What have we been reading???

One of my top choices for recommendation is always "Ink and Bone" by Rachel Caine, a must-have for any book lover! It tells of an alternate world where the Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed but instead thrived, now a powerful presence in every corner of the world that governs and controls the knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden. The book is narrated by protagonist Jess Brightwell—a dedicated book worm in how he loves and cultivates books; the twist being that the majority of his knowledge comes from the illegal books kept by his family, elites in the thriving black market. Jess is sent to be their spy within the Library's walls under the guise of a student testing to enter the Library's service! This is currently in out Frontline and is listed in Oregon's Battle of the Books, and is also perhaps one of my  favorite books!

 -Amber Mitchell

Another great book will always be "The Scorpio Races" by Maggie Stiefvater. The story is narrated by two main characters: Kate "Puck Connolly and Sean Kendrick. Both live on the fictional island of Thisby, located off the coast of Ireland in an undisclosed historical period. Thisby is famous for the Scorpio Races they hold every November, where dangerous water horses are fished out of the sea to face off against each other and their riders. Every year racers are lost to either the sea or their carnivorous horses, their hunger for the sea only rivaled by their rider's blood.Sean is the returning champion; a man of few words that hides any fear he might have buried deep. Puck is different, having no business with the bloodied games of her home and yet is the first girl to compete. This is a personal favorite of mine, and the author is brilliant storyteller that keeps coming out with one bestselling series after the other! I always recommend it for those readers looking for novels about Irish mythology, Steifvater a master at retelling the Irish water horses, the Capaill Uishe.                                                                                              

-Amber Mitchell

 

 

 

"Confessions" by Kanae Minato. This book has been beautifully translated and is a psychological thriller. The main character in the story is Yuko Moriguchi, who teaches at a school. It's just her and her four year old daughter who sometimes comes to the school if Yuko has to stay late. One day, fate took a cruel turn and now Yuko is out for silent revenge. The story is told in six chapters, from six different points of view on what happened. The ending made my jaw drop. I could not put this book down, It was an  incredible insight into the minds of youth and what they think they can get away with.  

 -Crystel Hillman

"Cleopatra's Shadows" by Emily Holleman. This book is considered a historical fiction. It's about the little known sisters of Cleopatra: Berenice, and Arsinoe. The story is told in alternating views of the sisters. When King Ptomley and Cleopatra have to flee Egypt after a violent coup, Berenice takes over the throne. Faced with much opposition, Berenice plans to rule by shedding blood. Meanwhile, Arsinoe's life has been spared and she does everything she can to survive her sisters wrath. What happens when the King comes back? The best part about this book is that book number two just came out in April of this year!

 -Crystel Hillman

The new release by Shari Lapena called, "The Couple Next Door". This book has been staring me in the face everyday for a month because it was on Amazon's "new release" section. I call this book one big plot twist. All seems perfect for Anne and Marco Conti. They have a beautiful baby girl named Cora. In one night, their whole lives shatter. Then comes endless police questioning, secrets, lies, and horrid pasts. There is a reason it is an instant New York Times bestseller! I cannot wait for Shari's next book called, "A Stranger in the House," coming in August 2017.   

 -Crystel Hillman

The Grifters by Jim Thompson:  There are mystery writers and then there are crime writers. This is definitely not a "cozy".  One of the best authors of "noir fiction" where the solving of the mystery is secondary to the often dark & dismal mise-en-scene of the protagonist, as is the case of this novel. The machinations of a mother and son con artist team and her jealousy of his burgeoning relationship with a young and sexy con woman.  If you have fans of James Ellroy, Charles Willeford or Patricia Highsmith in your store, introduce them to Jim Thompson. 

-Sal Nigro

The Summer of Beer and Whiskey by Edward Achorn: It was a totally different ballgame in the Nineteenth Century. Pitchers threw underhanded until 1884. Gloves barely protected fielder's hands.  Enter Chris Von der Ahe; German immigrant and entrepreneur who started a rival league to challenge the established National Association. The American Association featured cheaper prices and they served beer and whiskey, which was forbidden in the older league. The new league was a rousing success. Achorn paints a colorful pallette of characters as he follows the pennant race down to the last days of the season. 

-Sal Nigro

Five Came Back by Mark Harris: Fans of World War II history and classic movies will find this compelling book hard to put down. Five of the top Hollywood directors joined the war effort by lending their skills to making documentaries during World War II. John Ford, Frank Capra, John Huston, William Wyler & George Stevens were all changed by their wartime experience. Author Harris weaves a patriotic tale of self-sacrifice (as the directors were often under enemy fire), contrasted with the bureaucratic red tape that often stood in their way.  

-Sal Nigro

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles Book 1) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl.  The series as a whole isn't your stereotypical boy meets girl twilight knockoff with witches.  It was a nice easy read (all 500+ pages). You end up so invested in these fictional characters that you don't realize how much time has passed. Lena is a very relatable character as well as Ethan. There's romance and humor and suspense. It truly is a great all around read that anyone at any age can enjoy.

-Ashleigh

 Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren.  Christina Lauren is one of my favorite authors.​ I have yet to read anything by them that I have not liked.  Dating You/Hating You is very different from the other series I've read but it still has the same witty lines throughout the book. Its a a easy to read romance with amazing characters that are impossible not to love.

-Ashleigh

All these books and many more can be found in our stores.

Stayed tuned for more reviews from our book loving staff!

7/3/2017

Our Laredo Team had the opportunity to help El Cenizo library with a book drive for the month of June.  During the month long book drive, customers purchased a book of their liking and donated it to the library. Customers from Laredo, Mexico, and surrounding cities were willing to help and did not hesitated to spend extra dollars.  The City Mayor of El Cenizo, Raul Reyes, was delightfully overwhelmed that we were able to rise more than 352 books.  Along with our kindly Book Warehouse donation, I feel this book drive was a complete success.  

 

The news media was here this morning to capture the moment when we donated the books to Raul Reyes Mayor of El Cenizo.    Enclosed you will find a video of this morning event.

 

Thanks to our laredo team for their hard work and how they encourage our customers to help this magnificent cause!

We made the news!  Video Link

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