Take Ten - Amber's Picks

Amber is QRB’s Inventory Manager, so she mainly hides in the back. After growing up on the Outer Banks and attending UNC Greensboro, she spent three years outside of Philadelphia getting a master’s degree in publishing. Desperate to return to the South, she moved to Raleigh a year ago with her husband and adopted two adorable kittens. She tends to read novels with a little something different, often a fantasy element, retellings, satires, or alternate universes. She rarely reads non-fiction, but occasionally picks up books about books, psychology books, or comedic memoirs. She is also the creator and facilitator for Quail Ridge’s new Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club. When not reading or working, she enjoys watching terrible anime and reality TV, collecting random items she finds in used books, and buying too much tea. She organizes her bookshelves for fun, has a lot of panda things, and never wears matching socks.

Jane Steele Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399169496
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - March 22nd, 2016

An homage to Jane Eyre, Jane Steele learns to take justice into her own hands, ridding the world of abusive men, one body at a time. Exciting, funny, beautifully written, and with a feminist twist.

The Song of Achilles: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062060624
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

A lyrical novel inspired by Homer's The Iliad told from the perspective of Patroclus about Achilles' life. This book took my breath away, made me weep, and lit a fire to learn more about the mythology behind it.

Station Eleven Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804172448
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Science fiction for people who don’t read science fiction – a post-apocalyptic world where art and hope are finally returning to those still left. Very literary and well-written, akin to Margaret Atwood.

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765385505
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor.com - April 5th, 2016

Alice in Wonderland meets Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but much darker. Also the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club pick for May!

Dietland Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544704831
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - May 24th, 2016

A disturbing but brilliant satire about society’s expectations on women, focusing on the beauty and diet industries. Every feminist should read this jarring and fascinating novel.

Mr. Fox Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594486180
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - November 6th, 2012

This is some serious metafiction, composed in vignettes that are all related but not necessarily connected. Oyeyemi is probably the most beautiful and meaningful writer of this generation. Her words refuse to let you go.

Nimona Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062278227
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperTeen - May 12th, 2015

Lord Ballister Blackheart, the not-so-bad bad guy, hires a sidekick and shapeshifter, Nimona, to help him fight the kingdom. However, Nimona’s unpredictability and mysterious past begin to make Blackheart question his decisions. It will definitely make you laugh and probably make you cry.

To Be or Not to Be Cover Image
ISBN: 9780982853740
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Breadpig - September 10th, 2013

I backed this book when it was on Kickstarter, and I'm still glad I did. It has full-color, full-page illustrations from 65 awesome artists as you choose your path through the story of Hamlet, playing as Hamlet, Ophelia, or even the King (except you die on page one and are a ghost the rest of the time).

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307352156
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books - January 29th, 2013

I want every person entering or currently in the workforce to read it, to better understand the strengths and differences of both introverts and extroverts, and how we need both in this world to make it function at its best. It definitely made me feel more comfortable in my own skin as an introvert. 

Reasons to Stay Alive Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143128724
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - February 23rd, 2016

Told in lists and vignettes, Haig discusses his own experience with mental illness as well as gives thoughtful, practical advice to others. He tackles issues of panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, and the double standard of mental versus physical illness. Haig also delves into what depression is, both personally and scientifically, but without confusing psychobabble. He shares his reasons for living, encourages depressives to read, to challenge themselves, and to cling to the love in their lives without ever giving up.