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Callie

Hey! I'm a part-time bookseller. I read mostly queer stuff (non-fiction, fiction, all of it!), social issues, self-help, and memoir. Bonus points to any book if it has a deep seated sense of anger or despair. Love when a book makes me cry! :) 

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Unlearning Shame: How We Can Reject Self-Blame Culture and Reclaim Our Power By Devon Price, PhD Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593581216
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Published: Harmony - February 6th, 2024

This book is worth a year of therapeutic revelations. Price describes what he calls Systemic Shame in a concise, coherent manner with personal stories, interviews, and moments from pop culture (remember West Elm Caleb?). An early revelation is that we all deal with shame, regardless of our background or lifestyle -- and shame is not a productive emotion. It does not move you forward. Instead, it pushes you deeper into hiding. This is the rare book that leaves you feeling more empowered to face the world, and more connected to your neighbors. And hey -- what's the opposite of shame? PRIDE baybeeeee!!!!!!!


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What Moves the Dead (Sworn Soldier #1) By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250830814
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Published: Tor Nightfire - December 26th, 2023

I'm not typically much of a horror reader but Kingfisher is just that good. I was spooked by the fungal horror of it all, but honestly the good humored (non-binary!) protagonist at its center might be the main draw. Alex Easton is endearing, captivating, and tragic and while I DID want to know what would happen to this House (of Usher, you say?), I think Alex is the one who kept me turning the page. Horror-liker or not, this one's worth your time.


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Parable of the Sower By Octavia E. Butler Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781538732182
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

Octavia Butler's take on how and when and why society would eventually collapse was frighteningly prescient when it was written -- today, it feels like a peak over the knife's edge that our society now balances on. Within that, Butler chose to tell the story of a young woman with a supernatural capacity for empathy who is writing the tenets for a new religion in her journal every night as she runs for her life from the many, many dangers of her world. It is dark, unflinching, deeply hopeful and one of the most important works of science fiction in the English language.


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Conundrum By Jan Morris Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590171899
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Published: NYRB Classics - May 16th, 2006

As a closeted trans woman living in the 60's and 70's, Welsh travel writer Jan Morris did not have have many examples for what it was to be a transgender. It was something she had to arrive at it all on her own, and despite the adversity she faced, she believed it with all of her heart. "If it was impossible," she writes, "then the definition of possibility was inadequate." A wonderful book I'd recommend to anyone - it chronicles Jan Morris's upbringing at Oxford to her time in the military to her career as a journalist and finally travel writer - her thoughts are funny, profound, and vulnerable with moments of curiosity, sex, and romance scattered throughout.


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What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma By Stephanie Foo Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593238127
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 21st, 2023

A passionate, vulnerable telling of the author's childhood trauma, her career as a journalist on This American Life, and her journey to understand and heal the cPTSD she has lived with all of her life. It is one part memoir, one part investigative journalism, and one part self-help. cPTSD, it turns out, is not well understood - and much of the information out there is conflicting, invalidating, or condescending. Stephanie Foo spends this book trying to collect all of the information into something coherent and compassionate to those affected - and she does an impeccable job..


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The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316509886
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Published: Orbit - July 27th, 2021

In this book, NK Jemisin creates a sort of eldritch biology for all the great cities of the world -- and through that lens talks about New York City as a living organism, full of buzzing, vibrant life; infected by the specter of capitalism and white supremacy. On top of that, this book is a spectacular ensemble team-up of the avatars of each of New York City's boroughs against the looming threat that seeks to envelop the city. An exciting page-turner with great characters and a lot to say about modern society. Highly recommended!!


