Ryan Elizabeth Clark

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Mistakes Were Made: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250841001
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 11th, 2022

Ryan's October 2022 Pick

Family Weekend gets really awkward when Erin hooks up with a hot young woman only to meet her again the next morning at a casual breakfast with her daughter and her daughter’s roommate. Whoops. 

This is the MILF book I didn’t know I was waiting for. 

Cassie and Erin have chemistry that is off the charts, they can’t keep their hands off of each other, and also they’re maybe falling for each other. But they can never admit that because they don’t want Parker, Erin’s daughter and Cassie’s best friend, to find out about their illicit affair. 

This book is too much fun. It smoothly navigates situations that would otherwise be cringey or upsetting, and ultimately maintains a level of pure enjoyment all the way through to the happy ending. I’m giving this book to all of my mom friends. 


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Daphne: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593157015
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Published: Del Rey - September 20th, 2022

Ryan's September 2022 Pick

Whatever you do, don’t think about Daphne. 

From the brilliant, twisted mind of Josh Malerman (Bird Box, Goblin, Pearl) comes a terrifying new villain: Daphne. 

Daphne may have been killed decades ago, but that doesn’t mean she’s gone. 

Daphne is one of the most terrifying villains I’ve had the pleasure of reading. The only way to stay safe from Daphne? Don’t think about her. Don’t think about the 7-foot tall, denim clad, KISS-makeup wearing dead woman with hands large enough to palm a basketball or crush a skull. Don’t think about her blue skin. Don’t think about how she smells like smoke and whiskey. Don’t think about how thinking about her will get you killed. Don’t think about Daphne. 

This slasher novel is deliciously cinematic, spiraling with anxiety and dread and terror, building upon itself and consuming your every thought with the one thing you should never let yourself think about: Daphne. 

Daphne is a spine-chilling, hair-raising, grisly slam dunk of a novel. Keep the lights on while reading this one, and whatever you do, don’t think about Daphne.

(I can’t stop thinking about Daphne). 


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A Mirror Mended (Fractured Fables) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250766649
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Published: Tordotcom - June 14th, 2022

Ryan's June 2022 Pick

A Mirror Mended is the direct sequel to A Spindle Splintered, and the final book in the Fractured Fables Duology. In this novella, the multiverse is fracturing further, other fairy tales are slipping through the cracks, and our main character gets pulled through a Mirror Mirror on the Wall into a grim Snow White tale where the Evil Queen is less Evil than she’s typically portrayed, oh and she’s also super hot. Just like with A Spindle Splintered, A Mirror Mended is a wild adventure, whip smart, sexy, and laugh out loud funny. Also it might make you cry at times. If you love fractured fairytales, misunderstood villains, and queer feminist retellings, then get your hands on both A Spindle Splintered and A Mirror Mended as soon as possible and thank me later. 


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Darling Girl: A Novel of Peter Pan Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593185636
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Published: Dutton - May 3rd, 2022

Ryan's May 2022 pick

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.” - J.M. Barrie

This is not the Peter Pan of your childhood.
The Darling children are all grown up, and now Wendy’s granddaughter, Dr. Holly Darling, is the head of a skincare company where some of the products seem almost…magical. Things take a turn for Holly when she gets a phone call that her daughter Eden, who’s been in a coma for years following a tragic accident, has suddenly gone missing. Now, with her son Jack’s health on the line, she might just have to take on Peter (yes, that Peter) to save her children, and she’ll have to confront her past trauma to do so.
Peter Pan is not the sweet, charming, innocent boy from the story. He’s a wicked, cruel person with a dark past and even darker future if he isn’t stopped.  
Darling Girl is a dark, unsettling tale of motherhood, fairy tales, pain and trauma, and how far one will go to save their family. This book pays delicious homage to the classic you know and love, while twisting it into something incredibly dark and deeply moving.

Make sure you’ve got some faith, trust, and pixie dust, because Darling Girl is an awfully big adventure.


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And Then I Woke Up Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250798077
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Published: Tordotcom - April 12th, 2022

Ryan's April 2022 pick 1 of 2

This is a zombie story...or is it? 

And Then I Woke Up is a terrifying story of truth and perception. 

This gut-wrenching narrative throws you into the zombie apocalypse only to rip you back out again, forcing you to question everything as you’re filled with uncertainty about what’s really true. This story left my brain reeling and my heart racing. And Then I Woke Up is a stark, horrifying look at the world we live in today where “truth” and “reality” and “facts” are not the same for everyone, and there are dire consequences when we’re not on the same page. This apocalyptic tale will chill you to your very core.


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Idiots: Marriage, Motherhood, Milk & Mistakes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982167103
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Published: Gallery Books - April 5th, 2022

Ryan's April 2022 Pick 2 of 2

Idiots will make you laugh, cry, and laugh until you cry. It is delightfully crass, raw, emotional, and cathartic.

Come for the stories she was too scared to tell in her first book, stay for the...everything. If you're a fan of hilarious memoirs that will also give you warm fuzzy feelings (and probably make you feel better about your own life choices), pick this up immediately.


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Sundial Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250812681
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Published: Tor Nightfire - March 1st, 2022

Ryan's March 2022 Pick, 1 of 2

This book is not for the faint of heart.

A child who collects bones and talks to ghosts. Another child who’s weak and prone to sickness. A mother with a traumatic past. A father with a dangerously short temper. A farm in the middle of the desert. A pack of brain-controlled dogs. Sundial is a wildly disturbing horror novel from the brilliant author of The Last House on Needless Street. At no point while reading did I correctly guess where the story was going. Sundial is dark, upsetting, chilling, and full of white hot rage. I couldn’t put it down. 

TW: Child Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Animal Abuse, Drug Use


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ISBN: 9781250765352
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Published: Tordotcom - October 5th, 2021

Ryan's March 2022 Pick, 2 of 2

Alix E. Harrow is pulling us into the multiverse with A Spindle Splintered, the first book in her Fractured Fables Duology. First, take everything you know about Sleeping Beauty, add feminism, make it queer, throw in pop culture references, and shake it up, and what comes out is A Spindle Splintered, an enigmatic adventure that pulls one Sleeping Beauty into a fractured multiverse of other Sleeping Beauty tales where she does her best to save all of the princesses from their drowsy fates. This novella is everything I’ve ever wanted from a fairy tale retelling and more. 


