Riley's Picks

In elementary school, her teachers would tell Riley they'd never seen a kid with such an innate passion for reading. Her love of books quickly graduated to a love of writing, and she is currently working toward a Professional Writing degree at Champlain College. Her greatest dream is to be a bestselling novelist.

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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By Joseph Conrad, Joyce Carol Oates (Introduction by), Vince Passaro (Afterword by)
$5.95
ISBN: 9780451531032
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Published: Signet - August 5th, 2008

Short in length, dense in substance. This book can be read with new layers of understanding each time. Conrad takes you deep into the jungle of the Congo and illustrates what it means to be beastly. I closed the back cover in awe.


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781501173219
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Published: Scribner - April 4th, 2017

Everyone should read this book! Two characters from very different origins at the start of the 2nd World War find a connection in the place you'd least expect. Let Doerr take you back in time and introduce you to Marie-Laure and Werner, both who will steal your heart and bring tears to your eyes.


On Writing by Stephen King

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781982159375
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Published: Scribner - June 2nd, 2020

Part memoir, part craft book, King's famous writing talent shins through in his autobiography. He reveals his writing process and why he's able to pump out bestselling horror novels at a remarkable pace. For fans, critics, and writers alike, King's blunt, unapologetic, and confident style will keep you turning the pages.


The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

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$7.99
ISBN: 9780545227704
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Published: Chicken House - May 1st, 2010

Three stories masterfully woven into one with how many twists and bends Funke works into this heart-warming story about a gang of orphans, their allusive leader, a humble detective, an unusual carousel, and of course, lots of thievery. Characters that will steal your heart, a setting that made me fall in love with Venice, Italy, and a mystery that only seems to deepen. One of my favorite books of all time! without a doubt!


The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

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$7.99
ISBN: 9780440420477
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Published: Yearling - March 13th, 2007

You know those books that you keep at your bedside just so they're there in case you want to reach over and open to a new chapter? This one is mine. It always cheers me up. When their normal vacation rental gets swept up at the last minute, the family stumbles into the guesthouse at snooty Ms. Tifton's grandeur estate. You'll inevitably get attached to one or all of the Penderwick sisters as they take you through their silly, mischievous, and wholesome adventures. This book will always have a place in my heart.


The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780345804341
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Published: Anchor - June 30th, 2020

Unmarked graves are unearthed to finally reveal what has been suspected for years - The Nickel Reform Academy for boys harbored dark and bloody secrets. Years earlier, student and rising activist Elwood schemes to do something about it, much to the anxiety of fellow classmate Turner. Three parts follow Elwood before, during, and after the horrors and trauma of Nickel, and I raced through each one. Emotion, passion, and a profound twist. Incredible.


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