Words + Coffee: Used Book Stores + YA Novels

A few weeks ago we were in Raleigh for a meeting. We stopped at Starbucks for a pick me up and on the way out, Brian spotted a used book store a couple doors over. In true Ariana fashion, I squealed and immediately headed over. 

There is nothing like a used book store. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a brand new book, but with used books there is a personal connection to someone you'll never meet, someone who has read that story before you and experienced what you're about to experience. You can't really beat that either. It's an adventure that the two of you are unknowingly sharing. Which, I mean come on  that's pretty cool. 

I left that day with three books and a hardcover copy of Eragon for my home library. Another successful book store run.

These days, I'm still on a Young Adult kick and have really enjoyed the following novels recently:


The "Shatter Me" Series - Taharej Mafi

Shatter Me is about a young girl whose touch is fatal. She's spent most of her life with the inability to touch people and this brilliantly written book tells us her story through her eyes.

Admittedly, when I first started this series, I wasn't too keen on the first book. I thought the writing was strange, almost annoying, the heroine a little odd for my taste and I didn't quite feel it. And then I read the short in-between book, Destroy Me, which was written from the view of the antagonist. And for some reason it changed the entire first book. It added an amaaaazing perspective to the first novel, completely changing my view on many of the characters. And that was when it dawned on me that the first novel was written from a brilliant and fragile perspective, and the writing didn't seem so odd anymore. In fact I downright loved it. I had never read a book where I felt like I was truly in the head of the main character. By the time I started reading the second book, Unravel Me, I was smitten and cannot wait for the third book in the trilogy to be released. 


I am Number Four - Pittacus Lore

Nine people from another planet, who are stronger, faster, and far more advanced than we mere humans, living on this planet. Hiding from hunters. Also not from around here. 

Apparently this was a movie, but I had never seen it and read this book without any preconceived notions. If the movie reviews are any indication, the book is better. I liked the plot of this book, and the main character, along with his fragile relationships. It is a quick and fun read, and I'm looking forward to diving into the sequel, The Power of Six. 


Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi - Hardcover Unravel Me - Tahereh Mafi - Paperback I Am Number Four - Pittacus Lore - Hardcover

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As always, thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful Tuesday! 

Ariana Watts

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