The Read More! Reading Challenge suggestions for the month of August are to read a book featuring a road trip or a book featuring magic!
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A Book Featuring a Road Trip
The Road Trip – Beth O’Leary
Genre: Contemporary romances; Multiple perspectives; Romantic comedies
Description: What if the end of the road is just the beginning? Four years ago, Dylan and Addie fell in love under the Provence sun. Wealthy Oxford student Dylan was staying at his friend Cherry’s enormous French villa; wild child Addie was spending her summer as the on-site caretaker. Two years ago, their relationship officially ended. They haven’t spoken since. Today, Dylan’s and Addie’s lives collide again. It’s the day before Cherry’s wedding, and Addie and Dylan crash cars at the start of the journey there. Dylan’s car is wrecked, and the wedding is in rural Scotland–he’ll never get there on time by public transport. So, along with Dylan’s best friend, Addie’s sister, and a random guy on Facebook who needed a ride, they squeeze into Addie’s car and set off across Britain. Cramped into the same space, Dylan and Addie are forced to confront the choices they made that tore them apart–and ask themselves whether that final decision was the right one after all.
Paper Towns – John Green
Genre: Coming-of-age stories; Mysteries
Description: One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q’s neighbor, and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears.
The Lost Continent: travels in small-town America – Bill Bryson
Genre: Humor writing; Travel Writing
Description: When a native of Iowa returns from England to wander across America’s heartland in search of the perfect small town, the result is a string of hilarious anecdotes and biting social commentary.
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson
Genre: Debut title; Realistic fiction
Description: After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt.
A Book Featuring Magic
Practical Magic – Alice Hoffman
Genre: Literary fiction; Magical realism
Description: The story of two sisters, Gillian and Sally Owens, brought up by their elderly guardian aunts in a small New England town. The aunts possess magic that they in turn hand down to their nieces.
Innate Magic – Shannon Fay
Genre: Historical fantasy; LGBTQIA fiction; Urban fantasy
Description: From debut author Shannon Fay comes the first novel in the enchanting Marrowbone Spells series featuring Paul Gallagher, a lower-class magician who aspires to high society through spells, wits, and irresistible charm.
The Black Prism – Brent Weeks
Genre: Epic fantasy
Description: When Gavin Guile–high priest and emperor, the most powerful man in the world known to all as the Prism–discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.
Jade City – Fonda Lee
Genre: Asian-influenced fantasy; Canadian fiction; Epic fantasy
Description: In this action-packed series opener, Green Bone warriors use the magic-enhancing powers of jade to protect their island nation of Kekon and its capital, Janloon. But times are changing, as rival syndicates headed by the feuding Ayt and Kaul families go to extreme lengths to consolidate their power and gain control of the city. Detailed world-building and exciting martial-arts battles enhance this gritty crime drama, which takes place in an East Asia-inspired fantasy world.