New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the past couple of weeks:

The Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella

Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende

Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris  (This is the 2nd book in the Unraveling series)

The Elite by Kiera Cass (This is the 2nd book in the Selection Trilogy)

How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel by Cressida Cowell (This is the 10th book in the How To Train Your Dragon series)

Judgment Call by JA Jance (paperback)

Gold by Chris Cleave (paperback)

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (paperback)


New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the past couple of weeks:

Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

Trident K9 Warriors:  My Tales From the Training Ground to Battlefield With Elite Navy SEAL Canines by Michael Ritland

Dead Silence (the latest novel in the Body Finder series) by Kimberly Derting

Fyre (Book 7 in the Septimus Heap series) by Angie Sage



April’s Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the middle of April:

1  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

2  Gulp:  Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

3  Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

4  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

5  Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

6  Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

7  Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

8  Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

9  The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

10  The Walking Dead, Book 1 by Robert Kirkman

American Sniper

Chris Kyle’s American Sniper:  The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History is an incredibly compelling read about war and the military lifestyle.  Kyle’s often said that his life was God, family, then country, but his continuous re-enlisting  led to a permanent career in the military and less time with his family.  In fact, he often found it hard and stressful to be in normal civilization instead of a war environment.   Once he became a Navy Seal, his life quickly turned from typical American to a battle-harden warrior.  Violence just became a part of life.  Everything became about fight or flight.

Reading this book really put some people’s military life into perspective.  If you train to fight day after day, you are going to fight.    I was horrified by the nonchalant violence that occurred throughout the book, but  at the same time I understood how this became ingrained into their lives.  It was also easier to understand why so many veterans have post-traumatic stress disorder.  That being said, this was a fascinating read.  I enjoyed that it was not only from Kyle’s perspective but his wife’s.  Both viewpoints give you a more complete look at life in the military and how it effects everyone.  This is a read that will stay with you  making you think about war and the culture behind it.

Join us on May 1st at 7 PM for our non-fiction book club where we will be discussing American Sniper in more detail.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Clockwork Prince

I am still in love with Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy.  Clockwork Prince is the second book in the series and things are really starting to get exciting.  Charlotte’s authority and abilities are being questioned in regards to running the Institute, creating pressure for finding  Mortmain and Nate.  Tessa is still desperately trying to find out exactly what kind of supernatural creature she is, and now she finds herself fighting her attraction for Will and falling in love with Jem.

Clare has the best steampunk world.  (Steampunk is a genre that focuses on the Victorian era and the craziness of inventions. The genre is typically a mix of fantasy and  alternate history.)  Her world is dark and the robotic automatons are cleverly depicted and frightening.  She has such a gift for creating fabulous atmosphere in her novels.  I am continuously being drawn back to her world.  The characters are amazing.  You can’t help but fall in love with all of them, including Will and his facetious comments.  It is also fun to read about fictitious characters who are passionate about reading.  I really like when Tessa and Will start debating about Dickens or other Victorian authors that they are currently reading. I have to say that my favorite part of her books are the Victorian and Romantic authors’ excerpts.  I love reading Tennyson, Arnold, Coleridge, and many others at the start of the chapters.  It really sets the mood and gets you ready for what is to come.  If you are looking for a new series to read, this would be a great choice.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the past few weeks:

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Z:  A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Anne Therese Fowler

Gulp:  Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

Light by Michael Grant (the latest novel in the Gone series)

Nameless:  A Tale of Beauty and Madness by Lili St Crow

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (paperback)

Dream Team:  How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Games of Basketball by Jack McCallum (paperback)

April’s Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of April:

1  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

2  Outlander (20th Anniversary Edition) by Diana Gabaldon (autographed copies available)

3  Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

4  Wicked by Gregory Maguire

5  A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

6  Left Neglected by Lisa Genova (autographed copies available)

7  Just One Day by Gayle Foreman (autographed copies available)

8  Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

9  Breaking Point by CJ Box

10  Tucson Hiking Guide by Betty Leavengood

Please call if you are interested in any of the autographed books, 520-571-0110.

Desert Reckoning

Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California  History by Deanne Stillman is an intense recounting of the criminal Donald Kueck’s  brutal attack and the manhunt that followed.   Her book is not only well written, but the  research that was needed to detail this story is quite impressive.  I enjoy reading true crime books and Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History is one of the best of this genre.  While I know a bit about Los Angeles, the descriptions of LA county and the vastness of the area the sheriff has to cover are immense.  She does an excellent job combining the history of the area and the shooting that started the manhunt.

Deanne Stillman recently won the SPUR award for Best Western Non-Fiction Contemporary writer with her book , Desert Reckoning.  If you would like to learn more about this please visit Western Writers of America.

April Book Clubs

Here are our April book discussion:

Online at Goodreads:  Teen Reads with Mostly Books

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

In-Store Discussions

April 17th (7 PM) Fiction Book Group:  A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

April 24th (7 PM) Mystery Book Group:  The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene  Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis