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Unraveling: What I Learned About Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool, and Making the World's Ugliest Sweater By Peggy Orenstein Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063081734
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - January 23rd, 2024

This memoir is a must for any fiber artist or anyone interested in textiles and sustainability. Peggy Orenstein decided to use her 2020 lockdown to knit a sweater out of wool she sheared and processed herself (despite her only fiber experience being knitting) while she chronicled her journey. She reflects on the fashion industry, her home, and her family as she works through the fiber and it makes for a heartfelt and fascinating read.


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Baking Yesteryear: The Best Recipes from the 1900s to the 1980s By B. Dylan Hollis Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780744080049
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Published: DK - July 25th, 2023

TikTok star Dylan Hollis never fails to make me laugh and he's put together a collection of unique and easy recipes from 1900 to the 1980s. They're tasty and so much fun to look through!


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Wolfsong: A Green Creek Novel By TJ Klune Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250890313
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Published: Tor Books - July 4th, 2023

I read this book years ago when it was self-published and it's the start to one of my favorite series of all time. Wolfsong combines a boy next door romance with all the warmth of found family as Ox finds his strength and fights for those he loves. You'll fall in love with the Bennetts and the quirky characters of the little town of Green Creek, Oregon. It's wholesome and cozy werewolf romance with a bit of humor and bite.


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The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún Vol. 1 By Nagabe Cover Image
By Nagabe
$12.99
ISBN: 9781626924673
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Published: Seven Seas - January 24th, 2017

A haunting and beautiful story about a girl and the monster who takes her under his wing, a curse, and protecting those you love. It reads like a quiet fairy tale and the illustrations are stunning.


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Bea Wolf By Zach Weinersmith, Boulet (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Zach Weinersmith, Boulet (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250776297
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Published: First Second - March 21st, 2023

This adorable retelling of Beowulf keeps the story and spirit of the original while adding humor and levity. A group of rowdy children band together to defend their tree house from the evils of adulthood and their meddling neighbor Mr. Grindle. The illustration style is unique and will pull you in. Bea Wolf is a must read for children and adults alike!


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Unspoken Magic By Emily Lloyd-Jones Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063058033
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 21st, 2023

Unspoken Magic is a book about what it means to feel seen, have friends at your back, and know what you're capable of. It's also about the cutest baby bigfoot ever to grace the pages of a book.

Unspoken Magic once again follows Fin and her magical little town of Aldermere. SNACC (The Society of North American Cryptid Chasers) is a delightful parody of every paranormal show on air, and they've just rolled into Aldermere looking to debunk rumors of mysterious creatures. It's up to Fin and her friends to protect their town and defend their (adorable) local monsters from discovery.  

While Unseen Magic dealt more with Fin's private struggles with anxiety, in the sequel we see her beginning to blossom with a support system in place and finding her inner strength. Cedar's role expands and her loneliness and insecurities come to the forefront as she begins to understand that she isn't invisible and has friends at her side. Emily handles the topics of anxiety and loneliness with such warmth and care. Not only are these books whimsical, fun, and spooky, they are a comfort and could be a game-changer in the hands of the right child. I wish I could have read them at Fin's age.


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Over My Dead Body: A Witchy Graphic Novel By Sweeney Boo, Sweeney Boo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sweeney Boo, Sweeney Boo (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063056305
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Published: HarperAlley - August 30th, 2022

This book is so much fun! Creepy, witchy, dark academia about friendship and figuring out where you belong.


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A Crochet World of Creepy Creatures and Cryptids: 40 Amigurumi Patterns for Adorable Monsters, Mythical Beings and More By Rikki Gustafson Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781645675389
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Published: Page Street Publishing - June 21st, 2022

Adorable little creatures and easy, clear instructions. I'm very fond of the Kraken and Mothman patterns!


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How to Keep House While Drowning: A Gentle Approach to Cleaning and Organizing By KC Davis, LPC Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781668002841
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Published: S&S/Simon Element - April 26th, 2022

A wonderful little book about using the time, energy, and space you have to better take care of yourself. KC helps readers find rhythm and motivation in a way that works for them. This is the most practical and realistic self-help book I have ever seen.


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Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle By Emily Nagoski, PhD, Amelia Nagoski, DMA Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984818324
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 7th, 2020

This should be required reading! It tackles stress, body image, rest, and so much more in a way that just makes sense. It's friendly, nerdy, and a joy to read.


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Book of Night By Holly Black Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250812193
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Published: Tor Books - May 3rd, 2022

Book of Night is dark and slimy urban fantasy at its finest. Holly Black's adult debut was everything I could have asked for and more. She weaves an intricate and twisty web of lies, cons, and heists to create a plot that keeps you guessing until the very end and a romance unlike any other. Charlie Hall will steal your hearts. Fans of True Blood will love this book.


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Swan Lake: Quest for the Kingdoms By Rey Terciero, Megan Kearney (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rey Terciero, Megan Kearney (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062941466
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Published: HarperAlley - April 5th, 2022

Friendship, magic, and high adventure make for an enchanting take on a classic tale.


