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Blind Date with a Book guest Nicole Brinkley

Today, we’re setting up Nicole Brinkley, bookseller and manager at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY, where she is the resident specialist in children’s literature and SciFi/Fantasy. Nicole is also host of the Misshelved podcast, which puts independent booksellers in conversation with authors they love.

Recently, Nicole read and loved Year of the Witching and A Spindle Splintered. She loves autumn and is impressed by other people’s generosity with their friends. She could give an on-the-spot TED talk about why frontline booksellers should make more money (We agree!).

Nicole wants to expand her reading list outside of her usual genres, and we’re more than happy to help. Press play to discover which books this industrious bookseller chooses!

Book recommendations for Blind Date with a Book guest Nicole Brinkley

Round 1 Picks

Neon Gods by Katee Robert

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, edited by Kate Bernheimer

Well Matched by Jen DeLuca

Round 2 Picks

The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina by Zoraida Cordova

White Is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Kill the Farm Boy by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne

Featured Bookstores

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Lit. Bar, Bronx, NY

Pilsen Community Books, Chicago, IL

Published by Kristen Evans

Kristen Evans is a culture writer and content strategist with a background in non-profit development. You can find her work in The Believer, Brooklyn Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Literary Hub, and NYLON, among other outlets. Please talk to her about books on Twitter, where she spends too much time tweeting as @paperalphabet.