"I’m always looking to diversify my reading range but will forever hold a deep love for alt-history sci-fi, urban fantasy, magical realism, YA, and art history in particular. When I’m not in a bookstore you can usually find me at a concert, in an Irish pub, or haunting a speakeasy."
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ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

Dare I say this is my favorite book of all time? Perfectly described as a modern Crime & Punishment, this book combines Classical studies, a murder mystery, & incomparably beautiful prose into a captivating, dark story exploring both overwhelming guilt and a lack thereof.

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ISBN: 9780393355949
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 1st, 2018

Gritty, mind-bending, badass, and utterly terrifying, Chuck Palahniuk packs a punch (hah) with his sharp satire on consumer culture full of observations like... -“The things you used to own, now they own you.” -“May I never be complete. May I never be content. May I never be perfect.” -“If you don’t know what you want... You end up with a lot you don’t.” -“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”

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ISBN: 9780765326317
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Published: Tor Books - February 14th, 2012

A masterful retelling of Koschei the Deathless, a Russian folktale like Hades and Persephone, deathless is at once familiar down to its bones and unlike anything else. Fiercely feminist and breathtakingly lyrical - this is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read.

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By Catherynne M. Valente, Annie Wu (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781481459358
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 6th, 2018

6 different but connected stories told in unique, lyric, and just plain badass voices. Catherynne M. Valente takes a jab at comics from the perspective of comic book women whose deaths have been used to progress male storylines - a common plot device nicknamed being “refrigerated.” While technically creating her own new, original superhero-universe, she alludes to easily recognized, classic DC and Marvel plots, illuminating just how often female protagonists are pushed under in the comic book world.

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ISBN: 9780062459084
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 7th, 2016

Step into a world that is eerily both our own and not. There is a magic so vibrant, dark, and alive, you can feel it coming off the pages like a cast shadow or a current through a live wire. Neil Gaiman is without a doubt, one of my favorite authors, period.

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ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

A taste of the Classical for the everyday reader, this novel spins a vivid picture of the myth of Patroclus and Achilles. Captivating for the unfamiliar and fresh and vibrant for those well-acquainted with Achilles’ story, this book is sure to break your heart either way.

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ISBN: 9780062844132
Published: Harper Perennial - October 30th, 2018

The novelization of Alice Isn’t Dead, Joseph Fink’s podcast narrated by Jasika Nicole, is just as atmospheric and terrifying on the page as it is to listen to. Parsed with little revelations about the main character’s past and relationship, this story oscillates seamlessly between time frames of background and present. This book is so many things all at once - a deep scrutiny of time, human relationships, and conspiracy wrapped in a road trip wrapped in an intimate portrayal of anxiety wrapped in a compelling horror. There are multiple instances that this book made me jump while reading it alone late at night and scary is just the surface.

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ISBN: 9780385541213
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Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

This book had me spellbound within the first 30 pages. I have never read a book that has seemed to know my dreams so well or that I have fallen in love with so quickly. After seven years, Erin Morgenstern returns with a novel even more captivating than her first. The Starless Sea weaves magic and mystery into its modern fairytale of video-game playing grad-students, time-crossed lovers, evil secret societies, seas of honey, and masquerades. A book within a book & a love letter to book lovers.

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ISBN: 9781250118035
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Published: Picador - June 6th, 2017

With a BA in art history, this book immediately called to me despite how infrequently I read nonfiction. This book is a true masterpiece for anyone who has ever felt lonely, especially in a city full of people. Olivia Laing layers her own personal experiences of living alone in Manhattan as well as cultural and psychological perceptions of “loneliness” into an art historical analysis of 4 artists whose works, lifestyles, or careers reflect on what it means to be lonely.

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ISBN: 9780735223707
Published: Viking - September 24th, 2019

Previously known to the world as Emily Doe when her victim impact statement became viral, Chanel Miller powerfully reclaims her name and recounts her legal battle against her rapist. The Brock Turner case is infamous for the injustice of its outcome, and while it might be hard to hear about, it is absolutely imperative that we listen to Miller and all victims like her. Know My Name is a powerful condemnation of a justice system that fails many sexual assault victims and illuminates the act of pressing such charges, which many do not realize is a painful and lengthy process.

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ISBN: 9780062358219
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 14th, 2020

A beautiful and tragic coming of age story exploring the limitations of familial love and loyalty. The Last Romantics follows 4 siblings as they band together in their childhood to overcome the neglect of their mother into adulthood, shifting the fragile balance of forgiveness amongst themselves.