Monday, October 7, 2019

What should we be reading?

 by Shelby Cox, from the Castle Bookshop Mysteries
                           by Essie Lang

Now that we're into the slower fall months, I'm doing more for the main location of Bayside Books, in Alexandria Bay, NY. Our seasonal store in Blye Castle is open only a couple of more weeks and then closes over winter. I'll miss it but there's sure a lot to do at the bigger store.

For one thing, Trudy, our part-timer, has asked if I could compile a reading list for the store's book club, the Book Club Babes Plus One. They meet monthly and like to have a list that's already chosen for them.

This is a harder task than it seems. For one thing, there are so, so many fab new books coming  into the store every week. So, to start with, I need to pick one that's geared to the group of five "later-aged" women and one man. Although, they're all so well-read that I'm sure the main qualification would be, 'a really good, well-written book'. Then, just to be on the safe side, I'll read them all. Sometimes, reading a review won't do because, after all, that's someone's opinion. I like to form my own.

And, I like to cull many sources beyond the catalogues that arrive frequently in the bookshop.

So, I'm enlisting you, the most knowledgeable readers, to suggest a book for the reading list. What's your choice?

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  1. I’d recommend Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

  2. Recently read "The Beekeeper of Aleppo". It is great.