The pain is familiar to you: you pick up that book you've been hearing so much about, devour its contents, and then get to the last page only to discover that there is a SEQUEL planned, which means that instead of wrapping everything up nicely there are cliffhangers that will just leave you dangling, waiting and waiting and WAITING until the next book is published (a year later?! What makes publishers think we have this kind of patience?). For these 9 series, 2016 means that your wait is (at least temporarily) over!
This is the second book in the RED QUEEN trilogy, which opened up at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2015. Universal Pictures has already acquired the film rights so you know this one will be a popular read. It continues with the heroine Mare Barrow running for her life as she deals with her own personal darkness and the growing rebel uprising. A captivating fantasy full of action packed drama, romance, and all the fun of dystopian fiction.
The third and final book in the sci-fi apocalyptic 5TH WAVE series is finally here. This epic conclusion will determine the fate of planet Earth in a wildly entertaining page turner. This too has a film planned starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Nick Robinson.
Inspired by the classic Arabian Nights this is the followup to THE WRATH AND THE DAWN (2015). Protagonist Shahrzad is torn between loyalties to those she loves but she determines to not be a pawn in the schemes and takes matters into her own hands as she learns to harness her powers. This lush and fast-paced novel keeps you intrigued with curses, subplots, romance and a culturally diverse setting.
This sequel to A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, tells of Fayre as the High Fae in the Night Court and the twisted politics, power and passions between good and evil therein. This seductive, action packed fantasy is sure to please fans.
Number two of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, picks up where the previous ended with adventures and journeys fighting against the evil in the empire. Laia and Elias struggle to free her brother from prison in the north; meanwhile in the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla must juggle loyalty, love and power around the twisted leader Marcus.
Cass’s fifth and the SELECTION series finale picks up with Eadlyn and her 35 suitors-dilemma as she realizes that she won’t be happy to remain alone. Eadlyn doesn’t believe that she can have the happily ever after fairytale that her parents were blessed with but the heart has a way of surprising you and Eadlyn is forced to make an important choice. Romantic, fast paced and engaging, this novel will wrap up the series in a satisfying way.
Book number two of the GIRL AT MIDNIGHT series, Grey writes a world-building, urban fantasy continuing the story of Echo, the firebird--a creature of light that is said to bring peace. Echo has already overcome many losses but must struggle with dangers near and far, as well as learn to use her own powers.
Number three of the best-selling DOROTHY MUST DIE series tells of Amy Gumm’s mission to take down the evil dictator of Oz and Kansas--the not-so-sweet Dorothy Gale. Amy joins forces with the Revolutionary order of the Wicked to finally defeat her in this dark and gruesome tale full of magic, suspense and action.
This final book in THE WINNER’S trilogy is complex and suspenseful as Arin believes the worst in Kestrel’s past behavior while she is in fact prisoner in a war camp. The war between East and West escalates as this fantasy tale unfolds, revealing the true nature of the characters and their love.
Food and books…these are a few of MY favorite things! There are so many great food memoirs, cookbooks, and novels where food is the main attraction that it's hardly surprising that I just can't get enough of them. Here are five more of my favorites, in no particular order (can't get enough either? Here are the first five I recommended!).
Billie Breslin has moved from her California home to take a job at Delicious, the most iconic food magazine in New York. When the publication is shut down, Billie is offered a new job: staying behind in the magazine's deserted downtown mansion offices to uphold the "Delicious Guarantee.” What she doesn't know is that this experience will lead to a life-changing discovery.
While I have only recently picked up this book and haven’t had a chance to make anything yet, I’m excited to try out several of the recipes. In flipping through the book I’ve already learned a lot, like did you know that you can brown ground beef in a crockpot?!? I’m anxious to try that tip since cooking ground beef is one of my least favorite food prep tasks.
Rose Edelstein is able to taste people's emotions in food, which at first discovery is quite shocking. She learns to harness her gift as she becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds are unable to discern. A full review of this title can be found here.
Tips and tricks to help cooks on any level improve their skills in the kitchen. A full review of this title can be found here.
Although I read this book four years ago, I still think about this memoir often. After a freak accident, aspiring chef Molly Birnbaum must figure out how to cope and hopefully continue her career now that she is unable to smell or taste as she once could. A full review of this title can be found here.
