Gretchen's Picks

Gretchen joined the Snowbound crew in the summer of 2020, and has a very handsome dog named Rosie Cotton.

Do you judge a book by its cover?
ALWAYS! I only read books with good covers. I might be missing out on some good reads... but I doubt it.

Dogear or bookmark?
Now I am become death, the destroyer of books--dogear all the way. I've never managed to own a bookmark for more than a few hours.

Monogamist or polygamist reader?
I consider myself a read-onist (reading hedonist), thus the more the merrier!

Any classics you refuse to read?
Camus.

What's your most terrifying book experience?
When I'm reading in bed and drop my book on my face.

Do you eat while reading? If so, what's your favorite reading drink or snack?
I love a good reading beverage. Currently, red wine is my drink of choice.

Your mission as a bookseller?
To find and share great new reads with our community.

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This Thing Between Us: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374539238
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MCD x FSG Originals - October 12th, 2021

This book--woah. Beautiful. Awful.
A man processes the sudden loss of his wife... darkness & cosmic horror slowly unspool. I've never read anything quite like this. A truly stunning read. Transcendent.


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My Heart Is a Chainsaw Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781982137632
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - August 31st, 2021

Not just any slasher--this is a meta-slasher! This book twists & transcends the "final girl" trope in awesome, brutal, and ultimately hopeful ways. A perfect read for fans of the genre, or a great intro for horror beginners. Delicious & evil!


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Revelator: A novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525657385
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - August 31st, 2021

Moonshine AND monsters!? A creeping southern gothic that unwinds its secrets in unexpected and terrifying ways. A truly perfect read for autumn.


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Velvet Was the Night Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593356821
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - August 17th, 2021

A smoky noir set in 1970's Mexico City--romantic, dangerous and dark; it has all the right ingredients to take you on a twisty-turny & exciting adventure. Very fun!


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Nightbitch: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780385546812
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday - July 20th, 2021

A deliciously evil & surreal portrait of women, art, and motherhood. Darkly funny and the best book I've read this year. 5 stars!


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A Touch of Jen Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316704267
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company - July 13th, 2021

An instagram-fueled obsessive fantasy turns two millenials into real-life monsters. Sharp, funny, with a slow dive into psychedelic horror. A perfect read for the social media generation.


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The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524748838
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon - March 9th, 2021

Not necessarily scary, but haunting. Ghost Variations traverses the many ways one can be haunted, with ease--leaping from chilling to sweet, and devastating to beautiful.


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Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525620808
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - June 15th, 2021

I was expecting a purely gothic read from this title, but was thrilled and surprised by the amount of horror. Mexican Gothic would be a great read for fans of Bronte, but also Lovecraft.


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The Blacktongue Thief Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250621191
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - May 25th, 2021

This is a perfect fantasy read. It checks all the boxes without being cliche. Great adventure, characters, and a surprising amount of humor. 10/10.


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Sorrowland: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374266776
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: MCD - May 4th, 2021

Woah. This book takes the horrors of American history & white supremacy, and creates an unputdownable tale of vengeance, motherhood, and queer love. Raw, gothic, and dark--this one will stick with you.


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A Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn Universe #1) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250267689
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tordotcom - May 11th, 2021

This book is so much fun! Magic, adventure and intrigue--all set in a steampunk Cairo.
The world-building & characters are fantastic. If you pick this up, you'll quickly find yourself sucked into this story.
Would highly recommend to fantasy & mystery lovers!


Hummingbird Salamander: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374173548
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Published: MCD - April 6th, 2021

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Outlawed Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781635575422
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 5th, 2021

Outlawed is a total blast. I've always loved a good western, and this book checks all the boxes--plus some extra!
This book nicely defies the macho tendencies of its genre--with a sparkling cast of queer & nonconforming characters, and a story revolving around women's reproductive rights. Check it out!


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Ring Shout Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250767028
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tordotcom - October 13th, 2020

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Flyaway Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250260499
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Published: Tordotcom - July 28th, 2020

This book is a perfectly creepy fairy tale! Good for those who walk through brush and feel watched...
I didn't know that Australian gothic could be considered a genre, but I feel lucky to have found it.


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FKA USA: A Novel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250108913
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Flatiron Books - August 25th, 2020

Sweet dystopian future fiction--hits just right if you're stressed out about the state of the world. A great adventure that roams through a corporate-run USA of the future. I'd definitely recommend this book to fans of Douglas Adams.


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The Last Taxi Driver Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781951142681
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Published: Tin House Books - April 6th, 2021

This book is INSANE!! In the best possible way. Lee Durkee has written a book that is both hilarious and heart-wrenching. You need to read this book, and then tell your friends to read this book. It's that good.


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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780765387561
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Tor Books - October 6th, 2020

If you're any kind of romantic, you NEED to read this book. This book will totally sweep you off your feet, and take you to unexpected--and beautiful--places.


 
 

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