If you don't fall in love with Eustacia Vye then I just don't know what to tell you. She's vibrant but dark and utterly compelling.
Again, if you don't feel for this downtrodden heroine you just might be heartless.
Adorable start to this perfect little duo chronicling the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Mifflin from The Parnassus to The Haunted Bookshop as they sell books and dreams!
The second in the aforementioned duo. Adorable but mysterious. Just fantastic for any lover of books but especially for a bookseller.
One of the first books that made me feel a lot less alone. It's cliche but I don't care.
My favorite of the Glass Family tales.
The best class I ever took on philosophy was centered around this book. Just as easy to pick up the book, watch the films and learn. Less expensive too.
I don't really enjoy most poetry but Whitman's voice moves me the same as beautiful music. The death-bed is my favorite version but read both to decide for yourself.
After you've enjoyed the pure vision of Whitman try out this illuminated text to Song of Myself. The illustrations are bizarre and joyous. Just like Walt.
I got interested in the life of Einstein in high school and just about devoured every book my school had on him. When this book was released I could barely wait to get my hands on it. Entertaining as all hell and informative too. Pick it up if you know everything or nothing about Albert.
I remember watching a video on Keith Haring in sixth grade art class. I was head over heels instantly. These journals articulate his vision for himself and the wider art world. He was razor sharp and innocent as a child.
Hidden libraries, masked figures, drama, passion. Everything you could ask for in a single book. This stands apart from the rest as quite possibly my favorite of all time. But only time will tell if that holds true so I hesitate to title it as such. For now, I only tell everyone I know that it is required reading.
A shy librarian who loves to shop vintage! This is a book made for my immediate interests but it turned into so much more. A quick and lovely read that begs for sunshine and a cool breeze.
You know all about this book. Now do yourself a favor and read it.
If you haven't done this series yet and you're a fan of sci-fi please click on this link right now. Smart and hilarious, this book defined me for most of high school. 42.
I have a soft spot for books about booksellers and mysteries. This is both. Gritty characters in believable situations with some of the best writing I've read in a mystery.
Just a fun and interesting romance. A smarter beach read, whatever that means.
One of my favorites as a kid. Must have read it a dozen times before the age of ten. Also, I'm a huge fan of the 1970 adaptation by Chuck Jones. A favorite moment.
I stumbled on this book wasting time in my college's bookstore. It changed my view of the brain and language and I'm pretty sure all of reality. Let it do the same for you.
I thought Maureen was amazing on Twitter but then I read this book (and its sequel) and found out that she's pretty amazing on paper too. Funny, dramatic and some of the best dialogue ever written.
If I have anyone to thank for my love of Whitman it would be Roskos who introduced him to me in my first year of my English degree. So when he wrote this book that entwined Whitman into the story I rushed out to get it. Great writing, important topic tackled- depression and anxiety in teens.
I could put any one of Gaiman's novels on this list but this book really stole my heart. I read it three times in the month I had it from the library. Just a perfect distillation of all the things I love most about Gaiman- scary but beautiful, funny and true.
Fans of great music and/or french history will really enjoy this dark YA novel.
AH! There is too much to gush about in this novel so I'll just say I read it all in one afternoon because I could not stop taking in her characters!
Again, too much. Just pick it up and remember what it's like to be a teenager in love.