I am a French-American book nerd who graduated from NYU Global Liberal Studies and am only now able to catch up on four year's worth of reading she missed out on. Epic fantasy is my drug, the bigger the book, the better. If it looks like a brick, it's for me.

Favorite Genres: 
Graphic Novels
Science Fiction
Young Adult
Book Recommendations: 
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The Way of Kings: Book One of the Stormlight Archive Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765376671
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Published: Tor Books - March 4th, 2014

Get swept by this epic tale following our three main characters, a penniless noblewoman trying to save her house, a surgeon turned slave, and a war hero general as they follow their destiny to save the world - or destroy it. Within this gripping tale, Sanderson explores issues such as the ethics of war, gender roles, politics, personal duty, class systems, and many more. This book is great for readers looking for epic fantasy, ideally with some experience with the genre. --Louise

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Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143124986
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Published: Penguin Books - March 25th, 2014

Grant makes a powerful case counteracting the idea that in order to be a successful businessman, you have to be ruthless and apathetic. Instead, he argues, using real-life examples, that in the long term, someone who is a “giver” is bound to be more successful over time because they build goodwill around them. This eventually allows them to grow further than they could on their own. --Louise

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The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316246279
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Published: Orbit - July 23rd, 2013

Follows the story of Kip, the illegitimate son of the country’s most powerful man, who must join him in the capital following his mother’s death. The series has one of the most original magic systems of any fantasy series I’ve ever read, exploring the transformation of colors into having physical properties. The world-building is incredible, and the character development will make you fall in love with every single, flawed, character. --Louise

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Fire (Graceling Realm) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142415917
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Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2011

Do you like fantasy? Do you love complex female characters? Not only is this book beautifully written, but it also includes possibly the best and most interesting main character of any YA novel I’ve read. Great for advanced reading teens looking for a strong and complex main character as well as interesting lore. The story follows Fire, a monster capable of enthralling any human with her beauty and controlling their mind, as she navigates the political intrigue of those who would use her talents to further their own purpose, while mysterious men with empty minds keep appearing and try to kill her. --Louise

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A People's History of the United States Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062397348
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - November 17th, 2015

The uncensored history of the United States, exploring those who were sacrificed in the name of the American dream, such as African Americans, Native Americans, and other minorities. This book should be required reading for everyone living in the US. It reads like a story and recontextualizes our history in a way that will change your entire understanding of this country. --Louise