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Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists Cover Image
By Various Authors, Chris Duffy (Editor), Gilbert Hernandez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596438231
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Published: First Second - September 24th, 2013

Your favorite old fairytales with a brand new twist, and gorgeous to boot. I love this collection, and pore over it whenever I can.

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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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A City Inside Cover Image
ISBN: 9781910395202
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Published: Avery Hill Publishing - May 7th, 2016

 A gorgeous, heart-rending breath of air. If you're moving in a new direction, this is a perfect book for you. Actually, since no one can see the future (if you can, come see me, I have questions), everyone needs to read this graphic novel.

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Goldie Vance, Volume 1 Cover Image
By Hope Larson, Brittney Williams (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781608868988
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Published: Boom Box - October 11th, 2016

The best of Nancy Drew and Lois Lane rolled up into one character. Car races, car chases, kidnappings, and, of course, some marvelous sleuthing. A fantastic read with a diverse, compelling cast of characters. 

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The End of Summer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781910395264
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Published: Avery Hill Publishing - February 15th, 2017

I 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.

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The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown Cover Image
By Catherine Burns (Editor), Neil Gaiman (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781101904404
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Published: Crown Archetype - March 21st, 2017

The literary equivalent of stumbling upon a treasure chest: inside are a multitude of captivating, ridiculous, heartbreaking, charming, hilarious, haunting stories from The Moth, a platform that has devoted itself to the art of storytelling (spoiler: they’re really good at it). Read one at a time. Read ten at a time! But though it’s tempting to just speed through, these stories are very worth lingering on.

You'll meet, among others: David Bowie's hairstylist, an astronomer who yells at God (in German, of course), a man who spontaneously travels to the Soviet Union, a child who always carries shoe glue on his person, a six-foot-plus mentor who asks existential questions, and many, many more.

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The Cruelty Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250108180
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - February 7th, 2017

I cannot overemphasize how much I enjoyed this book. I don't often read spy/action novels, but The Cruelty is a great read—fast-paced, gripping, edge-of-your-seat, heart-wrenching fun. The kind of book that you keep thinking back to with a grin, because it's just so... well, cool. Gwendolyn, our main protagonist, is athletically gifted, stubborn, and clever. When her father goes missing (under mysterious circumstances, of course), and the authorities have given up searching, Gwendolyn takes matters into her own hands and uses what savings she has to fly to the last place she heard from her father. What ensues is a wild, secretive, and often dangerous search, involving car chases through Paris, party crashing in Berlin, conning tourists, and blowing up safe-houses in Prague. However, despite the fun (and oh man, this book was so much fun), The Cruelty doesn't shy away from its moral dilemmas, and more importantly, doesn't glamorize the seedy or deplorable characters/settings that Gwen finds herself in: those who "try not to think about" their occupation fall under the same scrutiny and judgment as those who revel in it. A fantastic book for any thrill-seekers, readers wondering what a teenage, female James Bond might look like, or someone, like me, who wants to try something new and exciting.

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The One Hundred Nights of Hero: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316259170
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Published: Little Brown and Company - December 6th, 2016

What do you get when you start with a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, and add in a self-important bird god, two brave women in love, mustachioed men, a stupid and cruel bet, a moon who visits earth, a magic pebble, an ordinary pebble, more mustachioed men, a singing harp, traitors, wise grandmas, and a secret league of storytellers? A hilarious, fantastic book. A beautiful, witty, sarcastic, poignant, wonderfully sass-filled book. A book you'll mount on your wall and recommend to all your friends and clutch tightly to your chest and laugh lots to, as well. Could not recommend more.

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We Are Okay Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525425892
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2017

It feels odd to say that a novel focused on a young woman's grief for a loved one gave me more hope in humanity, but there you go. We Are Okay follows Marin, a college freshman whose Grandfather and guardian recently passed away, as she attempts to come to terms with both her loss and his secrets. It's rare that I read a novel that so accurately captures the depth and weight of female relationships, but this one had a plethora of them, and were some of the most touching experiences of the reading. The book is overwhelmingly beautiful, raw, and intricate—it dragged me along by my heartstrings. Don't worry, though; this book is also full of hope. Please give it a read.

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Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442472426
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 22nd, 2016

This book completely hooked me—I took Scythe to the bank with me in case there was a line, to the polling station to read while I waited to vote, and had to convince myself not to pick this up to read at red lights (successfully, but it was a close one). Neal Shusterman took another situation that should have been unbelievable and completely convinced me of its plausibility. In Scythe, death by natural causes has been completely eradicated, and the growing issue of overpopulation is tempered only by Scythes, who essentially cull a certain quota of people each year. The novel follows two Scythe apprentices as they come to terms with their new task of killing for the greater good—or if that's even possible. There is a fantastic mix of action and grappling with the moral dilemma of a Scythe's work in the book, and by the end there's much more at stake than a simple apprenticeship. Definitely not a book you'll regret picking up.

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Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! a Vagrant Collection Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770462083
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - September 15th, 2015

Pick this up and look at a couple of pages. One page. Really. No, genuinely, that's all it will take. Do you like history? Politics, maybe, or literature? Comic book characters? Doesn't matter! You'll love this either way. Step Aside, Pops reduced me to incoherency while teaching me about history (did you know Irish Americans invaded Canada in the 1800s to try and free...Ireland? Don't you feel cheated that you were never given that information? Look no further, friend.), which is an amazing feat in and of itself. Satirical, witty, and overwhelmingly funny. And since I’m not above begging, I’ll just ask you to please, please read this book.