Summer Fun By Jeanne Thornton Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781641293730
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Published: Soho Press - June 7th, 2022

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Girlmode By Magdalene Visaggio, Paulina Ganucheau (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063060654
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Published: HarperCollins - October 15th, 2024

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A Song for You and I: (A Graphic Novel) By K. O'Neill Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780593182307
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Published: Random House Graphic - March 4th, 2025

Brittle Joints By Maria Sweeney Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781951491260
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Published: Street Noise Books - June 25th, 2024

Our History Is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance By Nick Estes Cover Image
$20.95
ISBN: 9798888900826
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Published: Haymarket Books - July 16th, 2024

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Play Nice: The Rise, Fall, and Future Of Blizzard Entertainment By Jason Schreier Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781538725429
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 8th, 2024

Sex Goblin By Lauren Cook Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781643622330
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Published: Nightboat Books - May 28th, 2024

The Future Is Disabled: Prophecies, Love Notes and Mourning Songs By Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781551528915
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 4th, 2022

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I'm Glad My Mom Died By Jennette McCurdy Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982185824
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 9th, 2022

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Detransition, Baby: A Novel By Torrey Peters Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593133385
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Published: One World - October 5th, 2021

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In the Dream House: A Memoir By Carmen Maria Machado Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781644450383
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Published: Graywolf Press - December 1st, 2020

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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

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Annihilation: A Novel (The Southern Reach Series #1) By Jeff VanderMeer Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780374104092
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Published: FSG Originals - February 4th, 2014

The Dispossessed: A Novel (Hainish Cycle) By Ursula K. Le Guin, Karen Joy Fowler (Foreword by) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060512750
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 10th, 2014

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All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries By Martha Wells Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250214713
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Published: Tordotcom - January 22nd, 2019

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Who's Afraid of Gender? By Judith Butler Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250371911
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Published: Picador - March 18th, 2025

This Has Always Been a War: The Radicalization of a Working Class Queer By Lori Fox Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781551528779
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - May 3rd, 2022

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Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story By Jacob Tobia Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735218840
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 3rd, 2020

Darius the Great Is Not Okay By Adib Khorram Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593857052
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Published: Dial Books - April 2nd, 2024

Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements By Walidah Imarisha (Editor), Adrienne Maree Brown (Editor), Sheree Renee Thomas (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Walidah Imarisha (Editor), Adrienne Maree Brown (Editor), Sheree Renee Thomas (Foreword by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9781849352093
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Published: AK Press - April 7th, 2015

Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party By Joshua Bloom, Waldo E. Martin, Jr. Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780520293281
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Published: University of California Press - October 25th, 2016

Elena

Hello, my name is Elena (they/them/elle)! I enjoy watching clouds, petting cats, and sipping a good shot of espresso. My hobbies include wandering around my home, drawing pictures, and improving my cartwheels.

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Citizen Illegal By José Olivarez Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781608469543
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Published: Haymarket Books - September 4th, 2018

A classic in Mexican-American poetry. A favorite I return to often.


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Lackadaisy: Volume 1 By Tracy Butler Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781638991038
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Published: Iron Circus Comics - April 16th, 2024

Prohibition era St. Louis... gangsters, booze smuggling, gunfights. But with cats! Incredible art and character design, Butler tells a great story with such flair.


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The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School By Sonora Reyes Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063060258
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 25th, 2023

So cute and lovely! A perfect read for pride month for you or your teen!


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Hombrecito: A Novel By Santiago Jose Sanchez Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593542187
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 25th, 2024

A novel full of tender intensity, I felt I was torn open and then stitched back together. Sanchez lovingly captures the ache of existing in multiple spaces; a perfect distillation of ni de aquí, ni de allá.


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Get the Picture: A Mind-Bending Journey among the Inspired Artists and Obsessive Art Fiends Who Taught Me How to See By Bianca Bosker Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780525562207
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Published: Viking - February 6th, 2024

Bosker joins the art obsessed in this bonkers journey to understand the whys and hows about contemporary fine art. This book is a lovely addition to the pantheon of texts that lift the veil on creativity; Bosker encourages the reader to explore the art-making and art-consuming processes and leads us by example. We are all welcome to participate in the joy and freedom that creation brings, to embrace art as a lovely byproduct of being human.


