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February 4th I got…

You know, aside from books, I got a little lost wandering around Phoenix. And, because sometimes I do this weird thing where I want to look fabulous, but can’t seem to do so without wearing a heavy coat of sorts, I got really hot walking around this mall and nearly passed out from over-heating. Plus, I have to have a morning cappuccino, and if I don’t, I get a nasty headache, so I was on this weird scavenger hunt looking for a good coffee hut, and it was honestly exhausting.

Oh, vacation.

I picked up some books at Half Price Books, and they were all great finds for VERY little. I even got a rare version of Paper Towns by John Green, because, as you all know, he’s my very favorite author.

  • Beast by Brie Spangler

I really dig this cover. I, also, really dig the premise.

Side note: it has great reviews on Amazon.



Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers. 
Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality.
As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?

LOL, I love this author’s name!!

Side note: the paper back cover is surprisingly prettier, in case you’re in the market for this book.

Campbell Cooper has never been in love. And if the doctors are right, she’ll never have the chance. So when she’s told she needs a miracle, her family moves 1,500 miles north to Promise, Maine–a place where amazing, unexplainable events are said to occur–like it or not. And when a mysterious envelope arrives, containing a list of things for Cam to do before she dies, she finally learns to believe–in love, in herself, and maybe even in miracles, as improbable as they may seem.


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