6 Must-Read Books I Found Walking Through An Actual Bookstore


I love books. I love the smell of libraries and bookstores. My husband and I would often spend our Friday nights just wandering around book stores and getting coffee. That was our idea of a great date night. We would then spend the rest of the night and most of Saturday just lying around reading our latest finds. We dreamed of having a library in our house. And then we had to actually move with all of those books. And then we had children and the extra rooms in our house turned into bedrooms.

As an answer to the problem of where to keep the books, we turned into ebook people. I have always sort of used ebooks. I downloaded some onto my Palm Pilot, but now I am pretty much exclusively ebook. This is great and convenient but it leaves me with the problem of not knowing what to read. Browsing the internet just doesn’t have the same feel as browsing a bookstore.

So as a treat to myself, this weekend I had an hour to myself with no kids and nowhere to be so I wandered into the local bookstore to see what I could find. Here is my list of books I would pick to read just from browsing a real life bookstore!

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1. The Girl on the Train by

I am a “read the book before the movie comes out” kind of girl. This book came out in January of 2015 and has been a best seller. It has been made into a movie, which will be released in October of 2016. Funny how the movie/book business works, the movie rights were sold before the book was even released. It is said to be in the same genre as Gone Girl, which I also really enjoyed, so I will be giving this book a try.


2. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by

This title just grabbed me. I had to see what it was about. I read the inside cover and it definitely seemed interesting. A grandmother always tells stories that seem like fantasy but when she dies the grandchild finds all these letters she wrote to all the people she has wronged and he makes it his mission to deliver those messages. I have never read anything by this author before, so I have no idea if I will like the writing style at all but I am definitely interested in the story.


3. First Comes Love by

I am a sucker for Emily Giffin books. I have read pretty much all of them (Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Heart of the Matter, etc.) so I am sold on this book by author alone. Her books tend to fall into the “chic lit” category, though I absolutely hate that phrase. It is easy reading for the summer but has more substance than the typical romance novel.


4. Miller’s Valley by

Anna Quindlin has been a hit or miss author for me. I loved her book Black and Blue but haven’t gotten sucked into some of the others I have tried. This book, however, seems like something I wouldn’t be able to put down. The cover describes it as a story of a small town and a family that has lived there for generations experiencing the loss and change of what they know as society changes with the times.


5. In the Unlikely Event by

It’s Judy Blume! I don’t care what the book is about, I will read it. I discovered my love of reading with Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great when I was 7. I have read every single book she has ever had published so I see absolutely no reason to stop now. Apparently this book isn’t even a new release! It was in the former best seller’s section. This is the “what” I miss by not actually going into a bookstore!


6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by

This book is also coming out as a major motion picture. (I do enjoy that phrase, “major motion picture.”) I have seen this book here and there for years and never got around to reading it or really felt the desire. I just didn’t quite know what to make of it. I recently saw the preview for the movie; however, and was immediately mad that I had never read the book. I can’t wait to read about all the children and their peculiarities and then compare them to what is portrayed in the movie.


I clearly have a lot of reading to do. What books have you discovered lately? Have you read any of my finds? What did you think? I need to know your taste in books before we can really be friends, so this is very important!


  1. You and I have very much the same taste in reading. I most recently read “The Girl on the Train” and loved it! It was hard to put down, and I know you will like it. I would actually read all of your picks. I’m thinking my next book will be Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I’m also with you on the whole “reading the book before seeing the movie”. I would love to see The Girl on the Train when that comes out! Great post!

  2. I loved Girl on the Train, can’t wait to see the movie! I tried to read Miss Peregrine’s but couldn’t get into it, but will definitely be seeing the movie.

  3. I’ve read two of these books. Girl on a Train, which I couldn’t really get into because the main character REALLY bugged me. She comes across as weak woman. And Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which I also couldn’t really get into. I think the format of the book just didn’t really work for me. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts once you finish them all.

    • Girl on the Train seems to be getting a lot of positive reviews, but it is hard if you don’t like the main character.

  4. I didn’t know that the upcoming movie: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was based on a book, this makes the movie even more exciting to watch. I also like comparing movies with their paired books.


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