Don’t forget, we will be having our book discussion on Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford by Julia Fox this Saturday (October 2nd) at 1pm here in the store. Everyone is welcome to come discuss this non-fiction book about the Tudor court and the reign of Henry the VIII. Let us know if you are picking up a book for the store book discussion and we will give you 10% off.
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If you are looking for a fun read for your elementary or early middle school reader, try one of Roald Dahl’s books. Dahl has written wonderful titles such as James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and countless others. Don’t forget the month of September celebrates Roald Dahl’s works, so be sure to read one of his books before the month is out. Check out his website for more information and fun activities.
I just finished reading Yasmine Galenorn’s book Witchling and I am already dying to read the next book; Witchling is the first book in the Sister of the Moon series. The series starts out with us meeting three sisters, Camille who is a witch, Delilah who is a werecat, and Menolly who is a vampire. The sisters are all part faerie and part human, which tends to reek havoc on their gifts. The girls have been sent to Earth to protect the world from any violent supernaturals, and especially from any demons. Before long, the girls find out that demons have come to Earth and now they are fighting to save their home-world as well as Earth. I definitely read paranormal books for the magic, and Galenorn didn’t let me down. There were several supernatural fights as well as everyday magic use. I also enjoyed the faerie world that Galenorn has created, and I am eager to read more about the Otherworld in the upcoming books. Needless to say, I have already set the next two books aside and can’t wait to start them.
Banned book week takes place September 25th through October 2nd this year. This week celebrates the freedom to read. It never ceases to amaze me the books that are challenged or view unsuitable for the general public to read. I often forget that hundreds of books a year are being pulled out of libraries in our “modern world”. Books such as the Twilight saga, the Harry Potter series, or Catcher in the Rye. No book is safe, as unfortunate as that is, and often the most well written books have been banned at least once. Typically a book is petitioned for removal because of “inappropriate” language, sexuality, violence, or religious implications. The ABFFE, of American Booksellers Foundation For Free Expression, mission is to fight censorship, specifically in regards to books. They have a great website that gives you information about the organization as well as what banned book cases they are involved with.
Here are a few commonly banned or challenged books:
The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
and the list goes on and on…
Another website to check out for more information on banned books is the American Library Associates website.
As you have probably gathered by now, I have several co-workers who are devouring all of Lee Child’s books. One co-worker just finished reading Bad Luck and Trouble by Lee Child, and had nothing but wonderful things to say. I have been told that this is a fantastic addition to the series because Child finally gives you more background information on Reacher. In this book, Reacher has to find his missing elite military team members. Out of the eight team members, four are missing and one has been murdered. Reacher can’t figure out how the best of the best are being capture and murdered. My co-worker enjoyed all of the unique ways that the characters would find to contact Reacher. Being a man with no phone or address, he can be somewhat difficult to get a hold of. Child takes you inside the darker side of human nature with his greedy and self-serving characters, and as always, keeps you turning the pages with the fast pace action. This novel is filled with suspense, leaving you wondering what will happen next.
THE TOMORROW CODE Brian Falkner
This is an author already published in New Zealand making a U.S. debut; and I loved it! It is a children’s science fiction book about two best friends, a boy (artist) and girl (brilliant with math), who get an idea about messages from the future; they get a message which has to be decoded. Both skill sets are required as logic is not the only answer to decode the message. Slightly outrageous, as they win the lotto and buy a mini sub to set out to save the world, but a lovely, fast moving story. The characters are well developed and likable. The enemy bio- weapon is believable. Unlike some stories today, the ending was good. Maybe not so good for very young readers if they might have nightmares about starfish and blobs in fog; but the slightly older reader will enjoy this. I look forward to more from this author.
Thanks for your review Nancy!
I apologize for the mistake, but we will not be reading Little Bee by Chris Cleave in the month of October. We have decided to read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee on October 16th instead. Sorry for the confusion.
We are really excited for the month of October because we are able to have 3 book discussions.
On October 2nd we will be reading Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford by Julia Fox. This is a non-fiction piece about the woman who brought the Boleyn family down, or did she? This is a great historical book that takes you into the Tudor dynasty at its turning point.
On October 16th we will be reading the classic To Kill A MockingBird by Harper Lee. This book is having its 50th anniversary this year, so we decided that was a good enough reason to reread the novel. This is a coming-of-age novel about a girl whose father is defending a black man against a crime he did not commit during a prejudice time in the south.
On October 30th we will be reading Covet by J.R. Ward. This is a paranomal book and the start of the Fallen Angel series. This piece is about a man who becomes a fallen angel and must save the souls of seven people.
And don’t forget, we will be discussing Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen this Saturday, September 18th. All of are discussions take place at 1pm here in the store and everyone is welcome.
I finally started reading the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich, and honestly, I can’t believe I waited this long. The first book in the series is One For the Money. Stephanie has been laid off and is forced to become a bounty hunter in order to pay her rent. Bounty hunting seem like a quick way to make some cash, but Stephanie soon realizes that it is harder than she originally thought. Now she has a crazed professional boxer after her, as well as someone else who is trying to kill her, and the only person who can help her is the one man she needs to bring in. Never fear, Stephanie leans a few things about bounty hunting and gets to accessorize as she goes. This novel is filled with wit and humor. Not to mention, all of the fun mid-1990’s references (I really enjoyed her outfits). This book is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Don’t forget, Sizzling Sixteen came out this summer and all of your favorite characters are swinging back into action. I have been told this book is just as entertaining as the rest of the series, so be sure to check it out.
Last Writes by Sheila Lowe
The forth in the Claudia Rose series is just as compelling as the first three. In this novel, Claudia is drawn into a mystery surrounding the disappearance of a young girl. After viewing the girl’s father’s handwriting on a cryptic note, Claudia decides that she must help find the girl. She and her best friend head into the mountains for an up close and personal opportunity to look at the handwriting of a group involved in a religious cult. Once Claudia reaches the religious group’s compound, she discovers that she only has a few short days to find the girl before she is killed. This book keeps you guessing until the end. If you want to learn about handwriting analysis, this series will keep you on your toes and help you learn along the way.
If you haven’t read Poison Pen, Written In Blood, or Dead Write, do yourself a favor and read them first. While you don’t have to read the series in order, I like the character and relationship development throughout the series.
Thanks Tricia for you review!