Sarah's Summer Picks
What a fun book! I'm always looking for interesting books set in Scotland and I couldn't have lucked out more with Ink & Sigil. Full of mystery, funny and witty characters, with a little bit of Irish and Scottish mythology mixed in (I'm a sucker for fae stories), there's something for everyone in this book! And when you've finished this one this summer, the second will be waiting for you in August!
1989. Salem, Massachusetts. Are there homages to the witches, and maybe even actual witches? Of course. Lots of '80s nostalgia? Duh. A fun coming of age book, the second person narrator (the team) follows each of the eleven field hockey players in turn and the antics they get themselves into. This book has all the characteristics of a great summer read!
Set in a charming beachside town in Cornwall, England, we are given the treat of looking into the lives of a Cornwall, England beachside town, watching them fix up an old lighthouse, save their beloved bakery, and mourn for residents lost. I find each of my summers are not complete until I've read at least one Jenny Colgan book and this one is sure to delight.
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I am SO excited that the book series that defined my high school years in the very early aughts is back for new readers to enjoy! It's perfect for both contemporary YA lovers and nostalgic millennials. Jessica is one of my favorite literary protagonists and Sloppy Firsts my favorite epistolary novel. It's a realistic look at high school life and highlights the importance of female friendships!
The phrase "pomp and whimsy" kept coming into my head while reading - the idea of an aristocrat family in a shambling castle has been a favorite of mine since I first read I Capture the Castle years ago. I immediately wanted to know more about the characters and their lives - and I have a great idea to pull all of my favorite families in dilapidated castles books for a display at the store in the spring!
Range is my favorite nonfiction books of the last decade! It felt like he'd written every chapter for people like me - those with so many interests that we just don't know what to pour our energy into. Whether you feel similarly or not, it's a fascinating book about the importance of having a wide breadth of knowledge in our hyper-specialized world.
Felicia's blend of personal stories and experiences with prompts and suggestions for your own creative life is masterful. When I was struggling to be creative during the past year of the pandemic, it really helped rejuvenate my creative juices. It's a great book for all creative types, from musicians to podcasters as well as a fun book for fans of Felicia Day as an actress!
While I know one of these summers I'm going to run out of Tony Bourdain books, this summer I'm excited to share his FIRST book, written four years before Kitchen Confidential! You can't help but hear his voice in your head while reading and Bone in the Throat is full of his characteristic wit and dark humor. A well-plotted murder mystery, it's been great fun to go back and read his earliest works.