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Flannery's Reviews

Flannery’s life has been about books since before she could read. While she mainly reads mystery, fantasy, and young adult, Flannery also enjoys some good non-fiction and the occasional novel. The Watsonville native worked at Bookshop for years and was our Used Book Manager and mystery section leader. In real life she enjoys fuzzy cats, the wild outdoors, and cupcakes.


Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet is an engaging, meticulously researched insight into the different facets of introversion, as well as how our culture came to devalue the trait, and why this cultural suppression is to all our detriment. Focusing on extensive studies and introverted luminaries, this eloquent argument for the inherent value of introversion in our
extroverted world will simultaneously empower introverts and enlighten extroverts. Let us be reminded of the power of quiet, insight and thought, and applaud Susan Cain.

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ISBN: 9780307352149
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Crown - January 24th, 2012

What’s Wrong with My Plant? by Deardorff and Wadsworth

I don’t do so well with plants, so I was delighted to find this book. It outlines common ailments in a clear, straightforward way, with plenty of helpful color drawings for easy identification. It also provides simple solutions for almost every problem you can encounter. With this book, even the most inept gardener (like myself) can keep a plant alive!

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ISBN: 9780881929614
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Timber Press - December 2nd, 2009

Awkward Family Pet Photos by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

I love this book. When I get stressed out or sad, I pick a random page or two, and let hilarity take me away. There are animals in ridiculous costumes, animals making fools of their owners, animals in odd situations, and owners making fools of everyone involved. It’s simply amazing. Just try to read it without laughing.

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ISBN: 9780307888129
Availability: Backordered
Published: Crown - November 1st, 2011

The Future of Us by [Jay Asher

It’s the mid 90’s, and when teens Emma and Josh insert their America Online CD-ROM, up pops a page called Facebook, telling their future, 15 years on. As Emma tries to change her future, Josh embraces his, and they find their friendship strained as they test the waters of destiny and try to figure out what the heck love is anyway. A great story with lots of fun treats for us 90’s kids!

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ISBN: 9781595144911
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Razorbill - November 21st, 2011

The Shadow of the Wind

After finding a dusty book lost deep in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Daniel becomes obsessed with discovering the authors’ fate. As he delves into the past, he finds himself uncovering a web of deception and lies, all the while falling in love for the first time. This lyrically gothic tale unfolds on the misty streets of Barcelona, and tells of the desperate, heartbreaking madness of love, and more importantly, the thrilling love of books.

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By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780143034902
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron

My resolution this year is simple, and therefore, difficult: love myself more. Re-reading this is my first step. The first time I read it, I felt an immediate sense of overwhelming relief, because I finally understood that I’m not crazy, just biologically different. If you’ve ever felt that being highly sensitive is a negative, read this, and let it show you how positive your trait really is, and how to thrive in an overwhelming world!

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ISBN: 9780553062182
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harmony - June 2nd, 1997

Dragonflight by Anne Mccaffrey

Born to protect their planet, dragons and riders share an unbreakable bond. When a dragon dies, the man becomes a broken shell, when a rider dies, so does his dragon. Rider to the new dragon queen, headstrong Lessa learns to adjust to her new home and responsibilities, while also learning to open up to love, the love of her man and the unconditional devotion of her dragon, because together, they are the planets only hope.

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ISBN: 9780345335463
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - May 12th, 1986

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Awaiting execution, Yelena is offered a second chance. To survive, she must use her wits and will, and learn to love herself, bolstered all the while by the strong support of her fierce friends and the man who adores her. This is a lush, vibrantly woven tale, full of magic and strength, about a woman coming into her own, facing her demons, and finding the joy of love.

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ISBN: 9780778327110
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Mira - December 1st, 2008

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler & Maira Kalman

Just broke up? This one’s for us! This beautiful book will make you cry and heal all at the same time. While this is an altogether exceptional book, what really strikes me is the amount of passion that went into making it. Every page, every illustration impresses upon me what a labor of love this was, for both author and illustrator, and that makes it a heartbreaking work of art.

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By Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780316127257
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 27th, 2011

Matched by Ally Condie

In a future where the Society’s word decides all, and their word is final. But when Cassia finds that she has been accidentally matched with two people, she finds herself opposing the Society and everything she has ever known, fighting for her free will. The simple, stripped down writing matches the sweet love story, and left me excited for the sequel (which is even better!).

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ISBN: 9780142419779
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - September 20th, 2011


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