Adults Who Read Young Adult UNITE!

IreadYA-selectAre you one of the aforementioned adults who reads young adult literature? Would you be interested in joining a book group with other, similarly-inclined readers? We are hoping to get such a book club up and running after the summer is over and everyone is back in town and maybe a teensy bit less busy. If you’re interested, you can comment below or e-mail us at acpreadersATgmailDOTcom. And, if you could answer a few questions so that we can make this the best book group we possibly can, that would be awesome.

  • This will be an evening book group. Which day of the week is best for you? And what time?
  • What kinds of books do you prefer? Do you like fantasy? Dystopia? Realistic fiction? Historical fiction?
  • Are you willing to read hardcovers or will you only purchase paperbacks?
  • Do you prefer the popular titles, or something a little off the beaten path?
  • Is there content you absolutely will not abide (sex, drugs, language, etc.)?
  • Red or white?

I’d love to have our first meeting occur sometime in September and, to that end, to announce the first book selection in August. I want to give any group members at least a month to read the book in question.

If this is something you’re interested in, let us know and tell us where you stand on the questions above. You don’t have to RSVP to join us, but the more input we have, the better the group will be.

Check back here and on Facebook for updates and the announcement of our first title.

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New Books This Week!

9780545535212_lgYou’ve waited patiently, and it’s finally here! Spirit Animals Book 7: The Evertree by Marie Lu is coming on March 31st. Here’s what the publisher has to say about it:

Everything comes to a head in this seventh book in the “New York Times” bestselling series. The world of Erdas will be changed forever.

Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan were once ordinary kids. Then they discovered that they had spirit animals-wise and powerful partners who granted them with amazing gifts . . . and a legendary responsibility.

Together, the team has journeyed across Erdas, racing to stop a merciless foe. They have laughed and fought together. They’ve won challenges and lost friends. Some have even lost themselves.

Now that journey is about to end. They must reach a place forgotten by time and face off against an ancient enemy breaking free from his prison. They have just one chance to stop him . . . or the whole world will shatter.

Also on shelves tomorrow:

WickedWillRiseThe Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige, the sequel to last year’s Dorothy Must Die, which we all liked far more than we had expected.

The sequel picks up where the first book left off, with Amy Gumm having failed to kill Dorothy and the Order of the Wicked having disappeared. Can Amy stop Dorothy before both Oz and Kansas suffer?

we-all-looked-up-9781481418775_lgWe All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach follows four teenagers as they navigate life in what may be the last days of life on Earth. Four high school seniors in Seattle have to determine what and who is important when an asteroid is spotted on a collision course with Earth. They each have to determine whether it is best to carry on as if nothing has changed, or whether it’s time to live every day as if it’s their last.

Make No Plans for the First Weekend in May

Pip-550x827Well, unless those plans involve us. We have so much going on and you’re not going to want to miss any of it. First, on Saturday May 2nd at 2:00 in the afternoon, we have Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pearce coming to talk to us about the new book they wrote together, ‘Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures’. This is a charming middle-grade novel about a girl, Pip Bartlett, who can talk to magical creatures. When her ability to do so gets her into some trouble with some unicorns, she’s sent to live with her aunt, who is a veterinarian for magical creatures. With the help of her new friend Tomas, it’s up to Pip to save both magical creatures and maybe the town itself. (May 2nd also happens to be Independent Bookstore Day, so you can kill two birds with one stone: support an independent bookstore and meet a couple of awesome authors.)

animaatjes-star-wars-97834Then, on Sunday, May 3rd, we’ll have the first of our two days of celebration of Star Wars Day (May the Fourth–say it out loud). We have lots of exciting things in the works for the day, but we haven’t confirmed everything yet, so keep an eye on this space for details. One thing I can share with you, though, is that we are having a costume contest, so start thinking about which Star Wars character you want to dress up as. (Sorry, grown-ups, this is just for the kiddos.)

We also have a special guest planned for Monday evening. We’re still waiting on final confirmation before we can share with you who it is, but keep watching this space. As our schedule for our two-day celebration of all things Star Wars continues to come together, we’ll post updates and details here and on our website and Facebook.

There’s going to be a lot happening at the store between May 2nd and May 4th and we hope you can join us for at least some of the fun.

‘Under a Painted Sky’ by Stacey Lee

9780399168031Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th, one of my favorite spring titles is being released to the world. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee has so many elements that are absolute reader catnip to me:

  • Smart, strong female leads.
  • Girls disguised as boys.
  • Adventure.
  • Tragedy
  • A diverse cast of characters that doesn’t feel forcibly diverse.
  • Cowboys.
  • Romance.
  • A villain who is believably evil, not over-the-top, melodramatically evilly evil.

I want to say more about it, but I also want to shove it into everyone’s hands and make them read it for themselves, so I don’t want to take away any of the joy of discovery by sharing too much of the plot. This is what the publisher has to say about it

Missouri, 1845: Sammy dreams of moving back to New York for a chance at a future. She is tired of being disregarded because she’s a girl—and Chinese. But she was born in the year of the Snake, so luck is not on her side. When her father is killed in a fire, Sammy accidentally kills their landlord in self-defense. Fearing for her life, she runs away with the help of a slave girl named Annamae, seeking freedom on the Oregon Trail. But the road is dangerous for two girls, so they become Sammy and Andy, two boys joining the gold rush to California. The girls forge a powerful friendship in the face of tragedy, while navigating the road with the tenacity and heroism of Thelma and Louise.

That should be enough to let you know whether this is a story that would be interesting to you. I very much hope it is because it’s a really fantastic book and I only wish that I could go back and read it again for the first time.

Come see us tomorrow to buy a copy for your very own.

Looking to the Future

I am probably overly ambitious, but I have all these ideas for things we can do here at the bookstore. I want to see regular events beyond just story time and music time. We’ve already started recruiting young customers for a program where they’ll read and review advance reader copies of upcoming books. We’ll probably actively start that sometime in April. If you know an independent reader between the ages of seven and seventeen who might be interested, leave your information here:

So, what else? Here are some ideas I’ve had and I’d love to find out if any of this sounds interesting to you.

  • A book group for adults who read Young Adult novels.
  • A mother-daughter book club.
  • Specialty book groups for reading level and/or subject (Middle Grade, graphic novels, realistic teen, etc.).

What sounds interesting to you? What other regular events would you like to see? We’re open to any suggestions you may have. We want to do things that you’re excited about, otherwise, where’s the fun?