March 2017 TBR

Hey guys! I’d love to share my “to-be-read” list for March. I am hoping to read 5 books this month.7218138

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The first book I’ll be reading is Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by brilliant Mark Twain.
This book was my absolute favorite growing up!
It will be my 3rd time reading it, so I am excited to see if I can pick up something new or catch something I may have missed previously. I will be reading this book with the Great Reads Book Club and I cannot wait to hear what they have to say about this American classic!

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I will be returning to the world of criminal procedure in Dublin. Last year I have been introduced to Tana French and her Dublin Murder Squad Series. In the Woods is the first book in that series and it’s absolutely brilliant! What made In the Woods  the-likeness-pbsuch an amazing debut novel was Tana’s beautiful, descriptive prose, great plot and three-dimensional characters. Oh, and did I mention that the narrator is unreliable? It’s so great! The Likeness is the 2nd book in the series and I am beyond excited for my comeback to Ireland and its criminal world.

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20559In the beginning of the year I made a promise to myself that 2017 will be the year of exploring new genres. Ubik, written by the master of science-fiction Phillip K. Dick, is that book. His works inspired Hollywood blockbusters such as Total Recall (1990),
The Adjustment Bureau (2011), Screamers (1995), Minority Report (2002), Next (2007), Paycheck (2003) and quintessential sci-fi classic Blade Runner (1982). For my first PKD read, I wanted to select a book that was not turned into a movie and Ubik was a perfect choice.

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The Refugees by Pulitzer Prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen is the fourth book on my March TBR list. This book presents tragic, emotionally devastating the-refugees-thanhstories of Vietnamese refugees in California. This book seemed to be a perfect read in our contemporary political environment.

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1105full-the-story-of-civilization,-vol-ii--the-life-of-greece-by-will-durant.-coverAnother one of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more
historical non-fiction. Here I want to step out of my comfort zone and read more works of ancient history instead of modern history. This is why I picked a giant tome The Life of Greece by Will Durant. Published in 1939, this work is still widely considered to be an authority text on the topic of Ancient Greece and Durant’s name is genuinely cherished in historical circles. I am excited to read this epic tome but I probably will not finish it in March.

by Ilya K

Great Reads Book Club – May’s Book

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The term “Easy Read” is subjective to the individual reader. What one reader might define as an “easy read”, another might mark as a “hard read”. It was agreed by everyone in the Great Reads Book Club that What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman was not an easy read. Despite the fact that Wiseman possesses an undisputed talent for narrating a good story, the topic under examination is not an easy one.

Wiseman wanted to tell a story of what happens to different people admitted to mental institutions. She accomplished this through two storylines. The first is of Izzy Stone, who grew up without a mother because she was in prison for shooting Izzy’s father ten years prior. Traveling from one foster home to another, Izzy was forced to become self-reliant from her early years. Now, Izzy is seventeen and her new foster parents have asked for Izzy’s help in cataloguing abandoned belongings in a local, deserted mental asylum. While working, Izzy discovers Clara Cartwright’s personal journal, which gives Izzy a new purpose in life.

The second plot line tells us a story of Clara Cartwright’s appalling experiences in a mental asylum. Clara was 18 in 1929, when her conservative father arranged a marriage for Clara with a man she did not love. Clara rejects the proposal and her furious parent sends her to a public asylum, in order to convince Clara to change her mind. Clara’s experiences in the asylum are truly awful and some readers might find those parts hard to read. One of the biggest points that sparked up an excellent conversation in the book club was doctor’s authority over patient’s body. Is it ok for a doctor to make any sort of changes to his patient’s body just because he is considered to be a professional or can a patient reject doctor’s orders?

What She Left Behind can be considered a historical novel, for a large portion of the story is unveiled in the past through the eyes of Clara Cartwright. However, the novel can appeal to readers of fiction set in present times. There is a plethora of topics in the book, relevant to today’s world and its problems, like abusive relationships, motherly interference in child’s growth, bullying, women’s rights, professional authority, and birth control. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys leisurely-paced, character-driven, thought-provoking literary fiction and schemes of parallel narratives.

Ilya Kabirov

Enjoy A Good Mystery With The Chills and Thrills Book Club

 If you like mysteries maybe you would like to join The Chills and Thrills Book Club? The book club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7pm in our board room. Everyone is welcome!

Here are some of the upcoming titles that will be discussed in the upcoming months.

May 7th

sudoku_Murder2Mathematician and Sudoku whiz Katie McDonald,  a self-professed geek who works for a hush-hush government think tank, returns to her hometown of Granville, N.H., at the behest of her former mentor, P.T. Avondale. Katie is shocked to find him frail and preoccupied, his beloved puzzle museum in serious disrepair and dire financial straits. Before Katie can make sense of the situation, she discovers Avondale murdered in his office—slumped over an unfinished Sudoku puzzle that may provide a clue to the killer’s identity. She tops the brash new police chief’s suspect list and decides to solve the case on her own, not only to clear her name but to save the Avondale museum from the wrecking ball.

June 4th

Death AngelWhen the body of a young woman is discovered in Central Park, the clock begins ticking for Assistant DA Alex Cooper and Detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace to find the killer who has breached this haven in the middle of New York City. Is the body found in the lake, under the unseeing gaze of the Bethesda angel, the first victim of a deranged psychopath, or is the case connected to other missing girls and women in years past whose remains have never been found? Just as the trio gets their first lead, the investigation is almost derailed when Mike and Alex become embroiled in a scandal.

