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Read It Before You See It- Movies Inspire a Book Buying Trend

It's not really a new thing that people love (or hate) to see their favorite novels adapted into films. The "digital-age-old" battle of  Movie vs. Book (the book is better) has pushed the sales of many novels up. After all, you can't have an opinion if you haven't seen the movie AND read the book, can you? NOPE. 

So, what are readers excited to be seeing in theatres (or on their tv screen) based on sales in March? Let's take a look:

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas' debut novel has spent a consecutive 180 weeks on the New York Times' Bestseller List. Tugging on heart-strings and shining a spot-light on nation-wide turmoil, The Hate U Give has captivated so many people. It was an obvious choice for a film adaptation. That film grossed over $29 million during it's 15 weeks on the big screen. The novel still sits-pretty on many Best Seller lists, including ours. In March it sits as the 2nd best selling novel in YA, just below Thomas' newest novel, On the Come Up

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

2. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis

Tapping into the John Green fandom, Five Feet Apart, the story of two teens falling in love despite major illnesses, debuted back in November and already we were expecting a film adaptation. Most likey it's because Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis are screenwriters and sold the story to the book and film industries simultaneously. The movie came out in March and the novel sits pretty at #1 on the New York Times Best Selling List. For Books Inc., it rests snuggly at #3.

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis

3. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon's sophomore novel, The Sun is Also a Star came out back in November 2016 accompanied by a wave of praise. Yes, it is  a #1 New York Times Best Selling novel as well, but it was also named their Notable Children's Book of the Year 2016. And still, we've had to wait nearly THREE YEARS for the film adaption. (To be fair we were given Everything, Everything back in 2017, but we're still counting.) It's not any less timely though, being the story of two teens falling in love in 24 hours while one struggles with societal expecations and the other faces deportation. The movie opens in theatres this May, so if you're not one of the people who helped land it the #4 spot on Books Inc.'s best selling list this March, you better go out and grab your copy quick! 

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

4. To All the Boys I've Loved Before Series by Jenny Han

The beloved story of Lara Jean and her adventures in love has captivated readers since 2014, but it wasn't until 2018 that we got our adaptation from Netflix and it was well worth the wait. Even more exciting is that Netflix announced it will also be giving us the sequel, P.S. I Still Love You. All three novels in the series were Books Inc. best sellers in March: To All the Boys I've Loved rounds out the top 5 while, P.S. I Still Love You follows closely at #6 and Always and Forever Lara Jean hangs in at #15. 

5. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

This past February, Tor announced the exciting news that Fox 2000 will be adapting Children of Blood and Bone for the big screen. The West-African inspired fantasy sky rocketed in popularity before it even hit shelves, debuting, you guessed it, as a New York Times Best Seller. It currently sits at #8 on their list and #19 on ours. Though we don't have a date for the film, we do have a publication date for the sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengence, December 3, 2019. Preorder your copy now! 


The Stranger Things Craze Continues...

... and are we really that upset about it? NO. 

This week, Netflix dropped the trailer for Stranger Things season 3 and the internet LIT UP.

I, for one, CANNOT WAIT! July 4th is TOO FAR AWAY. 

Which is why I'm super stoked that the Random House has a few things to help hold us over.

1. Hawkins Middle School Yearbook/ Hawkins High School Year Book (2 Books in 1!)

Hawkins Middle School Year Book/ Hawkins High School Year Book by Matthew J. Gilbert

For those of you who like to immerse yourself into the world, we've got this vintage '80s yearbook  that's really two books in one. First, visit the middle school in Mike Wheeler's annual, then flip it over and feel the Tiger pride in Nancy Wheeler's high school yearbook. Filled with class pictures, AV Club candids, lists, inscriptions, and secret notes, this is sure to fascinate fans of all ages.

Order now! 

2. How to Survive in a Stranger Things World 

How to Survive in a Stranger Things World by Matthew J. Gilbert

Need a little help navigating the Upside Down parts of the world? If so, this hardcover collection of wisdom and warnings from Netflix's original series Stranger Things can help guide you through school, friendships, and your town's darkest secrets. Featuring full-color images from the series and quotes from Dustin, Steve, Eleven, and the others, it is sure to thrill fans of all ages.

Available Now!

3. Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

Stranger Things by Suspicious Minds by Gwenda Bond

Looking for something a bit spookier, head over to the Fiction section for this one:  A mysterious lab. A sinister scientist. A secret history. If you think you know the truth behind Eleven’s mother, prepare to have your mind turned Upside Down in this thrilling prequel to the hit show Stranger Things.

Available now! 

