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Grace's Great Reads

September 04, 2021

Grace's Great Reads


Reading is something that always helps to keep me sane. It can be great to help us understand more about the world and people around us, or to escape them entirely! Personally I’m a big fan of escapism…

While I’m sad that I can’t be in-store with customers at the moment, I’m making the most of this time to catch up on my (arguably far too long) to-be-read pile. I thought I’d share some of my recent favourites with you in case anyone else is in need of some inspiration or a little pick me up!

I’ve also included some audiobook recommendations for those of us who struggle to sit still all the time. I always love to have an audio book on while I’m at my sewing machine or going out for a walk to soak in the sun because it feels doubly productive! My favourites are when an audiobook is narrated by the author, especially if it is an autobiography, because then you get to hear the story right from the horses mouth! On my radar to read next is definitely Becoming by Michelle Obama because I’ve heard such great things.

If you’re having trouble finding a new read or feeling limited by what you have at home right now, check out the Libby app. Its free to use; all you need is a library card to access thousands of ebooks and audiobooks! All the books listed here should be available on Libby, depending on your local library, so go check them out!

Let me know if you have any recommendations to share with everyone because I’m always on the hunt!



The Liminal Space – Jacquie McRae

The Liminal Space is a truly beautiful book, both inside and out, by local author Jacquie McRae that I can’t recommend enough! It follows four people within a small English village as they each enter a time of transition in their lives and are forced to learn more about themselves and the world around them. Some of my favourite quotes from it are: “It only matters what I think of myself, and that changes on a daily basis”, and “You can never have enough books, James. I think of them as medicine. I prescribe at least one dose a day.”

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Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

A great book with a really engaging format. The pages are full of mission reports, blueprints, diary entries, chat logs, and ominous countdowns. At times it has you turning the book upside down and inside out to read everything! It’s not for everyone at the moment though as it packs a heavy emotional punch and involves surviving the outbreak of a highly contagious space bug… I’m currently reading the second in the trilogy.

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Sourdough – Robin Sloan

Sourdough is about a robotics engineer who discovers a love for baking bread thanks to two mysterious brothers and a potentially magical sourdough starter…
It’s a weird and wacky ride, but also heart-warming and great baking inspiration for anyone who has already made too much banana bread this week! 

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Undercover Bromance – Lyssa Kay Adams

The Bromance Book Club series is about a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top businessmen and athletes. Undercover Bromance is the second in the series and follows a nightclub owner and a pastry chef as they team up to expose a someone who has been sexually harassing young women (and maybe fall in love along the way).

I finished this one at the start of lockdown and am dying to get my hands on the third and fourth books!

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Beneath the Sugar Sky and Come Tumbling Down – Seanan McGuire

The Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire is one of my favourites and I always get so excited when a new one is announced. This magical-realism novella series is based around Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, a safe place built for children who have returned from portal fantasy worlds and can’t readjust back to their ordinary lives. Think Alice after her adventures in wonderland, or the Pevensie children if they never got back to Narnia.

Each of the books in the series follows a different main character and you don’t have to read them in any particular order. Two of my favourites are Beneath the Sugar Sky and Come Tumbling Down.

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Convenience Store Woman – Sayaka Murata

At 163 pages this one is a quick read, but it still packs a punch! Convenience Store Woman is about Keiko, a thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident who lives and breathes her job at Smile Mart and doesn’t understand why other people think it is not enough. Reading it reminds me to do what you love and learn to not take other people’s opinion too seriously.

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The House in the Cerulean Sea – TJ Klune

If you are looking for characters to fall in love with and a lightly fantastical world to explore then The House in the Cerulean Sea is for you! In it we follow Linus Baker, a case worker who is summoned from his drab and dreary office to the Marsyas Island Orphanage. Here he is tasked with assessing six children and their caretaker to determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days. It’s an enchanting story of family, acceptance, and finding your way home.

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Audio Recommendations:



Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

A fictional history following the epic rise and fall of a 1970’s rock band. This biography is the first interview where most of the band members have spoken publicly since they split, and the interviewer is determined to find out the truth about what really happened.

Daisy Jones and the Six makes a great audio book given that it’s written in an interview format and also features a full cast of narrators so you really get a feel for each of the characters.

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

A delightful enemies-to-lovers romance where a bout of food poisoning takes out an entire wedding party; everyone except for the Maid of Honour and the Best Man of course. Olive and Ethan have to put their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation and go on the prepaid (non-refundable) honeymoon together. Hilarity ensues when they run into new employers and old girlfriends and have to pretend to be married! I really enjoyed the narrator of this book and it’s definitely a go-to comfort listen for me.

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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

I highly recommend this one for any fans of the classic 80s film The Princess Bride, but also anyone interested in the behind the scenes of how a movie comes together. The audiobook is primary narrated by Cary Elwes, but also has appearances from others such as director Rob Reiner, Robin Wright, and Billy Crystal! After finishing the book I immediately re-watched the film and had loved it all the more knowing all the good and bad times that went into bringing the story to life for an audience!

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