The Southern Bookseller Review brings you half a dozen great books to add to your already teetering bedside stack.  Recommended by Southern indie booksellers, in the belief that there is a book for every reader.


Read This Next! Spring Edition

Read This Next!

The change of seasons is marked by many things — changes in the weather, in the flowers blooming in the garden, in the birds appearing at the feeder, in the transition from football to baseball games on television, in the release of new seasons of favorite shows.

And new readings lists. Every season Southern indie booksellers come up with a list of anticipated books. The 2021 Spring Read This Next! List is a selection of spring new releases generating extra buzz and excitement. Each of the fifteen titles in the list received multiple high ratings and enthusiastic reviews, marking them as hand-sell favorites for the forthcoming season:

“I was not expecting to get sucked into this book so thoroughly, but sure enough I blinked and my Sunday was gone and I had read the entire thing.”  –Jamie Southern from Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC about Joshilyn Jackson’s novel, Mother May I.

“It made me laugh, it made me angry, it made me think, and it made me look up old clips from Soul Train on YouTube.” –Chelsea Bauer from Union Ave Books in Knoxville, TN on A Little Devil in America.

“Goofy and sweet, full of love and loss, and of course, a deep, nerdy love for movie soundtracks. Better Than the Movies will have you squealing and swooning.”–Brittany Bunzey from Read With Me, A Children’s Book & Art Shop in Raleigh, NC on Lynn Painter’s new novel.

See the full Spring list. Your questions about what to read next have been answered.

More bookseller reviews at SBR:

Read This Now | Read This Next | The Bookseller Directory

In this issue:
Bookseller Buzz: Early Morning Riser by Katherine Heiny
Reviews of Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri, Animals by Will Staples, The Book of Difficult Fruit by Kate Lebo, Creatures of Passage by Morowa Yejidé, Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera, and Malice by Heather Walter.

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