Enjoyable Reads

I’m listening to “Double Bind” and really enjoying it.  It’s by Bohjalian who is one of my all time favorites.  I just finished reading “Shanghai Girls” which was excellent.

Back to work.

Posted by Betty – Reference


Monthly Book Club meets today

Netherland picture.jpg 2 Netherland by Joseph O’Neill

With Lisa Caputo, Head of Adult Services.

In a New York City made phantasmagorical by the events of 9/11, Hans–a banker originally from the Netherlands–finds himself marooned among the strange occupants of the Chelsea Hotel after his English wife and son return to London.

1 PM & 7:30 PM.

My Summer Reading Project-cont’d

Hello, everyone!  Don’t think because I haven’t posted anything lately,  that I haven’t been reading.  Besides finishing “The Scarecrow” which was next in the Project, I’ve read some others.  Here’s my take on what I’ve read:

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly-  My first book by this bestselling  author  and it’s a good one.  The criminal activity was a little too grisly for my taste- British cozies being my mystery genre of choice- but I kept on reading!   I  recommend this one to fans of gritty suspense mysteries: 3 out of 4.

Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich-  Although the number of words on every page are diminishing and the white space around them is increasing,  I still keep checking in with Stephanie and friends.   If a book in this series makes me laugh out loud at least once, I consider it a good one- I chuckled audibly a few times.  I’ll probably read “sixteen”: 2.5 out of 4.

Fear of Drowning by Peter Turnbull- This is the first in a British detective series that I discovered when my colleague Brenda picked a later installment as a “Staff Pick” here at the library.  The main character, Hennessy, and his sidekick, Yellich, are as interesting as the plot.   In fact, all the players in this mystery are compellingly realized.  British, not quite cozy, but I’ll be back:  3 out of 4.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga.  This is my favorite book read so far this year.  The author tells the story  of Balram Halwal, an Indian of the lowest class, and makes the reader feel as if they understand exactly what he is experiencing.  Winner of the UK’s Man Booker Prize and deservedly so: 4 out of 4.

Next up: Shanghai Girls by Lisa See- # 4 on the 6/21 NYT list.

– Posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

My Summer Reading Project- cont’d

Finished “Killing Floor” by Lee Child.  Not bad.  The book kept me engaged throughout, had interesting characters and was not predictable.  I might read the next one in the series someday.   Rating: 3 out of 4.

Next up: “The Scarecrow” by Michael Connelly, #3 on the 6/21 NYT list.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

My Summer Reading Project

In an effort to familiarize myself with the tastes of our patrons and become more useful to them, I have decided to read a book from each of the authors that appears  in the top 20 of the NY Times Hardcover Fiction list on the first day of summer- June 21, 2009. I can choose any book that the author has written and I will not have to read a book by any author I have already read.  This means I don’t have to read Laurell K. Hamilton, Clive Cussler, Danielle Steele, James  Patterson, Stephanie Meyer, Mary Janice Davidson, Elmore Leonard or Alice Hoffman, although I still might ( “Road Dogs” -definitely, “The Host”– maybe, “Matters of the Heart”– I don’t think so!).

Wish me luck and I’ll keep you all “posted”- first up “Killing Floor” by Lee Child, his first book.  “Gone Tomorrow” his his current bestseller, 6  on the 6/21 NYT list.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

The Fate of Katherine Carr by Thomas H. Cook

FateOfKatherineCarrGeorge Gates is a journalist. His son, Teddy, was abducted seven years before and his wife died in childbirth. Sitting in the local bar one evening, he meets Arlo McBride, a retired police who worked in Missing Persons and who helped sweep the area looking for his son, seven years prior. George asks about the case that still haunts him and he immediately recalls the case of Katherine Carr, who disappeared one evening from a local park, never to be seen or heard from again.

Cook, true to form, has penned an engrossing mystery. There is story embedded in story. There is the story of Katherine and her disappearance. She wrote a story about it, which he reads to Alice, a twelve year old suffering from progeria, old age at a young age, whose life is dissipating. There is the story of George’s own son, Teddy, whose perpetrator was never caught. And there is the story of George, the narrator, at that very moment.

Cook’s mysteries always have an ethereal, cloudy, mystical sense to them and this is no exception…although, not as strong as, say, The Chatham School Affair, my favorite of his books. The characters are intriguing. The setting is perfect for the story. The mystery is deep. Any book of Cook’s is worth reading. You won’t regret it.

A blog written by the librarians at Syosset Public Library, Syosset, New York.

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