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Book Bites: Slump-Busters

If you've been in a reading slump, you've come to the right place. There have been lots and lots of new releases coming through our doors, and our latest collection of staff picks includes something for everyone. So if you're in the mood for anything from a life-affirming picture book to a YA murder mystery to a holiday rom-com to a mind-bending bit of science writing, read on. And if none of that sounds good, we've got plenty more options, too! (New Jacqueline Woodson or Tim O'Brien, maybe?) So come by and see us sometime soon – we guarantee you'll leave with a great new book and a smile.

New Cookbooks to Try and to Gift

Is it just us, or is there something about the autumn season that calls for long afternoons in the kitchen trying out new ingredients and perfecting favorite dishes? Here at the store, when a new cookbook catches our eye, we like to try a recipe or two and share it among our booksellers at our weekly staff meetings, which have been particularly tasty lately. Here, we've collected ten of our recent favorite cookbooks, each full of tasty recipes and mouthwatering pictures. Try one out for yourself as you design a menu for a family gathering, or have us wrap one up for the epicurean on your holiday list — it's the most delicious time of the year.

The Best Books of 2023

Can it be that the sun is setting on another year of reading? As the leaves turn—and as we all turn our heads to holiday gifts—our Blue Willow booksellers have curated a list of some of their favorite books of the year to recommend for you.

As always, we love to share personalized recommendations. Stop in and talk with us. We look forward to helping you find just what you're looking for.

Without further ado, we are very happy to present to you Blue Willow's Best Books of 2023!

Book Bites: Feast!

Are you ready to cozy up with a book as the calendar turns to cooler months? You've come to the right place — we're still in the middle of the big fall publishing push, and we've been spoiled by all of this year's wonderful new releases. Here, we're collecting another dozen of our very top picks, including new efforts from familiar names like Jason Reynolds, the Pumphrey brothers, Sophie Blackall, Stuart Gibbs, Eoin Colfer, Mary Kay Andrews, and Viet Thanh Nguyen. In other words, it's an absolute feast — dig in!

Book Bites: Extra, Extra!

Folks, the shipments of new books are coming in fast and thick, so we're back ahead of schedule with another batch of staff reviews highlighting a more of our recent favorites that have hit our shelves in the last... 20 minutes or so. There's something below for everyone — sweet read-alouds, gripping YA, rom-coms, thrillers, and weighty nonfiction. Grab a stack and dig in — quick, before another new shipment arrives and we do this all over again!

Book Bites: Sep-Tome-Ber

September is here! Has it brought us any cooler weather? No, not really. But what it has delivered is just as good — we've officially entered Big Fall Publishing Season, and great new books are coming fast and thick. Here, we're highlighting a dozen of our very favorites from the first half of the month, including new books by longtime favorites like Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, Cressida Cowell, Lauren Groff, and more. Stay tuned next week for another round of reviews... and in the meantime, we highly recommend investing in some new shelving. You're going to need it.

Book Bites: Favorites Fresh and Familiar

Have you been doing a lot of reading lately? Books have been flying off of — and onto — our shelves the last two weeks. Our new arrivals section is packed with exciting titles from favorite authors as well as fresh new voices we can't wait for you to meet. There's something here for everyone, ages three on up. Which will you read first?

Book Bites: Books Are Golden

Have you been doing a lot of reading this summer, friends? As we continue to rack up triple-digit days, we find that we honestly don't have the energy for much else. It suits us fine, really — our industrial-strength A/C has been keeping us nice and cool and it's great to catch up on some of the new books coming out that we might not have had time for otherwise... at least until next week's new releases arrive and we start all over again. In the meantime, we've collected a dozen of our new favorites below — read on!

Book Bites: Bad Joke, Good Books

Q: Is that a hole in your bookshelf?

A: You'd better Patchett! (Sorry, sorry.)

It's true, though: There's a new novel from the one and only Ann Patchett gracing our shelves (but it would look much better on yours), plus fresh offerings from other fast favorites like Elizabeth Acevedo, Peter Heller, or Gillian McAllister. What are you looking for in your next book: A good family read-aloud? A graphic novel? Romantic banter? Family drama? An overlooked piece of history? You'll find all of that and more below. Read on!

Book Bites: Bed of Proses

Not to sound like a broken record over here, but it's been the same story for weeks: It's way too hot outside to do much of anything except lounge around with a cold beverage and a stack of new books. This week, we're serving up a refreshing mix of cozy mysteries, romance, middle grade, and more to help keep your mind off of the 100+ degree heat. Stop by and see us if you need to freshen up your shelf — the shop A/C is marvelously cool, and we can't wait to talk books with you.

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