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A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

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ISBN: 9781534471245
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - November 10th, 2020

Lila's plans go awry when a series of losses sends her reeling and leads to her parents sending her from her beloved Miami to a small, medieval town in England to stay with family friends. Lila is determined to get home, but she soon finds new friends, a job baking at her aunt's inn, and a sweet romance with her tour-guide-turned-crush. A blend of delicious food, heart-squeezing romance, and a palpable feeling of love and warmth will keep you reading and make you want to stay in Lila's world even after you've turned the last page.



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ISBN: 9781524860677
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 1st, 2020

What are the holidays but a time for spooks? A Christmas Carol came out of the English tradition of ghost stories at Christmas, and I for one think we should bring that back. Fangs might not raise the hairs on your neck, but this endearing story about the love between a vampire and a werewolf will warm your heart. 



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ISBN: 9780374313357
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - November 24th, 2020

Cadence's voice can kill--literally. A powerful young mage, she serves the tyrant Queen Elene by keeping the people of Bordea in line. But when she reconnects with a childhood friend, she must find the strength to stand up for what she believes in. Beautiful writing, a lovely slow burn queer romance, toppling a tyrant--what more could you want?


Letters from Father Christmas

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By J.R.R. Tolkien, Baillie Tolkien (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780358389880
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 27th, 2020

This collection of letters and accompanying art sent from the North Pole is both delightfully imaginative and a really sweet gift from a parent to his children. This book feels like a hug to me, and it's one of my very favorite December reads.


Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen

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By Matt Fraction, Steve Leiber (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781779504623
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Published: DC Comics - October 27th, 2020

Jimmy Olsen is mostly known, both in his world and ours, as being Superman’s pal. But he’s got so much more going on than that as a photographer for the Daily Planet and general haver of hijinks. This romp through the weirder corners of the DC Universe is sure to satisfy old and new comics fans alike.


Ex Machina Omnibus

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By Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781401299897
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Published: DC Comics - March 24th, 2020

Somehow, in spite of my love for Saga, Runaways, and all of BKV's other modern classics, I missed Ex Machina. Finally discovered it through this omnibus and WOW! As timely now as it was when it was first released this techno-thriller is rooted in the real world while offering some sterling sci-fi. Makes for a great gift or quarantine binge.



End of Everything

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ISBN: 9781982103545
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Published: Scribner - August 4th, 2020

I don't think I'm alone in saying that there is something comforting about hearing about the end of the universe, and there's no one better to tell you about it than Dr. Katie Mack. This book is told with the conversational humor that can only come from someone that is not only incredibly knowledgeable, but also incredibly passionate about a subject. Dr Mack brings us through six ways the universe can end, some far off, and some that could happen at any moment. This is the perfect book for anyone with a morbid sense of curiosity who loves the stars.


All the Young Men

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ISBN: 9780802157249
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Published: Grove Press - December 1st, 2020

When a single mom visiting a friend at the hospital helps out an AIDS patient the nurses won't touch, she has no idea she'll spend the next decade as an advocate and caretaker for gay men in Arkansas, even burying them in her family's cemetery plot when their families reject them. The book is both a time capsule -- including an appearance by early-career Bill Clinton -- and the compelling story of a woman who made a difference in the world without being remotely saintly.


I Would Leave Me If I Could

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By Halsey
ISBN: 9781982135607
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 10th, 2020

This collection blew my already high expectations out of the water. Halsey is an extremely talented singer songwriter who is gifted in her ability to express herself in the most breathtaking ways. This collection is booming with raw and deep emotion, strung together in the loveliest, most immersing fashion. I couldn't put it down.



Waiting for Tom Hanks

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ISBN: 9781984804020
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Published: Berkley - June 11th, 2019

Annie is rom-com obsessed, and is waiting for her rom-com hero to sweep her off her feet—so could she really fall for Drew, a prankster who certainly isn't Tom Hanks? This romance is a fun ode to the romantic comedy genre and any romance or rom-com fans will be swept off their feet by this one.