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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

The Night Circus

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern Whimsical. Magical. Atmospheric.The Night Circus creates a story that really draws you in, and while doing that, manages to tick off a checklist of things I enjoy in literature. An atmosphere created instead of just focusing on the plot, a magical/whimsical vibe, non-linear narration, switching forms of narrative, plus a love of the story so prevalent throughout--whether it is a desire for your own fairy tale/adventure through some characters, the romantic hope for a happy ending, and just an affinity for literary tradition. There is even a subtle nod to one of my favorite books of all time, Nights at the Circus.Highly recommended. Very hyped, but definitely a great, engrossing book worth the buzz.