Spring Day

On this beautiful spring day, I look back on my last post and remember how cold it was outside.  I couldn’t wait to get home to read under a comforter and build a fire. (actually, flip the switch.)  Since that time, I have been reading quite a bit.  Being a bookseller, I am lucky enough to get a free box of books once a month.  We call it the Christmas box.  My staff and I are like kids that can’t wait to see what’s inside.  We fight for what books we want to take and read before the rest of the public.   I have picked five books, and all of them have been good.   They will definately be books I will have in the store and recommend.

These books will be released starting in June:  Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo (mystery/detective), Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte by Syrie James (historical fiction), Secrets She Left Behind  by Diane Chamberlain (fiction literary), Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf (fiction literary) and Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollstead (Biography).

I am certainly proud of myself this year.  I have stuck to my New Year’s resolution.  I joined a gym to help my daughter prepare for track season.  She is only 15 and needed an adult to go with her.  What a great opportunity.  The only problem is she did not keep her end of the bargain, so not only did she not go but three times with me…she didn’t join the track team.  No big deal, because I go at least 5 times a week.  Not only do I workout, I read the whole time that I am there whether it is on the treadmill, elliptical or the bike.  I am up to an hour!  Yeah, for me and for getting my job done for work . (reading).

For the first time ever, I am re-reading a book.  I have all new people in my book club this year and I decided to pick an oldie but goodie from the not-so-distant past, Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.  This author is coming out with a new book in June, Angel’s Game.  ( another Advanced Reader Copy aka ARC that I have read).  It is exciting to have new people read one of your favorite books.  I am expecting the discussion to be great.  Maybe I will serve tapas for the evening of the book club since the author is Spanish.

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Lucca’s Read

World Without EndWorld Without End – Ken Follett

In 1989, Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, a sweeping epic novel set in twelfth-century England that centered on the building of a cathedral, and on the men, women, and children whose lives it changes forever. Critics were overwhelmed – “it will hold you, fascinate you, surround you” (Chicago Tribune) – and readers ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, it is here…

Two centuries after the townspeople of Kingsbridge finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral, four children slip into the forest and witness a killing… an event that will braid their lives together by ambition, love, greed, and revenge.

March Book Club!!!!!!


Now You See Him

Now You See Him – Eli Gottlieb

His name was Rob Castor. Quite possibly, you’ve heard of him. He became a minor cult celebrity in his mid-twenties for writing a book of darkly pitch-perfect stories set in a stupid sleepy upstate New York town. Several years later, he murdered his writer girlfriend, and then commited suicide.

With extraordinarily luxuriant and evocative prose, award-winning author Eli Gottlieb takes up deep into the human psyche, where the most profound of secrets are kept. Now You See Him is a wrenching and enthrallingly suspensful story that mines the explosive terrains of love and paternity, marriage and its delicate intricacies, family secrets and how they fester over time, and ultimately the true nature of loyalty, trust, friendship, envy, deception, and manipulation.

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On this cold and windy day, there is nothing better to do than to cuddle up in a blanket and read a good book.  That is where I wish I could be right now.  I love my job, but on a blustery day like to day, it would be fun to stay home and read with the fireplace on.

I currently have three books that I am reading now.  I keep a book on my nightstand, one in the car and one to read when I am workout in the morning at the gym.  I wish I could read while at work, but I don’t like to be interrupted.  Plus, I don’t think it is polite to read in front of customers.  Is it is my job, but there are other more important things to get done at the store.

‘In the Woods’ by Tana French is my nightstand book.  It is a mystery book that I am reading for a possible pick for March’s book club book.  This book has been on the top sellers  list since summer.  Normally, I don’t read mysteries but I need to go outside my realm for book club.

Lucca’s Read

ImmortalImmortal – Traci L. Slatton

“In the majestic heart of Florence a beautiful golden-haired boy is abandoned and subjected to cruelty beyond words. But Luca Bastardo is anything but an ordinary boy. Across two centuries of passion and intrigue, Luca will discover an astonishing gift – one that will lead him to embrace the ancient mysteries of alchemy and healing to become a trsuted confidant to the powerful Medici’s… Even as he faces persecution from a sadistic cabal determined to wrest his secrets for themselves.

But as the Black Death and the Inquisition wreak havoc on his beloved city, Luca’s survival lies in the quest to solve two riddles. One is the enigma of his parents and his ageless beauty. The other is a choice between immortality and the only chance to find his true love. As Luca journeys through the height of the Renaissance, befriends Giotto and Leonardo da Vinci – 140 years apart – and pursues the most closely gaurded secrets of religious faith and science for the answers to his own burning questions, his remarkable search will not only change him… but will change the course of history”