General blog posts

Joy Interviews Ellen Hopkins, author of CLOSER TO NOWHERE

I first met Ellen Hopkins in person about a decade ago, introduced by a mutual friend at a writer’s conference. I was very new to this industry then, my first YA novel about to come out, basically in awe of getting to talk to someone whose work I so very much admired. Here’s the thing about Ellen that her fans know: She is the real deal: passionate and intense and kind and always willing to pay it forward if she can. Many #kidlit authors are, actually, but Ellen is particularly generous with her time and friendship, and I’ve always appreciated this more than I can say.

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ISBN: 9780593108611
Availability: Coming Soon - Pre-Order Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2020

9/22 - CLOSED TODAY for Inclement Weather!

Today is the perfect day to stay inside, stay cozy, and read some good books! We'll see you folks soon!

Now Opening For Appointments!

We are now opening for limited appointment slots! Please read through the directions and call to book your appointment today!


The Werewolves Are Howling Again: Joy Interviews Romina Garber, author of LOBIZONA

One of the best things about being a bookseller is getting to read books months before they publish. We received Advanced Reader Copies of LOBIZONA back in Winter of 2019, so I’ve been excited about the book for a long time now - the kind of excited anticipation that helps get a girl through a pandemic. Especially because werewolves are back - this time with Argentinian folklore!

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ISBN: 9781250239129
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wednesday Books - August 4th, 2020

Author Jean Kyoung Frazier Recommends Books and Bites

Author Jean Kyoung Frazier offers book and bites recommendations to celebrate the debut novel, PIZZA GIRL, available now!

If you’re anything like me, you like eating and you like reading. If you’re a lot like me, they may be your two favorite things to do, especially at the same time.

Below, check out some books I’ve read and loved recently, some snacks that will only make them better.

HOMIE by Danez Smith / Salt and Vinegar chips

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ISBN: 9780385545723
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Doubleday - June 9th, 2020

Pre-Order Katherine Center's WHAT YOU WISH FOR, get a free READ FOR JOY journal!

Pre-order Katherine Center's new novel WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

The first 50 pre-orders will receive a free READ FOR JOY journal! 

And mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 7:00pm CST for our virtual book launch event with Katherine Center, in conversation with Taylor Jenkins Reid.

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ISBN: 9781250219367
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - July 14th, 2020

Brazos is returning to CURBSIDE PICKUP and SHIPPED ORDERS only!

Due to the growing severity of the COVID situation in Houston, Brazos Bookstore will no longer be open to the public.

We will be returning to CURBSIDE PICKUP & SHIPPED ORDERS only for the foreseeable future, beginning tomorrow, Saturday, June 27.

The safety of our staff and customers is of the utmost importance at this time and it is crucial that we do our part in urging folks to STAY HOME and STAY SAFE!

Joy Interviews Zoraida Córdova, author of THE WAY TO RIO LUNA

I’ve been a fan of Zoraida Córdova’s YA novels since the beginning, so I’m always on the lookout for her newest titles. But what an extra treat to find that she has also dipped her writerly toes in the world of middle grade novels with THE WAY TO RIO LUNA, her newest fantasy out this week from Scholastic. It's got this great classic Narnia sort of feel, with secrets lands and adventures and gently scary villains - perfect for younger middle schoolers and up!

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ISBN: 9781338239546
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - June 2nd, 2020

2020 Adult Bookmark Contest WINNERS!

Our Kid’s Bookmark Contest has been a beloved Brazos tradition for many years. This year we decided to create a contest for adults as well! Our staff was absolutely blown away by the talent and creativity of our participants in the 2020 Adult Bookmark Contest! There were so many amazing designs submitted and we would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who explored their creativity through this contest and shared their results with us!

Lyric Reviews EAVESdrop by Sarah Riggs

Before the word “eavesdrop” meant someone who listens from under the eaves, the word referred to the drip of water from the overhang of a roof of a dwelling structure. Riggs begins her book of poems, EAVESDROP, with a nod to this original meaning: “The sky / falls furiously and softly / a window with a ledge with eyes looking through it.” From there, Riggs’s poems constellate into cooperative acts of art including dance, translation, drawing, and citation.

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ISBN: 9781946104236
Availability: Backordered
Published: Chax Press - May 1st, 2020