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ISBN: 9780593185384
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Published: Dutton - February 8th, 2022

Ryan's February 2022 pick

Farrah never cried as a baby. She doesn’t appear to feel pain or have real emotions...except with Cherish. Farrah loves Cherish, even when she hates her. 

You’ve heard of books keeping you on the edge of your seat? This book had me pacing my house. 

Cherish Farrah is a brilliant, chilling, unflinching masterpiece of a novel. This is social horror at it’s finest, and it left me spinning.


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One Step Too Far: A Novel (A Frankie Elkin Novel #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593185414
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Published: Dutton - January 18th, 2022

Ryan's January 2022 pick, 1 of 3

Frankie Elkin is a drifter. She’s also really good at finding missing people. She travels from town to town solving cold cases. She’s not an ex-cop, she was never in the military, she’s just really good at research and asking the right questions and listening. She arrives in Wyoming ready to join a hiking party to search for the body of Tim O’Day, missing for five years. What follows is three days of terrifying wilderness, long-kept secrets, and everything that could possibly go wrong going wrong. Also possibly the group is being hunted. This book is an edge of your seat thriller set deep in the dangerous mountains of Wyoming with a group of people (and a dog) you will absolutely fall in love with. (The dog doesn’t die). 

Listen to my interview with Lisa Gardner on The Laydown Podcast!


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Ain't Burned All the Bright Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Jason Griffin (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781534439467
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 11th, 2022

Ryan's January 2022 pick, 2 of 3

A gorgeously illustrated slam poem in three long sentences and 300+ moleskine journal pages about living in a pandemic in 2020. Gut wrenching and heart breaking and beautiful and frustrating and raw. I read this out loud in one sitting, and it rocked me to my core. Then I went back to the beginning and read it again, slowly, poring over each page, devouring the art. This is a book to ingest, to sit with, to study, to embrace, to absorb again and again and again until the spine is breaking and the pages are weary and still it will burrow into your brain and your soul and you will find yourself repeating certain lines again and again, shaking your head at the way this language you've spoken your whole life can still catch you off guard and manipulate your emotions. This piece of art captures the exhaustion and anguish we are all feeling about the world we live in, and I can't recommend it highly enough. Truly, a masterpiece.


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Love & Other Disasters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781538754849
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Published: Forever - January 18th, 2022

Ryan's January 2022 pick, 3 of 3

You know what they say: if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the cooking competition. 

If you love The Great British Baking Show, queer romances, and descriptions of delicious food, this book is for you. Love & Other Disasters is a steamy romance between two contestants on a reality cooking show. Dahlia is a recent divorcee who’s trying to figure out who she really is and what she wants in life. London is the first openly nonbinary contestant and they want to show the world (and their Dad) that they are deserving of love and respect. Neither of them expect to fall for the other during the competition, but their chemistry is sizzling and as the competition heats up, so does their romance. 

This book has excellent nonbinary representation, adorable main characters, conflict that doesn’t verge into danger (some side characters are transphobic, but the author never deadnames London, and there are no violent acts), and the romance is both sweet and steamy. 

This is the delicious romance novel you’ve been craving.


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Cackle Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593202029
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Published: Berkley - October 5th, 2021

Ryan's October 2021 pick, 1 of 8

A deliciously wicked tale of friendships, relationships, mentorships, and powerful women starting anew all wrapped up in a witchy book with magic and spiders and power galore. This book crackles with spooky goodness and unsettling imagery. Cackle was a perfect cup of tea for my creepy little heart.


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My Heart Is a Chainsaw (The Indian Lake Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982137632
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 31st, 2021

Ryan's October 2021 pick, 2 of 8

This book is a love letter to the Slasher genre of horror. The main character is obsessed with Slasher movies and is convinced that there is a slasher in her hometown. She’s even identified the Final Girl and has taken it upon herself to train her in the knowledge of Slashers so that she can fulfill her destiny. This book is wild and scary, the narrator is unreliable, and you won’t be able to put it down once you start. If you’re a fan of horror movies, you will devour this book with a wicked grin on your face the whole time.


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Pearl Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593237830
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Published: Del Rey - October 12th, 2021

Ryan's October 2021 pick, 3 of 8

An evil telekenetic pig. Hear me out. Pearl the pig gets in your head. He makes you do bad things. He makes you want to do those bad things. This horror novel jumps into the gory action immediately and doesn’t let up until the final page (and even then, is it really over?) I am obsessed with this book. I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I finished it. Pearl might just be my new favorite villain. Buckle up, folks. This book is terrifying. 


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The Book of Accidents: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780399182136
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Published: Del Rey - July 20th, 2021

Ryan's October 2021 pick, 4 of 8

I am at a loss for how to succinctly describe this bizarre, scary book, but let me try. There are multiple universes, and a person traveling through them systematically murdering the same person over and over, attempting to bring about the end of days. Also there is a serial killer flickering between worlds with revenge on the brain. Also there is a teenage boy dealing with bullies and trying to figure out his strange new friend. There is strange magic and terrifying characters and weird occurrences and horrifying imagery, and it all fits together in a way that only Chuck Wendig could achieve. This book is weird and terrifying and awesome. Just trust me. 


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Nothing But Blackened Teeth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250759412
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Published: Tor Nightfire - October 19th, 2021

Ryan's October 2021 pick, 5 of 8

If you’ve ever wanted to get married in a super haunted mansion...maybe reconsider, lest you end up like the characters in this horrifying haunted house tale. This story is rife with horror and grief and tense relationships. Not to mention a monstrous ghost bride lurking in the shadows ready to drag this group of friends into the darkness. Everything about this book is terrifying. You must read it.


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Goblin: A Novel in Six Novellas Cover Image
$28.00
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ISBN: 9780593237809
Published: Del Rey - May 18th, 2021

Ryan's October 2021 pick, 6 of 8

I have no chill over how much I love this book.

