Olivia S.'s Staff Recommendations

Welcome to Olivia's recommendations! Olivia has been working at Boswell Book company for a year and has wanted to be a bookseller since she was 9 years old. (She told Daniel that this day would come!) She is a fan of a variety of genres from juvenile and adult fiction to fantasy and science. She especially loves books with magic in them (and she might be a witch) whether it's in spells or monsters or the power of friendship. She's also a big fan of awesome heroines and diverse books. Olivia is Boswell's resident Harry Potter expert. (Okay, she's definitely a witch.) And her favorite book of all time is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.
Check out what Olivia S.  has been reading below!
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Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062351432
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 10th, 2017

The strange desert town of the Welcome to Night Vale Podcast is brought to the shelves in this smart, funny, and wonderfully weird mystery. Follow Jackie and Diane as they search for truths in a connected past, a stranger no one can remember, and themselves- all for an uncertain future in a town we may never understand (but love to death). You can read this new original story without ever having listened to the podcast!

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The Wee Free Men (Tiffany Aching #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062435262
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Published: HarperCollins - September 1st, 2015

Tiffany Aching has a frying pan and is not afraid to use it. This young aspiring witch stares down nightmares and knocks out the monsters leaking onto her family's farm through a doorway to fairyland. When her little brother is taken by the fairy queen, she must use her first sight, second thoughts, and some help from the wee free men- an army of blue-tattooed, red-haired, sword-wielding 6-inch-tall pictsies- to get him back. If you like smart heroines and hilarious writing, you will love the Wee Free Men.

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The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe: Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 2 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062468635
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Published: Harper Perennial - September 6th, 2016

Your favorite creepy desert community is back in volume 2 of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast episodes. One year after it all began... A big corporation moves into town, threatening all that Night Vale citizens hold dear. A militia of well-read children rises up. A literal five-headed dragon and the Faceless Old Woman who secretly lives in your home campaign for the town's mayoral seat. A faithful community radio host tells all. Each episode features illustrations by Jessica Hayworth and new behind-the-scenes writing from one of the writers, cast members, or others involved in creating this series. This is a great way for new fans to catch up on the podcast and for regular listeners to become even more immersed in the beautiful strangeness of Night Vale. (Don't forget to start with Mostly Void, Partially Stars for the first year of episodes!)

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Fangirl Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250030955
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - September 10th, 2013

Cather Avery is huge in the Simon Snow fandom- her fanfiction gets thousands of hits every day, and she has a regular following of fans. To Cath and her twin sister Wren, Simon Snow is their childhood- but will she be able to hang on to the story she loves after her first year of college, where she struggles to balance school, family issues, and her sanity? Find out in this fantastic novel. I love Rainbow Rowell's books, and her honest, thoughtful writing really struck a chord with me the first time I read this. For anyone who has been a fan (of anything, really) or found themselves staying in to read instead of going out.

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The Night Circus Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor Books - July 3rd, 2012

The Night Circus pairs lovely prose with deep, human stories This beautiful story will immerse you in the wonder-filled world of Le Cirque des Reves and the secret, magical competition taking place within as it travels around the world, picking up a devoted and thoughtful following of people who are touched by the magic of the circus. A pair of young magicians compete with tents of new marvels, each more magnificent than the last, as they work out the mystery behind the competition they have been selected for and the inevitable outcome that one of them must face. Read this book- your heart will thank you for it.

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Nimona Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062278227
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Published: HarperTeen - May 12th, 2015

I LOVE Nimona! Noelle Stevenson is probably my favorite comics writer, and this funny and epic graphic novel (originally an online webcomic) is my favorite of her work. Nimona is shape-shifting sidekick to Lord Ballister Blackheart, the villain of the kingdom who works to take down the revered Institute and his nemesis, Sir Goldenloin. But the Institute isn't as pristine as it seems, and neither is Nimona. What are their secret? Find out in this fantastic story, full of magic, science, and evil plans.

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Lab Girl Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101873724
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Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017

This book has been getting awards and recognition everywhere- and for good reason. Lab Girl is a stunning memoir of a geobiologist whose passion, determination, and lifelong curiosity led her to a fascinating life in science. Jahren's narrative voice takes readers into the wonder of plant life and tells her life story with humor, emotion, powerful honesty, and excellently written tales of her trials, triumphs, and adventures as a lab and field scientist.

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It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062476050
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 17th, 2017

In October of 2017 (available for preorder now) comes a fantastic new novel that takes readers into the small, strange desert town of Night Vale once more. Scientist Nilanjana must discover the secrets of the congregation of the Smiling God... but the true cause of the town's latest apocalyptic event may lie closer to home than they think. Science and religion collide as Nilanjana and new ally Darryl work together and grow closer despite their very different ideals, beliefs, and values. Immerse yourself in the weird and wonderful puzzle that is everyday life in Night Vale- and in the stories of those townspeople brave enough to try and save it.

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The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545424936
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - July 30th, 2013

The magic of the Raven Cycle series truly carries from page to reader as you follow Blue Sargent and the tight friendship of the Raven Boys on their quest to find an ancient Welsh king near the small town of Henrietta, Virginia, where magic lurks in unexpected and wonderful places. Start the series with the Raven boys, where Blue finds out that a Raven Boy will die within the year, and is drawn into the mystery and magic of the strange group of private school boys. Maggie Stiefvater is a fantastic writer, and this series- perfect for fans of realistic fantasy, beautiful prose, and tightly-bound friendships- will definitely leave you wishing for something more.

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The Philosopher's Flight Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476778150
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 13th, 2018

In a re-imagined World War I era America, the arcane science of empirical philosophy allows those skilled at it to control certain aspects of the physical world. It's thought that only women possess the natural power and prowess for philosophy, but Robert Weekes is determined to join the all-female Elite Corps of Rescue Flyers. Miller's timely story and stunning feat of world building will get you hooked, and you'll stay as Robert and his friends (incredible philosopher ladies) encounter adventure and adversity in a war-torn, challenging world. I LOVE this book!