Backman’s book Anxious People could be compared to a Monet painting. From afar, the story is about the aftermath of a bank robbery gone wrong that turns into an accidental hostage situation. Each page zooms into the stories of each character that has brought them into this seemingly dire situation. Each story weaves with one another, painting one beautifully complex, real, and captivating story about the lengths people will go to in order to quell the incessant anxieties of life in order to find some sense of contentment. It is a true work of art.
Five young adventurers who spend most of their days slaying dragons and defeating evil wizards like to unwind by playing their favorite RPG, Homerooms and Hall Passes. When a curse transports them into the world the game. The group must defeat their most terrifying foes yet: flute practice, the popular girl who always makes fun of you, and algebra. Funny and ridiculous!
A raw, unapologetic story of survival that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. This book is perfect for lovers of historical fiction, especially stories centered around World War II.
This book is a beautiful, haunting, and magical piece of literature. Based off of a song by the hip-hop group 'Clipping', the reader takes a dive into a story of myth of those who dwell in the deepest depths of the ocean and their unending need to remember, even if holding on to those memories might be fatal.
This book is fantastic! The main character Maren is fierce, bold, and will stop at nothing to fight for the ones she loves. AND! There are super cool dragons! What more could you want? (Also, the author is an idie bookseller in Boston; let's show her some love!)
Rosie Thorne cannot stop thinking about the boy she met at ExcelsiCon a few weeks ago. The one she spent all night talking to, but never got his name nor saw what he looked like beneath his cosplay. She has no idea that it's the incredibly rude, lazy, bad-boy actor from Starfield, Vance Reigns, who has been temporarily banished to her small town after making one too many bad decisions while in the Hollywood limelight. When she does find out, Rosie is more than surprised due to the fact that, well, she can't stand Vance. And Vance can't stand Rosie. Can they see past their nonstop bickering and stubbornness to find their way back to that special connection they had made at ExcelsiCon, or have their feelings for each other diminished into stardust? With Bookish and the Beast, Ashley Poston returns to her beloved Once Upon a Con series with a romantic, funny, and wonderfully quirky story.
A funny, heartfelt, and incredibly romantic story about Bea, a fashion blogger who becomes the first plus-sized contestant on a reality show where she dates 25 men in hopes to find a husband (sound familiar?). Bea is so easy to love and relate to that you will find yourself rooting for her from start to finish. This book is wonderful and I enjoyed it so much that I read it in one day and am already trying to find a time where I can pick it up and read it again.
Both Sweetie and Ashish have ulterior motives when they are first set up by Ashish's parents. Sweetie wants to prove to her mother that she is worthy of dating a cute guy like Ashish even though she's fat. Ashish is trying to get over the girl who broke his heart three months ago. But when intense feelings neither expected to have start to form, the two need to decide whether what they have is real or just a business arrangement. I finished this book with a heart full of pure happiness. It is a love letter to those struggling with self esteem issues to show them how wonderful and beautiful they are, no matter what they look like. Bravo, Sandhya!
An all-consuming, wildly romantic, and wonderfully exciting piece of historical fiction. It paints such an intriguing picture of an infamously intriguing couple, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, during their time in the Bahamas during World-War II. Beatriz Williams is thoroughly incapable of writing a disappointing novel!
There are about 60 people left at the Raxter School for Girls 18 months after the Tox has taken over. Girls have grown gills, lost their eyes, and most have been killed off. Since then it has been put under quarantine, and outside of the school's property is a dangerous jungle that no one dares to enter. When one of the girls, Byatt, suddenly goes missing following a Tox-induced flare-up, Hetty will stop at nothing to find her best friend and bring her back. Rory Power has written a phenomenal survival story that will suck you into the world immediately. It's one of those book that you casually pick up and when you finally look away you realize that hours have gone by.
Another summer classic from Sarah! We follow Emma Saylor as she returns to the lake her mother grew up on to stay with family she hasn't seen in ten years. The characters are hilarious, the boy she likes is adorable, and the story is one for all to enjoy!
Kit Sweetly’s dream is to get promoted to a knight like her brother Chris at the local medieval-themed restaurant they both work at. Unfortunately, due to company policy only men can work as knights, so she’s stuck serving tables as a wench. When a video is posted of her breaking the rules to cover her brother’s shift and performing in a jousting tournament, Kit becomes an internet sensation/feminist icon overnight. All of this new overwhelming support for her cause motivates Kit to start a petition to allow women to work as knights at the restaurant. However, this movement puts her and Chris in danger of losing their jobs, and Kit must decide whether it’s worth continuing on her quest for equal rights. Through moments of laughter, tears, and super nerdy jokes, Kit takes the reader on a hero's journey to fight through difficult trials in order to achieve her dreams.
