Jamie's Staff Picks
Growing up I devoured all things fairytales, loving every moment every 'Once upon a time' story and the like that came my way. Naturally, when The Book of Lost Things was presented to me with the promise that any love of fairytales would be rewarded, I was ready to fall in love with a beautifully crafted happily ever fantasyland. Every hope and dream was crushed in the most delicious of ways. John Conolly crafts a world where books whisper their misgivings and lead to a realm reminiscent of the Brothers Grimm, only much, much darker. You'll follow a young anti-hero's journey races through horror after horror to a villain truly worthy of his title and never look at fairytales the same.
Any self proclaimed nerd or geek will find so much to love in Felicia Day's memoir. Her honest retelling of an odd upbringing, extreme awkward moments and all, is wrapped up in a quirky sense of humor that has just the right amount of pop culture references. I'm usually not a fan of non-fiction books, or biographies, for that matter, but found myself eagerly turning each page. It's fun, smart, uplifting, and had me recalling my childhood introduction to the internet right alongside Day's. If you like video games, the internet, introductions by Joss Whedon, or if you ever found yourself being 'that weird kid' then you'll definitely find entertainment and comfort in Felicia Day.
Roller Girl is a coming-of-age graphic novel about Astrid, a girl who is drifting away from her best friend the summer before junior high. She learns that friends develop different interests and that new ones can be made all while trying her hand at roller derby. While she's the star of the story, Astrid doesn't become the star of her rollery derby team, which was so refreshing. It taught a great lesson about hard work and that teams are made up of all different skill levels. I absolutely adored it and can see why it has been holding a spot on the New York Times Best Seller list for so long. It is an endearing, inspiring read that is fantastic for young and old readers alike.