Sofie's Picks

Sofie grew up in a household that was a passionate about storytelling. While she didn't appreciate it much as a child, now she loves stories so much that she never leaves the house without a book. Sofie finds coming of age stories to be the most compelling. She will read across all genres but her favorite remains Magical Realism. 

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

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ISBN: 9780593334836
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Published: Berkley - May 3rd, 2022

There is a cupid and her name is Emily Henry. By subverting the villain archetypes of typical Hallmark romances, she made Nora and Charlie, two career-driven adults with a passion for books and a love so deep for their family they are willing to make sacrifices. The romance between Nora and Charlie is flaming hot and filled with chemistry and banter. But the relationship between Nora and her sister Libby is the real showstopper here. The author does such a good job fleshing out these characters. I didn’t think I could find myself relating to someone like Nora but I understood her on a much deeper level than I anticipated. Very sweet story with a steamy romance and lots of book talk! This is my new favorite book by Emily Henry!


The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

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ISBN: 9780763680275
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Published: Candlewick - September 22nd, 2015

A family of three generations haunted by love’s pain attempt to build a meaningful life for themselves in the North West. Narrated by one daughter, Ava, who was born with the wings of a bird. My favorite book of all time. This was the one that did *it* for me. It made me love the genre of Magical Realism. It became a shared experience with my mother. It solidified my love and passion for reading. I humbly ask that you read this as well.


Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

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ISBN: 9781982165314
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

 

I’ve had a better sex education than many of my peers, and I was still blown away by this book. It’s a scientific deep dive into sex and sexuality, filled with new-ish information and written in the most welcoming way possible. I can sum up my thoughts with that one John Mulaney joke: -She has a vagina! -Yes I do! And it’s magnificent!!


Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant

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ISBN: 9780062982841
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Published: Balzer + Bray - December 7th, 2021

Romantics of all ages! Come! Read this book! After acquiring a bad case of writer’s block, aspiring romance author, Tessa Johnson, seeks to turn her real life into a rom-com in the hopes of getting back her groove as well as getting the guy of her dreams. Only, does the guy of her dreams compare to the friend that has been there all along? The seasoned romantic will smile at the nods to famous tropes, scenarios and direct references to classics such as “Pretty in Pink”. I feel as if “Happily Ever Afters” is to the romance genre as what the film “Scream” is to the horror genre. It’s clever, it’s meta and it’s as sweet as cake!


Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

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ISBN: 9781728206141
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - July 7th, 2020

Imagine if the rom-com personas of Hugh Grant and Colin Firth fall in love. The bumbling goofball Luc needs an eligible fake boyfriend to improve his public image. In comes Oliver, a stoic man with a heart of gold. From their “fake" relationship comes true feelings and character growth. Featuring a hilarious ensemble cast, this quintessential British romantic comedy feels like a warm hug on a rainy day.


The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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ISBN: 9780451490827
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Published: Berkley - May 7th, 2019

Oh, how I swooned! Helen Hoang is a gift to us measly humans. We are undeserving of her beautiful writing and romances that are simultaneously sweet and sexy. I don’t believe I have ever read a book couple that fit so perfectly together as Khai and Esme did. Highly recommend if you love LOVE.


Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

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ISBN: 9780316459181
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 1st, 2020

When I finished this book many years ago, I came to the resigning conclusion that I will never read anything like this again. Laini Taylor is a master at poetic prose without sounding too purple. She can also craft a fantastical world like no other. A twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers, the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series is a must have for fans of fantasy/romance.


Velvet Was the Night By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Published: Del Rey - August 17th, 2021

A slow-moving crime noir set against the political backdrop of 1970’s Mexico City. The lives of a secretary and a hitman converge when an art student goes missing. Atmospheric and cinematic, this is another winner from Silvia Moreno-Garcia.


Shuggie Bain By Douglas Stuart

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ISBN: 9780802148506
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Published: Grove Press - October 13th, 2020

My favorite book of 2020, Shuggie Bain is the heartbreaking story of a mother and her son in impoverished Glasgow during the 1980’s. Agnes Bain loves her youngest child, Shuggie, deeply but as she descends into alcoholism, Shuggie is forced to reckon with the demons of his mother. Written in the Glasgow dialect, this is a powerful debut and well deserving of the Booker prize.


The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis

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ISBN: 9781400030606
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Published: Vintage - March 11th, 2003

If you’re like me and you’re here because of the Netflix series, yes the book is just as good. Not only are the chess matches well constructed from the game theorist’s perspective, they are beautifully suspenseful. Beth Harmon has quickly become a favorite literary character. Like many of the characters within the story, she has enthralled me with her intelligence and competitiveness. The Queen’s Gambit is perhaps my favorite discovery in 2020.


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