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Joseline

Joseline/Joss is a Bay Area native. She drinks way too much coffee, always carries a book in her bag, and typically has her head in the clouds. She is a Latina/o Studies major at SFSU. She has a Libra Sun, a Capricorn Moon, and is a rising Leo. What that all means is that she’s an extremely extrovert, loves meeting new people, can be extremelyindecisive, and keeps her true/deep feelings to herself or those she trusts the most. 

She reads mostly YA literature, graphic novels, a ton of picture books, and will occasionally pick up a “grown-up” novel. When she is not working or has her nose in a book she loves to write, knit/crochet, and watch reruns of Schitt’s Creek. 

“I was looking for a miracle, but I got a story instead, and sometimes those are the same thing.” 
― Maggie Stiefvater, All the Crooked Saints
 

 

Favorite Genres: 
Children's Lit
Fantasy
Graphic Novels
Literary Fiction
Romance
Science Fiction
Young Adult
Book Recommendations: 
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Fable: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250254368
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Published: Wednesday Books - September 1st, 2020

​A dark, eerie, and gritty world that is wholly immersive and captivating. A cast of characters full of heart, strength, and resilience. Fable's journey in this unforgiving world will leave you breathless and wanting more.


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Lobizona: A Novel (Wolves of No World #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250239129
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Published: Wednesday Books - August 4th, 2020

Lobizona is a masterpiece. Weaving Argentinian culture with lush magic, the land of Septimus is full of secrets. Garber writes about the hardships of being "other" in America. Manu is longing for a place to call home yet her mere existence is illegal. A stunning, magical, and powerful story. --Joseline


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Children of the Land Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062825599
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Published: Harper - January 28th, 2020

Children of the Land opens up with ICE paying a visit to Hernandez's home. They are looking for his father that has already been deported years earlier. This scene encapsulates the immense fear immigrants carry with them everywhere they go. This book talks about the trauma of displacement, the dehumanizing immigration system, and what it truly means to be living the American Dream. --Joseline


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We Are Not from Here Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984812261
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Published: Philomel Books - May 19th, 2020

This book absolutely destroyed me. I cried the ENTIRE time. It was beautifully written and such a haunting subject matter. It sheds the light of the current immigration crisis and the mass groups of people making the dangerous journey to America in order to provide a better life for themselves and their family. 

I will be thinking about this book for the rest of my life. May we remember those lost souls searching for a better life. Que Dios los tenga en sus brazos. --Joseline


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Woven in Moonlight Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781624148019
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Published: Page Street Kids - January 7th, 2020

A rich story inspired by Bolivian culture and its politics. Full of beauty, loss, revolution, and hope. Ibañez writes characters you love with your whole heart. Don't read on an empty stomach or you'll want to eat the words off the page! --Joseline


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Mexican Gothic Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525620785
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Published: Del Rey - June 30th, 2020

This is the first horror book I've ever read. I get scared easily and boy this was SPOOKY. Totally worth any potential nightmares I will have. 


The imagery, the writing, the characters, the atmosphere was GORGEOUS. This book kept me on the edge of my seat. Guillermo del Toro NEEDS to adapt this into a movie.

Brilliant. Scary. Atmospheric. Love, love, love it! --Joseline


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A Thousand Fires Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250301994
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Published: Tor Teen - November 5th, 2019

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The Storm Crow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492672937
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - July 9th, 2019

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Wicked Saints: A Novel (Something Dark and Holy #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250195678
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Published: Wednesday Books - April 7th, 2020

--Joss


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Heretics Anonymous Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062698889
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - July 2nd, 2019

Michael, an atheist, ends up at a Catholic high school and is less than thrilled. But he finds friends in a secret club called Heretics Anonymous that make being there more bearable. 

The club consists of an atheist, a queer Jew, a pagan, a Catholic girl who wants to be a priest, and a boy who loves to wear cloaks. Their mission: to expose the hypocrisies of the school one stunt at a time. 
It’s Saved! meets The Breakfast Club.


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Check, Please! Book 1: # Hockey Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250177964
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Published: First Second - September 18th, 2018

Eric Bittle, former figure skater & vlogger  goes to Samwell University on a hockey scholarship even though he’s never played hockey before. What could go wrong?

He navigates his freshman and sophomore year at Samwell by trying not to get checked in the rink, baking a lot of pies, and trying not to get distracted by his very attractive yet moody captain Jack. 

Whether you are a hockey fan or not, you will ABSOLUTELY fall in love with this graphic novel and all of the characters. 


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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781524700515
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Published: Ember - March 5th, 2019

 

Being Mexican-American, this book is very special to me. I finally felt seen and heard through Sanchez’s voice. 

It is a book about finding your identity when you come from two different worlds and you feel like you don’t belong in either.


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The Poet X Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062662804
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Published: Quill Tree Books - March 6th, 2018

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The City of Brass: A Novel (The Daevabad Trilogy) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062678119
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Published: Harper Voyager - July 3rd, 2018

 

A magical world set in 18th century Cairo full of djinns, princes, and thieves. This is an amazingly crafted world with unforgettable characters. 

I did not want to put this book down and neither will you!


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A Very Large Expanse of Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062866578
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Published: HarperCollins - October 8th, 2019

 

Drawing from her personal experience, Mafi writes a brutally honest story about a sixteen-year old girl living in a post 9/11 world where she has to navigate discrimination, rude stares, and even physical violence due to her race, religion and choice to wear a hijab. 

A raw, powerful, and important narrative that will stay with you long after you have read it.