In celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Penguin Books we have put together an 8-week scavenger hunt! This brings us to the final week of our scavenger hunt and we want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated and explored the lovely city of New York with us this summer! Please tell us what you thought of the scavenger hunt in the comments below!

The 3 clues from Week 8 went up on Instagram, one per day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday pointing to the New York City location that is linked to one of the Penguin Books 80 Bestsellers! You have until  Sunday, August 30th to decipher the clues and post a photo of the location. One winner will be selected from all participants. All weekly participants will be entered into a grand prize drawing. Happy hunting!

Can you decipher the mystery NYC location from Week 8?

Clue 1:

Clue 2:

Clue 3:

To Enter:

  1. Follow @penguinusa on Instagram
  2. Decipher clues posted to the Penguin Instagram
  3. Post a photo of the mystery location on your Instagram account
  4. Geo-tag the location, use the hashtag #penguin80sweepstakes, and tag @penguinusa
  5. Repeat each week all summer long!

Can’t wait to get started? Sign-Up for our Newsletter to receive all 3 clues at once rather than waiting for them to be posted each day on Instagram!

 

Penguin 80th Anniversary Sweepstakes Official Rules

Enter for a chance to win: A copy of one of the following books, or the Grand Prize of all eight books, including A Discovery of WitchesThe Omnivore’s DilemmaThe Lords of FinanceDeath of a SalesmanThe Rules of CivilityIn the WoodsMoby-Dick and The Boys in the Boat (ARV = $14.00-$26.00 each or $145.00 for all). No purchase necessary. Entry is limited to U.S. or DC residents aged 18 and above and who have a public Instagram profile. Sweepstakes begins  July 6, 2015 and ends at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on August 31, 2015. Winners will be selected at random weekly and on September 3, 2015 for the Grand Prize. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited by law. For the Full Rules click here.


Explore New York City with us this summer! In celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Penguin Books we have put together an 8-week scavenger hunt!

Each week we will post 3 clues to Instagram, one per day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday pointing to a New York City location that is linked to one of the Penguin Books 80 Bestsellers! You will have until the Sunday of that week to decipher the clues and post a photo of the location. Each week one winner will be selected from all participants. All weekly participants will be entered into a grand prize drawing. Happy hunting!

Can you decipher the mystery NYC location from Week 7?

Clue 1:

  Clue 2:

 

 

Clue 3:

  To Enter:

  1. Follow @penguinusa on Instagram
  2. Decipher clues posted to the Penguin Instagram
  3. Post a photo of the mystery location on your Instagram account
  4. Geo-tag the location, use the hashtag #penguin80sweepstakes, and tag @penguinusa
  5. Repeat each week all summer long!

Can’t wait to get started? Sign-Up for our Newsletter to receive all 3 clues at once rather than waiting for them to be posted each day on Instagram!

 

Penguin 80th Anniversary Sweepstakes Official Rules

Enter for a chance to win: A copy of one of the following books, or the Grand Prize of all eight books, including A Discovery of WitchesThe Omnivore’s DilemmaThe Lords of FinanceDeath of a SalesmanThe Rules of CivilityIn the WoodsMoby-Dick and The Boys in the Boat (ARV = $14.00-$26.00 each or $145.00 for all). No purchase necessary. Entry is limited to U.S. or DC residents aged 18 and above and who have a public Instagram profile. Sweepstakes begins  July 6, 2015 and ends at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on August 31, 2015. Winners will be selected at random weekly and on September 3, 2015 for the Grand Prize. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited by law. For the Full Rules click here.


maybe2 (1)Liz Hohenadel is a Publicity Manager at Riverhead Books, where she is lucky to get to work on a wide range of literary fiction, narrative nonfiction and popular science titles. She lives in Brooklyn and, based on her recommendations, loves very sad books and train-related hijinks.

 

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I know I’m about the tenth PRH staffer to mention this book but there’s no way I’m not including it on my list, it is one of my favorite novels I’ve read in years! I was so engrossed reading I accidentally got on the wrong train one evening and didn’t realize until I’d gone 45 minutes in the opposite direction of my home. That should be enough of an endorsement to convince you this is literally impossible to put down! It’s the story of a family coming to terms with the tragic death of their teenaged daughter. It is suspenseful, beautifully spun, raw and absolutely heartbreaking.