4. Stranger Things: Runaway Max

Stranger Things: Runaway Max by Brenna Yavonoff

Reacquaint yourself with the series just before it kicks off on Independence Day with this must-read novel that explores Max's past--the good and the bad--as well as how she came to find her newfound sense of home in Hawkins, Indiana.

Available June 4th! Pre-order now.

Then settle in and BINGE Stranger Thigns Season 3! 

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New Review! - Black Beauty by Anna Sewell


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Teen Advisory Board Member Sophia Reviews

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

In Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell, a young horse who spends his early upbringing sheltered from the hardships and cruelty of life begins to broaden his world to the many injustices prevalent in the Victorian era. As he is traded to numerous owners and exposed to the flaws and faults of man, Black Beauty offers an innocent perspective as to why cruelties exist and how they can be mended. Once the horse known as Black Beauty grows into an older colt, the reader establishes a deeper bond with this seemingly insignificant horse, learning the tribulations that a 19th century horse had to surmount, as well as the many injustices that we too must surmount to create a more just world.  


A treasured tale since it debuted in 1877, Black Beauty is a heartfelt, poignant, and widely beloved read that hasn't lost its ability to emphasize injustice even to a more modernized audience. Through the many years that this classic has warmed the hearts of all who have read it, it has only gained more meaning and applicability to our world today. After all, "My doctrine is this, that if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt." -Black Beauty


Black Beauty is available in stores now! 

New Review! - Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton


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Teen Advisory Board Member Evgenia Reviews Strange Grace

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

Tessa Gratton’s dark and mysterious novel, Strange Grace, tells the story of a small village that made a deal with a devil long ago. Every seven years, the people sacrifice a young man to the forest and, in return, are protected from harm or disease. When her friend Rhun is at risk of being chosen, Mairwen, the daughter of a witch begins to suspect something not being quite right about the old story and is intent on making sure that no other boy’s lives are taken in vain.

One of the most interesting aspects of the book was the characters and their interactions with each other. They were all wildly different, with curious Mairwen, noble Rhun, and hot-headed Arthur. All of them developed as the story continued, completing the book as different people than those in the beginning. Additionally, the book has a long exposition, but the moment that it reaches the climax, it becomes fast-paced and exciting, leaving the reader guessing about what comes next. Gratton throws in twists and turns before finally reaching an impossible to predict ending.


Ideal for fans of horror and fantasy, Strange Grace is a well-written, intriguing journey through the forest, with plenty of plot twists and secrets along the way.


Strange Grace is available in stores now!



Ripped from the Headlines: When Life Meets Fiction, College Edition

Anxiety over college admissions is REAL.

Here are two stories from Random House about teens who took their future into their own hands.


We Regret to Inform You by Ariel Kaplan

How far would you go to get into the right college?... Fans of Becky Albertalli will appreciate this sharp-witted, timely novel about an overachiever who stumbles into the middle of a college admissions scandal when she's rejected by every school she applied to.

Available in stores now! 

Immoral Code by Lillian Clark

Immoral Code by Lillian Clark

Ocean's 8 meets The Breakfast Club in this fast-paced, multi-perspective story about five teens determined to hack into one billionaire absentee father's company to steal tuition money.

Available in stores now! 

New Review! - King of Scars


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Teen Advisory Board Member Evgenia Reviews King of Scars

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo


King of Scars is a triumphant return to Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, complete with plenty of engaging characters, danger, and excitement. The beginning of novel finds the beloved Nikolai Lantsov, King of Ravka, grappling with the events that occured in Siege and Storm, the conclusion to the author’s other trilogy. Stuck with a dangerous secret to hide, he relies on Zoya, a lovely but abrasive Grisha (people with special powers, many of whom serve in the Ravkan army), to help him save Ravka and banish his inner demons. Further away, in Fjerda, Nina, a familiar face from Six of Crows, is struggling to overcome her grief and return to her old self. Undercover and in danger of being captured by Druskelle, ruthless witch hunters, she comes across a convent hiding a disturbing truth, a threat from her past, and a young woman desperately trying to hide her abilities as Grisha.


All of the intertwined plots were interesting, with the point of view alternating between Nikolai, Zoya, Nina, and Isaak, Nikolai’s guard. This emphasis on various different characters showed the scenes from different angles and gave insight into the minds of all of the main characters.


As always, Bardugo’s stunning world-building and vivid characters made this a delightfully immersive read. The politics and geography of this fantasy universe are well-defined and clear, making it feel more real. This world that Leigh Bardugo has created, with magic and mischief, is full of twists and turns and the characters that you cannot help but fall in love with.


