Kellie tells us what’s new in Toys and Games

Niya

“Niya is like a more complex Tic-Tac-Toe or Connect Four in which players are capable of controlling each other’s moves beforehand. The game takes place in Japan’s Imperial Garden. The game board is 16 garden tiles that are randomly placed at the beginning of the game. Each garden tile has one symbol and one plant on it.  One of two players goes first and places one of their tokens where a tile is and takes the tile away. The next player must then place one of their tokens only where that same symbol or plant from the previous player’s tile is on another tile. Each move affects the next players move by limiting where they can place their tokens. The game ends when one player gets four of their tokens in a row or a 2×2 square. Niya takes about one minute to learn and about ten minutes to play. It is a very simple, fun game recommended for ages eight and up.”

Battle Sheep

AGES 7 TO ADULT • 2-4 PLAYERS

Opposing sheep herds go to head to fluffy head in a strategy game the whole family will love. The goal is to occupy the most pastures with your sheep. On their turn, players split a stack of their sheep and move a portion as far is it can go in a straight line to a new pasture. Watch out for sneaky sheep and plan your moves carefully to fence out your foe! A different playing board is assembled before every game, so Battle Sheep is full of new challenges every time you play!

What We’re Reading this Fall

As the weather turns colder, it becomes the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book, under a warm blanket, with a cup of hot cocoa! Here’s what we’re reading under our snuggly blankets this fall…

Whitney

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

“Westerfeld’s latest novel is different from those that he’s written before in that Afterworlds tells two different stories: one is the story of an author, the other is the book that gets her published.  Darcy Patel is a teenage author whose draft written during National Novel Writing Month gets picked up by a publisher in New York. Every odd-number chapter in Afterworlds tells about Darcy’s adventures in NYC as she tries to ingrain herself into the world of young adult authors–that is, authors who write for a young adult audience–while simultaneously discovering who she truly wants to be. Every even-numbered chapter, on the other hand, is a chapter from Darcy’s book, which is called Afterworlds. Darcy’s novel centers around Lizzie, a young girl from San Diego who learns to cross over into the “afterworld” when she’s lying on an airport floor during a terrorist attack, trying to play dead so she won’t actually be killed.

I’m only about halfway through this book, but I’m really enjoying it! Lizzie’s chapters are by far my favorite, as they are a little bit more into the paranormal/fantasy type stuff that I usually expect from Westerfeld. But I’m also really enjoying Darcy’s story, as well. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Westerfeld’s books in the past, but also anyone who enjoys reading two stories at once.” Recommended for ages 14+.

Mike

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

“If you only read two fantasy authors in your life, it should be J K Rowling and Brandon Sanderson.  He makes his magic systems so believable, it’s hard to come back to reality after visiting his worlds.  Steelheart is slightly different from Sanderson’s other books because it is a dystopian novel set in Newcago, the remains of Chicago.  It follows the story of David, an 18 year old who was made an orphan by Steelheart.  Steelheart is one of many Epics that were given extraordinary powers and have used them to take over the world. Think evil Superman-type.  Steelheart now rules Newcago and no one, human or Epic, can stop him.  Enter the Reckoners. The Reckoners are a group of people who devote their lives to finding Epics’ weaknesses and destroying them, and David wants to join them.  He has an advantage over Steelheart that no one else has: he has seen Steelheart bleed, and may be the only person able to discover the way to stop him for good. Recommended for ages 12+ and for those who enjoy a great dystopian thriller.”

Click here for the awesome book trailer for Steelheart.

 

Happy Halloween from the Book Table!

We want to help you celebrate Halloween this year in the best way possible, so we’ve stocked our shelves with decor, books, games, costumes, and music to help you do so!

Books

The Teeny Tiny Ghost by Kay Winters

Each day the teeny tiny ghost goes to haunting school to try to become scarier. It’s hard work, though — especially since he’s frightened by his own screams! Then, one bat-black October night, the teeny tiny ghost is floating in his teeny tiny home when he hears a RAP TAP TAP on the door. And then he knows it’s up to him to keep himself and his teeny tiny cats safe. But what are the chances that a teeny tiny timid ghost will really be able to scare someone away?

AlphaOops! H is for Halloween by Alethea Kontis

H gets top billing — but a stubborn B has something scary to say — as the inside-out alphabet gives a howl-arious Halloween performance.

Ack! It’s time for the show, and A isn’t ready. But then again, Halloween can only start with one letter, no matter how the A-B-Cs normally go! The misbehaving alphabet is back, and there’s no telling who will take the stage next. Z for zombie? P for pirate? Will X think of something good in time? Neon-bright, comically detailed illustrations show a cacophony of costumed letters, each with a mind and personality all its own. Along the bottom, tiny pumpkins arrange the players in proper order, making this alphabet story letter-perfect for Halloween.

