Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 01/24/20

Hey book lovers! It’s our favorite day of the week and we have a new collection of books we can’t wait to read. Interested? Well…


Check out Bookstr’s Three to Read, the three books we’ve picked for you to read this week!


welcome to the pine away motel and cabins

by Katarina Bivald



From New York Times bestselling author of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend comes a charming tale of a ramshackle roadside motel: a heartwarming story of love, friendship, community, and the art of living, even when it’s already too late.

The Pine Creek Motel has seen better days. Henny would call it charming, but she’s always seen the best in things. Like now, when she’s just met an untimely end crossing the road. She’s not going to let a tiny thing like death stop her from living fully―not when her friends and family need her the most.

After the funeral is over, her body is buried, and the last casserole dish is empty, Henny is still around. She’s not sure why, but she realizes she has one last opportunity to help her friends discover the happiness they once knew before they lose the motel and cabins they’ve cherished for years.



New York Times bestselling author, Katarina Bivald, exceeds our expectations once more with her recently released, heartfelt book. Her representation of LGBTQ, highlights real life issues people deal with daily due to their differences. You’ll fall in love with the way she portrays each character, making you forget that they’re not real! This book will have you on a wonderful ride, as there will be some moments where you laugh and others where you’ll cry. Trust me it’s full of unexpected twists, that’ll leave you surprised. Publishers Weekly glorifies this book saying, “In a story about the lives a single person can touch, the highlight is fittingly Bivald’s memorable characterizations, as she makes each person and their needs distinct and complex.This is a winning novel about the lasting impact of love.”


Coffee Shop read

Echoes between us

by Katie McGarry




Echoes Between Us is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.

Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother’s ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it’s something more…

Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica.

A girl with nothing to live for and a boy with everything to lose–can they conquer their demons together?



Ghosts? Romance? Well, count us in! I mean who doesn’t enjoy a little YA fiction? We guarantee you’ll be captivated and sucked into this novel, that you’ll finish it in one sitting. You’re bound to fall in love with the characters, as you find yourself rooting for their relationship. McGarry takes on a paranormal angle in her novel, but pulls on our heartstrings with the sweet, romantic, and steamy moments. This book will have you feeling all sorts of raw emotions. We promise you’ll be sobbing and smiling at the same time. So here’s our little checklist for reading this book: coffee, cozy blanket, a box of chocolate, and two boxes of Kleenex! Now we’re all set! Kristen Simmons, critically acclaimed author of the Article 5 series praises this novel saying, “One of my favorites she’s ever written. So incredible.”


dARK horse

Parents under the influence

by Cecile David-Weill




Part American and part French, part memoir and part guide, this book offers a fresh, unique, and powerful perspective on the challenges of parenting and how to find a rewarding path forward for parents and children alike.

How should we raise our children? It should be a simple enough question to answer but in fact it is an intimidating and complex one. We often address it by deciding to do either exactly what our parents did or just the opposite. After that we rely on a cocktail of love and instinct, hoping it will be enough to overcome the difficulties ahead.

Far from having perfect free will, however, we are all under the influence. The child still within us confuses, influences, or undermines all our aspirations as parents and prevents us from sticking to the philosophy we initially hoped to follow. These unresolved emotions drive us to reproduce the upbringing we received, including the behaviors that have hurt us the most.

In Parents Under the Influence, Cécile David-Weill draws on her own parenting blunders and successes as well as concrete examples, case studies, and works of fiction to guide readers, helping them heal from the past and become effective, nurturing parents.



Raising children is never easy! I mean how many parents out there don’t always know the right approach? I’m guessing a lot right? Some parents just prefer doing exactly what their parents did or they do the complete opposite. But parenting is basically a trial and error, especially if you’re a new parent. So, why make mistakes, when you have someone who’s dealt with this already? Well, that’s where David-Weill comes to the rescue with her helpful book. Reflection on her own parenting mistakes, she offers a guide to help readers become effective and nurturing parents. So, if you’re a parent or expecting, then this is definitely a book you want to read. Kirkus Reviews acclaims this book saying, “A worthy read for parents of children of all ages. Easy-to-assimilate lessons on creating a healthy and respectful relationship with your child.”



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