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Elan Mastai has written the perfect time travel book. Wait, scratch that. He has written the perfect book. What could become an overwhelmingly scientific account of time travel is instead a great book filled with laughter and crying and "oh god this is so good wait what's happening I CAN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN" feelings. I read this book in 100 page increments, finding it physically painful to put down. Definitely at the top of my list of best books I have read this year (even though it, sadly, doesn't come out until next year). I can't wait until I can put this in customers' hands. I guess I will just have to make do with my co-workers for now...
Rowell's take on the "Chosen One" magician story is a great one. Flipping between many unique points of view, Rowell creates some amazing dramatic irony that keeps you turning the pages. I was incredibly sad when this book ended. I wanted to spend way more time with these awesome characters in their beautifully crafted world.
Jenny Lawson has a beautiful and hilarious way of writing about the mental illness that she lives with. Told in short, essay-like chapters, you will find yourself laughing at every page. And, if you haven't yet, make sure to check our her first book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened.
Beautifully blending reality and a fascinating look at purgatory and the dream world, Eleanor makes you think about the world beyond what we can see. Gurley creates a fully realized other world that pulls you in and doesn't let go. A beautiful piece of writing and quite a feat of creativity.