Episode one: Do it for Knightley!

Episode One: Do it for Knightley!

In this episode we talk about the books we’re currently reading, why YA (Young Adult or teen) matters, the Read More! 2017 Reading Challenge and what we’re looking forward to reading this year.

Meet the hosts

Find out who we are in our quick bios.

Books mentioned

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.





Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Inspired by the Russian folktale classic “Vassilissa the Beautiful,” a modern fairy tale finds a girl from a working-class section of a magical Brooklyn tapping the powers of her dead mother’s protective doll to defend against the evil of a murderous owner of a local convenience store.




Draw the Line by Laurent Linn

A teen boy survives a hate crime against another gay student through his art.






The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended forhis young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

The human world is in peril. Feyre, a semi-literate girl, hunts for her family’s survival. After she kills an enormous wolf, a fierce fey shows up at her doorstep seeking retribution. Feyre is led to beautiful eternal springs, but the journey is not without danger. Maas masterfully pulls the reader into this new dark fantasy series which feels like a mix of fairy tales, from Beauty and the Beast to Tam Lin.

The story continues in A Court of Mist and Fury and the upcoming A Court of Wings and Ruin (May 2017).


It by Stephen King

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they were grown-up men and women who had gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them could withstand the force that drew them back to Derry, Maine to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.




Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

A nightmare of evil grips a small Maine town when a mysterious stranger appears.

Other titles by Stephen King mentioned, the Dark Tower series which starts with The Gunslinger and 11/22/63.




The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

A Jesuit priest, unable to find plausible explanations for an eleven-year-old’s strange behavior, begins to suspect demonic possession.






The Fireman by Joe Hill

The Fireman is a novel that will keep you up reading all night. No one really knows where the deadly Dragonscale spore originated but many theories abound. The most likely is that as the planet heats up, the spore is released into the atmosphere. Harper Willowes is a young, pregnant nurse who risks her own health to tend to others.This is her story and I loved it! This is one of the most creative takes on apocalyptic literature that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended for all Hill and King fans.

Other Joe Hill titles mentioned, NOS4A2.


Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

In Hex, acclaimed Dutch author Thomas Heuvelt portrays an idyllic Hudson Valley town similar to others in the region — except that the other villages aren’t haunted. Black Spring is home to the ghost of Katherine van Wyler, an alleged witch who was tortured and hanged in the 1600s. Eyes and lips sewn shut, she visits the town’s residents, ominously coming and going in their houses whenever she wants. But for residents to leave Black Spring would be to invite disaster, so the town’s leaders have taken measures to keep it quarantined. Then a group of boys decides Katherine needs an Internet presence, and horrendous chaos breaks out.

Other books mentioned

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
Emma by Jane Austen
Hot Gimmick by Miki Aihara
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
The Lake House and When the Wind Blows by James Patterson
Smoke by Dan Vyleta
Allison Hewitt is Trapped by Madeleine Roux
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott
True Grit by Charles Portis
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
The Arrivals by Melissa Marr
Firefly or the Serenity series by Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews, available on Hoopla
Trigun by Yasuhiro Nightow
All the Feels by Danika Stone
The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell