Tim is best friends with Lebron James and Carly Rae Jepsen, assuming that best friend status is earned by constantly stalking their twitter and instagram. If not, then his dog Ponyo is his best friend who he can be seen often walking if the temperature is just right. When he's not reading, you can find him writing or constantly making terrible short films in the hopes that one day he will make "all right" short films. He is open to reading anything but science fiction and fantasy holds a special place in his heart. Come find him if you want to talk about the Wu-Tang Clan or French New Wave films.
Although it may seem like contrasting characteristics but Klara and the Sun is both enlightening and devastating. There's a specific feeling that radiates throughout the book; the feeling of crying and not knowing why. However, Ishiguro assures that it is OK, and invites readers to follow Klara as she observes, adapts, and learns what it means to be human.
Ly Tran’s debut memoir is a gripping journey of a woman’s burgeoning love for learning as she learns to grow up in a country that may as well be another planet to her. Tran provides a vital study of a Vietnamese family’s tensions and collisions across time that, as a child of Asian immigrants, is hard to describe without getting too emotional. House of Sticks is an essential read that struck a deep chord which led me to evaluate the things I take for granted.
City of Girls follows Vivian Morris as a small town girl who is sent away to live with her flamboyant aunt. This 1940s time capsule of New York captures the complexities of women's lives, relationships, and friendships with sharp humor and refreshing honesty.
My cold heart melted as I followed the blossoming relationship between Stella and Michael. I loved everything about this book, which tells a simple story but is so full of humanity and wholesomeness. The Kiss Quotient is wonderful and a breath of fresh air for contemporary romance.
Ice Cream Man is an anthology horror series about terrible, unexplainable things happening to people. Similar to Joe Hill and Stephen King, the supernatural elements of the stories are merely a backdrop to the real world problems that the characters are facing which leads to devastating and disturbing decisions as readers get these quick vignettes into their lives.
Spy x Family is a hilarious, heartfelt story about the worlds best spy facing his toughest mission yet; being a family man. The job becomes more difficult when the daughter he adopts is actually a psychic and the woman he marries is a deadly assassin. What starts off as an action thriller slowly transforms into a coming-of-age story about outsiders trying to figure out the meaning of family.
As you can guess from the title, something terrible is happening in Archer's Peak, and the only person that can stop it is Erica Slaughter. While the premise is something we've seen a thousand times, it is carried by its badass characters, and amazing art which highlights the creepiness of this rural town. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Umbrella Academy are sure to enjoy this!
Lyssa Kay Adams is no longer allowed to stop writing this series. I won't allow it! The third installment brings an unlikely pairing I didn't know I needed. This is a classic story of best friends wanting to be lovers but filled with charm and familiar characters that you just want to hug and protect all bad things from happening to them.
Alexandra Chang's debut is a fresh and gripping portrayal of an Asian American woman navigating to find her place in a vast world. She manages to capture mankind in a brilliant way that allows the readers to feel as if they are having a conversation with an old friend.
Magical. That's the only word I can use to describe A Wish in the Dark. Soontornvat crafts a unique take on Les Miserables by injecting elements from Thailand which is something I haven't seen in Middle Grade before. I loved every single page of this book that speaks about poverty, wealth, and authority.
A powerful and sobering collection of essays. There were times when I wanted to close the book because it felt too real because Cathy Park Hong accurately captured and exposed all of the feelings and frustrations I had growing up as an Asian American. Minor Feelings isn't meant to scare or guilt anybody, but creates awareness of a perspective that is often neglected in America.
Jewell Parker Rhodes has this unique ability to create these captivating, quickly-paced novels about stories that are so relevant in today's society but rarely written about in media. Black Brother, Black Brother is a powerful story about racism, privilege, and overcoming adversity.
After I read the first book in the Bromance Book Club series I thought to myself, "Well it could only go downhill from here." I WAS WRONG! After Liv is wrongfully fired after witnessing her boss harass a coworker, she teams up with Braden Mack, a playboy entrepreneur to take him down in a fun operation that plays out like a Hallmark movie in the best way possible. There were moments when I felt that this wasn't a novel, but rather a guide on how to be a better person, and in these trying times we really need it.
