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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Check out Ready Player One by Ernest Cline just in time for the release of his sequel, Ready Player Two! Ready Player One is set in a dystopic future where the world is a mess, so everyone escapes into the free virtual reality of the OASIS (sound eerily familiar?). In the OASIS, users can be whoever or whatever they want to be. When the creator of the OASIS dies…

A Tyranny of Petticoats, edited by Jessica Spotswood

A Tyranny of Petticoats, edited by Jessica Spotswood
I picked up this wonderful book on Independent Bookstore Day (see blog post Book Recommendation: Authors of Color on 9/1) at our last stop of the d...

The Displaced edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Displaced edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen
If ever there was a body of people who were ghosts, stolen from their land by someone else’s war, stripped from their identity in the guise of assimilation, living on the peripheries of our notice, voiceless and visible only as a mild disturbance, it is refugees. Vu Tran, who immigrated from Vietnam as a young girl, in seeking to define a refugee, calls herself an orphan, a child who is pitied for her heroism and thereby receiving undeserved admiration, an actor who is interpreting a script, a ghost who is caught in the ‘space between real and imaginary…

Eating Fire, Tasting Blood, edited by Marijo Moore

Eating Fire, Tasting Blood, edited by Marijo Moore

Being that Thanksgiving is a national holiday here in the US, it only seemed right that the first set of voices I highlighted were those of Native American authors…Eating Fire, Tasting Blood is an anthology of essays edited and written solely by Native American authors. Besides illuminating me to the history I never learned and introducing me to a new set of writers, this anthology provides a bibliography at the end of each essay which provides guidance towards further reading. Moore has catalogued the anthology into six categories…

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
“Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder, treason, and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!" Immortal words on an immortal date by an immortal graphic novel spun into an immortal movie!

The Raven's Tale by Cat Winters

The Raven's Tale by Cat Winters
It's book recommendation inception because I am recommending that you read The Raven's Tale and The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings by Edgar Allen Poe! Get reacquainted with Poe by reading "Tamerlane," "The Raven," and "To Ulalume." Take particular note of the way he references his muse (and perhaps explore the one of her namesake). Then, meet Winters and dive into the story of when Edgar Allen Poe was a boy and first met his muse, Lenore...

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

There are two types of readers: those who keep their books in pristine condition, never bending a page, never underlining, doing their best to keep the spine uncracked; and those who tear their books apart, taking them in backpacks and purses and back pockets, always having a pencil or pen or sharpie to underline the good phrases. I used to be the first. I am now the second. And let me tell you, this is a take with you everywhere and underline kind of book…

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
With man gone, will there be hope for gorilla?” And so this koan kicks off the conversation of a lifetime between teacher and student, between man and gorilla, between the Takers and the Leavers, between all that we have to learn and all that we refuse to see, between writer and author…

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
The Rook, The Rook, how to best tell you about this book. I’d say The Rook is like Men in Black, where a group of covert operatives protect the world from supernatural evil forces, but then I’d be leaving out the chess… I’d say The Rook is like that scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix where Hermione pretends to be Bellatrix Lestrange in order to gain access to Voldemort’s crew and secret base, but that would only make sense if Hermione was actually a follower of You-Know-Who and had to pretend she was the closest ally of He-Shall-Not-Be-Named so as not to be killed but a fellow follower. Are you following me? Probably not. Intrigued? I hope so.

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer

We Are the Weather by Jonathan Safran Foer
Books on climate change are not fun. If you have any knowledge on the subject, you know this to be true. It’s hard to listen or engage in a subject that guarantees our impending doom (when it’s not science-fiction or post-apocalyptic fiction)...What makes We Are the Weather different is Foer’s writing...Foer’s writing style...is intimate and vulnerable and close, propelling the story swiftly forward even with the hard subject he’s handling.

What do I read next?

Have you ever had that feeling when you’re 20-100 pages from the end of a book and you start reading slower because you don’t want the story to end...