Hollis Picks

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

That's just how I roll.

Hollis is a psychology major with a passion for people with an autism spectrum disorder. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess, practicing the Rubik's cube, climbing, and biking. 

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.

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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.

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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 is under an 1100 rating.

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.

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.

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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.

Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet #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.