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ALI ALI
Ali is best known for her funky sense of fashion and her even funkier sense of humor. She likes stories that teach her something about herself, movies with musical numbers, and songs that make her feel like she’s in a movie. You can typically find this bookseller making art, cultivating playlists for any absurdly specific situation, or indulging in one of her many other hobbies/passions, all while laughing at her own bad jokes.
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I Want to Be a Vase Cover Image
By Julio Torres, Julian Glander (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781534493902
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 7th, 2022

I’m a huge fan of Julio Torres, so when I found out he was writing a picture book I was stoked! I honestly don't know who will have more fun reading this book, kids or adults. The bold and comedic narration is beautifully matched with a vibrant and funky art style that is truly a treat to behold. This is a wonderful book, a gorgeous piece of art, and a rather stylish hat if you're in the know.


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Ship Wrecked: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063215870
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Published: Avon - November 15th, 2022

Olivia Dade has, once again, given me everything I need in a romance novel. This entire series is so much fun and you can feel the fondness that Dade has for her characters shining through in the way they interact with each other. If you've ever engaged with fan fiction and like your romance novels laugh out loud funny, emotionally intelligent, and oh-so-steamy, start with Spoiler Alert and set sail for the ride of your life.


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A Proposal They Can't Refuse: A Rom-Com Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780778386094
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Published: Mira Books - June 7th, 2022

When it comes to romance novels that revolve around food, I'm always on board. If you're a fan of childhood friends to enemies to lovers and fake dating, let your trope-loving heart rejoice, because this is the book for you. You've also got a mischievous abuelo/grandad duo blackmailing their grandkids into getting engaged, who could say no to such wacky hi-jinks??


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The Boy with the Bookstore Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593545980
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Published: Berkley - September 6th, 2022

Listen... I work in a bookstore connected to a bakery, how could I resist?? I genuinely don't know if I'm more jealous of the sweet romance the leads share or the even sweeter ube based treats they consume. If you're looking for something light and you're a fan of the edgy guy/shy girl dynamic, mutual pining, or you're just here for the steamy bits, this book is definitely worth the read! 


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For Butter or Worse Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781335506344
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Published: Hqn - July 26th, 2022

If you're not already sold by the deliciously punny title, perhaps the dash of enemies to lovers and sprinkle of fake dating will pique your interest. If you've ever found yourself watching the Food Network and thought "ok... but what if they kissed?" then this is definitely the book for you! The steamy scenes were top tier, but it was the descriptions of the food that really had me feeling things I'd never felt before. 


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The Wedding Crasher: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062909893
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Published: Avon - April 5th, 2022

Ugh, this book was way too fun! The back and forth between the two leads was endlessly entertaining and there were some excellent twists and turns that had me laughing out loud and blushing like I was watching a Rom-Com at a sleepover with my besties. If this doesn't get made into a movie soon I might have to settle for a dramatic reading at my next slumber party. Wedding Crasher is everything you want in a Rom-Com; hilarious, heartwarming, and STEAMY. 


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Shit Cassandra Saw: Stories Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143136620
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Published: Penguin Books - January 11th, 2022

There are moments during this book where you will find yourself so amused by the oddities in these stories that you'll be completely caught off guard by Gwen E. Kirby's genuine depictions of raw, human emotion. Whether it be the mundane or the surreal, Cassandra's prophecies have a devastating sense of truth and a biting sense of humor that can only be informed by the messy, hopeful, painful absurdity of real life. After finishing this collection of stories, I randomly find myself thinking back to the shit that Cassandra saw and I predict that these stories will stay with me for a very long time. 


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$20.00
ISBN: 9781638991038
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Published: Iron Circus Comics - July 4th, 2023

Lackadaisy was the very first webcomic I read, way back in my early teens, and it started my obsession with the medium. The love and detail that Tracy Butler puts into her comic are abundant in every single panel. The art and story alike are full of action, humor, and an abundance of personality. If you're like me and you're a sucker for anything Prohibition Era or you're just looking for a charming and unique read, I highly recommend Lackadaisy! 


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Gods of Jade and Shadow Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525620778
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Published: Del Rey - February 18th, 2020

If you're always on the lookout for new fairy tales but you've grown tired of retellings of the same stories, I cannot recommend Gods of Jade and Shadow enough. Silvia Moreno-Garcia seamlessly blends imagery from Mayan mythology and the roaring 20's into a captivating new fairy tale. If you're a fan of the headstrong heroine/cocky immortal dynamic, you'll fall head over heels for Casiopeia and Hun-Kame. Down to the last detail I truly felt like I could visualize everything. The intricate world building, epic action scenes and even the quiet moments of longing were as clear as if I were watching a movie. 


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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593356821
Availability: Not Available In-Store - Usually Ships from Warehouse in 1-5 Days
Published: Del Rey - August 17th, 2021

I don't read a lot of Mystery novels, but I'm a die-hard Silvia Moreno-Garcia fan so I was excited to venture into a new genre with her. Velvet Was the Night did not disappoint. The mystery was compelling, but the real draw for me was the two leads. Maite, a secretary who can't help but daydream about romance and adventure to break up her monotonous day-to-day and Elvis, the hitman who can't help but daydream about romance and comfort while under orders to tail her. Will these two lonely hearts' paths cross or will the danger at hand keep them apart? 


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Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781524748067
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Published: Pantheon - July 13th, 2021

I genuinely feel that this is a book everyone needs to read. The last few years have felt more lonely than ever, but loneliness isn't anything new. Everyone experiences it during different points in their life. Seek You is a stunning exploration of loneliness and the ways it can manifest itself in our lives and interactions. Kristen Radtke's artwork is stunning and her writing poignant, she really makes the most of the medium. After reading Seek You, I felt like I had a better understanding of my own loneliness, and that honestly made me feel way less alone. 


