Blending verse and storytelling to create an awesome adventure through the depths of hell, Dante's Inferno is my favorite epic poem (not an easy title to claim!). While many have shied away from this book for its antiquated language and poetic form, the modern translations, annotations , and amazing journey have left many more satisfied, despite the price of admission. A must read for anyone looking for a darker, punchier, classic tale.
Despite my mixed feelings towards Star Wars as a whole, Heir to the Empire is one of my favorite pieces of Star Wars media ever produced. the first book in the "original" sequel trilogy, this book is fast, exciting, fun, and faithfully expands upon the lore of the original Star Wars movies. If you're only going to read one Star Wars story, make it this one.
A unique hybrid between Lemony Snicket's dark twang and a classic Lord of the Rings-esque fantasy, Rose Coffin is a dark fantasy adventure through the twisted realm of Eppersett. Driven by awesome character and locations, there's so much to love here! Perfect for anyone looking to take an ominous journey on their own quest to find their inner hero!
Engrossing and heavily detailed, Generation Decks presents the roller-coaster history of the world's most popular card game. You don't need to know too much about Magic to understand Chalk's retelling either; the book focuses on the story of the game's development and impacts today rather than the gameplay itself. A personal favorite.
The love child of James Patterson and action movies, Maximum Ride is a nonstop thrill ride from start to finish. Centered around a group of genetically mutated teenagers trying to evade their captors, Maximum Ride is a wonderful series for anyone looking for a high-speed adventure with just a splash of teen drama.
If you've ever watched Tommy Wiseau's signature film, you NEED NEED NEED to read this book! Author and co-star Greg Sestero tells everything there is to know about the totally insane and hysterical production of the world's greatest bad movie. Equal parts comedy and tragedy, The Disaster Artist is the most surreal nonfiction I have ever read!
What do we let define us? This complex question lies at the heart of of the Belsey family's relationship with the neighboring Kipps household. Featuring an extremely unique and diverse cast of characters, Smith explores the intersection of education, wealth, race, and more in the formation of personality. This book has stunned me every time I've read it.