Hana is a Bellingham native and spent her childhood in the Children's section of Village Books. She graduated WWU with a degree in Classical Studies, focused in particular on mythology, and will tell you without hesitation that Athena is the best of all the gods. She is a reader, a knitter, a candlemaker (ask about her candles in Paper Dreams), and loves everything to do with winter, Harry Potter, and Beauty and the Beast.
Hana is the store's Children's Book Buyer and loves nothing better than putting wonderful books into young hands. Her taste ranges but she has a special love for a good retelling and a well-built fantasy world. Such books are affectionately known as "Hana-bait".
This is my favorite book in the entire world. Ask me about my traveling copy.
These are my other favorite books in the entire world. You can never go wrong with a trip to Hogwarts.
Ryan Graudin is a wonder of a storyteller. My favorite of all her stories, Wolf by Wolf is set in an alternate world where the Axis powers have won World War II and tells of Yael, a girl with a secret that may just be the key to bringing down Adolf Hitler.
Prepare your jaw to drop.
Prepare your jaw to drop. Again.
Referred to as a "love letter to my favorite books as a child" by the author herself, Furthermore reads as exactly that. It is nonstop gorgeous the entire way through.
Terry Pratchett's work is a treasure trove of humor. Pick up anything by him, but The Color of Magic marks the first foray into Discworld, a realm you will never want to leave once you begin.
His Dark Materials trilogy is so unique, so special, so above and beyond. It deserves to be on all the reading lists.
Ask almost anyone on staff and they will tell you to READ THIS BOOK. Its gorgeousness knows no bounds.
The Great Disruption, a natural disaster that split the land, made new borders and thrust each place into a different time period. How on earth does this work? S.E. Grove has all the answers.
Kenneth Oppel has long been one of my favorite authors. Airborn is the beginning of a thrilling high seas adventure. In the sky.
Wren's journey of self-discovery is unflinchingly real, the kind of introspective brilliance only Van Draanen can bring to the table.
Because everyone has to read The Hobbit at least once.
The beginning of the wondrous Inheritance Cycle, Eragon tells of a farm boy with a great destiny, one which starts with the discovery of a rare dragon's egg.
This dark fantasy is just spectacular; full of thrills, betrayals, and an intense edge-of-your-seat competition. So good!
There are two queens, one of blood, one of sun, and they carry the fate of the world between them. To say anymore would be to do Furyborn an injustice.
With its roots in Western African mythology, the world and magic system Adeyemi has built here will blow you away.
For anyone feeling, or having ever felt, as though they have lost their way. Finley's joys and struggles will resonate and stick with you. Stunning.
Based on the true story of 17th century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, this beautiful novel is vivid, heartwrenching, and undeniably gorgeous. Be sure to look up Artemisia's actual paintings while you read.
For the expert on mythology and for the newcomer alike, Miller takes us on quite a ride, showing a side of the famous witch Circe we have never seen before.