What sound do you love? Porch swings!

What was your favorite cartoon growing up? I loved every Batman cartoon I could get my hands on, but I never really grew out of them.

What is your favorite scent? Honeysuckle bushes, they're dreamy.

What’s your fondest childhood memory? My dad used to tell my sisters and I bedtime stories where we would team up with Simba (yes, from the Disney movie) to beat up poachers (with mud balls!), travel the world in a chocolate airplane, or just accidentally wreak havoc in libraries. My dad is also, coincidentally, more creative than I will ever be.

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Wicked Like a Wildfire Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062436832
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - August 15th, 2017

I saw this book reviewed as "Guillermo del Toro's version of Practical Magic," and I can't think of a better or more fitting description. Everything that Lana Popovic writes is a burst of insane, wild creativity, with a darker edge that lingers intriguingly throughout. An insanely good book from start to finish, I've been excited to share this book for months.

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101912195
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Published: Vintage - May 30th, 2017

This book took me on a date and called me the very next day, cured all my ills, solved world hunger, and, best of all, made me laugh my a** off. I cannot (CAN-NOT, I'm yelling this word right now because there's no other way to express this sentiment) do this book justice.

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ISBN: 9781910395264
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Published: Avery Hill Publishing - February 15th, 2017

love Tillie Walden, and this did not disappoint! Insanely creative, atmospheric, and accompanied with breathtaking art, The End of Summer is an emotional landscape that feels a bit out of Game of Thrones, where a royal family must shut themselves inside their home during a horrific, three-year winter. Car-sized cats, tin soldiers, and secret nooks. This graphic novel digs deep and keeps going.