August Events at Mostly Books

Here are our events for the month of August:

Saturday August 2nd, 1:00 – 2:30 PM Story Time and Book Signing with Conrad Storad:  The Monster in the Rocks

Sunday August 3rd, 12:00 – 2:00 PM Cat Adoptions with S.A.R.A. (Saving At Risk Animals)

Thursday August 7th, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Book Talk & Signing with J. A. Jance:  Remains of Innocence (Joanna Brady Novel)

Saturday August 9th, 3:30 – 5:00 PM Book Talk & Signing with Aprilynne Pike:  Sleep No More and Earthquake

Sunday August 10th, 12:00 – 1:00 PM Book Talk & Signing with Sheldon “Sid” Brodkin: A Las Vegas Memoir Ash Resnick and Me

August 15th, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Minimalist Group Meeting

Saturday August 16th, 1:00 – 2:00 PM Book Signing with B. J. Kurtz:  Zeus Defended

Thursday August 21st, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Flash Fiction & Poetry Open Mic Night

Friday August 22nd, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Book Signing with Artist Robert Kaiser:  Sagrado:  A Photopoetics Across the Chicano Homeland


New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin (Hardback)

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom (Hardback)

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Hardback)

The Hexed by Heather Graham (Paperback)

Concealed in Death by J. D. Robb (Paperback)

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead (book 5 in the Bloodlines series) (Hardback)

Kalona’s Fall by P. C. Cast and Kristen Cast (the latest House of Night Novella) (Hardback)

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid (Hardback)

The Young World by Chris Weitz (Hardback)

Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (Paperback)

Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter (Paperback)

Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown (Hardback)



July’s Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the middle of July:

1.  The Treatment by Suzanne Young (autographed copies available)

2.  The Program by Suzanne Young (autographed copies available)

3.  The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

4.  The Remains of Innocence by J A Jance

5.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

6. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

7.  If I Stay by Gayle Forman

8.  California by Edan Lepucki

9.  Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

10.  The Underneath by Kathi Appelt


The Book of Life

Deborah Harkness’s The Book of Life is a engrossing and fantastic end to an already incredible trilogy.  Diana Bishop and her family are still frantically trying to find the elusive Ashmole 782, but  things are never as simple as looking for that one book.  Family members are questioning Diana’s connection to Philippe de Clermont, lost family members are resurfacing, and family dynamics are drastically changing.  Not to mention Diana and Matthew are expecting twins and trying to keep their marriage strong.

I love this series!  Once Diana realizes her true powers she becomes an extraordinary witch, which is good since her husband is such a force to be reckoned with.  The magic is great and the characters are amazing!  Harkness creates such unique individuals and engaging interactions.  Each character has been so well developed that they lift off the pages and become so much more than the written word; it really feels like you are talking to your friends.   Even though the story line can turn very dark, Harkness puts  so much warmth into her pages.  There are always issues among family members, but everyone will step up and do the right thing when the family is threatened.  I am sad that the series is over, but I loved every book and am excited to see what Deborah Harkness comes up with next.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Remains of Innocence by J A Jance (This is the latest novel featuring Joanna Brady) (Hardback)

   J A Jance signing at Mostly Books on August 7th 7:00 – 8:00 PM.

Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard (the final book in the Something Strange and Deadly trilogy) (Hardback)

Splat the Cat  and the Pumpkin-Pickin Plan by Rob Scotton (Paperback)

Paddington  by Michael Bond (Board Book)

The Working Memory Advantage:  Train Your Brain to Function Stronger, Smarter, Faster by Tracy Alloway (Paperback)

One Plus One

Jojo Moyes creates wonderful novels that are eloquently written and filled with amazing characters.  Her latest novel is One Plus One and it is filled with funny mishaps and witty conversations.   This is the tale about a mom who is trying to keep her family happy and safe, which has become a daunting task since her husband left them.  To make things even more complicated, Jess is trying to find a way to stop her son from getting bullied as well as frantically trying to come up with money to send her genius daughter to an elite private academy.  The only way she is going to get enough money for the school is if she can get her daughter to a math competition in Scotland.  The trip doesn’t go as planned, in fact it goes worse than planned.  Jess finds herself unable to get to Scotland until she runs into Ed, who has problems of his own.  Now the dysfunctional family is whisked off in Ed’s car in hopes of turning their lives around.

This is a great contemporary British novel that is rich in atmosphere and character charm.  It was fun getting lost in the chaos of the family and  I instantly fell in love with all of the characters.  The dynamic between Jess and Ed is really entertaining.  They are both strong individuals who are fighting their own personal demons and are reluctant to let another person in for fear of being hurt, creating the perfect recipe for banter and drama.  Overall what I enjoyed the most was the warm feeling you get when you read the novel.  Even with all the mishaps you can feel the  love and the joy of being a member of this non-traditional family.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (Book 3 in the All Souls Trilogy) (Hardback)

The Heist by Daniel Silva (Autographed copies are available) (Hardback)

Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke (Hardback)

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (Paperback)

Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves (Paperback)

Earthquake by Aprilynne Pike (Book 2 Earthbound series) (Hardback)

Ms. Pike will be here August 9th from 3:30 – 5:00 PM for a book talk and signing.

Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan (Book 4 in the Brotherhood Chronicles) (Hardback)


If you are interested in the autographed copies please call or stop in the store.

July’s Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of July:

1.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

2.  California by Edan Lepucki

3.  The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

4.  Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon

5.  Divergent by Veronica Roth

6.  Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

7.  Looking for Alaska by John Green

8.  One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

9.  Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

10.  The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

The Big Burn

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America by Timothy Egan was a fascinating read.  I was excited to read another Egan book after finishing The Worst Hard Time and I am so glad that I did.  This is a narrative non-fiction book that details the fire of 1910 that swept across Washington, Idaho and Montana.  Forest rangers assembled anyone they could find to help fight this enormous fire, but no one had seen anything like it before.  Egan then takes the story further and discusses not only the men who attempted to fight this fire, but also how conservation and public parks came into existence through the leadership of Teddy Roosevelt.  Egan did an incredible job of discussing the political, social and very human stories effected by this fire.  You can’t help but be moved by some of the amazing stories of what people had to endure in order to put out the fire.  A great read for any book club or non-fiction enthusiast.


July’s Book Clubs

Here are our book clubs for the month of July:

In-Store Book Clubs

July 23rd Mystery Group (7 PM):  A Sunless Sea by Anne Perry


Online Book Clubs:  Click here to join our conversation for the month of July

                                               Theme:  Beach Reads

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick