I'm the youngest employee of Octavia Books and I have worked here for over half of the years the store has been open. I have an English degree and read everything, from weighty history to children's books. I am currently working to pay my way through higher education and love to read lighter novels as a distraction from the constant literary analysis. If you're looking for something escapist, light, or young adult, I'm the girl to see.
Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles..." William Goldman's classic tale of True Love and High Adventure is the best example for the book being better than the movie, no matter how good the movie is. ~MB
Historical fiction with a touch of fantasy, the characters feel like real people that you would love to be friends with. Spending time in the company of Jamie and Claire is one of my favorite things to do and lots of people agree with me. ~MB
Winner of the Man Booker Prize for 2009, this novel of Tudor England as seen through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, takes a horrible man from a terrible time and makes him sympathetic and understandable.
A history book that is eminently readable, this is a great book for any anglophile to learn about British History from Henry II and Thomas Becket through Richard II and the houses of York and Lancaster. ~MB
One of the most original books I've ever read. A YA fantasy that avoids the current trends for vampires and dystopia, it's a must for any young fantasy readers. ~MB
America is a bad land for gods. This is a fantastic novel about the nature of worship and belief, and what that means for the ideas people leave behind on their way to the next thing. ~MB