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Spoiler Alert: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063005549
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Published: Avon - October 6th, 2020

As a hopeless romantic and longtime reader of fanfiction, it's even surprising to me that I hadn't read too many romance novels until Spoiler Alert. Since fanfiction is a MAJOR plot point in this story, I was hooked from the start! This book made me laugh out loud and blush, sometimes in the same paragraph. If you're a sucker for celebrities falling for non-famous people, unconventionally attractive romantic leads, and STEAMY romance, then spoiler alert: You're gonna LOVE Spoiler Alert!


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All the Feels: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063005587
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Published: Avon - November 16th, 2021

Once again, Olivia Dade has fulfilled so many of the elements I look for in a romance novel; an unconventionally attractive romantic lead, romantic leads who are capable of engaging in healthy communication, laugh out loud funny moments, and romance that's both sweet and SPICY. I read this book in one day and was absolutely hooked from the first page. This book will definitely live up to its name and give you all the feels!


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Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780807054932
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Published: Beacon Press - March 9th, 2021

I'm deeply fascinated by the idea that womanhood is inherently monstrous and how traits that are often vilified in women are seen as heroic in men. Jess Zimmerman explores these concepts and more using classic myths and experiences from her own life. Whether you're like me and you've given this topic a lot of thought and you're looking for another perspective or if you've never thought about it but you're looking for something a little different, Women and Other Monsters is a great read!


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By Jarrett Melendez, Danica Brine (Illustrator), Hank Jones (Colorist), Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Letterer)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781620109045
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Published: Oni Press - April 12th, 2022

If you're looking for a lighthearted graphic novel full of diverse characters, tempting food, hot chefs, and a super-tasting pig named Watson, then Chef's Kiss is definitely for you. Okay, I'm not sure why you would be specifically looking for a book that includes a pig named Watson, but doesn't that make you wanna read it even more? From the art to the story, Chef's Kiss is perfectly titled, because it leaves you feeling the same way it feels to share a tasty meal with good friends, with a full heart and a taste of something satisfying.


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By Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Lisa Sterle (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062943149
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - October 5th, 2021

I'm a big fan of any story that plays with the concept of girl groups who aren't afraid to get a little gruesome, and this book definitely delivered. The soft, candy colored art clashes with the monstrous characters and brutal events perfectly. If you enjoyed Mean Girls, Jennifer's Body, Scream Queens, or any other story involving popular girls with dark secrets and questionable morals, you'll love Squad! 


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My Name’s Yours, What’s Alaska?: A Memoir Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781797203225
Availability: Not Available In-Store - Usually Ships from Warehouse in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - November 9th, 2021

If you're a fan of drag, you're probably already sold on this book, but even if you've never seen a single episode of RuPaul's drag race, there's still plenty worth exploring. For super fans like me, there's a plethora of insider info and it almost feels like Alaska's right there in the room with you because you can hear their iconic cadence in every syllable. For the casual reader, you get to experience an in depth perspective on the highs and lows of what it takes to be one of the most legendary, albeit controversial, Drag Superstars.


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The Girl from the Sea: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338540574
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graphix - June 1st, 2021

I was ready to love this graphic novel from the moment I laid eyes on the cover, and contrary to the old saying, judging a book by its cover totally worked in my favor! This story is full of vividly fleshed out characters, romance that will bring a smile to your face and tears to your eyes, and a heartwarming story perfectly complimented by stunning artwork. This story resonated with me as an adult, but I can only imagine the impact it would’ve had on me growing up. If you’re a fan of magical romance, queer coming of age stories, or if you’re just looking for a sweet summer read, look no further than ‘The Girl from the Sea’!


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Starfish Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984814500
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - March 9th, 2021

Starfish is equal parts heartbreaking and empowering. I see myself and so many of the people I love in the main character, Ellie. Lisa Fipps' uses poetic verse to highlight the ways society, particularly the people closest to us, can break us down over any perceived "flaw". She also shows that it's possible to overcome those nagging, negative thoughts and replace them with positive, empowering ones. It is evident on every page that this book was written with compassion and in depth understanding of the experience that comes with being perceived as different. This book perfectly expresses the idea that no matter what makes you different, you are worthy of love and you are worthy of taking up space, or "starfishing"! 


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Lore Olympus: Volume One Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780593160299
Availability: Not Available In-Store - Usually Ships from Warehouse in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Worlds - November 2nd, 2021

In a big misunderstanding after a wild night out, goddess of spring, Persephone, wakes up in an unfamiliar bed belonging to Hades, Olympus’ most eligible bachelor. While the king of the Underworld turns out to be a total gentleman, hidden threats lie among the remaining gods. On top of keeping up with all the gods, goddesses and gossip, Persephone has an obligation to be a "Goddess of Eternal Maidenhood", AKA virgin forever. Will Persephone’s budding relationship with the god of the dead be her downfall? Or will one of her many other secrets catch up to her and cause her undoing? Lore Olympus is funny, romantic, heartbreaking, and always a feast for the eyes.


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The Prince and the Dressmaker Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626723634
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: First Second - February 13th, 2018

“Beauty. Drama. Romance. Anything you think is beautiful. When I walk into a room, I want everyone to notice”
After quitting her job as a seamstress, these are the instructions given to dressmaker, Frances, by her new employer, the mysterious Lady Crystallia. Frances quickly discovers that her patron is actually Sebastian, the Crown Prince of Belgium, looking for a way to express themself without revealing their identity. From this unique collaboration comes friendship, romance, self-discovery, and stunning fashion. On top of beauty, drama and romance, this sweet story also contains plenty of LGBTQIA  representation and shows that the world is a way more beautiful place when everybody has the freedom to be themselves.