Thursday, September 7, 2017

Game Day Reads

Happy Game Day! We're so excited about the start of football season. We've got jersey-style onesies, as well as tons of cute books about our favorite university, Ole Miss. 

Where Do They Go On Gameday?
by Laurie G. Fisher
We go to The Grove on Game Day to tailgate in style and hope for the Rebels to win. But what about the squirrels of Oxford who live in The Grove? Where do they go when their home is overrun with people and tents? Join the squirrels one fall Saturday as they escape the crowds and take a squirrely jaunt about Oxford to discover new places and old history.

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A House Divided
by Emily Witcher
Fierce rivalries become family fun! MSU and Ole Miss fans alike will love this book.

Goodnight Ole Miss
by Courtney Solon Brown and Andrea Lea
In true southern style, Goodnight Ole Miss introduces readers of all ages to this historic University, which opened its doors to students in 1848. Colorful illustrations and rhymes give a glimpse of the intangible spirit and love of tradition at Ole Miss. The perfect book to wind down with after a long game day.

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The Lion and the Lyceum
by Alex Beene
One boy gets a special alphabet lesson in this beautifully illustrated book. Follow along from A to Z to learn everything there is to know about Ole Miss.

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Stop by this weekend and check out these books, and many more, about Oxford and Ole Miss. Hotty Toddy! 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

One of the perks of being an independent bookstore is our large quantities of signed books! Here are a few you might want to add to your wish list...

Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown

Bad decisions are prone to haunt, especially when you buy and brandish your exceptionally creepy glowing-green monster underwear.

The Only Fish in the Sea by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Two courageous children go on a journey to save one very special goldfish.

Furthermore by Tahreh Mafi
A zany and charming tale of Alice Alexis Queensmeadow and her quest to find her father in the upside-down land of Furthermore. 

Almost Paradise by Corabel Shofner
 A gutsy girl and her pet pig go live on a ranch with an ornery nun in this heartwarming story.

Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy 
A debut novel about family secrets, first love, the limits of forgiveness, and finding one's way in the world from an award-winning writer, actor, and director.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
 A beautifully intricate world of ancient cities, dreams, gods, and monsters. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Junior Advisory Board Recommends...

This week, we'll be sharing recommendations from our book clubs. Our middle grade book club, the Junior Advisory Board, has 14 members from ages 9-13 that meet once a month to discuss and write reviews for their favorite books that we post in the store. Here are some of our their recommendations!

Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds-ROSS
Struggling to find a pattern in his everyday life and having a hard time keeping his powers under wraps, Miles Morales is getting into trouble at school, and a teacher who sends his spider-sense into a frenzy definitely isn’t helping. Find out what happens in this amazing book. Ages 13-17.

Bubbles by Abby Cooper-PAYTON
Sophie’s life changes after her mom loses her job. Then, Sophie gets assigned a project to do adventurous things. When she starts to see bubbles above people’s heads, she thinks she is going crazy. Will Sophie be able to cope with the thoughts?

The World’s Greatest Detective by Caroline Carlson-GATES
Toby is a regular boy living with his uncle on Detective's Row. Ok, maybe he isn't regular. But that is beside the point. The World's Greatest Detective, Hugh Abernathy decides to hold a contest for detectives to see who can solve mystery at Coleford Manor. Toby decides to enter. It happens that a junior sleuth and young girl lives there. Her name is Ivy. They become friends and partners and try to crack the case. What happens at the Manor? Will Toby and Ivy solve the case? Find out in The World's Greatest Detective.  

Lemons by Melissa Savage-RACHEL
This was the most amazing book! The main character’s name was Lemonade and her mom died of cancer...but because of that, she got put in her grandpa’s care in a strange place called Willow Creek. There is a weird kid named Tobin and he teaches Lemonade about Bigfoot and how Willow Creek is connected to him. But while they are searching for Bigfoot, they find something smaller but better…

The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff-VISHNU
This book was amazing! I give it 5/5 stars.  It has a great theme: friends should stick together no matter what, and always be there behind each other’s backs.  It’s about 10 kids who protest about equal rights. They stay in a treehouse to demand what they want. In all, I definitely recommend this book to people of all ages.

Dragon’s Green by Scarlett Thomas-VICTORIA
This is a PRODIGIOUS book! First of all, I fell in love with names of the main characters. My favorite is Euphemia Sixten Bookend Truelove. Effie (Euphemia) has so stay with her grandfather. He believes in magic but rebuffs her pleas to teach her magic. All of his very valuable books except one are taken and Effie has to get the books back and save the world maybe?

Friday, July 28, 2017

Beat the Back-to-School Blues!

Can you believe that school starts in one week? We've rounded up some of our favorite books about school for each age group to fight those first day jitters.

Kindergarten-2nd grade

"Twas the night before kindergarten,
and as they prepared,
kids were excited,
and a little bit scared."

 There's no need for fear-you too can rock your school shoes! Pete the Cat's adventures in school are for everyone.

Come with Mr. Fish as he learns that school isn't scary-it's a great place to learn.

Little ones can follow these devious dinos as they make a ruckus at school.

3rd grade-8th grade

Even Bad Kitties have to learn sometime...this early chapter book is great for reluctant readers.

Need inspiration? Based on the true story of four inner city kids and their quest to build the world's largest tetrahedron.

 Book club member Rachel has already read this 5 times! A graphic novel about navigating friendships in school. 

Kids worried about starting middle school will find comfort and humor in FRAZZLED.

High School

 FRESHMEN YEAR: Avert disaster with this diary that navigates the highs & lows of family, friendship, school, and love.

SOPHOMORE YEAR: Charlotte Holmes meets Jamie Watson at boarding school. Chaos ensues and mysteries are solved.

JUNIOR YEAR: Tom Grendel wages war against the annoying bro next store but falls for his sister instead. 

SENIOR YEAR: Precocious Flannery skips school to chase a mystery involving a wayward teacher and Wuthering Heights.

Good luck everyone! It's gonna be a great year.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Most Anticipated Fall Reads 2017

It's crazy hot outside, but we're already thinking about fall.  Here's a selection of our most anticipated books for this fall--and we're getting signed copies!

Jan Brett's latest is a creative take on "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" with her typically gorgeous illustrations.

Skippyjon Jones author Judy Schachner has the perfect back to school book.

Award-winning team Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen have a hilarious and unexpected tale about one very hungry wolf.

We know everyone is eagerly awaiting the third Magnus Chase adventure by superstar Rick Riordan.

 Get in the Halloween spirit with this spine-tingling tale by Alexandra Bracken; it has plenty of chills and thrills.

An international adventure with child pick-pockets by Colin Meloy of The Decemberists? SIGN US UP.

We can't wait to meet Aza Holmes and we can't wait for John Green's first novel in FOUR YEARS.

Graceling author Kristin Cashore's genre-bending new book is already a teen book club favorite.

Teen slasher fic goes to a new level in this awesomely terrifying book by Stephanie Perkins.

 The start of a new series by DC and an action packed extravaganza by Leigh Bardugo.

Look out for more of our favorite fall books in the next edition of the Dear Reader. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

City of Saints & Thieves

So surprised more people aren't reading this.

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling murder mystery set in Kenya. In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn't exist."


Kick off the summer with these great reads.  Contact or for more information.  Be bold.  Be well read.