"Feather" may sound delicate, but labels are often deceptive. It's a book about having to be a tough girl, gaining confidence, and defying expectations. It's also a meditation on self-worth, what is worth fighting for, and even the right to be called by your own name. [Raissa]
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My reading habits swing from children’s literature and young adult to classics and nonfiction, with the occasional novel. Let me know of any good beginner graphic novels and I’ll try something new. My all-time favorite author is Frank Herbert, pulling slightly ahead of Jane Austen, along with Laura Ingalls Wilder, Barbara Kingsolver, Ursula K. Le Guin, Helen Hooven Santmyer, and Mary Stewart. Quirky investigators like Malcolm Gladwell are quickly making a place in my heart.
Don't be distracted by the Southern setting and alternative American history, this series is a warped, romp-rollin', blood-thirsty Western, complete with lonesome heroes and wild steeds (read:hippos). [Raissa]
It can be delightful to stumble across someone's quirky obsession. With Vol. II, we can firmly commit to being obsessed ourselves. Even more perfect than Vol. I, it is history, art appreciation, and travelogue, connecting us with their beauty and substance. [Raissa]
It's the story of the life of a teenage girl, but it is more importantly a trip through her mind. Although she is our narrator, she remains a complete enigma. It's bizarre and confusing and wonderful. [Raissa]
This fast teen read give a non-Disney version of young people and their experiences with sex, drugs, and mental illness. It's also one of the few books I've ever found genuinely unpredictable. [Raissa]
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This memoir kept me up into the wee hours. This book is for everyone who has started out in adulthood and is figuring out which rules are set and how to define their lives. [Raissa]
Atwood presents a not-so-far-fetched future for us to decipher. Figuring out this society and how it stemmed from our own is an engrossing experience. Destined to be read by future generations. [Raissa]
Lego addicts are endlessly creative, but these fun projects are also surprisingly useful! From Christmas tree ornaments to desk organizers to a phone charging station, holiday activity time starts here. [Raissa]
A stunning new edition of Dune is a fitting package for this ultimate, be-all, end-all, science fiction epic. Read it because Frank Herbert was a local boy, or because he was a great writer, or because you’ve never tried it before, or because it is your favorite. The themes of ecology, politics, and religion are sweeping and timeless. [Raissa]
The students and staff of a boarding school (reminiscent of our own Stadium High!) all have secrets under their everyday facades. Dive in with relatable characters, familiar adolescent struggles, and mysterious goings-on. Set in the Pacific Northwest, readers have the sense of unearthing a modern folktale as the story twists and turns. [Raissa]