"We are all stardust and stories."
--Erin Morgenstern, The Starless Sea



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ISBN: 9781538745830
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - July 7th, 2020

I absolutely adored this novel. It was thrilling, funny, and full of emotion. It made me laugh, gasp, cry, and then laugh some more- all out loud, no matter where I was reading. Besides a page-turning plot, the writing was phenomenal and the characters really struck a chord with me, despite (or maybe because of) almost all of them being animals. When all the humans in the world start succumbing to a disease that turns them into zombie-like creatures, S.T. the crow(who thinks he should have been born human) and his faithful Bloodhound must go on a quest to free the pets of the world from the confines of the houses they are locked in. S.T. is such a plucky, genuine narrator and unlike any I've read before- I loved him so much. From page 1 this book drew me in and I couldn't stop reading it or thinking about it. I want to sit down and read it all over again. 

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ISBN: 9780063032491
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Published: Ecco - November 10th, 2020

To me, Atwood's writing is all poetry. Passages that are marked in my books; so beautiful, so true that I have to come back to them again and again.  Every poem in this collection holds that potential as well. Just begging to be read out loud, the reader falls into the natural cadences of these poems. This is a perfect collection for anyone: Atwood fans, poetry readers and those new to both. Absolutely splendid. 

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By Dolores Reyes, Julia Sanches (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780062987730
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Published: HarperVia - November 17th, 2020

This novel is intense, full of emotion and remembrance. It grabbed me on page one so I just read and read, and then wished I read it more slowly. There's death, mystery, and sadness but also justice and relief. 

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ISBN: 9780802148162
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Published: Grove Press - November 3rd, 2020

This slim but filling novel is not just the typical story of a marriage. It is about revenge versus forgiveness; the darker parts of fairy tales coming true. Lucy's normal life of being a mother and wife is completely upended when she finds out  her husband Jake is having an affair. When it comes to deciding what to do, they take an unusual path by agreeing that Lucy will hurt Jake three times and then they will be even. What follows is an intense spiral into anger, retribution, and ultimately, transformation. The result is an absolutely electrifying look at being a wife, a mother, a woman. 

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ISBN: 9781538718001
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 8th, 2020

Chuck Palahniuk has done it again. In one of his best novels in recent years, The Invention of Sound invites us to a dark side of Hollywood that not many are familiar with. Mitzi Ives is the best Foley artist around- the screams she records for movie soundtracks are bone chilling and almost too realistic. Gates Foster has been searching for his missing daughter Lucy for years. He's dove down into the depths of the dark web to find predators, like the ones who may have taken Lucy. When Mitzi and Gates' paths cross and we learn their secrets, there is no turning back. I read this novel in one day, mesmerized and trusting in the hands of this master writer. Transgressive, gruesome, and satirical- all in typical Palahniuk fashion- The Invention of Sound leaves us thinking about art, violence, and what really goes on in the dark behind the scenes. 

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ISBN: 9781941360453
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Published: Lanternfish Press - October 13th, 2020

Oh man. This is so, so much more than a zombie story. It's a story of a married couple coming to term's with a terminal illness one of them is suffering from. It is a story of a married couple, how they survive together, and then what happens after. It's beautiful and full of emotion, love, and devastation. My heart aches for Lyle and Jude. 

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ISBN: 9780062978578
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Published: William Morrow - September 22nd, 2020

This is such a fun read! We all think of superheroes as doing good, but what about all of the damage they cause when saving the world? Anna works as a hench and she is compiling spreadsheets of the cost of all of the buildings, cars, and people effected by superheroes. This is a funny page-turner and I want to read more with these characters! 

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By Chris McDonnell, Rebecca Sugar (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781419734601
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Published: Abrams - July 28th, 2020

This book is amazing! A fantastic look inside the creation of the Invader Zim TV show and graphic novels. I will always love Invader Zim! 

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ISBN: 9781536204254
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Published: Candlewick - May 13th, 2020

This book is as twisting and creeping as the vines that take over. Nor Blackburn is the last in a line of doomed witches. She's hiding some of the powers that she has, but soon will have to learn how to use them. She's so much stronger than she thinks she is, from all the she has suffered from the hands of her mother, and herself. 

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ISBN: 9781626729247
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Published: First Second - March 3rd, 2020

I love this so much! It's quirky and sweet. Lisa Brown, like me has always been fascinated by circus "freak shows" and this graphic novel is a fantastic homage to that. 

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ISBN: 9780593086520
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 16th, 2020

This was such a great read, and so relatable. It made me laugh out loud and want to share parts with anyone around me.

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ISBN: 9781644450345
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Published: Graywolf Press - August 18th, 2020

This book is dark and disturbing. It will make you uncomfortable. But if you aren't sqeamish, it is so beautifully written. The observations of Jas are sometimes simple universal truths. This book shows what the darkest parts of grief look like that cause a family to decay and fall apart to their own devices. I can't quite shake this novel.

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ISBN: 9780385545259
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Published: Doubleday - February 2nd, 2021

From the first page the voice of one of the main characters, Anvar, instantly hooked me with his wit and honesty. Both main characters, Anvar and Azza, are so engaging and full of humanity. Their journeys, though very different, bring them together in an important way. Following each of their stories in alternating chapters, this look into the lives of these two young Muslim immigrants and their families from 1995-2016 is a heartfelt and humorous look at family, faith, culture, love- and how to be an individual encompassed by all of those things