vol. 45 / oasis

vol. 45 / oasis 📚

VOL. 45  /  OASIS

Whether you are traveling or working this summer, the quiet joy of reading fills the time in between with transcendent escape.

This week, we tapped local experts for their tips on the perfect summer reading titles. Browse this volume attentively...

Ready, set, read!


tales for kids

Though they are best known for their children's book selection, bbgb actually caters to booklovers of all ages. We've frequented this vibrant, darling bookstore for ages - they always know which read to recommend. We asked owner Jill Stefanovich for her summer reading best.

What the kids are reading / The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr. Think magic, humor, heartbreak… oh, and dragons.

Current fiction fav / Varina by Charles Frazier takes the perspective of Jefferson Davis' wife before and after the Civil War.

Let’s read local / Any book from Steven Smith’s Virginia Mysteries series. You’ll recognize these Richmond settings... spooky.

Two chances to treat the kiddos / Read 8 books before August 30 to earn a free cookie from Sugar & Twine, or enter their bike giveaway!






In the city of Richmond alone, there are nine public libraries, and even more in the surrounding counties. Our favorite happens to be the brand new Libbie Mill Library located in Henrico County. We also hear great things about the Varina branch.

There’s no better feeling than leaving the library with an armful of awaiting adventures. As for what to read? This summer, the libraries are featuring PBS's The Great American Read, celebrating America's 100 most beloved novels, spanning everything from Pride and Prejudice to Ready Player One. See how many you've already read and find some fresh ideas.

Now, where to read your library finds? Try a shady spot in Forest Hill Park, posting up on a soft picnic blanket (with snacks, of course).





Next up, we head downtown to Shockoe Slip for all the suggestions and a pair of killer events from our friends at the Fountain Bookstore. They found some gems...

Kids' picture book of the summer / Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak and illustrated by Julian Frost. The title says it all.

Best summer cookbook / Cool Smoke: The Art of Great Barbecue by Tuffy Stone, local author and owner of Q Barbeque restaurants.

Current fiction fav / Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer, in which Obama and Biden partner up Holmes-Watson style to solve murder mysteries. (What?!)

Secret Richmond reading nook / Scuffletown Park

Must-attend events / August 4, Amber Tamblyn reads from Any Man. / August 22, Christina Dalcher debuts her novel Vox, which is going to be huge and is drawing comparisons to The Handmaid's Tale.



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