Pick up a scary story to read tonight!
October Bookstore News
We're pulling out plenty of treats this month (and maybe a few tricks too).
Jenny is busy selecting some horror books to display. (Are you a reader who loves a good fright this time of year?)
Renee and Sue are combing the children's shelves for tamer Halloween-themed books.
Jane and Linda are tabulating the Halloween trivia contest winners (see trivia quiz below).
Click here for more books (both kids and adults) that we recommend for getting into spirit of the season.
Caught Reading at The Bookstore
Look who was caught reading (and singing) recently at The Bookstore.
70s-80s' band icon Jim Peterik of Survivor stopped in to visit fans and sign copies of his book Through the Eye of the Tiger: The Rock 'n' Roll Life of Survivor's Founding Member.
Come into the store; we have extra copies of Jim's book available.
Meet Teen Staffer: Abbey
What I'm Reading
I'm currently reading The Normal Heart and the Destiny of Me: Two Plays by Larry Kramer. Both plays are set during the 1980s AIDS epidemic, following the life of activist Ned Weeks, who is based on Larry Kramer himself. People need to read this book because not only is it beautifully and poignantly written, but also was completely revolutionary for its time. It serves as a startling reminder (especially for young people) that not long ago we lived in a time full of prejudice, where people were oppressed simply because of their sexuality. It shows us both how far we've come in the struggle for equality, and how far we have yet to go.
Teen Reads Week is Oct. 12-18
My recommendation for Teen Reads Week is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. For anyone who loved Eleanor and Park, Fangirl is another funny yet touching example of Rowell's delightful writing style. Also, for all those Harry Potter fans out there (like me), they will love the parallels within the novel with the fantasy series of Rowell's creation, Simon Snow, as it brings back quite a few feelings of nostalgia.
I am a senior in high school at Glenbard West this year, where I participate on the Varsity Forensics Team and serve as the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of The Glen Bard Newspaper. I'm also in the Touring Chorus of Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago, and tutor at the Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center. I have been working at the Bookstore for a little over a year. I will be going to college next year and majoring in either English or pre-med (or both!).
Bookstore Brain Teaser
- Name any three physical attributes of the three women that visit Jonathan Harker in Dracula's castle.
- What 2014 children's book retells "The Raven"?
- What novel begins with this opening line: "The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years - if it ever did end - began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain."
Downtown Glen Ellyn is the place to shop and dine this holiday season. Join us for this year’s Ladies Night Out on November 18th, from 5 to 9 p.m. The night is full of music, cocktails, appetizers and special deals. More than 20 stores are throwing a party just for you, including The Bookstore!