This week our booksellers have their sights set on fantastical happenings and…murder? See what your favorite bookfriends have to say about their current reads.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
I had my nose buried so deeply in Erin Morgenstern’s sophomore novel, The Starless Sea, that I missed several overhead pages at BookPeople and a storewide search for me; managers and booksellers alike thought I had another fainting spell. I did fade in and out of consciousness, in a manner of speaking, just not how my managers feared. Instead of waking up on the breakroom couch, I found myself wandering the hallowed halls of a spellbinding underground library along with our main character Zachary Ezra Rawlins. Both he and I were “orientationally unavailable” at the moment—Zachary in a romantic capacity (as his best friend so lovingly put it) and me in a metaphysical one, lost in a labyrinth of paper-folded nightmares and book-bound dreams. Indeed, Morgenstern’s highly conceptual Starless Sea is just that good, brewing with the magical concoction of a budding romance, a literal escape into books, and well-timed references to video games—namely (and my personal favorite) The Legend of Zelda. I’d be remiss if I didn’t conclude this review with: it really can be dangerous to go alone, and I do insist you take this book.
#murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil
Hilarious and incredible, this sequel to #murdertrending was a total riot. It’s a bit strange to say a book about murder is fun, but McNeil’s writing is so clever that you couldn’t help but laugh even as you’re horrified.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie is a QUEEN, y’all. This is my second read of hers (And Then There Was None being my first) and now I’m obsessed. So much so that reading a Christie bio is in my future, and I’m not one for biographies. I’m not the best at writing reviews for mysteries, considering it’s hard for me to not give things away when I’m excited about them (haha) but the main premise is one we all know: a man is murdered on a train that is at a standstill, with no tracks leading to and from the train, and no way out. It means someone on the train must of done it, but who? All I can say is that Christie blew me away.
Check back with us next week when we take another peek at what your favorite booksellers are reading and loving.