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By the Book: Tomi Adeyemi

THE Y.A. FANTASY NOVELIST, WHOSE NEW BOOK IS ‘CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE,’ LOVES HEADSTRONG HEROINES: ‘THE DIFFERENCE NOW IS THAT I GET TO READ ALL THE THINGS I LIKE WITH CHARACTERS WHO LOOK LIKE ME.’

Q: What books are on your nightstand?

A: “All the Stars and Teeth,” by Adalyn Grace; “Ninth House,” by Leigh Bardugo; “The Last Arrow,” by Erwin Raphael McManus. I always have an itch for great fantasy, which Grace and Bardugo provide. And I’m always interested in self-development and books that feed my soul like “The Last Arrow.”

Q: What’s the last great book you read?

A: “Daring Greatly,” by Brené Brown! I was really moved by her Netflix special, and listening to her audiobook came at the perfect time in my life. She has a way of perfectly describing some of the most intimate human emotions and experiences, and she provides concrete, actionable solutions. She gave me a new level of self-awareness that’s helped me navigate my life in a meaningful way, so I’m a big

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