Julia

Don't judge a reader by their staff picks. Yes, my list may seem heavily female and fantasy oriented & honestly my reading bends that way most of the time. There is much more to my library! I also happen to enjoy mysteries, non-fiction, memoirs, legend/folklore/mythology, and science fiction as well (admittedly Star Wars audiobooks -space wizards!).

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The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780385541213
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Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

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The Beadworkers: Stories Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781640092686
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 22nd, 2019

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Ninth House Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250313072
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 8th, 2019

Bookseller: Julia

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This was so good, pulled me right in & I could not read it fast enough. Well that's not 100% true, I drew it out as long as I could (not long)so I could savor it. Murder mystery + collegiate secret societies + magic= perfection. "Ninth House" is really well done, but I think if you don't already know that Leigh Bardugo is a great storyteller you soon will!


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Rabbit and the Motorbike: (Books about Friendship, Inspirational Books for Kids, Children's Adventure Books, Children's Emotion Books) Cover Image
By Kate Hoefler, Sarah Jacoby (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452170909
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 10th, 2019

Bookseller: Julia

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 Dog is no longer with Rabbit to share stories of his adventures, one day Rabbit finally builds up the courage to go create his own stories. This is a story about loss, loneliness, and finding your way to be brave.

"Rabbit and the Motorbike" is a lovely book with a sweet story accompanied by some beautiful illustrations.


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Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250316776
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 14th, 2019

Bookseller: Julia
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This book was thoroughly enjoyable. I love the premise- a college student who lives in the White House because his mom is president, is forced to make nice with the youngest Prince of England, and chaos, friendship, politics, and love follow. 
Alex Claremont-Diaz had me cracking up. I love this book and all that it holds in it. If you're looking for some laughs, a world with a woman president in the White House, and a good love story, this is your book!


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Indian Horse Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781571311306
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Published: Milkweed Editions - April 10th, 2018

Bookseller: Julia
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Indian Horse is a must. This will be one of the most beautiful, masterfully told stories you ever read. Throughout this book I was full of anger and anguish for Saul Indian Horse. Left by his parents, losing his grandmother and taken from everything familiar. 
This coming of age tale is incredibly moving, heartbreaking account of a dark part of Canada's history.


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By Kwame Alexander, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062307811
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Published: HarperCollins - June 18th, 2019

Bookseller: Julia

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Oh, how gorgeous this book is. Each page is dazzling.

The words are beautifully placed within the imagery. The POetry is lovely. It all makes me want to find a tree or a stoop to curl up under or on.


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Where Are You From? Cover Image
By Yamile Saied Méndez, Jaime Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062839930
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Published: HarperCollins - June 4th, 2019

Bookseller: Julia

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THIS IS A LOVELY BOOK FULL OF BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATIONS!

So much teaching for us all. Just because someone looks different does not mean they were born somewhere different or very far away ( and vice-versa). Also, we see that we are from places where we are born and live, but we are also from the lands our ancestors walked upon and the land we now walk upon. We have the short histories we live and the long histories that exist through our predecessors' lives.


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Magic for Liars: A Novel Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250174611
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Published: Tor Books - June 4th, 2019

Bookseller: Julia

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Non-magical detective gets called into a magic school to solve a murder. What more could you want in a premise?
Magic For Liars was a fun read; the perfect mix of epic magical prophesies, humor(sarcasm), romance(?), and sleuthing. 
I never felt resentful that I didn't receive my letter from Hogwarts, but I think this book will appeal to those who may be. even if you have no fantasies about attending magic school you may just want to pick up Magic For Liars. Enjoy! 


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The Priory of the Orange Tree Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781635570298
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 26th, 2019

bookseller: Julia

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I'm going to keep this brief. There are so many things in "Priory of the Orange Tree" that you want in a fantasy novel. It is full of all the right ingredients: magic, dragons, battles, love evil, power giving trees. Read the jacket summary if you need to or maybe some reviews, but this was an excellent read. Samantha Shannon's previous books have been a hit and this one is also. It is well written, full of action, and you want to read it!

 


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The Bird King Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802129031
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Published: Grove Press - March 12th, 2019

Bookseller: Julia

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A mapmaker named Hassan who can create doorways where there were none before or change the terrain of mountain with his pen. A young concubine called Fatima who pines for a world outside the palace which she has never set her eyes on. The Spanish Inquisition is at it's height & has breached the palace walls. They want this magical mapmaker, but Fatima will not let take the only friend she has ever known. With Hassan's magic and Fatima's determination (plus the help of a jinn) Fatima and Hassan flee the Inquisitors in search for freedom, in search for the Bird King, in search for a home. The Bird King is a beautiful tale of freedom, determination, love, despair, hopelessness, friendship, family, self realization, and faith. 


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Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780451493026
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Published: Knopf - January 29th, 2019

Bookseller: Julia

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An excellent collection of stories. This memior is a reminder of the varied communities and individulas we have here in New England. That it isn't always a lovely little rural experience, even when it is. Emily Bernard's use of time with the juxtaposition between herself as a mother, her mother, and her own youth creates a nice flowing narrative. Navigating New England and particulary Vermont as a black woman, her discomfort with her chosen home vs. her discomfort with the south, the home she considers home. This memoir is beautifully written and a wonderful read.


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The Winter of the Witch: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101885994
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Published: Del Rey - January 8th, 2019

Bookseller: Julia

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Oh, what a conclusion to this fantastic series. Winter of the Witch is full of action and magic. It is a completely satisfying ending to the Winternight Trilogy. That is if one can be satisfied with this gorgeous story ending. You are already here at the final installment, so I don't need to tell you how wonderful this series is. It will be bitter sweet, but there is always the second read through and the third.


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Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501181795
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 2nd, 2018

Bookseller: Julia

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Rebecca Traister is just so good at what she does. She's clear, concise, and validates a lot of what we've all been thinking. You want to read her, I want you to read her. So, do it!


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By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781487005382
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Published: Anansi International - October 2nd, 2018

Bookseller: Julia
Title: The Lost Words

Comments:

A few years ago the editors at Oxford University Press decided to remit words describing nature for words about technology from the junior dictionaries. There would be a new generation of children who would not find words like “fern” or “acorn” in their dictionaries. Lost words is an invitation for young and old alike to enjoy the 20 words that were removed, such as “adder” and “wren”. The illustrations are a celebration of the English countryside, of poetry in nature and the words we use to describe it. If you don’t close this book appreciating the poetry and wonderful illustrations, you will at least understand why we hold on to those ancient dictionaries.


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Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany (Book for Writers, Book Lovers Miscellany with Booklist) Cover Image
By Jane Mount (Illustrator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781452167237
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 11th, 2018

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I love Jane Mount's whole thing with books. She does custom "Ideal Bookshelves" and has a previous book by the same name. Cards of themed book collections and more. This book is wonderful and it is not just because I am quoted somewhere within. It has illustrations and lists and quotes from bibliophiles around the world. It is everything a person could want in a book about books, whether or not they identify as a bibliophile themselves. Bibliophile is a great table book to gift or have at home, read part of a page or several pages at any given time. Love it!