THE BEST Books

My Favorite Thing is Monsters

My Favorite Thing is Monsters

Emil Ferris’ critically-acclaimed graphic novel is drawn and written as the diary and sketchbook of Karen Reyes, a monster-obsessed 10-year old living in 1960’s Chicago who tries to solve the murder of her upstairs neighbor.

The Illustrated Art of Manliness

The Illustrated Art of Manliness

Author Brett McKay and illustrator Ted Slampyak present a how-to guide packed with over 100 practical skills for real men. You’ll learn everything from how to fire a gun, to how to shine your shoes, to how to be a good uncle, to how to escape a bear attack.

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SUJI-IN Automatic Bookmark

SUJI-IN Automatic Bookmark

A simple, yet ingenious accessory for any avid book reader, simply clip the magnetic SUJI-IN bookmark into the back of your book, set its thumb-shaped holder over the page you’re currently reading, and it automatically keeps track of your place as you flip pages.

The Fireside Grown-up Guides

The Fireside Grown-up Guides

Authors Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris present a series of hilarious “educational” manuals which poke fun at kitschy 1960s Easy Reader books. The audiobook version is narrated by none other than Andy Richter.

F*cking Awesome Coloring Book

F*cking Awesome Coloring Book

A coloring book for adult humans with a sense of humor and no sense of decorum. It’s packed with cheeky calligraphic images to fill in and frame. Our favorite? “F*ck a Doodle Doo.” We only wish they sold F*cking Brilliant coloring pencils instead of just No. 2s.

Inconsequential Dilemmas

Inconsequential Dilemmas

Knock Knock’s hilarious book is filled with 45 decision making flowcharts to help you figure out the right plan of action when it comes to some of life’s more basic quandaries. It’s much better than flipping a coin. A companion book covers things that matter slightly more.

Game On!

Game On!

A wonderful book for anyone who loves video games. Author Dustin Hansen explores the origins of arcade, console and PC games dating back to Pong, all the way up to modern games like Overwatch, with an eye towards the creators and their sources of inspiration.

The Princess Bride Coloring Book

The Princess Bride Coloring Book

As you wish… This coloring book for kids of all ages pays tribute to Rob Reiner’s 1986 classic The Princess Bride. It features 70-pages for you to color, as Wesley, Fezzik and Inigo Montoya take on Prince Humperdink and the six-fingered man to rescue Princess Buttercup.

Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide

Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide

We’ve featured a number of Pawel “Sariel” Kmiec’s incredible LEGO Technic builds. Now learn from the best with this 424-page guide which takes you from basic building principles up through sturdy and complex mechanisms so you can make your own wonderful machines.

Goodnight Darth Vader Deluxe Set

Goodnight Darth Vader Deluxe Set

The perfect gift for Star Wars fans of all ages, this new collection includes the charming Vader as good dad books, Goodnight Darth Vader and Darth Vader and Friends, along with two frameable art prints, all wonderfully illustrated by author Jeffrey Brown.

High Five This Sign

High Five This Sign

Jeff Wysaski hit the Internet jackpot with his Obvious Plant parody signs. Now you can be an Obvious Planter with Jeff and Archie McPhee’s High Five This Sign. The book contains 23 tear-out signs that will lighten up your town’s poles.

Simon Stålenhag: Things from the Flood

Simon Stålenhag: Things from the Flood

Stålenhag’s follow up to Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood is still filled with paintings of Nordic countrysides invaded by mechanical beings and relics. But here a flood from a “huge abandoned underground facility” washed up strange organic creatures as well.

1000 Record Covers

1000 Record Covers

Music archivist and former record-publicity executive Michael Ochs amassed a substantial private collection of albums and has generously shared his favorites with us in this book. It’s a sentimental look at great art and a slice of history all rolled into one petite package.

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Kobo Aura One

Kobo Aura One

Kobo’s new e-book reader has a 7.8″ 1872 x 1404 screen yet weighs just half a pound. It’s also waterproof and has an adjustable night mode that reduces blue light. It also has Wi-Fi, 8GB of storage and a battery that lasts up to a month per charge.

Essential Novels Scratch-off Chart

Essential Novels Scratch-off Chart

Pop Chart Lab’s upcoming poster features its top 100 novels. Each title is represented by a foil-covered book cover. You can scratch the foil off to reveal the full cover art. The poster measures 18″x 24″. We’d love to have a customizable print.

Welcome to The Last Bookstore

Welcome to The Last Bookstore

Chad Howitt’s profile of Josh Spencer, owner of Los Angeles’ famous used book shop The Last Bookstore. An outdoorsman, Josh was paralyzed from the waist down after an accident. But it led him to create what become a beloved landmark.

The Book of General Ignorance

The Book of General Ignorance

The Book of General Ignorance informs us about many things in life we don’t know or make assumptions about; e.g., camels store fat in their humps, not water. Grab a copy of it now and get smarter. Seriously, don’t you want to know who blew the nose off the Sphinx?

Calm the F* Down Coloring Book

Calm the F* Down Coloring Book

Attention adults: when you really should be cool but you’re panicking instead, take a moment to breathe, lift your heart to the sky and Calm the F* Down with Sasha O’Hara’s quirky coloring book. Let’s all chill while coloring subversive inner thoughts.

The Star Trek Book

The Star Trek Book

It’s the perfect gift for Star Trek fans from The Original Series to the J.J. Abrams movies, and everything in between. Learn the history of Starfleet, character backgrounds, Trek tech in layperson’s terms, and much more in author Paul Ruditis’ 300+ page visual guidebook.

NES/Famicom Visual Compendium

NES/Famicom Visual Compendium

Bitmap Books’ 240+ page coffee table book about two of the most important video game systems ever made. Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom: A Visual Compendium contains dozens of high resolution screenshots, box art, fan art and more.

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ComiXology Unlimited

ComiXology Unlimited

ComiXology’s new subscription service lets you read the first volumes of dozens of titles from Image, Dark Horse, Fantagraphics and more (no Marvel or DC). It’s a great way to get into comics or find out which titles to dive into. It has a free 30-day trial period.

The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book

The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book

The burger of the day board at Bob’s Burgers features specialties like the Hummus a Tune Burger, and the Is This Your Chard Burger. Now you can make 75 of Bob Belcher’s punny creations for yourself, thanks to this cookbook from the FOX animated show’s creators.

Coloring Book of Booze

Coloring Book of Booze

Adult coloring books are totally dope, so curl up with some pencils and any kind of mule and bring life to the pages of the Coloring Book of Booze. There are 26 cocktails to color, with recipes included. A great gift for a dinner or housewarming party. (Thanks Mike P!)

Tauba Auerbach: [2,3]

Tauba Auerbach: [2,3]

Nowness inspects artist Tauba Auerbach’s oversized pop-up book set [2,3]. It consists of six separate volumes, each with one large, complex and arresting pop-up that somehow still folds flat when its folio is closed.

Tattoo Coloring Book

Tattoo Coloring Book

UK illustrator Megamunden’s 112-page coloring book is loaded with 120 of the artist’s unique and intricate designs in outline form so you can color them in yourself. If you dig this, be sure to check out his color-in postcards.

The Drive: Custom Cars & Their Builders

The Drive: Custom Cars & Their Builders

From Maximilian Funk and Robert Klanten (The Ride) comes The Drive, a 400-page coffee table book about some of the world’s best custom car makers and their work, including ICON’s Jonathan Ward, RWB’s Akira Nakai and of course George Barris.

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