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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

At the turn of the 1930’s, a complicated girl named Thea is exiled from her isolated Florida home in the wake of a family scandal and sent to a boarding school in the mountains of North Carolina. At once a love story, a family saga and a delicious, sexy, suspenseful coming of age tale, THE YONAHLOSSEE RIDING CAMP FOR GIRLS gives voice to young women pushing at the constraints and expectations of growing up female in a very particular time and place. You’ll devour.

 

 

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A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING weaves together two stories, forming an intricate, heartrending, genre-breaking novel of love, loss and loneliness. Nao is a depressed teenager living in Tokyo, who finds solace only in her diary and documenting the life of her fascinating grandmother, 100 year old Buddhist nun. Halfway across the world is Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. When Ruth discovers a mysterious Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on shore, the two women’s stories begin to converge in powerful, nearly magical ways.

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Where All Light Tends To Go by David Joy

Oh this book just broke my heart right in two! Forgive me for mainly recommending tearjerkers, what can I say, I like a good cry. Jacob is 18, a high school drop-out and the son of a kingpin meth dealer in a rough Appalachian town in North Carolina. Over the course of the summer he struggles against the bounds of love, family obligation, choice and fate.  David Joy is a master of place, his hardscrabble landscape leaping off the page. This novel is unsettling and absolutely impossible to forget.

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The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

This was one of the very first books I read when I first started at Riverhead many moons ago and to this day stands out to me as a gold standard in fiction. Junot can knock you flat with a single sentence and this, his darkly funny first novel will linger with you long after you’ve finished. I will never forget the first time (of many re-reads) I finished this novel, being moved to tears on the subway and instantly flipping back to page one to start all over again.

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Sam is an assistant with the Young Readers Sales team. He loves to sing, dance, yell, and eat in groups. His favorite things are funny people, smart books, and like-you-mean-it hugs. He reads almost anything if it can rein his attention in. He thinks the best part about reading comes after the last page, when you can talk about it with others and make a little more sense of the art, and maybe a piece of their own lives in light of it. He is moving to Texas! He loves adventure, and hopes to live a life full of movement.

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Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert wrote this book for herself. Not for you or for me; just herself, an therein lies this book’s greatest lesson: there is great value in your own joy. She includes that she is glad for anyone that finds BIG MAGIC to be helpful or enlightening, but really, writing about fear and its governance over creative freedom was an idea of her own that she wanted to nurture and expand, as if it were a real living thing sought her care. Ideas are more than flits of inspiration to Gilbert; they’re alive.

Whether you buy that or not, Gilbert’s knack for good writing is reason enough to spend some time with this book. Without patronization, she explains that we too can live a creative life if only we would put an end to the enabling fictions we create in order to avoid the massive, abundantly rewarding responsibility of, well, creating.

 

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So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

I picked this book up and immediately thought of Disney Villains. Imagine, if you will, Jafar or Cruella DeVil flipping through these pages now that they’ve been thwarted and shamed in their respective worlds. The genius of the book however, lies not within its potential as a satirical prop in a Disney spin-off. Because rather than center on people who have committed “villainous” acts (see: Justine Sacco’s tweet on AIDS, or Jonah Lehrer’s fabrication of quotes in a major publication), the book is really about everyone else: the Tweeters, the Facebookers, the commenters, and perhaps literal mudslingers who can safely jab the perpetrator from an anonymous sea of onlookers. We’re happy to join the avalanche of shame-throwing because, in an avalanche, no one snowflake carries the blame for the amount of damage the group ultimately causes.

In any case, there isn’t a benign moment in this book, and the last line is the best line – the hook-in-cheek phrase that drags our attention through our protective bubbles and toward the places we don’t want to look: the margins where the results of our actions tend to rot. Once you’ve finished this, you won’t regard mistakes – your own or others’ – the same way again.

