Holiday Gift Guide: Genre Fiction


HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: GENRE FICTION

SPECULATIVE FICTION
ROMANCE
MYSTERY

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To Shape a Dragon's Breath: The First Book of Nampeshiweisit By Moniquill Blackgoose Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593498286
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Published: Del Rey - May 9th, 2023

Absolutely NO notes. 10/10 perfection. Phenomenal worldbuilding and an amazing story told through the eyes of one of the best characters I've ever met. Anequs is brilliant and kind, and it's such a joy to read an Indigenous character written by an Indigenous author. — Noah


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The Reformatory: A Novel By Tananarive Due Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781982188344
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Published: S&S/Saga Press - October 31st, 2023

This haunting historical horror novel is inspired by the author's own family history. After one moment of bad judgment, Robbie is sentenced to six months in a reform school for troubled boys. But when he finds it's full of haints and even more dangerous living beings, it's unclear if he'll ever find a path out. It's immersive, powerful, and spine-tingling in all the best ways. — Susie


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The Deep Sky: A Novel By Yume Kitasei Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250875334
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 18th, 2023

A locked door mystery set in space, plus a dash of The Hunger Games! Asuka barely made the cut in an extreme competition selecting 80 teens to board a spaceship to another planet to save the future of humanity. But after a decade in cryosleep, they awake and someone sets off a bomb that kills two people and throws the spaceship off course. Can they find out who's responsible and get the ship back on track before all is lost? It's fast-paced, full of adventure, and kept me on my toes all the way to the last page. — Susie


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Prophet By Helen MacDonald, Sin Blaché Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780802162021
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Published: Grove Press - August 8th, 2023

How to describe one of the most compulsive reads of my life that was absolutely bonkers?! The plot: The government played where it shouldn't have and now there is bad out there... sure. The characters: Adam Rubenstein and Sunil Rao are the deeply odd couple tasked with investigating this, one a military's deeply reluctant secret weapon and another one its best soldier, neither who they appear to be. Enriched with traditions from science fiction, noir, and slow burn, this book maybe cannot be easily described but it is awesome to read. — Hannah


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Starter Villain By John Scalzi Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780765389220
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Published: Tor Books - September 19th, 2023

Reading Starter Villain was an absolute blast! Cats in upper management, shit talking dolphins, quintessential villains and an evil lair (with a volcano!), plus a down on his luck protagonist who doesn’t really know what he’s doing with this whole villainy thing. Have I mentioned the cats? If you like having fun, you will love this book. If you've been cheering on the orcas in their yacht sinking escapades, you will love this book. 10/10. No notes. Must read!


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Only For The Week By Natasha Bishop Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781737753438
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Published: Natasha Bishop - May 24th, 2023

Only For The Week is the perfect romance to keep warm during this cold weather. The absolute perfect book boyfriend, imagine a man renting a private boat just so you can have some down time to read? AND THEN reading the romance book with you. I read this book in one sitting and so will you. — Chardai


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Iris Kelly Doesn't Date By Ashley Herring Blake Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593550571
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Published: Berkley - October 24th, 2023

The final installment in the Bright Falls series *sobs*. If you like a chaotic & messy sapphic romance, this is for you. Romance author Iris Kelly is tired of her loved ones poking at her lack of love life. She's painfully aware of all the happy and healthy relationships around her but she’s adamant that she's satisfied with her casual hookups and not looking for an “endgame.” Aspiring actress Stevie Scott is in a similar headspace, her ex/best friend is dating her other friend. Battling anxiety, Stevie struggles to put herself out there in the dating pool and the theater world again. Iris and Stevie put fake dating to the test to help each other in the romance department and in their professional lives. The attraction between these two is tangible. Blake does what she does best, telling a final story of overcoming obstacles with stunning growth. — Vanesa


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The Neighbor Favor By Kristina Forest Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593546437
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Published: Berkley - February 28th, 2023

I am in love with Kristina Forest writing. I read this book in two days and am a sucker for Black romance and books about books! Lily and Nick were grown in every aspect and it was just so enjoyable to watch their story come together. — Chardai


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Still Beating By Jennifer Hartmann Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781728290591
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Published: Bloom Books - July 11th, 2023

You know when you read a book and you love it but then you forget all the details and you just know that you love it? Yeah. No. Not for me — this book is stuck inside me. Maybe because it's my first dark romance? Maybe because Dean and Cora are one of my favorite couples to read about? I dont know, I just know my heart is beating extremely fast whenever I think or talk about this book, and Im glad to know my heart is 'Still Beating!' — Chardai


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Full Exposure: A Novel By Thien-Kim Lam Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063237292
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Published: Avon - February 21st, 2023

Thien-Kim Lam once again brings sexy, interracial romance to the fore with my favorite sub genre: burnt out, ready for love! Two creatives with the hope of living up to their own and their family's expectations explore the full depths of New Orleans and DC going beyond the tourist spots and finding community. This novel is so fun and so filled with heart you'll be eager not just for the happily ever after, but also cheering for the healed and fulfilled characters to embrace all their possibilities. Oh, and yeah, as always, Thien-Kim Lam brings the spice! — Hannah


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Rosewater By LIV Little Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781638930228
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Published: Get Lifted Books - April 25th, 2023

I loved this sexy, messy romance. Late-20's struggling poet, Elsie, needs to catch a break after the queer bar she works at closes and she has to move in with a childhood friend. Will she succeed in publishing her first poetry chapbook, or in opening up to a friendship becoming something more? The first-person POV really made me feel like I was inside the narrator's anxious, yearning mind and kept me turning page after page. — Sybil


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All the Sinners Bleed: A Novel By S. A. Cosby Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250831910
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 6th, 2023

Probably the best (and darkest) thriller I've ever read. Cosby does not look away, nor does he allow you to, from all the gore, violence, and destruction caused in this small town in the South. Told from the POV of the town's first Black sheriff as he climbs inside the mind of a vicious serial killer, All the Sinners Bleed is a brilliant crime novel. I was rapt until the final page. — Noah


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Happiness Falls (Good Morning America Book Club): A Novel By Angie Kim Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593448205
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Published: Hogarth - August 29th, 2023

With her gripping ability to delve into the mystery genre and the mystery of trying to understand another person, Angie Kim tells the story of a family as their father goes missing and maybe that isn't such a bad thing? — Hannah


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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel By James McBride Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593422946
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 8th, 2023

Black and Jewish diaspora living alongside each other in 1970s Pennsylvania have their own secrets to keep when they find a skeleton while building the new town development. With empathy, humor, and master plotting James McBride gives us a series of incredible characters and ever overlapping stories that show when you are shut out of mainstream, white America the community you build doesn't just hold your secrets, they hold you. — Hannah


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Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers By Jesse Q. Sutanto Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9780593549223
Published: Berkley - March 14th, 2023

This hilarious, heartwarming cozy mystery is set in a tea shop run by an unforgettable and lovable protagonist, the inimitable Vera Wong. It's sure to make you laugh out loud, and the mystery kept me guessing through the last chapter. Pair it with some nice tea and it's the perfect holiday gift. — Susie


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My Murder: A Novel By Katie Williams Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593543764
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 6th, 2023

Clever and strange, My Murder follows Lou, a woman who has been brought back in a near carbon copy of her body after her brutal murder. She and a group of other women who are victims of the same killer are the pioneering reanimates of a new technology company, but the more Lou settles into her new, old life, the more questions she has. Twisty until the end! — Noah