Michelle, Currently Reading…

The first two of the following titles are on top of the pile so that I can discuss them with sixth graders at the middle school (or, barring that, as a potential summer reading option). Foxheart – Claire LeGrand Twelve-year-old Quicksilver dreams of becoming the greatest thief in the Star Lands. With her faithful dog…

What’s Your Four? – Vol. 1

We asked our staff to list four books they planned to read over the summer – here are the titles they responded with: The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware “In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been…

Reading List: The World of Penny Dreadful

Jim and I (Michelle) are fans of Showtime’s new series Penny Dreadful, which takes and twists classic literary characters and throws them in with original (or are they?) characters, where they get down to business (see also: wreak havoc) in the ballrooms and back alleys of 19th century London…

NPR and Summer Book Lists

If you like to be on top of your summer reading plans, take a look at NPR’s summer book lists for possible beach and hide-inside-on-warm-weather-days reads: 15 Summer Reads Handpicked By Indie Booksellers Literary Look Ahead: 13 Great Books On The Horizon Nancy Pearl Unearths Great Summer Reads Plant Eater’s Paradise: 2012’s Best Summer Cookbooks

While You're Watching: Downton Abbey

If you can’t get enough of the upstairs/downstairs life portrayed in Downton Abbey, try one of these: Below Stairs – Margaret Powell “Arriving at the great houses of 1920’s London, fifteen-year-old Margaret’s life in service was about to begin. As a kitchen maid, the lowest of the low, she entered an entirely new world; one…

Huffington Post's "15 Worst Books To Read on a Plane"

“Sure, today’s planes have free wifi and personal televisions to distract you, but some of us still kill the hours with a good book. So when you’re heading to the airport, just make sure you don’t pick up any of the hilarious books below. These titles represent what we imagine are the last things you’d…