In which the Easter bunny likes a good book, too

April is flying by, and we're 

just holding on for dear life. We had a blast at Word of South in Tallahassee last weekend (seeing James McBride and his gospel band will forever be a highlight of my life, no exaggeration), and as I'm writing this, we're rearranging the store for our second Pen to Plate dinner. We're scheduled for another sell-out crowd, and I can't wait to hear the store filled with the voices and laughter of the people I love, all gathered around our tables, eating delicious food and chatting about books. Hosting a dinner party inside The Bookshelf is a dream come true, and it never, ever gets old.

If you missed last night's Pen to Plate, we've got plenty of upcoming events to keep you -- and your little ones! -- busy, including this Saturday's special story time and indoor Easter egg hunt at 1:00 p.m. (We've moved our regular story time for this event, so take note!)

We're also looking forward to next Friday's Poetry Reading 101 event with poet  and professor Jeff Newberry. I've interacted with so many of you these past couple of months who are curious about poetry and how to read it, so we're kicking off an educational series at The Bookshelf for your inner nerd. Jeff will teach us some basics for reading poetry, and we'll have titles on hand to celebrate National Poetry Month. Find out more here, and let us know if you'll be attending. We'd love to see you there!

Go ahead and mark your calendars for Indie Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29! It's one of our biggest days of the year, and this year is no exception. We'll have cupcakes and coffee, special merchandise, deals, author signings, trivia night, and more! (We're even partnering with nearby Tallahassee bookstore Midtown Reader for some special promotions so you can support both of our area's independent bookstores.) 

WHEW. In case you couldn't tell, things are a little crazy around here, but you know what? I wouldn't trade it for the world. 

I can't believe how much I loved this book. Historical fiction is not a genre I'm typically drawn to, but this story about a Jewish family living in Poland during World War II captivated me from the first page. I became deeply attached to these characters, partly because they're based on the author's own family, and partly because Georgia Hunter wrote each character so very well. I would never have picked this one up were it not for my book club, and I'm so, so glad I did. We had an awesome discussion, and now I can't wait to hand-sell this one to all of you. (Read with a box of Kleenex, she said.)