After a break up, people typically would suggest going to the gym or deleting your social media, but Gavin Scott joins a book club with an unlikely group of romance genre aficionados. Like Gavin, this is my first experience with the romance genre and I feel like the bar is set so high now that it can only go downhill from here. I love everything about this book, from the hilarious interactions with Gavin and his fellow book club members to the deep, layered conflicts that kept me up late reading to find out if this love story gets its happy ending.
Gene Luen Yang tricked me! I thought I was getting a chronicle about the glamorized, flashy, stellar game that is basketball. However, once I finished Dragon Hoops, I realized that it is so much more. It is an intimate portrait of a group of people working towards the same goal. You see the history, the hard work, and the adversity leading up to the season. Yang makes readers understand that everybody starts from somewhere and everybody's got a journey. This is the journey of the Bishop O'Dowd basketball team.
Just when I was starting to get jaded with the fantasy genre, The Bard's Blade reels me back in. I love everything about this book, from the unique take of placing a bard as a protagonist to the mysterious, new world that Anderson has crafted. It has everything one could ask for from epic fantasy—romance, villainy, adventure, depth and characters that feel so real it's as if they are sitting right next to you.
Raising children is hard. Raising children that are able to spontaneously combust? Even harder. That is what Lillian is about to find out as she is hired for the WORST babysitting job ever. A Wes Anderson-esque story with a dash of Charlie Kaufman, Nothing to See Here is so good- so subtle, truthful, simple, and just a joy to read.
I will make the BOLD statement that Wu-Tang Clan's album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) is the best Hip-hop record in history. That's right, I said it. Luckily, I don't have to tell you why because Will Ashon did that for me.Chamber Music isn't just a reflection of an album, but rather a peek into the world, culture, and history that led to the making of this landmark piece of music. This is a must-read for lovers of Hip-Hop.
Nightbooks is such a fun and creepy read! Our protagonist Alex is trapped by a witch and must read her a scary story every night, but what happens when he runs out of ideas? One Thousand and One Nights meets Coraline in this tale that is sure to make your skin crawl.
This is a special book. The Nobody people tells the story of a group of outcasts with extraordinary abilities trying to find their place in our modern world. If you think you've read this superhero story before, you haven't- at least not with the level of poignancy and awareness that Proehl incorporates. You won't find the galaxy-saving spectacle of the Avengers movies, but are instead greeted with an intimate and personal portrait of characters going through the prejudices of a world that very much reflects our own.
I picked up this manga on a whim and it has been one of the best decisions I've ever made! This hilarious gag manga follows Tatsu, a former gang member, who falls in love and does his best to live a reformed life but old habits die hard. In Tatsu's former life he's known as an insane badass but now he has to deal with his toughest challenges yet; bargain bin sales and preparing dinner before his wife gets home! The characters and jokes are hilarious, the art is fantastic, and there's cute animals. What else do you need?
Historically, the achievements of women in film have been diminished by the misogyny of the men that run the entertainment industry, but have no fear! Nathalia Holt brings these unsung heroes into the limelight they rightly deserve. The strength of this book is that we focus, not only on the art, but the women's lives and how their experiences have helped shape their work which has resonated with so many people.
I feel like this isn't so much a collection of horror stories as it is a collection of stories about the human psyche and the complexities of humans. Full Throttle allows us to see the progression of Joe Hill's voice through the different stages in his career. From his earlier to his most recent work he has this innate ability to show readers that ghosts and monsters aren't the only creatures capable of being terrifying. I dare you to try to sleep after reading this. DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU!
When I finished The Infinite Noise it didn't feel like I read a book but, rather I had just sat and down and had a conversation with an old friend. I imagine translating a podcast into a written format would be a daunting task but Shippen has made the transition seamless because the words come alive as you follows the budding romance of Caleb and Adam. The characters in this book do have extraordinary abilities but you won't find them saving the galaxy or catching criminals, but instead they are searching for their place in a world that doesn't accept them.