Diary of a Bookseller, Fiction, Non-Fiction

Jólabókaflóð

One of my new favorite traditions, both personally and at the store, is Jólabókaflóð - the Icelandic tradition of giving books to your family on Christmas Eve and curling up with warm socks and hot chocolate and spending the evening reading together. Below are my suggestions for your own personal Jólabókaflóð, and are also on… Continue reading Jólabókaflóð

Contemporary, Fiction

Twenty-one Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks

When my favorite sales rep for my favorite publisher tells me that I absolutely must read a book and that I will absolutely love it, well, I tend to listen to her most ardently. Synopsis From the Inside Flap:Daniel Mayrock's life is at a crossroads. He knows the following to be true: He loves his… Continue reading Twenty-one Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks

Book Club, History, Non-Fiction, STEM

The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

‘Tis the last Nonfiction Book Club book of the year, as recommended by a former coworker to the group. Next year, 2020, all book club selections will have been voted on by the group as a whole. Synopsis From the Back Cover:Near the end of the nineteenth century, food was dangerous - lethal, even. Milk… Continue reading The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

Biography, Diary of a Bookseller, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, Psychology, Sociology, STEM

Holiday Gift Picks

Every year at the bookstore I work at, I have everyone choose a few books from the year to highlight as their top gift choices, as well as a selection of backpack backlist titles for our annual Jolabokaflod display (Jolabokaflod post will be next week). Below are my eight choices for the holidays with their… Continue reading Holiday Gift Picks

Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, STEM

Every Tool’s a Hammer by Adam Savage

As a long time Mythbusters fan and maker, I've always enjoyed watching Adam on television. When I found out he was writing his memoir/maker manifesto, I couldn't read it fast enough. Unfortunately I didn't get an advance copy, so I had to wait along with everyone else. Thankfully, it was worth the wait to get… Continue reading Every Tool’s a Hammer by Adam Savage

Contemporary, Fiction, Romance

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

When making my way through my monthly ARC review (where I pick a book for each publisher/rep and make sure to write an early blurb for it on Edelweiss), I came across this book, which I really laughed at. But I figured, why not give it a chance? And boy was I pleasantly surprised. Synopsis… Continue reading The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

History, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Renia’s Diary by Renia Spiegel

I first read Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl in the 7th grade and that was what kick-started my love, obsession, and fascination with WWII. Many years and many books later, when one our sales reps sent me a copy of Renia's Diary, I knew I had to read it. Synopsis From the Front… Continue reading Renia’s Diary by Renia Spiegel

Fiction, new releases, Non-Fiction

New This Month: November 2019

As the book buyer for a local independent book store, I have the great joy of being able to see what books are coming, what publishers are excited about, and more, a good three to nine months before the books are actually released. While this is normally very exciting, it also means that by the… Continue reading New This Month: November 2019

Non-Fiction, STEM

Change is the Only Constant by Ben Orlin

I love all things pop-math. As a former math teacher and currently still nerdy math lover, I love when authors and creative minded people take complex math concepts and make them relateable and understandable for all people. Synopsis From the Front Flap:From the author of the beloved and widely praised Math with Bad Drawings, Ben… Continue reading Change is the Only Constant by Ben Orlin