Alex M.

I can't stop reading, and not just books but graphic novels as well. Since I was little I have always been looking for the next world to delve into, and because of this I'm always excited to try the next story. I love the feeling when you start a new book, and get that feeling of excitement that you will soon be connecting with new characters. I have always been on the search for new and better books, and I have no doubt that I will find them here!

 

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Nobody Hugs a Cactus Cover Image
By Carter Goodrich, Carter Goodrich (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534400900
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 16th, 2019

I know what you’re thinking...duh! But here’s the thing, while reading this book, all you'll want to do is hug this lonely little cactus named Hank. He is an angry cactus that doesn’t need friends, until he realizes all he needs to feel better is a hug. It teaches the importance of treating people how you’d like to be treated in a beautiful, hilarious way. The story and art are unique and full of personality. Carter Goodrich does has a wonderful art style that made me go back and read everything he has drawn in the past. With a message that everyone can get behind,this is a great book to read to your little ones.


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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

There is a reason that all three books in the Broken Earth trilogy won Hugo awards!  The style of writing is like an old friend telling you a story, and the plot is threaded together so well that the world feels familiar after only a few chapters in. The land is called  “The Stillness” and it is anything but still. The tectonic plates are constantly changing, causing apocalyptic disasters every few hundred years, and we are just witnessing the latest in a long line. Instead of following the story of a civilization ending, we follow the story of a mother with the power to control the earth around her. She has lost her daughter, and will use all the strength she has to get her back.
The Fifth Season is a beautiful start to a trilogy with a fantastic setting and amazingly dynamic characters. As I read, I realized the biggest motivation to keep reading was to learn more about the history of this fascinating world they live in. If you need a new fantasy, The Fifth Season is it.


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$27.00
ISBN: 9781538745823
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - August 6th, 2019

Sometimes when I first see the description of a book, I can’t decide if the author is a genius, or a crazy person.  I started reading Hollow Kingdom, and it was easy to see that Kira Jane Buxton is a genius.  It all starts when Big Jim's eyeballs fall out. Like... right out of his head.  One of them may have rolled under the couch. We're not sure. Big Jim's pet crow witnessed all of this, and against his better judgment, his love for Jim sends him on a quest to fix this human. The Crow quickly realizes that all humans are getting very, very sick though.  He can't save them all!  The world through this crow's eyes is both hilariously ridiculous, and very dark. I expected this book to be just an easy fun read, but it genuinely sucked me in and I couldn’t stop. This crow's epic journey starts with just the simple task of fixing Big Jim by feeding him his favorite Cheetos to try to save the human race (Or as the crow calls us: “The Mofos”). I encourage everyone to give this book a chance; you will be surprised at the quality of writing, as well as the amazing story told through such an odd perspective.


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A Hero Born: The Definitive Edition (Legends of the Condor Heroes #1) Cover Image
By Jin Yong, Anna Holmwood (Translated by)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250220608
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Published: St. Martin's Press - September 17th, 2019

There are some fantasies so beautiful they stay popular for decades; seemingly immortal in the book world. The Lord of The Rings, or The Chronicles of Narnia are good examples of this.  Sadly, some books take years to be translated,and A Hero Born is one of these. Originally released in 1957, it has been called “The Chinese Lord of The Rings,” selling over 300 million copies worldwide, and now it will be translated into English.  As soon as I heard the words, "Kung Fu fantasy epic," I knew I needed to read it, and I am so glad I did. The writing is superb; the story and characters are so full of life; and the setting is a mix of both historical and fantastical. This series is said to have inspired the majority of modern Kung Fu movies, books, and even comics. The story wasn’t the only reason this book was so phenomenal, it is also a look into a culture I personally know very little about. It is always eye opening to read fantasy from other cultures, and this is a prime example.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9781626724426
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 2nd, 2019

The Little Guys is a beautifully illustrated book with a great message. The story follows small troll-like creatures that need to work together to survive in the forest. Everything is easy for them, because even though they are small, they know how to work together. The problem is when they get over-excited and start to take from the other animals in the forest. Eventually realizing that they don’t need everything, sharing with the rest of the animals is a good thing. I love every one of “the little guys,” and the lessons they teach about teamwork and sharing are conveyed perfectly!


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$14.99
ISBN: 9781328911247
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Published: Mariner Books - October 23rd, 2018

Friday Black feels like a letter to America. It deals with issues of race, over consumerism, and the culture of hate in the U.S. There are 12 stories, each unique in its own way, but all with a central theme. This book will inspire you as much as it will infuriate you. Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah comments on much of our society through fantastical short stories that focus on society's problems without shoving them in your face. The stories touch on parts of our culture nobody likes to talk about; that is why it is so important we read it. It is not just a beautifully written, poignant book, but a genius way for us to look at our own society with a critical eye.


