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They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake. The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance.

Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already.

And if Gaea wakes, it is game over. Brave New World. Aldous Huxley. Robert Maurer. Improve your life fearlessly with this essential guide to kaizen—the art of making great and lasting change through small, steady steps. Written by psychologist and kaizen expert Dr. Learn how to overcome fear and procrastination with his 7 Small Steps—including how to Think Small Thoughts, Take Small Actions, and Solve Small Problems—to steadily build your confidence and make insurmountable-seeming goals suddenly feel doable.

Throughout this book, Dr. Maurer also shows how to visualize virtual change so that real change can come more easily. Why small rewards lead to big returns. And how great discoveries are made by paying attention to the little details most of us overlook. His simple regiment is your path to continuous improvement for anything from losing weight to quitting smoking, paying off debt, or conquering shyness and meeting new people.

Rick Riordan. All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time. Neverwhere: A Novel. Neil Gaiman. The 1 New York Times bestselling author's ultimate edition of his wildly successful first novel featuring his "preferred text"—and including his special Neverwhere tale "How the Marquis Got His Coat Back" Published in , Neil Gaiman's darkly hypnotic first novel, Neverwhere, heralded the arrival of a major talent and became a touchstone of urban fantasy.

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Whatever it is, it starts HERE! New to rent. Dragon's Teeth. Book 3. Pulitzer Prize Winner: An American in Germany fights against the rising tide of Nazi terror in this monumental saga of twentieth-century world history. In Germany to visit relatives, Lanny encounters a disturbing atmosphere of hatred and jingoism. Barbara Lovenheim. In January , unable to flee Germany, the four members of the Arndt family went underground to avoid deportation to Auschwitz.

Ellen Lewinsky and her mother, Charlotte, joined them; a year later, Bruno Gumpel arrived. When Russian soldiers finally rescued the group in April , the families were near death from starvation. But their will to live triumphed and two months later, four of the survivors—Erich Arndt and Ellen Lewinsky, and Ruth Arndt and Bruno Gumpel—reunited in a double wedding ceremony. Survival in the Shadows chronicles the previously untold story of the largest group of German Jews to have survived hiding in Berlin through the final and most deadly years of the Holocaust. Relayed to Barbara Lovenheim by three survivors from the group, the riveting story is a touching portrayal of the bravery of these seven Jews, and a heartfelt acknowledgment of the fortitude and humanity of the compassionate Germans who kept them alive.

The Hero and the Crown. Robin McKinley. Aerin slips off alone to fetch her horse, her sword, and her fireproof ointment. But modern dragons, while formidable opponents fully capable of killing a human being, are small and accounted vermin. There is no honor in killing dragons. The great dragons are a tale out of ancient history. That is, until the day that the king is riding out at the head of an army. Maur, who has not been seen for generations, the last of the great dragons, great as a mountain.

Maur has awakened. The Wolf's Hour. Robert R. Master spy, Nazi hunter—and werewolf on the prowl—in occupied Paris: A classic of dark fantasy from a Bram Stoker Award—winning author. Allied Intelligence has been warned: A Nazi strategy designed to thwart the D-Day invasion is underway. His mission: Parachute into Nazi-occupied France, search out the informant under close watch by the Gestapo, and recover the vital information necessary to subvert the mysterious Nazi plan called Iron Fist.

Now, as shifting as the shadows on the dangerous streets of Paris, a master spy is on the scent of unimaginable evil. He must unleash his own internal demons and redefine the meaning of the horror of war. Back in the s, Mary Terrell shot and killed a man. A former member of the fanatical Storm Front Brigade—a splinter group of the notorious Weathermen—Terrell has stayed one step ahead of the FBI for decades.

The sixties are long gone, but Mary is still out there. So one night, Mary sneaks into the maternity ward of an Atlanta hospital. Laura Clayborne has a successful career and now, a newborn baby. But the kidnapping of her infant son has brought out a white-hot fury. But to track a madwoman, Laura will have to think like one. More Than Human. Theodore Sturgeon. Six misfits, one powerful entity. Individually, they are a seemingly simpleminded young man living in the woods who can read the thoughts of others, a runaway girl with telekinetic powers, twin girls who can barely speak but can teleport across great distances, and an infant with a mind like a supercomputer.

