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Mercedes MERCEDES
Mercedes was born and raised in Arizona and grew up reading all kinds of books. Mercedes used to work at Disney World and grew up going to Disneyland every year so if you need any tips or tricks she can help you out. If Mercedes is not at Disney she is probably reading or watching Netflix. She mostly reads YA and fantasy novels but enjoys reading pretty much anything when the mood strikes.
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Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life By Héctor García, Francesc Miralles Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780143130727
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Published: Penguin Life - August 29th, 2017

I read this book thinking it would help me make more positive changes to my life. And this book will do that but for me personally it flipped my life upside-down. I have been struggling slightly with where I want to go from this point in my life and this helped me take a step back and realize what direction I want to go. No matter where in your life you are, I believe the notes and stories from this book will make you look at your day(s) spent in a new light.


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Jade Fire Gold By June CL Tan Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780063056374
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: HarperTeen - October 11th, 2022

This book gives off Zuko and Katara vibes and I love everything about it. However, if you need more to convince you to pick this up (really you shouldn't because I would have loved to just see Zuko and Katara interact with one another for a whole season and no one else) but you still get the friends who act like Toph and Sokka. AND if you still need more........you don't....end of story now go read this one.


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Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063021426
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Published: Harper Voyager - August 23rd, 2022

From chapter 1 I knew this book would break me. Robin Swift leaves his own country behind after an epidemic to a place where he knows two people. I started reading this as I myself was moving across the world knowing very few people. This book is set in the 1800s however the ideas and problems are things still going on. This hit home on not only feeling like an outsider but also in fairness, justice and even feelings of guilt. The author does an amazing job at the dealing with emotions especially the ones surrounding savoir complex. I had to put this book down a few times to breathe and take in everything. This hit home on so many levels and this honestly is my favorite read of the year.


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Bigger, Better, Bolder: Live the Life You Want, Not the Life You Get By Jennifer Cohen Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780306829581
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Published: Hachette Go - December 27th, 2022

This book really made me rethink my perspective on not only myself but the people in my live. The author reminds us that the people we surround ourselves do play a role when it comes to our own self reflection. She made some amazing points about how to change your life for everyone even those would just want to change a small aspect.


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The White Book By Han Kang Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780525573067
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Published: Hogarth - February 19th, 2019

This book is something I think everyone should pick up and read one passage of. This book takes a simple color that we see day in and day out and makes it uniquely human. It brings forth emotions and perspectives from other but also something extremely relatable. I am so glad I found this book during this time in my life as it is reminding me we are all human.


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The Cloisters: A Novel By Katy Hays Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781668004401
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Published: Atria Books - November 1st, 2022

Fate, destiny, or your own choices. Do the cards tell you the future that you cannot escape or do you make your own? This is what this story makes you question. As someone who reads tarot this is the age, old question I get. Secrets are uncovered and plans are put in place but is it really them making the decisions or has fate always been lurking in the corner. Rachel and Ann will leave you questioning until the very end.


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The Stardust Thief (The Sandsea Trilogy #1) By Chelsea Abdullah Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316368865
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Published: Orbit - December 27th, 2022

Do you love Aladdin but wondered what would happen if he was a girl? Do you love sheltered princes that just want a friendship? Do you want a jinn that acts like a bodyguard/friend but also still a mystery? Well this is the book for you. This adventure follows the Midnight Merchant (a thief), a prince, a jinn in disguise and a loyal commander as they trek across the desert to find the Jinn King relics.


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A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance #1) By Naomi Novik Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593128503
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Published: Del Rey - May 4th, 2021

Okay, so I read a lot of fantasy and I always want to go to every location and world BUT this book right here nope! I do not want to step foot into this world because it is Deadly! Think magic school but no teachers, you can't leave or access the outside world and the school has things that want to kill you... and will. I'm not sure I would survive based on having to be with the same people for 3-4 years straight but having to know multiple languages...ummm I'm struggling trying to learn Korean people!


