Bookseller and Events Manager
I was a late bloomer when it comes to reading, my mom thought I would never appreciate reading. She spoke too soon. Starting in 5th grade I have hungrily devoured anything and everything I can get my hands on. Throughout my literary journey I found some favorites I hold dear (To Kill a Mockingbird, Harry Potter), some authors that can always blow my mind, (Cassandra Clare, Sarah J Maas, Jennifer Estep), and some genres I visit more often than others (Young Adult, Romance, Fiction, Sci-Fi, Mystery). Above all, I have a fierce love for all types of Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy and Urban Fantasy hold special places in my heart. I'm always reading a book (or 2), if you want to see the most accurate display of what I'm wrapped up in right now, check out my GoodReads and my Instagram (@bookstagramsam)
Portrait of a Bookseller: https://www.brightsidebookshop.com/community-and-staff-picks/2019/3/6/portrait-of-a-bookseller-sam
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
“When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin--one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin--and his world--forever.” - Bloomsbury
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
“The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.
Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.
Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.” - Simon & Schuster
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
“Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire.” - Penguin Random House
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
“Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.” - Harper Collins