Wow, I absolutely loved this book! Perfect for the nerdy folk who love comic book conventions and the McElroys, but also great for anyone looking for a thoroughly enjoyable romance novel that teaches you to love and appreciate yourself before everything else. It's funny, heartfelt, and even references the iconic Lisa Frank. Cannot recommend it enough.
During this time that I feel especially compelled to educate myself about racism and antiracism, Stamped was an extremely powerful and important read. Looking back on the history of racism through a more honest lens, this book opens up conversations about the necessity of learning how and why these moments of history have paved a way for racism to still exist today and how white people can work toward being better allies to the black community so that we may someday live in an antiracist world. Books like Stamped are so valuable because they allow the voices of men and women in the black community to be heard.
With awesome characters, bloody fights, and witty banter, Maas's adult debut is a tome that you will finish in no time, eagerly working alongside Bryce and Hunt as they work toward completing an impossible mission.
This book takes the reader on a thrilling, compelling adventure of two people fighting through feelings of wanting to love each other or kill each other. Such a cool story!
This was such a creepy and enticing story! I loved the history of Four Points and the founding families. The main characters are so interesting and the way that their haunting pasts drive their motives makes the story that much more intriguing for the reader. Riverdale meets Sabrina meets Stranger Things! It's creepy, intense, and just totally awesome. Raed it!
THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD! The main character, Min, is clever and brave, but also very quirky which makes her that much more lovable. This is an epic space-fantasy story that takes you on an unforgettable adventure. Also! The magic system which is inspired by Korean mythology is AWESOME!
American-Chinese teenager Ever Wong finds herself unexpectedly shipped off to a summer program in Taiwan by her parents against her will to learn Mandarin and more about their culture. Though this originally seems to be the worst way to spend her summer, Ever is surprised to discover that this program is much more entertaining than she could have imagined. Loveboat, Taipei is a charming, romantic, and lovely coming-of-age story, perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen!
For as long as she can remember, Sylvie's father has had an all-consuming obsession with the customs and beliefs of ancient Britons from the Iron Age. So obsessed, in fact, that when he hears of an archaeology course that is taking a field trip into the woods to reenact the way of life from those simpler times, Sylvie's dad signs her family up to join them. They forage for roots, hunt rabbits for food, and even partake in dark, ancient rituals. This unsettling story by Moss delves into the world of abuse, freedom, and basic humanity that will cause a chill to go up your spine at every page.
This is by far my favorite celebrity memoir yet. Busy does an amazing job of weaving difficult topics and humor together to create a book that will make you switch from tears of sadness to tears of laughter as each page turns. We follow her through bad relationships, the brutal moments of show business, her surprise wedding, and dislocating her knee multiple times (and handling the situation like a pro....sometimes). Busy has such an honest and beautiful soul and has essentially transcribed her Instagram stories into an incredible book.
Another hilarious memoir by writer/actor/comedian John Hodgman. This time, he tells the true stories of his journeys around the country that cause him to rack up enough frequent flyer miles to reach the coveted "Medallion Status" with his favorite airline. Such a funny and enjoyable read!
Hello everyone, and welcome to Critical Role, a graphic novel based on a show where a bunch of nerdy-a** voice actors sit around and play Dungeons and Dragons. The artwork is awesome, the jokes are ridiculous, and the origin story of these adventurers is beautiful.
Alex Stern has been able to see ghosts - referred to as Grays - for as long as she can remember, but prefers not to tell people in fear of being called crazy. Instead, she turns to drugs and partying to distract her brain from noticing the creatures that haunt her. It isn't until she wakes up in the hospital after a horrific accident resulting in the death of her closest friends that someone starts taking interest in her dealings with Grays. Next thing she knows, Alex has a full ride to Yale University and is working with her mentor, the golden boy Darlington, to monitor Yale's secret societies that dabble in the world of the occult. When a girl is suddenly found dead, Alex discovers that the dealings of the eight Houses of the Veil are much more sinister, and it's now her job to uncover their secrets. Bardugo's adult debut is a masterpiece that draws you in from the beginning and holds on tight until the very end.
