Madeline has been reading for as long as she can remember. Her love for books began with the beloved Harry Potter series, in fact as a child she often boasted that she had read the series over 20 times! As she grew so did her passion for reading. Fantasy, mystery, sci-fi, and horror are her genres of choice, although she has been caught reading the occasional YA series. Her other interests include hiking, leading backpacking trips, binging on Netlfix, and spending time with her beautiful dogs.
I haven’t read a fantasy debut this promising in years! Set in the 18th century Middle East, Chakraborty builds a mesmerizing, detail-rich world that transports you directly into the heart of the story. The characters are remarkably complex, almost painfully so at times. Much like reality, they all have both light and darkness inside them and there are few clear distinctions between good and evil. This book has it all, magical characters steeped in meticulously researched folklore, political strife, social injustice, betrayal and a tasteful sprinkling of romance. I was hooked from page one, and after putting aside all other life responsibilities, I devoured it in less than 48 hours. I cannot recommend it highly enough, take this book home, you will not regret it.
This has long been one of my favorite comics, that I would stumble across randomly and then not see again for months. Imagine my delight when an ENTIRE COLLECTION of them appeared in the very place I work. The concept is brilliantly simple, what would dogs look (and act like) if they were drawn as middle-aged men? The result is totally hilarious and is a great addition to a coffee table collection.
For fans of The Girl with all the Gifts, this is a must have companion book, that ties the story together. However, The Boy on the Bridge can be read and thoroughly enjoyed as a stand-alone. Set in a not-so-distant future, a brain-controlling fungus has come close to wiping out the human population, and a team of scientists are racing to find a cure. The book is intelligently written with enormous attention to scientific detail. It is fast paced, suspenseful, gripping and thought provoking. Don’t go in expecting a happy ending, because there is none to be found here, but the story is better for it.
Not Quite Narwhal is a precious book about acceptance and finding your identity. Kelp is a Unicorn living among Narwhals who doesn’t always feel like he belongs, when he meets a group of Unicorns he is faced with a tough decision, Unicorn or Narwhal? Dive into this dazzlingly illustrated picture book and allow Kelp to teach you that it is possible to belong in more than one world. I absolutely adore this picture book, and you will too!
If you loved Swan Song and The Stand, this post apocalyptic epic, and the two that precede in the trilogy are sure to be a great fit. They are, without a doubt, my favorite reads of the year! I cannot recommend them highly enough. Justin Cronin crafts complex and compelling characters and matches them with a sprawling storyline that spans decades and three hefty books. His take on a vampire-like virus is fresh and will remind you of the days when vampires were blood-thirsty creatures instead of charming teenagers. Find a comfy armchair and prepare to be up all night!
If you loved Swan Song and The Stand, this post apocalyptic epic, and the two that follow in the trilogy are sure to be a great fit. They are, without a doubt, my favorite reads of the year! I cannot recommend them highly enough. Justin Cronin crafts complex and compelling characters and matches them with a sprawling story line that spans decades. His take on a vampire-like virus is fresh and will remind you of the days when vampires were blood-thirsty creatures instead of charming teenagers. Find a comfy armchair and prepare to be up all night!
This book is a perfect gift for any millennial or millennial hater in your life. Combining beautiful photographs with self-deprecating satire, Millennials of New York provides a hilarious and original look into the lives of young adults in New York City. It makes a wonderful coffee table book, but be warned, it will be read cover to cover every time!
What could be better than mustaches and babies? BABIES WITH MUSTACHES! Billy the baby is born with a special kind of mustache that is constantly evolving and leading him into all sorts of crazy adventures! This board book is full of hilarious illustrations and creative narration and is the perfect gift for all mommies, daddies, toddlers and babies alike!
Tana French has done it again! In the 6th installment of the Dublin Murder Squad series Detectives Antoinette Conway and Stephen Moran are assigned a seemingly straight forward domestic case. Conway suspects there is more to the story, however with a squad full of detectives out to get her and mounting pressure to make an arrest, the case becomes anything but straightforward. As someone who has not read any of the other books in the series, I was apprehensive that I wouldn’t connect with the characters. My fear was in vain, The Trespasser is just as successful as a stand-alone. French crafts an engaging crime mystery, with rich narrative and compelling characters.
Have you ever felt like your baby was taking charge of your life? Of course you have, babies are a full time job! Using colorful, silly illustrations, The Boss Baby depicts the wonderfully exhausting experience of having a new baby. This clever and creative story is finally available as a board book and it's a guaranteed great gift for any new parents and their Boss Baby!