spring book saleWith spring comes the biggest book sale of the year, and it’s being held this weekend.  The Friends of the Library have been busy filling tables with all kinds of gently used books and other merchandise for customers to purchase.  The sale begins tomorrow, Saturday, March 28th, at 9 am and goes until 2 pm in the Foot Room.  Want to get into future FOL book sales early?  Then become a member!  For just $5/year you can become a library supporter and get into book sales a whole day early for primo purchasing choices.  All proceeds from the sale benefit the library.  Happy shopping!

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

famous in lovePaige Townsen has always loved being on stage, but until now she’s been more of a high school drama and community theater kind of girl.  The youngest of four kids, her family is supportive, but they think acting is more of a hobby.  And besides, Paige is a native Portland girl, hundreds of miles from L.A. and major studio casting calls.

Until Paige’s bestie Cassandra tells Paige that they’re holding auditions for Locked, the most anticipated book-to-screen film to hit theaters since The Hunger Games.  A supernatural thriller about a girl who gets stranded on a mysterious tropical island with her boyfriend Ed’s best friend Noah, millions of voracious fans are religiously stalking the blogs to see who gets cast as August, Noah, and Ed.

Paige decides to audition.

And gets the role.

Three months later she finds herself on set in Hawaii with Hollywood golden boy Rainer Devon, cast as Noah, and filming the biggest movie of the year.  But dodging paparazzi, avoiding rumors, making crazy early set calls, sitting for hours in a make-up chair, making out (on film) with the amazing Rainer, trying to act (and feel) like she deserves all the fame and fortune, getting yelled out constantly by the demanding director, keeping in touch with her old life, worrying about satisfying millions of rabid fans, figuring out if she should let herself fall for Rainer, and just trying to find some time alone to think are the least of Paige’s problems when Jordan Wilder turns up on set – and nabs the role of Ed.

Jordan and Rainer are notorious rivals in the gossip blogs, and it turns out to be one of the few things the paparazzi got right.  Especially when Paige and Jordan turn out to have amazing chemistry – on-screen and off.  When Paige finds herself in the middle of the same love triangle August has been fighting for three books, how’s a newly minted, real-life starlet supposed to choose?

I looooved this book!  Movie sets, a bad boy with a heart of gold (you’ll have to read it to find out who!), young Hollywood insider info, and endless Hawaiian beaches all make for a delicious confection you’ll inhale in one sitting.  If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to be shot from the small stage to incredible fame, followed a movie from standing in line at midnight for the books to the first casting announcement to shelling out for the collector’s editions of the DVDs (*cough* Twilight *cough*), or just love a good issue of US Weekly, grab your biggest pair of sunglasses and a copy of Famous in Love and settle in for a fabulous afternoon!

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

carnival at brayThe Carnival at Bray is the fifth of the five 2015 Morris nominees!  The last of the five, it also snagged a Printz Honor this year for best work of literature for young adults.

When Chicago girl Maggie Lynch’s mom announces that she’s getting remarried and the family will be moving to the small coastal town of Bray in Ireland, it’s more than a bit of a shock.  Leaving behind her friends, and, worst of all, her awesome uncle Kevin, to do her senior year overseas does not sound like a great idea.

It’s 1993, and Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, and grunge are everything to Kevin, who has instilled his love of everything music into his niece.  After seeing the Smashing Pumpkins play live in downtown Chicago with Kevin and his bandmates, Maggie knows she has music flowing through her veins – it’s the epic thing that makes her truly alive.  So when the worst happens and Maggie is left with two tickets to see Nirvana play in Rome, the only thing left to do is make it a pilgrimmage.  The best thing about Ireland?  It’s easier to get to Rome from Bray than it is from Chicago.  But Maggie isn’t as alone as she thinks she is – and she has a whole lot of help along her journey.

Filled with rich characters like Dan Sean, the nearly-100-year-old Irish farmer Maggie loves to spend time with, Eoin, the awesome guy Maggie finds herself falling for, and the motley assortment of world travelers, Nirvana fans, and Italian nuns Maggie meets on her journey to Rome, The Carnival at Bray feels like being at the best concert you’ve ever been to.  Sometimes quiet and introspective and at others a messy mosh pit of emotions spilling over the crowd, this awesome debut novel will rock your world.  If you experienced the nineties, have ever owned a pair of Doc Martens, live for flannel, love love love music, or have ever rocked out to Smells Like Teen Spirit (who hasn’t?!), you’ve got to check this one out!

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

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True Confession: I totally cannot stop listening to Taylor Swift songs after reading this novel.  You’ve been warned.

After a disastrous breakup, Reagan O’Neill is more than ready to get out of town for the summer, so going on tour with her best and oldest friend, Dee, sounds pretty awesome.  Even if Dee is also Lilah Montgomery, the biggest young country music star to hit the stage in Nashville since Taylor Swift, and their open road summer isn’t exactly going to be convertible top down and carefree.  Dee is also nursing a broken heart, so Reagan figures they can take the summer to chill on the tour bus, gossip, hang out with the band, and forget about boys for a few months.

Until a photoshopped ‘nude’ photo of Dee is splashed all over the tabloids, and Dee’s manager decides the perfect thing for country sweetheart Lilah Montgomery’s tarnished reputation is new love.  Enter the super swoony, way-too-nice-to-be-real, guitar and piano playing, Twizzlers and strawberry milk-loving Matt Finch.

Formerly of the Finch Four, a family folk band phenomenon, Matt is going solo, and the label is more than happy to give him an opening act deal – and boost album sales with rumors of romance – with their brightest star.  Dee and Matt have been music friends for awhile, so Dee is totally on board with having Matt along for the summer and playing it coy with the paparazzi.  Still recovering from a family tragedy, Matt is happy to go on the road with his old friend Dee, write some songs, and get a chance to show the world his true talents.  Reagan, on the other hand, is more than skeptical about the whole thing.  Boys, after all, can’t be trusted to do anything other than break hearts.

But as the summer unfolds in front of them, Reagan starts to change her mind about boys – and especially about Matt.  But how can she have a sweet summer romance with a boy the whole world thinks is dating is best friend?

I loved this book!  More delicious than a pitcher of sweet tea on the porch on a summer afternoon, Reagan, Matt and Dee’s summer tour was sugar and spice and everything nice.  I mean, what’s not to love about a guitar-playing guy in a cowboy hat who’ll write you songs and sing them just to you from a stage?  Open Road Summer is a stellar opening act for first-time novelist Emery Lord, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.  Make sure you grab this one for your lazy afternoons this spring break!