Archive for December, 2009

It was a busy holiday season. But the shelves are being restocked with popular books, old favorites and new releases this week.


Age of Wonders has finally arrived. It was on backorder for weeks. This book has been declared the best book of 2009 by the New York Times and other reviewers.

Other New arrivals include:

American Buffalo In Search of A Lost Icon By Steve Rinella

Open by Andre Aggassi

True Compass by Ed Kennedy

The Radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S. Wood. This is the paperback version of the Pulitzer Prize winning non-fiction.

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell a funny take on the pilgrims

Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk 


Far Pavillions by M.M. Kaye

Several copies of the very popular Shantaram have arrived.

Mysteries and Suspense

The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo has been released in mass market paperback.  The store has several copies. At $7.99, you should not delay reading this thriller. 

The C.J. Box section has been replenished with several titles.

Untraceable by Laura Griffin

The Breach by Patrick Lee

The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffrey Deaver

Science Fiction and Fantasy

There are several titles by Neal Stephenson including the Baroque Trilogy, Anathem, and Snow Crash

There is a lot of good patter about Deadtown which was released today.

New Blood by Gayle Dayton

Kitty’s House of Horrors by Carrie Vaugh

Through Stone and Sea by Barb Hendee

Graphic Novels and Manga

Grease Monkey is an ALA Best books for young adults

Butterflies and Flowers, vol. 1


Proof by Seduction by Courtney Milan has been getting rave reviews by all of the romance blog and review sites.

More books are expected tomorrow. If Santa didn’t bring you the right book, be sure to get it for yourself.


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Last year, I made my New Year’s resolution about books. I resolved to read 60 books in 2009 and I would own all 60 books. I made good on this goal. In fact, last night, I posted the title of book 70 on my facebook blog. I am already halfway through my 71st book.  Truthfully, this was the easiest New Year’s Resolution ever. I love to read. Sixty books proved not to be very challenging.

Therefore, I need to make this year’s resolution more challenging.  In 2010, I am going to read 60 new books this year. However, for every five fiction titles that I read, I must read one non-fiction title.

Make your own book related New Year’s Resolution. It doesn’t need to be related to a number of books. You could resolve to join a book club. If there is a classic novel that you have been wanting to read, resolve to read it this year. 

Promise to read to your children this year.  Even if your children are older and read to themselves, this can be a great experience.  As a teen, I read The Outsiders to my 12 year old sister. She loved the story and we both enjoyed sharing this book. Prior to this experience, she did little reading, but she loved the book so much that she became a lifelong reader. When her children were old enough, she read The Outsiders to them.

For inspiration, visit some of the following blogs and websites.

If you want to read graphic novels, visit: http://graphicnovelschallenge.blogspot.com/2009/12/graphic-novels-challenge-2010.html

Celeste Ng has several reading resolutions in her column:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/celeste-ng/readerly-resolutions-for_b_397554.html

More tips for your reading resolution: http://developing-personal-interests.suite101.com/article.cfm/new_years_reading_resolutions

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Where Men Find Glory by Jon Krakauer

The Daily Coyote by Shreve Stockton

I Always Liked Like Horses & Women by Earle F. Layser

State of Jones by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer

The Trail to Table Mountain by Kelly Coburn

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Today, we received more bargain children books. Among the new titles are:

A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce,

What the Dickens the story of a rogue tooth fairy by Gregory Maguire,

 The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman,

Bad River Boys A Meeting of the Lakota Sioux with Lewis and Clark,

the Puppeteer’s Apprentice, and

 Wolf, Wolf .

There are also some bargain Christmas children books.

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New Books

Dark Horse Books is expanding its mystery, romance and science fiction sections. In addition, there are some new graphic novels and manga. Among the new titles are The Walking Dead, Bone, Watchmen, Souleater, Rosario & Vampire and others.  For the zombie lover,  there are some new titles on the shelf, including Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and World War Z.

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A nice selection of children Christmas books arrived this week. 

 Also, several new children titles, including board books, picture books, and older readers have arrived.  The number of children books in Spanish is being expanded. We have Charlie and the Chocolate Factor, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The Grinch who Stoled Christmas, Ramona the Pest, Runaway Bunny and more in Spanish. More titles should arrive early next week.

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The Driggs Tree Lighting will take place Friday, December 11, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.  to 7:00 p.m. at Civic Park (next to the new courthouse).  This should be a festive event for the family. Enjoy carols, refreshments, and Santa at the Tree Lighting.

Afterwards, come to Dark Horse Books which will be open until 9:00 p.m. In celebration of the season, all adult fiction will be 10% off on Friday only.

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