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The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

This was probably not written with the intent of improving its readers. However, I make the case that it does, simply for the amount of self-reflection I experienced from the first chapter onward. What makes Jon Ronson a great journalist and author is that his curiosity begets curiosity. Questions multiply and his focus, which at first is centered on subjects he suspects are real-life psychopaths, turns inward. Is he a psychopath? How many characteristics in the very real “Psychopath Test” can he have before someone can deem him too dangerous to live in normal society? This will no doubt force you to ask the same questions of yourself (and of everyone else in your life). As I read, I was dazed by how much attention I paid to my own mind. Things I didn’t know I possessed intrigued me, as did a whole branch of psychiatric research I gave little thought to before.

Ronson deserves credit for his strong writing and exceptional research, but his crowning achievement is instilling in his readers a curiosity they didn’t know they had.

 

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The ADHD Advantage by Dale Archer, MD

Fear not, my unfocused friends, my shiny-loving brothers, my leaf-chasing sisters. You are not lost; you are not damaged; you are not hopeless. You’re just a different kind of fantastic from our linear minded comrades. Dale Archer, MD, uses his own life, and the lives of other hugely successful and happy “ADHD-ers” to delineate the fact that a wandering, hyperactive mind is more of an asset than we’ve been lead to believe.

When we were hyper, or when we stopped listening, or when we tore all over the house, we were usually punished, and therefore told over a long period of time that we were bad. What Archer points out is that punishment and medication are not the best ways of dealing with students (and adults) who can’t sit still. Instead, we should consider how to leverage someone’s strengths first and foremost before turning to drugs, which should really be a last resort. The success stories that he includes throughout the book are proof enough that those with ADHD can help turn the world in ways that others simply cannot. What is connoted as a burden, might actually be a gift.

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

I found this book (the 4th edition!) to be less of a book on how to draw, and more of a guide in perception. Edwards explains that in order to draw, we must tap into the non-verbal, non-linear, and non-logical side of our brains. To achieve this, she instructs the reader to perform various exercises – projects that require one to carve out an hour of uninterrupted time with no distractions. In a sense – she wants us to meditate. In order to speak in a language of only pictures, we have to melt away from our need to define what we see and simply see what we see. Drawing is less of an act of imitation, and more an act of perceiving. This opens an enormous space for noticing, and appreciating, how intricate each and every object is.

More than anything, this book gave me a reason to draw again – something I hadn’t done since I was a kid. After doing just one of the projects Edwards requires before moving on to later chapters, I felt physically lighter and more interested in my own atmosphere – the things that inhabit our lives are more complex than we give them credit for. What better way to pay tribute to your gift of sight than to draw what you see? What’s better, there is no rush or pressure to draw perfectly. Your drawing is yours, and nothing will be created exactly like it.

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CBJ PantheonCasey Blue James is a publishing assistant in the president’s office at Penguin. She’s a native Chicagoan and a proud resident of Jackson Heights, Queens. When her nose isn’t buried in a book on the subway, chances are you can find her in the park, on the beach, or somewhere else where the vitamin D is plentiful. (If you’re reading this bio in the winter, she’s probably eating pasta somewhere or snuggled in bed watching RuPaul’s Drag Race with a puppy named Pickles.)

 

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The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe

Half a decade before Mary McCarthy published The Group, and fifty years before Peggy and Joan became the past-tense idols of twenty-something women working in corporate offices everywhere, Rona Jaffe wrote the original portrayal of mid-century office life that didn’t entirely relegate women to the reception desk and the coffee cart. I’ll admit it’s hard to find a true heroine in this woefully outdated storyline, but even a thoroughly 21st-century lady may find herself sympathetically nodding along with a young editorial assistant’s travails in the big office and the bigger city.  In fact, I think The Best of Everything makes a fun read for anyone who works in publishing. Remember when the whole company used to take the Jitney out to the publisher’s Hamptons house for summer soirees? Man, those were the days!

