Melissa

Melissa

Lover of spreadsheets and organized fun

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Olivetti By Allie Millington Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250326935
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 26th, 2024

A wholly original and utterly charming middle grade novel that will hit you right in the feels. It's a got a little bit of a mystery, a family that's lost its way, and a plucky typewriter who breaks the rules of his kind trying to help. 


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The Ministry of Time: A Novel By Kaliane Bradley Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668045145
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2024

I love time travel books and finding one that does something new and different is always a delight. A star-crossed lovers romance, a spy thriller, and a time travel romp had a lovely literary baby and this is the result. 


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Happening By Annie Ernaux, Tanya Leslie (Translated by) Cover Image
By Annie Ernaux, Tanya Leslie (Translated by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781609809485
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Published: Seven Stories Press - May 14th, 2019

Written 40 years after the events, this is the story of Ernaux's unwanted pregnancy at 23 years old and how she almost lost her life after getting an illegal abortion. Haunting and personal and sadly, still timely. 


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King Nyx: A Novel By Kirsten Bakis Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781324093534
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Published: Liveright - February 27th, 2024

This is a tense gothic mystery about women suffering at the hands of powerful men. Bakis weaves a mesmerizing story set over a week on the private island of a reclusive and cruel business man. Told as a flashback by Anna, the wife of an "anomalist" who is invited to the island to finish writing his book, we're never 100% sure our narrator is completely reliable. Anna has suffered from hysteria in the past and is trying to control her episodes. With tales of missing girls on the island, a wife who was shot in a hunting accident, and armed guards patrolling the island, Anna's episodes start to come back and she begins to see a familiar face from her past that can't possibly be there or can it?


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Nettle & Bone By T. Kingfisher Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250244000
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Published: Tor Books - February 28th, 2023

I loved everything about this book, it  takes fracturing fairy tales to the next level. A princess takes it on herself to save her sister from an abusive prince with the help of a dust-wife, a demon chicken, a goofy bonedog, a warrior, and a fairy godmother...there's always a fairy godmother. It gave me the same kind of group adventure vibes as The Princess Bride. 


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The Vulnerables: A Novel By Sigrid Nunez Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593715512
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 7th, 2023

Part pandemic novel, part a meditation on writing, this brought back all of the weird feelings I had during lockdown. I love the way Nunez's writing meanders, but there are always sentences that stop my in my tracks with their insightfulness.


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Annie Bot: A Novel By Sierra Greer Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780063312692
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Published: Mariner Books - March 19th, 2024

Wow, there is so much to unpack here. Annie Bot is the story of a relationship between a robot companion and her owner, but more than that its a discussion of what it means to be sentient, consent, and power dynamics. Deep issues in a highly entertaining read. 


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Memory Piece: A Novel By Lisa Ko Cover Image
By Lisa Ko
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593542101
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 19th, 2024

A tale of three friends who weave in and out of each others lives over decades, Through the fields of art, tech, and activism, Ko evokes such a specific feeling of time and place making me nostalgic for malls and the early days of the internet (I remember you, ICQ). Even with her bleak imagining of the near future, Ko gives us hope that we can survive if we have people to share it with and remember our humanity. 


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Same Bed Different Dreams: A Novel By Ed Park Cover Image
By Ed Park
$30.00
ISBN: 9780812998979
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Published: Random House - November 7th, 2023

A brilliant reimagining of Korean history, Park plays with time and characters in a way that kinda blew my mind. Seemingly irrelevant things all tie together in completely unexpected ways. I need to reread this keeping track of all the many connections because I know I missed a bunch. I'm not even sure how to put into words a recommendation for this book, but recommend it, I do!!


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Heartstone (Heartstone Series #1) By Elle Katharine White Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062451941
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Published: Harper Voyager - January 17th, 2017

I went into this with low expectations, thinking it would be funny if nothing else. P&P and dragons go together better than I ever expected. I kinda loved everything about this, especially the way the less popular characters from P&P are treated with such a loving hand in this, giving them a chance to shine. I would have liked a little more world building but now that I know there are more in this series (!!!), I'm hopeful I'll get that. 


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The Poppy War: A Novel By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062662583
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Published: Harper Voyager - April 23rd, 2019

This was a violent, disturbing, and brilliantly written fantasy. The characters are flawed, messy, and strong. The depictions of war are horrific and even more so as they're based in historical reality. Kuang's research is impeccable and informs her world building in the best possible way. I can't wait to see how this story unfolds in the next two books. 


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Rednecks: A Novel By Taylor Brown Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781250329332
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 14th, 2024

With each book he writes, I always think Taylor Brown just keeps getting better and better at his craft. Rednecks is no exception, beautifully written (I reread the prologue twice it was that good) and exquisitely researched. Taylor treats the plight of the miners of West Virginia with an expert hand, educating us about a little-known piece of our country's history. Taylor is truly one of the best modern American writers, imbuing his work with humanity and heart.


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The Warm Hands of Ghosts: A Novel By Katherine Arden Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593128251
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Published: Del Rey - February 13th, 2024

I've been eagerly awaiting this book and it completely lived up to all of my expectations. The dual narrative of Laura, a wounded WWI nurse returning to the battlefield in search of her lost and presumed dead solider brother, Freddie;  and the story of what happened to Freddie and a German soldier trapped together and fighting for their lives would be horrific enough in the manmade hellscape of trench warfare, but add in a literal devil who slowly steals the souls of broken people just looking for a way to escape the horrors around them and the result is a chilling and haunting novel that will stick with readers long after they've finished reading.