Contemporary, Fiction, Romance

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Honestly, I don't know why I read this book. I didn't particularly like The Love Hypothesis, but I saw promise in Ali's writing, and it was a runaway bestseller, so when an ARC arrived and I had a free afternoon I figured, eh, why not? Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Like an avenging, purple-haired Jedi bringing… Continue reading Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood

Nonfiction, History, Sociology

The Greeks by Roderick Beaton

A Global History Back in the spring, Laura and our mom took a trip to Greece to celebrate Laura’s 30th birthday. I did not get to go, so instead decided to read (well, listen to) a Greek history book by a professor from Laura’s history masters’ program alma mater, King’s College in London! Synopsis From… Continue reading The Greeks by Roderick Beaton

Contemporary, Fiction

Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

I was so excited to be able to read a new Sarah Addison Allen book! I've sung the praises of her work for a decade now and was delighted to find her trademark magical realism again in Other Birds. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Down a narrow alley in the small coastal town of Mallow Island,… Continue reading Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

Book Club, Fiction, Mystery

The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex

Book club is back! We have a new name, again, but now that I have a new bookstore to work at, I’m hoping this one will be the one to stick. We’ve had some major shuffling in the last two and a half years - countless virtual meetings, a false start in July, and now… Continue reading The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

Tales of Life & Music I've been a fan of the Foos for as long as I can remember, literally. I was 6 years old when their (by their I mean Dave's) first album was released and my uncle played it for me. This book came out right before said uncle passed away in October… Continue reading The Storyteller by Dave Grohl

Bookish Tuesday, Diary of a Bookseller

Best Books for Summer Reading

It's time for my bi-annual seasonal reading recommendations! These are the books that I've put up for our staff picks for the summer for 2022. And this time, unlike the last few seasonal lists, I've actually reviewed most of them on here already! Each image links to the full review, if it doesn't go anywhere,… Continue reading Best Books for Summer Reading

Book Club, History, Nonfiction, Sociology, STEM

Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham

The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster As a book club, we are fascinated by science history and radioactivity it seems. Once I watched the HBO show Chernobyl, it rekindled my interest in the disaster. We had two Chernobyl books to choose from, and while I wanted to read Svetlana Alexievich's oral history,… Continue reading Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham

Contemporary, Fiction, Romance

The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan

Mure #1 (The Café by the Sea in the USA) It's not summer without a Jenny Colgan book! This year I'm making my way through the Mure series, set on a fictional Scottish island based on my favorite place in the world, the Orkney Islands (and the Shetlands, which I also want to visit!). Synopsis… Continue reading The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan

Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction, Sociology

Corrections in Ink by Keri Blakinger

I first downloaded a digital review copy of Corrections in Ink back in December and between then and getting the physical copy in January, I had forgotten that my initial inspiration for doing so was because Keri was a skater and it'd been awhile since I'd read a journalist's memoir, my favorite subgroup of memoirs. Couple… Continue reading Corrections in Ink by Keri Blakinger

Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult

Tokyo Dreaming by Emiko Jean

Tokyo Ever After #2 In continuing my efforts to only read new books that I'm fairly certain I'll enjoy, I'm turning once more to a sequel. I really enjoyed Tokyo Ever After last year and was doubly excited to get a physical advance copy from our publisher rep at the store back in December. Synopsis… Continue reading Tokyo Dreaming by Emiko Jean