Current Staff Reads: April 2017

So what do library workers actually read? Here in Adult and Teen Services, we have a wide range of tastes and interests, so I thought it would be fun to highlight what some of us are currently reading at the moment. Who knows, this might become a regular thing on the blog! Let’s begin.

Brian:

Amazing Journey: The Life of Pete Townshend by Mark Wilkerson

Amazing Journey: The Life of Pete Townshend by Mark Wilkerson

This is Brian’s current read. As you can tell from the title, it’s about the life of Pete Townshend, the lead guitarist of The Who. Brian is enjoying this book because of its candid descriptions and snippets of insider info that he didn’t know before. (And Brian knows a lot about music, so that’s saying something!)

Jessica:

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Jessica is reading The Art of Racing in the Rain, which is a fictional book narrated by a dog! Jessica says she’s enjoying it – she says it’s a bit sad, but that the dog is very smart and she likes that it is the dog who is telling the story.

Maureen:

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

Maureen just started reading this book for the Coffee and Conversion book club at Fountaindale! If you’re into 1920s history, this might be the novel for you.

Deyanira:

Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Deyanira is reading Game of Thrones! She says she’s really enjoying it because each chapter is written from a different characters’ perspective. She also likes how it seems very seeped in both history and fantasy.  We just told her not to get too attached to any of the characters…

Emily:

In the Country We Love

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero

I’m reading In the Country We Love, which is a memoir written by Diane Guerrero, who is famous for starring in the shows “Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin.” She talks about being the daughter of undocumented immigrant parents who were deported when she was fourteen. It’s really good!

Hope you enjoyed seeing what some of our staff is reading! What’s on your reading list right now?

-ES

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Books and Movies to Get Into the Halloween Spirit

It has been awhile, but I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday, just in time for Halloween!  Every Tuesday, The Broke and the Bookish blog posts a new Top Ten list and invites its users to participate.  This week’s Top Ten is “Top Ten Books and Movies to Get Into the Halloween Spirit.”  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, but this year I just haven’t been in the mood to decorate. Maybe these books and movies will get me into the “spirit” of the holiday.

Movies (I like the classics – not the gore)

The Crow (The only non classic and some gore, but I do watch it every Halloween night) A man comes back alive and seeks revenge on the gang that killed him and his girlfriend.

Nightmare Before Christmas – a skeleton taking over Christmas? kind of like the Hogfather (best Christmas movie ever)

The Fly (or anything with Vincent Price) come on – the creepy voice at the end – “Help me! Help me!”

Abbott and Costello in Hold That Ghost – Hey Abbott…..

and who can forget…

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Books

The Cask of the Amontillado (or anything by Edgar Allan Poe) What could be scarier than being walled up alive?

Stephen King’s Carrie – His first book about a girl who ends up killing her tormentors with her mind tricks…

Bethany Griffin’s The Fall – Very creepy old house and an Edgar Allen Poe retelling. I haven’t read it yet, but I can’t wait!

The Fall

Neil Gaiman’s Coraline – Kids being kidnapped, fake parents, escaping from an alternate world

and for the nonfiction fans…

Erik Larson’s The Devil In the White City  – Murder, Mayhem, and Chicago

That’s my list. Boy it was hard to pick my favorites of the movies. I could do an entire blog just about my favorite Halloween movies. Well, there’s always next year!

– Lynnette

You Are What You Read

roommate agreement1   I was reading an email from Galley Cat, and they had an interesting article on writing that states if you want to write better then you need to read a lot of books. Now, I am not a writer, nor do I have time to be. What caught my interest was the infographic that went along with the article. The infographic is a look at what is on famous people’s bookshelves. The people that made the list are writers, musicians, movie stars, presidents, and television personalities….kinda. Along with John F. Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth, David Bowie, and Albert Einstein, you will find Dwight Schrute and my favorite – Sheldon Cooper. On Sheldon’s bookshelf you can find the infamous Roommate Agreement. If you do not know who Sheldon Cooper is run right now to your local library and rent a copy of The Big Bang Theory season one. Go ahead… I’ll wait. Good – you’re back. Now aren’t you glad you watched that? So, how many of the books on the infograph have you read? Me? Only 30 titles, but there are some good ones there such as:

Fancy Coffins To Make Yourself by Dale Power,

Reusing Old Graves by Douglas Davies,

The Revenge Encyclopedia, and

The Armageddon Survival Handbook.

Here is a link to the entire article: http://bid4papers.com/blog/read-more-write-better/

Top Ten Books To Read In A Day

So I am going to post again for the blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week is top ten books to read in a day.

1. The Shack by William P. Young – Great book for book discussions.

2. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho – I have read it at least 10 times.

3. Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher – I could not put this book down.

4. Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill – What can I say? Vampires and Chicago what could be better?

5. As long as I am listing vampire books, Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber – As soon as I read the book, my niece picked it up and started reading it.

6. The Seventh Victim by Alan Jacobson – I read it quickly and then started the next book in the series.

7. How about a classic – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury?

8. Back to the vampires with Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. After all the next season of True Blood is going to start soon.

9. The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde. What can I say – his books make me smile.

and last but not least…

10. Pretty much any Harlequin. In fact, you can probably read several of them in one day. How can you resist? You can be “Promoted to Wife” (by Paula Roe), “Tempt a Sheik” (by Olivia Gates) or even be involved in a “Million-Dollar Amnesia Scandal” (by Rachel Bailey) all in one day!

What do you think? What would be your choices to read in a day?

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.

Rocket Boys

Join us Wednesday, March 28th from 7-8:30pm for a lively discussion on a uniquely American memoir as we chat about Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam. A New York Times bestseller and inspiration for the movie October Sky, Rocket Boys is a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother’s love and a father’s fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space and who made those dreams come true. Stop by the 2nd floor Media Desk to obtain a copy of the book. We will meet in the Board Room on the second floor.

About the book:

Rocket Boys

By author Homer H. Hickam, Jr

Homer Hickam’s short article about his life as a young boy growing up in Coalwood, WV and aspiring to be a rocket scientist was called “The Big Creek Missile Agency” and was written for Air & Space Magazine in 1994. It received so much acclaim and interest, he was asked to write a book detailing the whole story. Rocket Boys: A Memoir was published by Delacorte Press in September 1998 and the movie based on it, October Sky premiered nationwide on his birthday February 19, 1999. The title of the paperback released at the same time was changed to the movie title, which is an ANAGRAM of Rocket Boys (take the letters of rocket boys and move them around to spell october sky!) It is also available in abridged audio book, electronic book, large print, and is a Reader’s Digest Condensed Book. Homer Hickam’s short article about his life as a young boy growing up in Coalwood, WV and aspiring to be a rocket scientist was called “The Big Creek Missile Agency” and was written for Air & Space Magazine in 1994.

Rocket Boys has been translated into eight languages and has received many awards. It was selected by the New York Times as one of its Great Books of 1998 and was an alternate Book-of-the-Month selection for both the Literary Guild and Doubleday book clubs. It was also nominated by the National Book Critics Circle as best Biography of 1998.