Books-A-Million, Inc. (NASDAQ:BAMM), announced today its list of best books to finish your vacation with. As the summer comes to a close, the company offers unique insights and fresh perspectives on books new or coming to the market. Senior buyer, Margaret Terwey, compiled a list of books that should be on everyone’s vacation reading list. The list features a number of favorite authors, yet also has a host of lesser known ones worth exploring that come highly recommended by one of Books-A-Million’s most senior buyers.

“It’s my job to curate a diverse collection of books for our customers,” said Margaret Terwey, Senior Fiction Buyer. “Some are on the list because the authors have proven time and again as favorites of our customers, while others are there to provide new options we hope will spur our customers to find an author they haven’t experienced before,” she stated.

Topping the list is ‘Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, better known as J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame. This murder mystery set in London is the follow up to the wildly popular, ‘Cuckoo’s Calling.’ Again featuring detective Cormoran Strike and his young assistant, Robin Ellacott, this installment finds them hot on the trail of another killer. The story twists at every turn, and offers Galbraith’s full array of characters that jump off the page.

If you’re looking for something to take you back to memories of reading to your children, try ‘Goodnight June .’ Author Sarah Jio takes readers on a suspenseful, yet heartfelt journey into the pages of the beloved children’s classic, ‘Goodnight Moon,’ when she inherits her great-aunt’s struggling bookstore and discovers letters between her great-aunt and the late author, Margaret Wise Brown.

“Quite possibly the highlight of one’s vacation could be Erika Johansen’s ‘The Queen of the Tearling,’” said Terwey. This novel tells the story of a young princess who must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness. This spectacular debut is the first novel in a trilogy that is sure to entertain readers everywhere.

For commentary and thoughts on the complexities of the American experience, try ‘Fourth of July Creek’ from first time novelist Smith Henderson, who the New York Times offers comparisons to legendary author, Cormac McCarthy. Or, for the softer side, pick up Dorothea Benton Frank’s ‘The Hurricane Sisters.’ Set in the sultry, magical Carolina Lowcountry, this is the tale of three generations of Southern women whose lives are as tumultuous as the storms that hit coastal Carolina.

Margaret’s complete curation of vacation books are:
  • Gone Girl,’ by Gillian Flynn
  • Hurricane Sisters,’ by Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Goodnight June,’ by Sarah Jio
  • Silkworm,’ by Robert Galbraith
  • Fourth of July Creek,’ by Henderson Smith
  • Summer House with Swimming Pool,’ by Herman Koch
  • The Queen of the Tearling,’ by Erika Johansen
  • Vacationers,’ by Emma Straub
  • Girls of August,’ by Anne Rivers Siddons
  • Landline,’ by Rainbow Rowell

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About Books-A-Million, Inc.

Books-A-Million, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading book retailers and sells on the Internet at The Company presently operates 258 stores in 33 states and the District of Columbia. The Company operates large superstores under the names Books-A-Million (BAM!), Books & Co. and 2nd & Charles and traditional bookstores operating under the names Bookland and Books-A-Million. Also included in the Company’s retail operations is the operation of Yogurt Mountain Holding, LLC, a retailer and franchisor of self-serve frozen yogurt stores with 41 locations. The Company also develops and manages commercial real estate investments through its subsidiary, Preferred Growth Properties. The common stock of Books-A-Million, Inc. is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol BAMM. For more information, visit the Company’s corporate website at

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