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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

Dreamland Social Club

Dreamland Social Club - Tara Altebrando This book intrigued me since it reminded me of the opening monologue of a Godspeed you black emperor! with an old man remembering what Coney Island was like. Random, I know, but the premise made me think of that man and his sad voice, talking about how much has changed.Glad I picked it up. It was wonderfully done, atmospheric and was a great story about a girl trying to fit in while feeling different, your ideals vs reality and coming to terms with your past, present and future. It moved quite slowly, but that's not a complaint--the pace actually set up the atmosphere, in my opinion.By the way, I loved Jane and her insecurities and I adored her interaction with Leo. I felt like their interaction and connection wasn't forced, but properly set up and both were characters in their own right.Definitely something I would recommend to others and a book I really loved reading.