I like a wide variety of genres. Give me an engrossing story with inspiring characters whether it be fiction or nonfiction and I will devour it! But also, anything by Neil Gaiman and Tom Robbins!
Tom Robbins is a master craftsman of the written word. He never fails to entertain! And Tibetan Peach Pie gives a little peek into his fascinating and wild life. From his childhood growing up in Appalachia, his time spent in the military and all the crazy adventures in between and thereafter!
Heart wrenching accounts from the children locked in ICE facilities. This book brought me to tears. No one should have to endure the nightmares these children are living through. Sharing their stories, uplifting their voices is only a small step but it's a place to start.
The Fae are real. Witches are real. Their kingdoms are quietly hidden across the human world. Wyatt Croft ran away from Asalin, away from his betrothed, and into the human world to start a new life but his past has literally hunted him down. And now he must face what and who he left behind years ago. He can either continue to self sabotage or fight for what's right and be the change his kingdom needs.
I loved this book so much when I was a kid! Such a beautiful story with such beautiful illustrations!
Would you want to live forever if everyone you ever met would forget you? In the last moments of twilight Addie LaRue strikes an impetuous deal with a dark spirit in the forest and spends the next four hundred years figuring out the consequences. This book is so beautifully written I could not put it down!
Do you have a body? Of course you do!! Then you should read this book! EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!!! EVERYONE!!! This is such an inspiring book! If we were all able to radically love ourselves more, the world would be a much more beautiful place!
The first book in the Bone Witch Trilogy, this book brings you into the exciting world Rin Chupeco has masterfully crafted. It is an awesome amalgam of Game of Thrones meets Memoirs of a Geisha with a pinch of Avatar: The Last Airbender! I really enjoyed this entire series, every book left me craving the next one!
Rebecca Roanhorse has exquisitely built an entrancing world filled with unique and intriguing characters in Black Sun. This book was such a page turner! I was captivated from the first chapter to the last! And I am eagerly awaiting the next book!
A fun, fast-paced adventure story set in American Southwest!! Nizhoni Begay is just your average nobody who can see monsters and her little brother Mac can control water. When she meets her Father's soon to be new boss only she can see his monster face. The next day when her father disappears, Nizhoni and her little brother Mac, along with Nizhoni's best friend Davery, are flung into an unexpected quest! Along the way Nizhoni learns about herself, the importance of family and her heritage. If you're a fan of the Percy Jackson series this will be right up your alley!!
This is a book I wish were around when I was young! It's a story about a young girl who finds beauty in her hooded almond shaped eyes. As a firm believer that representation matters, this book gave me all the feels and made me feel seen even now as an adult.
Welcome to Arizona is an adorable book about our beautiful State of Arizona! Beautifully illustrated, this book shows us so many different things that make Arizona awesome!
Such a beautiful book!! A teacher can be anyone or anything, this is the wisdom Sy Montgomery wishes to impart and does so beautifully! This heartwarming book shows us animals and insects can teach us so much about compassion, friendship and all the things that make a good creature!
Virginia Hall is the most badass woman of the 20th century! In the face of adversity, sexism, facism, and outright danger, Virginia Hall stood unmoved. Her tenacity and passion for justice and freedom gained her the respect and adoration of just about all who came into contact with her (aside from the Nazi's she was constantly thwarting). This was a truly inspirational read!
Pluto loves being a planet! He loves it so much he becomes inconsolable when NASA phones to give the news that Pluto is not, in fact, a planet at all. Yet another incredibly smart and witty book by Adam Rex!
Stefano Bloch paints vivid snapshots of his early life growing up in LA. He takes you on late night voyages around the city as he throws up his Cisco tags, laying the groundwork for his infamy. The goal, to go All City, to tag his name across all of Los Angeles. All the while giving insight on his formative years and how they shaped the man he became.
