I read a large variety of fiction, ranging from speculative fiction to romance. I'm particularly drawn to books with Greek mythology roots, or deal with magic in any way. 

Elektra: A Novel By Jennifer Saint Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250773616
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 3rd, 2022

Jennifer Saint's ability to weave a tapestry of originality from stories so old is simply astounding. Elektra is an awe-inspiring read that gives voices to characters who previously had none, despite being some of the most famous women in ancient Greek literature.

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

This is the book about a dark school of magic that I didn't know I needed. Naomi Novik's protagonist, named after a Lord of the Rings character, is rude and angry but you can't help but root for her. Novik has taken the trope of lovable hero and flipped the script in an incredibly intriguing manner. I simply couldn't put this book down. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635575569
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

This first book of five is fast-paced, action-packed, and full of enticing characters with intricate relationships to one another. Maas's world building abilities are astounding and she is able to so easily bring out a plethora of emotions in the reader in just 400 pages. For those who typically love fantasy and those who don't, Maas creates a world which is easy to get lost in. 

The Secret History (Vintage Contemporaries) By Donna Tartt Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

Intellectually stimulating, visually appealing and a thriller for the ages, The Secret History is incomparable. Based in an imaginary town in Vermont, this book follows the story of college kids from out of state as they explore the classics, pagan practices, and even death. This book is incredibly difficult to put down and as a bonus, it has all kinds of references to "Vermonters" and the state we love so dearly. 

Checkout 19: A Novel By Claire-Louise Bennett Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593420492
Published: Riverhead Books - March 1st, 2022

A stunning and enthralling little novel, Checkout 19 is unlike any book I've ever read. The narrative style reads more like a stream of consciousness than anything else, with the narrator taking detours from the stories she is telling into anecdotes loosely related to the 'point.' That being said, every word is deliberate and Bennett manages to tie it all together to create a unique work of beauty.

Ariadne: A Novel By Jennifer Saint Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250773593
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 5th, 2022

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The Lost Apothecary By Sarah Penner Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778311973
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Published: Park Row - February 22nd, 2022

I absolutely adored this book. Penner's writing style is utterly captivating and this story about women supporting women throughout the centuries is frankly inspiring. This book ties together themes of infidelity, murder, and magic. Suspenseful and fun, The Lost Apothecary is a perfect read for those who need more books about women by women in their life.

The Wolf Den: Volume 1 By Elodie Harper Cover Image
ISBN: 9781454946540
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Published: Union Square & Co. - March 29th, 2022

The short summary of this book is that it's about prostitutes in Pompeii. However, Elodie Harper turns it into so much more than that. In the first of a series, this imagining of ancient civilization ruminates on a woman's relationship to men, other women, herself, and her body. This book is unforgettable and you'll be holding your breath waiting for the next in the series.

Call Us What We Carry: Poems By Amanda Gorman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593465066
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Published: Viking Books - December 7th, 2021

Amanda Gorman could easily be considered one of the most influential voices of our generation. In her first book of poetry, she does a beautiful job of blending prose and rhythm to give the reader a book that will make them laugh, cry, and contemplate the world - and the country - that we live in. This is a beautiful book and I truly believe anybody and everybody has something to gain from reading it.

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The Midnight Library: A GMA Book Club Pick (A Novel) By Matt Haig Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525559474
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Published: Viking - September 29th, 2020

I think this may have been the fastest I've read a book in years. Matt Haig's writing flows so freely and this story is so incredibly captivating, you won't want to put it down. The Midnight Library is a beautiful story that everyone should read. I can confidently say that if you read this book you will gain a much greater appreciation for the life you have.

A Thousand Ships: A Novel By Natalie Haynes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063065406
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 9th, 2021

Experience the decade long battle of Troy from fresh perspectives in this beautiful and well-crafted novel by Natalie Haynes. Told in vignettes, Greek and Trojan women share their experiences of classic mythology. Haynes provides insight into characters who previously had no mention in epic poetry, and plays on themes of loss, warfare, and what being a hero can truly mean.

All About Love: New Visions (Love Song to the Nation #1) By bell hooks Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060959470
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 30th, 2018

 In her seminal work, bell hooks discusses what it means to truly love and critiques society's views on love. Her analysis of love can help folks love each other more wholly - whether it be a romantic partner, family member, friend, or community member. Her ideas ring true even twenty years later, and I truly believe that if everybody read this book, the world we live in would be a better one. 

Lore Olympus: Volume One By Rachel Smythe Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593356074
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Published: Inklore - November 2nd, 2021

Rachel Smythe does a fantastic job of blending the modern world with ancient Greek mythos. In this interpretation of the story of Hades and Persephone, Smythe expertly weaves together plenty of different myths and provides an interesting look at the Greek gods. Her artwork is beautiful and is only enhanced by her storytelling abilities. Content warning: Lore Olympus regularly deals with themes such as trauma, abuse, and sexual assault. 

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue By V. E. Schwab Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765387561
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Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2020

In this captivating tale about a woman who sells her soul for eternal life, V.E. Schwab does an excellent job of transporting the reader from NYC in 2014 to France in the 1700s. This book is hauntingly beautiful, with lyrical writing and a fascinating story, you won't want to put it down.

How High We Go in the Dark: A Novel By Sequoia Nagamatsu Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063072640
Published: William Morrow - January 18th, 2022

In Nagamatsu's debut novel, the narrative follows many different characters over generations as humanity struggles with a plague unearthed due to climate change. Although this book carries with it an innate sense of darkness and morbidity, there is also a beautiful message of hope within these pages. This is an incredibly well-done and poignant novel for these tumultuous times.

In the Time of the Butterflies By Julia Alvarez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781565129764
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 12th, 2010

There's historical fiction and then there's fictionalized history and the latter is how I would describe Alvarez's astounding work about the Mirabal sisters. Spanning decades and including the voices of all four sisters, this book captures your attention and makes you feel as though you're right there with the Mirabals. Including everything from love and romance to betrayal and revolution, this essential work is sure to make an impact on you and the way you view the world. 

The Song of Achilles: A Novel By Madeline Miller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062060624
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Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

The Iliad meets Call Me By Your Name in this touching tale by Madeline Miller about the best of the Greeks - Achilles Pelides - and his beloved companion, Patroclus. Miller's eloquent writing will have you re-reading the same phrase or sentence just to appreciate the beauty of her words. Whether or not you're familiar with Greek mythology, this book will leave you breathless.

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels (Dangerous Damsels #1) By India Holton Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593200162
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Published: Berkley - June 15th, 2021

This fantastical tale of adventure and romance is one of the most fun books I've read in a while. Two pirates go back and forth between attraction and murderous intent in a re-imagined Victorian England. Holton's prose is lyrical at some points and hilarious at others. Including pirates, rapscallions, thievery, banter, and duels; this book is a joyride that's easy to get lost in.

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060853976
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 7th, 2007

Hilarity and chaos ensues in this collaborative novel from two of the best science fiction writers in recent history. Following a variety of story lines about angels, demons, horsemen, and humans alike; Good Omens encapsulates the events of the apocalypse as Gaiman and Pratchett imagine it. This book is a must read for fans of British comedy and science fiction.

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