Together, they are the Gestalt—a single extraordinary being comprised of remarkable parts—although an essential piece may be missing. But are they the next stage in human development or harbingers of the end of civilization? The answer may come when they are joined by Gerry. Powerfully telepathic, he lacks a moral compass—and his hatred of the world that has rejected him could prove catastrophic. Moving and suspenseful, lyrical and provocative, the novel was one of the first to elevate science fiction into the realm of literature, and inspired musicians and artists, including the Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Gaudy Night. Book She also won infamy when she was accused of committing a murder herself. It took a timely intervention from the debonair Lord Peter Wimsey to save her from the gallows, and since then she has devoted her spare time to resisting his attempts to marry her. Putting aside her lingering shame from the trial, Harriet returns to Oxford for her college reunion with her head held high—only to find that her life is in danger once again. As the threats become more frightening, she calls on Lord Peter for help.

Among the dons of Oxford lurks a killer, but it will take more than a superior education to match Lord Peter and the daring Harriet. Gaudy Night is the 12th book in the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, but you may enjoy the series by reading the books in any order. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Dorothy L. Sayers including rare images from the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.

The Fifties. David Halberstam. Joe McCarthy. Marilyn Monroe. The H-bomb. Ozzie and Harriet. Civil rights. Samuel R. Nebula Award Finalist: Reality has come unglued and a mad civilization takes root in Bellona, in this science fiction classic. A young half—Native American known as the Kid has hitchhiked from Mexico to the midwestern city Bellona—only something is wrong there.

In Bellona, the shattered city, a nameless cataclysm has left reality unhinged. Into this desperate metropolis steps the Kid, his fist wrapped in razor-sharp knives, to write, to love, to wound. So begins Dhalgren, Samuel R. A labyrinth of a novel, it raises questions about race, sexuality, identity, and art, but gives no easy answers, in a city that reshapes itself with each step you take.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Samuel R. Delany including rare images from his early career. Paragon Walk. When innocent Fanny Nash of exclusive Paragon Walk dies in the arms of her exquisite sister-in-law, Jessamyn, Inspector Pitt is assigned to investigate her rape and murder. Could it be the charming, enigmatic Frenchman? Wealthy Dilbridge, who hosts wild, decadent parties?

To keep her sister Emily, Lady Ashworth, company in this difficult time, inquisitive Charlotte once again finds herself in the midst of a deadly mystery. Win at work. David Bach. You are not alone. You can start late and finish rich—but you need a plan. This book contains the plan. It will take time and it will take work. But you can do it. I know. Spend a few hours with me—and let me challenge you.

Give me a chance to become your coach. All it takes is the decision to start. Whether you are in your thirties, forties, fifties, or even older, Bach shows that you really can start late and still live and finish rich — and you can get your plan in place fast. In a motivating, swift read you learn how to ramp up the road to financial security with the principles of spend less, save more, make more — and most important, LIVE MORE.

And he gives you the time tested plan to do it. The Start Late, Finish Rich promise is bold and clear: Even if you are buried in debt — there is still hope. You can get rich in real estate — by starting small. You can start a business on the side — while you keep your old job and continue earning a paycheck.

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Les Giblin. What is the one quality that all successful people have in common? They have mastered the art of dealing with people! Let this book show you how to: Achieve your goals Handle the human ego Become a master conversationalist Make others feel good about themselves And much more!

Skill with people is the one essential ingredient for success and happiness at home and in business. Skill in human relations is similar to skill in any other field, in that success depends on understanding and mastering certain basic general principles. You must not only know what to do, but why you're doing it. As far as basic principles are concerned, people are all the same. Yet each individual person you meet is different. If you attempted to learn some gimmick to deal successfully with each separate individual you met, you would be face with a hopeless task.

Influencing people is an art, not a gimmick. When you apply gimmicks in a superficial, mechanical manner, you go through the same motions as the person who "has a way," but it doesn't work for you. The purpose of this book is to give you knowledge based upon an understanding of human nature: why people act the way they do. The methods presented in this book have been tested on thousands of people who have attended my human relations seminars.