GOBLIN is a novel told in six novellas that all take place in the creepy town of Goblin, Michigan. Each novella follows a person in Goblin, either a resident or a visitor, and each story features the perils of obsession in some form. These stories are so creepy and unsettling. There's: A Man in Slices, Kamp, Happy Birthday, Hunter!, Presto, A Mix-Up at the Zoo, and The Hedges. I was going to tell you which one was my favorite but I can't choose! I love them all. They all take place during the same rainy night in Goblin, (it’s always raining in Goblin) and they’re all so creepy. I adore Josh Malerman, and I love this book. Everyone, go read it right now!


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Horrorstor: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594745263
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Published: Quirk Books - September 23rd, 2014

Ryan's October 2021 pick, 7 of 8

This book is so much scarier than I expected it to be.  There’s a furniture superstore called Orsk. Like Ikea, but not Ikea. And every day is monotonous. Until it’s not. Because it turns out that Orsk is super mega haunted. Like, hallways appearing from nowhere, temperatures dropping, monsters in the dark, horrific torture devices, store becoming a labyrinth, haunted.  A group of employees stay overnight at the store to try to figure out why weird things keep happening overnight, and they have….a time. This book is both absolutely terrifying and at times utterly hilarious. I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and I hope you will be too!


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Alice Isn't Dead: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062844149
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 31st, 2021

Ryan's October 2021 pick, 8 of 8

This isn’t a story. It’s a road trip. Alice is dead. Or so her wife thought. But then Alice starts showing up in the background of news stories all across the country. So her wife Keisha takes a job as a long-haul trucker and sets out across the country, following clues to find her wife. What follows is a road trip filled with the most unsettling, scary imagery I’ve had the pleasure of reading. There are characters (monsters) in this book that I still picture from time to time, even though I read this nearly five years ago. Joseph Fink is a master storyteller who’s descriptions are terrifyingly vivid. This story is highly addictive, deliciously creepy, and will burrow into your brain and make a nest there forever.


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Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984826800
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Published: Del Rey - February 9th, 2021

Ryan's September 2021 pick, 1 of 3

If you like creature features and found-footage style horror, you absolutely must read DEVOLUTION by Max Brooks! Written in a similar style to his other brilliant novel, WORLD WAR Z, this is a first-hand account of a volcano eruption that destroys everything in its path including highways, homes, and forests, and causes local wildlife to flee or die. Mostly safe from the destruction is a tiny experimental community surrounded by valleys. The community, known as Greenloop, is relatively cut off from the rest of the world, and after the natural disaster strikes, they lose all ability to contact anyone for help, or even leave. Gone are their regular food deliveries, gone is the WiFi and phone signals, gone are the roadways they could use to find help. They’re isolated and alone and they need to figure out how to survive the winter because no one is coming to save them. Also mostly safe from the destruction but now starving because all other food sources have fled or perished, is a group of Sasquatches. Yes, you read that correctly. Bigfoot. This group of giant ape-like creatures, fueled by bloodlust and hunger, emerges from their home deep in the forests to hunt down the last remaining food source: the humans living in Greenloop. This book is utterly terrifying and gruesome. It’s told through the journal entries of one of the community members as well as articles and interviews conducted months after the events of what’s now called The Ranier Sasquatch Massacre. When I first read the premise of this book, I scoffed. Sasquatch? Really? Well, no more scoffing from me now that I’ve read it. I never thought I could be scared of Bigfoot, and yet here we are.


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The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316509886
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Published: Orbit - July 27th, 2021

Ryan's September 2021 pick, 2 of 3

(https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781549119736-the-city-we-became)

Audiobook recommendation! This book is phenomenal no matter how you read it, but I want to specifically recommend the audiobook, which is maybe the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to. The human avatars of the boroughs of New York City are fighting a Lovecraftian enemy that’s attempting to devour New York. This book is fantastical and wild and tackles themes of racism and classism while being a thrilling sci-fi adventure. The audiobook weaves in subtle sound effects and musical cues that transport you directly into the world of the novel. The story is addictive and fast-paced and you will not want to stop listening to it. I absolutely devoured this audiobook and have been screaming about it ever since. (If you listen to our podcast, The Laydown, you’ve probably heard me gushing about this book). N.K. Jemisin perfectly gets to the heart and soul of New York City, and the enemy is horrifyingly real. Just trust me on this one. Grab this audiobook from Libro.fm and thank me later. 


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ISBN: 9781534441606
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 15th, 2020

Ryan's September 2021 pick, 3 of 3

 

LEGENDBORN is the King Arthur retelling I didn’t know I needed. Determined to uncover the truth behind her mother’s mysterious death, Bree infiltrates a magical secret society run by the descendants of King Arthur and his knights. This book is powerful, gorgeous, thrilling, and cathartic. An incredible Young Adult novel, it deals with family trauma, PTSD, overwhelming grief, rage, feminism, racism, and that’s just the tip of the sword. 
 


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We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525565437
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Published: Vintage - February 16th, 2021

Ryan's August 2021 pick

Pop back to the ‘80s with this incredibly fun, deliciously dark novel about a field hockey team that makes a deal with a devil to win the championship game. Come for the ‘80s nostalgia, stay for The Claw. 


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Project Hail Mary: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593135204
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 4th, 2021

Ryan's May 2021 pick

If you enjoyed THE MARTIAN, then you are going to devour PROJECT HAIL MARY. Dr. Ryland Grace wakes up from a coma alone and in space with little to no memory. As his memories slowly return, he realizes that he’s on a mission to save humanity. No pressure. Armed with his brilliance, creativity, flashbacks, and an on-board laboratory, Ryland goes about completing his mission, and then he discovers that maybe he’s not as alone as he thought. PROJECT HAIL MARY will have you laughing, crying, and hanging on for dear life as you desperately root for Ryland to save the world and maybe the universe. I did not expect to find myself emotionally attached to PROJECT HAIL MARY, and yet here we are. 


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Published: Tor Books - December 29th, 2020

March 2021 pick, 1 of 7

UpLit Alert! THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA is one of the most charming, wholesome, adorable fantasies I’ve ever read. Linus Baker is a quiet man with a monotonous life. He’s a case worker for magical orphans, and one day is assigned a Very Special Case. This Very Special Case takes him to a peculiar home by the sea where he is introduced to an unorthodox orphanage housing such colorful characters as a garden gnome whose bark is worse than her bite, a gelatinous blob who would like to be a bellhop when he grows up, and the antichrist who is perhaps not as bad as his reputation says, among others. The gentleman at the head of this quirky orphanage is Arthur Parnassus, who will do whatever it takes to keep his wards safe. What follows is a delightful tale of found family. This book is a warm cozy hug for your soul. 


