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Before the Coffee Gets Cold By Toshikazu Kawaguchi Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781335430991
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Published: Hanover Square Press - November 17th, 2020

Reading this is just like drinking a good cup of coffee; you drink it slowly and savor every sip as it fills you with warmth. It is cozy and moving, with spoonfuls of time travel and melancholy added in to deepen the flavor profile even more.


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Black Paradox (Junji Ito) By Junji Ito Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781974728633
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - October 25th, 2022

Junji Ito is the master of horror manga and Black Paradox just stands to prove that further. It starts out with a group suicide pact gone wrong, eventually devolving into mind twisting madness. Add spine-tingling art to the mix and this is sure to keep you up at night!


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Stone Blind: A Novel By Natalie Haynes Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780063258396
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Published: Harper - February 7th, 2023

Haynes strikes again with another beautiful myth retelling, this time revolving around Medusa. The witty banter between the Gods combined with the anguish and vengeance of scorned women makes for an intricately layered story reminiscent of Madeline Miller. 


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Nicole Angemi's Anatomy Book: A Catalog of Familiar, Rare, and Unusual Pathologies By Nicole Angemi Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419754753
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Published: Cernunnos - October 25th, 2022

GRAPHIC CONTENT!

The human body is truly fascinating and this book showcases some of the most interesting abnormalities it is capable of. Whether you're studying medicine and want to dive deeper into pathology or just a morbid weirdo like me, your eyes will be bulging out of your head upon turning these pages. 


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Such Sharp Teeth By Rachel Harrison Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593545829
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Published: Berkley - October 4th, 2022

Full disclaimer: I am a die hard vampire lover. But Harrison is so incredibly witty, I am willing to make an exception. Gory werewolf transformations, wholesome family drama, and childhood crush romance combine to make Such Sharp Teeth a full course meal suitable for all-- human or otherwise.


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Throne of Glass By Sarah J. Maas Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781619630345
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - May 7th, 2013

Finishing the Throne of Glass series has felt like one of the biggest accomplishments of my life. These eight books conclude in a crescendo of emotion, and let me tell you, Maas is an expert in that category. If you're looking for a fantastical journey of war, turmoil, dreams, and love, you've found it here.


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Over My Dead Body: Unearthing the Hidden History of America’s Cemeteries By Greg Melville Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781419754852
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 4th, 2022

Perfect for fans of Caitlin Doughty, Over My Dead Body dives into a piece of often forgotten history: cemeteries! Exploring locations across America, Melville will fill your brain with everything you need to impress your friends on your next walk amongst the tombstones. 


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Saturnalia By Stephanie Feldman Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781951213640
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Published: Unnamed Press - October 11th, 2022

Saturnalia is an absolute fever dream. It takes place over the course of one bacchanalian night, weaving dystopia into alchemy and all sorts of weirdness. My mind was reeling by the end, scrambling to put every piece of the puzzle together before the break of dawn.


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Out (Special Edition) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Anniversary Edition) By Natsuo Kirino, Stephen B. Snyder (Translated by) Cover Image
By Natsuo Kirino, Stephen B. Snyder (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593311950
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - August 9th, 2022

Out is a deeply disturbing read; the horror is rooted in reality, stemming from spousal abuse, assault, gang violence, and other unnervingly "normal" occurrences. Kirino expertly uses this thread as a building block to turn what could be a standard thriller into a gritty commentary on misogyny, cementing her place in the crime novel hall of fame.


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In the Company of Witches (An Evenfall Witches B&B Mystery #1) By Auralee Wallace Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593335833
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Published: Berkley - October 19th, 2021

A small town bed and breakfast ran by a family of witches sets the scene for a perfect fall read... until a murder occurs! Tenderly thrilling is the best way to describe this cozy mystery; there is plenty of crime solving and wickedness to keep you on your toes, and just enough family love and goodness to warm your heart.


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Feed Them Silence By Lee Mandelo Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250824509
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Published: Tordotcom - March 14th, 2023

Feed Them Silence is short but packs a real punch. Mandelo is an expert in emotion; the raw intimacy and contrasting narratives left me clawing and howling, almost as if I had a connection with a wolf myself.


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After Dark with Roxie Clark By Brooke Lauren Davis Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781547606146
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Published: Bloomsbury YA - October 4th, 2022

Brooke Lauren Davis has cemented herself as an instant read author for me. I read this in one sitting; I simply could not put it down. Ghost tours, curses, and murder mysteries make for the perfect spooky fall atmosphere, and Roxie Clark herself is an absolute emo icon and the most badass protagonist you'll come across in YA.


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The Poppy War: A Novel By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662583
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Published: Harper Voyager - April 23rd, 2019

If you like dark fantasy, I implore you to pick this up. The Poppy War is a beautifully tragic war epic deeply rooted in Chinese history, filled with drugs, gods, and superb world building. Nausea inducing brutality and intense action scenes combine with a gut wrenching sense of hope and the most realistic, well developed characters I've ever read to make this an instant all time favorite.


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All's Well: A Novel By Mona Awad Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781982169671
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Published: Scribner / Marysue Rucci Books - August 2nd, 2022

All's Well is a Shakespeare-induced fever dream following a recently divorced professor with chronic pain. Dark, witty humor and surreal, manic energy make for a fast paced read; this is the perfect book for depressed millennials looking to feel something again.


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The Art of Darkness: A Treasury of the Morbid, Melancholic and Macabre (Art in the Margins #2) By S. Elizabeth Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780711269200
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Published: Frances Lincoln - September 20th, 2022

If you like the macabre as much as I do, this is the art collection for you. The Art of Darkness offers facts and insight on both classic and lesser known pieces depicting illness, crime, and loads more dark stuff, making it perfect for the spooky season (or just all year round).