They are not just my pet ideas of how you should deal with people, but ideas that have stood the test of how you must deal with people. That is, if you want to get along with them and get what you want at the same time. Yes, we all want success and happiness. And the day is long past, if it ever existed, when you could achieve these goals by forcing people to give you what you want. And begging is no better, for no one has respect for, or any desire to help, the person who constantly kowtows and literally goes around with his hand out, begging other people to like him.

The one successful way to get the things you want from life is to acquire skill in dealing with people. Download now and you will learn how. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Carol S. After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities.

People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment. In this edition, Dweck offers new insights into her now famous and broadly embraced concept. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations.

With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love—to transform their lives and your own. A great book is one whose advice you follow. This is a book that can change your life, as its ideas have changed mine. Chip Heath. Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The primary obstacle is a conflict that's built into our brains, say Chip and Dan Heath, authors of the critically acclaimed bestseller Made to Stick. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems - the rational mind and the emotional mind - that compete for control.

The rational mind wants a great beach body; the emotional mind wants that Oreo cookie. The rational mind wants to change something at work; the emotional mind loves the comfort of the existing routine. This tension can doom a change effort - but if it is overcome, change can come quickly. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern, a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your waistline.

Ben Lindbergh. Move over, Moneyball -- a cutting-edge look at major league baseball's next revolution: the high-tech quest to build better players. Fifteen years after Michael Lewis brought the Oakland Athletics' groundbreaking team-building strategies to light, every front office takes a data-driven approach to evaluating players, and the league's smarter teams no longer have a huge advantage in valuing past performance.

Lindbergh and Sawchik take us inside the transformation of former fringe hitters into home-run kings, show how washed-up pitchers have emerged as aces, and document how coaching and scouting are being turned upside down. The MVP Machine charts the future of a sport and offers a lesson that goes beyond baseball: Success stems not from focusing on finished products, but from making the most of untapped potential. The Book of Five Rings. Miyamoto Musashi.

A Strategy Manual from a Martial Arts Master "There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Martin Meadows. Discover 4 Steps to Permanently Eliminate Distractions and Focus on Your Goals in the Long-Term How do you feel about investing years of your life into achieving an important goal — your time, energy, money, blood, sweat, and tears — only to give up and throw it all away? Keywords: how to focus, how to achieve goals, how to set goals, how not to give up, long term goals, personal development, how to be successful.

Chris Hogan. Top romance reads. Shadow Warrior. Book 4. Vittorio Ferraro is a man whose family loyalty knows no bounds. He would die for his siblings and the people they love, but what he really wants is to start a family of his own. Deep down, Vittorio has always known finding a woman who could ride shadows would be nearly impossible—let alone one who could accept his particular needs—and he never expected to find her in the middle of a kidnapping. But Grace knows her presence is putting the entire Ferraro family in danger.

Her monster of a brother will never let her go, but Vittorio has no intention of losing the woman whose shadow matches his own. If you love hot men, sexy women, the good guys winning against the bad guys, love both sweet and ultra steamy , and family that stands together, then this book is all that and even more. The Mister. E L James.

London, Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. Just who is Alessia Demachi? Can Maxim protect her from the malevolence that threatens her? From the heart of London through wild, rural Cornwall to the bleak, forbidding beauty of the Balkans, The Mister is a roller-coaster ride of danger and desire that leaves the reader breathless to the very last page. Obsession: Steel Brothers Saga 2. Editorial Reviews "Helen has weaved a delicately balanced story of intrigue, secrets and passion, which practically melts the pages. But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets….

Possession: Steel Brothers Saga 3. Satisfaction Guaranteed. Look, she started it. Make her purr like no man has done before. Until the rules change Melt: Steel Brothers Saga 4. Editorial Reviews "The chemistry in Melt is explosive! He failed in the worst way. Roth and I are on an open-ended tour of the world. Roth being Roth, this means missionary in Morocco, reverse cowgirl in Calcutta, bent over the bow of a houseboat in Hanoi, slow and sleepy on St.

