• THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins

    This novel that circulates around one single event. The reader travels the story from the viewpoints of three women, whose lives are intertwined more than they know. This story keeps the reader unsure who they can trust and who they “should” like, but all the characters are relatable and seem like someone we could be or someone we might know. Hawkins slowly pieces together a series of events that keeps you quickly turning pages. Each page though creates more questions that need to be answered. This is a novel that keeps the reader guessing what will happen next until the huge reveal at the end.
  • LEGENDS & LIES: THE REAL WEST by Bill O'Reilly

    If American history is your forte, you’ll enjoy this book, which has an Introduction by Bill O'Reilly. It revisits the legends and myths of the Wild West that we have all heard. But this time, you’ll read the truth about them. You’ll become familiar with the adventures of Daniel Boone, David Crockett, Kit Carson, Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley, Jesse James, Billy the Kid and more. The stories are enhanced by photographs and paintings of the era which lend to the effectiveness of the stories. If you have reluctant history readers in your midst, this book will surely grab their attention. It is the companion volume to the Fox News Series.
  • THE GREAT ZOO OF CHINA by Matthew Reilly

    What if Dragons were real? What if they were in a zoo we could visit? The Great Zoo of China answers those questions for us. Chinese scientists have discovered the existence of dragons, previously thought to exist only in legends. When the Chinese Government builds a zoo to house these dragons for the world to see, the beasts prove much more difficult to handle than normal animals. Reminiscent of Crichton’s Jurassic Park, this book pits humans versus beasts of legend.
  • THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

    Set in 1939 in war torn France, we meet two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle, each dealing with the occupation of their beloved country by German soldiers in different ways. Vianne chooses to go along and not make waves when their home is occupied by a German captain and their lives are profoundly changed, but Isabelle resists his presence and activities and works with the underground movement seeking to thwart Germany’s hostile plans for France during World War II. The book clearly shows that wars are not fought by soldiers alone, but also by those far from the front. The characters are vivid and the story is compelling from beginning to end.


Thank you for your marvelous support of our August Book Drive to benefit Project READ. You donated over 1300 books that will be used to help adults and children either learn to read or improve their reading skills. We are so proud of you!

The next drive we'll have is a Food Drive to benefit the Montgomery and Greene County FoodBank. It is part of a nation-wide effort to bring awareness to children that anyone can fall on hard times and need the help of others to get out of their predicament. That is the theme of a new children's book, CRENSHAW by Katherine Applegate. It features a young boy named Jackson and his family who are experiencing hard times. There is no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again. Enter Crenshaw..........a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him and save his family from losing everything. Can he do it? One thing is for sure.........friends matter, whether real or imaginary.

The bookstore that gathers the most nonperishable food donations from their customers will get a visit by Katherine Applegate, the author of Crenshaw, and winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan. We'd love to be that store! And the FoodBank will be so grateful for the donations. We encourage you to drop off your food donations at books&co sometime between October 1-31. We would truly appreciate whatever nonperishable food items you bring.

For more information about the Nationwide Crenshaw Food Drive, please visit The theme of the food drive is: Crenshaw is imaginary. Childhood hunger isn't. Help us feed families in need.

Have you noticed the excitement about coloring books for teens and adults? We surely have. We have dozens of them in stock. Come check them out!

We now have our October events featured on our Calendar of Events section. Please check it out.

BIG NEWS! The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners for 2015 have just been announced. The FICTION Winner is The Great Glass Sea by Josh Weil and the Runner-Up is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer. The NONFICTION winner is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and the Runner-Up is The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs. We have all the books in stock waiting for you.

Stop in books&co and vote for the Big Read selection for 2016 or vote on line at until October 24. The choices are: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez; The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd; Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson; and Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Any one would make a wonderful Big Read book. The winner will be announced at the end of October.

So far in November we have these author events confirmed.

, author of How to Be Right: The Art of Being Persuasively Correct

, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings. (Rescheduled from October 15.)

, author of Cold Serial: The Jack the Strangler Murders . This is a true story set in Dayton, Ohio

author of The Promise
(Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your books&co receipt for The Promise to get a line number.)