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The Bone Houses Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316418423
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

A charming retelling of Welsh mythology in the veign of Lloyd Alexander.  A gripping stand-alone fantasy about love, loss, and strength in the face ofhardship with plenty of zombies.


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Sadie: A Novel Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250267139
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Published: Wednesday Books - August 25th, 2020

Sadie is a thriller for fans of gritty true crime, told in part by Sadie herself, and in part as a podcast looking into the story of her and her sister. It's reminiscent of an episode of 20/20 and stays with you after the last page. I feel like I'm waiting for the "where are they now" episode that sometimes happens a few years down the line.


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The Longest Night of Charlie Noon Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593173084
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2020

This book defied all my expectations and gave me chills. Nothing I say could do it justice without giving it all away. It's so much more than a story about three children lost in the woods and readers will get something different out of it at every age. 


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The Bright Lands Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781335836625
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Published: Hanover Square Press - July 7th, 2020

Stephen King's N. meets Friday Night Lights in this queer horror debut. This book is fast-paced and bizarre. I finished it in under 24-hours, then stared into space for a good five minutes after I shut the book. It blends the possible and the pulpy to great effect.


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Kerry and the Knight of the Forest Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984893291
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Published: Random House Graphic - July 7th, 2020

This middle grade graphic novel is a cute little spin on the classic red riding hood tale. At it's heart, this is a book about helping others and finding the good in everyone. The folksy illustrations are very well done and pair perfectly with the tone of the story.


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Primer Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781401296575
Availability: Backordered - Shipping will be Delayed
Published: DC Comics - June 23rd, 2020

The Nolans may just be my new favorite fictional couple. The artwork is gorgeous and Ashley is the kind of underdog you just have to love. I'm already looking forward to a sequel! 


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The Tea Dragon Society Cover Image
By Katie O'Neill, Katie O'Neill (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781620107379
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Published: Oni Press - June 16th, 2020

A cute, gentle graphic novel about memory, care, and belonging that pairs beautifully with a cup of tea.


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Aster and the Accidental Magic Cover Image
By Thom Pico, Karensac (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593118849
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Published: Random House Graphic - March 3rd, 2020

A perfect book for when you have to stay at home. Aster's family moves up to the remote mountains away from her city friends, but learns to explore the world around her with the help of her trusty pup. It's perfectly magical and bright when you need something to cheer you up.


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Glass Town: The Imaginary World of the Brontës Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419732683
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 3rd, 2020

This book beautifully captures a childhood daydream and the way words can take you away. It's a fascinating look at the inner lives of some of the most famous British novelists.


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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780385348713
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Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

The Splendid and the Vile is a meticulously researched and highly engaging narrative account of Winston Churchill's first year as Prime Minister at the start of WWII. However, it is also a story of love, courage, and coming of age in the midst of chaos. Churchill's story is interwoven with his daughter-in-law's failing marriage and love affair, his daughter hopping from military dances to underground jazz clubs, his secretary's struggle to become a pilot, and so much more. Larson puts history back into a more personal perspective.

 

I found it very eerie, yet oddly comforting, to be reading about air raids, blackouts, and bomb shelters in the midst of another global crisis with COVID-19. It was a reminder that we are living through historic times and that things can be rebuilt after upheaval.


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Snapdragon Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250171115
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Published: First Second - February 4th, 2020

So many warm and fuzzy feelings!  It's a story about family, being yourself, second chances, and a touch of magic.  I loved it!


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When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982106379
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Published: Scribner - February 4th, 2020

This book is beautiful, intimate, breathtaking and heart breaking. It reads like a novel and yet gives a better sense of what was happening to Jewish families during the Holocaust than any history book I've read. I feel so invested in the Neumann family and their friends, as if I know them personally. More than anything, my takeaway from this book is the love and hope that was so clearly poured into it.


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$19.99
ISBN: 9781250214751
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Published: Tordotcom - January 21st, 2020

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi- Read this book. Sit with it. Be uncomfortable, be upset, and listen. This novella should be required reading.


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Mimi and the Wolves - Volume One Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781910395486
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Published: Avery Hill Publishing - November 15th, 2019

A quirky little adult graphic novel. It looks at friendships and toxic relationships as Mimi navigates her way around a mysterious goddess and her cult of wolves.


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The Midwinter Witch Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338540550
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Published: Graphix - November 5th, 2019

This was a perfect conclusion to an adorable series about identity, friendship, and family. Aster and friends all get their happy endings.


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The Seventh Voyage: Star Diaries Cover Image
By Stanislaw Lem, Jon J. Muth (Illustrator), Michael Kandel (Translated by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780545004626
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Published: Graphix - October 1st, 2019

This middle grade graphic novel is an illustrated space-time paradox. The artwork is gorgeous and it has a great message about the futility of arguing over doing, and childhood simplicity.


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The Okay Witch Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781534431454
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Published: Aladdin - September 3rd, 2019

Charming, sweet, funny, and fierce!  This book is everything I love about cozy Fall witchy reads, wrapped up in a beautiful graphic novel!


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Small Spaces Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780525515043
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Published: Puffin Books - July 9th, 2019

A perfectly spooky fall read for all ages about a girl who finds herself in the middle of a local legend. This book will definitely become a new classic!


