July is the perfect month to carve out some time for relaxation and fun. Locate a cozy spot at home to read one of these summer books recommended by Emily at Barnes & Noble. And, if you have kids in tow, Ryan from Tulsa Toy Depot recommends several books and games.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains and friends or enemies with the future of their home at stake.
Shiner by Amy Jo Burns
An hour from the closest West Virginia mining town, 15-year-old Wren Bird lives in a cloistered mountain cabin with her parents. They have no car, no mailbox and no visitors except for her mother's lifelong best friend. Every Sunday, Wren's father delivers winding sermons in an abandoned gas station, where he takes up serpents and praises the Lord for his blighted white eye, proof of his divinity and key to the hold he has over the community, over Wren and her mother. But over the course of one summer, a miracle performed by Wren's father quickly turns to tragedy. As the order of her world begins to shatter, Wren must uncover the truth of her father's mysterious legend and her mother's harrowing history.
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
When Astrid Strick witnesses a school bus accident in the center of town, it jostles loose a repressed memory from her young parenting days decades earlier. Suddenly, Astrid realizes she was not quite the parent she thought she'd been to her three, now-grown children. But to what consequence? It might be that only Astrid's 13-year-old granddaughter and her new friend really understand the courage it takes to tell the truth to the people you love the most.
Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza (Card Game)
Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza is as unique as its name. It's a power packed quick and simple party game that is a rowdy cousin to Slap Jack and Irish Snap.
Möbi is the ultimate, fast, fun number game. The goal of the game is to make math equations as quickly as possible and connect them in crossword style grids. Be the first to connect all your tiles and you win! Designed for ages 6 to 106.
Wipe Clean Alphabet by Stacey Lamb
The Wipe-Clean Alphabet Book features letters for children to trace while they practice handwriting and learn their ABC’s. As they follow the lines to form each letter, children will develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. They will experience increased self-esteem while learning each new letter.