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Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel Cover Image
By Emily M. Danforth, Sara Lautman (Illustrator)
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062942852
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Published: William Morrow - October 20th, 2020

Ryan's March 2021 pick, 2 of 7

I adored this book. It is dark, spooky, at times a bit funny, and utterly compelling. This is literary horror at it’s finest. On the one hand you have modern-day young actresses on the set of a film within a film. On the other, the historical women with a devilish book inspiring the events of the future meta-film. This book is very creepy, very gay, and very beautiful. Beware the yellow jackets.


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Hench: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062978585
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - November 9th, 2021

Ryan's March 2021 pick, 3 of 7

Superheroes are...flawed. They leave disaster in the wake of their heroism. Anna is a henchwoman who gets caught in the line of superhero fire and begins to calculate the cost of a superhero. Using a lot of math, spreadsheets, and intense calculations, Anna applies value to various aspects of life and comes up with staggering figures that show the true cost of superheroes. Anna is hired by a supervillain and starts down her own villainous path as she methodically takes down hero after hero, not just physically, but in the eyes of the public as well. This book is thrilling, cathartic, and dastardly. Burnt out on Superheroes? Give HENCH a shot.


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Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

Ryan's March 2021 pick, 4 of 7

If you like haunted houses, family dramas, and scary stories, pick up this book immediately. Silvia Moreno-Garcia weaves a dark, creepy tale that fills you with dread and unease and horror as you turn the pages and delve into the secrets of High Place Manor in the Mexican countryside in the 1950s.


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The Bright Lands Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781335836625
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Published: Hanover Square Press - July 7th, 2020

Ryan's March 2021 pick, 5 of 7

If Stephen King wrote a football book, it would be THE BRIGHT LANDS. This novel is dark, creepy, gruesome, vile, unnerving. Take the most uncomfortable scenes from IT and add a town that’s obsessed with the high school football team, and you have something like THE BRIGHT LANDS. In the town of Bentley, Texas, the high school football players get away with everything. Everything. People are going missing - have been going missing for decades - and finally, someone has taken notice and is starting to investigate. What they uncover is beyond anything they could have imagined and is horrifying in several ways. Fans of Stephen King, this one is for you.


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The Echo Wife Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250174666
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Published: Tor Books - February 16th, 2021

Ryan's March 2021 pick, 6 of 7

This is a book about clones. This is a book about science. This is a book about abuse. This is a book about women. This is a book about rage. This is a book about autonomy. This is a book about heartbreak. Sarah Gailey pours their heart and rage and passion into this spectacular novel. I devoured this book and I think you will too.


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Amari and the Night Brothers (Supernatural Investigations #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062975164
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 19th, 2021

Ryan's March 2021 pick, 7 of 7

For the middle-grade reader who wants Harry Potter but with more spies, people of color, and secret quests, AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS is the perfect pick. Amari’s brother is missing, and she’s determined to find him. One night, he appears to her in a magical dreamlike vision and sets her on a top-secret mission to a magical school where she discovers that there’s more to his disappearance - and herself - than she ever could have imagined. Filled with magical creatures (they’ve been among us all along!), a shady conspiracy, and supernatural investigations, this book is fast-paced and exciting and will leave you begging for more, more, more from this world! (Luckily it’s just the very beginning of a series)!


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Honey Girl Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780778311027
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Published: Park Row - February 23rd, 2021

Ryan's February 2021 pick

    This will be the most beautiful love story you read this year.
Usually, a spontaneous wedding to a stranger after a night of celebratory drinking in Vegas is an event tinged with embarrassment and regret. Especially when one of the participants of said marriage is gone the next morning. But Grace Porter doesn’t regret marrying the beautiful girl who tasted like champagne bubbles and made her laugh and dance all night long. Soon, Grace Porter, with her brand new PhD in Astronomy, whose life is not going according to plan, who is being shut out of her dream career because her dark skin and femininity don’t fit “the culture” of the scientific realm of Astronomy, whose Colonel father demands nothing less than perfection, is having a mental break down and flees her life in Portland to hide away in New York City with her new wife, Yuki Yamamoto, a storyteller who at times seems more myth than reality. 

This story curves and twirls and spirals along a golden, sparkly path of whirlwind romance and great expectations and finding one’s true self, and making mistakes and accepting imperfection and learning to change plans and go with the flow. 

Honey Girl is beautiful and lovely and you will laugh and you will cry and you will read passages aloud because they are as delicious as the first sticky sweet bite of a ripe orange straight from the tree. This book will transport you into the stars where you will dance among the constellations and marvel at the raw beauty of it all.
As Grace Porter fell in love with Yuki Yamamoto, I fell in love with Honey Girl. 


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Disney's Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501190810
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Published: Scribner - December 1st, 2020

Ryan's January 2021 pick, 3 of 3

As an official "Mousejunkie" and frequent traveler to Walt Disney World, I consider myself an expert on all things Disney, so you can imagine my delight when I devoured this book (en route to a Disney Trip last January to run the Dopey Challenge with my husband) and discovered anecdotes about Walt and the creation of Disneyland that I had never heard! This book had me laughing out loud in the airport and quietly weeping on the plane as it chronicled the ups and downs of Walt's dream. This book is an absolute must-read for the Disney fan in your life.


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Everybody Has a Podcast (Except You): A How-to Guide from the First Family of Podcasting Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780062974808
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 26th, 2021

Ryan's January 2021 pick, 2 of 3

When you pick up something by The McElroy Brothers, you know you're going to be giggling, chuckling, guffawing as you read, and you may also find moments of tenderness and sweetness. This book has all of that PLUS their incredibly valuable wisdom as professional podcasters! The information in this book is extensive and the advice is sound. Each brother's voice comes through clearly, making even the most mundane podcasting advice sound fascinating and hilarious. Get this for the podcaster in your life or the MBMBaM fan or the person who talks nonstop and constantly says they should have their own podcast.


