Book News From Chapter 2

Totally random but extremely important book news from Chapter2Books. Random due to ridiculously high temperatures outside. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

How about some random book news for this hot weather?

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'sWalk 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.

. 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 and have to extend a huge thank you to Michael Foley for covering it for Hudson Patch. You can view Feingold's remarks on . 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 party.

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?

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