Thehottest books right now are still E.L. James Fifty Shades Of Grey,
Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. They have been
dominating best seller lists trailed only by the packaged trilogy! If you
haven't heard of them or want to know more....please stop in at Chapter 2 and
ask Brian about them. But don't ask him when children are present.
Did you hear Oprah is reviving her phenomenally successful book club? She
doesn't have her talk show anymore to promote the club but she's got discussions
going on, author interviews and more on her website.
Her first pick for Book club 2.0 is Wild by Cheryl Strayed.
Cheryl Strayed wrote Wild, a memoir about hiking the Pacific Coast
Trail. My favorite hiking memoir hands down is Bill Bryson's A Walk In
The Woods. Both of them write with humor but Bryson packs all his books full
of interesting historical tidbits. The kinds of things you never knew you
didn't know. Or never thought to ask? How does that saying go?
I really enjoyed Wild because she embarked on a crazy quest! To say
she wasn't prepared is quite the understatement.
One other book club that is fairly new comes from NPR. They have a few
variations on clubs for kids, the Back Seat Book Club and the long running Kid's
book club. You can download pod casts of interviews with authors that kids love
like Jeff Kinney (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid) and find tons of resources to
keep your kids interested and engaged at NPR's Back Seat Book Club website.
I said this would be random news.
David Housewright will be at Chapter2Books at 6 p.m. on Friday,
July 13. Signing copies of his new book The Curse Of The Jade
Lilly. We are really looking forward to his visit. David has worked as a
journalist covering both crime and sports and has been a writing instructor
among many other jobs. He has won both the Edgar Award and The Minnesota Book
Award for crime fiction. He lives in St Paul.
We had a great turnout for Senator Russ Feingold's visit and have to extend
a huge thank you to Michael Foley for covering it for Hudson Patch. You can view
Feingold's remarks on the Patch. We can still get more signed copies of
his book for anyone who is interested.
I don't know if I'll blog about beach reads and summer reads anytime soon but
please know we have them! We also have really cute sand and beach toys from
Melissa and Doug that are marked down. A great value. If you want to strike up a
card game, we have cards, sets for playing Euchre and Poker, Cribbage boards,
poker chips etc. And crafts kids for kids who are expressing the eternal lament
of summer “I'm bored, there's nothing to do.”
We are putting the finishing touches on our summer reading program too. We
don't have the typical book log (although those are great). Any kid who comes in
and creates a “shelf talker” for a book they like can put their name in the hat
for weekly giveaways.
If you know someone who enjoys reading to children, please let them know
we're looking for guest readers this summer. Our story time is Tuesdays at 10
am, although we'll be adding special events like Winnie the Pooh's birthday
There are so many great books coming out that I'll have another blog very
soon. Books from local favorites like William Kent Krueger and Michael Perry.
And a new adult novel by a little known author, J.K. Rowling. Perhaps you've
heard of her? Does snark come through when its 90+ degrees outside?