Andi

Andi escaped the corporate world and found her dream job of managing an indie bookstore in 2018. She's born and raised in RVA and reads just about anything, with particular favorites being Twisteries, YA, horror, and most any contemporary fiction. When she's not reading she can be found playing pinball and relaxing with her husband, her cats, and a nice cold local beer in her speakeasy home.

 

Updated 10/1/22

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Factory Girls By Michelle Gallen Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781643752457
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 29th, 2022

Gallen's follow up to Big Girl Small Town is just as sharp and engrossing!  Maeve and her two best friends spend their days at the local factory and their nights at the local pub trying to stay safe during the Troubles of mid-90s Ireland. The results of their A-Levels are hanging heavy over them as they try to sock away as much money as they can before starting real life. I didn't want this to end and would read any kind of follow up to their story that Gallen feels like giving us. 
Derry Girls fans, this is for you! 


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Never Ever Getting Back Together By Sophie Gonzales Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250819161
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Published: Wednesday Books - November 29th, 2022

This is one of my top romances of 2022! Gonzales' YA books are charming and this new adult romcom is a delight. Maya's cheating ex is about to star on a reality dating show and all of his exes are being called together as contestants - including the other woman that helped break Maya's heart. Sharing a room with her arch-nemesis can only lead to the best revenge plot of all time, right? This has slow burn, hilarious, sapphic joy on every page. Gonzales does a great job with bi representation and she gets better with every book. 


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The Weight of Blood By Tiffany D. Jackson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780063029149
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 6th, 2022

Jackson really gets better with every book! I was hooked from page 1 on this updated version of Carrie and I think Stephen King would be proud to have inspired this. Maddy is biracial and outcast from her peers and miserable at home with her abusive father. Racial tensions dividing the town of Springville comes to a head on prom night and the results are...explosive. Do not miss this amazing YA thriller!


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Daisy Darker: A Novel By Alice Feeney Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250843937
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 30th, 2022

I love Alice Feeney and a locked-room mystery, so this was perfect for me. Daisy Darker's family gathers at Daisy's Nana's secluded beachside home for one final night. Nana isn't expecting to live much longer and she has things to say to her descendants - things they won't like. After announcing Nana's plans for her estate has the expected results, the family reties for the evening, but the night is just beginning. People start turning up dead and questions start to fly. I had to stay up way past my bedtime to finish this one and I have no regrets!


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You Are Not a Before Picture: How to Finally Make Peace with Your Body, for Good By Alex Light Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780008507565
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Published: HQ - August 16th, 2022

I LOVE THIS BOOK. Like most humans, I struggle with body acceptance and I love the way Light approaches the topic. There is zero shame in this book, no matter how you currently handle your body issues -  only helpful tips and ideas to offer other options. I am going to go back to this many, many times to refresh my thinking or to remember that I can look at myself differently. This is so good for anyone that wants to love themselves a little more. 


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Heartsick: Three Stories about Love, Pain, and What Happens in Between By Jessie Stephens Cover Image
$26.99
Not available for purchase
ISBN: 9781250838360
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - June 7th, 2022

Heartsick grabs you by the throat immediately and doesn't let go. I was captivated by the stories of Claire, Ana, and Patrick and I fell in love and had my heart broken right along with them. Stephens does an amazing job of sharing the feelings of the initial joy, the panic of impending loss, and the desperation when it's all over. I do not have words for how much this book touched me. Everyone will see themselves in some, if not all, of these people.  


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Patricia Wants to Cuddle By Samantha Allen Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781638930044
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Published: Zando - June 28th, 2022

What a fun, weird, hilarious book! I saw "lesbian sasquatch" and knew I had to have it - it didn't disappoint! Allen brings humor and horror together in this one-of-a-kind story about a little island that's almost been forgotten by the world until a dating show arrives to film their final four.  I read this in one sitting and even though it's hard to classify, I will be telling everyone about it.  For fans of Grady Hendrix, you won't want to miss this great time. 


