Trivia Answer

Answer:  Graveminder by Melissa Marr.  This is Marr’s first adult fantasy novel and is a great read.  She is most known for her young adult faeries series Wicked Lovely, which is a fabulous YA read.

For a complete review on Graveminder check out our blog post from June 6th.  You can also visit Melissa Marr’s official website to learn more about the author.  She has an entire page filled with funny interview questions that she has been asked.

Stop in the store or order online at mostlybooksaz.com for  your copy.  You can also download this as an e-book from our site if you want to read it immediately.

Radio Shangri-la

On Thursday, July 28th, we had the chance to sit-in and listen to Lisa Napoli speak about her new book Radio Shangri-la:  What I learn in Bhutan the Happiest Kingdom on Earth.  It was such a good time.  We learn about Bhutan, a kingdom that is rarely discussed, her book, and the plight of many of the residents, which is even more rarely discussed than the country.

Lisa was kind enough to write a few words to those of you who were unable to attend her discussion.

Hi Tucson:
I’m sorry I missed you at the library stops I made this week, but thankfully, Mostly Books has some signed copies of my book, Radio Shangri-la, on hand.  It’s about how I left my job in public radio to travel halfway around the world to help start a youth oriented radio station at the dawn of democratic rule in the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, and how media and commercialism are rapidly changing life there.

It’s a great gift for anyone who: has ever had a mid-life crisis, likes to travel, wishes they could run away, and all of the above. Or, for your many locals who are working with the Bhutanese population in Tucson (that’s another far more complicated issue that isn’t covered in my book.)

If you haven’t seen a photo of Bhutan’s King and his intended, here you go.  They are going to marry in October (after the royal astrologers calculate the most appropriate date.)  You aren’t likely to hear as much about it as you did about the British royals.  For the same reasons you haven’t heard a lot about the refugees from this so-called “happiest place on earth” who are resettling in communities like yours.  Feel free to write to me for details: lisa@lisanapoli.com

If you would like more information on Lisa, check out her official website or watch one of her interviews on you tube.

Trivia Question

Here is your end of the week trivia question:

Identify the author and works from the passage below.

“Instead of continuing reading the next entry, she turned to the end of the most recent journal and began to write:  ‘Daisha was the first dead girl I met…’ ”

Leave your answer as a comment and check back on Sunday to see if you were correct.

August Book Discussions

There are so many great books out right now that we have decided to add two more reading groups to our schedule.  We now have a non-fiction group that will meet on the first Saturday of every month, a romance group for the second Saturday of every month, a general fiction group for the third Saturday of every month, and a young adult group for the fourth Saturday of every month.  All of the groups will meet at 1 PM, and as always, everyone is welcome to attend.  There is also a mystery group that meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:30 PM (this time may change to 7 PM starting in September).  If you have a book suggestion for any of the groups, please let us know.

Here is what we will be reading for the month of August.

 August 6th Non-Fiction group will be reading The Power of Babel by John McWhorter

August 13th Romance group will be reading You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister

August 20th General Fiction group will be reading The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry

August 24th Wednesday Mystery group will be reading Leave No Trace by Hannah Nyala

August 27th Young Adult group will be reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

If you would like to see what the groups will be reading for other months, please check our website at mostlybooksaz.com.

Trivia Answer

Answer:  Robert Frost.  A must read classic poem is Frost’s famous one entitled “The Road Not Taken,” which is still continually referred to in today’s world.  Frost introduced us to a new style of poetry and has been quoted by T. S. Eliot as “the most eminent, the most distinguished Anglo-American poet now living”.  It is also worth noting that Frost is the only writer in history to have been awared four Pulitzer Prizes.  Purchase a collection of Frost’s poems online at our webstite mostlybooksaz.com or stop in the store.

July Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the end of July:

1  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

2  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

3  The Help by Kathryn Stockett

4  A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

5  A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

6  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

7  Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

8  The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry

9  Graveminder by Melissa Marr

10  Betrayal of Trust by J. A. Jance

Trivia Question

Here is your end of the week trivia question:

Identify the author

This American poet was asked to compose a poem and read it at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961.  When the sun’s glare prevented him from reading the poem at the occasion, he instead recited “The Gift Outright” from memory.

Leave your answer as a comment and check back to see if you were correct.

The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean

The Wave:  In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean by Susan Casey is an amazing read (However, you may not want to read this while you are relaxing on the beach since it paints a pretty violent look at waves.)  Casey looks at the myth of 100 feet high (or higher) waves, the surfers who seek these waves out, and the missing ships that are taken down by these waves in her non-fiction book.  This book is filled with interviews from world famous surfers and scientist to help look at this incredible phenomenon and prove that these ginormous waves do indeed exist.  Casey’s presents complex theories and math equations, but puts things into a language that anyone would be able to understand and enjoy.  Overall, this was an incredibly fascinating read that  attempts to make sense out of the unpredictable actions of nature.