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Another “5 Questions About Books”

Welcome Readers’ Services Librarian, Jackie Ranaldo, who is back to answer 5 more of our questions about books (her first 5 are here).

What book are you currently reading?

As always, I am currently reading more than one book.  I am almost done listening to The Whisperers, a Charlie Parker mystery, by John Connolly.  I couldn’t really get into the book while reading it, but then I started listening to it and the reader’s voice really brought the book to life for me.  It’s a mystery with a supernatural twist.  I am enjoying it, but not loving it.  The storyline is a little confusing to me.

I am also re-reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.  I read it years ago and my other book club recently chose it as our next book.  I started re-reading it last night and had to put it down.  I think reading it once in a lifetime was enough, but unfortunately, I don’t remember enough to be of any use to my fellow book club members.

And finally, because it’s summer, I need a lighter book to turn to for beach reading.  I just picked upLost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst.  I’m not far enough into the story to really give an opinion on it, but so far I’m enjoying it.  However, it makes me want to take an adventure to an exotic location, and alas, in the real world I cannot.

What is the last book you’ve read?

The last book I read was Remind Me Again Why I Married You by Rita Ciresi.  I loved it!  I found myself giggling constantly.  Ciresi managed to give such an informative, yet humorous view of marriage through her characters.  She was able to represent the daily struggles of a stay-at-home mom longing for “something else” and a devoted dad who sometimes “forgets” many of his “manly chores” without getting too sappy and unrealistic.

What is your favorite book of all time?

I cannot honestly pick an absolute favorite book of all time.  I’ve loved so many but to call any of them “my favorite” would be a bit much.  There are still too many books out there to pick a favorite.  I may not have come across it yet.  However, the two books I believe I’ve loved the most are To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.  There’s no way I could choose between the two.  The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck would also be another huge contender.


Is there a book you’ve faked reading?

I can honestly say I read every book assigned to me in High School (in complete and utter fear of getting in trouble).  However, once I became an English Literature Major in college, things changed.  I was assigned several books weekly and, unfortunately, some got thrown aside if I really couldn’t stand them.  In my own defense, I did read the large majority of my assigned reading, but at least two stick out in my memory as getting the “Cliffs Notes” treatment:  Moby Dick by Herman Melville and Clarissa by Samuel Richardson.  I disliked both books greatly and just couldn’t get through them!  But, I did read a lot of Clarissa.  I just skipped a few chapters here and there and supplemented with the Cliffs Notes.  I know that makes me a bad English Major, but come on, it’s 1533 pages of pure torture (for me at least)!

Is there a book you recommend a lot?

I am constantly recommending Lee Child’s 61 Hours.  It is the perfect suspense/mystery fiction read.  Lee Child is the absolute “King of the Cliffhanger.”  Every chapter left me on the edge of my seat.  I kept having to tell myself to put the book down and go to sleep (but I really wanted to keep reading).  “61 Hours” is the 14th installment in the “Jack Reacher Mystery Series”, but I hadn’t read any other books in the series and I was perfectly able to follow.  Child gives just enough background info to introduce new readers to “Jack Reacher” but not enough to be too repetitive for devoted series readers.

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

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5 Books We’re Listening to Right Now

For those of you who enjoy audiobooks, this week we bring you 5 books that the staff is currently listening to. The Syosset Public Library offers books to listen to in three formats: CD, Playaway, and downloadable.

Jackie Ranaldo, Readers’ Services Librarian, is listening toThe Whisperers by John Connelly, read by Holter Graham.

“The latest Charlie Parker thriller takes us to the border between Maine and Canada. It is there, in the vast and porous Great North Woods, that a dangerous smuggling operation is taking place, run by a group of disenchanted former soldiers, newly returned from Iraq. Illicit goods – drugs, cash, weapons, even people – are changing hands. And something else has changed hands. Something ancient and powerful and evil.”  (from the Publisher)

Pam Martin, Head of Programmng, is listening to Unbroken: A World War II Airman’s Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, read by Edward Herrmann.

“The inspiring true story of Louis Zamperini, who lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed.  During a routine search mission over the Pacific during World War II, Louie’s plane crashed into the ocean, and what happened to him over the next three years of his life is a story that will keep you glued… eagerly awaiting the next turn in the story and fearing it at the same time.”  (Amazon.com)

Evelyn Hershkowitz, Librarian Trainee, is listening to Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, read by Debra Wiseman.

“When Clay Jenson plays the casette tapes he received in a mysterious package, he’s surprised to hear the voice of dead classmate Hannah Baker. He’s one of 13 people who receive Hannah’s story, which details the circumstances that led to her suicide. Clay spends the rest of the day and long into the night listening to Hannah’s voice and going to the locations she wants him to visit.”  (Booklist)

Nadine Kessler, Children Services Librarian, is listening to Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” by Beth Hoffman, read by Jenna Lamia.

“For years, 12-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille-the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town. But when Camille is hit by a truck and killed, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt from Savannah, Tootie Caldwell, who whirls CeeCee into her world.”  (from the Publisher)

Rosemarie Germaine, Senior Library Clerk, is listening toThe Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith, read by Lisette Lecat.

“While Precious Ramotswe travels to a game reserve to investigate the death of an American tourist, trouble brews back home. Mma Makutsi launches the Complaint Half Hour, providing herself a forum for her grievances. And Precious’ dependable husband Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni suddenly decides to mortgage his auto repair shop.”  (from the Publisher)

-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services

A word about audiobooks…

audio books picFirst of all, do you “read” audiobooks?  Or do you “listen” to them?  Does one get the same experience from the printed version of a book as from the audio version?   This can lead to some heated discussions:  some people absolutely will not hear of someone saying ,  “ I just finished reading  Kite Runner on CD”, believing that if you have not read a book in its printed form you have not really read it.   The audiobook experience could not possibly be as intellectually rewarding.  The thing to say to these individuals is “I just finished listening to Kite Runner on CD”.  People who do “read” audiobooks, insist that they are “just as good”.

Before I started using audiobooks,  I, too,felt that listening to the audio version of a book couldn’t possibly be the same as reading it in print.  And do you know what ?  I still do.  But that does not mean that one experience is worthier than the other, but the two are definitely different.    I’ll save my thoughts about  the differences  for a later post.  Until then, what do you think?  Let us know by making a comment.

(If you’re interested, the Syosset Public Library has The Kite Runner in both print and audio.)

– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services