Anywhere and everywhere, in every conceivable position, and some I didn't know were possible. Life was pretty incredible. Until I woke up in his chateau in France, alone. On the bed next to me was a note. There were only four words: He belongs to me. E L James revisits the world of Fifty Shades with a deeper and darker take on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the globe. Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair.

He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him? This book is intended for mature audiences. Wolf Rain. The end of Silence was supposed to create a better world for future generations.

But trust is broken, and the alliance between Psy, Changeling, and human is thin. The problems that led to Silence are back in full force. Because Silence fixed nothing, just hid the problems. This time, the Psy have to find a real answer to their problems--if one exists. Or their race will soon go extinct in a cascade of violence. The answer begins with an empath who is attuned to monsters--and who is going to charm a wolf into loving her despite his own demons. How exactly has one good deed landed me in the penalty box? Find your new favorite book. Jordan B. Renowned psychologist Jordan B.

Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight with our shoulders back and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful?

Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. The Woman in the Window: A Novel. Instant 1 New York Times Bestseller! Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. Cullen Bunn. Collects Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe What if everything you thought was funny about Deadpool was actually just disturbing?

What if he decided to kill everyone and everything that makes up the Marvel Universe? What if he actually pulled it off? Would that be FUN for you? The Merc with a Mouth takes a turn for the twisted in a horror comic like no other! The 17th Suspect. When a series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a mysterious killer, a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant's tip leads Lindsay to a disturbing conclusion: something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department.

The hunt for the killer lures Lindsay out of her jurisdiction and impacts her in dangerous ways. She suffers unsettling medical symptoms, and her friends in the Women's Murder Club warn her against taking the crimes to heart. But with lives at stake, the detective can't help but follow the case into terrifying terrain. A decorated officer, loving wife, devoted mother, and loyal friend, Lindsay has always acted with unwavering integrity. But now she is confronting a killer who is determined to undermine it all. The Other Woman: A Novel. The Outsider: A Novel. Stephen King.

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can. City of Endless Night.

Douglas Preston. When Grace Ozmian, the beautiful and reckless daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire, first goes missing, the NYPD assumes she has simply sped off on another wild adventure. Until the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found. Pendergast shows up at the crime scene assigned to the case. Just like when we first met, back at the Museum of Natural History. A diabolical presence is haunting the greater metropolitan area, and Grace Ozmian was only the first of many victims to be murdered.

Worse still, there's something unique to the city itself that has attracted the evil eye of the killer. As mass hysteria sets in, Pendergast and D'Agosta find themselves in the crosshairs of an opponent who has threatened the very lifeblood of the city. It'll take all of Pendergast's skill to unmask this most dangerous foe-let alone survive to tell the tale. The Fallen. Star FBI detective Amos Decker and his colleague Alex Jamison must solve four increasingly bizarre murders in a dying rust belt town--and the closer they come to the truth, the deadlier it gets in this rapid-fire 1 New York Times bestseller.

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes--obscure bible verses, odd symbols--have the police stumped. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has only been there a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene. Then the next killing hits sickeningly close to home.

And with the lives of people he cares about suddenly hanging in the balance, Decker begins to realize that the recent string of deaths may be only one small piece of a much larger scheme--with consequences that will reach far beyond Baronville. Decker, with his singular talents, may be the only one who can crack this bizarre case. Only this time--when one mistake could cost him everything--Decker finds that his previously infallible memory may not be so trustworthy after all The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos.

In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad. With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy.

The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor--and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles--somewhere in the American Southwest.

There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon. The Inquisition: Summoner: Book Two. A New York Times Bestseller! A Publishers Weekly Bestseller! A year has passed since the Tournament. Fletcher and Ignatius have been locked away in Pelt's dungeons, but now they must face trial at the hands of the Inquisition, a powerful institution controlled by those who would delight in Fletcher's downfall. This non-fiction short-form eBook features content which is adapted from the audiobook Harry Potter: A History of Magic — inspired by the British Library exhibition of the same name.