"The Last True Poets of the Sea" is a beautiful story about characters who are far from perfect learning to love themselves - flaws and all - and the importance of allowing love into your life from friends, family, and the one who sets your heart on fire. Her take on mental health is refreshing and shows readers that everyone has their own struggles, and working through those struggles requires honesty, trust, and perseverance. It's funny, emotional, and filled with aquatic puns. What more could you need?
This book is absolutely wonderful. It's hilarious, heartwarming, and filled with delicious fall treats (unfortunately you cannot eat the treats from the page, but I'm sure you could find a recipe on Pinterest). You will also feel a strong urge to throw on a red flannel and overalls whilst reading, and I encourage you to do so!
I breezed through this in one day, unable to put it down! This book is a fast-paced, weird thriller with a sister dynamic that reminded me of the movie "27 Dresses," just with a serial killer thrown into the mix... An excellent read!
Imagine a zombie apocalypse where instead of becoming undead, people lose their shadows and, along with it, gradually lose their memories. This intense, heartbreaking, and beautifully-written book follows multiple characters on their search for hope in a hopeless world. An amazing, amazing book!
I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but this particular work by Robert Beatty is certainly an exception to the rule. Willa is a young night-spirit who dwells deep in the woods and steals precious items from day-folk. She talks to animals, blends in with the trees, and becomes one with nature around her. When she suddenly becomes ostracized from her clan, she seeks refuge with a man who lives in a cabin with his dog. During her time there, she discovers the importance of family and sticking up for what you believe in. This book will not disappoint you.
Williams has written another gripping story that will totally consume you from beginning to end. Miranda Schuyler takes you back and forth from her first summer on Winthrop island at eighteen, to her sudden return after being away for almost two decades. We follow her story through adventures with her new rich stepsister, her secret love for a handsome fisherman, and the consequences of a sudden murder one August night. Filled with romance, mystery, class-divide, and drama. You won't be able to put this one down!
Another fantastic piece of literature by the remarkable Elizabeth Acevedo. "With the Fire on High" weaves together a beautiful story told from the perspective of high school senior and culinary prodigy Emoni Santiago. While tackling the challenges of school, young love, and raising her two-year-old daughter, Emoni must find the strength to fight for the ones she loves while also fighting to pursue her dreams.
This book is a stunning piece of fantasy that retells the classic story of Rumplestiltskin. The reader follows multiple points of view through the poorest parts of a village, an extravagant yet haunted palace, woods where chilling creatures dwell, and the daughter of a moneylender who can turn silver into gold.
Tommy Orange has provided us with a voice for a culture that is grossly lacking representation: the present-day urban Native American. The book follows numerous Native American characters living in Oakland, California. We walk with them through addiction, depression, loss, and struggles to find their identity. It produced for me a heartbreaking realization that these characters represent real people living with devastating hardships. This book will open the eyes of its readers and force them to start up a conversation that should have begun long ago.
In 2009, 20-year-old Edwin Rist broke into the British Museum of Natural History, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of rare bird skins and feathers to sell to the online fly-tying community. Though Rist was eventually caught and tried for the crime, more than 100 bird skins remained missing, causing a massive devastation to the world of scientific research. After going through the trial, the narrative jumps ahead two years as the author discovers Rist’s story and becomes obsessed with finding the remaining skins. This true crime tale sounds more like a classic mystery novel making it all the more intriguing.
Mera wants nothing more than to show her father that she is destined for more than just marrying a member of the Xebellian court. When members of their military embark on a secret mission to assassinate the rightful heir to the throne of Atlantis, Mera decides to go undercover and kill the prince herself in order to prove to her father and her kingdom that she is a fierce warrior worthy of leading her people on her own.
McAnulty has created a beautiful story about learning to embrace your uniqueness. Lucy grapples with starting school after being struck by lighting and experiencing brain damage that gives her genius-level math skills, and some OCD tenancies. With the support of her family, her two quirky friends, and a dog named Pi, Lucy uses her math superpowers to take on the challenges of adolescence and find her niche. It's a powerful book that supports girls thriving in a STEM field which is a much-needed subject in juvenile fiction. I laughed, I cried, and I cheered the whole way through!
