The Best of Books

What you’re reading this summer

Books Inc. best-seller list

  1. Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee (HC)
  2. City of Thieves, by David Benioff (PB)
  3. Mindfulness Coloring Book, by Emma Farrarons (PB)
  4. Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo (HC)
  5. Razor’s Edge, by W. Somerset Maugham (PB)
  6. Boys in the Boat, by Daniel Brown (PB)
  7. Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes (PB)
  8. Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari (HC)
  9. Tender Bar, by J.R. Moehringer (PB)
  10. Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins (HC)


Go Set a Watchman

by Harper Lee (hardcover)

The controversial new book by the author of To Kill a Mockingbird is set 20 years after the events of that book. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch returns home from New York City with a new perspective on her father and her childhood. This was the first manuscript Lee submitted to her publishers, and it formed the basis for what became Mockingbird later, and so provides an interesting alternate view of the Finch family and Mockingbird.


by Ernest Cline (hardcover)

The author of Ready Player One returns with another paen to pop-culture in this dashing space adventure. Zack Lightman is an ordinary kid living a boring life when he is recruited into an elite force based on his video game skills. Part Last Starfighter, part Ender’s Game, Armada keeps the pace quick and the story triumphant throughout. An excellent beach read.

Isle of the Lost

by Melissa De La Cruz (hardcover)

The prequel to the Disney movie coming later this year, Isle of the Lost tells the story of the children of your favorite Disney villains, from Jafar to Cruella De Vil, and their adventures trying to escape the island to which they and their parents were banished. A smart, witty take on some of the Disney canon, Isle of the Lost is a great read for anyone 10 and up.


by Martin McKenna (hardcover)

Edgar has always wanted a puppy. But instead, he gets Jarvis the Octopus. This charmingly illustrated and super-fun picture book tells how Edgar deals with having an octopus as a pet, and teaches us all how to look past our expectations and discover what is right in front of our eyes. Highly recommended, and a great read-aloud for anyone 3 and up.

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Brian Pettus is the manager of Books Inc. in the Marina.