The Hustle Economy
edited by Jason Oberholtzer (Paperback, 2016)
A fun collection of essays written by twenty five creative and unique people that the book calls “self-made hustlers” that turned their “creativity into careers.” Do you feel like your creative talents and unique gifts are being wasted in your current position, and that your skills would be better elsewhere? If so, then you aren’t alone, but how do you take yourself from idea to a creative career you love? None of these “experts” has the answer, but they do have personal stories of how they succeeded in getting (or making) a career they flourish in. From bloggers, to artists, to entrepreneurs of many stripes, they will inspire you with their stories, and give you advice on how to get on with your own story.
Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms,
from Tabletops to Bookshelves
by Emily Henderson (Hardcover, 2015)
L.A. Blogger and Interior Designer Emily Henderson knows that not everyone can afford an Interior Decorator, so she wrote a book to help you decorate your own space. With an easy-to-follow ten step method, Henderson will help you figure out your own design style and how to implement it in your own home. Written in an accessible, entertaining, conversational tone, Styled is a great tool for anyone wanting to redesign their spaces this fall.
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast
A quirky, charming, and genteel romance about a spunky young botanist, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast is like Jane Eyre with a twist. When Lucy Pickett leaves London to spend some time with her ailing cousin Kate, she doesn’t realize what she’s getting in to. Monsters, murders, and the mysterious Lord Miles Blackwell make Lucy’s stay much more complicated (and dangerous) than she ever imagined. Set in a parallel 19th century full of airships, funky technology, and polite society, Beauty and the Clockwork Beast is a fun read for a rainy afternoon, or a nice break from holiday stresses.
In a Dark, Dark Wood
by Ruth Ware (Paperback, 2016)
Despite comparisons to Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, In a Dark, Dark Wood is its own book. Nora hasn’t seen her childhood friend Clare for ten years, and Nora thinks she is fine with that. But when an emailed invitation to Clare’s hen night (bachelorette party) shows up, Nora doesn’t know how to react. Is Clare reaching out, or was it a mistake? More importantly, is this a chance to patch things up? Of course, everything goes terribly wrong, and Ruth Ware spins a tight, intense story that will have you furiously flipping pages into the night (and possibly second-guessing invitations from long-lost acquaintances). Be prepared to lose some sleep over this one.
Blood for Blood
by Ryan Graudin (Hardcover, 2016)
You might remember Wolf by Wolf, the surprisingly thoughtful and beautifully written alternate history novel I reviewed earlier this year. Blood for Blood is the sequel, picking up where we left off with Jewish skinshifter Yael, who attempted to assassinate Hitler. Yael must deal with the fallout of her actions, and come to terms with who she is now, before she can ever live her own life and find out where someone like her belongs. Blood for Blood is another triumph for Graudin, with great characters and real emotional depth. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s a Young Adult novel, as it packs a punch no matter your age.