"Wonderfull! Intelligent! Delightful! Worth cheering about! My new favorite bookshop book. (There's a great audio version at Libro.fm)" Recommended by Alena
"A romantic telling of real-life people and events. A love letter to literature and how it transforms us. A fight against censorships. This book is my jam!" Recommended by Rowan
"A wickedly good mystery set in an American boarding school. How bad can the food be? Bizarre plot twists and crafty characters will keep readers engaged and guessing." Recommended by Nancy
"If you enjoyed Monae's Dirty Computer, you'll love her further exploration of Memory, Time & Tie travel, Sexuality, and Marginalizationin a dystopian near-future. This dirty computer loved it!" -Recommended by Rowan
A quick but creepy read filled with paranormal eeriness. If you never thought a five year old could be creepy, this book will put pictures in your head you cannot unsee. It's a clever good scare from a favorite new author. -Recommended by Rob
"In a world where the Library of Alexandria did not burn, but was hidden by a secret society with access to all scientific and magical knowledge. 6 Talented magicians compete for 5 positions in the society. Compelling, layered charaters and thought-provoking magic. For fans of Dark Academia & The Magicians." -Recommended by Julie
"All of Emily Henry's romances are delightful. This one is no different with witty banter, emotional depth, and a satisfying enemies-to-lovers romance. I couldn't put this smart, funny, book down!" -Recommended by Julie
"This book follows the long and fraught friendship of Sam and Sadie. It's an immersive world, full of references, parallels, and where one learns that the "play's" the thing, even when one hurts." Recommended by Rowan.
"Powerful!! Intriguing characters expose the exploitation and sexualization of teen girls in Paris during the 1980s to the present. Lafton brilliantly inspires the readers to challenge the casual attitudes that dehumanize women." -recommended by Nancy
A Too-Good-Too-Short magical realism fantasy about innocence, memory, connection with the earth, and impossible spaces. The story is told through the journals of it's titular character, who lives in an infinite expanse by the sea. Susanna Clarke plays with dramatic irony in such an endearingly clever way. Fantastic stuff. -Connor
Ironically, Klara is anything but an "artificial friend" to her human, Josie. Consistently thought provoking as Ishiguro ponders futuristic scenarios that challenge the ethos of love and friendships. Recommended by Nancy.
"A masterfully crafted mystery set at an over-the-top wedding on a gloomy island off the coast of Ireland. So may unexpected moments make this a truly satisfying read." -Nancy
"Ever wonder how an idealist could morph into an authoritarian ruler? Join a midlife woman in this absorbing novel as she travels to an African nation to find the father she never knew, in what also becomes a journey of self-discovery." -Jeanette
A filmmaker goes deep into the hinterland to make a documentary about the residents who vanished from Silvertjarn back in 1959. What she finds is more horrifying than she could ever have imagined. Dark, eerie, & will haunt you long after you've finished it. I really think this is the horror I've been looking for. Recommended by Rob
"A funny and deep story of a grumpy old lady finding a way to not be so...
Every aging woman will enjoy." Recommended by Mary
"This author has a way of writing crucial, intimate stories so softly. A gentle, quiet family man pays attention and casually but firmly comes to the aid of a girl in need.
A sweet but smart story for men and women readers." Recommended by Mary
"I loved how the author weaved in the story of giantess & with, Angrboda into many of the Norse myths and her pivotal role in Ragnarok. For fans of mythology, Madeline Miller, and Loki." Recommended by Julie
Recommended by a horror lover AND a non-horror lover!
Final Girl Support Group is:
- A story usihng all the horror movie tropes you grew up on
- Beautifully told by an unreliable narrator
- Horrifying, humorous, clever, and oddly realistic
- A place where the final girls dare to survive
Mary Jane is simply the most refreshing book I've read all year! For fans of Daisy Jones and the Six and for adults who did their thing when they were kids, despite what adults told them. Trust me. You'll love it!! Recommended by Rob
This sequel to Gideon the Ninth is:
- High Fantasy of colossal proportions
- The Perfect Blend of humor, sci-fi, horror, and general mayhem
- Bone chillingly Bewitching (in a sword fighting necromancer sort of way)
Recommended by Rob
Such a fun read! I loved reading about Alex and Poppy's vacations and how their relationship changes through the years. And the BANTER, my God, the BANTER! Recommended by Julie
A filmmaker goes deep into the hinterland to make a documentary about the residents who vanished from Silvertjarn back in 1959. What she finds is more horrifying than she could ever have imagined. Dark and eery and will haunt you long after you've finished it. I really think this is the horror I've been looking for. Recommended by Rob
A Quaker and a duke walk out of a mental hospital... For fans of Bridgerton and Outlander, this book has it all: a fake marriage, Victorian human rights abuses, achaic grammer, and math! Recommended by Mallory
This is a phenomenal read! The suspense and revelations about the lesser known beauty of the Islam faith will rivet you. Recommended by Jeanette
Every time I read a book, I make a note and give the book a score from 1 to 10. There have been many 9s, but 10s are rare. Anxious People is a 10 -- no hesitation! A personal story perfectly told. Recommended by Jane
You may feel you have limited compassion for sex workers, but I guarantee this novel will open both your heart and your mind. Recommended by Jeanette
Faith dabbles in magic, and where magic sometimes gets her what she wants, it also gets her in too deep. Faithless is a graphic novel equivalent to a sucker punch to the gut when that's exactly what you want. Magic, Sex, Drugs, and the Devil! Sounds like fun, right? Recommended by Rob
Dry, witty, and unapologetic, May loves literature and her work as a botanist for the university in her hometown. Closer to plants than people, May begins to suspect she isn't very good at friendship and wonders if it's possible to improve with practice. Granted some leave from her job, she sets out on a journey to spend time with four long-neglected friends. "On friendship and more. My copy is dog-eared with wisdom & humor underlined in green." Recommended by Alena
Gently pulled me into its world till I didn't want to leave. Recommended by Alena
A clever premise with vivid character development, astute social commentary, and a wry sense of humor. This book was everything I want from urban Fantasy, and was an absolute treat to read. Recommended by Molly
You will race through this book with your heart beating as fast as the main characters -- desperate for them to escape danger and anxious for them to reach safety. Recommended by Jeanette
Gideon the Ninth is a science fiction swords and space romp filled with nonstop action and thrills. VIOLENCE NECROMANCY and lots of HUMOR. If you love Sci-Fi with a fresh face THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU! Recommended by Rob
This book is:
The voice of the wind calling your name.
