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Notes From the Shire: Northshire Staff Favorites of 2019

As the new year approaches, the staff of the Northshire Bookstore look back at some of their favorite books of 2019. It was a wonderful year for all kinds of readers. Cassidy has compiled some of the Northshire staff's top picks from throughout 2019. What were some of your favorites released in the last year? What books are you looking forward to in 2020?


Notes from the Shire: Books Under 300 Pages to Help You Reach Your Reading Goals!


2020 is fast approaching, and with this decade coming to a close many of us book lovers may be struggling to accomplish our reading goals for the year. The best way to still meet your goal before the year is up is to stick with shorter books, more specifically books under 300 pages. Whether you were striving to read one book or one hundred books, here are seven must-read novels under 300 pages that I recommend to help you reach your goals!

Notes from the Shire: Book Angels

The Northshire Bookstore Book Angel program is our decades-old tradition of ensuring children in neighboring communities receive the gift of a new book during the holidays, children who might otherwise not own a book or have books available to them. Many of our customers have made this a yearly tradition of their own, coming into the store to choose books or to make a monetary donation to this much loved program.

Notes from the Shire: Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! The Halloween season is the perfect time of year to pick up a book that can give you a good scare or two. There are a lot of go-to Halloween reads that you could choose from, such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, but there are also a lot of contemporary books out there that can get into a spooky state of mind. Here are some new or currently relevant books I highly recommend, just read them with the night light on! 

Notes from the Shire: Best Science Fiction Debuts of the Decade


As the decade draws to a close, so too does a decade of incredible debuts from authors of every stripe. And there’s nothing more that enthusiasts like more than collecting lists of favorites. (Just ask High Fidelity protagonist Rob Fleming.) But as lists come together, it’s impossible to fairly represent the incredible work done by authors in each genre; so today let’s take a moment and look at some of the best novels of the 2010s where new authors brought us to new and imaginative worlds.

(Ranking is hard - nigh on impossible - so we’ll present our list chronologically by publication date.)



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