A native Floridian, Anna loves the sound of rain and thunder, and can often be found with thunderstorm sounds on, pretending Arizona actually experiences weather that isn't sunshine. Her favorite reads are often sci-fi comedies (can you say Vonnegut?) or strange and unusual YA novels. She may or may not be a time traveler whose deepest desire in life is to own a pet tortoise named Marshmallow Tereshkova. Do with that what you will.
I keep trying to put into words just how incredible this book is, but it feels like an impossible task. Dig is probably King's most impressive book to date (and her books are all impressive, trust me), with a cast of characters you won't soon forget and writing that will hold you captivated for hours on end. It's smart and beautiful and sad and suspenseful--basically everything I love in a book. Read this if you want to change the way you see the world. Seriously. It's that good.
First, a warning: this book is not for the faint of heart. Not because it's particularly gory (which it is), not because the humor ranges from Douglas Adams to middle-school bathroom wall, but because it doesn't always make a whole lot of sense. A series of paranormal encounters stitched together by a single underlying entity of cosmic terror, John Dies at the End will give you whiplash if you're not careful—but behind all the wig monsters (yes, you read that right) and wisecracking is a deeply unsettling story about troubled slacker Dave and his best friend John trying their very best not to bring about the end of the world. Too bad they're not very good at it.
Cooking with the recipes in Dining In feels like you're cooking with a friend. Not only does Roman include some stellar "highly cookable" recipes, but she also explains the reasons why she's included what she has, be that personal taste or a sweet memory of a recipe's appearance in her life, an inclusion which makes this book as fun to read through as it is to cook through!
We Were Restless Things was probably my favorite book of last year. At once a ghost story and a love letter, Nagamatsu’s lyrical prose and intricate story left me haunted in more ways than one. I fell in love with the oddball cast of characters and pondered the mysterious forest at the heart of the story for ages after reading. If you want something beautiful, quiet, and a little spooky, then this is the book for you.