A Journey Through Potions and Herbology. A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy. William McGonagall is celebrated as the worst poet in British history. There was something irresistible to me about his name, and the idea that such a brilliant woman might be a distant relative of the buffoonish McGonagall. Rowling Pottermore Presents is a collection of J. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. A brand new edition of this essential companion to the Harry Potter stories, with a new foreword from J. Rowling writing as Newt Scamander , and 6 new beasts!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books — the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail Others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

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Lumos Foundation is a registered charity in the UK with no. Please note: This is the edition of the Hogwarts Library ebook, featuring bespoke cover artwork from Olly Moss and a new foreword from J. The official screenplay of the Warner Bros. The Tales of Beedle the Bard. All profits from the sale of this eBook will go to Lumos, a charity founded by J. Rowling to end the institutionalisation of children worldwide. Translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, they include fascinating additional notes from Professor Albus Dumbledore, with intriguing glimpses into his life at Hogwarts, as well as illustrations from J.

Rowling herself. For wizarding and Muggle readers alike, this is a must-have edition, featuring fate-seeking witches, a hairy-hearted warlock and the tale of the three brothers who tried to cheat Death. Michael Kogge. Following a magical mix-up, British Magizoologist Newt Scamander unwittingly finds himself on a chase around New York City looking for magical beasts. To set things right, Newt has to track down his escaped magical creatures with the help of aspiring baker Jacob Kowalski, as well as Tina and Queenie Goldstein, two witches who work for the Magical Congress of the United States of America.

This chance meeting of characters leads to an action-packed adventure Newt won't soon forget. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Book 7. Give me Harry Potter, and I shall leave the school untouched. Give me Harry Potter, and you will be rewarded. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding.

The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy From page to screen. The stories feature Mowgli, a foundling raised in the Seeonee hills of India by a pack of wolves, a wise black panther named Bagheera, and a gruff but lovable bear called Baloo. Maria Semple. A misanthropic matriarch leaves her eccentric family in crisis when she mysteriously disappears in this whip-smart and "divinely funny" novel that inspired the movie starring Cate Blanchett New York Times.

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect; and to year-old Bee, she is her best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette vanishes. It all began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.


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A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, and secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and surprisingly touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world. A Good Marriage. Now a major motion picture, Stephen King's brilliant and terrifying story of a marriage with truly deadly secrets. Her toe knocks up against a hidden box under a worktable and in it she discovers a trove of horrific evidence that her husband is two men—one, the benign father of her children, the other, a raging rapist and murderer.

Leviathan Wakes. The first book in the revolutionary NYT bestselling Expanse series, Leviathan Wakes introduces Captain James Holden, his crew, and Detective Miller as they unravel a horrifying solar system wide conspiracy that begins with a single missing girl. Now a Prime Original series. Leviathan Wakes is James S. Corey's first novel in the epic, New York Times bestselling series the Expanse, a modern masterwork of science fiction where humanity has colonized the solar system.

Two hundred years after migrating into space, mankind is in turmoil. When a reluctant ship's captain and washed-up detective find themselves involved in the case of a missing girl, what they discover brings our solar system to the brink of civil war, and exposes the greatest conspiracy in human history.

Leviathan Wakes is the breakneck science fiction adventure that launched the epic bestselling Expanse series. It: Chapter Two—soon to be a major motion picture in ! Welcome to Derry, Maine. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror.

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Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. Readers of Stephen King know that Derry, Maine, is a place with a deep, dark hold on the author. Summary: A young shepherd boy in Southern Spain has the same dream about a hidden treasure in Egypt, over and over again, which eventually leads him to investigate it. He learns that one day, everyone finds out what their destiny is and that it requires passion and desire to make your destiny become a reality.

Along the journey to find the treasure he meets new and strange people, some of which become his friends and touch his heart. Yet, the book uses such plain language, that anyone can understand it. I remember finishing it in very few sittings, over the course of which I started going to bed at 9 pm even though I was studying abroad in the US at the time, with 5 party animals as roommates , waking up at 5, watching the sunset, walking around in the nearby forest a lot, and beginning to think about what I really want out of life.

