What We’re Reading

At Baker & Taylor, we’re constantly surrounded by books. Our “to-read” lists are hundreds of titles long with everything from the classics to upcoming releases. And when we’re not working, we’re reading. Here are some of our staff’s current reads:

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The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog | by Adam Gidwitz
The Inquisitor’s Tale is a thoroughly delightful, Canterbury tales-like romp through a medieval world filled with fantasy, magic, superstition, and hope. As a middle-grade novel, it will appeal to kids who love adventure stories that twist and turn and tumble about, while its sophistication, well-researched historical details, and masterful writing will appeal to readers well beyond that age level. I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down! Read it and you’ll see why… — Pam Day, Editor

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life | by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
It’s timely, heartfelt and beautifully written. — Jill Faherty, Director, Children’s and Teen Services

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus | by Dusti Bowling
I’m really loving this snappy novel for middle-grade readers about a girl whose life is, in many ways, out of the ordinary. Aven, the main character, was born without arms. When her dad accepts a job running an Old West-style theme park, it means her family will move from a place where everyone accepted her to a place where she’s unfamiliar and treated as an oddity. She’s plucky and determined, and the descriptions of the accommodations she makes for living a full life despite having no arms or hands is not only inspirational but rich with humor. The cast of characters in the novel are colorful, including her friend Connor, who suffers from Tourette syndrome, and a longtime employee of the theme park whose symptoms of dementia are used as an interesting plot device to create mystery. The strength of the novel is in its dialogue, which zings and feels wholly authentic. — Julie Isgrigg, Manager, Inside Sales & Merchandising

The Twelve (Book 2 of The Passage Triology) | by Justin Cronin
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The Shadow Land | by Elizabeth Kostova
The third novel by Elizabeth Kostova, the bestselling author of The Historian, The Shadow Land is beautifully written, atmospheric and suspenseful.  A young woman named Alexandra travels to Bulgaria in the hopes of starting a new life and escaping her past at home in the states, but she soon discovers that Bulgaria has its own past and secrets.  I’m less than 100 pages in but I can’t wait to see what happens next! — Suzie Brown, Senior Buyer, Merchandising

I Wish You More | by Amy Krause Rosenthaliwishyoumore
My almost two year old loves this sweet tale I got as a shower gift about good wishes made all the more poignant by the author’s recent death after a battle with cancer. — Whitney Bretzman, Director, Strategic Marketing

Bad Kitty Takes the Test | by Nick Bruel
In Bad Kitty Takes the Test, we find our favorite feline in a dire situation –she needs to take a course and pass a test or else she loses her cat license!  Life lessons about doing your best, overcoming the temptation to cheat, and the importance of having a #2 pencil unfold in a hilarious day that includes a plot by nefarious chickens to try to thwart the test-takers from achieving their goal. This is the most fun you are going to have taking a test for a long while. — Erica Sommer, CATS-Paw Prints Manager

The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World | by Scott Hartley
A good read that supports the position that business types need both the humanities and technology to excel in business and be effective leaders. — Lynn Bond, Director, Buying

Outlander | by Diana Gabaldon
I’m re-reading one of my favorites, Outlander. I love the whole Outlander series because of the bits and pieces of foreshadow that, while they create sweet or interesting scenes in their own timeline, make the end of the series even better when you recognize how that was the author’s plan all along. — Ashley Dixon, Events Specialist




5 thoughts on “What We’re Reading

  1. RedheadedBooklover

    Hi there! I just came across this post of yours and your blog in general and I couldn’t help but comment and tell you how much I adore your blog and love this post! Keep up the great work, I am going to follow you so I can keep up with all your new posts!


      1. RedheadedBooklover

        Aww you are so welcome! You have a great blog. Do you have Twitter or Instagram? I just made accounts and would love to follow you!


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