Trivia Question

Here is your end of the week trivia question, and since we only have two more days to celebrate banned book week the trivia question is once again a banned book.

What was the number one banned childern’s book for the year 2010.

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

Bestsellers

Here are our end of September bestsellers.

1  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

2  That Used To Be Us:  How America Fell Behind in the World it Invented and How We Can Come Back by Thomas Friedman

3  Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

4  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

5  The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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

7  The Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

8  The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

9  Heat Rises by Richard Castle

10  Skippyjon Jones Class Action by Judy Schachner

Mostly Books Tid-bits

We will be having our 23rd anniversary party this Saturday starting at 1 PM.  We are also going to be celebrating the end of banned book week, and will have a few local authors reading a short passage from their favorite banned book with a brief discussion to follow (readings will begin at 1 PM).  Join us for some fun, food, and giveaways.  We have also been busy remodeling the store, so stop in and see our new look.

Banned book week this year is September 24th- October 1st.  Be sure to go out and fight censorship by reading a banned book.  Check out the ALA website for a list of frequently banned or challenged book.  A few of the most popular banned books for 2010 are:  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Crank by Ellen Hopkins, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, just to name a few.

We are also getting excited for the last installment of the Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini and are offering a 25% discount to anyone who stops in the store and pre-orders Inheritance.  This offer is good until November 1st so hurry in to reserve you copy today.  (The book will be on the shelves November 8th.)

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher is an incredible teen read.  Clay receives a package of 7 cassette tapes with 13 sides recorded.  The package has no return address, but once Clay begins listening to the cassettes he realizes that the person speaking is Hannah, the girl who committed suicide two weeks ago.  She goes on to tell her listeners that if they received the cassette tapes, then in some way they were partially responsible for her killing herself.  Naturally, Clay believes it was a mistake that he received the package, but he keeps listening to all of the tales of the other 12 people involved to find out if he did do something to hurt Hannah.

This is one of the best teen reads I have read this year.  It is a haunting tale with such unique voices that will instantly capture your attention and hold it till the last page.  As you read the story, you can relate to Clay who both wants to continue listening to the cassette tapes, but is growing more afraid to find out about the “crimes” of  his classmates.  Asher does such a great job of showing Hannah’s perception of events that to some extend you find yourself understanding why she is so depressed (however, you also find yourself wishing she would have found help from someone); he did such a great job of giving Hannah her voice and making her real.  I was amazed at how interesting this book turned out to be since it was based on a single night of listening to cassettes, but Asher did a fabulous job and I would highly recommend this book.

Trivia Question

Here is your end of the week trivia question:

Identify the title and author from the clues below.  (Hint:  Each book has been repeatedly challenged or banned in some public sphere-banned book week is September 24th til October 1st.)

The A of H F, by M T

The L of the F, by W G

To K a M. by H L

Of M and M, by J S

Book Discussions

Here are our next book discussion:

September 24th– The young adult group will be reading Sarah Dessen’s novel, Just Listen.

Septebmer 28th– The 4th Wednesday mystery group will be reading Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s novel, My Soul to Take.

October 8th–  The romance group will be reading Karen Marie Moning’s novel, Darkfever.

October 15th- The fiction group will be reading Philippa Gregory’s novel, The Red Queen.

Join us as we chat about books.  The Saturday groups all meet at 1 PM and the Wednesday group meets at 7 PM.

Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel

Harlan Coben writes his first novel for the young adults.  He takes a minor character from his last book, Live Wire, making him the main character in Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel.  Fifteen-year-old Mickey Bolitar has gone through a tragedy.  His father has died in a car accident.  In the aftermath, his mother has turned to drugs and is now in rehab forcing Mickey to move in with his uncle Myron.  He is in a new city going to a new school.

Ashley is also new to the school.  Because of their circumstances, Mickey and Ashley become fast friends.  After several weeks Ashley disappears.  The mystery begins.

Walking to school each day, Mickey passes an old house where an old lady, nicknamed “The Bat Lady,” lives.  Who is she?  Will we find out?

Mickey has made other friends.  Spoon is the son of the school janitor.  Ema is an overweight goth, dressing in black.  Rachel is an attractive girl who is  attracted to Mickey, and who seems to be connected to Ashley’s disappearance.

There are a few events in Shelter that stretch believability.  One is where Spoon’s dad, the school janitor, loans Spoon his keys so they can get into the school after it is closed.  The second, near the end of the book, Mickey, Ema, and Rachel are able to enter a go-go dance club through the front door.  Three tenth graders are allowed into this club.  But both of these are essential to the plot.

The plot is compelling.  I finished one chapter, and I immediately wanted to know what the next chapter had to say.

Shelter is a very good book, and I strongly recommend it for young adult readers who enjoy mysteries.

Thanks Howard for you review!

Stork Raving Mad

Donna Andrews’ Meg Langslow series is such a delightful and entertaining read.  Stork Raving Mad has Meg frantically preparing for the birth of her twins when the head of the English department is murdered, in her house no less.  Now her house is a crime scene and she has countless house guess,  making her restful pregnancy non-existent.  The only way to bring order to the chaos is to solve the murder, and fast.

Andrews creates such fun and witty characters who find themselves in all sorts of amusing mishaps.  This is one cozy mystery that is sure to have you smirking throughout the entire novel.   If you are looking for a new lighthearted mystery writer, be sure to give Donna Andrews a try.