How to Train a Wild Elephant and Other Adventures in Mindfulness by Jan Chozen Bays is a great way to learn how to bring mindfulness and mediation into your everyday life. The book is comprised of simple exercises for each week of the year that are geared towards finding ways to be happier. The activities are as simple as taking three deep breaths before answering a phone. This book really helps you to slow your mind down and appreciate the things that we do daily. It is also a good way to help reduce the stress that comes along with daily life. What I loved about this book is that it works great as a reference. I like to open the book and read a page as a gentle reminder to bring mindfulness into my life.
Road Rash by Mark Huntley Parsons is a fantastic contemporary young adult novel. Anyone looking for witty characters with engaging dialogue and a fun story should read this book. Zach is ready to rock his way through summer with his band, and best of all they have a steady local venue where they will get paid to play. It seems great until his band kicks him out, leaving him without his best friend and a summer filled with manual labor. Thankfully Kimber, his ex-best friend’s younger sister, has been surprisingly supportive and nice. She keeps telling him that he is a great drummer and things will turn around, and she could be right. The towns best local band wants him to be their new drummer and tour the northern Rockies playing shows all summer. This could be the best summer yet!
I loved this book! Zach was an entertaining character who you instantly become attached to. The interactions between characters are fantastic. He and Kimber are adorable and a fresh new love story to read about. I also love how mature Zach is. He is wise beyond his years, which is great because everyone else needed someone who is stable to make things work. I am not a fan of rock star books, but Parsons made even a reluctant music fan fall in love with his story. He uses enough drummer jargon to make you believe Zach, but not too much to overwhelm the reader. This is my staff pick for the month of April and it is sure to win over anyone who reads it.
We had another fabulous book festival this year. Our booth had almost 50 authors for book signings and it was wonderful. We would like to thank all of the amazing authors who join as well as all of our staff and volunteers. Here is a brief look at who was at our booth. Some of the authors were missed in pictures because sometimes things were just a little crazy.