Tova (She/Her) was born and raised in rural Eastern Washington where she cultivated a lifelong appreciation of stories. She's been telling her own stories since before she could speak English, regularly haunted her local library, and has been told that she is not recognizable without a book in hand. Now she calls Bellingham home and attends Western Washington University where she studies History, English, and Political Science. In addition to really covering her bases in the Humanities and Social Sciences, she's a distinguished delegate of Western's Model United Nations team. When not selling books Tova spends her free time reading just about anything she can get her hands on, writing novels, and watching the most random assortment of movies and TV shows. She also has a blog, Petyr Baeish Books, (yes, that's a Game of Thrones reference) where she blogs about Books, Bollywood and Bucky Barnes.
Holly Jackson's A Good Girl's Guide to Murder Series is a triumph of the young adult mystery genre. It keeps you guessing to the point where who I thought was the murder suspect changed almost every chapter. The entire trilogy is amazing, and I can recommend it highly enough!
If you are about my age, you probably grew up reading and loving Rick Riordan's books, but you may have wanted that story from a different
perspective. Aru Shah is a beautiful story reminiscent of Percy Jackson, but with a female protagonist and Indian mythology. Highly recommend!
Full disclosure, I want to be Olivia when I grow up, though according to my mother, I might already be. Olivia is my absolute favourite children's book of all time, and I recommend it to everyone, regardless of age, because Olivia is the moment!
Someone once called Donald Ray Pollock their dark Appalachian homeboy, and I could not agree more. He writes the most unique and gritty southern gothic novels out there, which I affectionately call grit lit. This is his finest work!
Rachel Lynn Solomon is a Pacific Northwest treasure, everything she writes is so much fun and super heartfelt. Also. I am mentioned in the acknowledgments of this book!
This book is truly hilarious and so accessible to any kind of reader. You don't have to understand anything about science or space or math to enjoy Mark Watney's wild ride in space. I laughed, I cried and I wanted to write fanfiction, a blast (pun not intended) of a book!
This might be a basic recommendation, but The Hunger Games made me who I am as a reader and a person and for that, I am forever grateful to Suzanne Collins for that!
This is not like other classics, it's a cool classic, and Mary Shelley basically invented the science fiction genre when she started writing this book at age 18! It will remind you that the monsters among us may not be who we think they are.
Truly unlike anything John Green's written to date, but also the most John Green thing ever. As a book reviewer and general history nerd, this was perfect. I hope John Green writes more like this!
As a long time fan of Rachel's YA books, I had very high expectations for her adult debut. I'm pleased to say it blew me away and might be my favourite book of hers to date. No one writes contemporary fiction, YA or Adult like Rachel Lynn Solomon.