I had a good book day! What's that mean to you? What's your good book day?
First, I talked about books for two hours today. I'm teaching Readers' Advisory workshops every Wednesday for six weeks. I hope the attendees are enjoying the sessions as much as I am.
And, I received eight books in the mail today. Three were from Penguin's Obsidian, so you'll have to wait to hear about them until this month's book chat. The book chat featuring August mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime and Obsidian will cover nine books. (I'll see if I can round up a cat or two for that.)
The other five books are included in my good book day.
Scholastic sent a coming-of-age novel for ages ten to fourteen. Kathryn Erskine's Seeing Red comes out in October. It's a story based on the author's own memories and experiences with racial segregation. Red Porter's entire life changed when his father died and he has to face questions about his family's legacy and the injustices of his hometown. It's a story of family, friendship, and race relations.
I'l admit my favorite book today is a November release, Julia Spencer-Fleming's new book featuring police chief Russ Van Alstyne and Episcopalian priest Clare Fergusson. It's Through the Evil Days. I don't want to spoil anything for those who might not be completely through the series. So, I'll just say that Russ and Clare face a kidnapper and a link to an arson investigation while in a remote section of the state. It's a dangerous crew they face while determined to stay alive.
Jess McConkey's latest novel, The Widows of Braxton County, also has a mystery link. As Shirley Damsgaard, she wrote the Ophelia and Abby mysteries. Now, under her pseudonym, McConkey, she looks at family secrets. Kate puts her city past behind her when she marries Joe Krause and moves to his family farm in Iowa. As she struggles to find her place in the small farming community, she begins to realize her husband and family are not who she thought they were. Town gossip says the family harbors a long-kept secret about a mysterious death, a secret that haunts Kate as a dangerous chain of events begins.
I'd love to hear what makes a good book day for you. I talked about books for two hours, booked a guest piece on the blog and two giveaway books, had eight books waiting at home, and three of those are for the next book chat. Definitely a good book day!