Book Outlet Staff Picks: What We’re Reading
May 29, 2020
Something about sunny days and fresh-cut grass has the Book Outlet Customer Service and Marketing teams busy reading outside of work every chance they can get! If you’re looking for a new series to tackle or you’re ready to branch out and discover a new genre, our staff picks may be the perfect place to grow your TBR!
Staff Picks from our Customer Service Team
Kaitlin – The Beautiful Ones
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I’m planning on diving into a book titled, The Beautiful Ones written by the very talented musician, Prince! This book is written in four parts: the telling of the memoir Prince was writing before his death, taking us back to his childhood and early years as a musician, detailing the evolution of the artist, and finally, how Prince’s huge 1984 hit ‘Purple Rain’ came to be!
This book is right up my alley! I find music biographies incredibly interesting. It provides a whole new perspective when you’re listening to the artist’s music. Not only do I enjoy the music, but I can appreciate the story behind the songs and the path the artist took to reach success.
Reading is an important part of my, ‘get ready for bed’ routine. Reading before bed allows my mind to shut off from the craziness of the day. Shutting down my electronic gadgets and taking the time to feel relaxed and calm. Reading has got to be one of my favorite tools for self-care! Click here to check this book out on the site.
Natasha – Can You Be Happy for 100 Days in a Row?
Author: Dmitry Golubnichy
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The book that I will be reading soon is Can You Be Happy for 100 Days in a Row? (The #100 HappyDays Challenge). This is not your typical self-help book; it has brought the popularity of the social media hashtag challenge to the classic format of a book, emphasizing that happiness is lasting. Moreover, this book is within a totally new genre for me – generally, I prefer memoirs or biographies, but change is always good, even if the book doesn’t end up being my favorite.
It’s one thing to cozy up under the covers with a book, but reading in bed is the ultimate place to read: it provides space and so much comfort! Also, I must have snacks and/or something to sip on while enjoying a new book. Who says we can’t indulge when reading? Click here to check this book out on the site.
Vanessa – The Mothers
Author: Brit Bennett
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I’m currently reading The Mothers by Brit Bennett and it’s beautifully written! I chose this book while researching recent emerging artists. I wanted to take a chance on this debut novel, and I have not been disappointed! I find this author takes her time offering us this story, which is simultaneously generous and striking. While slowly developing the story, critical secrets and betrayals are revealed affecting the main characters, their families, and shared community. This coming-of-age novel is lyrical in its prose and enticing in its plot; a must-read!
While I love memoirs and biographies, as well as vegetarian cookbooks, The Mothers is definitely within my preferred genre: contemporary fiction. I definitely appreciate literary works that provide an insightful perspective on current issues within a creative platform, such as fiction.
While I much preferred to read in local coffee shops that play old jazz in the background or in a park, I’ve come to cherish my time spent reading on my couch with my cat on my lap. Click here to check this book out on the site.
Staff Picks from our Marketing Team
Shannon – The Summer Wives
Author: Beatriz Williams
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A friend recommended that I read The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams, and I’m so happy for it! This book is right within my preferred genre, which I’ve always greatly enjoyed: historical fiction. This book is perfect for a summer read and balances two of the best literary themes together: mystery and romance.
I love reading curled up in my big comfy chair after I’ve put my son to bed. It doesn’t hurt if there is some dessert included as well 😉 Click here to check this book out on the site.
Melissa – Watching You
Author: Lisa Jewell
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I recently finished reading Watching You by Lisa Jewell. Working in social media and chatting with our fellow bookworms all day, I noticed that this book was frequently being hauled, which enticed me to give it a try. I do love mysteries, and I’ve read another book by Lisa Jewell in the past, so I thought: “Why not”? Honestly, I’m really glad I picked it up; it was exactly what I needed to get out of my slump.
This book is in my preferred genre. When I’m in a reading slump like I have been recently, I find that going back to mysteries and thrillers really helps me find my way out. Something about trying to figure out “who did it” really keeps me engaged with a story.
I have a little one so I try to read whenever I get a chance. Even if I just read a few pages before I inevitably fall asleep with a book on my chest, it’s better than not reading at all! Click here to check this book out on the site.
Myranda – Obsidio (Illuminae Files # 3)
Authors: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
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Reading slump deactivated
That’s right! I am kicking my reading slump to the curb. I’ve got a growing TBR list and I’m ready to curl up on my couch, with a steaming cup of tea, and get to reading. The first stop is Obsidio (Illuminae Files, Book 3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. I have dived back into this series and I’m absolutely LOVING it! I can’t wait to find out how this trilogy concludes.
Now, I’m not typically one to reach for a Sci-fi novel, as I find myself more interested in YA Fantasy, Adult Mystery and Thrillers, and the odd Romance from time-to-time; however, I haven’t been disappointed with branching outside my comfort zone. I highly recommend any reader to give it a try. You never know what fantastic books you might be missing!
While the story itself is truly amazing and dare-I-say, “out of this world” (Sorry. I just couldn’t help myself!); it’s only enhanced by the mixed literary styles throughout the book. It’s written in a way that the story is actually told through uncovered files, such as chat logs and surveillance footage. These stylistic choices make this book not only a quick read but also a thrilling one. And the reviews! If I wasn’t already sold on the storyline right off-the-bat, the reviews would have helped seal the deal for sure. I think all of us bookworms are in agreement: Obsidio is absolutely mesmerizing. Definitely worth a read! Click here to check this book out on the site.
Sydney – Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe # 2)
Author: Neal Shusterman
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The next book that I’m excited to dive into is Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman. I binge-read the first book in the series, Scythe, over a few days, and I became utterly obsessed with the twisted, dystopian storyline! The first book introduces the concept of a world with no hunger or war because scythes have the responsibility to keep the population under control with ‘gleanings’. In the second book, two newly appointed Scythes begin to see the loopholes and injustices with the Scythedom. Therefore, they challenge the ideals enforced by the Thunderhead (a.k.a the ruler of the Scythedom). I’m looking forward to seeing the two main characters evolve, and watching what happens when their ‘perfect world’ starts to unravel.
Thunderhead is definitely the type of novel that I typically gravitate to. I enjoy reading stories that are unpredictable and keep me on the edge of my seat, and I’ve always found dystopian novels do exactly that. My love for dystopia started with The Hunger Games and Divergent and has become even stronger with the Scythe series. For anyone that loves dystopian novels too, I would recommend this series!
My favorite place to read is on my couch in the afternoon! I know it’s common for readers to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with their book, but for me, all I need is a blanket and my dog at my feet. Click here to check this book out on the site.
Now that you’ve heard from us, we want to hear from you! What book is illuminating your world, challenging you to make changes in your lifestyle, or captivating you? Have you read any of our staff picks already? Tell us in the comments!
Happy reading from your friends at Book Outlet.
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