Blog Tour: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (Top Ten + Giveaway!)

Posted October 14, 2019 by Kaity in Book Tours, Giveaways / 2 Comments

Blog Tour: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (Top Ten + Giveaway!)

Happy Tuesday and welcome to my stop on The Library of Lost Things blog tour!! Today I’m excited to share Laura Taylor Namey’s TOP TEN FAVORITE BOOKS with you! Read on to find out more about the book and author, follow the rest of the tour, and enter to win a print copy of The Library of Lost Things!

Blog Tour: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (Top Ten + Giveaway!)The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey
Published on October 8, 2019 by Inkyard Press
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 384
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From the moment she first learned to read, literary genius Darcy Wells has spent most of her time living in the worlds of her books. There, she can avoid the crushing reality of her mother’s hoarding and pretend her life is simply ordinary. But when a new property manager becomes more active in the upkeep of their apartment complex, the only home Darcy has ever known outside of her books suddenly hangs in the balance.

While Darcy is struggling to survive beneath the weight of her mother’s compulsive shopping, Asher Fleet, a former teen pilot with an unexpectedly shattered future, walks into the bookstore where she works…and straight into her heart. For the first time in her life, Darcy can’t seem to find the right words. Fairy tales are one thing, but real love makes her want to hide inside her carefully constructed ink-and-paper bomb shelter.

Still, after spending her whole life keeping people out, something about Asher makes Darcy want to open up. But securing her own happily-ever-after will mean she’ll need to stop hiding and start living her own truth—even if it’s messy.

For a lifelong book lover, narrowing my favorites down to ten is a daunting task! I decided to share ten books in three age groups: middle grade, young adult, and adult that I always come back to. Some of these books I’ve read two or three times, and I think about their themes, complex characters, and their beautiful prose often. Thank you for this little peek into my own library.

And now without any further ado, here are Laura Taylor Namey’s

Blog Tour: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (Top Ten + Giveaway!)The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Published on March 14, 2006 by Alfred A. Knopf
Genres: Historical Fiction, YA
Pages: 552
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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

Blog Tour: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (Top Ten + Giveaway!)Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Published on May 1, 2007 by Algonquin Books
Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction
Pages: 335
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An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

Blog Tour: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (Top Ten + Giveaway!)We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Published on February 14, 2017 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, YA, Queer
Pages: 236
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You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

Blog Tour: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (Top Ten + Giveaway!)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #1
Published on June 26, 1997Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 322
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Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry's first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it's his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

Blog Tour: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (Top Ten + Giveaway!)Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Published on January 28, 1813Genres: Romance
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Pride and Prejudice is an 1813 romantic novel of manners written by Jane Austen. The novel follows the character development of Elizabeth Bennet, the dynamic protagonist of the book, who learns about the repercussions of hasty judgments and eventually comes to appreciate the difference between superficial goodness and actual goodness. A classic piece filled with comedy, its humour lies in its honest depiction of manners, education, marriage and money during the Regency era in Great Britain.

Blog Tour: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (Top Ten + Giveaway!)The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Series: The Remnant Chronicles #1
Published on July 8, 2014 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Pages: 489
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In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love. The Kiss of Deception is the first audiobook in Mary E. Pearson's Remnant Chronicles

Blog Tour: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (Top Ten + Giveaway!)Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Series: Anne of Green Gables #1
Published on 1908 by Puffin Classics
Genres: Historical Fiction, Middle Grade
Pages: 426
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As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she's not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she'll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.

Blog Tour: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (Top Ten + Giveaway!)Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Published on 1997 by Harper Perennial
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 383
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When Siddalee Walker, oldest daughter of Vivi Abbott Walker, Ya-Ya extraordinaire, is interviewed in the New York Times about a hit play she's directed, her mother gets described as a "tap-dancing child abuser." Enraged, Vivi disowns Sidda. Devastated, Sidda begs forgiveness, and postpones her upcoming wedding. All looks bleak until the Ya-Yas step in and convince Vivi to send Sidda a scrapbook of their girlhood mementos, called "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood." As Sidda struggles to analyze her mother, she comes face to face with the tangled beauty of imperfect love, and the fact that forgiveness, more than understanding, is often what the heart longs for.

Blog Tour: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (Top Ten + Giveaway!)A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Published on March 28, 1990 by Black Swan
Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction
Pages: 637
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Eleven-year-old Owen Meany, playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire, hits a foul ball and kills his best friend's mother. Owen doesn't believe in accidents; he believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul is both extraordinary and terrifying. At moments a comic, self-deluded victim, but in the end the principal, tragic actor in a divine plan, Owen Meany is the most heartbreaking hero John Irving has yet created.

Blog Tour: The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (Top Ten + Giveaway!)Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #1
Published on July 26, 2005 by Dell Publishing Company
Genres: Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Time Travel
Pages: 850
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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Laura is a Cuban-American Californian who can be found haunting her favorite coffee shops, drooling over leather jackets, and wishing she was in London or Paris. She lives in San Diego with her husband and two superstar children. This former teacher writes young adult novels about quirky teens learning to navigate life and love. Her debut, THE LIBRARY OF LOST THINGS will be published 10/08/19 from Inkyard Press/HarperCollins. Her #ownvoices sophomore project, A CUBAN GIRL’S GUIDE TO SWEATERS AND STARS is coming fall 2020 from Atheneum Simon and Schuster.

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