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Greenwood TAB has your Book Horoscopes! September (Premier) Edition.

book starsMonthly Book Horoscopes: September

Are you at a loss for what to read this month?  Well, you’re in luck!  This is the first edition of a series of monthly book horoscopes: book recommendations based on your Zodiac sign.  All of the books on this list are awesome, so if you’ve already read your recommended book or finish it before the month is up, feel free to read a different one.  Happy reading!  🙂


Aries  Quarantine: The Loners by Lex ThomasLoners

This is the perfect read for a rebellious spirit like you!  Funny, action-packed, and somewhat frightening, this book takes place in a high school that has been cut off from the outside world due to the spread of a fatal virus that lies dormant in teenagers.  The kids trapped in the school must fight to stay alive until they are allowed to “graduate” by the machine standing guard at the door.  The first book of a series.

Taurus  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Angel

If you liked The Mortal Instruments series, then you should also read this book, the first of The Infernal Devices, which has the same concept but is set in 19th century England.  When Tessa Gray’s brother is kidnapped by demons, her paths cross with the Shadowhunters of London, and she learns that she is a Downworlder with an unusual power.  Also, this entire book is steampunk, which is fun.


Gemini  Stickman Odyssey: Book 1: An Epic Doodle by Christopher FordStickman

Your curiosity might get the best of you this month.  The fresh school year is a great time to let it take you into uncharted territory! Join the Stickman as he embarks on a journey out of his comfort zone on an epic and hilarious quest through Greek mythology. T his graphic novel is also the first book in a series.


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Teen Reviewed: White Teeth

White TeethTitle: White Teeth

Author: Zadie Smith

Summary: A novel about three families, cultures, and generations in London. As the characters interact with one another, their differences pull them apart like poorly sewn seams, and readers helplessly look on as they try to reconcile them. A mixture of past and present, White Teeth twists and turns from one socioeconomic class to another, one person to the next – making it interesting.

Six word review: Humility, desperation, ignorance, aging become hilarious.

What I couldn’t get enough of… I never lost interest in the story because it’s always changing. It’s a compilation of many experiences and viewpoints, yet somehow small enough to feel you’re part of this community and you just happen to be privy to everyone’s inside thoughts.

Bonus: White Teeth is set in North London, a unique location because the neighborhood is in actuality a place where a multitude of nationalities coalesce.

Online: The Guardian

 –Teen Blogger

Teen Review: P.G. Wodehouse

Mike and PsmithTitle & Author:  Mike and Psmith by P.G. Wodehouse
Summary:  Mike and Psmith tells the story of two boys, who, resentful of being kicked out of their beloved old boarding schools meet one another at their new school and form an unlikely alliance as hijinks and antics ensue.

Interesting Fact: Cricket can be very funny.  😉
I started reading it b/c… my mom recommended it.

I kept reading b/c… it was incredibly humorous. Many of the short stories had me in stiches, and continue to stay funny every time I read it.

The main character would be voted Most Likely To Be:  An English Lord.
Six Word Review:  Boys become friends rebelling at school.
This book reminded me of… nothing besides other P.G. Wodehouse books. Wodehouse is in a class of his own (as shown by his knighthood by the queen) and I highly recommend his books.

Roxanne, Northeast Teen Adviser

Teen Review: The Casual Vacancy

Casual VacancyTitle:  The Casual Vacancy

Author:  J.K. Rowling

Summary:  When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly, the town of Pagford was surprised by the chain of events his death unleashed. Told from different character perspectives, The Casual Vacancy illustrates how connected our lives are.

This book is not for young readers, as the content contains adult themes.

I started reading it because… I loved the Harry Potter series and wondered what J.K. Rowling’s new book would be like.

I kept reading because… J.K. Rowling’s riveting description of each new character.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  Appear on a reality TV show.

Six Word Recap:  Man’s death leads to reaction events.

This book reminded me of nothing I have ever read, seen, or heard before.  It was a new twist on everyday life.

Websites of interest:  J.K. Rowling

Allison, Northeast Teen Adviser

Book Shorts: Meant To Be

Meant to BeTitle:  Meant to Be

Author:  Lauren Morrill

Summary:  On a class trip to London, high school junior (and major bookworm) Julia plans to be the perfect student: following the rules, visitings tons of historic sights, and maybe doing just a bit of day dreaming about her MTB.  That is, her meant to be soulmate, childhood crush Mark.  However, the plan quickly goes bad when Julia is paired up to be trip buddies with Jason Lippincott, rule breaker extraordinaire who calls Julia “Book Licker.”  Suddenly Julia is being dragged all over town by Jason, who turns out to be not quite the person she imagined and who makes her rethink her feelings about her MTB.

I started reading it because… I am a sucker for teen romance novels​.

I kept reading because… I am a sucker for teen romance novels.  🙂  Plus I love London, the setting for this book​.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  Be the World’s Biggest Know-It-All.

Six Word Recap:  London trip consumed by boy confusion.

This book reminded me of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins because both books are about finding love in unexpected places (and with unexpected guys!).

Websites of interest:  Lauren Morrill

Kim, Guest Blogger, Northgate

Book Shorts: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Statistical Probability of Love at First SightTitle:  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Author:  Jennifer E. Smith

Summary:  Hadley and Oliver fall in love on the flight from New York to London, but after a cinematic kiss they lose track of each other at the airport until fate brings them back together on a very momentous day.

I started reading it because… It looked cute!

I kept reading because… It turned into a fun romantic comedy but with a little more depth and character development than I expected.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  be together!

Six Word Recap: Missed flight met/lost great guy.

This book reminded me of lots of missed connection romantic comedies.