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Watersong By Clarissa Goenawan Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781950354979
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Published: Scribe Us - July 19th, 2022

Watersong reads like Murakami but with actually well written female characters; it is a slowburn literary mystery full of anticipation and interconnected parts. Goenawan expertly weaves a seemingly normal life into the seedy underbelly of Japan, including foreboding fortune tellers and a remarkable story of love and longing.


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She Who Became the Sun (The Radiant Emperor Duology #1) By Shelley Parker-Chan Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250621818
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Published: Tor Books - June 28th, 2022

Detailing the rise of the Ming Dynasty through the lens of two queer protagonists, She Who Became the Sun is a tale of survival and the brutalities of war. It is a complex, slow burn fantasy full of tragedy and dotted with moments of pure tenderness throughout. This is truly an epic for the ages; keep your emotions on high alert and tissues handy.


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Greek Myths: A New Retelling By Charlotte Higgins, Chris Ofili (Drawings by) Cover Image
By Charlotte Higgins, Chris Ofili (Drawings by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593316269
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Published: Pantheon - January 11th, 2022

Did reading Circe leave you craving more powerful and scorned Greek women? This collection of feminist retellings will fill that hole. By including beautiful illustrations and many lesser known myths, Higgins has solidified her place in the world of mythology. 


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Idol, Burning: A Novel By Rin Usami, Asa Yoneda (Translated by) Cover Image
By Rin Usami, Asa Yoneda (Translated by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9780063213289
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Published: HarperVia - November 15th, 2022

If you have ever been a part of stan culture, this one is for you. A riveting exploration of fandoms and obsession, Idol, Burning is short but packs a real punch. It reads like modern day Mishima, using discomforting prose and slow-burn writing to set the tone for a melancholic and insightful read. 


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Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #1) By Talia Hibbert Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062941206
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Published: Avon - November 5th, 2019

The Brown Sisters trilogy is sensational! Each book follows a different sister and their romantic escapades; they are diverse, witty, and heart-stoppingly romantic. Hibbert really proves that there is depth to contemporary romance, making you laugh, cry, and feel completely empowered all at once. 


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Wake the Bones: A Novel By Elizabeth Kilcoyne Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250790828
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Published: Wednesday Books - July 12th, 2022

Queer Appalachian ghost stories always hit home for me, but this one is a real treat. Devils, magic, and lots of dead things... Wake the Bones has everything you need for an atmospheric horror novel, plus a small-town coming of age story to top it off.


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When Women Were Dragons: A Novel By Kelly Barnhill Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780385548229
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Published: Doubleday - May 3rd, 2022

Barnhill has outdone herself-- diving into adult novels for the first time, she manages to capture the essence of rage, love, and personhood by writing women transforming into literal dragons. It is thrilling, moving, and truly empowering; this is the feminist novel of the year. 


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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

Set in a magic-filled 1800's Oxford on the cusp of revolution, we follow a diverse cast of four as they determine what side they're on: the classist, colonialist London that has given them the world, or the secret society that promises justice for all. Scornful, intelligent, and complex, Babel is the most ambitious dark academia title I've read to date; nothing I say can live up to how indescribably good this book is. 


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The Sound of Waves (Vintage International) By Yukio Mishima, Meredith Weatherby (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yukio Mishima, Meredith Weatherby (Translated by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679752684
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 1994

An anomaly in Mishima's generally dark oeuvre, The Sound of Waves is a simple but heartfelt story of young love in a rural fishing village. The straightforward narrative only serves to amplify the wondrous prose and composition. Timeless and elegant, this is classic Japanese literature at its finest. 


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Leech By Hiron Ennes Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250811189
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Published: Tordotcom - September 27th, 2022

A snowed-in chateau inhabited by a disturbing family sets the scene for this gothic/dystopian fusion; it is macabre, unique, and just the right amount of grotesque. Explorations of individuality and morality make Leech a deep and complex addition to the shelves of all creepy readers. 


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Book Lovers By Emily Henry Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593334836
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Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

This is the best romance novel I have EVER read! Book Lovers has it all: witty banter, sisterly love, and chemistry that will knock you out. Also, Nora and Charlie are cranky as hell and it is absolutely perfect.


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All the Living and the Dead: From Embalmers to Executioners, an Exploration of the People Who Have Made Death Their Life's Work By Hayley Campbell Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250281845
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 16th, 2022

In All the Living and the Dead, journalist Hayley Campbell takes a deep dive into the often avoided waters of the death industry. Interviewing 12 different people working in a death-adjacent profession, she details the process of the end with gentle but powerful precision, perfecting the balance between emotion and information in such a delicate subject.


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Lapvona: A Novel By Ottessa Moshfegh Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593300268
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Published: Penguin Press - June 21st, 2022

Ottessa Moshfegh's newest novel is, in my opinion, her best work yet. Set in a medieval fiefdom with themes of power and religion, Lapvona is an unreliable, twisted exploration of human behavior and good versus evil. It is immersive, grotesque, and disturbing, yet immensely thought provoking. 


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The Woman in the Dunes (Vintage International) By Kobo Abe Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780679733782
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Published: Vintage - April 16th, 1991

The Woman in the Dunes is a classic for a reason; it is claustrophobic and surreal in the most psychologically haunting ways. It tells the simple story of an entomologist who gets trapped in a pit of sand. Using oppressive, eerie prose, Abe keeps your skin crawling and your mind racing through the man's struggles to escape.


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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory By Caitlin Doughty Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393351903
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is part memoir, part death serenade; it gives you a behind the scenes look into how a crematory operates while also encouraging you to meditate on dying and what the end of life really means. Doughty's morbid humor and personal experiences in the death industry make such a weighty subject feel purposeful and accessible to everyone.


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