Reviews & Recommendations

Staff Favorites List

Grid of book coversFriday, June 14, 2024

Our new Staff Favorites have been selected and the Summer 2024 selections have been revealed. Each of these titles is personally recommended by one of our Brilliant Booksellers.  The list features both newly published and older books for readers of all ages and draws from a wide array of writers, styles, and genres, making for a list as eclectic and unique as our Brilliant customers.

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Celebrate Audiobook Month!

Saturday, June 1st, 2024


June is Audiobook Month!

Did you know that listening to downloadable audiobooks is the fastest-growing way to experience a book?  That's why we've made it easy to get started with Brilliant Books Audio!  Whether it's for the hands-free convenience, the amazing portability, or the sheer variety of books available, there are plenty of reasons to try listening to a book.  Here are a few more you may not have considered.

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Up North Vibes

Friday, May 24th, 2024

This Memorial Day weekend is expected to break travel records, so if you're planning a trip, you're in good company!  Whether you hit the road or not, though, there are lots of adventures to be had "Up North," including plenty you can enjoy from home!  Check out our collection of books set in northern Michigan and get inspired for your next Up North adventure.

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Beach Reads

a stack of books on a table near a cabana

Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

Summer is on its way and that means so are beach days!  Of course, a day at the beach requires the appropriate books to go with it, and our collection of beach reads is growing by the day.  Which will you add to your beach bag?

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Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

AAPI books

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month!

This is a month to celebrate the diverse people, communities, and stories that fall under the AAPI umbrella.  It's also a great time to look at the media we consume and ask ourselves: what AAPI stories have I been reading recently?

And if you're looking to diversify your bookshelf this spring, explore some of our favorite books by Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Asian authors!  We've got literature, memoirs, poetry, science fiction, and more.

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The Many Moods of April

Calendar page turned to AprilFriday, April 5th, 2024.

April is one of those in-between months here in northern Michigan: not quite winter, not quite spring. Perhaps it makes sense, then, that this month also plays host to a surprisingly wide variety of commemorations. For example, did you know April is National Adopt a Greyhound Month? It's also National Garlic Month, National Grilled Cheese Month, and National Kite Month.  If your social calendar is looking a bit thin, take a look at our extensive (but far from complete!) list of April celebrations and a few recommended reads for each.

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Spring Cookbooks

Friday, March 15th, 2024

spring salad bowl

Spring is fast on its way, and with it comes the return of brighter, fresher flavors as local produce returns to our gardens and markets.  Looking for a little inspiration on how to liven up your spring cooking?  Here are a few recommended reads on seasonal eating!

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A Brief Case for Short Stories

a person readingFriday, March 8, 2024

"In the year 2024, one would think the short story would be enjoying a more robust, uncontested renown. Our collective attention-spans alone could argue the point that we would enjoy short stories over their bigger, more ungainly cousin, the novel. But such isn’t really the case. Readers of novels outnumber the readers of short stories, in both actual sales numbers and in the quick survey I just did around the store. I can’t remember a single occasion in the last three years where someone has approached me and asked for a good short story collection..."

Bookseller Stefen waxes poetic on the brief beauty of the short story.

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