 

fear-of-flying-by-erica-jongFear of Flying by Erica Jong

Isadora Wing travels with her psychoanalyst husband to a conference of psychoanalysts in Vienna and hilarious trouble ensues. If you haven’t read this one yet, you’re depriving yourself. With a narrator who is witty and candid and utterly unabashed re: sex, Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying is frequently alluded to as a precursor to Sex and the City. Behind the veneer of sarcasm and snides, there’s a whipsmart woman who isn’t sure what she wants from love or sex or art or work. You don’t have to be Carrie Bradshaw, or a woman, to relate to that kind of honest vulnerability. Also, this scandalous new cover art makes for a fun subway ride. After one too many questionable glances from strangers, I may or may not have made myself one of those brown paper bag book-covers kids make for textbooks in grade school. (Don’t worry; the brilliant design is displayed in all its glory on my bookshelf at home!)

 

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The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Boll

Heinrich Boll, the Nobel Prize-winning German author famous for flaunting his liberal views in his fiction, delivers a fun and thinly-veiled allegory about yellow journalism in The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum. This sharp little novel turns the thriller/police-procedural genre on its head, telling us on page three what crime has been committed, and by whom. The rest of the story is a nimble account of why the crime took place. An admirable economy of language, the ruthlessness of Boll’s wit, and a swoon-worthy use of lists (nerd alert!) have endeared this book to me forever. Also, at 103 pages, it’s a dream-read: the kind you can finish in one sitting (or two or three short subway rides).

 

The Bar on the Seine by Georges Simenon

Ever wonder what the solemn and stony-faced literary heroes of yore read for sheer, escapist pleasure? William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, T. S. Eliot, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez all agreed on one author: Georges Simenon. I think that group is recommendation plenty, but since I’m meant to give you mine: This book is a treat for those who enjoy a good old-fashioned whodunit. The plot is no-frills and the writing is elegant and deadpan (you really will be able to see why Hemingway in particular appreciated Simenon). In this new-fangled age of psychological thrillers and unreliable narrators, it’s refreshing to go back and read a pared-down, unfussy classic. Plus, this is set on the banks of the Seine in summertime, and the cast of characters are fashionable artists, moneyed elite, and deplorable philanderers—fun! This is another short read (did I mention I love pithy books more than anything?) in a petite trim size. Perfect for tucking in your pocket and reading on the banks of the Hudson during your lunch break. Bonne lecture!

 

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Civic Classics, Vol. 1: The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, edited by Richard Beeman

I won’t belabor this recommendation: SCOTUS has had a productive 2015, and we should all brush up on our constitutional knowledge. Plus, this is yet another gorgeous edition from our friends at Penguin Classics.

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Thank you to everyone who participated in Week 5 of our #Penguin80Sweepstakes in celebration of Penguin Books 80th Anniversary!

This weeks mystery location was The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, which we selected in honor of The Boys in The Boat by Daniel James Brown, one of the 80 all-time bestsellers from Penguin Books. Check out the full #Penguin80 Bestsellers list.

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The Boys in The Boat is the #1 New York Times–bestselling story about American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany. Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.

Congratulations to the winner of Week 5!

  Follow along on Instagram and see if you can figure out Week 6s mystery location!

To Enter:

  1. Follow @penguinusa on Instagram
  2. Decipher clues posted to the Penguin Instagram
  3. Post a photo of the mystery location on your Instagram account
  4. Geo-tag the location, use the hashtag #penguin80sweepstakes, and tag @penguinusa
  5. Repeat each week all summer long!

Can’t wait to get started? Sign-Up for our Newsletter to receive all 3 clues at once rather than waiting for them to be posted each day on Instagram!

Penguin 80th Anniversary Sweepstakes Official Rules

Enter for a chance to win: A copy of one of the following books, or the Grand Prize of all eight books, including A Discovery of WitchesThe Omnivore’s DilemmaThe Lords of FinanceDeath of a Salesman;The Rules of CivilityIn the WoodsMoby-Dick andThe Boys in the Boat(ARV = $14.00-$26.00 each or $145.00 for all). No purchase necessary. Entry is limited to U.S. or DC residents aged 18 and above and who have a public Instagram profile. Sweepstakes begins July 6, 2015 and ends at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on August 31, 2015. Winners will be selected at random weekly and on September 3, 2015 for the Grand Prize. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited by law. For the Full Rules click here.


Explore New York City with us this summer! In celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Penguin Books we have put together an 8-week scavenger hunt!