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Thunder Song: Essays By Sasha LaPointe Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781640096356
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Published: Counterpoint - March 5th, 2024

LaPointe’s connection to her identity and her homeland resonate; when you close your eyes what do you see? What stories do you hear? This fabulous collection of essays explores the cultivation of our past and home in our bodies, and how we can share ourselves in our own way, while supported by our ancestors.


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No Meat Required: The Cultural History and Culinary Future of Plant-Based Eating By Alicia Kennedy Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780807069172
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Published: Beacon Press - August 15th, 2023

A fascinating historical dive into veganism & vegetarianism here in the USA. Kennedy explores the several different ideologies that feed into modern veganism, and how they inform (and differ) from the plant based plethora that we see today. She echoes my sentiments on lab grown meat, and just how much shameless capitalism has hollowed out such a radical act as refusing meat. As our planet continues to warm and change, Kennedy asks us to think critically about how we eat and how we can participate in ecological harmony.


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In Limbo By Deb JJ Lee Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250252661
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Published: First Second - March 7th, 2023

An absolute bummer, but in the most beautiful way. The art and story are equally spectacular.


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Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of “Latino” By Héctor Tobar Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250335814
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Published: Picador - September 24th, 2024

A beautiful exploration of what binds us across the label of “Latino.” Tobar accurately captures the stress of migration and having your family torn across two continents; the stress of coming to a country that actively does not want us to be here. This is a book for anyone who has left home, unsure if they would ever return or see their families in person ever again. Fair warning: there will be lots of tears.


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Sun of Blood and Ruin: A Novel By Mariely Lares Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063254312
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Published: Harper Voyager - February 20th, 2024

A fast-paced fantasy, filled with shapeshifting, sorcery, and epic battles. Lares weaves together a rich world from mesoamerican history and mythology, alongside a thoughtful exploration of mestiza identity, and finding one’s place in the world.


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Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout By Laura Jane Grace, Dan Ozzi (With) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316264372
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Published: Hachette Books - August 29th, 2017

A queer punk classic! Laura Jane Grace, frontwoman of Against me! recounts her life and career, punctuated with her experiences of gender dysphoria. This electric memoir about a chaotic life with an underlying hum of identity exploration and acceptance is absolutely fabulous!


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Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent By Eduardo Galeano, Isabel Allende (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Eduardo Galeano, Isabel Allende (Foreword by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780853459910
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(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Monthly Review Press - January 1st, 1997

Una historia poderosa pero indignante. Todas las personas de las Americas necesitan leer este libro!


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Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994-2007) By Dan Ozzi Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063269149
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 18th, 2022

I was, and continue to be, obsessed with several of the 11 bands the author chronicles, so this was absolute perfection. Ozzi captures the chaos of the DIY/hardcore punk, the music industry, and the artists caught in between; very readable, fun, and devastating all at the same time. A great read for all flavors of punks.


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Freshwater By Akwaeke Emezi Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9780802128997
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Published: Grove Press - December 18th, 2018

Dark magic to remind us that our bodies are ours, even if it doesn't feel like it. This tribute to ancestors, mental illness, and the human capacity for growth is absolutely spellbinding.


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How Music Works By David Byrne Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780804188937
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Published: Crown - May 2nd, 2017

I read this almost 4 years ago, and I still think about it all the time. I loved learning about the impact of the music industry on musical creation and how we think about "professional" creativity. A must read if you love music, make music, or enjoy any creative endeavor.


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Queer Little Nightmares: An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry By David Ly (Editor), Daniel Zomparelli (Editor) Cover Image
By David Ly (Editor), Daniel Zomparelli (Editor)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781551529011
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - October 4th, 2022

These writings left me feeling both disturbed and celebrated; I recommend to fans of the macabre, and anyone whose otherness has made them feel monstrous.


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We Deserve Monuments By Jas Hammonds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250816559
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - November 29th, 2022

Queer love, generational trauma, familial healing, and friendship; a perfect salve for my inner teenage heart!