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ISBN: 9781536216769
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Published: Candlewick - January 5th, 2021

Ryan's January 2021 pick, 1 of 3

The Great Gatsby is officially in the public domain, which means we’re about to see a lot of new adaptations, but if you love Gatsby as much as I do, you’ll want to start with this one! This Graphic Novel Adaptation by K. Woodman-Maynard breathes new life into the classic. The illustrations are lovely with a soft and warm color palate that is aesthetically pleasing to look at while still capturing the roaring-twenties-jazz-age tale of obsession and wealth and class. I love this adaptation, and I hope you will too!


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$26.99
ISBN: 9780765387561
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Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2020

Ryan's November 2020 pick

Addie LaRue made a deal with a creature in the woods after dark. Now, Addie LaRue is forgotten. By everyone. As soon as she leaves their line of sight, it’s as if she never existed in the first place. Addie LaRue is immortal. For centuries she has lived this way. Flitting in and out of lives, always forgotten. Living an invisible life. Then one day, Addie LaRue is remembered by someone. Someone who is special in his own way. Someone who is as captivated by Addie LaRue as she is curious about him.  

This book is gorgeous, haunting, and (despite Addie’s curse) deeply memorable. Devour this masterpiece, but do so slowly. Savor every word, let them melt on your tongue and warm your soul. Let this story envelop you. Let it sink into your brain and stay there long after you’ve turned the last page. 

Read this book over and over again. Break the spine and wear out the pages. Share this book with friends and loved ones and strangers. Spread this story far and wide and above all else, remember Addie LaRue.


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$16.00
ISBN: 9780593098677
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Published: Berkley - October 6th, 2020

Ryan's March 2020 pick

In this extraordinarily frightening horror novel, a young woman goes missing for a year and then mysteriously returns with no memory of what happened. Except the person who returns is...not quite right. 

Her group of best friends are determined to welcome her back as if nothing has happened, and take her on a weekend getaway to a remote hotel where every room has a ridiculous theme and the drinks are flowing. 

As they try to glue their core friendship back together, it becomes clear to one of them, and to the reader, that something is terrifyingly amiss. 

Page upon page of increasing dread, spine chilling prose, and the juxtaposition of horrific imagery against an oversaturated upbeat girls weekend at a kitschy location makes for one of the most genuinely scary books I’ve read in years. Very few horror novels actually make me consider leaving the lights on at night once I’ve finished them, but I was jumping at every shadow for a while after setting this book down. 

Not only is THE RETURN utterly unnerving, it’s also exceptionally well-written with maddeningly oblivious characters determined to ignore every sign of doom and terror tapping them on the shoulder. 

I. Loved. This. Book.


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Published: Balzer + Bray - December 17th, 2019

Ryan's February 2020 pick

Pride and Prejudice is a story that has been adapted over and over again, and Pride by Ibi Zoboi is one of those adaptations that should not be missed! Retold with a cast made up entirely of people of color, set in modern Brooklyn, Pride is a fresh take that readers will love whether they are fans or the original or not. The audiobook is read by Elizabeth Acevedo (The Poet X) and is a gorgeous way to absorb this fantastic book. Pride is a story of race, class, gentrification, family, and love, and I think readers will devour it.

Get the audiobook from Libro.fm, and support Gibson’s Bookstore while you listen!


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$27.99
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Published: Mira Books - February 11th, 2020

Ryan's February 2020 pick, 2 of 2

This sweeping fantasy from Kelly Braffet weaves gripping tension, political drama, and deliciously complex characters into a gorgeously magical tapestry that will leave you gasping for air. This book will cure your Game of Thrones hangover. Braffet's writing is exceptional. THE UNWILLING is extremely character driven, and readers will feel as though they've been following these remarkable characters for years instead of just a few chapters.


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780316421973
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Published: Redhook - May 12th, 2020

Ryan's January 2020 pick

Doors that lead to other worlds, the ability to imbue power and truth into written words, monsters and villains, a vibrantly fierce and beautifully diverse main character who shines with her entire being, a whole lot of magic, a thrilling adventure, a story of love and loss and abandonment and waiting and searching and never losing hope. The Ten Thousand Doors of January is a dazzling debut that is sure to open Doors all over this world and others.
I also highly recommend the audiobook, read by January LaVoy, available through Libro.fm!


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Published: Anchor - August 4th, 2020

Ryan's November 2019 pick

The Starless Sea is another exceptional novel from Erin Morgenstern, the author of The Night Circus.
The Starless Sea is a love story to stories, to storytellers and to lovers of stories. It is fairy tale, myth, mystery, adventure, romance, and so much more. It has depth, it has sweetness, it has sorrows, it has fate, it has heartbreak, it has love, it bends time and space, and most of all, it has stories, which are just stories until they are more.
Erin Morgenstern chooses every word with such care and precision, every sentence in this book could be read aloud to gasps of appreciation. Creativity, magic, and love flow through these pages like light through a window, settling delicately on each word, imbuing this story with a warmth and familiarity more commonly reserved for old friends.
The diversity in The Starless Sea spans across multiple categories of humanity, bringing a refreshing amount of reality into this rich fantastical narrative.
Her alternating chapters weave myths and fairytales throughout the main narrative and bring an added layer of mysticism and mystery to the whole. 

The Starless Sea is warm, glittering, golden honey. It's stories written on dust motes floating through a beam of sunlight. It's a forgotten verse to a song you heard years ago floating on a breeze. It's an adventure and a love story and a video game where all of the choices have been made for you by someone who is much better at playing the game.

As a fan of fantasy, of love, of stories, and of Erin Morgenstern, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.


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Published: Tordotcom - July 14th, 2020

Ryan's October 2019 pick, 2 of 2

Lesbian Necromancers in Space. Need I say more?

