Elija's Picks

Elija (they/them) is a seafaring pirate, a smoothie connoisseur, and a delicate toad --

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The Starless Sea: A Novel By Erin Morgenstern Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101971383
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Published: Anchor - August 4th, 2020

For lovers of stories, for lovers of poetic prose, for lovers of lovers. This book is pure magic in literary form. Follow our protagonists through mystery, adventure, and their quest for love. Through atmospheric writing, the story beckons you deeper and deeper into exploring the greatest of dreams and the most daunting nightmares of those around you; and how they're inherently connected to the ones you have in your own head. Between scenes, the author settles you into velvety, candlelit rooms made just for you. The Starless Sea is the perfect cup of tea for those who are seeking to infuse a little more magic into their lives.


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The Tensorate Series: (The Black Tides of Heaven, The Red Threads of Fortune, The Descent of Monsters, The Ascent to Godhood) By Neon Yang Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250807540
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Tordotcom - September 21st, 2021

The thread unravels and unravels with this collection of novellas from Neon Yang. I was looking for a story that centered queer and trans stories without the story specifically being about a queer or trans experience. The fact that this book was a sci-fi/fantasy story was an enormous cherry on top. I finished this book in mere hours -- following the character-led narrative was intoxicating. Dive in for Southeast Asian-inspired worldbuilding and queerness from character to plot.


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If We Were Villains: A Novel By M. L. Rio Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250095299
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 17th, 2018

Found family; but make it twisted, corrupted, and hot. The dark academia genre at its finest. This story is the perfect dive into what happens when you drown yourself in a craft beyond your own innate human capacity for compassion. The perfect blend of full-bodied characters, illustrative storytelling, and interesting plot. Read this story to soak within the world of delicate tea cups, lingering yearning, and all-nighters with the warmth of a brick fireplace. The characters will implore you to find an all-encompassing drive to improve your craft -- so much so that you'd be willing to die (and kill) for it. 


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Other Ever Afters: New Queer Fairy Tales By Melanie Gillman Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593303184
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Random House Graphic - September 20th, 2022

Pleasing illustration, heart-aching stories, and universal readability -- what more could you want? Other Ever Afters takes the classic fairy tale equation and renews it with magnetic characters, new plots, and refreshing values to the universe of fantasy and story. Stories of un-conditional love, choiceful devotion, and challenging power perfectly affirmed my own socio-political compass while also salving the wounds deeply grown in my body. 

Whether you love a little one or you're seeking to heal a littler version of yourself, this book will wrap its reader with warm arms and a soft affirmation of their worthiness. 


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