Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult

American Royals by Katharine McGee

American Royals #1 It’s not often that Laura tells me that I must read a book, typically we’re going the other way ‘round, I’m telling her what she must read! But when I had the opportunity to do a virtual event with Katharine at the old store, I figured best time to finally sit down… Continue reading American Royals by Katharine McGee

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

Fiction, Historical

Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I learned early last year that I would read anything Taylor Jenkins Reid writes. Her talent for creating the most compelling, yet often unlikeable, characters and making you root for their happiness is a true talent and a gift to readers everywhere. When I learned she would be writing Carrie Soto’s story, a character first… Continue reading Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Fiction, Historical

The Words I Never Wrote by Jane Thynne

Inspiration for Reading: Historical fiction has been my genre of choice for nearly as long as I can remember. I pretty much went from reading Boxcar Children mysteries to historical fiction. And in particular, a novel about women during World War II is always sure to catch my attention. Synopsis From the back cover:New York,… Continue reading The Words I Never Wrote by Jane Thynne

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