Music

Have you signed up for our third annual Creepy Concert yet? Don’t forget to do so before Friday! For more information about the Creepy Concert and how to sign up, click here. Also, don’t forget about our great supply of Halloween music in the music department!

Games

Murder Mystery Mansion: the Classic Whodunnit Game

Put on your inspector caps, and let the mystery begin! On a dark and rainy night, a man goes into an old mansion–then he mysteriously vanishes into thin air. Was he a victim of foul play? Or just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Your job is to find out what happened to him. Play in teams to solve the mystery using simple deductive reasoning.

To solve the mystery a good detective needs to answer 4 questions:

  1. Who did it? Which or our suspects did the dirty deed? Amber, Eugene, Venus, Rusty, Lily, Spider? The villain changes every time you play.
  2. How did they do it? Was it with cyanide? Shot? Stabbed? Electrocuted? Pushed down the stairs? Tortured with a venomous snake?
  3. Why did they do it? For love, money, power, jealousy, fame, or revenge?
  4. Where did it happen? The bedroom? The garden? The game room? The closet? The kitchen? The bathroom?

The quicker you solve the murder, the faster you win!

For 2 or more players, ages 8 and up.

Zombie Fluxx: the Ever-changing Zombie Card Game

The dead are returning to life! So what are you going to do about it? Grab a chainsaw? Barricade the windows? Start a zombie baseball team? Draw a card, play a card. Try to kill the zombies that are keeping you from winning…until someone changes the rules and suddenly you might actually want zombies! It’s the Fluxx game where zombies change everything.

For 2-6 players, ages 8 and up.

Costumes

photo 2A few years ago, the Book Table added its name to the list of Halloween costume vendors in Cache Valley, and we have taken this job quite seriously.

Come in and take a gander at our fun selection of Halloween costumes for all ages!

 

…and don’t forget about the annual Halloween Treat Walk in Downtown Logan from 10 am-4 pm on Friday October 31. Our employees will be dressed up and handing out candy with the rest of the shops on Main Street, so be sure to bring your kids by for an extra treat!

The Piano Guys, Blood of Olympus, and music from Catching Fire

We have a lot of new and exciting product at the Book Table right now, and we’ve compiled just a few of our favorites from each department below:

LDS Department

The Piano Guys: Wonders 

This new masterpiece from the beloved Piano Guys comes with 12 new fabulous songs including such pop favorites as Let It Go, Because of You, and Story of My Life. The deluxe edition of this CD includes a DVD with six music videos: Story of My Life, Let It Go, Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends, Don’t You Worry Child, Home, and The Mission/How Great Thou Art.

Check out the music video for Story of My Life here.

It is Better to Look Up: Life Experiences Shared from the Pulpit

It_is_better_to_look_upWe all love to be taught with stories. The Savior shared many in his ministry, and His prophets and other Church leaders have often emulated that great example. Gospel lessons come alive when they are presented in this way.

It Is Better to Look Up gathers more than fifty of the most memorable personal experiences shared in general conference over the years and pairs them with stunning photographic images. The result is an irresistible volume filled with remarkable true accounts of God’s hand in our lives.

You’ll love browsing through such gems as “In Harm’s Way,” by President Thomas S. Monson; “Man Down!” by President Henry B. Eyring; “Lift Where You Stand,” by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf; “You Stupid Cow!” by Elder Mervyn B. Arnold; “Worldly Promises,” by Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson; and dozens more. These short pieces are perfect for a quick moment of inspiration in a class, a home evening, or personal devotional time. Each one is presented with a scripture to complement the gospel message.

Featuring stories from every member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve, plus many additional leaders past and present, this beautifully illustrated book will soon become a family favorite and a precious keepsake.

General Books

Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The stunning conclusion to Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series has finally been released, and you won’t believe what happens!

From Rick Riordan’s website:

The Blood Of OlympusThough the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them, and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake. The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance.

Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps. The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

Michael Vey 4: Hunt for Jade Dragon by Richard Paul Evans

Michael and his friends must rescue a child prodigy as the thrilling action continues in this electrifying fourth installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling series!

Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electroclan head to China in search of a girl who may have discovered why Michael and his friends became electric. Her name is Lin Julung, or Jade Dragon, and she’s a child prodigy with an IQ higher than Einstein’s—and Ostin’s.

But Hatch gets to her first, and the Elgen are holding her prisoner in their Taiwan Starxource plant. Now the Voice wants Michael and the Electroclan to go to Taiwan and free her before Hatch can realize his dreams of an army of electric children.

The hunt for Jade Dragon is on, and it’s a race against time!

