I am a part-time bookseller and online order processor for the store. I enjoy most types of fiction.. contemporary, sci-fi, horror, mysteries, historical, fantasy, you name it! When it comes to non-fiction, I like memoirs, social issues, belles lettres, and books on anthropology. When I am not reading I enjoy baking, sewing, hanging out with my loved ones, and spoiling my pet bunny rabbit Amelia.
As a lifelong Britney fan, I could not wait to get my hands on this memoir (I showed up at work on my day off an hour before opening in my pajamas and ran back out to my car). It is so authentic and emotional, you will never listen to her music in the same way again.
I NEED this to be a movie on the level of Devil Wears Prada. It has all the messiness of an early 2000's fashion industry drama (but less problematic) with the most satisfying revenge and deep character development.
A hauntingly beautiful resurrection of the tale of La Llorona, who has been following a line of women for generations and the final woman's fight to destroy the monster and save her children. Full of emotion, history, disturbing descriptions and gore.
I love a thriller with a great original idea. It is FULL of suspense, plot twists, major reveals and I can honestly say I did not see any of them coming. This book kept me up until 2 am because I could not put it down!
A deeply unsettling story on motherhood, paranoia, grief, and loneliness that is impossible to put down. The ominous title can be referenced to many different events and themes within the story until... well, you'll see.
A modern and exciting take on a western. A band of outlawed women led by a non-binary leader called The Kid have a dream of creating a land where women who are shunned from their homes for being gay or barren can live peacefully. It's a very quick and enjoyable read!
With one of my favorite introductions, this is a very interesting read about famous but still unknown female serial killers. If you are tired of reading about the same ones over and over, give this a try!
This is Named's second pattern book, still full of their modern and stylish patterns but focuses more on fitting this time. Good for people with a few years of sewing experience or for brave beginners!
Any Great British Baking Show fan needs this cookbook!! There are recipes from the contestants, Prue, and Paul that have been used on the show. It is so fun trying to recreate what I watched the bakers make in my own kitchen!
If you liked Eleanor Oliphant, you will love Fern Castle. She is quirky and takes everything literally. Even when her sister, Rose, mentions that she is unable to have a child, Fern thinks she can pay her twin sister back for all that she's done for her by getting pregnant. It is a funny and sometimes heartbreaking story about sisterhood and belonging.
This book was equally funny and informative. It is written in plain language as well as academic language so anyone can enjoy this book, and there are some hilarious jokes for any science/anthro nerds out there. I definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in human evolution and how we use our bodies today!
This was my first book I’ve read that was written in the oral history format and I liked how it changed the narrative of the story. I also really loved the little bits of history in the footnotes and the subtle pop culture references from the 1970s made Opal & Nev feel like an existing band. The story was great too!!
Yes, you can read an adult fantasy book with pictures! The illustrations are so kooky and whimsical they really add to the feeling of nostalgia you get while reading this book. It is so magical and creative, yet not childish. It will easily become a classic for me that I will read time and time again.
A very dark and haunting story about the lengths a mother will go to for a child that she does not love.
The way Zauner writes about her grief after losing her mother is tragically beautiful. Their shared connection with food is how they bonded and showed how they cared for each other, and later a form of therapy for Zauner. Best read while listening to the author's music in the background, which connects to her timeline in the memoir.
I don't even have the words to describe how amazing this memoir was. Just truly beautiful writing and I might have teared up... a few times.
Paul Tremblay is the best horror writer. The stories are always original and live up to the horror genre. A Head Full of Ghosts leaves you shaken at the end and makes you wonder what actually happened. My favorite horror book by far!
Jamie Oliver understands that some people simply do not have the time, skill, or money to make extravagant meals with twenty ingredients but still want something delicious. This cookbook is perfect because all the recipes are simple but have unique flavors and don't require ALL the kitchen gadgets.
I was pulled in from the start with Eleanor’s weird social interactions (and thinking that everyone else were the weird ones) and her mysterious dark past. It is an amazing book about loneliness and friendship and I got teary-eyed a few times.
The best installment in the Practical Magic series (so far) is Magic Lessons. This is the origin story for the Owens family curse and also a beautiful love story that is intertwined with bits of magic and of course, a little bit of heartbreak.
If you have every wondered about all the strange things that happen after death then look no further. This book probably has the answer you are looking for. This hilarious and uniquely charming book is a super easy and entertaining read.
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Laura McHugh does it again with another eerie small Midwestern town (which will never cease to spook me). It's a book that I couldn't put down and didn't want to end. I can't wait to see what McHugh will write next!
Lemony Snicket is back with this short mystery full of his classic humor that many of us grew up on (the same stuff that shaped my dry and self-depreciating sense of humor). You can't miss out on this quick read! (Or do, no one's stopping you.)
Michael Christie has written a beautiful multi-generational story covering four lives of the Greenwood lineage. Each generation's lives are revolved around trees in a variety of ways. Full of beautiful description, deep characters, and plenty of surprises, Greenwood is a rare masterpiece.
Funny, informative, and sometimes shocking (that Mad Cow chapter!), Patient Zero is a phenomenal book about well known and lesser known diseases and how they spread. Intertwined with humor, Kang and Peterson wrote an entertaining and thought provoking history on diseases in a new way.
Sara Novic has created an incredible multifaceted book that is bringing a new way to read dialogue. True Biz is a beautiful coming-of-age story intertwined with facts and history from Deaf culture and includes visual sign language to better understand how the characters communicate. Easily going to be one of my top books of 2022!
This book will make you look at every bit of data differently for the rest of your life and be mad about it. From little things like voice recognition to big problems like the healthcare industry, you will be seething from one page to the next. This is an eye-opening book that everyone should read.
Who knew the butt had so much history? (You will, after you read this book). From 19th century bustles, to the nonexistent behind of the 1920s, and the current booty obsession of today, there is a lot to learn about the fashion, appropriation, and stigmas of tushies everywhere.
Zevin has captured the many facets of a friendship in this amazing book about love, loss, and video games. The story follows two friends from childhood and their journey creating video games in the late '90s and early 2000s. Many of which I desperately wish were real!
A must read for any cat owner. The four cats and their owners each have their own beautiful stories that all gracefully meet up at the end. The point of view from the cats and the all-knowing dog Jon are wonderfully peculiar.
As a fan of Shirley Jackson, I completely devoured these stories. They are new and fresh yet still feel classic with that signature Jackson ambiguity and slow burn. A perfect read for Jackson fans and a great introduction to her style for those who are unfamiliar.
This is a beautifully written story about the woman who inspired Hester Pyrnne. The author really allows you to get inside Isobel's head, and I've never felt such a connection to a character before. It is nothing like the book you were forced to read in high school, and by far the best reimagined classic I've read.
I am trying to find a way to recommend this book while still warning about the horrors that wait inside. I'll just be blunt. Alexa Hagerty writes about the bodies of victims from genocide in Guatemala and Argentina that she and other anthropologists are trying to identify and the struggles she, her colleagues, and the families face in the process. It's disturbing but something that should not be hidden from history, and Hagerty does a great job of telling their stories.
Read this book if you would like to be horrified by the entire clothing industry and the dark history of fabrics. It will make you want to take up sewing and never shop again (come back to me when you do and I can recommend some sewing books and tips).
This tiny book has a lot of heart in it's 150 pages. You will form a deep connection with each character in a short amount of time and wish you could hold on just a little longer. There is also a love for used books and used bookstores that I may be a little biased towards... but who can blame me?
Yes this is a horror story that is creepy and gory and weird but it is also a moving commentary about a boy who is trying to figure out who he is and how to embrace his true self. Even if his true self is a literal monster.