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Sometimes I like to bring my knees to my chest, wrap my arms around them, and lean forward.

That's just how I roll.

I almost beat Jeff once but sadly lost on time. I also stalemated him thrice.

The Name of the Wind: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
By Patrick Rothfuss, Dan dos Santos (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780756413712
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Published: DAW - October 3rd, 2017

The 10th Anniversary edition has a lot of cool artwork of different scenes throughout the book, a different map layout, a nice dust jacket, and more. This is one of my most treasured possessions.

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780756405892
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Published: DAW - April 7th, 2009


Seriously, that's the best way I know of to describe this book. It's incredible. Just read it.

Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System Cover Image
By Otr-L Mahler, A. D. Bud Craig (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781942197140
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Published: Aapc Publishing - October 30th, 2015

This book is a must-read for anyone with autism or a loved one with autism. Interoception is the ability to feel the inside of your body (heartbeat, hunger, pain, etc.). People with autism tend to have a weakened interoceptive sense and have a harder time feeling things like hunger. This book talks more about what it is and how to help it.

Logical Chess: Move by Move: Every Move Explained (Batsford Chess Book) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780713484649
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Published: Batsford - June 15th, 2003

This is NOT an opening book. It explains the reasoning behind moves and helps to learn why some moves are good or bad. Some of the moves explained are tactical in nature, and some of them are more positional. It is perfect for teaching chess fundamentals.

Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553263152
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Published: Bantam - July 1st, 1982

One of the few beginner chess books written by a world champion, Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess is a phenomenal book for beginners at chess. If you aren’t sure if this book is for your skill level, then it’s a perfect book for you. I would recommend it for anyone who wants to have a better understanding of basic tactics.

Essential Compendium of Dad Jokes: The Best of the Worst Dad Jokes for the Painfully Punny Parent - 301 Jokes! Cover Image
By Thomas Nowak (Editor), Karl Whiteley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452182797
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 3rd, 2020

I tell a lot of dad jokes, but I don’t have any kids. I’m a faux pas.

Speedsolving the Cube: Easy-To-Follow, Step-By-Step Instructions for Many Popular 3-D Puzzles Cover Image
By Dan Harris, Robert Steimle (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781402753138
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Published: Sterling - May 1st, 2008

This book includes both beginner solutions to the rubik's cube as well as more advanced methods ot be able to solve the cube quickly. It also has solutions to the smaller (2x2x2) and the bigger cubes (4x4x4 and 5x5x5).

How to Solve The Rubik's Cube: An Official Guide to Cracking the Cube Cover Image
ISBN: 9781405291354
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Published: Egmont UK - April 1st, 2020

I learned to solve the Rubik’s cube because I had a lot of free time and nothing better to do. It is much easier to learn than people make it out to be. This book will make the cube easy to understand and enjoyable to solve.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

I first read this book because my younger brother read it for his school's required reading. All the books I've read by this author bring a very novel (see what I did there?) concept.

In the Arc of a Scythe series, Neal Shusterman presents a new take on the dystopian future genre. He describes a utopian future with the protagonists trying to stop a group of people from destroying the utopia. While there are some glaring flaws in the grammar and plot, the uniqueness of the series makes for a great read.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743247542
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Published: Scribner - January 17th, 2006

The Glass Castle is a tragic but uplifting memoir about the challenges Jeanette and her siblings faced due to their parents' dysfunction. I first read it because it was a required reading in high school, but it is one of the few nonfiction books I love.

Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345522474
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Published: Del Rey - May 3rd, 2011

Hounded reminds me of The Lightning Theif's older sibling. It's the start of an urban fantasy series based on Irish mythology. It is the first book I bought at this store, and I immediately fell in love with this series. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy or mythology.

Ender's Game (The Ender Saga #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765378484
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Published: Tor Teen - March 4th, 2014

This book is the story of a boy, Ender, who was born specifically for the purpose of leading a defense against the Buggers, a sentient alien species. This book takes you through his journey from being recruited, training at a school in space, and commanding his troops in their fight to save humanity from the Buggers.

Strange Planet (Strange Planet Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062970701
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Published: Morrow Gift - November 19th, 2019

Strange Planet is a book filled with light-hearted comics pointing out some of the strange customs we have. I thoroughly enjoy looking through these comics every so often when I have some down time.

College Hacks Cover Image
ISBN: 9781440590047
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Published: Adams Media - August 1st, 2015

I love life hacks. There are a bunch of neat life hacks in here that I had never heard of, including everything from helpful tips for studying to ways to find discounts.