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September 6th I got…

Books, bookish crap, a fricken T-shirt, matches, and paper.

Basically everything you could ever want out of a shopping spree.

Zac & Mia – A. J. Betts

Why is it that the versions of US books in other languages always have cooler covers???????? Check out the Spanish version of this one.

Also, for those who loved Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story…. this book is for you.

When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics.” So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can’t forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices.

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Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler

Reallllllllly glad I finally picked this book up. I’ve literally heard nothing but good things about it and I’m always a sucker for books with art and/or books that are weirdly shaped.

I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

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The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

This was my favorite book as a kid, including all the bullshit classics they made me read in high school, and I’ve always wanted to reread, so I had to get myself a copy. Though kind of bummed I didn’t get a earlier edition.

Hailed as “a classic. . . . humorous, full of warmth and real invention” (The New Yorker), this beloved story–first published more than fifty ago–introduces readers to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond. 

For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams. . . .

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