Ally's Shelf of Honor

By BookBar

By BookBar

Gideon the Ninth

Tamsyn Muir

$17.99 $16.55

My new favorite book! I can't believe it took me so long to get to it!! Lesbian necromancers in space is an enticing description, but there's ALSO fencing and a haunted castle! Great pacing and writing with plenty of vocab words. Once I got halfway through I was unable to do anything else besides finish the book. The sequel is out in August and I'm going to feel lost until then.

The End Is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses

Dan Carlin

$29.99 $27.59

Dan Carlin of the well-loved podcast "Hardcore History" goes over all the times humans have been teetering on the edge of apocalypse. Which is always, apparently. He is fascinating. Also great in audio.

The Body: A Guide for Occupants

Bill Bryson

$30.00 $27.60

Bill Bryson's latest. The hero of armchair travel turns into Ms. Frizzle for this overview of the human body. Really entertaining and informative. Also great in audio.

The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss

$10.99 $10.11

Required reading for fantasy nerds. Excellent story, makes long-used fantasy tropes feel fresh, interesting magic system. HEADS UP this is the first book in a trilogy and the final book isn't out yet.

The City of Brass

S. A. Chakraborty

$17.99 $16.55

Genies and magic! Lush world-building.

The Binding

Bridget Collins

$26.99 $24.83

Magical realism in which people can have memories erased from your mind and bound into a book. Heart-wrenching.


Madeline Miller

$16.99 $15.63

Greek mythology with fresh perspective. Very beautifully told. Good for anyone who fantasizes about living in a secluded cozy cabin surrounded by gardens and forests.

The Last Hours (Original)

Minette Walters


Historical fiction about the onset of the Bubonic plague. Strong characters. Reads like a zombie movie!! Entertaining and stressful, quick problem-solving, people dying all over the place and no one knows why.

The Wanderers

Meg Howrey


Three elite astronauts enter a simulation for a manned flight to Mars. More of a character study. Completely engrossing.

Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

Christopher Moore

$16.99 $15.63

Artists in late 19th century Paris. Funny and strange, the color Blue is personified as a female muse-like character.


Frank Herbert

$10.99 $10.11

Essential science fiction with environmental and economic class messaging. Inspiration for Star Wars (except the Jedi are female WITCHES, guys) and practically all sci fi that came after. SUCH AN ADVENTURE. The upcoming film reboot looks like it will be really cool, fingers crossed.


Blake Crouch

$17.00 $15.64

New Sci Fi with a really intense slow build until shit really hits the fan at the end. Also good in audio.

A Winter's Promise: Book One of the Mirror Visitor Quartet

Christelle Dabos

$19.95 $18.35

French fantasy YA with hints of sci fi and steam punk. Nice world-building, beautifully translated.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

Mackenzi Lee

$11.99 $11.03

Super fun YA historical fiction romp. Best kiss scene I have ever read.

The Witch Boy

Molly Knox Ostertag

$12.99 $11.95

An adorable and wholesome comment on gender roles; magical family in which all the girls are witches and the boys are shape-shifters. Except for the boy who is certain he's a witch.

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Jen Wang

$16.99 $15.63

Gorgeous story that celebrates drag in a medieval setting.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened (Original)

Allie Brosh

$21.00 $19.32

I found Allie Brosh a decade ago when she was still just posting on a blog. Woke my dorm-mates up laughing more than once.

The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins

Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, et al.

$19.99 $18.39

A graphic novel adaptation of a Dungeons and Dragons podcast. It's really well done.

Saga Volume 1

Brian K. Vaughan

$9.99 $9.19

An epic told from the perspective of the daughter of two star-crossed lovers during an interplanetary war. The story is great and the art is FANTASTIC.

East of West Volume 1: The Promise

Jonathan Hickman

$16.99 $15.63

Dystopian future of present-day United States (ha...ha ha.) but in this timeline the Civil War never ended and America is split into seven nations (the Union, the Confederacy, an African American kingdom. a Native American confederacy, Chinese exiles, and Texan separatists). There's also a prophecy detailing the End of Times. The story is intricate and imaginative.