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Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals By Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Adrienne Maree Brown (Foreword by) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781849353977
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Published: AK Press - November 17th, 2020

Gumbs invites us to relish in the magic of marine mammals. The bite sized chapters are perfect if you need a little space to rest your mind. Her poems and prose are meditative, and inspire daydreams and revolution.


Taylor

I am a part time bookseller, full time reader; if you spot me reading in the wild it will probably be Fantasy, Young Adult, or Middle Grade in my hand. I am also the resident Romance apologist. I try to read more non-fiction every year, and am deeply thankful for audiobooks in that regard. I dream of living a soft, slow life with a library to rival Belle's, alongside my pup Paddington THE Bear who will be the first dog to live forever. 

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The Art of Catching Feelings By Alicia Thompson Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780593640937
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Published: Berkley - June 18th, 2024

Read from cover to cover as an avid baseball girlie all my life, I cannot say enough how Alicia Thompson has written the sports romance of the summer. Going to go a Cardinal's game, heckle batter and cross my fingers that we fall in love. Even if that doesn't happen, The Art of Catching Feelings is that can't-eat, can't-sleep, reach-for-the-stars, over-the-fence, World Series kind of stuff!


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Not in Love By Ali Hazelwood Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780593550427
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Published: Berkley - June 11th, 2024

These are the horniest nerds I have ever encountered. That being said there are deep emotional themes throughout; food insecurity, theft of intellectual property, and adult sibling relationships. But like I said, the horniest nerds of all time, Ali Hazelwood stays on brand. Love a women in STEM.


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A Novel Love Story By Ashley Poston Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780593640975
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Published: Berkley - June 25th, 2024

Ashley Polston continues to step outside of the tropes in romance novels that we have come to know and love, creating a world that completely engulfs the reader. The seamless transition between past and present, the Gilmore Girls level wit, and the idea of your favorite book series coming to life made this book a new comfort read. Recommend to anyone who wants to dip their toes into the world of romance.


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The Ex Vows By Jessica Joyce Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593548424
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Published: Berkley - July 16th, 2024

Jessica Joyce stuns again in her sophomore novel. Cementing once again that second-chance romance is elite. I feel exposed, sitting at the same crossroads as Georgia, toggling between staying put as her friends shift life stages around her and moving forward but missing out on the big stuff. The stage of your late twenties where everyone is getting married and having babies and you're still there, dust collected (from the book of taylor swift). Eli and Georgia have history and love for each other but have to learn how to move past the hurt they have both caused, Georgia for bolting and Eli for putting his anxiety above all else. The conflict feels so earned and the YERNING, god the yearning. I felt every step of their journey as if it was my own and found myself silently weeping poolside while teenage lifeguards eyed me with caution at the emotional climax of this book. We are lucky to be readers in a time where Joyce is writing these stories.


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The Seven Year Slip By Ashley Poston Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593336502
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Published: Berkley - June 27th, 2023

Hey buddies, if you’re a rolling stone fun aunt going through a major depressive episode this book is probably not the exact book for you at this moment, I am emotionally decimated. Five Stars.


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Next of Kin: A Novel By Hannah Bonam-Young Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593872109
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Published: Dell - February 6th, 2024

Some how every single one of Hannah Bonman Young's characters is babygirl and you want to protect them all at all costs. Read this if you love forced proximity, a soft girl who finds her strength, and a MMC with walls that just may start to come down.


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Out on a Limb: A Novel By Hannah Bonam-Young Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593872147
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Published: Dell - June 4th, 2024

The heart behind these pages shines through in every single interaction, in every moment you cannot help but root for them. The love that forms between these two characters feels incredibly real, it is a "sweet nothing" love that feels like a soft place to land. There is one blonde man who deserves rights and it is Bo.


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Next to You: A Novel By Hannah Bonam-Young Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593872123
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Published: Dell - April 9th, 2024

As always Hannah weaves a gorgeous, steamy, diverse, love story that feels so real. The conflict and resolution is grounded in reality and the heart of this novel will stick with you long after you leave it. A perfect romance to fall into this Holiday season. Even though I swear some lines were taken directly from my diary, but that’s neither here nor there.


