Comic Monday, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Young Adult

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Each night I plug in my phone and put on my cozy phones (flat headphones in a cozy headband so they don't hurt your ears, they're amazing) and choose and audiobook to fall asleep to. During this period of self-isolation and uncertainly, I've been listening to and re-listening to Nimona on near repeat. But how… Continue reading Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Book Club, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez

We had our first self-isolation book club meeting this week! While we were supposed to discuss Kabul Beauty School in March, we discussed it a few days ago, and we had a very lively video discussion! Synopsis From the Back Cover:Deborah Rodriguez went to Afghanistan with nothing but a desire to help and a degree… Continue reading Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez

Comic Monday, Contemporary, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Giant Days by John Allison

Back in 2015 I was going through a reading slump. Nothing was really holding my attention and I was having difficulty reading without falling asleep (I'm borderline narcoleptic anyway), and a friend suggested I give manga or graphic novels a try. I'd already been recommending them to my students, so I figured, why not give… Continue reading Giant Days by John Allison

Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran

A Misfit's Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In It's not often that I find the words "Hometown: Carlisle, PA" when I'm looking through the catalogs of future releases from the publishers when I'm doing the buying for the bookstore. When I do, it's usually for a local history book,… Continue reading Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran

Essays, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Thin Places by Jordan Kisner

Essays From In Between A few weeks ago I wrote about the publishers and their imprints and how one particular editor from one particular imprint has sent me books directly that I've really enjoyed. Synopsis Publisher Marketing:When Jordan Kisner was a child, she was saved by Jesus Christ a summer camp, much to the confusion… Continue reading Thin Places by Jordan Kisner

Diary of a Bookseller

Bookselling in Self-Isolation

Lucky number thirteen today, the day that marks the start of my fourth week in self-isolation, and what an interesting time the last three weeks have been. Diary of a Bookseller #13 As a person with asthma, I've been self-isolating since before our Pennsylvania governor first encouraged non-essential businesses to close on March 13 (it… Continue reading Bookselling in Self-Isolation

Biography, History, Non-Fiction

D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose

The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II I always enjoy a good World War II fiction or nonfiction book, and when this one came in as an advance copy at the store with a blurb from Erik Larson on the front cover, I knew it had to… Continue reading D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose

Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

A YA Week at Home

I've been doing very little serious reading while self-isolating at home the past two weeks. This is actually a good thing, because it means that I've been working so hard that I haven't had time to really settle into a book. I mean, I'd rather be reading, but right now I'm grateful to be one… Continue reading A YA Week at Home