The Soap Box:

I read a lot and always have. And I sell books for a living in an actual Bricks and Mortar bookstore in downtown San Francisco. I’d like you to think about your book purchases and try and make them at an actual store instead on an online store named after a large river. There are PLENTY of online sites if you’re too far from a physical bookstore. (near and dear to my heart, this is our website!) (new and out of print, their actual store is in Portland, Oregon and is legendary!) (another source for used and out of print books)

What I am reading now:
Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson (middle-grade girl pirate novel)
Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey (adult novel, publishing 8 July 2014)
This one is about a woman who books a one-way flight to New Zealand without telling anyone, including her husband, where she is going. Can you tell I’m a bit obsessed with New Zealand right now? Hey, I got an advanced reading copy of this book and the timing couldn’t be better. So I owe a huge thank you to my MPS sales rep, Gigi, for bringing this one in for me!!

What I’ve read most recently:
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd (middle-grade novel)
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (adult novel)
Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (young adult novel)
You’ve Got Guts, Kenny Melrose by Shirley Corlett (middle-grade historical novel, set in NZ)
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (adult fantasy, sequel to Discovery of Witches)
Saving Sam by Susan Brocker (middle-grade novel set in New Zealand)
More Than This by Patrick Ness (young adult novel)
Ride of the Katipo by Stu Duval (middle-grade mystery novel, set in New Zealand)
Wind City by Summer Wigmore (adult fantasy novel set in Wellington, New Zealand)
Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (adult novel set in Hokitika, New Zealand. Winner of the Booker Prize)
A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn (young adult novel, publishing May 6, 2014)
Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker (adult fantasy novel)
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Richard Kiyosaki (adult non-fiction. What an eye-opener!)
Time Fetch by Amy Herrick (middle grade novel)
Cress by Marissa Meyer (#3 in the Lunar Chronicles, this young adult novel will not be published until February 2014)
Ajax Penumbra, 1969 by Robin Sloan (adult novella)
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (adult novel)
Don’t Know Much About Geography by Ken Davis (adult non-fiction)
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (middle grade novel)
Marie Antionette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
Divergent by Veronica Roth (young adult novel, first of a dystopian trilogy)
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis (middle grade novel, VERY boy humor)
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (middle grade novel, features a super hero squirrel!)
Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider (young adult novel, great for fans of John Green’s writing)
True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt (middle grade novel)
Graphic the Valley by Peter Brown Hoffmeister (adult novel, set in Yosemite)
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity (young adult novel)
Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things by Cynthia Voight (middle grade novel)
Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves (young adult novel)
Dr. Proctor’s Fart Powder by Jo Nesbo (middle grade novel)
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne (teen novel)
Golem and the Jinni by Helene Weckler (adult novel)
Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown (adult novel)