My name is Devin, and I am a bookseller! I mostly read basic fiction, poetry and young adult fiction. Also every book with a strong female protagonist.
What’s your fondest childhood memory? My neighborhood was riddled with other obnoxious children my age, so we used to hang out in this abandoned garage with trunks full of costumes and film commercials and TV specials on a Super 8 camera for our fake TV channel, (channel 6 1/2.) Some gems include: A TV special which my friend Vivian would wear a wig with pink curlers in it and talk in an overzealous Brooklyn accent, and a talk show in which I would interview bugs we found on the sidewalk.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever been for Halloween? Considering I am very obsessed with Halloween, my answer is a tie. When I was in the fourth grade, I dressed as Molly from the Runaways. (Everyone at school just thought I was lame and didn't dress up. Little did they know.) Also, in my sophomore year of high school I was Suzy Bishop from Moonrise Kingdom, down to the blue eye shadow and white knee socks.
Donna Tartt spent ten years writing The Goldfinch, which follows the life of Theodore Decker. This story is twisted, demonstrating the moral ambiguity of a boy whose life is defined by a single tragedy. Theodore's pain is palpable. He navigates addiction and the constant torture of living with a crime. Its beating heart has so much love and compassion for the pain he goes through, and the world just shrugs its shoulders. No book will bring you so much simultaneous joy and heartbreak.
The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a dynamic, beautifully written novel. Heroes stand as young Pierrot and Rose, circus performers who enchant their crowds and serve as the beating heart of the Montreal great depression. Heather O'Neill manages to break my heart and enhance my desire to run away to the circus that much more as she weaves breathtaking phrases with bizarely wonderful similes. O'Neill will make you believe in magic in a painfully real way.
A dysfunctional family feigns normalcy as they take a beach vacation.
Full of odd quirks, painstaking unconditional love, and superb writing by Emma Straub.
Very highly recommend.
A beautifully written novel chock full of dynamic characters which exist in an epic setting (The Metropol Hotel in Russia, while civil war rages on). Will not disappoint those who are fans of novels that are both brimming with humor and insight to one's morality.
I grew up with The Mysterious Benedict Society series, so I may be a bit biased, but his childhood adventure stories will enchant and delight you. There is no magic involved, but I still swear that sometimes the adventures that are attainable are the greatest to watch unwind. A bookworm, a trickster, a former circus performer, and a contrary poet (all children with incredible cleverness) work together to uncover the truth of a boarding school for the wise and eccentric Mr. Benedict. YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE!