Summer Reads: Havens’s Handselling Haiku

Bookseller Christine H. joins us on the blog to handsell you some of her favorite reads…with an added twist!

Reading books and writing haiku are two of my favorite pastimes, so I thought it might be fun to do some virtual “hand selling” using haiku as the descriptions. For those not familiar with this particular form of poetry, it originated in Japan and is now loved by many around the world. It consists of 17 syllables, divided into 3 lines: 5, 7, 5. It’s a favorite of mine because of the challenge to distill an image so succinctly.

Here are some of my favorite summer reads, both old and new! I hope you check out the books and enjoy the haiku!




9780756406691Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
Strong female hero
learns magic; strives for peace; saves
peoples from hatred.



9781250313188_cf818Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Locked Tomb trilogy #1)
Best f’ing SF
ever! Space necromancers!
Spooky castle! Fun!



9781250313225_89301Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Locked Tomb trilogy #2) — Out August 4th. Pre-order now.
Mystery deepens.
Harrow meets the Emperor;
tomb opens. What next?



9780812983586_72e9aThe Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
Two cousins create
“The Escapist” comic book.
Chabon’s masterpiece.



9781250316776_141f6Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Steamy gay romance
You’ll love Alex and Henry
Happy ending—yay!



9780008308735_fc088East of Hounslow by Khurrum Rahman
Smart British thriller
“Jay” Qasim, dealer, turned spy.
TV series yet?



9780316509848The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
NYC, boroughs
birthed as human avatars;
fighting for unity.



9780142001806The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (Thursday Next series #1)
Brilliant Brit humor.
Thursday Next, lit detective,
changes Brontë’s book.





9781101904817_bde51Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World by Sarah Stewart Johnson
Readable, smart book—
humans’ long fascination
with the Red Planet.



9780525557562_6e686The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, and Our Obsession with the Unexplained by Colin Dickey
Perfect summer read.
Entertaining, engrossing;
what do you believe?



9780393242140_edcdbUnderland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane
Great nature writer
explores mythic underground
spaces. I’m in love.



9780802128447_27657The Case of the Vanishing Blonde and Other True Crime Stories by Mark Bowden
Collection of his
“dirtball” articles gives great
spine tingles at night.



9781524732363_e9d41Running with Sherman by Christopher MacDougall
Heartwarming tale of
training a rescue donkey
to race. Go, Sherman!



9780143034759_c694cAlexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Watch the musical!
Then read this book that inspired
it! Discuss with friends!



9780062319791_d1ebeI’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
binge read for summer, then watch
HBO series.


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