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Amanda's Bookshelf

I'm a culture junkie who works at a bookstore. Pop, high-brow, junk -- it's all good. I try and consume it all. I read tons, especially young adult fiction. I also love quirky, offbeat novels; cultural analysis; mythology; girly fiction; fantasy; screwball romantic comedies; books with extremely flawed characters, yet somehow you really empathize with them; nonlinear narratives and language play.

Currently reading

The Runaway King
Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Lost Girl
Sangu Mandanna
Another Little Piece
Kate Karyus Quinn
Caitlin Moran
There Is No Dog
Meg Rosoff
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
S.G. Browne
Emma Donoghue
Topics About Which I Know Nothing
Patrick Ness
The Little Friend
Donna Tartt


Bumped - Megan McCafferty Not sure exactly what I think of it. Some of the commentary was really fascinating, but some of the lingo & characterization was kind of... .WTF.I am intrigued by the next book, even though it's mixed for me. I think the concept and the themes commenting on such a culture raise it for me.It's interesting how a lot of the teen dystopia aimed at girls focuses on sexual values, yet it all makes sense when you really think about it and the extremes teens face when dealing with sexuality, very virgin-or-whore. This was better than some of the other books with such themes.