It’s book sale time! That time when you can buy 15 books for the price of one!
We will be open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. That gives you eight hours of treasure hunting and here are five tips to help you get the most out of this one-day event:
1. Know the lay of the land
There are 4 general areas of the book sale. As you come into the ballroom, through the south entrance...
Beyond these very general categories, we do not sort our books. This means you should give yourself plenty of time to search for things you may want.
2. Arrive early...but maybe drop in a few times throughout the day
There are some truly amazing finds among the hundreds of boxes of books available at our sales. Sometimes the best stuff goes fast, so arriving early can be a very good idea. However, as books fly off the tables, we replace them with more boxes so that what is available for purchase changes throughout the day. You can find great stuff all day long!
3. Know what's available and why
Many people wonder where all these books come from. Well, they come from a couple of places:
You can tell the difference between these two categories by looking at the spine to see if it has a spine label or any other stickers or markings showing the library owned the book previously. Donations will usually be free of these labels and they often look newer and have seen less use. So, if you're looking for "like new" kinds of books, skip the ones with spine labels; if you're looking for well-loved but popular books, searching through library discards might be the way to go (you'll often find a Harry Potter or Diary of a Wimpy Kid book hanging out in a box of discards just because it's circulated so many times!).
4. Be prepared with help and bags
With over 23,000 items on display for sale, you may need to bring a little help to sort and search. Gather your posse and attack the job together. If you know what you're looking for, divide and conquer! Also, bring bags and boxes to haul away your booty. We supply some shopping bags and boxes, but eliminate any uncertainty and bring your own reinforced modes of transportation. Books are awesome…but they are also heavy!
5. End of the day deals
Toward the last hour or so of each sale we usually start thinking about the big job of hauling all the leftover books back down to the basement for storage until the next sale. That’s a big job, and we like to make it smaller by lowering the prices of the books. So, come back at the end and see what additional discoveries you can make!
Bonus Tip: Every year, we have a book sale in association with the Summer Reading Kickoff! If you register at the kickoff that day, you will receive a voucher for one free book.
Let’s talk about one of the proverbial elephants in the room of literary works: graphic novels. As a form of literature, graphic novels and comic books have been around for nearly a century. However, the term “graphic novel,” which was originally used in the 1960s, did not gain prominence until the late 1970s (Hintz & Tribunella, 2013). Since then, the term has become more widely accepted as describing a book-length story with images that uses panels. Recently, there has been an increased interest in the format. Although comic books and graphic novels have always found an audience, in the last decade alone their sales in North America have increased by 90% (Gavigan, 2014). Graphic novels for all ages covering a variety of topics are being published every year. According to one statistic, sales increased from $43 million in 2001 to a staggering $375 million in 2007 (Holston & Nguyen, 2008).
Despite this recent surge in interest, many people are hesitant to accept the format and many negative perceptions and misconceptions surrounding graphic novels still exist. For example, one misconception that is still being corrected is that the word “graphic” refers to the level of violent or sexual content found in the books (Chance, 2014). Many still associate comics and graphic novels exclusively with superheroes. Some also believe that the format should not be considered a legitimate literary format. Others think the format is a good start for reluctant readers before they move onto other formats.
Although there are studies that support the use of graphic novels and discuss their benefits and literary merits, the purpose of this post is not to prove whether or not graphic novels have literary value or educational benefits. The purpose of this blog is to invite you to decide for yourself what you think of the format. Check out a graphic novel (yes, all ages can do this). See what you think of the format. We have three collections of graphic novels and comics: one for children, one for teens and one for adults. I believe that books can play a variety of roles for different people. See what role you might want graphic novels to play for you.
Here is a booklist of graphic novels (they are for children but adults and teens might enjoy many of them too!).
Chance, R. (2014). Young adult literature in action: A librarian's guide (2nd ed.). Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
Gavigan, K. W. (January, 2014). Shedding new light on graphic novel collections: A circulation and collection analysis study in six middle school libraries. School Libraries Worldwide, 20 (1), 97-115.
Hintz, C., & Tribunella, E. (2013). Reading children's literature: A critical introduction. New York, NY: Bedford/St. Martin's.
Holston, A., & Nguyen, T. (2008). The maverick graphic novel list: Unmasking the mystery of comics and graphic novels for libraries. Texas Library Journal, 84(3), 92-95.