Each week we will post 3 clues to Instagram, one per day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday pointing to a New York City location that is linked to one of the Penguin Books 80 Bestsellers! You will have until the Sunday of that week to decipher the clues and post a photo of the location. Each week one winner will be selected from all participants. All weekly participants will be entered into a grand prize drawing. Happy hunting!

Can you decipher the mystery NYC location from Week 5?

Clue 1:

Clue 2:

Clue 3:

To Enter:

  1. Follow @penguinusa on Instagram
  2. Decipher clues posted to the Penguin Instagram
  3. Post a photo of the mystery location on your Instagram account
  4. Geo-tag the location, use the hashtag #penguin80sweepstakes, and tag @penguinusa
  5. Repeat each week all summer long!

Can’t wait to get started? Sign-Up for our Newsletter to receive all 3 clues at once rather than waiting for them to be posted each day on Instagram!

 

Penguin 80th Anniversary Sweepstakes Official Rules

Enter for a chance to win: A copy of one of the following books, or the Grand Prize of all eight books, including A Discovery of WitchesThe Omnivore’s DilemmaThe Lords of FinanceDeath of a SalesmanThe Rules of CivilityIn the WoodsMoby-Dick and The Boys in the Boat (ARV = $14.00-$26.00 each or $145.00 for all). No purchase necessary. Entry is limited to U.S. or DC residents aged 18 and above and who have a public Instagram profile. Sweepstakes begins  July 6, 2015 and ends at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on August 31, 2015. Winners will be selected at random weekly and on September 3, 2015 for the Grand Prize. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited by law. For the Full Rules click here.


1276738_10100413665148595_402025168_oAmanda Mustafic is an Associate Publicist at Penguin Young Readers. Born and raised in New York, she can often be found wondering whether she’s a book hoarder or a book collector, reading comic books, or sketching strangers on the subway. Fellow pizza and bagel aficionados, feel free to strike up a conversation. Twitter: @AmandaMustafic 

 

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

One of my best friends recommended this book to me a few years ago, and I quickly got sucked into Rothfuss’s vivid, intimate writing style and the addicting storyline. His prose is deeply poetic, and fantasy buffs will be dying for more of this story-within-a-story. I’m very much looking forward to the last book in the Kingkiller Chronicle series, Doors of Stone.

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu

If you’ve ever been more intrigued by the villain than the hero in a story, you’ll love Marie Lu’s latest series, The Young Elites. Adelina is a malfetto, a plague survivor left with distinguishing marks and often, special powers. Imagine the X-Men if they were set in Renaissance Italy – it’s that thrilling, heartbreaking, and unforgettable.

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Archetype by M.D. Waters

Back when I was blogging, I was sent copies of M.D. Waters’ Archetype duology – and I was immediately hooked. Part Orphan Black, part Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, I haven’t read science fiction this good in ages. We meet Emma, the main character, struggling with a case of amnesia after a devastating accident. She is fighting to be herself – but is that Emma Burke, wife of the wealthy Declan Burke, or is she someone else entirely? If I could tell you to read only one series this year, this would be it.

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The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula LeGuin

Taking place many years into the future, this groundbreaking sci-fi classic took on the concept of gender and androgyny years before it became a national discussion. LeGuin is an immensely creative writer, and interweaves legend with plot seamlessly. It’s won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and for good reason. Don’t leave this off your sci-fi must-read list.

 

 

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Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

This fairy-tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty is masterful, literary, and filled with gorgeous prose. I first read this as a child, and it’s stuck with me since. One of the first “modern” princess retellings, Briar-Rose is a tomboy who becomes a blacksmith’s apprentice – and can save herself, thank you very much. McKinley fills page after page with lush description, while introducing truly unique tweaks to a timeless, well-known story.

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The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove

When I was growing up, I was a huge fan of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy – and now I’m an enormous fan of S.E. Grove’s Mapmakers Trilogy. The Glass Sentence introduces a world that fluidly blends science and magic, a strong and adventurous young female protagonist, and amazing world-building. The gorgeous maps included in the books just add to the fantasy and help whisk you away to another world.

