What I read: literary fiction (especially short story collections); science books - anything about physics or space travel 

What sound do you love? The sound of cars driving past in the rain; the sound of the television on very low so you can hear the cadence of voices but not the words; The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? A character in a Rainbow Rowell novel. I already relate to most of them on a spiritual level.

Do you love or hate rollercoasters? Love and hate in equal measure. I hate the part where you're climbing up the first hill agonizingly slowly (I'm afraid of heights), but everything after that is great.

What was your favorite cartoon growing up? Rugrats. I maintain that it is and always will be the best thing Nickelodeon ever produced. 

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever been for Halloween? I will never be as cool as when I dressed up as the Yellow Power Ranger in 1st grade. 

What’s your fondest childhood memory? Spending all day in the climbing tree in my grandma’s backyard with my cousins making up games when we were kids. 


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My Absolute Darling Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735211179
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 29th, 2017

Very rarely have I ever found myself reading a 400 page book in two sittings, but once I started reading "My Absolute Darling," I could barely bring myself to put it down. This novel is alive in every sense of the word, from the deceivingly simple yet elegant prose, to the harrowing internal life of 14-year-old Turtle Alveston, to the vibrant descriptions of the Northern California wilderness. Every time I expected the plot to go a certain way, Gabriel Tallent found a road I hadn't even imagined, much less traveled. You don't just root for Turtle's survival, you yearn for it, ache for it, hurt with her hurts and triumph in her triumphs. This isn't a book you just read; it's one you feel. 

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Grace and the Fever Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524720841
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 16th, 2017

If you've ever been part of an online fandom, you will fall absolutely head-over-heels for this book. Like "Fangirl" before it, "Grace and the Fever" dives into the world of fandom with such clarity, honesty, earnestness and affection, I was ear-marking every other page, wanting to come back and read passages over and over again because they rang so true. But "Grace and the Fever' isn't just a book for the modern fangirl; it's for anyone who's ever felt like outsider, even with their own friends; anyone who's ever loved something so passionately, it became a permanent—at times all-consuming—part of their life; anyone who's struggled with growing-up and moving on; and anyone who's ever dared to care about something with their whole heart. This book is for you.

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The Graybar Hotel: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501162299
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Published: Scribner Book Company - July 4th, 2017

This moving debut collection about a group of incarcerated men surprised me at every turn - one touching story follows an inmate who dials phone numbers at random, and his conversations with strangers on the outside; in another, a man discovers his cell-mate is slowly training himself to disappear; yet another examines the currency of lying when you're locked up, and how serial lying becomes an art form. Quietly heartbreaking, each story in "The Graybar Hotel" paints an honest, stark, funny, and compassionate portrait of life behind bars.

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Spaceman of Bohemia Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316273435
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Published: Little Brown and Company - March 7th, 2017

Jakub Procházka is not your ordinary spaceman: selected by the Czech Republic for a (potential suicide) mission to collect samples from a cloud of mysterious space dust, Jakub has traded his quiet scientist's life in Prague with his wife, Lenka, for the eternal glory that comes with being his country's first astronaut. But when Lenka falls off the map, not showing up for one of their schedule video chats, Jakub falls into an existential crisis that involves a Nutella-loving alien spider named Hanuš, a trip back into his troubled past, and revelations about what exactly makes life worth living. The Martian by way of Kafka, The Spaceman of Bohemia is funny, beautifully written, poignant, and mind-bending in the best way.