Music

Disney’s Maleficent

This book includes full-color photos from the movie along with the piano solo music to the songs from this newest Disney classic:Maleficent

  1. Maleficent Suite
  2. Welcome to the Moors
  3. Prince Phillip
  4. Aurora in Faerieland
  5. Are You Maleficent?
  6. Phillip’s Kiss
  7. True Love’s Kiss
  8. Maleficent is Captured
  9. The Queen of Faerieland
  10. Once Upon a Dream (as performed by Lana Del Rey)

 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

There are two different groups of music released for every movie: the music from the soundtrack (usually pop songs) and the musical score (or the background music in the action). The Catching Fire book has been released in both a piano, vocal, guitar version of the music from soundtrack, as well as a piano solo version of the music from the score, and we have both of them in stock!

The Hunger Games: Catching FireTracklist for the (P/V/G) version:

  1. Atlas by Coldplay
  2. Silhouettes by Of Monsters and Men
  3. Elastic Heart by Sia featuring The Weeknd and Diplo
  4. Lean by The National
  5. We Remain by Christina Aguilera
  6. Devil May Cry by The Weekend
  7. Who We Are by Imagine Dragons
  8. Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Lorde
  9. Gale Song by The Lumineers
  10. Mirrors by Ellie Goulding
  11. Capitol Letter by Patti Smith
  12. Shooting Arrows at the Sky by Santigold

 

Toys & Games

Avalon (review by Mike)

“Since I was moved to the Toys and Games department, I wanted to tell
everyone about one of my two all-time favorite games:  Avalon!  This
highly addictive game will be an instant hit with those who enjoy
games like Werewolf, Shadow Hunters, or Mafia.  It is a similar set-up where there are two different teams, the loyal servants of King Arthur and their enemies, the minions of Mordred.

In this game of deception and deduction, it is important to not reveal your own identity while trying to figure out who you can trust.  It is surprisingly simple to learn and I play it with my nieces and nephews ranging in age from 7 to 16, even though it is suggested for 13 and older.  But when my brothers and I or a group of my friends get together to play it, it gets intense.  This is a great party game for 5 to 10 people, it only takes 30 to 60 minutes, and it is only $19.99!  Come in to the Book Table and bring home Avalon today and let the epic games begin!”

3rd Annual Creepy Concert!

Come goblins, witches, and fantastical creatures to play in the Book Table’s third annual Creepy Concert! Sign up your students, yourself, and your friends. Performers will be grouped into 30 minute sessions (so you don’t have to stay the whole time!)

To sign up, you can come in, email the music manager Katherine at music.booktable@gmail.com, or call us at 435-752-3055 ext 3. The last day to register is Friday October 24th. The performance will take place on Saturday October 25 from 2-5 pm. There is no fee to participate in this event.

Costumes are preferred, spooky music optional. All instruments (including vocalists!) are welcome

So come for a screaming fun time with music, candy, games, and all the ghoulish company you can find!

The Family: A Proclamation to the World PERSONALIZED

Proc1020hOur LDS Department is now carrying a beautifully framed and matted print of The Family: A Proclamation to the World which includes a place to add your own 5×7 picture!

This item would make a great wedding, anniversary, or Christmas gift, giving the gift receiver the option of placing a family photo, a wedding photo, or a photo of their favorite temple.

We have limited stock, so be sure to come in a grab yours before it’s too late!

Labor Day Store Hours

In observance of the holiday, we will hold special hours on

Monday September 1, 2014. 

We will be open 10 am-6 pm.

Thank you for your continued support, and have a safe holiday!

The Skeleton in My Closet Wears a Wedding Dress

Though “wedding season” may be over, we’re never ready to let go of love and romance, especially in our LDS Fiction! Check out these four great novels all centered around one central theme: weddings.

Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things by Rachelle J. Christensen

Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding. But when her biggest client and best friend is murdered, Adri’s world falls apart. She moves to the posh resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, and starts from scratch. Thanks to her impeccable taste and unique style, Adri lands two celebrity clients and her business is headed for success–until someone vandalizes the specialty wedding dresses she imported from overseas. Adri must race to uncover the secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before she becomes the next victim.

Tying the Knot by Josi S. Kilpack, Annette Lyon, Heather B. Moore, and Julie Wright

When Athena Di Jasper accepts dashing bookstore-owner Grey Ronning’s proposal for marriage and they sit down to work out the details of the wedding, they discover it’s a daunting task.  Most of Athena’s family lives in Greece, so Athena and Grey decide there’s only one thing they can do: take a cruise and have a destination wedding in Athens–and with their trademark show of support, the women of the Newport Ladies Book Club are going international with them.

