Firefly Lane
by Kristin Hannah

I’ve been pulling this one from the shelves a lot. I only have 11 seconds between loading up each item, but throughout the last few days of 12-hour shifts, I sometimes catch a glimpse of a back cover blurb, like the Seattle Times calling this book “TERRIFIC.” Sounds exciting!

Where The Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens

I don’t know much about this one, but Kathryn was caught trying to steal a copy of it during our daily frisking. I know Kathryn from our previous job in an independent bookstore, and she wouldn’t risk immediate termination for any boring story. Get your book club talking with this one!

A Time for Mercy
by John Grisham

I caught Jeremy talking about this thriller in the break room during our 30-minute unpaid lunch break, but I was clear across our giant warehouse when it began, so I only had a few minutes to eat and no time to ask him any questions. Still, for one of my co-workers to be talking about a book instead of the latest way they got hurt on the job, it must be a page-turner!

The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

Going to the bathroom means you fall behind on your minute-by-minute rate of fulfilled orders, so we in the warehouse try not to drink water during our shift. If I absolutely need to hydrate, though, I’ve hidden a water bottle behind this book. Can you go wrong with Colson Whitehead? No! Don’t miss out!

When We Believed in Mermaids
by Barbara O’Neal

You know what I used to believe in? Coffee, back when I could just refill my mug behind the counter in the old store. Today, all we have is a vending machine stocked with painkillers. Sometimes I walk fifteen miles in one day — I mean, Barbara does it again!

The Stand
by Stephen King

Been hearing a lot about the twists and turns in this classic by the King of Horror, so please buy this book for your Kindle. Emphasis on “for your Kindle” because the print version is a 1,100-page brick and my back hurts so, so much. Would it kill them to give us a few breaks throughout the day? We’re not robots. Anyway, get ready to lose sleep over this one!

American Dirt
by Jeanine Cummins

I guess this one is controversial, but when I get home at night I’m too tired to try to learn why. Amazon is a trillion-dollar company run by the richest man in the world, and this is one for the shelf!

The Silent Patient
by Alex Michaelides

I’d recommend any book that looks like this one if you can’t waste time going to the restroom. When the urine splashes off the lip of my pee bottle, you can barely notice the stains against the pale yellow cover. You won’t be able to put this one down!

The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

I know this book has been out for a while, but I’ve been recommending it ever since I worked in the indie store down the street. If that place were still in business, I’d tell all my customers about the novel in person. A great read!