Friday, August 28, 2015

Books On Display: Books You May Have Missed in School

I do a lot of book displays in the library, so each Friday I'll be sharing book lists that I either have used on a book display, or will use in the future. This week's display is timely considering that school is starting up again. This is for those of us who are done with school, and may have missed (or didn't fully read) a few of those school required reading books.

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Ulysses by James Joyce

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams 

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Black Boy by Richard Wright

S. by John Updike

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Journey Through Time and the Canadian Wilderness

Etta woke up early one morning and decided that that was the day she was going to go on an adventure. She’d never been to the sea and was determined to make her journey on foot. So, she left her husband a short letter, and set off across their farmland, stopping to speak to their good friend and neighbor Russell, and was on her way. Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper is a story not only about Etta’s journey, but about Otto and Russell too. These three lives have been entangled ever since Etta became Otto and Russell’s teacher in their one room schoolhouse located in rural Canada right at the beginning of World War II. The story flows freely through time, fast-forwarding and rewinding from the 1940s to the present day. The flashbacks are shown mostly through wartime love letters sent back and forth between Otto and Emma. The present day is shown from the perspectives of Etta, Otto and Russell; all of whom may or may not be reliable narrators. Now, if you’re wondering about James, the last name in the title….well, I won’t give that one away, you’ll have to read about him yourself when you pick up the book!

Originally written for the Heights Matchmakers Blog.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Modern Romance

“Today, if you own a smartphone, you’re carrying a 24-7 singles bar in your pocket.” Online dating, breakup texts, and being monogamish are all discussed by comedian Aziz Ansari in his new book Modern Romance. These are all issues that 30 years ago, no one would one have even known existed. Aziz and a team of people did research on the trials and tribulations of modern dating through focus groups and online surveys on the website Reddit. He begins his book by finding out how people dated and married in years past, and he found through visiting a retirement home (and bribing his subjects with donuts), that most people met, dated, and married people that were in close proximity to their childhood homes. He then went forward in time, talking about the earliest stages of technology changing the dating scene, from newspaper ads, to video dating, to the birth of, and finally landing on today with Tinder and its competitors today. He also takes his research out of the U.S. and tells the readers a bit about how different cultures date in sometimes vastly different ways the we do here. Overall it’s a hilarious and eye opening book, between Aziz’s commentary, the testimonies of his research subjects, and the dating gurus he interviews, it’s a fun book that focuses on how we rely more and more on technology for all things, and how its changed our way of connecting and dating overall.

Originally written for the Heights Matchmakers Blog.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Goodreads Challenge 2015

So, I've been kind of a blogging slacker all summer, but, I haven't stopped reading, and I've blogged a bit on my library's website, so I'll be sharing those posts here as well. I did want to do a Goodreads update, because I finished my challenge of 75 books this year, and currently I'm at 81 books and counting!

Here's a list of what I've read so far, and links to blog posts if I wrote about them:
  1. Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by J.K. Rowling
  2. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  3. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
  4. Code Named Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  5. A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It or Not!" Ripley by Neal Thompson
  6. With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin
  7. March by Geraldine Brooks
  8. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  9. An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
  10. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
  11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  12. Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me by Ben Karlin
  13. Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
  14. Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  15. Runaways Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  16. Runaway Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
  17. We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist
  18. Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
  19. Runaways Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan
  20. Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts
  21. Runaways Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan
  22. Runaways Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
  23. Runaways Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
  24. Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos
  25. Last  Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick
  26. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
  27. Runaways Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan
  28. Runaways Volume 8 by Brian K. Vaughan
  29. Saga Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan
  30. Saga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan
  31. Superman Earth One Volume 1 by J. Michael Straczynski
  32. Superman Earth One Volume 2 by J. Michael Straczynski
  33. Mosquitoland by David Arnold
  34. A Widow for One Year by John Irving
  35. Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella
  36. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
  37. The One and Only by Emily Giffin
  38. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  39. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  40. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  41. At The Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
  42. Superman Earth One Volume 3 by J. Michael Straczynski
  43. Runaways Volume 9 by Terry Moore
  44. Life Drawing by Robin Black
  45. The Martian by Andy Weir
  46. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
  47. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
  48. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  49. Cary Grant by Marc Eliot
  50. A Country Doctor's Notebook by Mikhail Bulgakov
  51. Notes from Underground by Fydor Dostoyevsky
  52. Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
  53. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  54. Bad Days in History by Michael Farquhar
  55. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  56. The Perfect Letter by Chris Harrison
  57. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
  58. Lumberjanes Volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson
  59. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  60. The Walking Dead Volume 23 by Robert Kirkman
  61. Secret Lives of Tsars by Michael Farquhar
  62. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
  63. Trashed by Derf Backderf
  64. Punk Rock and Trailer Park by Derf Backderf
  65. Revival Volume 1 by Tim Seeley
  66. The City by Derf Backderf
  67. Love Lucy by Lucille Ball
  68. Paperweight by Meg Haston
  69. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  70. Perfect Timing by Jill Mansell
  71. The Art of Cardboard by Lori Zimmer
  72. Revival Volume 2 by Tim Seeley
  73. Etta & Otto & Russell & James by Emma Hooper
  74. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  75. A Walk in the Park by Jill Mansell
  76. How to Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis
  77. Revival Volume 3 by Tim Seeley
  78. Mislaid by Nell Zink
  79. Isis: A Supernatural Tale by Douglas Clegg
  80.  Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card
  81. Fishbowl by Bradley Somer

Friday, August 21, 2015

From The Bachelor to the Books

Chris Harrison has branched out from his The Bachelor/The Bachelorette hosting gig to also become a published author with his first novel, The Perfect Letter. The story centers on editor Leigh Merrill, who seemingly has the perfect life; perfect job, perfect British boyfriend, and a fabulous life in New York City. But, she has a deep, dark secret.  One which starts to unravel when she is sent back to her childhood Texas town to be a keynote speaker at a writer’s conference. This secret is shared with Jake, her childhood love, who was sent to prison after a traumatic night that changed both of their lives ten years ago. At the writer’s conference, Leigh sees Jake for the first time since he was sentenced, and has to deal with all the feelings she buried long ago. She had given up all hope of ever seeing or speaking to him again, but as soon as they laid eyes on each other, Leigh’s old feelings for Jake began to stir once again. She has to decide whether to keep her perfect life in New York, or start a new adventure with the life of her past.

I picked up this book because I am a Bachelor/Bachlorette fan, and it puts me in mind of Nicholas Sparks, so if you enjoy his books you might enjoy this one too!

Originally written for the Heights Matchmakers blog.