Spring is in the air and time to get creative. One of our first floor displays, “From Blog to Book”, could help you. It has lots of cookbooks, biographies, home decorating and eclectic collections of essays. The cookbooks cover the topics of healthy cooking, baking of pastries and pies and catering for parties.
“The Bestseller’s Club” is the topic for the other main floor display. If you have a favorite author or couple of favorites who are bestselling authors, this service is for you. You can automatically reserve the latest book by your favorite author(s). Select from over 200 popular writers. Ask at the Readers’ Service desk on the second floor for more information.
The mini displays are “Books to Screen” which includes such titles as Big Little Liars by Liane Moriarty, The Dinner by Herman Koch and Drums of Autumn by Diane Gabaldon; and “National Poetry Month,” books of poems for a change of pace.
On the third floor “April is Defeat Diabetes Month” is the topic for our health collection display featuring books on the disease and how to control it. You can read an entire book, get a cookbook on diabetes diet or use one the handy-tip sheets on this timely subject.
Our last display is a little different, topic: “Mathematics Awareness Month.” Math is pure science and analytics. Stretch your mind with a book from this display.
Hope our displays spur your interest and give you something different to read.
-posted by Betty, Reference Services
Summer has ended and so has the reading project. It was an interesting exercise and I have to admit in hindsight, much too ambitious. To recap, I set myself the task of reading a book by each of the authors appearing in the top 20 of the NY Times bestseller list for June 21, 2009 (the first day of summer). If I had previously read any of their books, I did not have to read another by them, which left me with at least 11 books to read.
Piece of cake, no? No. I ended up finishing only 5 of the 7 books I attempted and the one I enjoyed most was by an author whose work I had already enjoyed many times. That’s not to say I wasn’t reading much this summer, I just did not want to read those books and I kept putting them off. The other books I read this summer were those that my own taste and curiosity gravitated towards. I read them willingly and finished them quicker that those from the project that were not that great. I believe that if I hadn’t been dragged down by these books, I would have read a bit more.
So, what did I learn? I learned that you should not try to force your recreational reading choices. We all have enough reading that we are required to do in order to keep up in our personal and professional lives. When we have spare time to read for recreation, darn it, we want to read whatever we want. And come next summer that’s exactly what I will be doing!
I haven’t shared my thoughts on The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The book is a thriller about a viral attack on NYC. It’s a virus that spreads very quickly and turns its victims into vampires – vampires such as we’ve never seen before. Although I found it to be a little too long and repetitive, I might read the next installment of the planned trilogy just to see what happens next. Rating: 3 out of 4.
(Read my previous summer reading project posts here.)
-posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services
Finished reading Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard (#18 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List), the sequel to his earlier book Out of Sight, and it is just as good.
I don’t know by what magic he conjures up the words that come out of his characters, but there isn’t much need for exposition in one of his novels, somehow the dialogue does it all. Meeting his characters in print is almost like getting to know them in person, the words conveying all the nuances obtained from seeing a person in the flesh. If you like crime fiction and have never read any of Elmore Leonard books, please do so real soon. I give Road Dogs a 3.5 out of 4.
I tried to read Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk (#16 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List), but did not like it at all. Sorry, Chuck!
Next book in the queue is The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, #9 on the 6/21/09 NYT Bestseller List.
– posted by Sonia, Readers’ Services
Finally finished Shanghai Girls! The story follows two Chinese women from their late teens in 1930’s China through to their experiences as adults in America. I found the book to be a very mixed bag. There were parts that were riveting and parts that dragged. The characters were sometimes compelling and sometimes not. The knowledge gained about Chinese culture and the experience of Chinese immigrants to this country and the insights regarding how close the bonds between sisters could be, made this novel by Lisa See a worthwhile read. And the cover was one of the best looking this year! Rating: 3 out of 4 (.5 just for the cover).
Next book: Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard, #18 on the 6/21/09 NYT bestseller list.
– posted by Sonia, Reader’s Services.