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Malice By Heather Walter Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781984818676
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Published: Del Rey - February 1st, 2022

I loved this retelling of Maleficent. It takes a spin on the magic as well you can see how the story would have gotten twisted if you did not witness what happened personally. It just reminds us that every story has different sides and I am so excited for the sequel because if she had not taken a stand I would have stepped in and became the villain for her. My girl deserves so much better and the people are ugh.


Belladonna By Adalyn Grace Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316158459
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 29th, 2022

Not only does this book have an amazing naked hardcover and end pages but it is also a wonderful story. This book makes it so that even if we push our deepest and darkest secrets down it does not make us any different or a better person. Adalyn Grace does an amazing job at showing us we have to have darkness to have the light and that we must accept ourselves fully, even the scary parts to become our true self. *Also Death..... well he is amazing and I need more of him.


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Violet Made of Thorns By Gina Chen Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593427538
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Published: Delacorte Press - July 26th, 2022

Do you like morally grey characters and enemies to lovers (ish)? Then this book is for you. Follow the journey of the seer and the prince as they try and do what's best for the themselves as well as the country. (Heads up those two things conflict a lot). I'm not sure I have ever seen or read a hate/love relationship quite like this that leaves you wondering even in the end if they actually care about one another or doing things to be selfish. This book is everything I want in morally grey characters and enemies to lovers because it is so utterly human.


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Vampiric Vacation (The Sinister Summer Series #2) By Kiersten White Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593379080
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 27th, 2022

Okay not only do I need the waterpark to be built asap I also need this spa to be built. This book is gives everything you want in well a Vampiric Vacation and more. Lasertag in catacombs, a library with old books and bats. SOLD. I am beyond excited for the next book and can't wait to see what the Winterbottoms get up too!


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The Ballad of Never After (Once Upon a Broken Heart #2) By Stephanie Garber Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250268426
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 13th, 2022

I....I....I....I need the third book. I hope there will be a third book if not Stephanie and I will have words aka I will cry.


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She and Her Cat: Stories By Makoto Shinkai, Naruki Nagakawa, Ginny Tapley Takemori (Translated by) Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781982165741
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Published: Atria Books - November 22nd, 2022

Four stories...four connections that just so happen to be cats. Follow the journey of not only different women in different points in their lives but also their cats as they take you on a journey that makes you realize we may all be connected to each other in the most unusual ways.


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A Dreadful Splendor: An Edgar Award Winner By B.R. Myers Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063209831
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 23rd, 2022

So, this book had me second guessing myself so much and the ending definitely not what I was expecting. Dreadful Splendor is just what its title dreadful and splendor it all depends on who you ask in this book....then again they may all say dreadful. (It was the 1800's). The turn at the end I was not expecting and it plays so well in with that happened prior that it makes me want to reread it and see if there were any clues left. If you like gothic and well dreadful things this is for you.


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The Dead Romantics: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Ashley Poston Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593336489
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Published: Berkley - June 28th, 2022

You know if my love life was a novel I'm pretty sure it would be like this one. This to me gave off Charmed vibes (The one from the 90's) where Piper meets and falls in love with a ghost. Anyways, go read this because hello it's a writer and her dead editor what could be better.


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Luminary: A Magical Guide to Self-Care By Kate Scelsa Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781665902342
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 8th, 2022

I wish I had a book like this when I was in my early 20's. This book touches on so many aspects of spiritually. (I do use spiritually as an umbrella term in this context just because it can mean many different things.) Luminary is like a guide on where to start and what aspects you can start with in my opinion. Honestly, I think this is a great book for those just starting out or those who may be not brand new but newish. I also love that the author gives us information about who she learned from and where you can find them as well.


