Hello fellow book loving friends! My name’s Jackie and I’m one of the booksellers at Left Bank books. When I moved to St. Louis a little over a year ago, one of the first things I did was look up the best Indie bookstore. The second I walked into Left Bank, I knew I found my soul-bookstore.
Books are my happy place - along with my partner and our three very sassy and opinionated dogs. I love coffee, trying to skating skate board (emphasis on the trying), and am on a quest to find the world's greatest chocolate chip cookie.
My favorite authors are VE Schwab, TJ Klune, Leigh Bardugo, Taylor Jenkins-Reid, and Samantha Shannon. I will forever read everything any one of them writes. Hope you enjoy my staff picks!
There are several layers of brilliance to this book. Being an actual magician, VE Schwab wrote undeniably PERFECT new characters for the series, while continuing to expand on story and depth in the ones we already know and love. She also did a wonderful job at making sure new readers can enjoy this book without first reading Shades of Magic - but as an avid fan, please read them all. I will forever be reading everything VE Schwab ever writes forever and ever amen .
One of the best books I've ever picked up on a whim. A brilliant blend of history and fantasy and empowerment. If you're someone who's ever been afraid of taking up space, this book is for you.
This series was SO MUCH FUN. This is one of those stories that will make you laugh and cry multiple times while reaching for the popcorn. A really fun and queer twist on the world of superheroes and villains with a remarkable amount of depth throughout.
A truly beautiful and hopeful story about friendship, growing up, belonging, and chosen family. Also... what's not to love about gay werewolves?
Glennon Doyle is unlike anyone else in the world. Her words are crafted with so much raw truth, fire, gentleness, and utter brilliance. If you're in a place where you feel like you're in desperate need to come home to yourself, this book is for you.
This series is pure perfection. I love nothing more than a story centering an underground society of "outlaws", the rich, powerful, political people as villains, an incredibly raw and true representation of trauma, a strong female lead with monumental character growth, and a love story that is so much more than a love story. This series has so many twists and surprises and LAYERS. So many layers. Dear readers, enjoy.
It’s been a long time since I’ve felt as understood from a book as I did from this. Dawson managed to create a world that dared to reach some of the scariest and loneliest parts of being human, while at the same time, offered so much light and hope and purpose and love. The nuances and emotional depth each character had made me feel like I was right there with them, and them with me. One of the top five books I’ve read of all time.
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This series is what made me fall in love with reading again. 10/10, will always and forever recommend.
This book was perfect. I love a story with a heist where the band of thieves are the "good guys", and the rich fancy businessmen are very much not. Bardugo has an unmatched skill at bringing characters to life, adding depth and emotion to every layer. 12/10.