It’s going to be a strange graduation season folks, which is all the more reason to celebrate the graduates in our lives. There may be no ceremonies, but we should still honor this accomplishment -- in a safe way. And as far as graduation gifts go, books are an evergreen idea.
The doctor is in!
We all have that book we turn to when we need a break from the stressors of the real world. The real world is offering an abundance of stressors lately, so I thought I'd compile a list of books that offer some respite from the uncertainty, fear, and boredom we're all dealing with right now. Most likely you've read a lot of the books on this list; these are old favorites, books that radiate warmth and comfort to help us get through this pandemic together -- from a safe distance.
There are many things to love about being a bookseller, but my favorite double edged sword is that we get to read so many amazing books before they are officially released in stores. Double edged only because we read books we love and then we have to WAIT, sometimes MONTHS before we get to shove them breathlessly into your hands.
There’s been a lot of buzz around the bookstore lately because of all the wonderful advance reading copies we’re getting through, and because the suspense is killing us, this is what we can’t wait to recommend in the coming months:
Look, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to mean anything. You get to decide whether it’s a holiday celebrating love, or a capitalist trap designed to sell cards and chocolate. Maybe it’s both, or neither. Maybe it’s just another random Friday in February.
Dear Book Doctor,
I’m in the middle of my first National Novel Writing Month and I knew it would be hard, but I didn't know it would be THIS hard! How am I supposed to last the month?
Dear Weary Writer,
First of all, YES, in this house we LOVE National Novel Writing Month! A bunch of Third Place Booksellers are participating too (for better or for worse). We’re all in the trenches together!
Circe by Madeline Miller is one of my favorite books of the year, which is really no surprise to anyone that knows me. A feminist retelling of a classical myth? An in-depth examination of an infamous witch? I don’t know why you wrote a book specifically for me Madeline Miller, but THANK YOU.
Dear Book Doctor,
I just graduated and am really missing school now that September is around the corner. Can you recommend some fun books to recapture the back-to-school spirit?
-Never Going Back to School
Dear Never Going Back to School,
Confession: I do about half my reading via audiobook. I listen to audiobooks pretty much constantly; in the car, before bed, while cooking. Sometimes I listen in the shower, or while also playing video games, or while walking my dog. I love audiobooks. They help me squeeze books into moments that would be otherwise tragically bookless.
The Doctor Is In!
As book lovers, I think most of us know the joy of reading the perfect book at the perfect time. When you’re facing life’s various adversities, the right book can offer useful insight, reassure you that you aren’t alone, or it can transport you to a place where your troubles don’t exist.