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Home Field Advantage By Dahlia Adler Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250765840
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Published: Wednesday Books - June 7th, 2022

I have been utterly charmed by Adler's latest! Inspired by a photo she saw online, this tells the classic story of a cheerleader falling for the quarterback of the football team - with a twist! Jack is new to school and can't tell people she was recruited to the team to replace the beloved Robbie, who was killed in a car accident. Trying to deal with filling the shoes of the prior QB proves a challenge for Jack and the added complication of Amber isn't helping. Amber wants to be head cheerleader and will do anything to get it - even if that means denying her feelings for Jack. 


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Pinball: A Graphic History of the Silver Ball By Jon Chad Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781250249210
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Published: First Second - April 5th, 2022

As a pinball nerd myself, I was really eager to get my hands not his one. It's just as good as I'd hoped! Jon has made a well-written, well-illustrated history of pinball that is great for pros and beginners alike. There are fascinating facts and tips to improve your shots and they are all packaged in a bright, fun graphic novel.  I can't wait to get this into my local pinball collective and women's league!


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Eating Salad Drunk: Haikus for the Burnout Age by Comedy Greats By Gabe Henry, Aparna Nancherla (Introduction by), Emily Flake (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Gabe Henry, Aparna Nancherla (Introduction by), Emily Flake (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250774217
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 22nd, 2022

I am a longtime fan of a bar haiku, having written a books' worth of them in my 20s. This book outdoes anything I have ever attempted, with its clever haiku by some of comedy's biggest and brightest. It's a fun spot of laughter and humor in the craziness of the world today and I am here for it. 


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Lockdown on London Lane By Beth Reekles Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781989365854
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Published: W by Wattpad Books - February 1st, 2022

I am very much on the fence about covid-time books but this adorable multi-view romance totally enchanted me. It's the story of an apartment building that discovers a case of the virus in their midst and goes into lockdown immediately - no one goes in or out, no exceptions. Among those quarantined are a couple that just had a one night stand, a group of bridesmaids with varying degrees of tolerance for one another, half of a codependent couple, and several more. I loved each story, and the way they're all interwoven was perfection. I also really love that this begins on a Sunday morning, a time of weekend that typically feels like the end of things. In this case, it's just the start and you won't want to miss a day!


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Perpetual West By Mesha Maren Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781643750941
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 25th, 2022

I have been dying for this book since I first heard it was going to exist and I was not even a little disappointed. I loved Maren's first book, Sugar Run and her equally genre-defying follow up is even more beautiful and heartrending. We know something is not quite right with Elena and Alex's marriage early on, and as the chapters unfold we learn that he is in love with a Lucha libre wrestler. When Alex and his lover disappear, Elena tries to track them down despite the lack of evidence left behind. Crossing the Texas/Mexico border and touching on disordered eating, the opioid epidemic, and parenting, this gorgeous book will make you take your time reading it to really soak in the prose. 


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Nothing But Blackened Teeth By Cassandra Khaw Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250759412
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Published: Tor Nightfire - October 19th, 2021

This novella doesn't need to be long to pack in chills and horror. Khaw crafts a terrifying setting as she tells the tale of five longtime friends who have gathered to witness the wedding of two group members. As the night unfolds in an abandoned Heian-era mansion, long held grudges and secrets come to light and the reader wonders why these people are even friends. The terrifying climax is grisly, dark, and beyond what you would imagine as the friends fight to save one another and themselves. A PERFECT Halloween read.


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I Hope This Finds You Well: Poems By Kate Baer Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780063137998
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 9th, 2021

Baer's follow up to the wildly successful What Kind of Woman is even better than the first collection!  She has taken comments, emails, feedback, and texts from various spoken interviews and testimonies and turned them inspiring blackout poetry that turns the initial correspondence on its head. This new volume speaks to current events, moms, women, and anyone who is just tired of all the negativity in the world. It's cathartic and inspirational and beautiful.