This is an incredibly sweet book about how to persevere no matter the odds! Written by a young local author, Coralyn's debut book is an ode to her younger brother who has shown her that being different isn't a bad thing at all and that you can always figure out a way!
In a sort of Orwellian setting, Yoko Ogawa brings you to a small island where things just disappear. They begin by disappearing in a physical sense and then they just vanish from thought and memory and what doesn't is taken care of by the Memory Police. For the main character who is a writer, forgetting is the beginning of the end. While most people blissfully forget, she struggles to remember and must hide any and all evidence of this struggle for fear that the Memory Police will come after her as they have for all others who do not forget.
This is such a lovely, heartwarming read! TJ Klune has beautifully created a world where magical people are very much real and very much marginalized. Linus Baker is an employee of a branch of the government referred to as DICOMY(Department In Charge Of Magical Youth) that specializes in tracking and observing children with magical abilities. Linus, an incredibly organized and concise case worker, is tapped for a highly classified assignment to visit and observe the "incredibly dangerous" children of the Marsyas Island Orphanage and to collect information on the caretaker of the orphanage, Arthur Parnassus. But what Linus finds on Marsyas Island will make him question everything he has ever known.
Henry Barajas lovingly shares the true story of his Tata, Ramon Jaurigue, and his work establishing the Mexican American Yaqui Organization (M.A.Y.O.) in Tucson, Arizona. J. Gonzo beautifully illustrates a Tucson of the past along with the vibrant characters Barajas has brought into the spotlight. Tata Rambo is an evocative look at a piece of local history that might have otherwise been forgotten.
A strangely compelling tale about a race of upright walking "Monster Dogs" with prosthetic hands, living the lives of celebrities in modern day New York City adorned in the height of 1800s Prussian fashion. It also gives a horrifically fascinating look into the mind of the man who created this monster race of dogs, Augustus Rank. Lives of the Monster Dogs is truly a bizarrely intriguing novel.
A very misunderstood witch, an aesthete swamp monster, a perfectly tiny dragon, an enmagicked young girl, and a Sorrow Eater. These are the characters that will teach you the true meaning of friends and family. They will warm your heart, bring a giggle to your lips or a shiver to your spine. The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a fun adventure from start to finish!
A beautiful collection of quirky stories and odd lists that maybe, just maybe, YOU really needed to read today.
A powerfully poignant collection of interviews and anonymous accounts of sexual abuse from men and women from all over the world.
This wonderful book imparts the beautiful message that imperfection is beautiful, that mistakes are part of the creative process and more often than not, can open your mind to bigger perspectives.
Frank Beddor's re-imagining of the classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a thrilling adventure that brings us to war torn Wonderland after 13 years of a brutal civil war and follows Alyss Heart as she fights to reclaim her rightful place as Queen of Wonderland. Beddor gives new life to the Lewis Carroll's classic characters!
From the author of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, this is an eerie adventure about a young girl named Ellen whose life is turned upside down on her 10th birthday. She wakes to find a silver crown on her pillow and shortly after her house burns down and her family goes missing. Ellen begins a perilous journey to find her family and solve the mystery of the silver crown.
Twins, Sophie and Josh, think they have a boring mundane summer of working in a coffee shop and a moldy old book store when they find themselves at the center of an ancient prophecy and epic centuries old battle between good and evil. Michael Scott takes you on a thrilling modern adventure that is intertwined with famous historical figures and legends. If you're in need of a new series to get addicted to check this one out!
A modern take on the classic To Kill a Mockingbird set in England. Broken is a brilliantly observed and darkly funny novel that follows the sudden unraveling of a suburban community after a single act of thoughtless cruelty.
A quirky love story of sorts, that will change the way you look at a pack of cigarettes. Tom Robbins has a wonderfully entertaining way of enlightening his audience on topics they never knew they needed to know about, such as the origin of red heads.
Wonderfully written! An amazing non-fiction book that reads like an enthralling Mystery/Thriller!