Halloween Reads

Happy Halloween!  Here are some books to get you  in the creepy, crawl, oh so scary mood.

Dracula by Bram Stoker:  The classic vampire tale set in Transylvania, with the famous Dracula and Van Helsing.  If you are looking for a Gothic Victorian tale, then this is the book for you.  Find out where today’s vampire mania began.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Steve Hockensmith:  Elizabeth and Darcy are now newlyweds, but are unable to have a honeymoon due to the zombies that have infiltrated their village.  While out defending the town, Darcy is attacked leaving Elizabeth to find the antidote in London.

The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe: A classic American Gothic writer who brought us the frightful tales such as, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, and of course “The Raven”.  How can you not enjoy mysterious beating hearts, madness, and haunting ravens.

Trick or Treat Murder by Leslie Meier:  Lucy is busy preparing for the Halloween festivities when an arsonist decides to set fire to Tinker’s Cove.  Full o f ghostly galas and murder.

And of course you have the entire paranormal romance and horror genre that would be perfect to read tonight.  Authors such as J. R. Ward, Yasmine Galenorn, Charlaine Harris, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and countless authors.  Happy reading.

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The Last Olympian

The final chapter to the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan is The Last Olympian. The unavoidable war between the Titans and the Olympians is about to take place.  Kronos heads to New York City to attack the unprotected Mount Olympus (why yes, the gods do live above the Empire State building) while the Olympians attempt to control the monster Typhon.  Meanwhile, Percy and his gang of demigods set out to stop Kronos and protect Mount Olympus.  In this exciting conclusion we also learn the fate of Percy and his prophecy.  I have been told that the final battle with Kronos is very intense and is sure to have you glued to the book.  However, a large portion of the book focuses on Percy and all of the tasks he completes prior to the fight with Kronos, making it less about the final battle and more about the characters.  All and all, this is a wonderful series to read for all ages.  If you are looking for a book to get your child into reading, give this series a try.  It is full of suspense and humor to keep your child craving more.  The series has been incredibly popular since last winter and everyone that I have talked to has loved it.

Covet-Book Discussion

Just a reminder, we will be discussing J. R. Ward’s book Covet Saturday October 30th at 1pm.  This is the first book in Ward’s  paranormal romance Fallen Angels series and should get us all in the mood for Halloween.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

If you have a book that you would like us to discuss, please feel free to tell us.  We are always looking for more books.

The White Tiger

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Written from the perspective of a former driver, now entrepreneur, this tale of India is both entertaining and disturbing. Starting in the Darkness; the interior of India where landlords still rule, every aspect of life is controlled, and children are sold into servitude; continuing to Delhi and then Bangalore, the main character, Balram, is writing a letter to the Premier of China. He is trying to explain all the things that the government of India will not show him on his visit. The poverty throughout is devastating. The caste system still exists and (unless you are willing to kill your master) no one can escape it. As the story unfolds, Balram explains why he had to kill his master and makes excuses for the murder, bribes and all the other things he does on his way to success. The White Tiger won the Booker award for fiction and many book groups are reading it. It was a quick read but much of it, will stay with me.

Thanks Tricia!

The Battle of the Labyrinth

The fourth book in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan is The Battle of the Labyrinth. The tension is growing between Kronos and the Olympians and it seems like the war is coming.  Percy and his friends head out to the labyrinth in hopes of stopping Kronos’s border invasions.  To make things even more interesting, before Percy leaves school a new student appears and is being chased by demon cheerleaders.  It seems that things are just going to get worse from here on out.  Don’t worry, the suspense and humor continues on even in the fourth book.  At this point in the series the characters are really starting to develop and come into their own, allowing the reader to become even more attached to the story.  Most of the people that I have talked to said they had to hurry and pick-up the fifth book to find out the exciting conclusion.

Three Weeks to Say Goodbye

C. J. Box    Three Weeks to Say Goodbye

This is a completely different writing subject than the gritty wilderness series about Joe Pickett.   The lead couple has adopted a baby girl who is being taken away from them.  In the attempt to keep the baby, we get into political wrongdoing, gangs and worse.  This is not for the faint of heart; but is extremely well written and we are with the parents, particularly the father, every step of the way.  Having read the full earlier series this was a surprise, but a welcome one.  CJ Box doesn’t lose his touch just because we aren’t in the wilderness any more; he is equally at home with the city life and the suspense doesn’t quit.  Now he is on my list no matter what he writes.

Thanks Nancy!

October Bestsellers

Here are our top sellers as of mid-October.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

Naked Heat by Richard Castle

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Huck by Janet Elder

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

61 Hours by Lee Child

9   Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race by Jon Stewart and the Daily Show

10  Worth Dying For by Lee Child

As a side note, we have absolutely love Richard Castle’s newest novel, Naked Heat.  If you enjoy watching the ABC show Castle, then checkout Heat Wave and Naked Heat.  The books are written in a similar fashion to the show.  It is funny and witty, with just enough tension between Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook to make you keep reading.

The Titan’s Curse

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan is the third book in the Percy Jackson series.  In this book, Percy gets a distress call from his friend Grover and prepares himself for battle.  Once he meets up with Grover he learns of the discovery of two new powerful half-bloods, as well as learning that Kronos has kidnapped the goddess Artemis.  Now, Percy must find Artemis  before the winter solstice so that she can help influence the Olympian Counsel when they vote on the Titan war issue.  On top of looking for the missing goddess, Percy must also help track down the monster that Artemis was hunting before something devastating happens.   Once again, this is an action packed story where the suspense will have you frantically turning the pages.  I have been told that this is a bit darker story than the first two books in the series.  However, Riordan still found a way to make the tale humorous .

Elephant and Piggie

If you are looking for  a book to read with your preschooler or even up to your third grader, check out some of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books.  They are just great little stories.

Pigs Make Me Sneeze!

In this story, Gerald is convinced that he is allergic to Piggie.  Well, this just can not be.  Gerald sets out for the doctor where he thankfully learns that he only has a cold.  Now he can remain friends with Piggie.  Poor Gerald works himself into a panic that is sure to have your kids snickering along.  In fact, I found it hard to not smile and smirk while reading this book.

Can I Play Too?

Gerald and Piggie decided that they want to play catch.  As they are getting read to play, a new friend appears and wants too play as well.  Gerald and Piggie are a bit hesitant since their new friend is a snake, (whose has no arms!).  After several failed attempts, the three find a way where they can all play.  Once again, this is sure to bring smiles and giggles as you read the tale.  The illustrations are just perfect for the story.  They are simple, but still manage to convey the appropriate emotions.  A wonderful read.

Order Online Books from Mostly Books

Check out our newly remodeled store website.  The address has changed to mostlybooksaz.com, but our old web address will redirect you.  At our new site you can now purchase books or e-books (formatted for all e-readers) online. You are also able to see our current events for the store and find out what the staff of Mostly Books has been reading.  We are very excited for our new site, and hope you have a chance to take a peak.

Don’t forget, we will be having our second book discussion of the month tomorrow at 1pm.  We will be discussing Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird.