Next Read!

Hi, all! Happy (or as happy as it can be?) Monday! Just wanted to send an update along with some new info on my next read that I’d super excited for.

It’s the debut novel by author Emily Henry, The Love That Split the World. You can read the description below, or click *here* to view the novel on Goodreads.

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

It will be available everywhere on January 26th, but if you’re like me and can’t wait that long, Entertainment Weekly posted the first two chapters a few weeks back! You can read along with me *here.*

It’s not the type of book I typically gravitate toward, but somehow that’s making me all the more excited. If you happen to read the first two chapters and want to leave your nine cents in the comments, any and all are welcome and appreciated. I’m very eager to share my thoughts with you in the beginning of February. 🙂

 

Best,

Nicole xoxo

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On the Cusp of Literary History

Today I started myTo Kill a Mockingbird reread just in time for July 14th! This is my first time rereading it in four years–I’m using the exact copy I annotated as a freshman, and it’s the coolest thing to see how much I’ve grown as a reader–but it somehow feels just as fresh as the first. Books like this live on for a reason, and I believe that reason is universal applicability.

A lot of times a book’s release is so highly anticipated that readers can tell it will make a lasting impression; but I can’t think of many times when it’s known prior to release that a book will become a classic. Maybe I’m the only one, but I’m filled with this weird zeal knowing that we are literally living through literary history that will last for centuries. Someday my kids will be reading Go Set a Watchman along with TKAM as a freshman, and I’ll be able to tell them I read it the day it was released. The monumental importance of this book release is beyond me, just as I’m sure it’s beyond many of you as well.

If you haven’t already, make sure you start your TKAM reread before the highly anticipated July 14th! Chances like these truly come once in a lifetime.