The cruise turns out to be life changing for more than Athena and Grey. Aboard the ship, each book-club lady unfolds a new chapter of her life. In this final installment of the beloved Newport Ladies Book Club series, discover what’s in store for Athena, Ruby, Ilana, Olivia, Victoria, Daisy, Paige, and Shannon. From mending marriages to overcoming addictions, the women of this remarkable group meet their triumphs and tragedies as they always have: together.

Before the Clock Strikes 30 by Aubrey Mace

With wedding festivities swirling around her, the bride’s fortune-telling aunt transfixes young Shannon Fielding. The gypsy woman foresees love in the girl’s future: before her thirtieth year, Shannon will meet the man of her dreams. The promise of romance is absolutely thrilling–it’s almost enough to compensate for the groom’s annoying younger brother…

Shannon has remembered, and loathed, Nathan since their childhood meeting at the wedding reception that set her on a never-ending quest to find her Mr. Right. When Nathan steps back into Shannon’s life, she is forced to reconcile her memory of the obnoxious boy he once was with the endearing man he’s become. Nathan quickly becomes the best friend a girl could ask for–but when their friendship threatens to develop into something more, can Shannon give up the idea of the mysterious soul mate she’s sought for so long?

The Skeleton in My Closet Wears a Wedding Dress by Sally Johnson

Beautiful, young Sophia Davis is confident that her decision to marry Travis will lead her to eternal bliss–but when her new husband abruptly files for divorce, she is completely blindsided. With the whole world falling apart, what’s a nineteen-year-old divorcee to do? The answer for Sophia is simple: she picks up the pieces of her shattered heart and returns to BYU. Hoping for a clean slate, she embarks on her freshman year–again. But this time, Sophia has a skeleton in her closet, and she’ll go to any length to protect her secret. As she reluctantly navigates a world populated by newly returned missionaries, sweet Suzie Homemakers, and serious students, she finds herself turning more and more to her home teacher, Luke. As their friendship blossoms, will Sophia allow herself to trust again in the hope of a true happy ending?

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander’s troubles have amused readers since the publication of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day in 1987, and now, fans of the book can see one of their favorite stories brought to life!

Coming to theaters October 10, 2014

Remember to read the book before you see the movie!

New in General Books

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen

Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal—but now she’s off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene

My mother, the glamorous and much-married actress, is hearing wedding bells once again—which is why she must hop across the pond for a quickie divorce in Reno. To offer my moral support, and since all expenses are paid by her new hubby-to-be, Max, I agree to make the voyage with her.

Crossing the Atlantic, with adventure in the air and wealthy men aboard, Mother all but forgets about Max and matrimony—especially when movie mogul Cy Goldman insists on casting her in his next picture.

Meanwhile, I find myself caught up in the secret investigation of a suspected jewel thief. Lucky for me, the lead investigator happens to be my dashing beau, Darcy!

Mother’s movie and Darcy’s larceny lead everyone to Cy’s Hollywood home, where the likes of Charlie Chaplin are hanging about and there’s enough romantic intrigue to fill a double feature. But we hardly get a chance to work out the sleeping arrangements before Cy turns up dead—as if there wasn’t enough drama already…

The Lost Island by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Gideon Crew–brilliant scientist, master thief–is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him an eyebrow-raising mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon’s task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security.

Accomplishing the impossible, Gideon steals the parchment–only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks. As they ponder the strange map, they realize that the treasure it leads to is no ordinary fortune. It is something far more precious: an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon’s life.

Together with his new partner, Amy, Gideon follows a trail of cryptic clues to an unknown island in a remote corner of the Caribbean Sea. There, off the hostile and desolate Mosquito Coast, the pair realize the extraordinary treasure they are hunting conceals an even greater shock-a revelation so profound that it may benefit the entire human race . . . if Gideon and Amy can survive.

Top Secret by W.E.B. Griffin 

In the first weeks after World War II, a squeaky-clean new second lieutenant named James D. Cronley Jr. is spotted and recruited for a new enterprise that will eventually be transformed into something called the CIA. One war may have ended, but another one has already begun, against an enemy that is bigger, smarter, and more vicious: the Soviet Union.

The Soviets have hit the ground running, and Cronley’s job is to help frustrate them, harass them, and spy on them any way he can. His recruiter thinks he has the potential to become an asset—though, of course, he could also screw up spectacularly. And in his first assignment, it looks like that’s exactly what might happen. He’s got seven days to extract a vital piece of information from a Soviet agent, but Cronley’s managed to rile up his superior officers (he seems to have a talent for it), and if he fails, it could be one of the shortest intelligence careers in history.

There are enemies everywhere—and, as Cronley is about to find out, some of them even wear the same uniform he does.