Melissa grew up in the Pacific Northwest and enjoyed reading more than doing her homework (though she promises that both got done!). She left Washington for a few years, but the pull of the mountains brought her back. When she's not at work (or reading), Melissa loves writing, horseback riding, gardening, and playing with her three cats. If you're looking for a book recommendation, just ask when she's currently reading! m
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is the true story of a group of librarians who smuggled manuscripts from Timbuktu in the 1980s. Specifically, this book tells the story of Abdel Kader Haidara, a young adventurer and collector for a government library who traveled across the Sahara Desert, collecting tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that were on the verge of being lost forever. Haidara's journey eventually turned him into one of the world's greatest and boldest smugglers.
Dive into an epic fantasy tale written by Ken Liu! Grace of Kings is the first installment of Liu's first series, and it sets up a beautiful and exciting adventure. Kuni Garu, a charming bandit, and fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, are opposites working together for a common cause – to overthrow the emperor. Liu's debut novel was hailed as one of the best books of 2015 by NPR. If you love Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings, then you'll quickly fall in love with Liu's fantasy world.