We are just about to the end of September! Which means we are one month closer to the end of the year which is a major plus. But that also means we are entering October, the month of Halloween and spooky, atmospheric reads. This is our very first TBR Tuesday post! TBR Tuesday will be the last Tuesday of every month and gives us a chance to show you what we are thinking of reading the following month. The number of books will vary and the books might not make it to the Reading Wraps at the end of the month, but it gives you a peak inside our bookshelves. I will be including short summary of the plot and will have them on our bookshop page if you guys are interested in any of them.
Now on to the books!
Dream fall by Amy Plum
When a group of teens all enter into a drug-trial to help with their crippling insomnia they were hoping for some help with their problem. Unfortunately for them they are thrown into a dream world with no memory of the experiment itself. They are thrown into this world and now have to face their worst nightmares or risk not waking up.
This is a Book Club book for October!
172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad
This follows the story of 3 young people who want an escape to their normal life. And NASA has just the solution when they host an international worldwide lottery to send kids to the moon! But once they get there the trip may end a little more sinister than they expected. Maybe there was a reason we never went back.
Hotel for the Lost by Suzanne Young
Her family only planned on staying one night at the Hotel Ruby but they keep extending their stay. The hotel is strange and beautiful but it may also have a past darker than any of them could expect. She is pulled between the past, the present, and the future all in a place that is more than it seems.
This description reminded me so much of the song Hotel California so it got my attention.
The Breathless by Tara Goedjen
Mae has spent the last year thinking of her sister and the boy who took off after her death. Exactly a year after her death the boy shows up at her door step with no memory of the last 12 months or what happened to her sister. Mae knows that something just doesn’t seem to add up but the more she digs the more she finds out about her family and her sister. Some secrets are so dark they shouldn’t see the light of day.
Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda
“ The room is full of you, Jessa” Jessa is asked by her dead boyfriends bedroom after his death by his mother, who blames her for the accident. As Jessa goes through and packs up his room memories begin coming back to her that make her question her relationship and the events that took place on that day. Each clue propels her forward into the truth of what happened on that day.
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
One year after graduation a group of friends are reunited in a place that was filed with found memories except now one of them is dead and the rest have so many questions. When night fades to morning and a thunderstorm blows in along with a mystery man, he announces that they are stuck in time and they will be forced to make the harshest decisions to get out.
I am hoping that October will be a really good reading month and with most of these titles I am hoping there is enough intriguing that it just keeps the pages turning. I may have to pull a few more lighthearted reads in since these are all more spooky reads and thrillers. Let me know if any of these sound good to you guys!
“What does ‘I Read Banned Books’ mean?” This question is asked so often when they see this sticker on the counter. The idea of banned books is lost on me and makes me little confused. I think if you want to read a certain book, read it and if you do not agree with a certain book, do not read it. It should be as simple as that but to some people that is not the case. Today is the first day of Banned Books week. Banned Books week is the book community’s response to the increase of banned books and censorship that it brought on.
Banned Books week started in 1982 and was the response to the growing list of banned books that schools, communities, and other organizations were putting in place to prohibit the reading of certain titles in schools and libraries. Banning books is a form of censorship which is harmful. Most cases of “banning” books, luckily, do not make it past the challenges that are placed on certain titles. The American Librarian Association (ALA) has created the Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) which helps to compile list of challenged books and provide resources for libraries and individuals learn of their freedoms. For more information please visit: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/banned
The ALA has complied list over the years of the most challenged books of that year and why they were challenged. Luckily they have also provided very useful infographics of this information so that this information can be shared with everyone. We have included the 2019 list of most challenged books in this post. we have also put together a collection of past books that have been banned in store for you guys! We will be sharing more this week about banned books and can't wait to see your thoughts!
We know it has been a crazy 2020 for everyone, us included. With all the uncertainty that this year has brought we are hoping to provide a little bit of regularity for all of us. We want to take the rest of 2020 to reconnect with everyone and give you guys a peak behind the scene. We love interacting with our community and want to let you into our little corner of the book world. We have a lot of exciting things and changes happening that we cannot wait to share with you. We will be to sharing our big updates here as well as what we are reading, what we are wanting to read, and what we are looking forward to reading.
One of the first updates that we want to give you is that there are now 2 of us in the store! If you have been in the store lately you would have seen Beth, your favorite local bookseller, and me! My name is Marissa! I can usually be seen shuffling around the store putting books away and organizing all the chaos of the store. (We have been getting A LOT of new books in). I have been around the bookstore since it opened and hope to help make it better for all of you! I love reading and buying books, which are two vastly different things. Sometimes I am better at buying books than reading them though but that is a whole different conversation. My favorite genres are: Romance, Young Adult, Historical Romance, and Mystery. I cannot wait to meet everyone and share my favorite novels with everyone!
We also wanted to let you guys know that Springer, our resident cat, is now officially retired! He is enjoying his retirement and is really taken to the pillow life.
Beth and I are excited for some of the changes that we are doing around the store. We are working on new ways to interact both in the store and online. This blog will evolve over time and hope it will grow with us! Make sure to let us know what kind of stuff that you want to see!