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. 

Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution by R. F. Kuang

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Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution By R. F. Kuang Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063021426
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Published: Harper Voyager - August 23rd, 2022

It seems ironic that I'm finding the English language lacking in explaining why I loved this book so I will stick to the facts. Babel is a historical epic rooted in linguistics while also examining academia's role in colonialism. The speculative element here is key to the narrative: silver working, an enchanted craft that is responsible for powering Oxford and, in tandem, the British Empire. Through the eyes of the protagonist, Robin Swift, we begin this journey into Oxford with a childlike wonder before ultimately becoming disillusioned towards the cruel workings of the silver-powered world, a world that gravely mirrors our own. Through rich prose and remarkable intellect, Kuang has created what I would consider a masterpiece. Truly, a phenomenal book.


Pop Song: Adventures in Art and Intimacy by Larissa Pham

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781646221257
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Published: Catapult - May 17th, 2022

Such beautiful writing! I don’t know how else to describe these essays other than they tear your chest open and fill your body with music, paint and light. Pham makes you feel as if you are walking through a gallery with her, hand-in-hand, as she tells you about each piece and its relation to her life.
 


The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

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“Being close to her was like being warmed by a bonfire, and I had been cold for a long time.”

Oh my, oh my! So much beauty in this compact volume. I’m almost tempted to say Nghi Vo is one of the best writers in the Tor Dot Com family. Follow the cleric Chih and their bird companion, Almost Brilliant, as they learn the history of the Empress of Salt and Fortune.
 

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The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle #1) By Nghi Vo Cover Image
By Nghi Vo
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250750303
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Published: Tordotcom - March 24th, 2020

Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

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Upon reading the first story (Sugar Babies) in this collection I thought to myself, “Now that’s how you write a short story!” Each story is a puzzle piece in a larger image of the American Southwest and the Latin-American women that have resided in this Denver community for generations. A stunning contribution to American literature!
 

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780525511304
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Published: One World - April 7th, 2020

Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250810465
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 31st, 2022

Nina LaCour has always excelled at exploring the intimacies of the human heart and Yerba Buena is no exception! Sara and Emilie experienced great pain in their young lives. Their pain runs so deep it disrupts the blissful romance they have found together. Can they achieve the happiness they deserve? I can’t recommend this book enough, especially if you are a young woman trying to find your place in this troubled world.
 


Book Lovers by Emily Henry

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$17.00
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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$12.99
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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Come As You Are: Revised and Updated: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life By Emily Nagoski, Ph.D. Cover Image
$18.99
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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$10.99
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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$14.99
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.


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