Book List, Staff Picks

Self Isolation Reading List #6

It’s hard to believe it’s been six weeks since we were last in the store. Today is an incredibly bittersweet day, it was supposed to be Independent Bookstore Day. All year long we work hard to plan book related events and schedule author visits for this day to make it a big party at the store. We’re sad we’re not able to do so this year (though the day is tentatively rescheduled for August), but we’re glad everyone is staying home and staying safe.

This week Mary has gotten into watching The Crown and so resident royal history expert Sarah recommended she check out the companion history books!

I’ve decided to give Christopher Moore another chance and am reading his latest, Shakespeare for Squirrels, due out May 12, and a new nonfiction book in keeping with my obsession with female aviators, Fighting for Space.

  • Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto: A YA fantasy that is, miraculously, already out and has been for a while. I’ve wanted to read it for a while, and I still want to as I haven’t actually had a chance yet. But it’s got Phoenixes that have riders like dragons and a kick ass warrior heroine in a war torn world. What’s not to love?
  • The Elephant’s Girl by Celesta Rimington: A MG not quite contemporary and not quite fantasy. I’d say its pretty firmly in magical realism. It takes place in a zoo and centers on this young girl named Lexington Willow who was brought to the zoo was she was very little by a tornado and the elephant that saved her. She can’t remember her past before that but the wind talks to her and then she and the elephant, Nyah, share like a mental telepathy thing where Nyah shows Lex things. It’s really cool! This is an ARC, but according to E+ it is still set to come out in May!
  • The Daughters of Ys by M.T. Anderson and Jo Rioux: YA graphic novel, supposed to be released in May now not coming out until August, but it’s really cool! It’s a retelling of a Breton folktale that centers around two sisters, Rozenn and Dahut, the princesses of Ys a city that their mother (who was of fairy blood) created for the father and pulled out of the sea. It is a dark fantasy, has awesome illustrations, and is definitely for a YA audience (it gets a little too dark in some places for the small children I think).

– Marielle

Pam is reading The Book of V. which comes out on May 5 and The Gift of Forgiveness by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt.

Jennifer is reading Laura Lippman’s autobiography, My Life as a Villainess, which will be published in August, along with middle grade book Spark and the League of Ursus which is available now!

This week Anna is reading an upcoming YA for All Book Club selection, Lovely War by Julie Berry. It’s a WWII novel with a twist and has been a YA indie bestseller for many weeks.

Thanks for following along with our reading – we’ve got an in depth review of Sigh, Gone for you tomorrow from Sarah and Christopher’s weekly Poetry Month feature on Monday!

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