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Leah Schiano is a Marketing Assistant for Penguin Young Readers. When she’s not reading or competing on NPR’s Ask Me Another (spoiler: she lost), Leah pretends she’s not addicted to Netflix.  You can follow her on Twitter: @leeschi

 

 

 

 

 

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Ahdieh mixes romance, history, a little bit of action, and some seriously swoon-worthy men in this one. Shahrzad is a sixteen-year-old girl who volunteers to marry a murderous (and attractive) Sultan after her best friend becomes his latest victim. She vows to put an end to his habit of marrying a woman at dusk and killing her by dawn, but Shazi finds it a little bit more… complicated than that. If you love romantic reads, you need to pick this up immediately.

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The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Have I mentioned I love Sarah Dessen? No? Okay, well, I LOVE Sarah Dessen. If you’re into cute boys, best friends, and amazing summer reads, then you really need to pick up this one (and all ELEVEN of her other books)! The Truth About Forever introduces you to Macy and her struggle to cope with the loss of her father, manage the many demands of her mother, and navigate complicated love. It’s a tradition of mine to read this every summer, and I think you should, too!

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My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m really into the YA Contemporary Romance thing. Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door fits perfectly into that genre. One amazing, crazy, hilarious family; a picture-perfect romance (where can I get a Jase of my own?); and a bit of hold-on-to-your-seat drama had me turning the pages more quickly than I wanted to. I. Love. This. Book.

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

When I’m not reading romance, I like to pick up some historical fiction. Usually, the historical fiction makes me weep uncontrollably at the end, and this one is no exception. Don’t let that deter you, though.  Between Shades of Gray gives you an in-depth look at the Soviet invasion of Lithuania in 1939. Aside from the tears, though, there’s a beautiful story that will make you read slowly and carefully, savoring the pages in front of you.

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Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps by Sophy Henn

Okay, so this one isn’t out yet (sorry!), but I promise this is something you need to pick up when it’s available on October 6th. Pom Pom wakes up one morning, and nothing is going right. His blankey goes missing, his baby brother is playing with his favorite toy, and things don’t get much better from there. With each event, Pom Pom utters a loud “Harrumph!” And let’s be honest, don’t we all have days like this? I just wish when I was having a terrible day, I could be as cute and forgiving as this little guy.

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Thank you to everyone who participated in Week 4 of our #Penguin80Sweepstakes in celebration of Penguin Books 80th Anniversary!

This weeks mystery location was South Street Seaport, which we selected in honor of Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, one of the 80 all-time bestsellers from Penguin Books. Check out the full #Penguin80 Bestsellers list.

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Moby-Dick is Herman Melville’s masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history. Over a century and a half after its publication, Moby-Dick still stands as an indisputable literary classic. It is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, more than an encyclopedia of whaling lore and legend, Moby-Dick is a haunting, mesmerizing, and important social commentary populated with several of the most unforgettable and enduring characters in literature. Written with wonderfully redemptive humor, Moby-Dick is a profound and timeless inquiry into character, faith, and the nature of perception.

Congratulations to the winner of Week 4!

 

 

Follow along on Instagram and see if you can figure out Week 4s mystery location!

To Enter:

  1. Follow @penguinusa on Instagram
  2. Decipher clues posted to the Penguin Instagram
  3. Post a photo of the mystery location on your Instagram account
  4. Geo-tag the location, use the hashtag #penguin80sweepstakes, and tag @penguinusa
  5. Repeat each week all summer long!

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Penguin 80th Anniversary Sweepstakes Official Rules

Enter for a chance to win: A copy of one of the following books, or the Grand Prize of all eight books, including A Discovery of WitchesThe Omnivore’s DilemmaThe Lords of FinanceDeath of a Salesman;The Rules of CivilityIn the WoodsMoby-Dick andThe Boys in the Boat(ARV = $14.00-$26.00 each or $145.00 for all). No purchase necessary. Entry is limited to U.S. or DC residents aged 18 and above and who have a public Instagram profile. Sweepstakes begins July 6, 2015 and ends at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on August 31, 2015. Winners will be selected at random weekly and on September 3, 2015 for the Grand Prize. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited by law. For the Full Rules click here.