Julia

Don't judge a reader by their staff picks. Yes, my list may seem heavily female and fantasy oriented. There is so much more to my library! I also happen to enjoy mysteries, non-fiction, memoirs (about walking places), legend/folklore/mythology, and science fiction as well (admittedly Star Wars!).

For all my reading-https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/49925839-juliaruth

Julia's Staff Picks:

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The Poet X Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662804
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper Teen - March 6th, 2018

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The Girl in the Tower Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781101885963
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Published: Del Rey Books - December 5th, 2017

Bookseller: Julia
Comments:
Katherine Arden has brought us another rich and vibrant story with her second book. This is a magical, dark, and gorgeously done tale of historical fantasy. I love the Russian folklore and the characters overflowing with life. Everything wonderful about "The Bear and The Nightingale" is here in "The Girl in the Tower".
Don't pass up this series.


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I Give You My Heart Cover Image
By Pimm van Hest, Sassafras Bruyn (Illustrator)
$32.95
ISBN: 9781605373560
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Published: Clavis - November 15th, 2017

Bookseller: Julia

Comments:


 "I Give You My Heart" is a lovely picture book for adults and children alike. Very much a meditative book on nature, the creation of life, and our part in it. This is a lovely story of a young boy who is given a special gift that will change him forever. 
The laser-cut details are a perfect component to the wonderful illustrations.


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The Sun and Her Flowers Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781449486792
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 3rd, 2017

Bookseller: Julia

 

Comments:

Coming soon.


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Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780399167898
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Published: Philomel Books - November 14th, 2017

Bookseller: Julia

 

Comments:

Once again Oliver Jeffers bring us a book to love. In a similar vein as "A Child of Books" where we are introduced to the beauty of books," Here We Are" introduces us to the world. Jeffers subtly gives us his great sense of humor accompanied by simple, but useful explanations of our world. The illustrations are wonderful, full of fun details. If you are not already a fan, this could be your chance to become one.

 


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Whereas: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977672
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 7th, 2017

Bookseller: Julia

Comments:

I cannot claim to KNOW poetry, but there is writing in Whereas by Layli Long Soldier that speaks to me.

 

- "still I say baby soft like a poet two even syllables as.in. bo.dy. or I.was." Left, Two

 

- “And let the body                     swing.

  From the platform.

                                                   Out

                                                                         to the grasses.” 38

  

 

I do not have the language to elaborate why, but I recommend this collection of poetry.

 

 


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Long Way Down Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438254
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Published: Atheneum Books - October 24th, 2017

Bookseller: Julia

Comments: 

Jason Reynolds is fast becoming a favorite of mine. His books never fail to satisfy, entertain, or get me thinking. 
How long is an elevator ride? 30 seconds? Short enough to maintain your need for revenge, misguided by anger and hurt? Long enough for your ghosts to convince you otherwise? Or not?
In Long Way Down we may not get a clear cut answer. What we do get is a chance to witness, to glimpse a young man's struggle to follow the 
RULES as he has been taught, the rules of his world, his neighborhood.

NO CRYING
NO SNITCHING
GET REVENGE


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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316508889
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 31st, 2017

Bookseller: Julia
Title: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow 

Comments:Morrigan Crow was born with a curse, but who cares about the details. This book was really good. I Enjoyed it thoroughly. Everyone I talked to that read this book has said the same thing. It is as good as Harry Potter, but totally different. 
I really think this is the start of a fantastic new series.
HAVE FUN!!


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All the Crooked Saints Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545930802
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 10th, 2017

Bookseller: Julia
Title: All the Crooked Saints

Comments:

Once again Maggie Stiefvater has entranced me with her words.
Have you discovered her yet? If not let this be your first Stiefvater book. 
There is just something about the way she writes that screams "I love doing this", I just get a sense Maggie really enjoys the craft. Also, she writes magic into every sentence.


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Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems Cover Image
By Kate Coombs, Anna Emilia Laitinen (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781622039371
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Published: Sounds True - November 1st, 2017

Bookseller: Julia
Title: Breathe and Be

Comments:This book is filled with beautiful illustrations. Each one showing us how the be. Be with the world around us, enjoying the tiny details we find. With each breath we become more in tuned to our environment. Also, this will be a lovely read a nap or bedtime. Whether you are looking for a quiet moment or reminding yourself & your little one to take in and be with their surroundings, this book is a great reminder.


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Jane, Unlimited Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780803741492
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Published: Kathy Dawson Books - September 19th, 2017

Bookseller: Julia
Title: Jane, Unlimited

Comments:
Kristin Cashore is a pretty awesome writer. Her first three books were great; I love them. As soon as I wrapped my brain around what she was doing with Jane Unlimited I realized this was a great book also.
What are you into?
Doctor Who pajamas?
Mystery/thrillers?
Outer Space?
Magical paintings?
Haunted Libraries?
Espionage?
Cool umbrellas?
The Multiverse?
Think choose your own adventure only you don't even have to choose.
This was an awesome adventure to go on.


