Good Reads

by Suzanne Lucey // October - November - December 2023

This time of year, reading provides an escape into a world of warmth and imagination. The cozy ambiance created by falling leaves, crackling fireplaces, and holiday decorations provides the perfect backdrop for getting lost in a good book.

And don’t forget – the gift of reading is more than just a present. It’s an invitation to explore new worlds and meet unforgettable characters. Whether you’re sharing a cherished classic or introducing a loved one to a new author, books convey thoughtfulness and care, making them the perfect embodiment of the season. So share your love of reading with friends and family this holiday season – you’re not just giving a story, you’re giving the magic of discovery and imagination.


The Big Cheese by Jory John and Pete Oswald
In the seventh picture book of the #1 bestselling Food Group series (including previous hits like The Bad Seed, The Good Egg, The Couch Potato, and The Smart Cookie), The Big Cheese, an irresistible hunk of cheddar who always thought life was only about winning, eventually discovers a bit of humility and that some things are better than being the best. Cheeses … this hilarious book sure is punny!

What Do You Need To Be Warm? by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is an ambassador for UNCHR who tries to help refugees from all over the world, and this powerful and moving new picture book is his tribute to them. When he disseminated the question “What do you need to be warm?” to his fans, he received thousands of responses. Featuring illustrations from 13 extraordinary artists, you and your child will be mesmerized with stunning images throughout this entire book.


The Mysteries by Bill Watterson
Bestselling creator of the beloved comic strip Calvin and Hobbes Bill Watterson has launched a new book that is full of imagination and charm. This mysterious graphic novel, beautifully illustrated by John Kascht, one of America’s most renowned caricaturists, is a fable about what lies beyond human understanding.

Kenyan Masters and the Peerless Magic Crew by DaVaun Sanders
If you have a young adult in your life who loves Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky and the Amari series, then Kenyan Masters and the Peerless Magic Crew is the perfect gift. When storms that threaten his friends and family start to mysteriously appear, Kenyan must use his freestyling magic to help.

Wrath Becomes Her by Aden Polydoros
For you horror fans out there, Wrath Becomes Her won’t disappoint. As described by publisher Harper Collins Publishers, “Frankenstein meets Inglorious Bastards in this Jewish historical horror novel …” Nazi punching and existential angst from a non-human being that is still alive and not sure what that means ... history, fantasy, and horror combined, this one will stay with you for quite some time.


The Burnout by Sophie Kinsella
To have read Sophie Kinsella is to love her. Here she lays out the story of two burnt-out characters who try to ignore each other while being the only two guests on a seaside resort. When curious messages are left on the beach, they begin to bond over finding out who is writing them. This feel-good novel will make you laugh out loud and sigh with contentment as you root for this couple in Kinsella’s latest romantic comedy.

The Last Love Note by Emma Grey
The Last Love Note simultaneously made me laugh out loud and broke my heart. Emma Grey takes us through the main character’s grief of losing her husband with humor and dry wit in a very relatable way. While this novel may sound heavy, it is emotionally compelling in a Bridget Jones’s Diary sort of way. This journey through grief, healing, and finding a way forward is not one to miss.

In the Form of A Question by Amy Schneider
We all watched her on Jeopardy, but within the pages of In The Form of a Question we get to discover the real Amy Schneider and her journey to where she is now. Throughout, Amy opens herself up and demonstrates her smart sense of humor and insight into what it is like being her. Just like you did on Jeopardy, you’ll find yourself rooting for her the whole way through.

Ghosts of Honolulu: A Japanese Spy, A Japanese American Spy Hunter, and the Untold Story of Pearl Harbor by Mark Harmon and Leon Carroll
Yes, the Mark Harmon of NCIS and former real-life NCIS special agent Leon Carroll, have, as described by publisher Harper Select, “brought forth a true-life NCIS story of deception, discovery, and danger. Ghosts of Honolulu depicts the incredible high-stakes game of naval intelligence and the need to define what is real and what only appears to be real.” It continues, “A U.S. naval counterintelligence officer working to safeguard Pearl Harbor. A Japanese spy ordered to Hawaii to gather information on the American fleet. On December 7, 1941, their hidden stories are exposed by a morning of bloodshed that will change the world forever.” Ghosts of Honolulu is the perfect gift for NCIS fans and history buffs alike.

Not That Fancy: Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating and Dusting Off Your Boots by Reba McEntire
Serving 50 recipes of desserts, main dishes, sides, and cocktails from Reba’s family, this is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. With never-before-seen photos and stories of her family and professional lives, you’ll get to know the real Reba, and want to invite her over for a glass of sweet tea!

Suzanne Lucey

Suzanne, along with her husband, Dave, owns Page 158 Books, located at 415 S. Brooks St. in Downtown Wake Forest.