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Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143114932
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Published: Penguin Books - December 30th, 2008

I wasn’t looking forward to reading this book, but I thoroughly loved it. Sudhir Venkatesh is a sociologist who decided to survey a Chicago gang. He went door-to-door trying to find someone to take the survey. He ended up with a group of young men who held him hostage. They jokingly told him to, “come back tomorrow” when they released him. The next morning he came back with a six pack of beer.

The gang agreed to let him study them, and he spent the next months learning how to be a gangster. Gang Leader for a Day will open your eyes. It shows that we can not be so shortsighted that we only blame individuals without taking a look at society too.

“Go back to where you came from ... and be more careful when you walk around the city. ... You shouldn’t go around asking them silly-ass questions. ... With people like us, you should hang out, get to know what they do, how they do it. No one is going to answer questions like that. You need to understand how young people live on the streets.”


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$18.95
ISBN: 9780393609394
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 2nd, 2017

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is what you want if you are looking for a quick introduction. DeGrasse Tyson does a great job of making a subject that most people can't comprehend, easily digestible.

Broken up into one subject per chapter, he separates each concept and breaks them down. For example, he explains dark matter, an insanely complicated concept that no one really understands yet, in only 24 pages!  He does this is by explaining the effects, which is much more simple for us to understand.

This is a book to carry with you, and it can be read little by little.

If you are in a hurry, and a person, and have no idea about anything astrophysical Neil Degrasse Tyson has the book for you!


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A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader Cover Image
By Maria Popova (Editor), Claudia Bedrick (Editor)
$34.95
ISBN: 9781592702282
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - December 31st, 2018

It is more and more important to teach younger generations the value of books. Learning to step away from technology and start reading is becoming something that needs to be taught. This book is a huge step in the right direction. A Velocity of Being is a book of short essays by extremely influential people like Jane Goodall, Neil Gaiman, Yo-Yo Ma, Judy Blume, and many more. These essays are written to help show how books can change anyone's life, and how important they truly are. The best part? All the profits will be going to the New York Public Libraries! All these amazing people took their time to write what reading truly means to them and all for a good cause. This book is an inspiration and a great way to show the effect reading can have on someone.


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$26.00
ISBN: 9780525560432
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Published: Viking - November 6th, 2018

Idra Novey blew me away with her debut novel, Ways to Disappear, and she has not disappointed with her new release. It is a exhilarating story with unique characters. Based on an unnamed island, it follows a woman who is following an “accidental death” caused by a senator during his rise to power. As the story progresses we learn more and more about this senator, named Victor. The main character then tries to take him down.

Idra paints a complete picture of the damage done by governmental corruption. She has created a timeless message about society.  While the plot is amazingly fluid and beautifully written, Idra's true talent appears when she is showing the inner workings of the characters. Just as in Ways to Disappear, she has a way of showing the struggles and frustrations these characters go through like no other author I have come across.


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My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9780385544238
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Published: Doubleday - November 20th, 2018

My Sister, The Serial Killer is my favorite book of the year.  The writing is fast paced and undeniably hilarious. In this peculiar blend of genres, Oyinkan Braithwaite merges amusing and terrifying in a  way that I’ve never seen. The tension in the book builds exponentially until it's going to explode; I was sweating in my seat, screaming at the characters.
The mix of quirky and dark stars Ayoola and Korede, two sisters who live in Nigeria. Korede, the narrator, is an uptight nurse who has fallen in love with a doctor works with her. Ayoola, her sister (yes, the one from the title!) is stunningly beautiful and everything Korede is not, including sociopathic. There are elements of their father throughout.  His dark presence looms in every part of Korede and Ayoola’s lives. You slowly learn what type of man he was as the book progresses; small flashbacks creating his picture. This is one of the most unique books I have ever read, I will impatiently wait for anything Oyinkan writes next.


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Calypso Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316392389
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 29th, 2018

If you have ever heard of David Sedaris, you probably already know that he is a marvelous storyteller. Every time you put his book down you can’t help but grin. His writing is filled with wit, humor, and the prose of a master. The way he crafts his stories - leading you through the outlandish thoughts that pop into his head - makes me wonder what he does with his days. For example, feeding his tumor to turtles, because he figured it was the only way to dispose of it. The core of Calypso is the beach house Sedaris bought, aptly named the Sea Section. The adventures and arguments in the Sea Section bring his family close again, and that's what Calypso is really all about.


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Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You Cover Image
By Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonny Sun (Illustrator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9781984854278
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Published: Random House - October 16th, 2018

By now everyone knows Lin-Manuel Miranda. The man who inspired so many with Hamilton. This book is before all of that, when every morning and every night he would send out a tweet. The tweets didn't have to be anything really special, but they always were positive and a good way to start or end your day. He quickly gained a following for his daily droplets of wisdom. These small tweets created a following so big they decided to take his best posts and make them into this simple, yet beautiful book. With an illustration by Jonny Sun on every page, it’s impossible to stay in a bad mood after reading just one page.