A lot. Curious fact: J. Rowling changed her mind about the title — twice. With luck, friends, bravery and skill he perseveres until the end, only to find he finally has to take responsibility not only for who he is, but also for the entire wizarding world. That said, the reason this book stands out to me among the series, is that it lets Harry go through a pivotal transformation. In the first three books, he sort of stumbles into things, and, by looking out for himself, somehow ends up saving the day. This is a crucial part of seeing him succeed in all the tournament challenges, which, by the way, are much tougher than all of the things he faced in the three previous books combined.

This is a book about the things in life worth fighting for , not only because Harry finds love for the first time, but also because things become deadly serious. The series has sold 80 million copies — just as many as the Pippi Longstocking books. Summary: Pippi Longstocking is an estimated 9 years old though no one knows for sure , has superhuman strength, and lives in a rainbow-colored house with her monkey, Mr.

Nilsson, and her horse Old Man. She never ceases to shock adults, but is living proof that you can make the world what you want it to be, without fitting any template the world would call normal. This is a Swedish book and much more widely known in Europe than overseas, so you might never have heard of Pippi and her stories. I especially loved the TV movies and series version as a kid, because it made me believe that anything is possible.

Title: Artemis Fowl. The battle between good and evil is not as black and white, as it seems, and starts to transcend the borders of fairies vs. To me it feels like mixing Wall Street, the s movie, with Lord of the Rings. Second, it grounds you , because above all, the book shows that Artemis is human, and therefore makes human mistakes. Most importantly though, this book gives you one thing: hope. Title: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He then courts his classmate Becky, witnesses a murder with his best friend Huck, becomes a lonely pirate on an island, returns to start a treasure hunt and gets himself and his crush into serious danger.

This book is another exercise in creative thinking. The fence story is worth the price of the book alone, but this goes deeper. As the days go by and the narrator tries to fix his plane, the prince recounts stories from his travels and his former life on his own asteroid, which highlight and critique lots of elements of society, all the while showing the identity crisis many of us go through at some point, exactly because of those less-than-good parts of society.

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Everything in-between fuels this message, while giving you many other insights along the way. Title: Measuring the World. The narrative perspective switches between the two, eventually having them meet and become long-term pen pals. One, much like Artemis Fowl , this shows you that even the greatest minds of our time make mistakes and have their quirks, so your own become less of an obstacle on your journey. Second, it teaches you to always question your actions and that finding the best way is a constant process, which makes you fret less about adjusting and changing your mind.

Nevertheless, both of them share a huge urge to figure out the world and make it a better place. Some of that spirit is bound to rub off on you. Do it the other way around. So many elements and figures are shrouded in mystery, that it not only sparks your curiosity , but also makes you think hard about the skill level one needs to figure out such mysteries. Summary: Ebenezer Scrooge is rich beyond measure. Sadly, the only thing the old man is preoccupied with is turning money into more money, which leaves him roaming the streets alone, clenching his fists, yelling at workers, children and the less fortunate.

This never gets old. Would they congratulate you?

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Curious fact: This was one of the first commercially successful book series that spread digitally. By , Collins was the best-selling Kindle author of all time, with almost one third of the top highlights coming from her books. This instantly turns dark, as people seem to take inspiration in how Katniss broke the rules to make it possible for two people to win, instead of just one, and a rebellion dwells underneath the surface. If anything, these books show you that life is short. Katniss and Peeta must fight for the ones they love, including each other, all the time.

But fate sometimes throws more than one terrible blow, so when she ends up as a participant again, the stakes and her approach change. Curious fact: Cornelia Funke based Mo, one of the main characters of the book, on famous actor Brendan Fraser, whom she mailed a copy of the book, once it was established that a film would be produced. He eventually fell in love with the book himself and ended up taking the role of Mo in the movie.

Soon Meggie discovers that the perpetual presence of books in her life is no coincidence, as her father can make them come to life when reading out aloud. His past mistakes with this incredible ability slowly start to catch up with the family when the evil Capricorn Mo once freed resurfaces, bringing everyone into great danger. A book about books. You have to read it, to grasp it. A mere three years later the book was already believed to be a classic.