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My Heart Is a Chainsaw (The Indian Lake Trilogy #1) By Stephen Graham Jones Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982137632
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 31st, 2021

Teenage misfit Jade is obsessed with horror movies - and she plans to use her encyclopedic knowledge to ensure her survival as her quiet town of Proofrock is terrorized by something unseen. This follow up to The Only Good Indians blew me away - I am a sucker for a classic horror series and Jones did an amazing job ratcheting up the tension until the grisly climax. This is a must read for fans of Stephen King or Grady Hendrix.


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The Final Girl Support Group By Grady Hendrix Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593201237
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Published: Berkley - July 13th, 2021

I love every word that Hendrix puts on a page and this might be my new favorite. It's a love letter to the slasher movie genre that exploded in the 80s-90s and while it doesn't call out any specific franchise by name, you know what inspired him.   Lynette is a member of a top-secret support group that is full of Final Girls - the few women that survived brutal killers that spawned still-active horror movie franchises. No one understands how hard it is to be the ones left behind and when group members start dying off, it becomes clear that someone has found them out. This kept me turning the pages madly until the resolution and the reader can visualize how it might play out on screen. I will be putting this in the hand of every horror fan I see. 


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Blackout: A Novel By Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780063088108
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 31st, 2022

I have been dying to get my hands on this book since I first heard it announced. I was not disappointed! Six superstar YA writers team up for six tales of romance during a blackout in NYC. Nic Stone's story provides a center that the others authors complete and each tale overlaps just enough with the others that you will want to end up at the blackout party they're all working to get to. This book covers several diverse couples finding and losing love during the hottest day in the city and these stories put you right there with them all. I loved every single story!


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Razorblade Tears: A Novel By S. A. Cosby Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250252715
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Published: Flatiron Books - April 5th, 2022

As much as I loved Blacktop Wasteland, I think I like this new book even more - Cosby just keeps getting better! This is the story of two fathers who have nothing in common - except the murder of their estranged sons. Neither father had ever really gotten used to the couple's gay interracial relationship and now that the young men have been brutally killed, they are dealing with regrets and feelings unspoken. The police are doing nothing to catch the murderers, so Ike and Buddy Lee take matters into their own hands. I forced myself to read this really slowly because I knew I’d be so sad when it was over. This is a strong contender for my book of the year.  


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Bewilderness: A Novel By Karen Tucker Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781646221264
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Published: Catapult - June 28th, 2022

Tucker spins a beautiful tale of addiction, love, friendship, and survival in this stunning debut set in rural North Carolina. Irene spends her days slinging drinks at the local watering hole. There, she befriends magnetic Luce and the two start down a dark path of drugs and crime, all the while wishing for escape. Things change when Luce meets a young soldier who wants to help her get clean. Irene is torn between the need to keep her friend close and the desire for Luce to have the best life possible. it's a story of doing what you think is best and living with the consequences. This book broke my heart in the most beautiful way. 


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The Lost Village: A Novel By Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming (Translated by) Cover Image
By Camilla Sten, Alexandra Fleming (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781250803290
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 22nd, 2022

I saw that this was described as a cross between Blair Witch and Midsommar and could not grab it fast enough. This chilling novel is set in a remote village in Sweden and tells the story of a scrappy documentary film crew trying to find out why the entire town disappeared many years ago. The camp they set up in the town square is immediately beset with mysterious happenings that become less and less harmless. Tension mounts as they explore the mystery of where the residents of Silvertjarn went, and wonder if they will meet the same fate. 


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When No One Is Watching: A Thriller By Alyssa Cole Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062982650
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 1st, 2020

It's going to be hard to describe this book without swearing - it's that good! Sydney is back in her Brooklyn neighborhood to take care of her ailing mother and regroup after a nasty breakup. She comes home to a block that's changing - not for the better. The longtime Black homeowners are being pushed out by well-to-do white people. Circumstances of her friends' moves seem more and more shady to Sydney. With the help of new neighbor Theo, she starts to look into the history of the area and nefarious secrets start to come to light. I won't go any further because I don't want to spoil anything. READ THIS BOOK.