Kristen Gibson


SPRING reads

If you’re ready to spring forward, I commend you. While we crave the extra sunshine and the warming trend, sleep is not something we give up easily. Even if it’s only one hour, it takes us a bit to adjust to the time change. Keeping that in mind, we made sure to have plenty of books on hand for the times we just need a break. Here are a few suggestions in the to-be-read pile.

Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs

This is the latest book in the Alpha & Omega urban fantasy series. Anna Latham and Charles Cornick have special abilities and are tasked with finding out why an entire community in the Northern California mountains would disappear. “[Briggs] spins tales of werewolves, coyote shifters and magic and, my, does she do it well…” (

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

This Newberry Medal winner looks like a heart-warming book. “Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. Told from intertwining points of view­—two boys and two girls—the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero).” (Barnes and Noble)

Tourist Season by Carl Hiaasen

It’s going to be a while before we can spring break like we used to, until then, this South Florida suspense thriller is on my spring break reading list. “The first sign of trouble is a Shriner’s fez washed up on a Miami beach. The next is a suitcase containing the almost-legless body of the local chamber of commerce president found floating in a canal…The locals are desperate to keep the murders under wraps and the tourist money flowing. But it will take a reporter-turned-private eye to make sense of a caper that mixes football players, politicians, and one very hungry crocodile in this classic mystery that GQ called “one of the top ten destination reads of all time.” (IndieBound)

Flying Lessons edited by Ellen Oh

A middle grade book of diverse short stories. “Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold short story collection—written by some of the best children’s authors including Kwame Alexander, Meg Medina, Jacqueline Woodson, and many more and published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.” (Barnes and Noble)

Stay safe and happy reading!