October Book Clubs

Here are our book clubs for October:

October 2nd  (7 PM) Non-Fiction Group:  The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea

October 9th Wednesday (7 PM) Under Wraps Group:  This group will pick up one free completely wrapped book from the store and read it.  You get to pick your wrapped book by genre and the first line of the book.  Then you meet and discuss the books and pick up the next read.

October 16th Wednesday (7 PM) Fiction Group:  The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman

October 19th Saturday (4 PM) YA Group: Divergent by Veronica Roth

October 23rd Wednesday (7 PM) Mystery Group:  The Distant Echo by Val McDermid

Online book groups:  We are discussing the following YA books.  Click here to go to site.

Divergent by Vernoica Roth

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting




September Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the end of September:

1  Second Watch by J. A.  Jance

2  Still Life by Louise Penny

3  After the Fire by J. A.  Jance

4  Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

5  The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

6  Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

7   Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

8  Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex

9  Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

10  The Round House by Louise Erdrich

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

The Round House by Louise Erdrich (paperback)

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

The Whatnot by Stefan Bachmann

The Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell


Vicious by V.E. Schwab is her first adult novel, and her book is sure to cause  excitement. Her world of ExtraOrdinaries and the monsters that we bury deep inside us has been well developed and written in such a compelling fashion that people are going to want more.  Victor and Eli have always had a bit of complicated friendship.  Before Eli came to Victor’s college, Victor was easily the top ranked student and was given all of the special privileges that came along with that.  Not only has Eli surpassed him in school, but he also got the  girl.   For the most part Victor can look passed all of this, but then Eli decides to out do him on his thesis topic.  Eli believes that people become EO, or ExtraOrdinary people who are given a supernatural power, under the stress of a near death trauma.  Naturally, Victor decides to one-up him and proclaims that they should attempt to become EOs.  This is the story of what follows and how best friends can easily be turn into archenemies.

I really liked Schwab’s dark world.  Not only do the characters have an evil side lurking within, but the entire atmosphere of the town seems  a little darker and sinister.  Schwab did a great job of creating a new mythology of supernatural people.  In some respects I felt her “superheros” were more human than most mythologies, although the characters would be the first to claim that they are no longer human.  It was really fascinating how the characters felt even more broken after they came back to life as an EO.  You would think most of them would be relieved and thrilled with their new “gift”, but in Vicious the characters felt numb and had a lack of a conscience.  I thought this was a nice twist to the standard supernatural psyche that tends to create heroes.  Additionally, their darker nature was more prevalent than you would expect, but at the same time there was some good in most of them too, just buried.  Scwhab showed more depth to her mythology by not keeping her characters locked into the traditional good or bad superhero.  My favorite part of this story is the way that Schwab tells it.  She jumps around from the present day, to several years early, to a few days before.  This sounds confusing but it really wasn’t.  Instead it made the reading engaging since you didn’t know how all the characters came to be where they are now.  It was really exciting to piece together Victor and Eli’s past relationship.  I would be happy if this a stand alone book, but I am pretty sure I would jump up and down if Schwab decides to continue with these characters and world.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir by Linda Ronstadt

Deadly Heat by Richard Castle (The latest Nikki Heat novel)

The Quest by Nelson DeMille

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman & Skottie Young

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (paperback)

Lizzie Bright and the Buckmister Boy

When a book aimed at middle school kids combines real historical events and lyrical prose with a solid story, it’s a winning combination.  Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, by Gary D. Schmidt does it perfectly.  Taking place in the very early 20th century on the coast of Maine, this book illuminates its characters.  Though portraying a sad episode in American history about the effects of racial prejudice, even by clergy, the prose and characters stay with the reader long after the book has ended.  The main character,  Turner Buckminster, a minister’s son, says “I have looked into the eye of a whale,” and the reader understands this boy’s life will change in many ways.  The boy then changes the lives of people around him, and thus the reader.

September Bestsellers

Here are a few bestsellers for the week:

1  Second Watch by J A  Jance

2  Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

3  Still Life by Louise Penny

4  After the Fire by J A  Jance

5  A Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

6  Insurgent  by Veronica Roth

7  Still Fool’ ‘em by Billy Crystal

8  Island of Fire by Lisa McMann

9  A Feast of Crows by George RR Martin

10  Poems to Learn by Heart by Caroline Kennedy

We will be having J A  Jance in the store for a  book signing and talk on September 27th at 7 PM.  She will be talking about her latest novel Second Watch with a signing to follow.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Second Watch by J. A.  Jance (This is the latest featuring  J. P. Beaumont)

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton (This is the latest featuring Kinsey Millhone)

Still Fool’ ’em:  Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys by Billy Crystal

Someone by Alice McDermott

After the Fire:  A Memoir in Poetry and Prose by J. A. Jance (this is back in print!)

New Money by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal

Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon (paperback)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Smoke by Ellen Hopkins ( A companion to Burned)


Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel Speak is a compelling and memorable YA fiction novel.  I have to confess that even though I had heard incredible reviews about this novel I was reluctant to read it.  I knew the subject matter was going to be intense, but I had no idea how well written and insightful the story was going to be.  Melinda’s freshman year is not turning out exactly how she thought it would.  Everyone is talking and laughing about her behind her back, especially her ex-bestfriend, all because she called the cops to break-up the end of summer party.  However, no one knows the truth about why she called the cops, and once they find out everything is going to drastically change.

The characters are fantastic. They are all well developed and I  liked the sarcasm and wit of Melinda’s voice.  Halse Anderson’s writing style is captivating and I enjoy the way she told the entire story through Melinda’s voice.  She still shows you how everyone is dealing with the events of the infamous night, but it is all Melinda’s opinions on how everyone is reacting.  I think this made a delicate subject approachable for people to read.  This is a great book to start a hard conversation with people and an excellent read.

September Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of September:

1  Still Life by Louise Penny

2  Never Go Back by Lee Child

3  A Feast of Crows by George RR Martin

4  The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

5  The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

6  City of Ash by Cassandra Clare

7  How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

8  Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

9  The Day the Crayons Quite by Drew Daywalt

10  The Devil’s Cup:  A History of the World According to Coffee by Stewart Lee Allen