Lauren S. Book Picks

Lauren is a Pacific Northwest native and graduated from WWU studying Cultural Anthropology and Art History. She is an avid Harry Potter fan, reads a lot of fiction, and dabbles in reading fantasy and sci-fi every now and then. Some of her other hobbies include horseback riding, baking cookies ( ... and eating in general - ask for restaurant recommendations!), and watching movies.
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I'll Give You the Sun Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142425763
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Published: Speak - October 27th, 2015

Circe (#1 New York Times Bestseller) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

Beautiful writing, beautiful story, beautiful book. I really don't know too much Greek mythology, but I didn't need to in order to appreciate the wonderfulness that is Circe and her story. One of the best books I've read this year, and certainly a new all-time favorite.  


The Heart's Invisible Furies Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781524760793
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Published: Hogarth Press - March 6th, 2018

A masterpiece! Cyril Avery's story, told in seven year increments from his birth up until the end, made me cry and snort-laugh-out-loud.  


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Homegoing Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

I haven't been this excited about a book since All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr came out. Homegoing is an incredibly impressive piece of writing and I can't wait for the rest of the world to read it. Yaa Gyasi is inspiring and truly talented.


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Code Name Verity Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781423152880
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 7th, 2013

Henna House Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476740287
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - August 4th, 2015

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Jane Steele Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425283202
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 14th, 2017

A re-imagining of Jane Eyre - if she was a serial killer. She's bad ass!


The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Thi Bui
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419718786
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 17th, 2018

The Snow Child Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316175661
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Published: Reagan Arthur Books - November 6th, 2012

Set in Alaska in the 1920s, a husband and wife are drifting apart. Unable to have their own child, they create one out of snow one night and it changes their whole lives. Full of rich imagery and wonderful characters, Eowyn Ivey has written a beautiful fairytale that really reaches out and holds your heart.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
By J. K. Rowling, Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780590353427
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 7th, 1999

Furyborn (Empirium Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781492656623
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - May 22nd, 2018

Sawkill Girls Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062696601
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 16th, 2018

*** coming out in October! **** It's chilling AND full of feminist awesome-ness!


Wolf by Wolf: One Girl's Mission to Win a Race and Kill Hitler Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316405089
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

I'm not a fan of the cover, but the inside is AWESOME! 


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Six of Crows Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250076960
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Published: Square Fish - February 6th, 2018

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Young Jane Young Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616208691
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 22nd, 2018

An intern has an affair with the married congressman - and only she takes the heat from it. Sound familiar??? It's a timely story and full of wit, too bad the cover doesn't do the book justice. 


A Tale for the Time Being Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143124870
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Published: Penguin Books - December 31st, 2013

The Fifth Season (Broken Earth #1) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

I'm truly obsessed with this author, but this is the first book in my favorite series. Amazing fantasy, incredible world building, and unforgettable characters. This series packs a serious punch and I can't stop talking about it.  


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To the Bright Edge of the World Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316242837
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Published: Back Bay Books - August 29th, 2017

Ivey alternates between the journal entries of Colonel Allen Forrester while he explores uncharted territory in Alaska and the diary of his pregnant wife Sophie, who is stuck at the military barracks until he returns. I was enthralled with the vivid descriptions of the Alaskan landscape, the characters, and the magical elements Ivey weaves into this story. I couldn't put it down (and it made me want to go to Alaska, somewhere I've never been!).


Strange the Dreamer Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780316341677
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 22nd, 2018

This book is now one of my all time favorite reads. And the audiobook is stellar, too. I could re-read (or listen to) this again, and again, and again and never get bored. I love Lazlo Strange! 


The Abhorsen Chronicles (Old Kingdom) Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780061441820
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Published: HarperTeen - December 30th, 2008

Right up there with my all-time favorites. I'd never part with my copies of these books. I'll probably be buried with them, to be honest.