Bookstr's Three to Read

Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week!

Monday always seems to come around too quickly, doesn’t it? Thankfully, that means we are back, too, and we’re bringing with us three great books for you to read this week. If you’re unsure about what book to pick up next, hopefully this list will help you choose!


This past weekend, we had the privilege to attend Thrillerfest (maybe we saw you there!), and so to commemorate what a lovely time we had, we’ve selected our three picks from a deep pool of terrific Thrillerfest attendees. This week, our Hot Pick is the novel on the tip of everybody’s tongue is The Oracle Year by Charles Soule, our Beach Read is It All Falls Down by Sheena Kamal, and our Dark Horse, one you might not have added to your reading list but should, is The Book of M by Peng Shepherd. Check out our interviews with each author below! 



Our Hot Pick: 

The Oracle Year by Charles Soule


The Oracle Year book cover

Image via HarperCollins Publishers



Knowledge is power. So when an unassuming Manhattan bassist named Will Dando awakens from a dream one morning with 108 predictions about the future in his head, he rapidly finds himself the most powerful man in the world. Protecting his anonymity by calling himself the Oracle, he sets up a heavily guarded Web site with the help of his friend Hamza to selectively announce his revelations. In no time, global corporations are offering him millions for exclusive access, eager to profit from his prophecies.

He’s also making a lot of high-powered enemies, from the President of the United States and a nationally prominent televangelist to a warlord with a nuclear missile and an assassin grandmother. Legions of cyber spies are unleashed to hack the Site—as it’s come to be called—and the best manhunters money can buy are deployed not only to unmask the Oracle but to take him out of the game entirely. With only a handful of people he can trust—including a beautiful journalist—it’s all Will can do to simply survive, elude exposure, and protect those he loves long enough to use his knowledge to save the world.




Charles Soule is well-known in the comic book sphere for his work on Daredevil, She-HulkDeath of Wolverine, and Marvel’s Star Wars comics. His comic book prestige produced such intense buzz for his first novel that it was still a few months away from publication when it was picked up for a television series by Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios. While there is no word just yet on when The Oracle Year‘s television adaptation will be released, don’t slack on getting to the novel before the series is out!


Our Beach Read

It All Falls Down by Sheena Kamal


It All Falls Down book cover

Image via HarperCollins Publishers




The brilliant, fearless, deeply flawed Nora Watts—introduced in the “utterly compelling” (Jeffery Deaver) atmospheric thriller The Lost Ones—finds deadly trouble as she searches for the truth about her late father in this immersive thriller that moves from the hazy Canadian Pacific Northwest to the gritty, hollowed streets of Detroit.

Growing up, Nora Watts only knew one parent—her father. When he killed himself, she denied her grief and carried on with her life. Then a chance encounter with a veteran who knew him raises disturbing questions Nora can’t ignore—and dark emotions she can’t control. To make her peace with the past, she has to confront it.




Sheena Kamal is a relative newcomer to the thriller genre, with It All Falls Down being her second novel and second installment in her Nora Watts series. Kamal’ s writing was praised by international bestseller Lee Child, who had this to say about her first novel; “A brave, unflinching heroine and brave, unflinching writing add up to an extraordinary debut – highly recommended.” With her first novel being released just last February and this one being released this summer, it’s clear that Kamal has some serious storytelling stamina up her sleeve, so take this opportunity to be an early adopter and board the Nora Watts train early. The fast-paced thrills in this book will keep you energized under the sun. 




Our Dark Horse

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd


The Book of M Book Cover

Image via HarperCollins Publishers




Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself.

One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.




With so many well-established and prolific thriller writers out there, it may be difficult to find a new author to enjoy, but worry not, we have a pick for you. Peng Shepherd’s debut novel has already earned incredible marks; According to bestselling author Darin Strauss, “The Book of M is exciting, imaginative, unique, and beautiful. Shepherd proves herself not just a writer to watch, but a writer to treasure.” We are so excited for Shepherd’s burgeoning career, and we hope to see her work on this list again in the future.