Greta's Book List
Greta, a native of Kansas City, MO, is a longtime book lover and first-time bookseller! She is a student at Mizzou studying vocal music education, and she is so excited to begin matching books with their readers. Greta’s family has always been supportive of her voracious appetite for reading, and that passion has been pervasive throughout her life. She is a longtime lover of all kinds of fiction, and has more recently developed a passion for non-fiction related to social justice.
Putting a new spin on the Biblical stories many of us know well, Lamb provides a thoroughly hilarious and heartfelt imagining of Jesus’ life in the “lost years” between his childhood and the beginning of his ministry. Hysterical, thought-provoking, and an all-around great read.
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This book has changed how I relate to the world, myself, and others in the midst of the chaos and tragedy that have become our day-to-day. Kaur’s elegant and honest writing broke me and put me back together again. One of the best books I’ve ever read.
This book is the perfect synthesis of Terry Prachett’s flair for the whimsical and Niel Gaiman’s tendency towards darkness. Highly enjoyable from beginning to end.
The first of a four-part mystery installment by Columbia native Jill Orr, The Good Byline is a perfect read for someone looking for a lighter mystery series. Riley, a 24-year-old from a small town in Virginia, takes it upon herself to look into the sudden death of a childhood friend. Enjoyable from beginning to end, I would highly recommend the Riley Ellison mysteries for anyone looking for something witty and engaging.
Miller is a unique writer who is able to capture the complexity of life’s emotions while remaining true to the narrative. Heartachingly beautiful to the end.
In turns wickedly smart, deeply insightful, and great fun, Montell examines the English language from a feminist perspective, addressing everything from the use of “guys” as a “gender-neutral” secondary plural, to the phenomenon of “gay voice”. This book has changed the way I think about how I use language to interact with the world, and I would highly recommend to almost everyone.
The first adult fantasy novel of Leigh Bardugo, whose YA fantasy universe has recently been made into the “Shadow and Bone” Netflix series, Ninth House is a mature, gripping narrative drenched in dark academia and secret societies. If you loved The Secret History by Donna Tartt or A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik, this book is for you. .
“Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” If that statement rings true for you, I would highly recommend this delightful historical fiction by Mary Ann Schaffer.
With the challenging year (or few years) we’ve had, Bregman’s book couldn’t have come at a better time. Weaving together interviews, narratives, and research, Bregman makes the convincing case that if you look at the science, humans are fundamentally good, and how to put that knowledge in practice in the real world.
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The first in this masterful YA trilogy, Scythe masterfully examines themes of morality and loss within all-encompassing world building that make it impossible to put down; a must-read for both children and adults.