Ryan Elizabeth Clark

About Ryan: 

I've been a bibliophile for as long as I can remember, tearing through books since before I could walk. The Harry Potter Series was my first real love, which explains why I still enjoy escaping into a Fantasy or YA novel. My favorite books (aside from my beloved Potter) include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Night Circus, and just about everything John Green and Rainbow Rowell have ever written.

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ISBN: 9781982113162
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

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.

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ISBN: 9781451642292
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

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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ISBN: 9781501198823
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Published: Atria Books - April 9th, 2019

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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ISBN: 9781524743444
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Published: Dutton - September 25th, 2018

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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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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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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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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ISBN: 9781250044655
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - November 8th, 2016

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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ISBN: 9781101985366
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Published: Dutton - July 11th, 2017

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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ISBN: 9781101937648
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017

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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ISBN: 9781250111173
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 31st, 2017

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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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: 9781595148506
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Published: Razorbill - January 26th, 2016

Ryan's December 2016 pick, 2 of 3

Fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife will devour this sweet romance.

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ISBN: 9781501126925
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - June 14th, 2016

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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ISBN: 9780062457516
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 18th, 2016

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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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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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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ISBN: 9781481439800
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - March 22nd, 2016

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 Job, Bloodsucking Fiends, You Suck, Bite Me, Secondhand 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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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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ISBN: 9781595148506
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Published: Razorbill - January 26th, 2016

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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ISBN: 9780060548957
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Published: William Morrow - October 27th, 2015

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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ISBN: 9781250049551
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 6th, 2015

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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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.

Christopher Moore is the author of such classics as: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story, You Suck: A Love Story, Bite Me: A Love Story, The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror, and many others.

Christopher Moore is hands down the funniest, most creative and bizarre author I've ever read. If you're itching for something wickedly hilarious, look no further.

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ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway 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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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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ISBN: 9780062363237
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Published: William Morrow - June 2nd, 2015

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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ISBN: 9781608091454
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Published: Oceanview Publishing - May 5th, 2015

Ryan's June 2015 pick, 2 of 2

Method 15/33, by Shannon Kirk

Fans of Gone Girl, Girl 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 character.

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ISBN: 9780803739666
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Published: Dial Books - March 3rd, 2015

Ryan's April 2015 pick

Charisma, by Jeanne Ryan

A cripplingly introverted teenage girl gets the opportunity to try a gene therapy drug called "Charisma" that gives her just that. Her life changes overnight as she finds herself not only able to have casual conversations with strangers, but flirt with her crush, speak publicly, and she suddenly craves the attention she's always gone out of her way to avoid. It's everything she's ever wanted, but is it too good to be true?

I loved this story. It's smart and interesting and unnerving and tempting and exciting.

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ISBN: 9780062310637
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Published: HarperTeen - February 10th, 2015

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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ISBN: 9781616203726
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - March 24th, 2015

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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ISBN: 9781476788005
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Published: Gallery Books - October 21st, 2014

Ryan's February 2015 pick 
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.