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!
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!
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 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 homefront 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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Where to Buy
In the USA, I recommend purchasing through BookShop or your local independent, in the UK, and many other parts of the world, I recommend Blackwell’s, and if neither of those cover where you live, I recommend checking out your local booksellers! Independent bookstores are vital parts of every local community and I wholly endorse supporting your local stores versus Amazon.