What to Read: Book Reviews

Welcome to What to Read by Elementary Connections. I’m Samantha Goodman, a former bookseller with a passion for helping people find the perfect way to unwind. I’ve teamed up with my friends at Elementary Connections to give you some respite from the craziness of life under quarantine. Each week, we’ll recommend books with suggested drink pairings for each title.

The Highlights: This captivating trilogy is set in a dystopian society run by a wealthy Capitol city and consists of twelve poorer districts each surviving independently on their own resource.

This captivating trilogy is set in a dystopian society run by a wealthy Capitol city and consists of twelve poorer districts each surviving independently on their own resource. As a form of punishment, an annual pageant called the Hunger Games is held, pitting one boy and one girl from…

The Highlights: A quirky cast of characters support Ave Maria Mulligan as she discovers the truth of an old family secret that will change her life forever.

Drink Pairing: Italian Red Wine

Review: The first in a series by Trigiani, I was consumed by these books for a period of my teenage years. Set in Big Stone Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the story follows 35-year old Ave Maria Mulligan, a self-proclaimed spinster. She’s resigned herself to being…

The Highlights: teenage cousins spending the summer on their family’s island compound are free to do as they please while the adults struggle to recover from a devastating incident that took place the year previously

Drink Pairing: Corona beer

Synopsis: This YA novel will have you reminiscing on summers past, where the days stretched out endlessly, the nights were filled with bonfires on the beach and parties lasted until sunrise. The central characters in this thriller, the Liars, have a secret they aren’t sharing with you and it…

The Highlights: YA coming-of-age story filled with heartbreaks, romances, and major life lessons

Drink Pairing: Arctic Summer hard seltzers

Synopsis: Haven is lost and unsure of where or how to fit in. She used to look to her big sister for guidance, but that’s not an option this summer and things seem to be changing too quickly. When her sister’s old boyfriend comes back into the picture, she’s…