As a lover of books I am often recommending books that I absolutely love, but people have rarely heard of. Whether to customers, siblings, family, or friends, I love nothing more than sharing a great book with them! Click on the image to go to the full review!
The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan
Often I get asked by people for a book that just makes them happy and I can think of no better title than The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan. My favorite story about staff picks at the store was that I brought this in for myself on a whim, loved it, my coworker Mary asked to read it, she pitched it to her book club, and now it’s one of our top self-isolation selling titles at the store, along with many other books by Jenny Colgan!
Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown
Pirates! Chefs! Historical Fiction! Yippee! Cinnamon and Gunpowder has it all and it is a favorite of mine to keep on hand at the store. First recommended by a former bookseller for my former book club, I have always had a soft spot for spectacular lady pirate, Hannah Mabbot!
Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce
Dear Mrs. Bird might not be my favorite WWII novel, but it is my favorite to recommend. For anyone who loves WWII fiction (or nonfiction), it offers a perspective from the English home front not often seen in literature here in the US and it’s also one of the few with a positive ending and only a few sob-inducing moments.
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
I read The Girl Who Chased the Moon almost a decade ago and it’s one of my favorite books to recommend when someone needs a light romance with magical realism. I’ve tried reading some of Sarah Addison Allen’s other books and couldn’t really get into them, but this one I absolutely adore!
The Lost Queen by Signe Pike
Ask any customer at the store and they will tell you that I do not shut up about The Lost Queen, I’m absolutely obsessed. To the point where as soon as our rep for the publisher got the PDF for the sequel, he sent it to me – my love for it is that well known. It’s set in Scotland and is part origin story for Merlin of Arthurian fame, part badass women doing awesome things!
The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
One of my favorite nonfiction books I’ve ever read, my husband pitched this book to Nonfiction Book Club and we all absolutely loved it. Anytime we get a new member, we always tell them they have to read The Soul of an Octopus because it comes up at least once at every meeting we’ve had since we read it last year!
You’re Not That Great by Elan Gale
I’m not a huge self-help book reader, but I found this little volume on our ARC pile at the store a few years ago and I appreciated that it didn’t take itself too seriously. Sarah Knight may have the market cornered on irreverent self-help books, but I far prefer You’re Not That Great, and customers seem to agree!
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I LOVED the Bookshop on the Corner. I’ve always had daydreams of having a bookstore on wheels. I have a super secret private pinterest board with ideas and pictures lol! I also read Jenny Colgan’s Little Beach Street Bakery, which was a nice book but I didn’t like it as much as Bookshop on the Corner. Probably because of the books!
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It is definitely one of my all-time favorites! I’m always excited to hear when someone else has loved it as well!
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