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It Starts with a Seed Cover Image
By Laura Knowles, Jennie Webber (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781910277263
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Published: Words & Pictures - September 5th, 2017

Bookseller: Julia
Title: It Starts with a Seed

Comments:
This book does a great job explaining how a seed grows into a tree. It will be a great book to read aloud to a class or an individual. 
Plus my favorite part;
really lovely illustrations. 
Enjoy!


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Sarabella's Thinking Cap Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525429180
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Published: Dial Books - September 5th, 2017

Bookseller: Julia
Title: Sarabella's Thinking Cap

Comments:

My first thoughts are what lovely pictures. I could just sit here flipping back and forth examining them over and over.
But this story about Sarabella and her tendency to daydream is just as lovely. The story explores the difficulty of turning off the daydream button and turning on the school button. And for Sarabella, maybe finding a little bit of balance between the two.


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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062362599
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Published: Harper - June 13th, 2017

Bookseller: Julia
Title: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Comments:
This was an incredible book to read. Roxane Gay has written a memoir that is as direct as it gets. Straight up. It reaches out and grabs at you in so many ways. Roxane's honesty is sad, a little disturbing, & beautiful. Though not my story I felt it in my bones. We don't get excuses, or justification, or an apology for the condition of her body- we are given a reason. A horrible event that had a tremendous effect on a young woman.I admire Roxane for writing this memoir, her lack of apologyis admirable. It is bold.  Roxane Gay is my hero.


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Difficult Women Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802125392
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Published: Grove Press - January 3rd, 2017

Bookseller: Julia
Title: Difficult Women

Comments:
Difficult Women is a collection of beautifully written stories about the pain and anger hidden deep down inside screaming for release. Some of them are shocking, maybe even ugly. But they are very real. Completely & brutally honest. They are stripped bare & they are brave. 
"a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection."
Roxane Gay's writing is phenomenal. The diverse cast of women in these stories come from places of privilege, poverty, and everything in between. They cover topics of violence, love, hate, sex, guilt, trauma, loss, motherhood, race, relationships, and abuse. Each story/woman is distinctly her own person and at the same time universally all of us.
As dark as this collection is, it is also full of strength, endurance, love, and even hope. 


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Within the Sanctuary of Wings: A Memoir by Lady Trent Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780765377654
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Published: Tor Books - April 25th, 2017

Bookseller: Julia
Title: Within the Sanctuary of Wings: A Memoir by Lady Trent

Comments:
A fitting conclusion to the memoirs of Lady Trent. Isabella takes us on one last adventure where she faces the perils of nature & politics, only to come across her greatest discovery. This final chapter was as pleasurable as the previous books.


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Forever, or a Long, Long Time Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062385680
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Published: HarperCollins - March 7th, 2017

Bookseller: Julia
Title: Forever, or a Long, Long Time

Comments:
Forever, or a Long Long Time is about two adopted children, who have lived in foster care most of their lives that have to learn to be part of a family, to be with people. To get to that point they go searching into the past to discover what they don't remember. Where they come from, who has loved them and how they were found by their adoptive mother.This story is heart-wrenchingly beautiful and precious. It's about trauma, family, childhood, love. Follow Flora and Julian on a journey to find trust and accept their forever home.


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The Bear and the Nightingale Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101885956
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Published: Del Rey Books - June 27th, 2017

Bookseller: Julia
Title: The Bear and the Nightingale

Comments:
"This book is so authentically written, so beautifully crafted that reading it made me feel at home at once."
I cannot say enough how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Bear and the Nightingale; I haven't loved a book this much in a while.
Recommended for fans of: Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and Neil Gaiman.
This is a breathtaking story set in medieval Russia, somewhere in between the northern wilds and the kingdom's capital in a small village caught between the old and new religions. It charts the life of Vasya from birth, who was born with a wildness about her, as she navigates the shifting dynamics in her village. 
This tale will envelope you in its history and magic. This debut novel wonderfully blends fairytale and historical Russia.


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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015


Bookseller: Julia

Comments:

Ev hits it right on the mark. She has captured everything I can't with her review.

 Ev:
In a moment of eerie, unsettling coincidence, I began reading this novel just a day or two before the news broke of the first U.S. Ebola case. Post-apocalyptic fiction generally doesn't appeal to me, but I took a chance on Station Eleven, based on some great reviews and Ann Pratchett's enthusiastic blurb... and spent the next few days lost in a near-future world of terror and beauty, where ordinary life has become exceptional and the extraordinary, commonplace. A wondrous, unforgettable read.