The Big Kids’ Table: Bookstore Table Picks

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It’s that time again… the moment when we drop our young adult books and pick up something GROWN UP. One of my most successful practices of finding new books is stalking the NEW FICTION table at the bookstore. Everything is paperback (cheaper or maybe enough to buy two?) and there is always so much to look at.

This month, I did just that. I stalked. I found. I conquered! Here are just a few of the titles I think you might want to check out. It was really hard for me to leave the store without buying every single one of these.

But first, I’m going to let the suspense build a second.

Cassie from Books with Cass is here to recommend a big kid book of her own. This gal is enthusiastic, sweet, supportive, and a lot of fun to talk to. She’s also from Jersey, loves to organize book read-a-thons, and also does a darn good job at creating playlists to go with books! Plus she works at Barnes and Noble so I have it on pretty good authority she comes into contact with the NEW FICTION table all the time.

Name of book: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Big Kids Table Blogger Choice Books With Cass
 Why she picked it up?: Honestly?  It was an impulse purchase based on reading the flap ;).  It just sounded like a must-read.
What’s it about:  Supposedly a girl commits suicide, but then her mother gets a note saying that “Amelia [her daughter] didn’t jump” and the story continues with efforts to figure out what was really going on in Amelia’s life.  We get flashbacks to when she was alive, and also to present day when the Amelia investigation is ongoing.
Three words to describe: Suspenseful, Intense, Captivating
Last few awesome reads: Golden by Jessi Kirby [my god this was amazing!], The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston, and Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland!

Add Reconstructing Amelia to your Goodreads!

Suspense over! Promising paperbacks for your enjoyment:

Big Kids Table Fiction Picks from New Fiction Table at Bookstore (Rather Be Reading Blog)

The Witch of Little Italy by Suzanne Palmieri: Bronx setting + magical family
The World Without You
by Joshua Henkin: family mourning a son + Iraq War + marriage challenges
The Paradise Guest House
by Ellen Sussman (Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Best of Us blurbed this one.)
Why Can’t I Be You
by Allie Larkin: trying out someone else’s life
A Map of Tulsa
by Benjamin Lytal: late 90s + kid home from college + on the open road
Wisdom of Hair by Kim Boykin: escaping old new + making a new one as a beautician

Not only are all of these covers gorgeous, but I am so intrigued by all of their stories.


As always, I’d love any reading suggestions you have! Stay tuned next month for something new + exciting at The Big Kids’ Table!

Happy reading + happy bookstore shopping!

8 thoughts on “The Big Kids’ Table: Bookstore Table Picks

  1. Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages says:

    I have Reconstructing Amelia on-hold at the library, I’m excited to finally get my hands on it.

    And I would definitely recommend Why Can’t I Be You, it’s one of my favorite books of 2013, I absolutely loved it. And Allie Larkin’s first book, Stay, is also really good.

  2. Ginger @ GReads! says:

    If I were to walk in a bookstore & saw any of these lying on the table, I would most definitely want to pick them up & find out what they’re about. Great picks this month!

  3. Alexa Y. says:

    I love this feature, as I’m always alerted to new books to check out. The books you’ve chosen and the one Cassie picked all sound fantastic, but the one that stands out the most to me is WHY CAN’T I BE YOU. It sounds like a blend of funny and thoughtful, and I certainly want to read it!

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