Take Ten - Ceewin's Picks

 I grew up in Raleigh and majored in in Psychology and Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill. After graduating in 2014, I moved to Oklahoma City to complete a two-year service project as a young adult social justice missionary with the United Methodist Church. I came back to Raleigh in August of 2014, and shortly after started working at Quail Ridge Books. As a youngster, I was enamored with A Series of Unfortunate Events, House of the Scorpion, and any Sammy Keyes mystery. I first read Harry Potter in seventh grade when I was starting a brand new middle school and needed a very magical escape from my reality. My first ARC was a little-known book, The Hunger Games, one of my Take Ten selections. My current reading journey is a mix of old and new: re-reading some of the books that I read when I was younger to see how they influenced me, but also branching out into different genres, trying to find a favorite in each.
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ISBN: 9780316168816
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 20th, 2004

This novel helped me get a grasp on what heaven might look like for someone gone too soon. Not necessarily the lightest of stories, but Sebold builds a vivid and realistic portrayal of what happens after tragedy, for the deceased and for those who loved them. 

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ISBN: 9781449474256
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2015

Raw and impactful in her writing, Kaur makes me feel at once powerful and vulnerable. Never one for poetry, this book made me change my mind. I. Loved. It.

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ISBN: 9780439023528
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 3rd, 2010

What endears this book to me most is Katniss’ devotion to her sister. That love is what drives her to do impulsive things, like volunteer for an extreme gladiator-type competition where teenagers are forced to fight to the death for the entertainment and submission of the masses. 

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ISBN: 9780618485222
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Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2004

A story about a second-generation immigrant with a unique name growing up in America torn between his parents’ immigrant culture and the American culture that surrounds him. I would call this my biography if it wasn’t for the fact that the protagonist is male.

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ISBN: 9780486406510
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Published: Dover Publications - December 31st, 1998

A classic for a reason!   I read ahead of my class to find out what happened! The interweaving of personal stories and sacrifices within the larger context of freedom and revolution was profoundly moving and impactful.

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ISBN: 9780446675505
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 1st, 2000

Butler builds a world not too far removed from our own, where the institutions that keep us civilized have virtually collapsed. Apocalyptic, but is not quite the apocalypse because human beings manage to adapt and survive. This book is as devastating as it is hopeful.

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ISBN: 9780062290380
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 14th, 2015

Action-packed. Addictive. Immersive. Our protagonist is Kelsea Raleigh, a 19-year-old raised in isolation so she could survive long enough to become queen of her kingdom. She must come to terms with the legacy she inherits and the one she wants to create for herself. 

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ISBN: 9781423152880
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 7th, 2013

This novel tells the story of two young women who join the World War II effort in Britain. One of the women is captured by the Nazis and the other is last seen in a plane crashing in Nazi-occupied France. A fast-paced YA novel with adult themes. 

I Am Not Your Negro: A Companion Edition to the Documentary Film Directed by Raoul Peck (Vintage International) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525434696
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Published: Vintage - February 7th, 2017

Imagine this: a nuanced analysis of the history of race relations in this country, no party inherently evil or blameless, that encourages everyone to objectively examine how we got here in order to build a country that fulfills the American promise. Crazy, right?

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ISBN: 9780060522278
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - April 27th, 2004

This charming coming-of-age novel follows a freshly divorced Louise who finds a decades old etiquette book titled Elegance at her local bookshop. The book gives her the inspiration she needs to start making some drastic changes in her life. Funny and heartwarming.