Every month we let you know what we’ve been reading and our monthly recommendations. You’ll get to see new titles with fabulous reviews from the Bay Books team. We’re sure you’ll love these fantastic books just as much as we do. We recommend a wide range of genres and themes. So get ready to explore more books!
Wendy’s Staff Picks
The author drew on her food writer background and ethnic roots to create this heartwarming picture book about feeling different, self-love and what it really means to belong – a celebration of community and embracing who YOU are!
For readers who loved Harrow’s recent bestseller, “Starling House”, you will find her earlier novel, “The Ten Thousand Doors of January” an equally satisfying read. January Scaller is the ward of a wealthy and emotionally distant man. She feels trapped and ignored in his enormous mansion, filled with an unusual collection of treasures. January discovers a strange book, filled with tales of secret doors and other worlds, and comes to realize that her own life is inexplicably entwined with the story. An engrossing book about loneliness and discovery – atmospheric and gripping!
Em’s Staff Pick
This was recommended to me by Tom Weber, a coach from the Northern Michigan Rowing Club. This book has been on my “to-read” list for well over a year and I am so happy that Tom has brought it to my attention again! In this memoir, Arshay Cooper shares his experience as a member of the first all-black high school rowing team in the United States. This book brought many laughs and also managed to bring me to tears more than once! The characters in this story initially give off very tough personas as a result of their circumstances at home and in their community; but through Cooper’s personal stories with his teammates, we learn that there is so much more beneath the surface for these young men. Such an inspiring story and a more light-hearted read for those looking to deepen their understanding of what it is like to grow up in a community with so many obstacles to success. Highly recommend!!!
Tina’s Staff Picks
Who else but the British, and a Rector at that, find humor AND murder in a decision to install lavatories in the church? This is a charming and very, very cozy crime mystery along the lines of Agatha Christie Lite. Grab a blanket and cozy up while deciphering the many motives behind a murder.
This is the second book in the Hugo Marsten crime thriller series, which places US Ambassador Head of Security, Hugo Marsten, in France. The first book in the series, The Bookseller, had me enthralled and this one did as well. Pryor’s descriptive writing gives you a real feel for each character’s individual angst and motivations, including the killer. The author has Marston tracking a psychopathic tomb robber while offering a well-paced, action-filled novel with strong characters, with just enough of the ‘creepy’ factor to make it interesting.