Joanna's Staff Favorites

Joanna has been at Annie Bloom's since November 2021, and has loved every second of it. She primarily reads young adult, sci-fi/fantasy, graphic novels, and romance (so much romance!), and loves nothing better than giving long lists of recommendations. She's delighted that Annie Bloom's has started a new romance-specific section, next to fiction and mystery.

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ISBN: 9780593200148
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Published: Berkley - January 11th, 2022

A depressed-but-always-smiling-for-the-camera TV meteorologist and a single dad sports reporter star in this charming, funny, deeply personal office romance set in a Seattle news station. Ari Abrams and Russell Barringer (casual office acquaintances) team up to get their bosses (notoriously warring exes) back together—but in the process, they find themselves becoming something more than casual. Solomon’s writing is as delicious as always, with witty dialogue, a love interest that will steal your heart, and a narrator that just may make you feel a little less alone out there.

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ISBN: 9780735269934
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Published: Penguin Teen - September 21st, 2021

A brutal, action-packed sci-fi/fantasy book inspired by the only female emperor of China. After her sister is killed by a mecha pilot, Wu Zetian knows there is only one path forward: revenge. This book has anime-style giant mechas, gender criticism, romance, a war against aliens, and a heroine at its helm that I truly believe could take over the world. Hands-down my favorite book of 2021.

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ISBN: 9781250191908
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - October 19th, 2021

Vanja is one of my favorite YA protagonists in years -- she's not good, not nice, not sweet. Instead, she's greedy, vicious, and clever. Her journey involves heists (gotta save up money to flee the country -- and a distasteful future bound to one of her (literal) godmothers), running from a nosy detective-in-training who's hot on her trail (really, doesn't he have anything better to do?) and an eclectic and supportive found family (ugh, emotions). Fans of Six of Crows will love this group of miscreants and their shenanigans. An absolute gem of a book.

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The Anthropocene Reviewed (Signed Edition): Essays on a Human-Centered Planet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525555216
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Published: Dutton - May 18th, 2021

John Green is a prolific author of young adult fiction (of which I am a huge fan), but in my opinion, The Anthropocene Reviewed is his best work yet. His writing is both entertaining and deeply revealing as he reviews various items, moments, and concepts on a five-star scale. I cried three separate times over sports alone while reading this book, and I don't even care about sports. This form really suits his writing. This is due, at least in part, to his years' worth of experience making video content for the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel he shares with his brother, Hank -- videos which are, in essence, personal essays. The Anthropocene Reviewed is the story of what makes us human, told in bite-sized pieces. A truly precious book.

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ISBN: 9781728231730
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - June 1st, 2021

A lush, contemporary retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth. Persephone escapes the glowing metropolis of Olympus and takes refuge on the other side of the River Styx with the mysterious, powerful Hades -- but even as Persphone and Hades start to fall in love, Hades is keeping secrets. Katee Robert writes some of the sexiest romance books today, and Neon Gods is one of her very best. Fans of Lore Olympus looking for more Hades/Persephone content, as well as lovers of the spicier side of romance in general, will love this series starter.

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ISBN: 9781534430990
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - March 17th, 2020

This gorgeous sci-fi novella follows two women (rival agents in a war across space and time) who begin to connect with one another by leaving a series of letters at different points in various timelines. This book is lyrical and intense, heart-wrenching and soul-healing -- and, at its core, deeply romantic. The prose is so beautiful that I found myself snapping my fingers like I was at a poetry reading, with not an unnecessary word in sight. It's astonishing how well co-authors Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone are able to mesh their writing together. I recommend this book unequivocally for any fan of sci-fi, romance, or poetry -- there's something in there for any of you. A perfect book.