Probably not, but I will anyway.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus (Harrow) and Gideon the Ninth have been enemies since childhood, but they have to stick together and feign mutual respect as they participate in a creepy, incredibly difficult trial of wits and skill where if they win, Harrow will achieve immortality and save the House of the Ninth.
I kind of want to be Gideon when I grow up. She’s bitingly sarcastic with an incredibly dry sense of humor and she fully embraces the darkness, popping on her aviator sunglasses and pulling her hood over her fiery red hair, all of which accentuates the white skull painted on her face.
This book is awesome. It has a huge cast of characters, all of whom are incredible, a fascinating series of spooky trials, and one of the most fun, dark plots I’ve read in a long time. It makes my little spooky heart happy. I can’t wait for the sequel. 


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$17.00
ISBN: 9780802149398
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Published: Grove Press - September 22nd, 2020

Ryan's October 2019 pick, 1 of 2

A modern reimagining of Frankenstein told in two timelines. One, in the 1800s as Mary Shelley writes her famous novel. The other in modern day England as transgender Dr. Ry Shelley falls in love with the eccentric and brilliant Victor Stein.
At times steamy and explicit, and other times stifling and proper, this novel is fascinating and unique. It blurs the line between fantasy and reality as novel characters turn up in real life and history repeats itself or timelines converge or universes overlap or some other explanation for the strange occurrences that take place. Whatever the true explanation, this book is a smart read that will have you chuckling and scratching your head and pondering artificial intelligence and bringing the dead back to life.


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ISBN: 9780316491969
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Published: Back Bay Books - July 7th, 2020

Ryan's September 2019 pick

If you liked A MAN CALLED OVE, you'll love AKIN by Emma Donoghue. Noah is a 79-year-old widower and Michael is his 11-year-old great-nephew. Michael's father has died from an apparent overdose and his mother is serving time in prison for possession, so Noah, his only available kin, is asked to temporarily care for him. This ruffles Noah's plans of traveling to France, but ultimately he decides to take his great-nephew along with him. Together, Noah and Michael explore France, learning about each other and their family history along the way, and Noah, in particular, learns not to judge too harshly or make assumptions about people before having all of the facts.

AKIN is such a sweet book and the characters are darling and delightfully human, with a level of respect and understanding that our culture could use more of. Despite having next to nothing in common with his 11-year-old great-nephew, Noah treats Michael with dignity and compassion, recognizing that the boy is grieving his father and missing his mother and terrified of his future. The subplot of addiction and the justice system is a perfect balance to the main plot.

I loved this book, and anyone looking to escape into something uplifting and sweet will relish in this story of kin.


The Need Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982113179
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 7th, 2020

Ryan's July 2019 pick, 1 of 2

I had the pleasure of meeting Helen Phillips at an event and when I picked up her book afterwards, I found myself sucked into a creepy story that felt at once very personal and completely out of this world. A novel of motherhood, paranoia, and home intrusion, THE NEED will have you checking every shadowy corner in your home, but absolutely nothing is as it seems. This book takes twists and turns that will give you whiplash and will have you turning the pages as fast as you can to find out what happens next. This book grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go. Fans of Sarah Pinborough's BEHIND HER EYES will love this book. It's terrifying, thrilling, and goes places you can't possibly predict.


Three Women Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451642308
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 7th, 2020

Ryan's July 2019 pick, 2 of 2

This is a nonfiction book about the sexuality of three different women. One, a young woman who had an affair with her teacher in high school and later presses charges. Another, a woman who separates from her husband when she rekindles a sexual relationship with her high school boyfriend. The third, a woman who experiments with threesomes, voyeurism, and dominance/submission with her husband. This book, while very real, reads like a novel. The writing is captivating. THREE WOMEN is fascinating, sexy, at times hopeful and at other times heartbreaking.


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The Last: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501198830
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Published: Atria Books - February 18th, 2020

Ryan's June 2019 pick

When the Apocalypse occurs, American Historian Jon Keller is at a conference in a Swiss hotel. This book is compiled of his journal entries documenting all of the events he witnessed prior to the Apocalypse and everything thereafter, including the discovery of a body and his investigation into the possible homicide. It’s bad enough being stuck in a hotel with a group of strangers with a diminishing food supply and no way to contact family or friends, and no idea if the world outside of your walls even exists anymore, and it’s even worse if you suspect there may be a murderer among you.
This book is at once a cozy mystery and also a vast Apocolyptic event written from the perspective of a potentially unreliable narrator.


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$17.00
ISBN: 9781524743468
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Published: Dutton - July 30th, 2019

Ryan's October 2018 pick

An exciting sci-fi thriller adventure about the dangers of viral fame featuring a diverse set of strong characters, this book truly is an absolutely remarkable thing.


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$19.99
ISBN: 9781250153708
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Published: First Second - July 17th, 2018

Ryan's July 2018 pick
 Fans of the hysterical Dungeons & Dragons Podcast hosted by The McElroy Brothers (of “My Brother, My Brother, and Me” fame) with their dad Clint, will delight in this deliriously charming and witty graphic novelization of the first part of the Balance Arc from “The Adventure Zone”.
Follow Taako, Magnus, and Merle as well as their omniscient and sarcastic Dungeon Master, Griffin, through all manner of adventures and hijinks.   
Even if you know nothing about Dungeons & Dragons or The McElroys, you will love this incredible graphic novel.
Paired with Pietsch's gorgeous illustrations The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins is a fantastic tale of heart, humor, and truly magnificent storytelling.
Here There Be Gerblins is unique, it's funny, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I am already foaming at the mouth for the next one.

“The story of four idiots who played DnD so hard that they made themselves cry.” – Justin McElroy, summing up the entire “Balance” campaign


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$15.00
ISBN: 9781101982358
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - August 9th, 2016

Ryan's November 2017 pick

The Girl Before, by Rena Olsen

When a woman is taken from her home, from her husband and daughters, she thinks her life is over. Then she slowly begins to realize that perhaps her life wasn't quite as perfect as she'd thought it was, and her situation begs the question: can we be convinced that what we're doing is right, even if it's very VERY wrong? 


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The Circle Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345807298
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Published: Vintage - April 22nd, 2014

Ryan's October 2017 pick

The Circle, by Dave Eggers

Utopia or dystopia? You decide. Feed meets 1984 in this eerily familiar world where social media rules supreme and there is no longer a semblance of anonymity or quiet solitude. But it's totally your choice. Probably. 