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Squire By Nadia Shammas, Sara Alfageeh (Illustrator), Sara Alfageeh Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062945846
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 8th, 2022

Beautifully illustrated and a great story. 


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Unseen Magic By Emily Lloyd-Jones Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063057982
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 22nd, 2022

UNSEEN MAGIC is a delightful middle grade novel about what it means to be brave. Fin, a young girl who struggles with severe anxiety runs into trouble when she sneaks a cup of tea from her magical town's tea shop and must face the parts of herself she has tried to leave behind. The town of Aldermere is quaint and enchanting, as much a character as the book's human cast. Aldermere is full of magic that is hidden from the outside world and a weird and wonderful little community. Fin learns to lean into her neighbors, friends, and family, and accept help when she's in over her head. Emily Lloyd-Jones handles the topic of anxiety with love and care in a realistic way, reminding readers that they can find help and acceptance. Reading UNSEEN MAGIC feels like being wrapped in a blanket and handed a warm mug of tea. I loved everything about it.


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Burning Girls and Other Stories By Veronica Schanoes Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250847287
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Published: Tordotcom - June 14th, 2022

A beautiful and bizarre collection of fairy tales updated and given a feminist twist. The stories will draw you in and leave you thinking long after you've finished.


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The Secret Garden on 81st Street: A Modern Graphic Retelling of The Secret Garden (Classic Graphic Remix) By Ivy Noelle Weir, Amber Padilla (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ivy Noelle Weir, Amber Padilla (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316459709
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Published: Little, Brown Ink - October 19th, 2021

Very cute!


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Salt Magic By Hope Larson, Rebecca Mock (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Hope Larson, Rebecca Mock (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780823450503
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - October 12th, 2021

An original and charming fairytale about family, growing up, and the sacrifices made along the way. Pure magic.


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Squad By Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Lisa Sterle (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Lisa Sterle (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062943149
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 5th, 2021

Squad feels like a summer teen horror flick in graphic novel format. Love it!


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Empire of the Vampire By Jay Kristoff, Bon Orthwick (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jay Kristoff, Bon Orthwick (Illustrator)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781250245281
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 14th, 2021

Empire of the Vampire is an atmospheric masterwork. Every single character in this book could stand alone and their pieces in the puzzle compliment the story beautifully. It's dark, twisted, funny, heartbreaking, and hopeful all at once. I haven't loved a book this much in a long time and I only see it getting better as the series builds and I can't wait for more. A new favorite.


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A Mystical Practical Guide to Magic: Instructions for Seekers, Witches & Other Spiritual Misfits By Aliza Einhorn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780738765075
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Published: Llewellyn Publications - July 8th, 2021

This less a how-to book than it is a road map. While there are specific practices and tarot spreads here, Aliza Einhorn spends more time suggesting places for you to find more information and helps you tailor your own spiritual practice to fit your needs. I would highly recommend this to someone just starting out and exploring possible options.


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Star Eater By Kerstin Hall Cover Image
$26.99
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ISBN: 9781250625311
Published: Tordotcom - June 22nd, 2021

This is such a unique book that will appeal to readers of fantasy, sci-fi and horror. Star Eater looks at issues of gender and class, while taking readers along for a gruesome and twisty ride. I couldn't put it down.


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The Girl from the Sea: A Graphic Novel By Molly Knox Ostertag Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338540574
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Published: Graphix - June 1st, 2021

Adorable. More books with selkies, please! I love the mythology.


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Laundry Love: Finding Joy in a Common Chore By Patric Richardson, Karin B. Miller Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250235190
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Published: Flatiron Books - March 30th, 2021

Everyone should read this. Environmentalists, college students... everyone.


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Thirsty Mermaids By Kat Leyh Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781982133573
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Published: Gallery 13 - February 9th, 2021

Warm, fuzzy, and ridiculous all at he same time. I love it!


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Dearly: New Poems By Margaret Atwood Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063032507
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Published: Ecco - November 2nd, 2021

I don't read poetry often, but reading Dearly was an experience. I loved it and "Blackberries" left me remembering my grandfather's garden.


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The Bone Houses By Emily Lloyd-Jones Cover Image
$11.99
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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Kitchen Table Magic: Pull Up a Chair, Light a Candle & Let's Talk Magic By Melissa Cynova Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780738762708
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Published: Llewellyn Publications - September 8th, 2020

This book is equal parts witchcraft and a good, much-needed sit-down with a friend. I will be keeping this within reach for any time I need a reminder to believe in myself and get out of my own way.


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Sadie: A Novel By Courtney Summers Cover Image
$11.99
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 By Christopher Edge Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593173084
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Published: Delacorte Press - 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 By John Fram Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781335457738
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Published: Hanover Square Press - July 6th, 2021

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: (A Graphic Novel) By Andi Watson Cover Image
$12.99
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ISBN: 9781984893291
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 By Jennifer Muro, Thomas Krajewski, Gretel Lusky (Illustrator) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781401296575
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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 By K. O'Neill, K. O'Neill (Illustrator) Cover Image
By K. O'Neill, K. 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.