Favorite book covers: 2009

Who said “Don’t judge a book by its cover”?

The end of a year is usually the time for lists of one sort of another.  Well, as this is a library blog, it’s no surprise that I’m offering a list of books but this list has nothing to do with their content .  It has only to do with their looks:  a beauty contest for books. The following books have covers whose design and appearance were arresting and attractive to me, the moment I saw them.  There was no thought to it – no judgment about the authors or the sound of the titles.  Does that mean I read them all?  Some I did, some I didn’t.  But I’m not saying which:  Shanghai Girls, Very Valentine, Practicing Catholic, The Forgotten Garden & Death Wore White.

Click on the covers to see larger versions of the pictures and click on the titles to reserve any of them.

Did any book covers stop you dead in your tracks during 2009?

Let us know by making a comment, and a very Happy New Year to all!

~ posted by Sonia

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9 – When rag doll 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world where all humans are gone. It is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the newest member of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive and they will need to discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. The very future of civilization may depend on them.

Jennifer’s Body – Needy is a reserved bookworm. Her best friend is Jennifer, a conceited cheerleader. The two share little in common. They share even less in common when Jennifer mysteriously gains an appetite for human blood after a disastrous fire at a local bar. Soon, Needy’s male classmates are steadily killed off in gruesome attacks and she must uncover the truth behind her friend’s transformation and find a way to stop the bloodthirsty rampage before it reaches her own boyfriend.

Paranormal Activity – Katie and Micah are a young middle class couple who are engaged to be married. After moving into a suburban ‘starter’ house in San Diego, California, they begin hearing noises while trying to sleep. Not knowing if the presence is demonic or not, they attempt communicating through a Ouija board, angering the spirit further. Now they may never sleep again, or they may never wake up!

The Perfect Getaway – Cliff and Cydney are an adventurous young couple celebrating their honeymoon by backpacking to one of the most beautiful, and remote, beaches in Hawaii. Hiking the wild, secluded trails, they believe they have found paradise. But when the pair comes across a group of frightened hikers discussing the horrifying murder of another newlywed couple on the islands, they begin to question whether they should turn back. Unsure whether to stay or flee, Cliff and Cydney decide to join up with two other couples. This is when things begin to go terrifyingly wrong.

~ posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

5 Questions about books

Our Teen Services Librarian, Sharon Long, answers “5 Questions about books”:

The book you are currently reading: Going Bovine by Libba Bray. This is a young adult book that is hard to explain because the premise sounds too crazy.  In a nutshell, a teenage boy named Cameron suffers from frequent wild hallucinations brought on by Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease).  Despite his fatal prognosis, he escapes the hospital and sets out on a quest with his friend Gonzo, who happens to be a dwarf with hypochondria. Their wild journey follows the advice of a punk-angel named Dulcie and leads them from the Texas ‘burbs to the jazz clubs of New Orleans to an evangelical-bowling church compound in Florida.  There are references to Don Quixote and lots of teen angst mixed in as well.  I know what you’re thinking: another book on that?

Last book read: Last book I physically read was The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment by A.J. Jacobs.  I was also listening to The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson.

A favorite childhood book: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler written and illustrated by E.L. Konigsburg.  I still want to sneak into the Metropolitan Museum of Art and have a sleepover there.

Book you most want to read again for the first time: This is going to sound weird, but I read Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell for the first time in 2nd grade.  Suffice to say, certain details and innuendos went over my head.  It’s not that I want to re-read it currently, because frankly my dear, I don’t have time, but I wish I had been a bit little older when I originally read it!

Book you feel you should read but haven’t yet: I’m a little behind on adult fiction best-sellers.  I usually catch up with those on audiobook in the car.  I’ve heard a lot of good things about Adriana Trigiani, and have been meaning to pick up something by her.

New in DVD

District 9 – An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.  Also available on Blu-ray DVD.

The Hangover – A Las Vegas-set comedy centered around three groomsmen who lose their about-to-be-wed buddy during their drunken misadventures, then must retrace their steps in order to find him. Also available on Blu-ray DVD.

Inglourious Basterds – In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as “The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis.  Also available on Blu-ray DVD.

Taking Woodstock – A man working at his parents’ motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.

20-Something Book Club Upcoming Event

The Syosset Public Library 20-Something Book Club has made plans for their next event.  On Wednesday, January 27 at 7 PM we will be discussing the novel “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak.  This program is open to any 20-something looking for a great book discussion.  No registration is required and the program is free.  Non-Syosset residents are welcome.  Copies of the book will be available starting December 30th at the Readers’ Services Desk on the 2nd floor.  Please call 516-921-7161 x219 for details.  The discussion will be led by 20-Something Librarians Jackie Ranaldo and Jessikah Chautin.  Look forward to seeing you there!

~ posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

5 Questions about books

This week’s “5 Questions”  are answered by Jennifer Rottkamp, from our Media Desk:

On your nightstand now: I always start too many projects at once but I’m determined to finish what I start!  Right now, I’ve been zipping through the Sookie Stackhouse series and the Fables graphic novels.  I think once I finish those, I can finish the others… but I’m sure the pile by my nightstand will continue grow before then:

Blankets by Craig Thompson, Dead to the World and Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris, Fables Volume 4:  March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham, The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinley

A favorite childhood book: The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne – I just love Pooh and still do to this day! For “a bear of very little brains”, he’s actually quite wise.

Book you’ve read because of the cover: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See – and so glad I did! I think it’s one of my favorite books that I’ve ever read.

Guilty pleasure: The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer.  I gave in!  But, the series was entertaining; I finished it within 2 or 3 weeks because I just HAD to find out how it ended.


Books you feel you should read but haven’t yet: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

New Winter Staff Picks

The New Winter Staff Picks are currently on display on the 2nd Floor.  Come stop by Readers’ Services to see what books our staff members are recommending for the Winter 2009 Staff Picks Collection.  Whether your interests lie in historical fiction, non-fiction, biographies or suspense fiction we’ve got something for everyone.  You’re guaranteed to find a great read!  Visit the Readers’ Services Webpage for a partial list of the new Staff Picks, as well as past selections.

~ posted by Jackie, Readers’ Services

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