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$11.99
ISBN: 9781250148186
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Published: Square Fish - May 1st, 2018

Ryan's September 2017 pick

Heartless, by Marissa Meyer
The author of the incredible Lunar Chronicles takes us to Wonderland long before Alice falls down the rabbit hole. We all know the wildly ruthless Queen of Hearts, but before she was ordering the decapitation of everyone in sight, she was a teenage girl named Catherine. Heartless does for the Queen of Hearts what Wicked did for the Wicked Witch of the West. Not all villains were born evil.


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Final Girls: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101985380
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Published: Dutton - January 23rd, 2018

Ryan's August 2017 pick

So, you're the lone survivor of a horrific massacre. Congratulations! What do you do now?
Final Girls is riveting and intense. Fans of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train will devour this psychological thriller. Oh, and keep some snacks nearby. The main character likes to bake.


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$9.99
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Published: Ember - May 29th, 2018

Ryan's July pick

Words in Deep Blue, by Cath Crowley

This book is bittersweet and beautiful. It is first love and best friends. It's letters and loss and books. So many books. It is heart-achingly lovely. This is a book for bibliophiles and everyone who knows the healing power of a good book.


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Behind Her Eyes: A Suspenseful Psychological Thriller Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250111197
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 30th, 2018

Ryan's February 2017 pick

Behind Her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough

A psychological thriller with a twist.

And then another twist.

And then more twists.

The writing is great, the characters are insane, and the story is one that you will never forget. And don’t even get me started on the ending. You’ll never, ever, ever see it coming. Even when you think you’ve got it all figured out, you’ll be wrong.

This book keeps you on your toes until the final page.


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Hamilton: The Revolution Cover Image
$50.00
ISBN: 9781455539741
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2016

Ryan's December 2016 pick, 1 of 3

Behind the scenes of the most popular show on Broadway.


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ISBN: 9781595148513
Published: Razorbill - January 10th, 2017

Ryan's February 2016 pick

The Love That Split the World, by Emily Henry

Sometimes you need a luscious, delicious, heart-aching romance about young love that traverses the constraints of time and space and possibilities.
Fans of The Time Traveler's Wife will fall in love with The Love That Split The World. Curl up on a cold February day under a warm blanket with a cup of hot chocolate and this book and prepare to read the whole thing in one sitting. You will adore these characters and their innocent true love that is so strong and pure, time itself cannot contain it.


I'm Thinking of Ending Things: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
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ISBN: 9781982155841
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - August 25th, 2020

Ryan's December 2016 pick, 3 of 3

This horror novel is unsettling and has an underlying feeling of dread throughout. If you liked House of Leaves and The Room, this one is for you.


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$14.99
ISBN: 9780062457523
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Published: Dey Street Books - August 15th, 2017

Ryan's November 2016 pick

When I found out that Hannah was writing a memoir, and that it was full of things she'd never talked about before, I expected saucy tales of her lesbian sexcapades or wild drunken nights or her favorite or least favorite MDK guests, that sort of thing.

What I did not expect was a heartwrenching tale of poverty and suffering and survival perpetrated by her mother's mental illness and the abandonment of family members who simply couldn't deal with it all.

I did not expect stories of adversity and pain, self-harm and self-hatred, homophobia and ultimately, acceptance and love.

This is not a book of puns (well, not entirely) and raucous tales (okay, there are some).

This is a book of strength and love and self-worth.

Hannah Hart has fought, and is still fighting in many ways, incredibly hard for everything she has.

When I found out Hannah was writing a memoir, I did not expect to be so completely humbled and inspired. But there you have it.


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781501112331
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 19th, 2016

Ryan's August 2016 pick, 1 of 2

In a Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware

If you enjoy books along the lines of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, then you’ll also enjoy In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware. Set during the most awkward bachelorette party ever, there’s a murder most foul and someone at the party is the murderer. Probably. This thriller is well-paced, full of frustratingly capable murder suspects, and sprinkles of hilarity throughout.


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$14.95
ISBN: 9781477823835
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Published: 47north - September 1st, 2014

Ryan's August 2016 pick, 2 of 2

The Paper Magician, by Charlie N. Holmberg

Ceony Twill is kind of a brat. She’s smart, she’s fierce, and she’s full of herself. She thinks she’s too good to be a paper magician, and she throws a fit when she’s assigned an apprenticeship in that field instead of something more worthy of her skills like metal or glass or plastic or even rubber. Alas, paper magicians are rare, and her skills are needed, so off she goes, grumbling all the way. As it turns out, paper magic is beautiful and fascinating and useful, and Ceony has a knack for it. Plus, her instructor is gorgeous, so that doesn’t hurt.

This is the first in a trilogy of light fantasy with a very cool system of magic and plenty of romance. And don’t worry; Ceony gets better.


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$11.99
ISBN: 9781481439817
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - March 21st, 2017

Ryan April 2016 pick

Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend, by Alan Cumyn

Yes, this book is as weird as the title suggests. Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend is a fever dream of hormones, hysteria, and high school, with the added bonus of one spellbindingly hot Pterodactyl. Perfect for fans of Christopher Moore (A Dirty JobBloodsucking FiendsYou SuckBite MeSecondhand Souls, etc) this book will make you feel high as a kite while reading it, and probably for several hours afterwards. I recommend waiting at least two hours after reading before operating heavy machinery. This book is hilarious, sexy, and completely weird. I loved it.


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$18.00
ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2016

Ryan's March 2016 pick
A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara

It's hard to describe A Little Life without using the words tragic, heartbreaking, and beautiful, because it is all of those things and more. It follows the lives of four men, best friends from college, through the ups and downs of their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. Told in a non-linear format, we discover backstories the way one would recall memories - out of order, and often sparking other trains of thought. One character in particular has a dark, traumatic history involving severe abuse that has shaped his adulthood, and one which he despises talking or even thinking about. These characters will break your heart, and you will close the book feeling as though they are your friends. They will stay with you long after the final page has turned.


