Dani's Picks

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

Five years ago, Livy visited her grandma in Australia, but it turns out she forgot about someone very important. Now Livy is back and discovers Bob. This is a magical tale about friendship and the power of a promise. Cute read!

The Lifters by Dave Eggers

Gran and his family move to a town called Carousel, which is a town with a dark secret. Gran is used to being small, unseen, invisible - until he's noticed by the mysterious and feisty Catalina. They have to work together to save their town...A Story of friendship, bravery, and hope! 

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Alice and her mother have always had the worst luck...When her mother goes missing, stolen by the Hinterland, Alice may have finally found out why. Alice goes to the Hazel Wood in search of explanations for a book she's never read by her grandmother she's never met. Alice in Wonderland meets The Magicians meets classic fairy tale.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Delve into the deep trenches of time with Kostova's historical fiction. Follow characters through several periods in time to uncover the true story of Vlad Dracula before it's too late. Hisotry, thrills, myths, romance, tragedy...this novel has it all.

Behind Her Eyes: A Suspenseful Psychological Thriller by Sarah Pinborough

This psychological thriller begins with a love triangle, but quickly turns into something much more sinister. This novel had me hooked until the very last page! The twist at the end was so unexpected, I am still thinking about it...This is a truly compelling, dark, and disturbing story.

Tiffany Aching Series by Terry Pratchett

Tiffany Aching Series

Pratchett created such an interesting world with his Discworld novels. Tiffany Aching wants to be a witch, but theres more to being a wtich than magic. With the help of feisty, little friends, elder witches, and her sharp mind, Tiffany is forced to face all kinds of enemies as she growns into a powerful witch. Brilliant use of words, I loved this series.

The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen

Yolen reimagines classic fairy tales, stories, and even real historical people. These stories are reinvented with wit, creativity, and even some dark twists. Anyone who is a fan of folk tales will enjoy this collection. Sometimes light, often creepy - there is something for everyone.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Enchanting. Dark. Unexpected. Bardugo creates such an interesting and twisted world - you don't need to have read her other novels to enjoy this collection of short stories. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around a few of them.

The Spy by Paulo Coelho

Coelho tells the story of real life "spy" Mata Hari. Mata Hari experinces ups and downs throughout her short life, going from abused wife to celebrity to accused spy. This novel sheds light on her bold and fearless life before it came to a brutal end. Interesting and short read.

From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

Doughty, an American mortician, explores the world in search of "good" death. Some sleep with their mummified grandfathers every night, while others unbury and rebury their loved ones every few years. It was fascinating to learn about other cultures' rituals about dignified deaths. So interesting!

Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

I LOVED this series...Alina and Mal are thrust into a world neither expected - one of magic, power, Darklings, privateers, mythical creatures, and more. Alina, born from nothing, discovers she is more powerful than anyone she knew and she might have enough to save their world. Full of romance, adventure, and dynamic characters, this series is one I will read again and again. LOVED it.

The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

A suspicious murder points the blame at Rose, a woman blamed for murders past as well. Callie desperately tries to prove Rose's innocence with the help of the local detective and his wife. This is a modern day Salem witch trials...and you can't be sure what is real or who is to blame.

The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol

Arianwyn failed her witch's evaluation, but gets assigned to a boring town as an Apprentice Witch anyway. Magical creatures begin to haunt the town as Arianwyn learns about friendship, betrayal, bravery, and more. This charming book leads you through an adventure and magic.

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

"I love books in a way that's beyond logic and reason...It's not enough to read - I want to talk through the pages to get to the other side, to get to the person who read them before me." This is a book about friendship and love, grief and loss...But mostly, this is about a love of words and books. Sweet and emotional.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Patchett has the ability to create worlds and paint pictures with her words. Dr. Marina Singh travels into the Amazon in Brazil to find out what happened to her former mentor. Marina's past and present collide as she discovers a new world and a possible groundbreaking discovery. Secerts are exposed and lives are changed!

Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

This is one of my favorite series and authors! Alanna wants to become a knight and her twin brother wants to be a sorcerer. So they disguise themselves and switch places. Alanna deals with much hardship in her quest to become more than a proper lady. So much adventure, romance and struggle fill these pages. Follow Alanna's daughter in the "Trickster's Choice." So good!

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic by Emily Barker

Nora, upset over her failed relationship, finds herself lost in another world (literally). She meets the charming Faitoren, unaware of the danger she is in. A magician comes to her aid, but he is a bit rough around the edges. Nora embarks on a journey to learn magic and try to find her way home. This unexpected fairy tale was a fun read! (The 1st in a series)

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Coqman

The Invisible Library Series

 

This series is complex and clever - alternate universes, fairy tale creatures, literary pirates, and the powerfully mysterious Library. The characters are charming, witty, and extremely likable. Irene and Kai team up to find valuable, one-of-a-kind books, while dealing with chaos, magic, and more. This series of adventure can't be missed!

Mischling by Affinity Konar

A heartbreaking, yet hopeful tale - 12 year old twin girls experience "Mengele's Zoo," a terrifying place for experimenting on genetic oddities. The story takes place in Nazi-ruled Germany and is told from the perspectives of the twin girls. A must read!

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

If you love the Star Wars franchise, don't miss out on Carrie's autobiography. She talks about her life on the set, fame, Harrison Ford, and everything in between. She includes excerpts from her diary she kept during filming, giving us insight into her thoughts and emotions. She is intelligent, witty, poetic, and charming. Great read!

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