Posted April 6, 2022 by Erin

Few things surpass my love of books. But hockey might be one. And most definitely the Kraken. With the post season coming up and sadly no playoff berth in our future, you, like me, might have a little extra time on your hands. So here's a Kraken book match to celebrate your favorite NHL team and hopefully keep you busy until October.

 Posted March 31, 2022 by Brandon

Help Trans Kids by Buying Books and Supporting Transgender Authors/Stories! 
In light of recent anti-trans legislation across the United States, Third Place Books will donate 20% of all in store and online sales on Saturday April 2nd, 2022 to the Transgender Law Center

 Posted March 26, 2022 by Joe
Books About the Internet

Hello. Am I a person writing this? Are you a person reading this? How can we tell what lies on the other side of this screen between us? Maybe I am Mark Zuckerberg inside the metaverse wearing the virtual costume of a bookseller. Or I’m a TikTok creator sharing book titles in the format of the latest viral booktok trend. Perhaps I’m an artificial intelligence program designed to identify what books fit a certain theme so that I can share them with the world. Just kidding—I’m Joe, a real life flesh-and-blood bookseller at Third Place Books Lake Forest Park. We’ve recently revamped our Internet and Technology section, but there are books about the Internet in every corner of the store!

Welcome to this post, which as you know lives on the internet. More and more our lives, the way we express ourselves, the nature of our connections to others, and how we engage with the world around us is tied up in the world wide web. We listen to podcasts online, write and read fan fiction.  Since the beginning of the pandemic our shift towards living with one foot on solid ground and the other in digital reality has only accelerated with virtual events and remote work leaving us all in a digital limbo. Literature has got to keep up! Here’s a round up of some of my favorite books that are either explicitly about the internet or engage our shifting relationships with each other and the technology that connects us. If something catches your eye, order it online or even venture to one of our stores in person.

 Posted March 19, 2022 by Lily

Persian New Year happens every year on the spring equinox. There are several traditions included such as Chaharshanbe Suri, making a sofreh haft-sin, and Sizdah Be-dar. I thought a great way to spread awareness of this symbolic and beautiful holiday was to use a display table to make a traditional haft-sin along with some books by Persian authors. Haft is the Persian word for seven and sin, or seen, is the Persian pronunciation of S, or the letter س.

 Posted March 4, 2022 by Brandon

What would you do if one of your favorite authors was suddenly standing right in front of you?

Maybe you’ve had time to prepare because you’re at a signing for their newest book, but what if it was more sudden? What if you encounter them randomly, in the wild?

Authors often draw inspiration by simply living in the world around them, which means, they must (at least sometimes) venture into regular life like the rest of us. So what happens when you cross paths with them at a jazz club, a potluck, or even just standing in line for a latte? 


 Posted March 3, 2022 by Lily
Your Favorite Bob's Burgers Characters Go Book Shopping

Ever wonder what the characters of Bob’s Burgers would buy from an indie bookstore? Look no further! We have compiled a list of books that your favorite characters would (probably) read!

 Posted February 18, 2022 by Madison

When I was growing up, I loved reading about distant fantastical worlds just as much as I loved reading about high school drama. Reading quickly became my number one pastime, but no matter how many books I plowed through, it was difficult for me to find books where the characters looked like me. Luckily, as I got older, more and more Black authors were publishing books with beautiful Black main characters.

 Posted December 29, 2021 by Nicole
Cozy Mysteries to Read After Binging Only Murders in the Building

I recently had the pleasure of watching the tv show Only Murders in the Building (shout out to Rosa, Claire, and Allie for recommending it!) and I was delightfully charmed from start to finish. I quickly fell into this cozy mystery set in New York City following the unexpected trio of Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez as they try to solve a murder that took place in their fancy apartment building while starting a true crime podcast along the way. I was pulled in by the eclectic cast of characters, funny moments, and the twists and turns as the plot thickened.

As someone who tends to veer away from things with murder in the title, this show reminded me how fun a mystery can be and that there is in fact an entire genre of cozy mysteries out there to explore. So, if you too have just finished binging this show and are searching for some fun and not-too-scary cozy mysteries to read, check out the list below! And if you haven't watched the show yet, please go and remedy that right away. Happy sleuthing!

 Posted December 8, 2021 by Danielle
Media Tie-In Books for Every Fandom This Holiday

The holidays are in full swing folks! To help with your gift shopping needs, we've got some great recommendations for books related to beloved fandoms - such as The Office, Bridgerton, Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons, and lots more. So if you need a gift for someone and all you know about them is that they are a dedicated fan of a certain TV Show/Movie/Game, we've got all sorts of media tie-in books that will make the perfect present. Check out the books below and we hope this makes your holiday shopping a little easier.

 Posted November 23, 2021 by Third Place Books
Our Top 10 Books of 2021

We asked the booksellers at all three of our locations for their favorite books of 2021. These are the top 10 books that made it onto the majority of those lists.

Check out the list below. All books are also available as digital audiobooks here.