Cool books to warm you this fall and winter | Kitsap Living

Summer is a busy time, and unless you’re waiting for an airplane or lying in the sun, chances are you haven’t had time to pick up a book and read.

Take advantage of the days getting shorter and the temperatures getting colder and snuggle up with some hot tea, or the beverage of your choice, and get reading.

Here are suggestions from the staff at Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo and Bremerton.

• “The Half-Drowned King” by Linnea Hartsuyker. Publisher: Harper Collins. According to the publisher, this book is “an exhilarating saga of the Vikings that conjures a brutal, superstitious, and thrilling ninth-century world and the birth of a kingdom — the debut installment in a historical literary trilogy that combines the bold imagination and sweeping narrative power of ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Vikings,’ and ‘Outlander.’ ”

• “Love and Other Consolation Prizes” by Jamie Ford. The author graduated from South Kitsap High School and the story is set at the Seattle 1909 World’s Fair. Publisher: Ballantine.

• “Artemis” by Andy Weir. The bestselling author of “The Martian” returns with a new near-future thriller — a heist story set on the moon. Publisher: Crown.

• “A Column of Fire,” by Ken Follett. A return to Kingsbridge Cathedral. Publisher: Viking.

• “The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye,” by David Lagercrantz, a new Lisbeth Salander crime novel. Publisher: Knopf.

• “The Girl in the Tower,” by Katherine Arden. This is book two in the Winternight trilogy, a Russian folk tale. Publisher: Del Rey.

• “Godsgrave,” by Jay Kristoff. Book two in the Nevernight chronicles. Themes: fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk. Publisher: St. Martins Press.

• “Sourdough,” by Robin Sloan. According to Amazon: Lois, a software engineer at a San Francisco robotics company is no baker, “but she could use a roommate, even if it is a needy colony of microorganisms. Soon, not only is she eating her own homemade bread, she’s providing loaves daily to [her company] cafeteria. The company chef urges her to take her product to the farmer’s market, and a whole new world opens up.

“When Lois comes before the jury that decides who sells what at Bay Area markets, she encounters a close-knit club with no appetite for new members. But then, an alternative emerges: a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology. But who are these people, exactly?” Publisher: FSG.

To find out more about these books, visit Liberty Bay Books, 18881 D Front St., Poulsbo,, 360-779-5909; in Bremerton, 409 Pacific Ave. Suite 202, Bremerton, 360-626-3430.