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!).

Julia's Staff Picks:

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Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399167898
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Published: Philomel Books - November 14th, 2017

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

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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.


                                                                         to the grasses.” 38



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



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

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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.


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

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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.

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ISBN: 9780545930802
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 10th, 2017

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Title: All the Crooked Saints


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.

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

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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.

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

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Title: Jane, Unlimited

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?
Outer Space?
Magical paintings?
Haunted Libraries?
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.

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

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Title: It Starts with a Seed

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. 

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ISBN: 9780525429180
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Published: Dial Books - September 5th, 2017

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Title: Sarabella's Thinking Cap


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.

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

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Title: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

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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ISBN: 9780802125392
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Published: Grove Press - January 3rd, 2017

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Title: Difficult Women

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. 

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

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

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.

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

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Title: Forever, or a Long, Long Time

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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ISBN: 9781101885956
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Published: Del Rey Books - June 27th, 2017

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Title: The Bear and the Nightingale

"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.

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

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

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.