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A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #5) By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781635577990
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 6th, 2022

For the girls who are too much, the eldest siblings who built walls too thick for even themselves to climb over, and anyone crawling out of their darkest moments...but also happen to love a four chili pepper spicy book - Nesta's journey is for you.


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Throne of Glass By Sarah J. Maas, Noa Wheeler (Volume editor) Cover Image
By Sarah J. Maas, Noa Wheeler (Volume editor)
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ISBN: 9781639730957
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 14th, 2023

Sarah J Maas' 8 book YA series is a sprawling epic that completely envelopes me every time I pick it up for a re-read. I have read this series no less than 7 times and this world is one I will always fall back into for my own comfort and adventure.


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Bookshops & Bonedust (Legends & Lattes) By Travis Baldree Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250886101
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Published: Tor Books - November 7th, 2023

Before the coffee shop, there was a bookstore. A place where Vivian learns to slow down and enjoy the softer things in life. Bookshops & Bonedust is THE cozy fantasy must read of fall.


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Keeper of the Lost Cities By Shannon Messenger Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781442445949
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Published: Aladdin - August 6th, 2013

Keeper of the Lost Cities is everything to me. These books are full of hope, light, and resilience. A middle grade series full of real suspense, and mystery all wrapped in a beautiful fantasy world.


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You, with a View By Jessica Joyce Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593548400
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Published: Berkley - July 11th, 2023

I am so thankful Jessica Joyce put her whole heart and soul into this STUNNING debut. With one book out Jessica Joyce has become an auto-buy author. Theo and Noelle feel like the song Daylight by Taylor Swift, they are golden.


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Yours Truly (Part of Your World) By Abby Jimenez Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538704394
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Published: Forever - April 11th, 2023

Read this if you want a quiet, non-flashy romance where grown-ups fall for each other slowly, then all at once. These two main characters felt Austenian, as they set aside their own pride to find their way to each other.


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Magnolia Parks (The Magnolia Parks Universe #1) By Jessa Hastings Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593474860
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Published: Dutton - August 8th, 2023

It feels unhinged to say this book is like movie popcorn. but it is, you start slowly, one bite at a time. when the movie begins we all try to be better than we are, we’re using napkins and blotting off the excess grease it’s all very tame - but as it ramps up you’re grabbing three to four pieces at a time, still no big deal. but then out of no where it’s as though you’ve never tasted popcorn before. Not only have you never had it, it’s the best thing in the world and you’re shoveling fistfuls in your mouth as though you’ll never eat substantive food again. You have cheap movie theater butter all over your face, hands, and somehow down your bra…that’s what magnolia parks is, at least for me.


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Fourth Wing (The Empyrean #1) By Rebecca Yarros Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781649374042
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Published: Entangled: Red Tower Books - May 2nd, 2023

Dragons, War, Enemies to lovers, and a rich lore full of magic and history - there was not a single moment from start to finish that I could have reasonably walked away from this book. If you enjoy adventure and fantasy THIS IS FOR YOU.


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Quietly Hostile: Essays By Samantha Irby Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593315699
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Published: Vintage - May 16th, 2023

Samantha Irby is one of my grocery list authors, meaning I will read anything she writes up to and including her grocery lists. Quietly Hostile uses dark humor with a precision I am sure practiced surgeons envy. If you were my friend I would be buying you this for any occasion.


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Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle #1) By Tracy Deonn Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781534441613
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - February 1st, 2022

Black girl magic, literally. Two magic systems, love triangle (?) , found family, and a mom's death shrouded in mystery...a 5 star read. Tracy Deonn did not come to play with this story.


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If We Were Villains: A Novel By M. L. Rio Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250095299
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 17th, 2018

If We Were Villains is a tragedy. There is no happy ending. This is not an opinion or up for debate. M. L. Rio treats the greatness of Shakespeare's with the weight and reverence the most recognized playwright deserves.


