Take Five: Kendall's Picks

As booksellers, we have a tendency to only talk about the books we love, but not every book works for every reader.  A book we didn't enjoy would still be perfect for someone else, so we want to make sure they get some airtime, too!  That's why we're starting a new series featuring the last five books each bookseller has read, including both the ones they loved, and those that would be better for another reader.  First up, Kendall's most recent reads!


"I don't know about everyone else, but I've been depending on my nightly reading to help keep me sane during these crazy times. Here's some of the books I've picked up over the last few weeks."  —Kendall

The Perfect Escape Cover Image
ISBN: 9781728209395
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - April 7th, 2020

This was a fun take on the survival story trope done through a game instead. However, I loved the fact that these characters worked at an escape room and do wish we had seen a bit more of that environment. This would be a great quick read for anyone looking for a bit of romance and a bit of adventure

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor: A Novel (The Carls #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524743475
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton - July 7th, 2020

Hank Green's debut novel was one of my favorite books of 2018, so this had a lot to live up to. While I didn't love it quite as much as the first, I found A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor fast-paced, action-packed, and overall quite satisfying. If you're an audiobook fan, I highly recommend listening to this one to catch a conversation about the future of social media between Hank himself and Cory Doctorow.

After the Fire Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492678809
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - September 3rd, 2019

It's no secret that I love a good cult book, and this one was absolutely no exception. Told in alternating time lines of "Before" and "After", every time I was convinced things couldn't get any worse, they just kept going. This book was really dark, but I never wanted to stop reading.

In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450031
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

I really enjoyed my time spent listening to this one. Carmen Maria Machado's prose is beautiful and I found the structure of this one very interesting. Bold, lyrical, and heartwrenching, this is a fantastic memoir all around.

The King of Crows (The Diviners #4) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316126090
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 4th, 2020

When I found out that the last book in one of my favorite series had a roadrip element including a traveling circus, I was hooked. This definitely wasn't my favorite book in the series, but I can truly never get enough of the eerie, magical vibes Libba Bray brings in these books.