Today it continuously sells , copies a year and is part of many school curriculums including yours truly, I did a thorough analysis and presentation of the book in 12th grade. When he visits his cousin Daisy and her husband Tom, he meets the attractive, but cynical Jordan Baker, and soon finds out that the lavish lifestyle they all lead comes at many a terrible price, including infidelity, depression, alcoholism and identity crises. The mysterious millionaire owner of the mansion next door, Jay Gatsby, soon invites Nick to one of his extravagant parties, which Jay himself never attends.

When Nick discovers they all have a shared history of romance, including his cousin Daisy and Jay, he tries to help reunite two estranged lovers, which ends in disaster. Second, this is contrasted by the insane wealth the characters have amassed, though some un-earned or attained with illegal measures. John Watson, starting off with them meeting via a mutual friend and deciding to share the flat at B Baker Street, in order to save money. When a Scotland Yard messenger arrives and requests help with a new murder case, Watson eventually persuades Holmes to investigate the crime scene and Holmes invites him to tag along.

As the two analyze and interpret the odds and ends of the murder, the plot thickens and a second murder takes place.

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Do I need to explain this? How can you not be inspired by Sherlock Holmes? This is the ultimate piece of fiction writing to show you the value of deliberate practice , which combines effort with thorough feedback analysis to make you world-class at what you do. Instead, Clason wrote a series of informational pamphlets, to educate readers about personal finance issues. The other five parables are more singular in their nature and each hold one or two more lessons to be learned about building wealth.

This is probably one of the most compelling personal finance books of all time, due to the power of storytelling. Setting the lessons in this ancient context and disguising them as life lessons from an old, rich man, makes them really seep into your brain. So even if all you can do right now is take baby steps, by all means, take them. Title: Around the World in 80 Days. The idea is brought up, but dismissed by the characters as being too dangerous. Using mostly trains and steamboats, the two make new friends, face lots of setbacks, get lost, find each other again, and even gain an entire day which eventually helps them win the bet , returning to London at the same time, exactly 80 days later.

This is a book about possibility. Until Roger Bannister broke the four minute mark for running a mile in , people thought it was impossible for more than a decade. Anything is impossible, until one man or woman does it. Also, this book shows you the power of stakes. Curious fact: Drucker invented what would become the foundation of how we have been managing people for the past 50 years.

Peter Drucker has kept it so short and to the point that you can read it in less than an hour. You can read this in 45 minutes and take notes as you go along, which makes it one of the most actionable books of all time. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook, which is also 45 minutes long. Curious fact: About 2 weeks before the official launch, James made the book available to buy via the digital currency Bitcoin — exclusively. Summary: The world as we know it is about to fade.

A college degree no longer guarantees a safe career. People can publish their own books, make their own TV shows and release their own music. Gigantic industries disappear over night — and all of this is great news. Now you can choose yourself. You can pick yourself. James shows you how, both on the outside, and the inside. James is one of the most openly vulnerable human beings ever, and it makes you relate to him instantly. Not only will you be able to identify yourself with the book , but also laugh a lot — James is funny.

If you feel out of control, this book will show you that the wheel of your life is in your hand. Steven Pressfield has written this with some tough love, and makes it a wake-up-call for artists. I like to think of Steven Pressfield as a friendly Spartan. Just as disciplined, but not out to kill you in any way. Curious fact: Long before writing the book, Sinek ventured to find his own why, because he was deeply unhappy, in spite of owning a very successful business. For years, Simon said down with his friends and friends of friends, 1-on-1, for several hours, workshopping their why with them.

Only when he was asked to speak and share his idea in front of more and more people, did he start thinking about writing a book. It speaks to your heart. This is a much more sustainable way to find motivation in your work, which is what makes this book so helpful in finding motivation that lasts. Curious fact: In , Stephen Covey was at an event where most people were preoccupied with badmouthing Bill Clinton, who was running for president at the time. After winning the election, Bill Clinton called him a few months later, admitting he had read this book twice and wanted to incorporate the 7 habits into his presidency.

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