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The Sign for Home: A Novel By Blair Fell Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9781982175955
Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - April 5th, 2022

Honestly, I love the different perspectives that this book shows and how it effects different people in different ways. This book does have religious trauma associated with it and for me was slightly triggering. The romance bit does take a bit to get to but in order to understand everything about you need to under the present and past Arlo. This journey was a rough one for me but worth in the end to see how far the main character could go.  TW: Religious Trauma


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Acts of Service: A Novel By Lillian Fishman Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780593243763
Published: Hogarth - May 3rd, 2022

This book gives me so many thoughts. It reminds us that sexuality is fluid but that not everything has to make sense to the people out of your life because they do not experiences the things you do nor the way you do. *This is just a side note, but the main man in this makes me just rethink men in general.....


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Wretched Waterpark (The Sinister Summer Series #1) By Kiersten White Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780593379042
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Published: Delacorte Press - June 7th, 2022

Okay, so I need the next book now! I, also, need this waterpark built ASAP....please so it can take all my money. Kiersten White does an amazing job at having this waterpark be fully immersive think Disney. (Side note: I worked at Disney for about 4 years and let me tell you they thought of everything to be immersive to the point where I was like come on.) This book has everything I need in a summer vacation: mystery, adults being weird, secret tunnels (cue Avatar music), a library, and instead of sunscreen..black lace parasols. Honestly, I could go on and on about this book (my co-workers are probably tired of it) so if you want an amazing read this is it.


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Bitch: On the Female of the Species By Lucy Cooke Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781541674899
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Published: Basic Books - June 14th, 2022


It's no secret that we live in a patriarchal society however this viewpoint has a much further reach than even I thought of including science. I have studied biology with an emphasis on animals and OMG. I have learned a lot from my classes and now from this book. It's amazing how our own viewpoints bleed into everything. Scientists have had to fight this patriarchal view ON ANIMALS because the scientists at the time couldn't fathom that females "acted like males". I learned a lot and it makes me question what else isn't correct due to this viewpoint.


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Just Like Home By Sarah Gailey Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250174727
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Published: Tor Books - July 19th, 2022

Just when I thought I had this story pegged for one thing Gailey takes the rug and pulls out from under me. She leads us down this journey of a family and how the father being a serial killer effects them then it suddenly takes a dark turn followed by an EVEN darker turn. Honestly, this book has everything I look for in Horror-body horror, a serial killer, and a haunting....and please tell me if there will be prequel for this because I want to...no... need to know more about this house and the family that resides in it.


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Remarkably Bright Creatures: A Read with Jenna Pick By Shelby Van Pelt Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780063204157
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2022

This book had me at "Darkness suits me" and honestly I need nothing else from this book. Also, who doesn't love octopuses because let me tell you they are crazy smart and amazing. Also the fact they can fit into any hole as long as it is not smaller than it's beak is wild. I have more fun octopus facts/stories if you want them.


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I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki: A Memoir By Baek Sehee, Anton Hur (Translated by) Cover Image
By Baek Sehee, Anton Hur (Translated by)
$24.00
ISBN: 9781635579383
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - November 1st, 2022

What initially made me pick up this book was because the title is soooo relatable and tteokbokki is delicious. The book focuses on certain appointments between the author and her therapist. I will tell you I have had similar thoughts and ideas but yet someone in a different country, culture, and upbringing feels the same as me. This reiterates we are human and probably everyone has felt the same way you have at some point in life. We are/you are not alone in your feelings.


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A Flicker in the Dark: A Novel By Stacy Willingham Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781250803825
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Published: Minotaur Books - January 11th, 2022

This story left me second guessing myself until the very end. If you want a book like the saying "Everything is not as it seems" then this is the book for you because oh my gosh. The turn at the end was not what I was expecting at all and actually makes me want to reread this book to see what bread crumbs were left. *Also, Audrey is relatable as people (aka men) are always making her rethink if she is actually seeing things or just seeing what she wants to see.


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Tiny Dino By Deborah Freedman, Deborah Freedman (Illustrator) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593352649
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 19th, 2022

Don't ever let someone tell you who or what you are because you are you. This little hummingbird is how we all need to be in our life...loud and proud. Also dino facts are cool and I absolutely loved seeing a phylogenetic tree or a simple one in the book.