Fiction, Historical, Social Themes

Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

The Jane Austen Society #2 To say I pestered our sales rep endlessly for a manuscript of Bloomsbury Girls would be an understatement. As soon as I knew it was coming (summer 2020 when I did a virtual event with Natalie for the bookstore) I asked at least biweekly when I would be allowed to… Continue reading Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

Contemporary, Fiction, Social Themes

Home or Away by Kathleen West

Every season I peruse thousands upon thousands of titles from all the major publishers, and some smaller ones, to decide which books to bring into the store. In the 6 years that I've been the adult book buyer, I have never come across an adult book featuring women hockey players. Not once. Never. And if… Continue reading Home or Away by Kathleen West

Contemporary, Fiction, Romance

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Another catch up read from my beach vacation - and what is better for the beach than a lighthearted contemporary romance? Synopsis From the publisher marketing:When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman's carefully calculated theories on love into chaos. As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith… Continue reading The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

History, Nonfiction, True Crime

We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper

A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence In my continuing efforts to read a book in every section of the store, I realized that the book I called true crime had a week argument at best. When I came across We Keep the Dead Close as an advance copy, I figured it… Continue reading We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper

Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein

Verity #4 Code Name Verity will forever and always be one of my all time favorite books. Whenever Elizabeth Wein has released a new book in the series (none of which follows the other directly but all are related) I immediately want to read it. And while none has thus far captured the unique magic… Continue reading The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein

Book Club, History, Memoir/Autobiography, Nonfiction

A Bookshop in Berlin by Francoise Frenkel

The Rediscovered Memoir of One Woman's Harrowing Escape from the NazisPublished originally as No Place to Lay One's Head This is another Nonfiction Book Club selection! As a club that reads exclusively nonfiction, eventually we were going to make our way to WWII, either by reading a memoir or history book. We decided to go… Continue reading A Bookshop in Berlin by Francoise Frenkel

Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction

Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne

First in a Spinoff Series of the Iron Druid Chronicles I love fantasy, but I discovered I don't read a lot of fantasy by cis white dudes. Because most of fantasy is written by them, I often go looking for stories by women, POC, or LGBTQIA+ authors. But occasionally, a description will nab me, or… Continue reading Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne

Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Kingdom of Cards #1 This is one review I've been meaning to post for a LONG time - I met Janella in January and asked for three advance copies of her book so that I could buddy read it with two colleagues, who both finished it long before I did and absolutely loved it! Synopsis… Continue reading Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Contemporary, Fiction

The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan

A Scottish Bookshop Novel After reading the third in the bookshop loosely related series this summer, 500 Miles From You, I decided I'd just fill my summer with lots of Jenny Colgan and go for three with the series! Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Desperate to escape from London, single mother Zoe wants to build a… Continue reading The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan

Biography, Book Club, History, Nonfiction, STEM

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

The Dark Story of America's Shining Women I'm continuing to play catch up - The Radium Girls was the Nonfiction Book Club selection for July and while I say I'm going to be better about posting in a timely manner, daily posts for the bookstore blog eat up a LOT of time. But if it's… Continue reading The Radium Girls by Kate Moore