander fits into the Banning family equation—and whether Mimi will ever finish that book.”


 

Island 
$2.99
Author: Aldous Huxley
Genre: Classic Fiction

Description (via Amazon):
“In his final novel, which he considered his most important, Aldous Huxley transports us to the remote Pacific island of Pala, where an ideal society has flourished for 120 years.

Inevitably, this island of bliss attracts the envy and enmity of the surrounding world. A conspiracy is underway to take over Pala, and events are set in motion when an agent of the conspirators, a newspaperman named Faranby, is shipwrecked there. What Faranby doesn’t expect is how his time with the people of Pala will revolutionize all his values and—to his amazement—give him hope.”


The Women of Brewster Place
$1.99
Author: Gloria Naylor
Genre: Literary Fiction (Anthology)

Description (via Amazon):
“In her heralded first novel, Gloria Naylor weaves together the stories of seven women living in Brewster Place, a bleak-inner city sanctuary, creative a powerful, moving portrait of the strengths, struggles, and hopes of black women in America. Vulnerable and resilient, openhanded and openhearted, these women forge their lives in a place that in turn threatens and protects – a common prison and a shared home. Adapted into a 1989 ABC miniseries starring Oprah Winfrey, The Women of Brewster Place is a contemporary classic – and a touching and unforgettable read.”


I Am The Messenger
$1.99 
Author: Markus Zusak
Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Description (via Amazon):
“By the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book Thief, this is a cryptic journey filled with laughter, fists, and love. Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery. That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?”


Holes
$1.99
Author: Louis Sachar
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Coming of Age Story, Humor

Description (my own):
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse – one that has been passed down through his family for generations. Thanks to the curse, he’s unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, where he soon discovers there’s more to the place than meets the eye. He sets out to discover exactly what is going on – and mischief, hilarity and suspense ensue. (Many of you are probably familiar with this book because of the movie adaptation with Shia LaBeouf.)

Winner of the National Book Award and Newberry Medal.


Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More – Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
$0.99
Author: Karen Swallow Prior
Genre: Christian Biography
Description (via Amazon):
“The enthralling biography of the woman writer who helped end the slave trade, changed Britain’s upper classes, and taught a nation how to read.”

 


When You Reach Me
$1.99
Author: Rebecca Stead
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Coming of Age Story

Description (from School Library Journal):
“Sixth-grader Miranda lives in 1978 New York City with her mother, and her life compass is Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. When she receives a series of enigmatic notes that claim to want to save her life, she comes to believe that they are from someone who knows the future. Miranda spends considerable time observing a raving vagrant who her mother calls the laughing man and trying to find the connection between the notes and her everyday life.”

Winner of the Newberry Medal.


The Hypnotist’s Love Story
$2.99 
Author: Liane Moriarty
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Description (via Amazon): Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. She’s stoic about it, but at this point, Ellen wouldn’t mind a lasting one. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk. Braced for the worst, Ellen is pleasantly surprised. It turns out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him. Ellen thinks, Actually, that’s kind of interesting. She’s dating someone worth stalking. She’s intrigued by the woman’s motives. In fact, she’d even love to meet her. Ellen doesn’t know it, but she already has.”


The Widow’s War
$0.99
Author: Sally Gunning
Genre: Historical Fiction

Description (via Amazon): “Married for twenty years to Edward Berry, Lyddie is used to the trials of being a whaler’s wife in the Cape Cod village of Satucket, Massachusetts—running their house herself during her husband’s long absences at sea, living with the daily uncertainty that Edward will simply not return. And when her worst fear is realized, she finds herself doubly cursed. She is overwhelmed by grief, and her property and rights are now legally in the hands of her nearest male relative: her daughter’s overbearing husband, whom Lyddie cannot abide. Lyddie decides to challenge both law and custom for control of her destiny, but she soon discovers the price of her bold “war” for personal freedom to be heartbreakingly dear.


The Fill-In Boyfriend
$1.99
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult, Romance

So this is one that I’ve actually read. It’s a fun, lighthearted, easy read (something to pick up when you’ve read a couple of “heavier” or more intense books in a row and need a nice, thoughtless escape). It’s about a teenage girl named Gia who is mercilessly dumped by her boyfriend in the parking lot at her high school prom. In a panic, she asks the only other person present – a guy her age waiting to pick up his little sister – to go in with her so she can save face and make her ex jealous. When things go better than expected, she continues the ruse, only to find that it’s a lot more difficult than she thought it’d be – not only is she lying to everyone, but the new (fake) boyfriend is turning out to be a better guy than the one she thought she wanted back.


Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
$2.99
Author: Louise Penny
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Mystery

Description (via Amazon):
“Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.”