Six Book Recommendations from Midtown Reader

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There’s something magical about a bookstore. The irreplaceable scent of a new novel. The hours that could be spent selecting spines of books to reveal enticing covers. The new friends we meet within pages, and the exciting adventures they take us on. While storefronts might be closed, the worlds that we escape to through reading are always open. 

Midtown Reader may not be able to let you in to sniff the books or browse their stacks, but you can still order online, do curbside pickup or opt for home delivery. Visit to browse over 7 millions titles and find your next literary journey. 

Below, Sally Bradshaw, owner of Midtown Reader, provides six books that are current favorites. 


  1. The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson
    This No. 1 New York Times bestseller provides readers with cinematic detail about Churchill’s leadership during times of deep despair. Written from diaries, original archival documents and once-secret intelligence reports, Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest years through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family. It is an inspiring example of leadership, courage and sheer determination.
  2. Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
    Thriller lovers will delight in the psychological suspense and mystery that abound in this novel about a bookseller, Malcolm Kershaw, who finds himself at the center of an FBI investigation after a killing spree occurs based off of Malcolm’s list of fiction’s most unsolvable murders. A series of twists and turns results in more victims and a threat to Malcolm himself.
  3. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
    Doyle’s most recent memoir is both intimate and universal as she discusses some of the hard and beautiful truths about what it means to be a woman in today’s world. It is the story of a woman who learned who she was and what she wanted by listening to herself as she navigated divorce, formed a blended family and learned to trust herself.
  4. Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
    VanderMeer, Tallahassee’s resident author, released his single-volume hardcover edition that merges the three volumes of his Southern Reach Trilogy — Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance, all originally published in 2014. A group of four women: an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist and a biologist take on an expedition to Area X, a remote terrain that has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. In each volume, the team faces adversity as they explore the mysteries and secrets of this land without contaminating themselves or losing who they are.
  5. The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
    The Mirror and the Light is the final book in a trilogy that follows the life of Thomas Cromwell. The story is set in 1536, after the death of Anne Boleyn and a threat to Henry VII’s regime. Cromwell envisions a new and innovative country as his enemies gather in the shadows. The overarching question remains: “How can anyone survive under Henry’s terrifying power?”
  6. You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington by Alexis Coe
    Through history and humor, Coe uncovers the myths and truths of the first president. Research and storytelling combine to compel readers by revealing little known facts about George, the courageous, presidential homebody. Coe details Washington’s childhood, military career, marriage, presidency and later years in this exciting and easy read.
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