Bookstr’s Three to Read: The End of June, the Start of Summer!

Romance, gymnastics, and werewolves, oh my! What else does this week’s Three to Read have in store?

Book Culture Classics Female Authors Recommendations Romance Three To Read Thriller & Mystery

Welcome back, book lovers! I know, I know, the article companion to the video has been a little absent of late – call it creative differences.. with myself, but this week, I have got a roundup of what you might have missed in our video, just in case!



Head Over Heels

by Hannah Orenstein


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After training her entire life to make the Olympic gymnastics team, a disastrous performance ended Avery Abrams’ athletic career – for good. Seven years on, she’s still lost and, reeling from a breakup with her football star boyfriend, returns to her Massachusetts hometown.

In need of a job, Avery agrees to help new coach, Ryan Nicholson, train Hallie, a promising young gymnast with Olympic aspirations, despite her worries about the memories it will evoke.

Back in the gym, she’s surprised to find sparks flying with Ryan, and her long-buried love for her sport reemerging as she helps Hallie’s talent shine. But when a shocking scandal breaks, it has shattering effects on the world of gymnastics, Avery and everyone around her.

But Avery is not going to let history repeat itself – she’s ready to fight for those she loves – and win.



This novel has been featured on so many lists for this summer that we could not resist – it’s even one of Oprah Mag’s beach reads! The story is sweet, romantic, relatable for anyone who may have dreamed of a sporting career, been through a breakup, or even tried that gymnastics camp once. Avery’s story is that of romance, heartbreak, and healing. Bonus: it really champions women in sport, something so integral to 2020’s sporting landscape; Olympics or no Olympics.

From the author of the Love at First Like and Playing with Matches, an electrifying rom-com set in the high stakes world of competitive gymnastics, full of Hannah Orenstein’s signature “charm, whimsy, and giddy romantic tension” (BuzzFeed).



Beach Read

Wolf Under Fire

by Paige Tyler


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Supernatural creatures are no longer keeping their existence secret from humans, causing panic around the globe. To investigate, monitor, and–when necessary–take down dangerous supernatural offenders, an international task force was established: The Special Threat Assessment Team.

For the cases no one else can solve, they send in the Special Threat Assessment Team.

STAT agent Jestina Ridley is in London with her team investigating a suspicious kidnapping. Over her radio, Jes hears her teammates being savagely attacked. She runs to help, but she’s too late. The only survivor, Jes calls for backup and gets former Navy SEAL and alpha werewolf Jake Huang and his new pack. Convinced that the creature who butchered her teammates was a werewolf, Jes doesn’t trust them. But if they’re going to uncover the facts and make it back home alive, she’ll need Jake’s help. And with everything on the line, Jes will have to accept the way of the wolf, or lose the partner she never expected to find…


The supernatural romance genre, often categorized by Twilight-esque drama, is rendered in a fresh and fun way in Tyler’s Wolf Under Fire. The romance and drama are intense and fiery, as Jes – and the reader – attempts to keep up with Jake, his pack, and the magnetism they exude. This first book in the STAT series is a new and twisty take on Tyler’s previous foray into supernatural romance, with the introduction of different beings. The novel is action-packed AND spicy, which is truly the perfect combination for this summer.

“The story is action-packed, so readers who enjoy a little romance amid intense car chases and explosions will be wholly satisfied.” – Library Journal



Dark Horse

The Rat Began to Gnaw the Rope

by C.W. Grafton


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Short, chubby, and awkward with members of the opposite sex, Gil Henry is the youngest partner in a small law firm, not a hard-boiled sleuth. So when an attractive young woman named Ruth McClure walks into his office and asks him to investigate the value of the stock she inherited from her father, he thinks nothing of it—until someone makes an attempt on his life.

Soon Gil is inadvertently embroiled in scandal, subterfuge, and murder. He’s beaten, shot, and stabbed, as his colleagues and enemies try to stop him from seeing the case through to the end. Surrounded by adversaries, he teams up with Ruth and her secretive brother to find answers to the questions someone desperately wants to keep him from asking.

In this portrait of America on the eve of America’s entry into World War II, C.W. Grafton—himself a lawyer and the father of prolific mystery writer Sue Grafton—pens an award-winning mystery that combines humor and the hard-boiled style and will keep readers guessing until its thrilling conclusion.



This is the latest publication in the Library of Congress Crime Classics series, and it is a fun, twisty story full of mystery and suspense that will capture the imagination of the modern reader as much as it did that of the 1943 reader. You can almost envision the story in that light, like a mid-20th Century noir film, one that will keep you guessing. Plus, any story that starts in stock fraud and ends in murder is not one you want to miss out on.

“Grafton’s novel is not simply a historical curio, but a genuinely offbeat and entertaining suspense story.”—The Washington Post




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