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What We've Been Reading

  • A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal

    A real life psychological thriller, and an incredibly quick read, because you can't put this book down! Jen Waite's compelling journey out of infidelity and emotional abuse will serve as a raw but steadfast guidebook for identity reclamation. 

    -Meghan F


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  • The Iron Trial

    A go-to for Harry Potter fans! Snarky Callum Hunt is forced into a world of elemental magic and a prophecy reminiscent of a roiling, encroaching storm fron. Look forward to a culturally diverse cast and a disabled protagonist who doesn't fall victim to tired stereotypes!

    -Meghan F


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  • The Raven Boys and the Raven Cycle Series

    How is Maggie Stiefvater so good?! This series is a tale of fast friendships, liminal spaces, and dreamscapes as our heroine joins a quest to find a mystical Welsh king. Appropriate for teens and adults alike, and sure to become one of your favorite fantasy series!

    -Meghan F


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  • Norse Mythology

    I LOVE NEIL GAIMAN. That said, Norse Mythology is especially magical. Comedy and despair, schemes and triumphs, crossdressing gods and treasures invaluable! Read this aloud to better taste the Germanic thrum of Gaiman's deceptively simple prose.

    -Meghan F


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  • The Golem and the Jinni

    I love this I love this I love this! One part historical study and two parts fierce tenderness, Wrecker renders a 19th cenury New York teeming with multiculturalism and magic. A breath-stealing debut novel! Look forward to its sequel!

    -Meghan F


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  • Room

    Jack's unique lexicon engineered by his mother, her own resiliency and despair, as well as medical and media manipulations make up an intense but rewarding read.

    -Meghan F


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  • Neverwhere

    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is an entertaining look at a secret world called London Below from the eyes of a human from London Above. Following Richard and his new other-worldly friends, they try to solve the mysterious killing of a powerful family. We meet rat-speakers, an angel, a murderous psychopathic duo, and a traveling market that is pure magic. Gaiman, again, creates a fantasically humorous world for all of us to daydream about. 

    - Kirsten


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  • American Gods

    What an amazing and fantastic idea for a story! American Gods melds interesting/international folklore into our modern times. It helps to question what we value vs. what was seen as worthwhile to all of our ancestors. Gaiman creates an America that goes much deeper than its roots, a world within a world that only is in view when that world seems to be ending with the war between the old and the new!

    - Kirsten 


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  • Kindred

    Kindred by Octavia Butler is a great mixture of fantasy and history that focuses on Dana, a black woman in 1976, who can time travel to the antebellum South. This means she juggles freedom (relatively) in her own time and enslavement in her time travel. A truly heartbreaking account of losing control during a horrible time in history. 

    - Kirsten


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  • The Man in the High Castle

    Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle is an amazing example of a completely realized alternative future. Unfortunately, the future is one where the Nazis and the Japanese win WWII! Dick creates multiple narratives from all of the most important perspectives to showcase this new and intense world. Including the famed author that begs the question of 'What if the U.S. won the war?'

    - Kirsten 


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