From the fast-paced, surprise-filled beginning to the unexpected ending, prepare for an exciting journey through the palaces and countryside of Ravka and the frigid forests and fishing towns of Fjerda. With brilliant world-building and wonderful writing, King of Scars is certainly a must-read for fans of Bardugo’s Grishaverse.


King of Scars is available in stores now. Haven't read the Grishaverse or Six of Crows series? You can find them on our shelves as well! 

Diverse Disney Princess’ Fav YA Reads

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- Written by By Ava and Amanda


Ah, the sweet nostalgia of Disney Princesses and the hope for more diverse characters. While we pine for the live-action remakes, here are five YA books to read that the diverse Disney Princesses would definitely endorse!

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1. Jasmine endorses LOVE, HATE, AND OTHER FILTERS

Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Modern Jasmine would totally relate to Maya Aziz, an Indian-American Muslim whose parents want her to marry an eligible bachelor (ahem, Jafar). But Maya is secretly in love with another boy—a boy she knows her parents would never approve of. But when the terrorist attack of 9/11 kills hundreds, Maya and her parents are subject to prejudice for being Muslim.


2. Pocahontas endorses MARCH TOWARDS THE THUNDER

 March Toward the Thunder by Joseph Bruchac

As Pocahontas tries to find peace between her family and the Englishmen, Louis Nolette, a fifteen-year-old Abenaki Indian from Canada, fights for the rights of African Americans from an outside perspective. After he is recruited to the northern Irish brigade, despite not being Irish, American, or of age, he begins to see the true meaning of war, and how much needs to be fought to bring peace. Louis starts to realize what he’s truly fighting for - and it’s not for wages.



Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

Although this book is a retelling of Snow White’s fairytale, the kickass but sweet heroine, Princess Jade, reminds us of Mulan’s many adventures and great feats! The evil Empress Xifeng cares more about the shade of her lips than her subjects, causing the kingdom to fall into poverty and starvation. Join Jade as she ventures into the unknown to summon the Dragon God, who could defeat the Serpent Lord—and in turn, Empress Xifeng.

**note--TKOtBP is a sequel to FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS, but the sequel can be read without the first book (though we wholeheartedly recommend FoaTL!)


4. Tiana endorses AKATA WITCH

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Tiana is hardworking and independent, and nothing will stop her from achieving her goal, to open her restaurant. Although Sunny is twelve, she experiences struggles living in Aba, Nigeria after being born in New York. Her skin is sensitive to the sun with being albino, and she wishes to do things other kids could do. After making friends with Orlu and ChiChi, she goes to the world of the Leopard people, where your greatest asset. Her story of overcoming and hard work is a must read for all.


5. Moana endorses WILDEFIRE

Wildfire by Karsten Knight

Moana’s spirited nature and the ability to be self-sufficient mirrors the strong personality of Ashline Wilde. Looking to start over after unspeakable violence, Blackwood Academy seems like a fresh place to start over. However, after finding out that she is secretly a Polynesian goddess, she must find herself to stop the perilous danger arriving at the school.


New Review! - The Goose Girl


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Teen Advisory Board Member Alannah Reviews The Goose Girl

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern) by Shannon Hale

Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, was born with the word of another language on her tongue, though she didn’t know it. Her aunt helped her to taste it, teaching her the speech of songbirds and the graceful swans in the palace pond, until one day she left for the mountains, never to return. And though she misses her aunt, Ani is contented with her life, in spite of others’ whispers of the strange, quiet princess who speaks to the birds.

But everything turns upside-down the day that she learns that her brother Caleb is to inherit the throne instead of her, and that she is to wed the unknown prince of Kildenree’s enormous neighboring kingdom, Bayern. Ani sets out with her lady in waiting, Selia, a company of Kildenree’s guards, and her beloved horse, Falada, with whom she can communicate.

However, halfway through the journey, treacherous Selia convinces the guards to turn on Ani and present Selia as the bride-to-be instead. Forced to flee for her life, Ani takes on the name Isi and tends the palace geese in the guise of a peasant girl. But the awkward, fractious geese are nothing like the swans that Ani is accustomed to, the danger of discovery lurks around every corner, and Ani’s newfound relationship with the handsome guard Geric threatens to bring her secrets to the tip of her tongue. How can Ani prove herself the true princess?

Shannon Hale reimagines the classic Grimm’s tale in a beautiful, enchanting story of courage and love. Ani is the sort of heroin that readers simply cannot help falling in love with, and any reader will be able to relate to the trials faced by the shy young princess. This is an unforgettable read necessary for fans of fantasy, first love, and exquisitely retold fairytales. But reader be warned: Once you read this book, you may never see the original tale of The Goose Girl the same way ever again.

-Review written by Alannah, Age 14

Find Goose Girl and the companion novels in stores or online.