Seriously frazzled trying to find my friend a wedding present because I’m an adult but don’t know how to adult and had no idea where to even start. I settled on a passport holder, bath bombs, and votives.
I think she liked it, though she didn’t seem as enthused as I hoped.
I got BOOKS!!!
WOOOOOOOOOOOOO *ARMS FLAILING ABOUT LIKE THE CAR DEALERSHIP INFLATABLE TUBE MAN*
Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick
And if you haven’t noticed… IT’S AUTOGRAPHED. I practically lunged at the display when I saw that saint of a sticker obstructing the Y of Every.
You guys know how I feel about Matthew Quick.
But I’m happy to remind you.
He is the BEE’S KNEES, HIPS, SHOULDER BLADES, LUNGS, AND THE REST OF THE VITAL ORGANS.
Also, when I went up to the cash register to check out, the girl working was like totally cool and chatted me up for a good ten minutes. She basically sang sweet nothings in my ear as she told me that she’d read Every Exquisite Thing, loved it, and described it as a Young Adult novel written for adults, which is my favorite thing ever. Cause that’s John Green basically. Whom I’m also a psycho about.
Nanette O’Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper—a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic—the rebel within Nanette awakens.
As she befriends the reclusive author, falls in love with a young but troubled poet, and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that rebellion sometimes comes at a high price.
A celebration of the self and the formidable power of story, Every Exquisite Thing is Matthew Quick at his finest.
Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld
I’ve been on a real graphic novel kick lately. I’ve never been into comics or anything, but after picking up Paper Girls, I’ve been a total spaz, screaming right into the manga section and exhausting myself trying to find the next great thing.
I’m not full on comic book Marvel yet, but I’m sure that stage is coming.
Also the shark illustrations inside Everything is Teeth are beautiful.
When she was a little girl, passing her summers in the heat of coastal Australia, Evie Wyld was captivated by sharks—by their innate ruthlessness, stealth, and immeasurable power—and they have never released their hold on her imagination. From the award-winning author of All the Birds, Singing, here is a deeply moving graphic memoir about family, love, loss, and the irresistible forces that, like sharks, course through life unseen, ready to emerge at any moment.
Black-and-white illustrations throughout.