This book is perfect for those who love dark fairytales. Alice has always lived her life on the road with her mother, Ella. They move every couple of months due to this run of bad luck that follows them wherever they go. She has an estranged grandmother with a small cult-following from writing a mysterious book of fairytales whom her mother refuses to talk about. However, when Ella goes missing in New York City, Alice must unravel the secrets of her grandmother's past to get the answers regarding her mother's disappearance. Such a creepy and captivating story!
This book pulls you in from the beginning and holds you in its grasp until the very end. I did not see the twists coming at all, and, even after it was revealed, there were more surprises to come. Such an exciting story that will definitely be named as a classic thriller!
This book truly is horrible and wonderful. Stephanie Wittels Wachs reflects on her life before and after The Tragedy: The day her brother Harris Wittels, comedian and co-producer of "Parks and Recreation" dies of a heroin overdose. This is such a devastating story to immerse yourself in, and yet you still find yourself able to laugh through the tears while reading this book.
Such a bittersweet story that tackles the subject of learning to love your family during the not-so-great moments of their life. It's raw, honest, and beautiful. More stories like Jarrett's need to be told in this style as a tool to help kids and teenagers understand that they are not alone in these struggles.
This book proves that pigs really ARE the best pets! Thank you Jasper for your excellent and adorable research on the subject. I am totally obsessed with Andrea Zuill's work.
For anyone going through hard times, I highly recommend this book! Craig does a great job of changing your perspective on life to help you find the light even in the darkest of times. Very uplifting and powerful!
This graphic novel takes you on an epic adventure with Taako the elf, Magnus the fighter, and Merle the cleric. They fight gerblins, they steal money from dead people, and rush into countless dangerous situations. Fans of the McElroy family/The Adventure Zone podcast will fall back in love with the Balance Arc in a whole new way (those good good boys did a fantastic job with this one). Newcomers will be introduced to an amazing story that will make you laugh, cry, and feel a sudden urge to buy a new pair of bluejeans.
John Hodgman takes us on a hilarious journey through his time vacationing in Western Massachusetts and coastal Maine. Filled with irony, reflection, and extremely awkward social interactions. A fun and quick read for those who want a good laugh!
Libenson can do no wrong in my eyes! I was excited to pick this book up after loving "Invisible Emmie" so much. The author does such a great job capturing the all-consuming issues of being an adolescent. From forgetting to do homework, to having to act in front of your whole school, hard times with family, and trying to get the super-cute guy (aka your future husband....obviously) to notice you! Such a fun read, and such a satisfying ending!
This dark, beautifully-written fantasy novel tells the story of three sisters born with different types of magical power (poisonous, natural, and elemental) and must fight one another to death to become queen of their realm. Such a captivating series!!
Molly is 17 and has had 26 crushes in her life (her most recent one is Lin-Manuel Miranda). She's never pursued anything with them due to her fear of getting rejected based on her not-so-perfect body. It isn't until her twin sister, Cassie, gets a girlfriend that Molly starts feeling pressured to fall in love herself, especially now that she can't stop thinking about cute-guy Will and her dorky coworker Reid. Will either of them win the title of crush #27? Will it turn into more than just a crush?
Lina is spending the summer in Italy with her newly-discovered father shortly after her mother passes away. Though she is hesitant about staying, her heart quickly warms up with the help of her new friend Ren and the beauty of Firenze. A perfect summer read for those who love lighthearted adventure!
Kaling's second memoir takes us on another hilarious journey through her life in showbiz. She talks about the thrills and challenges of starring in her own television show, fitting into the world of Hollywood while not fitting in size zero pants, and her love affair with a White House staff member. An all-around enjoyable read!
If you're looking to start dipping your toes into the world of graphic novels, this series is the best one to reach for! Go on a thrilling adventure with Alana and Marko as they fight for their lives and the life of their newborn daughter, Hazel. These comics are filled with such suspense, action and dry wit, you won't want to put them down!
This book blew me away. I was completely and utterly enraptured by Miller's writing. Her retelling of the classic tale of Achilles and Patroclus kept me up into the late hours of the night, unable to put it down.
A gripping story about the devastation of loss and the freedom of salvation. Four years after his youngest daughter goes missing, Mack remains in a state of numbing grief. The reader follows Mack on his path to spiritual recovery, with the help of some old friends. Tears of joy and sadness shall be shed throughout.
A dark, creepy, beautifully-written story that blends together reality and fantasy as a 12 year old boy is propelled into a world of heroes, monsters, and a crooked man who will haunt your nightmares.