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What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Why is it that when it’s time to write a blog for our book store I revert back to my 8th grade self? Why does it feel like homework to the point where I haven’t written one since 2012? There are so many things on my to do list that it’s possible to avoid tasks for way too long. So…no more delay. The weather outside (gloomy) is perfect for doing home work.

Would a teacher even accept an essay on what I did on my summer vacation at this point? Probably not; but I hope you do because we had a really fun summer at the store.

You may have seen groups of Hudson children wandering around downtown with papers in their hands, on a mission . They were participating in a scavenger hunt to find Olive, a character in Jacqueline West’s wonderful series : The Book Of Shadows.

Jacqueline has done many visits to Hudson area schools and we knew everyone loved her series. You may have even had some Olives ring your doorbell on Halloween night.

I am happy to report that everyone had a great time, even the other merchants who participated. They hid 5” tall Olives in their stores and kids were tasked with seeking her out. There were lots of prizes and a huge finale party with the author in attendance too.

There was only one downside to our summer. A huge one actually. I broke my ankle in July and had surgery. It really puts a damper on your mobility and even your reading for a while. The night I broke it I thought “ oh well, no biggie, I work from home a lot anyway”. What I didn’t count on was being spaced out by painkillers. So….my reading habit took a bit of a hit.

Prior to that I’d been on quite a tear reading Middle Grade and Young Adult novels. I’m also back in the habit now. I frequently recommend books in these categories to readers of all ages. I completely fell in love with The Graham Cracker Plot. I am still in love with it and wish everyone would read it. Published by Macmillan it was written locally by Shelley Tougas.

Here’s the official blurb:
“Meet Daisy Bauer and her sometimes best friend, Graham, who are determined to break Daisy’s dad out of prison in this hilarious middle-grade debut.
No one believes her, but Daisy Bauer knows her dad has been wrongfully imprisoned and that it’s up to her to break him out of jail (aka Club Fed). She has a plan that she’s calling the Graham Cracker Plot because it was all Graham’s idea. She just needs a miniature horse, a getaway truck, and a penny from 1919—the idea coin.
This funny, nail-biter of a novel is about friendship and admitting you’re wrong. Debut novelist Shelley Tougas balances humor and warmth against themes of family, broken trust, and unconditional love against all odds. “

I couldn’t agree more. I was rooting or Daisy and Graham the whole time while also thinking this can’t possibly turn out well! What a crazy funny premise.
Seriously, please read the Graham cracker Plot. You will love it.

So what did Brian do on his summer vacation? Vacation…ha! Just so you know, he doesn’t consider the book store “work” so it’s OK if he is unable to travel somewhere. His “vacation” was spent reading, of course. He echoed my opinion that more adults should read Middle Grade and Young Adult books. As a matter of fact you may have heard of a little book and movie called “The Fault In Our Stars” ?

Brian spent some time this summer reading John Green’s other books: Paper Towns, Looking For Alaska, Will Grayson,Will Grayson and An Abundance of Katherines. Brian has been recommending them ever since.
I can’t leave this subject without mentioning another nationally published, locally living, amazing author: Stephanie Bodeen. Again, an author of young novels who writes so well you will love her books at any age. Shipwreck Island came out last Spring and joined The Raft, The Compound and The Fallout as some of our favorite books to recommend.

Thankfully , both ladies have agreed to plan a scavenger hunt for next summer based on their books. It’s going to be a blast.

Just in case you’re still reading I have to interject a commercial of sorts for the store. We have two things we really need to get the word out about. #1 We would love to host a book fair for any organization looking to raise funds. It’s w in/ win where we share the profits either for a night or a fixed amount of time with your group. We can also host off site fund raisers at any school or other organization.

#2 Our used book section is growing and we need you! If you have books you’d like to “sell” for store credit, please contact us. 715-220-8818, or simply check our website for more details.

I can’t close out a blog about the summer without mentioning some of the amazing authors we had in the store. We pride ourselves on bringing great author events to Hudson and hope you’ll join us. Summer saw: local author Emily Page, Ken Martens, David Housewright, Wendy Webb, Laura Sobiech , William Kent Krueger, Christine Reynebeau, Dennis Herschbach, LaMoine Macglaughlin, Gary Porter…..I’m sure I’m forgetting someone and for the national event, National Story-time Day , we were thrilled to host Kate DiCamillo.

Thanks for reading this blog about our summer as we look forward to a busy holiday season. We worked hard on the events, scavenger hunt, summer reading program etc and hope to continue working hard to offer the Hudson area an independent book store.

Thank you!
Brian and Sue Roegge

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