"Life is a pretty sweet fruit." --Bruce McCullough, Kids in the Hall
Devil in the White City is one of the first non-fiction books to really spark a love of non-fiction storytelling for me. Told with the full drama and excitement that the subject demands Larson follows both the creation of the 1893 World's Fair and a horrifying serial murderer using the chaos of the city in motion to cover his crimes. Perfect for true crime fans and fans of US history.
The Immortalists is nothing one of the most engaging and beautiful novels I've read in a long time. The premise seems dark but the storytelling is not at all. Four siblings travel to a local fortune-teller to hear their death date as children and that knowledge (whether believed or not) has startling impacts on their lives. The novel follows each sibling in succession, showing how varried and unpredictable our reactions to knowlege can be. Full of hope and life and promise this is a book that stayed with me long after I closed it's covers.
Lily and the Octopus was an impulse purchase, I liked the cover and needed a book for a plane ride. Rowley took me completely by surprise, the book is full of quirky humor and heartbreak, of finding and losing love, of the madness that grief can cause and the healing that comes after. I can't say much about the plot without ruining the experience of the read but I promise you won't be disappointed!
Good Omens is, hands down, my favorite book. Two of my favorite authors paired up to explore Armageddon from the eyes of a 9 year old boy, a demon who is maybe sometimes good and an angel who is maybe sometimes bad! If you recently watched the series adaptation on Amazon give the book a try--it is a great adaptation but the book always has more details, more jokes, more characters.
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is novel set in an alternate, but similar, universe where magic once existed and is now studied by gentlemen of leisure in much the way science or medicine was studied in the early 1900s. Mr Norrell, a student of magic, is given an invitation to experience real magic, as preformed by Jonathan Strange, a young, confident and odd recluse. The journey these two take through real magic is so delightful and immersive you'll feel like you are there with them. A perfect book for fans of Harry Potter, the Magicians and magical realism.
Neil Gaiman using his unique voice to tell Old Norse mythology! Grab your keys and get your copy now!
My son told me I HAD to read this book--"it's a little bit sad but then it isn't. It's so so good!" Well, he was not wrong! The Wild Robot is shipwrecked on an island and accidentally turned on by some playful animals. But how does a Robot fit into the natural world of plants and animals? Will she learn to make friends? Will the animals learn to trust her? This is my go-to recommendation for ages 7-9 but it's been part of all school reads and the short chapters lend very well to bedtime or family time read alouds.
When we moved out to the country one of our first goals was to get a coop built and get some chickens. Storey's guide was crucial to our success as chicken tenders. Full of all the information you could possibly need to get started and a reference you will go back to time and time again as new things come up or new breeds are offered. Backyard flocks of 2-3 or big operations are all covered in Storey's guide.
My new favorite fantasy series! Aptly described as a cross between Douglas Adams and Sir Terry Pratchett this loose series (there are recurring characters but each book is a stand alone within the Farm Boy world) this book will have you laughing out loud. So many fantasy troupes make an appearance but in new and interesting ways.
Although I am a huge advocate for Graphic Novels, they aren't usually my cup of tea. The art fights with the words for my attention and I end up frustrated and confused. The simple drawings compliment the complex word play of this debut novel in a way I found compelling. It's full of feminist sensibilities, literary humor and a healthy dose of irreverency, I devored it in just a few sittings! I was so sad to turn that final page but I'm left with the hope of a sequel in our future.
This book is everything! The 80s, female relationships, group mentality, witchcraft, sex, love, coming-of-age, Emilio Esteves, telepathy, bad girls and, eventually, sanity. It's hard to put into words but once you read it you'll know--and be compelled to hand it to your friends to read too!