Isabel's Picks

Isabel practically grew up in Phoenix Books. She has many happy memories of trips to the store after school and was constantly badgering her parents to buy her a new stack of books with every visit. She's particularly drawn to reading every-and-all things fantasy and loves immersing herself in magical worlds. She is currently working towards a degree in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences from Wellesley College. In her freetime she enjoys writing poetry, making music, and staying up too late reading.

Bakerita by Rachel Conners

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$24.99
ISBN: 9780358116677
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Published: Harvest - March 24th, 2020

This book is fabulous and perfect for beginners. I had never done any gluten-free or vegan baking before this cookbook, but Conners's recipes are accessible and stress-free. I personally recommend the recipes for the banana-sweetened oatmeal & the paleo chocolate chip cookies! I've had a ton of fun learning from Rachel Conners's genius.


People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781984806758
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Published: Berkley - May 11th, 2021

After I finished Beach Read,, I decided I was going to read anything Emily Henry releases for the rest of time. And I was not disappointed! This book feels like a good vacation, and I loved every second of it. Well thought out and well written characters as well!


Emma by Jane Austen

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$18.99
ISBN: 9780062085658
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 7th, 2011

The romantic comedy to end all romantic comedies. Headstrong Emma is determined to never marry-- instead she aims to serve as a match maker to everyone around her. What ensues is a funny and witty tale of miscommunications. If you're not typically a classics reader but want to give classic literature a try: this is the novel for you!


Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781250250469
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Published: Swoon Reads - September 1st, 2020

I adore this book! It's a fun mix between "Casper the Friendly Ghost" and "Scooby-Doo." The witty banter between Yadriel and Julia is super entertaining, and I loved watching their relationship progress. Also, for fans of happy endings, this one's for you (I may hav shed a happy tear or two).


One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

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ISBN: 9781250244499
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 1st, 2021

What a beautiful, wonderful, mysterious journey of a book! When August meets Jane on  the subway, she immediately falls for her, but there's one problem: Jane is displaced in time from the 1970s and cannot leave the Q-train. This book will steal your heart!


The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316422048
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Published: Redhook - October 13th, 2020

Harrow's sophomore novel does not disappoint! Follow the Eastwood sisters (who are suffragist witches!) as they fight to bring witching magic back into the world. Fun and creative, but also heartfelt and human, this is a delightful read.


The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780765387561
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Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2020

This is a beautiful story. It's twisting and winding, cutting back and forth between the past and the present, but it flows smoothly. The characters are loveable and flawed, and the relationships are delicate and intricate. Even though there's a fantastical element to the narrative, this story feels so real. Schwab has been working on writing this book for 10 years and it shows in the best way. I was captivated by this book!


The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316541428
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Published: Orbit - September 8th, 2020

This was an excellent story. About halfway through, I thought I knew where the plot was headed, but the ending surprised me in the best way. Alix E. Harrow describes this book as an "epic fantasy at its most human and heartfelt" and I could not agree more. What a fantastic debut!


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