GET LOST!

It’s just something about turning the pages of a good book and something even more special about exploring great book stores. If you are anything like me, getting lost in a book happens more often these days. 
I’m kicking off April with a mission to read as many books as possible. Busboys & Poets in Shirlington came highly recommended as it’s known for being a great place for readers and thinkers. What I love most about Busboys is their huge passion for supporting local writers and artists! On their current must-read list, you will find Home Is Not A Country by Safia Elhillo, a local Rockville, MD native. This book is about finding yourself and learning from your family in the most unexpected ways.

This month, readers all over the DMV are raving about these great Busboys & Poets finds. I could have spent the whole day in the shop just lounging around with cocktails and reading great books. Here are a few more of my recommendations:

  • How To Find Love In A Bookstore – By Veronica Henry
  • The Revisioners – By Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
  • The Prophets – By Robert Jones, Jr.

Next stop, the Amazon Bookstore in Bethesda and the new Barnes & Noble in Rockville. The Amazon Bookstore does a great job highlighting each month’s best sellers along with quick reviews for each book. Barnes & Noble has a great selection and you can easily find yourself getting lost in the aisles browsing for hours. I stocked up on some goodies that I can’t wait to start reading:

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – By Gail Honeyman
  • Mexican Gothic – By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Four Hundred Souls – By Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

In a hurry and don’t have time to browse around?! Order online and easily pick-up in store at each of these locations. My hope is you are just as excited about these as I am!


Samantha E is a creative Washingtonian consultant with a keen eye for details. After growing up in Arkansas she ventured to North Carolina where she earned her bachelor’s in business administration from Bennett College for Women. Samantha then moved to the district to pursue her professional career in business development, she started the Samantha E brand and blog as a creative outlet along the way. She has an extensive background in visual imagery and brand story consulting with a passion for helping others show up in the most visionary way. Samantha E’s value lies in the ability to collaborate with clients to create a breathtaking story for people and brands. She has worked in retail and the personal styling world for major brands like Banana Republic, Gap and Trunk Club. When she is not creating content over on Samantha E  you’ll find her on IG at S.E.COLE, eating her way through different cities, exploring the outdoors and cooking yummy meals at home.