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Funny Feelings By Tarah DeWitt Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250329363
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 17th, 2023

That Funny Feeling will be your best beach read/poolside book of the summer! Meyer and Farley's story is full of laughs while not sacrificing an ounce of heart. DeWitt is an auto-buy author for me after this read!


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Better Hate than Never (The Wilmot Sisters Series #2) By Chloe Liese Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593441527
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Published: Berkley - October 10th, 2023

I think that maybe, there is not an author writing right now who understands the inner workings of my mind more than Chloe Liese. She writes neurodivergence/chronic illness/and autism in women SO WELL, it’s impossible for anyone a little atypical not to feel unmasked. There are lines in this book that slice through me, a hot knife through butter, reminding me that different does not mean “not worth effort.” Every time I pick up a book by Chloe Liese, I remember why I read romance. An antagonist to lovers, childhood friends, no third act break up and direct honest communication gave me everything I wanted. I truly believe every single book by Chloe is better than her last, and Better Hate Than Never cements that long held ideal even further. As always Liese is an auto buy author, who I will support in all things.


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Seven Days in June By Tia Williams Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538719091
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 7th, 2022

I choked on the first line of this book, from that moment I knew I was all in. This book is an ode to Black joy, love, and culture. A love story that is unapologetically Black. There is no stopping to explain the references or vernacular. The characters speak with each other in every day AAVE and then obviously code switch in certain settings, as a reader it was so obvious and incredibly affirming.


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Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone: A Novel By Benjamin Stevenson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063279025
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Published: Mariner Books - January 17th, 2023

Snowed in with a serial killer on the loose, would seem a little heavy no? NO! This snowy whodunit is laugh out loud funny, reminiscent of Agatha Christie, Benjamin Stevenson's novel creates a technically reliable narrator that regularly makes flawed decisions, and is incredibly relatable in the least relatable situation ever.


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Independence: A Novel By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063142381
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Published: William Morrow - January 17th, 2023

The amount of story between these 274 pages will stay with me for a long while. As this family of women traverse through civil turmoil in India in the mid to late 1940s, I was fully immersed in each of their individual struggles, and even when I did not agree with the choices a character made I always deeply empathized with the sisters. This is a book about sisterhood, growing up, and making hard choices; there is something for everyone in this novel.


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Cruel Seduction (Dark Olympus) By Katee Robert Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781728262765
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - August 8th, 2023

Took the top spot in the Dark Olympus books, I loved these characters and way the relationships come together to form an entire polycule. One of Katee’s spiciest books, I could not put it down.


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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A novel By Gabrielle Zevin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593321201
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Published: Knopf - July 5th, 2022

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin is an instant classic, a book that is heavy in a comfortable way, a dog who doesn’t know they aren’t a lap dog but you wouldn’t move for the world. I could recommend this book forever and to everyone. I had not yet experienced a story that at its core is simply about friendship. We have more friends in our lives than family, more friends than significant others, more friends than coworkers and yet… the representation of a decades long friendship in the cultural zeitgeist is severely lacking. But no longer - Zevin tackles the subject of love in friendship and what it takes to preserve those treasured relationships. 


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The Ten Thousand Doors of January By Alix E. Harrow Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316421973
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Published: Redhook - May 12th, 2020

This novel is a love letter to books, written word, stories, adventure, and to those of us who keep one eye trained on the horizon. Riddled with lyrical prose, and a journey that will keep your eyes tethered to the page - this is the book I would read again for the first time if I could.


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That Summer Feeling By Bridget Morrissey Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593549247
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Published: Berkley - May 30th, 2023

Bridget Morrissey has an uncanny way of making readers feel seen and incredibly vulnerable. That Summer Feeling yanks me back to sleep away camp, and has captured the exact feeling of exploring your sexuality later in life. The emotional depth of healing from divorce and the levity of falling in love again is balanced masterfully.


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