Katie is a born and raised Bendite who graduated from Mountain View High School in 2017. She then went on to receive her Bachelors in Agricultural Science from OSU Corvallis in 2020. She spends her free time exploring Central Oregon and traveling when she can. She loves collecting vinyl records, listening to music (of all kinds), writing poetry, and getting creative anyway she can!
Katie mostly enjoys reading Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy and Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, and Poetry. Magical realism, in-depth world building, and strong character development are some of the things Katie looks for most in a good book. She is always reading something new, and loves nothing more than to recommend or talk about books with fellow readers and customers. Ask her for some of her favorite reads when you see her in the store!
This poetic, beautiful, and destructive story shows the push and pull between Achilles and Patroclus, and it shows us just how far people can go to protect the ones they love. There are countless agonizingly lovely moments between the two, but one quote from Patroclus about Achilles stuck out to me, “I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.” This is one of my favorite books of all time. It reads like poetry, and is so beautifully sad. I would recommend it to anyone!
This is a beautiful, relatable, and understated story about the hardships and heartaches that come with falling in love with someone who seems impossibly unlikely to feel the same. It’s also a tale of triumph, love, and the strength found family can give us when faced with adversity and discrimination. Countless beautiful and meaningful messages are all wrapped up into a bright, colorful, and fantastical package within the covers of this book. It quickly rose to one of my all time favorite novels.
This is a beautifully tragic historical fiction centering around a young German orphan during the Holocaust. Liesel Meminger is whisked into her new home, learning her life’s lessons the hard way, and through one of the most brutal events in human history. Liesel’s story is heartbreaking, and the personification of Death, the story’s narrator, is by far one of the most compelling parts of the novel.
One Last Stop is McQuiston’s second novel, and unlike her debut, this story takes on a more fantastical approach. What happens when a cynical, stressed out, and overworked August Landry meets and falls in love with a girul who is a lot more than she seems? On the outside, Jane is the coolheaded, confident, somewhat aloof girl August met on the New York subway. However, after finding out that she’s actually caught in a time loop that has her forgetting the last 45 years and not ageing a single day since then, August does everything she can to help Jane escape the subway, while trying her hardest not to fall head over heels in love.
Centering around a 14-year-old girl in Baltimore in the 70’s. Mary Jane quickly comes to learn about a different way of living after becoming the summer nanny for the young daughter of a psychiatrist. Mary Jane tells the story of her summer, punctuated by the carefree lives of the family she’s working for, the love and acceptance from the psychiatrist’s patient (a drug-addicted rockstar), and the beautiful singing and guidance of his movie star wife. Mary Jane learns to love better, sing louder, and stand up for who she is in this perfect coming-of-age story.
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In California just after the recession, this story tells of a young man who, down on his luck, applies for a job at a very peculiar bookstore. After being told not to meddle in the lives of the customers who come and go at all times, and being told not to open or look at any of the books, Clay uses the talents of his friends to discover the hidden secrets of the store. However, after finding what he thinks is the reason for the strangeness of the store and its customers, Clay comes to find that the secrets hidden away are far more extraordinary than they seem!
If you want to fall in love with humanity again, this is the book you should pick up. Author John Green takes his first approach at writing nonfiction in this beautiful, hilarious, and touching collection of essays that detail important people, places, and things in his life. Green rates all of the subjects of his essays on a 5 star scale, and this arbitrary rating paired with an in-depth description of the random topics is just one compelling part of this book. I loved hearing his perspective on so many different things, and after looking at the world through his eyes, it filled me with more hope than I've had in a long time.
This is the first novel in the Six of Crows duology that follows shortly after the Shadow and Bone trilogy. In this novel, six unlikely friends team up to conduct a massive heist on a foreigen government, each with their own motives. It's a fast-paced, thrilling read that has plenty of funny moments as well as one's that will melt your heart. I loved the world building from the first trilogy that made this book so much easier to dive into. An incredible Young Adult Fantasy read!
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This is an understated, heartwarming poetry collection by one of my favorite writers, Mary Oliver. In this short collection, Oliver documents the stages and special moments that she shared with the dogs in her life. It made me think of my own pets, and how much I care for them. Owning a dog is a beautiful thing, and this poetry collection helps remind me of that.
I loved this novel! Set in China Town in San Fransisco during the 1950's, this book follows the coming-of-age story of Lily Hu, a teenager who is simply trying to get by. Lily's High School experience is cataloged in this novel as she visits the Telegraph Club, an underground safe space for members of the LGBTQ+ community during that time. Lily also experiences her first love, while trying to please her family, keep up her grades, and manage other friendships that have been strained as of late. This is a story of love, heartbreak, friendship, self identity, and acceptance in the face of rejection and fear.
While this is a middle grade novel, I think it's a story that everyone of all ages should read. Nowhere Boy describes the experience of two young boys who meet under the most unlikely circumstances. Max is an American who moved to Brussels because of his dad's work. Ahmed is a Syrian refugee who became an orphan during his migration to safety. He gets stuck in Brussels with no one to go to for help. The two meet one day, and become best friends, protecting and caring for each other in a world that seems bent on hurting them. This novel put a lot into context about the Syrian refugee situation for me, and it made certain events that have happened in the past make much more sense. I recommend it for anyone!
Told in a fast-paced interview style, Daisy Jones & The Six is a fictional retelling of a band that rose to fame in the late 60's and 70's. Any lover of classic rock, or any type of music from that time will love this book. The epitome of sex, drugs, and rock n' roll, Daisy Jones & The Six is the perfect documentary-style claim to fame novel that makes a great summer read!