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The Letter, the Witch and the Ring (The House with a Clock in Its Walls #3) Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781848127944
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Published: Zaffre - July 1st, 2019

This book is nostalgic, creepy, and perfect for reading on a summer night with a flashlight under the covers.


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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

A heart-warming rom-com that is a love letter to the genre.  There is a memorable and lovable cast of characters and you'll want to be friends with them all.  I laughed, cried, and laughed so hard I cried.  This book may be my favorite romance of all time!


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A Prince on Paper: Reluctant Royals Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062685582
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Published: Avon - April 30th, 2019

Nya is in love with her virtual dating games, but what happens when she's thrown into the real thing?  A fake engagement to a very real prince, tabloids, and royal weddings make for a wild ride!  This book is so much fun!  Nya and Johan are so easy to love.


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The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes 30th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781401284770
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Published: Vertigo - October 30th, 2018

The Sandman series is a classic for a reason.  It's deep, dark, weird, and lovely.  You will laugh and you will cry.  Sandman follows Morpheus through the world of dreams and touches upon history, mythology, and literature from all over the world.


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The Hidden Witch Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338253757
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Published: Graphix - October 30th, 2018

A great follow-up to The Witch Boy, continuing Aster's journey of self-discovery and what it means to be a good friend. It's heartfelt and relatable despite the dragon demons and evil shadows. The art style is a perfect match for the content.


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Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars (Kid Legends #5) Cover Image
By David Stabler, Anoosha Syed (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781683690740
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Published: Quirk Books - October 9th, 2018

Inspiring and super-0relatable stories about famous sciuentists and their childhood adventures.  They were just like you!


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Born to Be Wilde: The Wildes of Lindow Castle Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062692474
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Published: Avon - July 31st, 2018

Born to be Wilde is a smart, funny historical romance. The love story is only a facet of the plot and there is so much more at stake for the heroine. If you are looking for a strong female lead, female friendships and a book about taking pride in what you love, this is it.


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A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062685544
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Published: Avon - February 27th, 2018

What happens when the African prince sending you spam emails turns out to be real?  And he's your new neighbor?  This story of a broke grad student - turned princess is a fun, light, and funny read that will leave you smiling.


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A Hope Divided (The Loyal League #2) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781496707468
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Published: Kensington - November 28th, 2017

If possible I might have liked this book more than the first installment. This is a fast-paced story with a sweet slow-burn romance that delves into issues of race, family ties, and the hardships of the Civil War. The hero, Ewan,  is one of the more interesting romantic leads I've come across and reads as non-neurotypical, which was a welcome change. I'm already looking forward to starting the next book in the series.


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The Witch Boy Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338089516
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Published: Graphix - October 31st, 2017

The Witch Boy is a wonderful and diverse middle grade graphic novel about being true to yourself. Aster is a boy who takes to witchcraft in a family where only women are allowed to be witches. Ostertag uses Aster's dilemma to look at the way traditional gender roles limit possibilities, and the good that can come from breaking the mold. I highly recommend it for anyone who has ever felt like they didn't fit in.


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The Green Mile: The Complete Serial Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781501160448
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Published: Pocket Books - June 27th, 2017

A heart-wrenching story about the evil humanity is capable of and how we see the world.  This book will stay with you.  Have tissues ready!


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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780553499148
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Published: Ember - April 25th, 2017

The formatting of this book (and it's full-cast audiobook) is incredible and brilliantly unique. The characters come to life through files and found footage, and they jump off the page. This book is not for the faint of heart, especially during a global pandemic. It explores morality, loss, and hope in a way that warms your heart and chills your blood. You can't put it down.


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An Extraordinary Union: An Epic Love Story of the Civil War (The Loyal League #1) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781496707444
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Published: Kensington - March 28th, 2017

If you want a powerful, heart-stopping, well-researched book on race, the Civil War, and the work of Union spies to end the Confederacy, this is it. The sweet romance and happy ending is an added bonus. Elle is now one of my favorite heroines and the fact that she's based on a real Black Union spy makes her even more incredible. This Own Voices historical romance is not to be missed.


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Sword of Destiny (The Witcher) Cover Image
By Andrzej Sapkowski, David A. French (Translated by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316389709
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Published: Orbit - December 1st, 2015

This is the second prequel book of short stories in the series The Witcher, which was adapted to Netflix earlier this year. These short stories are a spin on a multitude of fairytales and folklore, and they read similarly to a monster-of-the-week T.V. show like Buffy, so I can see why they've been chosen for videogame and Netflix adaptations. They're hysterically funny at points, smart, and often incredibly heartwarming. The world building is great and the fast pace keeps you caught up in each story. I look forward to delving into the full-length novels soon. 


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How to be both: A novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307275257
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Published: Anchor - October 13th, 2015

Split between the 1960s and the 1460s, Smith has creatyed a unique and brilliant look at the nature of art and duality.  It';s a fun look at the way stories reach us.


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Persuasion Cover Image
By Jane Austen, Gillian Beer (Editor), Gillian Beer (Introduction by), Gillian Beer (Notes by)
$7.00
ISBN: 9780141439686
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Published: Penguin Classics - April 29th, 2003

This is the classic second-chance romance. Despite being published just over 200 years ago, Persuasion is a quick, relatable, and moving read about a dysfunctional family, pride, and the recovery of lost love.


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