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Many of us are still in the afterglow of Valentine’s Day, still working on that box of chocolates or smelling the flowers that were delivered to us. It may remind us of those early days of life when we were naïve and giddy like schoolgirls at the prospect of someone special sending us flowers. There is something endearing and innocent about young love; it’s irresistible.
E L James’ notorious Fifty Shades of Grey series is almost too easy to ridicule. Does that stop me from doing so? Of course not. However, its abundance of editorial issues, coupled with its titillating subject matter, has overshadowed an issue that has serious implications in the book world. In light of the movie’s release, it’s high time to address it.
Time recently released their list of the 100 best YA books. Like all “best of” lists, it can be taken with a grain of salt, especially because the category of YA only really became a thing in the last 15 years or so, and many of their selections predate that.
The holidays may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to forget the spirit of giving. Books make fantastic presents, not only because they're a way to share a personal part of yourself with another person, but also because they bestow upon their readers an adventure and characters who will, hopefully, stick with them for a lifetime. So whether you’re preparing for a birthday, anniversary, or just a surprise present for the reader in your life, give the gift of a whole world in 5.5 x 8.5 casing. In no particular order, here are 10 novels that may become new favorites this year:
Holiday season is a time of giving --- also of consumerism and incessantly peppy songs that play on repeat. Even if you’re generally an agreeable person, it’s a time of year that can bring out your inner Grinch.  
Mockingjay - Part 1, the newest addition to the Hunger Games franchise, has recently hit theaters, and between that and the success of HBO’s “The Leftovers,” the dystopian genre is back in the spotlight. I’m not a scientist or anything, but I predict that many gifts of grim futures will be given this holiday season.
Last Saturday book group members, leaders and avid readers joined editors of the Hachette Book Group and their authors in New York at the Lighthouse International for Hachette’s Annual Book Group Brunch.
Once upon a time (read: last year), I wrote a post on fairy tales for adults. You can read it here. I’ve decided to make it annual, because modern authors are constantly borrowing from fairy and folk tales, invigorating them with fresh life.
Scotland has been getting a lot of attention lately. Emotions may still be running high in the wake of their verdict to remain part of the UK, but it's a good time to be a Scotophile (the jury seems to be out on whether that's a real word but we'll pretend it is). It’s certainly a good time to be a bagpiper; bagpipe music has abounded in the background of the coverage. It’s a good time to be someone who doesn’t get annoyed when people ask what you’re wearing under your clothes (a frequently asked question of kilt-wearers).