The cold blue face you see under the ice.
The name you see written on the wall in blood.
It's one of the spookiest collections of modern horror in a long time.
Recommended by Rob
From the guy who brought us 30 Days of Night, the book is perfect for Halloween. October Faction is a family of monster hunters who go through all the drama of normal family dynamics as well as the occasional werewolf and vampire slaying. Great gothic atmosphere and amazing characters! Recommended by Rob
This book proves that there's more to Stephen Chbosky than The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Chbosky takes the life lessons of youth and slathers them with a special sauce of supernatural thrills and suspense. This is the most unique book I've read this year and it's terrifying, intense, and somehow strangely empowering. It's Perks ... meets Stranger Things. Recommended by Rob
This book is its own doorway into the magical tale of January Scaller. A beautifully written fantastical adventure and love letter to the power of story. This book is a reminder of why we read. You might plan for being late to work -- it's that enthralling! Recommended by Julie & Alena & Molly & Jane
Part Elmore Leonard, part Douglas Adams, part David McCoullough and something else altogether -- FKA USA is hilarious and frightening. An entertaining frontier tale set in a chilling all-too-believable futurescape. I can't get this book out of my head -- so, I want you to read it -- you'll see what I mean. Recommended by Jane
A fun romp with a good heart that naturally glides into a story of insight and depth. I love Vivian Morris, the story she tells, and all her people! Recommended by Alena
I had to keep coming up for air as I raced along with a once enslaved boy, flying across the sky in an early experimental hot air balloon, trekking across the frozen Arctic, and diving among undersea life. This novel enthralls with both its heights and its depths. Recommended by Jeanette
Remember what it was like as a child to be transfixed by a book? Regain that magic with this tale. The author's enchanting language casts as much as a spell as the story itself. Recommended by Jeanette
... With surprisingly poignant depth and a bit of classic Irish humor, our gentleman friend finds a unique route to wrapping up his complicated life -- leaving those whom he loved, and each of us who joins in his goodbyes, all the better for his having lived. Recommended by Mary
Sweet and steamy, the Kiss Quotient won the 2018 Goodreads Choice Award for Romance, and is earning well deserved praise for its depiction of an autistic-spectrum heroine. Recommended by Molly
Of all the bookshops in all the towns in all the world, this book had to walk into mine. Moore has come up with both, one of the best San Francisco novels and one of the best noir crime novels ever, and it's filled with amazing atmosphere and that incredible Christopher Moore humor. One of my favorite books of the year. Recommended by Rob
Told in a series of interviews, this story covers the entire career of the seminal but fictional 1970s rock band Daisy Jones & The Six. Written flawlessly. You'll love them, you'll hate them, you'll want them to be a real band. A must read for music history buffs and fans of classic Rock 'n' Roll. Also included, lyrics from their last album. Recommended by Rob
I like the people in this book so much!!! And the writing. And the story. And the river. I have that double feeling of wanting to read and read to know how it ends -- but not wanting it to end. Recommended by Alena
Holy shit, this is something else altogether. "Cross-dressing gun-fighter" doesn't even scratch the surface. It really stuck with me. Recommended by Christie
A beautifully dark fantasy epic that surges with mythology and imagination. Derived from African sources, the realms of this world feel dream-like and startling, and full of unexpected characters. A wonderful read. Recommended by Hunter
I wish this book had come out a few years ago when I still worked with Native American juvenile delinquents so they could have gained some insights from the realistic portraits of urban NDNs. Take a look! Recommended by Jeanette
These stories are feral, stunning in their ferocity, and definitely NOT here to play nice. I loved it! Recommended by Molly
Complex, wonderful, impressive -- it's impossible to look away from these scenes of individual intimacy and historic tragedy. Lost Children Archive is exactly the right novel for our times. Recommended by Christie
Brilliant. Intense. Cerebral. And impossible to put down! Recommended by Christie
You know that luscious feeling when you immediately know you are in the hands of a beguiling writer who will take you on a memorable journey? That's the sensation which lasted for me throughout this unusual road trip of a novel with characters I wished I could continue accompanying well past when they reach their final destination. Recommended by Jeanette
For everyone who ever loved a tree. Recommended by Alena
(Sales are final on this one.)
Follow Lois, a robotics specialist, as she embarks on a most unusual journey and discovers what truly makes her happy. I loved SOURDOUGH, but be forewarned: It is zany -- wonderfully so -- and, it may just inspire you to bake -- it did me! Recommended by Jane
P.S. Boonville makes a cameo appearance.