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$9.99
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ISBN: 9781595148513
Published: Razorbill - January 10th, 2017

Ryan's February 2016 pick

The Love That Split the World, by Emily Henry

Sometimes you need a luscious, delicious, heart-aching romance about young love that traverses the constraints of time and space and possibilities.
Fans of The Time Traveler's Wife will fall in love with The Love That Split The World. Curl up on a cold February day under a warm blanket with a cup of hot chocolate and this book and prepare to read the whole thing in one sitting. You will adore these characters and their innocent true love that is so strong and pure, time itself cannot contain it.


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After Alice: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060859749
Availability: Backordered
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - July 5th, 2016

Ryan's January 2016 pick
After Alice, by Gregory Maguire

After Alice is Gregory Maguire's fresh new take on Lewis Carroll's fantastical tale. There are seemingly infinite adaptations of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland out there (trust me, I own all of them), but this feels more like a companion than a retelling.
In this story, Alice's childhood friend Ada accidentally follows Alice down the rabbit hole where she encounters many of the same creatures and adventures as Alice, in her friend's wake.
We also get glimpses of the "real world" when the adults realize that Alice (and Ada) have gone missing.
Wonderland is more or less the way we remember it, with some old friends (a bit frazzled having just met the delightfully naive and curious Alice) and some new friends.
After Alice is perfect for fans of the original.
Welcome back to Wonderland.


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$11.99
ISBN: 9781250135025
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Published: Wednesday Books - May 9th, 2017

Ryan's October 2015 pick

Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell

It's tough being "The Chosen One". It's tougher when your roommate is also your nemesis who might be a vampire and is definitely a girlfriend-stealing git.
Carry On is a fantasy. It's a love story. It's a ghost story. It's enemies turned friends, and more. It's Simon. It's Baz. It's beautiful and heart-wrenching and funny and clever. If you loved Fangirl, if you loved Harry Potter, if you love love, you'll love Carry On.


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780060590284
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - March 27th, 2007

Ryan's September 2015 pick

A Dirty Job, by Christopher Moore

If you haven't yet discovered the dark humor that is Christopher Moore's novels, do so starting with A Dirty Job. Life for Charlie Asher is pretty good, and fairly normal, until people start dropping dead around him and he starts hearing voices that no one else hears. He's been recruited as a merchant of Death. It's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it.

Once you've finished A Dirty Job, pick up his newest novel, Secondhand Souls - it's the long awaited sequel to A Dirty Job and you won't be disappointed.


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$17.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 28th, 2014

Ryan's August 2015 pick

The Martian, by Andy Weir

Astronaut Botanist Mark Watney is on a mission to Mars to collect dirt samples, when there's a terrible storm and subsequent accident, and his crew, thinking him dead, leaves him behind. It's not their fault really: he was impaled, his life readings zeroed out, and if they didn't get off the planet in the next 10 seconds, they'd all die. Except, he isn't dead, and now he's stranded on Mars. Alone. Luckily for him, the crew left behind most of their supplies in their urgent escape. Now Mark has to find a way to make those supplies last until he can be rescued. Oh, there's another catch. Everyone thinks he's dead, so there's no rescue mission. Astronaut Botanist Mark Watney is in a tough spot.

The Martian by Andy Weir is basically MacGyver in space. It's incredible. The story is relayed to us via Mark Watney's logs journaling his survival, so the science is sound, but delivered in laymen's terms. Watney is sarcastic and dry and hilarious, and it's nearly impossible to put this book down once you've started it.

Make sure you read The Martian before the movie (starring Matt Damon as Mark Watney) comes out this October!


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The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616204518
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Published: Algonquin Books - December 2nd, 2014

Ryan's July 2015 pick

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a must-read for all bibliophiles. A.J. is the owner of a small, independent bookstore, whose life changes beyond recognition (for the better) when someone leaves an unusual package for him in his store. "A.J. Fikry" is a story with heart, a story with soul, and a story with book lovers.


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062363244
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 10th, 2016

Ryan's June 2015 pick, 1 of 2

A Head Full of Ghosts, by Paul Tremblay

Picture "The Exorcist" as a reality television show: That's A Head Full of Ghosts. There are dual unreliable narrators, psychotic breaks, demonic possession and so much more! Get this for the horror movie fan in your life!

I loved this book. The writing is clever and it hooks you immediately. The story is creepy and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole way through.


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$16.00
ISBN: 9781608091867
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - June 14th, 2016

Ryan's June 2015 pick, 2 of 2

Method 15/33, by Shannon Kirk

Fans of Gone GirlGirl on the Train, and Room, this is your next read! A young, pregnant girl is kidnapped on her way to school, but she's not the vulnerable child you may think she is. This book is excellently chilling and creepy, and makes you wonder if you're really rooting for the right characte


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$12.99
ISBN: 9780062310644
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Published: HarperTeen - June 7th, 2016

Ryan's March 2015 pick, 1 of 2

Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard

I judged this book by it's incredibly cool cover, and luckily for me, it worked out in my favor. Red Queen is an action-packed fantasy that fans of The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones will love. There's romance, violence, betrayal, and a quest for power in which no one is safe and you can't trust anyone. This book is electric and magical, and I couldn't put it down.


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$9.95
ISBN: 9781616205904
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 22nd, 2016

Ryan's March 2015 pick, 2 of 2

The Walls Around Us, by Nova Ren Suma

I had the absolute pleasure of reading the manuscript of The Walls Around Us. This book is stunning in its execution, a brilliant, twirling, spinning novel that when completed, made me want to give a standing ovation and throw roses at its feet. The story - told in split narrations, three years apart yet happening simultaneously - is one that grasps the reader tightly and doesn't let go until the very end. Stop what you're doing and read this book right now. You won't regret it.


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$19.99
ISBN: 9781476788005
Availability: Special Order
Published: Gallery Books - October 21st, 2014

Ryan's February 2015 pick 

Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-up, by Grace Helbig

 

So here's the thing about Grace Helbig - yes, she's hilarious and charming and wonderful, but she's also smart and has solid advice for people trying to figure out their lives. I picked up this book because I wanted to support Grace, and I read it, knowing there would be some laughs and curious to learn more about her as a human. I was not expecting, however, to learn about myself and find myself nodding as I agreed with her very astute, very sincere advice and life tips. I found myself relating to her, empathizing with her, and even sympathizing at times. Yes, Grace is funny, but she's also human, and a beautiful one at that.