Olivia's Favorite Reads

By Folio Books

By Folio Books

Hollow Kingdom

Kira Jane Buxton

$27.00 $24.30

Hilarious. Heartbreaking. Hopeful. Told from the point of view of a heroic, smart, and sometimes foul-mouthed crow in a dystopian near-future Seattle, this is a tour de force about the creatures suffering most from humanity’s disregard for the planet that is our home, nourishes us, and keeps us safe. It will make you think about putting down your cell phone a lot more often—or how about entirely?

The Night Tiger

Yangsze Choo

$17.98 $16.54

Historical fiction (1931, Malaya), forbidden love, yummy food, magical realism, humor, lush setting, likable protagonists—it’s all here!

My Ex-Life

Stephen McCauley

$16.98 $15.62

If you’re looking for a read on the lighter side, McCauley’s novel of enduring friendships, financial instability, and coming-of-age is just the ticket. I laughed out loud more than once, even as I fretted and cheered for these characters.

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Curtis Sittenfeld

$17.00 $15.64

For fans of Jane Austen, this masterful, modern reimagining—set in Cincinnati no less—will absorb readers in a heartbeat. Sittenfeld’s tactical choices in portraying the Bennet family are spot on. Even in the 21st century Mrs. Bennet is looking to marry off her daughters, because, well, she’s Mrs. Bennet. What better candidate than Dr. Chip Bingley, former star of a The Bachelor type reality TV show? Looking for a smart, funny page-turner? Look no further.

Who Is Vera Kelly?

Rosalie Knecht

$15.95 $14.67

Set during the Cold War, Vera Kelly is the riveting story of a closeted young CIA tech assigned to tracking KGB activity in 1966 Argentina. Will she get caught--or caught up--in the dangerous machinations of student activists? Vera is smart, clever, imperfect and dealing with her own secrets and painful past, yet never losing sight of her objective—surviving.

Circe

Madeline Miller

$27.00 $24.30

A satisfying ending, especially for a story about an immortal goddess.

Queenie

Candice Carty-Williams

$16.00 $14.72

All the reviews led me to believe this would be a light romp through a single girl’s misadventures in romance, and that I’d learn something about being a Millenium in London. Only the second part is true. While there are wit and chuckles, Queenie is a deeply felt exploration of one young woman’s journey away from destructive behaviors and towards loving herself.

A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

$17.00 $15.64

A runaway bestseller, this charming, lush novel boasts a likeable protagonist in Count Rostov. Sentenced to a lifetime house arrest in one a luxury Moscow hotel, the Count makes the best of his situation over decades. Join him and his loved ones on their delicious journey of survival.

The Secrets We Carried

Mary McNear

$16.98 $16.99

Part of the Butternut Lake series, The Secrets We Carried is the absorbing story of Quinn LaPointe, a young journalist haunted by a tragic accident during her high school years. On the anniversary, Quinn returns after a decade’s absence to her hometown to face her demons, determined to come to terms with her guilt--and to reconnect with her best friend, Gabriel Shipp, who hasn’t managed to leave Butternut the way Quinn did. A story of self-forgiveness and love—the perfect vacation read!

Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Maria Semple

$16.98 $15.62

This novel had everything I look for in a book—smart, likable, flawed characters; an engaging plot; ideas to convey that are more than just "he likes me, she hates me, the world sucks"; fantastic writing; and a little something extra that keeps you turning pages. What's it called? That ineffable IT. I got the chuckles. Always a good thing.

The Queen of the Tearling

Erika Johansen

$16.98 $15.62

The first in a trilogy, The Queen of the Tearling is set in a violent, dramatic time of knights, castles, and queens—yet there's a town called Petaluma in this midst. What is going on? Where—or dare I say, when?—are we? I was hooked from the start, and you will be, too.

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

Ta-Nehisi Coates

$18.00 $16.56

This is such an important book for our times. Intelligently written and researched, this collection of essays addresses the U.S.'s troubling legacy of slavery and racism that continues to this day with no real end in sight. A must-read for everyone. Read it: educate yourself.

The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Struggle and How All Can Thrive

W Thomas Boyce

$27.95 $25.16

We are all orchids (sensitive, fragile, but full of huge potential if supported), dandelions (hardy survivors, no matter the circumstances), or somewhere on the spectrum. It's essential reading for parents, teachers ,and caregivers of children, but it also gives insight into our own adult selves. What makes a person resilient? "Successful"? Confident? Smart? Dr. Boyce is an intelligent, thoughtful writer.

In a Jar

Deborah Marcero

$17.98 $16.54

A sweet picture book about friendship and memories. The illustrations are warm and colorful with new details to discover upon repeat reads.