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CIRCE Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Greek mythology. I read every scrap I could get my hands on. When I picked up Circe I expected to get a story of bloody wars between the gods - and even though there are some quarrels - I was very wrong. Circe is so much more than just a story about fighting gods. It is a tragedy about a god who was never loved by her family, so she turned to mortals.
Circe is a lesser god who struggles to find out who she wants to be. Madeline Miller does a phenomenal job mixing the pain of a human along with the immortal eternity of a god. She has a writing style that creates real people, not just characters. I started this book expecting a different story,  I am happy I was wrong.


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Killfile: A Novel Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062416414
Availability: Backordered
Published: William Morrow - April 25th, 2017

This book is the type of book you cant stop reading. Its not even the story that kept me going so much as the main character. John Smith, I just wanted to hear more from him. As he entered the minds of people it felt like we were as well. Don't get me wrong, the story was also amazingly fun. The background story to the main character is just as interesting as the main plot, making the whole book continually fun to read. I hope to see more books from the author like this one!


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Ways to Disappear Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316298476
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 17th, 2017

What would you do if you were deeply in debt with a loan-shark who is willing to kill you and your family? Climb up into an almond tree in Rio smoking a cigar while carrying a suitcase and disappear? Yeah, me too. In this novel the famous Brazilian author Beatriz Yagoda disappears without a trace. She was last witnessed in an almond tree, just like a character in her books. Her translator, Emma, rushes to Brazil to help find her and be with her two adult children. When she arrives in Rio De Janeiro her and the son of Beatriz immediately start to conspire about the disappearance. It is a amazingly fun ride into the life of an eccentric author and the culture of Brazil.  The story is almost magical, it is spectacularly written and has a fun mystery with a perfect amount of humor.


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The Fireman: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062200648
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 3rd, 2017

You know that feeling when you read a book and you get so excited, your heart starts racing and you just can't read fast enough?? I felt this throughout most of The Fireman. I can't even put into words how much I loved this book. It is Joe Hills best work yet, and it is the type of book you pick up and don't put down until you have turned the very last page. Joe did such a good job creating these

characters that I felt like I have met them in real life. After I read the book I saw a Q & A Joe did about it. It made me appreciate the book even more! If you want to know more about him click this link to the PDF of the Q & A

http://edelweiss-assets.abovethetreeline.com/HC/supplemental/9780062200631_1.pdf


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The Immortals (Olympus Bound #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316306249
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Published: Orbit - December 13th, 2016

The Immortals is a story of the gods, but it ends up being a story about what humanity is.The gods have lost their powers, and it is because of the lack of people worshiping them. As the gods lose their power, the become more and more human. They start becoming less fickle and even  the memories of their godhood get fuzzy. The main character is Selina who is also known by the name of Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, or The Punisher. The story follows her and a classicist named Theo as they try to solve the murder of Theo's ex girlfriend Helen. I could not stop reading this book after I picked it up. It is a great book for someone looking for a mix of "Percy Jackson and The Olmpians" and "American Gods".


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Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation Cover Image
By Bill Nye, Corey S. Powell (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250074225
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 8th, 2015

February 2014 William Sandford Nye or Bill Nye the science guy was part of a evolution vs creationism debate with Ken Ham. After this debate Bill was inspired try his best to educate Americans. Throughout this book he is very respectful to all points of view and he shows, very well, that his intention is education. Bill nye explicitly says he did not do this book to infringe upon the beliefs of others, He only is trying to show America that we can not leave out science and evolution in teachings because of a point of view that not everyone agrees with. Undeniable does an amazing job of explaining evolution and many things about our world. It also lets you have a glimpse into the mind of Bill Nye! Now, who wouldn't want that after seeing his show. Even if an individual does not agree with Bill it is still a great chance to see what one of the greatest minds of our time.


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Deadly Class Volume 1: Reagan Youth Cover Image
By Rick Remender, Wesley Craig (Artist), Lee Loughridge (Artist)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632150035
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Published: Image Comics - July 29th, 2014

This story is a piece of art. The plot is just an beautifully done story of a teenager named Marcus whose parents were killed and he blames Ronald Reagan. He gets tangled up with something he shouldn't and finds himself in a school of assassins. Soon enough he finds himself a group of miscreants. The kids who are too cool for school… even when the school is teaching them to kill people. Marcus is the character who learn to love, even as he makes all the wrong decisions you still are rooting for him, hoping he can sort it all out. This story is the perfect example of how Rick Remender can just make a story that grabs you and drags you in.


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ISBN: 9780765365279
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Published: Tor Fantasy - May 24th, 2011

This is a dynamic tale with an amazing amount of character development and world building. The world of Roshar is the most well done I have come across. Brandon Sanderson does a spectacular job making the characters as well. They all have amazing backstories and some of the best development I have ever read; The 3 most important characters are Kaladin, Shallan, and Dalinar. Each make you love them and want them to succeed so much that when they have failures it feels like yourself, too, have failed.


 

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