July 2nd

knockJacobia “Jake” Tiptree is deep in her latest home improvement project—repainting the porch of her lovingly restored house in Eastport, Maine—when she notices the man repeatedly biking past her house. His face is unsettlingly familiar, but his chilling message seems inexplicable: Blood shows up again. Murder will out. Then there’s the anonymous email warning her to beware the Fourth of July—just two days away. Jake remembers some shady characters from her days as a hotshot financial manager, but she’s baffled as to the identity of her nemesis—until she receives a photo of a murdered man. From home invasion to kidnapping, this twisted killer is slowly but surely plotting a knockdown, not just for Jake but for the entire town of Eastport.

August 6th

killineteen-year-old Jace Damon has had a hard life. His mother died when he was just 13, and since then he has been struggling to raise his younger brother, all while staying beneath the radar of Child Protective Services. With the help of an understanding Chinese benefactress, Madam Chan, the two have been living in L.A.’s Chinatown, where Jace works as a bike messenger. One dark and rainy night, Jace agrees to do a last delivery. He picks up a package from a shady lawyer, but when he gets to the delivery address, he finds an empty lot; suddenly, someone attacks him and tries to grab the package. The bike messenger takes off, but the attacker pursues him, nearly runs him over with a car, and takes a couple of shots at him. Injured and frightened, Jace returns to Lowell’s office only to find the place swarming with cops and the attorney murdered. The plot thickens as Jace attempts to elude both homicide detective Ken Parker, who wants some answers, and a menacing, shadowy figure, who is trying to get that package.

If you would like a copy of any of these books, please stop by our third floor Information Desk or call us at 630-685-4176. Hope to see you there!

-Christine

Chills and Thrills Book Club

Please don’t forget about our Chills and Thrills Book Club which meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm in our boardroom. Join us for some “mysterious” talk and have some fun. Titles coming up are:

September 4- The Drop by Michael Connelly
October2 – Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron
November 6 – Learning to Swim by Sara Henry
December 4 – Last Child by John Hart

Copies can be requested or picked up at our third floor information desk.

-Christine

Warm Up From The Cold With A Mystery!

Has the freezing chill of winter got you down?  How about getting a chill (and warming up) with a good mystery? The Fountaindale Public Library District has a great book club if you do, the Chills and Thrills Book Club. This book club meets the first Wednesday of every month in our second floor board room at 7pm for some “chilling and thrilling” book discussion.

Upcoming titles are:

March 6 – Guilt By Association by Marcia Clark

April 3 – Now You See Me by S. J. Bolton

May 1 – Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

June 5 – City of Whispers by Marcia Muller

If you are interested, please call us at 630-685-4176 or stop at our third floor reference desk for more information or if you would like a copy of the book.

-Christine

Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With….

I’m participating in Top Ten Tuesday on a wonderful blog I discovered called The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday the fun lovin’ people over at The Broke and the Bookish post their top ten lists on various topics. They then ask others to also post their own list and link to the blog entry. There is also a special Top Ten Tuesday page where they have previous topics (check out 2/20). So here goes… (drumroll please) The top ten books I would play hooky with……(especially on a dismal day)

1. The entire Jane Austen collection. No, I have never read them (hangs head in shame), but if I played hooky I would have plenty of time to read them all.

2. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I just read about this book on Friday, checked it out, and it ended up on my pile of to be read books (it just keeps growing, and growing, and growing).

3. Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. If I am playing hooky, might as well snuggle under the covers with a wonderful children’s book.

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. No, I haven’t read it yet. No, I haven’t seen the movie, either.

5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. The cover and the premise captured my attention.

6. Mozart’s Last Aria by Matt Rees. What can I say? I love Mozart and I love operas.

7. Blood Game by Iris Johansen. I started reading this as a book on CD. My car ate the 6th CD. I took the book out of the library, and the person who had the book before me must have been eating pizza and used the book pages as plates (ewww). I checked out the Playaway from the library and I accidentally left it on and the battery died. Maybe I shouldn’t read this book after all. Maybe it is cursed?

8. A Night to Remember by Walter Lord. After all, it is the 100th anniversary this year of the sinking of the Titanic.

9. Fallen by Lauren Kate. I do not know much about the book, but the cover intrigues me.

and finally…

10. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I used to read her Harry Potter fan fiction, and really enjoyed it. The book has been on my wish list for a long time, so if I play hooky, maybe I can finally read it.

And if anyone from work is reading this, I *cough* *cough* might not be in tomorrow…. I feel a cold coming on.

Get Chilled, Get Thrilled at the Fountaindale Public Library!

Do you like a good mystery? Do you like book clubs? The Fountaindale Public Library District is pleased to announce a fantastic new book club, the Chills and Thrills Book Club. The book club meets the first Wednesday of each month, with July meeting the second Wednesday, at 7pm in our Board Room. Titles coming up for the next few months are:

April 4 Money, Money, Money- Ed McBain

May 2 Smoke – Donald Westlake

June 6 Anatomy of Fear – Jonathan Santlofer

There is no formal sign up and new members are always welcome. If you are interested please call us at 630-685-4176. We will be happy to assist you.

-Christine