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A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic #1) By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250891211
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Published: Tor Books - May 16th, 2023

I have yet to read a V.E Schwab book I didn’t like, and this is no exception. The concept of 4 Londons existing in different worlds with different relationships to magic is interesting enough as it is. Add a royal messenger/smuggler who accidently brings a forbidden object back to his own world and you have an irresistible tale! If you are looking for an exciting high fantasy series, this is perfect!


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Spells for Lost Things By Jenna Evans Welch Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534448872
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2022

Spells for Lost Things is a fantastic story following Willow and Mason as they deal with their respective family drama and find comfort in each other. The backdrop of Salem, MA during the summer brings a whimsical magic feel to the story and the characters. A great wholesome romance paired with the depth of serious family drama, this story is perfect for young teens and adults alike.


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Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, The Flesh, and L.A. By Eve Babitz, Matthew Specktor (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Eve Babitz, Matthew Specktor (Introduction by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681370088
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Published: NYRB Classics - August 30th, 2016

Babitz's writing is reminiscent of an old friend catching you up on their exciting life over a long meal. Each short story highlights a different location around L.A in the 70s and is full of artistic endeavor. The depictions of L.A describe the negative parts of the city and embrace them as charming quirks, exemplifying the love Babitz had for the city. Categorized as a “fictional memoir”, it’s hard to tell what’s real and fake!


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The Night Circus: A Novel By Erin Morgenstern Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Vintage - July 3rd, 2012

THE NIGHT CIRCUS is an amazing blend of magic, love, and suspense. I have always been a sucker for circus set stories but Morgenstern takes it to the next level with this tale of two magicians battling with the backdrop of a mysterious circus. “The Circus of Dreams” appears with no warning and its strict black and white dress code makes it appear just as otherworldly as it truly is.


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All the Crooked Saints By Maggie Stiefvater Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545930819
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 28th, 2018

An oddly compelling tale of family, life, and facing fears. This story follows the Soria family living in the desert that performs miracles, specifically the manifestation of a person’s inner demons so they can defeat them. What happens when these visitors are unable to conquer their demons and move on? This book is so absurdly strange that it took me about half the book to decide whether I loved it or was weirded out by it (I loved it).


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When My Name Was Keoko By Linda Sue Park Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780547722399
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Published: Clarion Books - April 17th, 2012

We are taught about WWII starting at a young age, yet we never receive a well-rounded education. Several stories are pushed to the side as “irrelevant” for the sake of moving the curriculum forward. This doesn’t make these stories unimportant; it just means we need to seek them out. Park focuses her middle grade story on the Japanese Occupation of Korea during WWII. She pulls stories heard from family and learned from research and does a fantastic job at presenting an underrepresented time in history. Resources are provided at the end for further age-appropriate reading.


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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry By Neil deGrasse Tyson Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393609394
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 2nd, 2017

As someone who has never had the time (or energy) to learn the complexities of Astrophysics but loves meteor showers and planetarium shows, this book was perfect. Each subject is broken down into short, easily digestible essays. Quickly sampling multiple areas of astrophysics allowed me to figure out what areas I want to learn more about while still getting a well-rounded view of the discipline.


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Nothing Sung and Nothing Spoken By Nita Tyndall Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063087446
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Published: HarperTeen - October 18th, 2022

An absolutely stunning story that is sure to capture you from page one. Beginning before WWII and carrying us through the war, NOTHING SUNG AND NOTHING SPOKEN shows us the little ways people can rebel by introducing us to the Swing Youth scene in Berlin. The cast of characters given to us highlight different experiences in Germany through this time. This book offers a new perspective on this dark time in history.


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The Virgin Suicides (Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition): A Novel (Picador Modern Classics #2) By Jeffrey Eugenides Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250303547
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Published: Picador - October 2nd, 2018

I wasn’t sure what to expect from a book about teen girl suicide narrated by a group of neighborhood boys, but from page one I was invested. Starting this book knowing how all the girl will end up does not take away from the reading experience but instead adds significant meaning to anything that could be considered “foreshadowing” to their fate. Despite not being what I typically read, I had trouble putting this book down!


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The Show Girl: A Novel By Nicola Harrison Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250301796
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 21st, 2022

Harrison takes us back to 1920s NYC as Olive tries to make a name for herself on the stage. She has dreamed of being a performer since she was a child and now Ziegfield can make that dream a reality. Harrison takes you all around the city, backstage, and upstate in this wonderful historical fiction standalone.