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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Meet the Staff: Allie L.

Posted by Allie L.

How long have you worked at the library?  Since August

How many items do you have checked out right now?  4

How many items are on your hold list?  2

What book can you read again and again without losing interest? Why do you still read it?  I think one series I will always go back to is Harry Potter. Every time I re-read them, I find new things or I relate differently to one part or another. They never get old for me.

What is your favorite aspect of working at the library?  My favorite aspect is being able to talk to everyone about what they like to read or watch. I’ve picked up so many good books and shows from this.

What is your guilty reading (or listening) pleasure?  My guilty reading pleasure is anything by Shel Silverstein. His poems are so quirky and fun and they always make want to laugh!  

What books do you feel guilty for not having read?  I never read Brave New World (even though I was supposed to in high school), but I’m starting it now!

What is your perfect reading environment?  I love to read by a window when it’s storming outside or outside when it’s sunny!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what single genre of books would you want with you?  I would definitely want fantasy books with me.

What was your favorite children’s book when you were a child? What is your favorite children’s book now?  My favorite book was Love You Forever by Robert Munsch, along with Is your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino.  I have to say that both of these are still my top 2 children’s books!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Beat the Guilt Challenge

Posted by Staff

Here at the library, we read a lot of books and we enjoy talking about them too.  So, when it was discovered that many of us have books that we feel guilty for not having read, this challenge was born. Sixteen of us have decided to accept this challenge and read a book that we feel guilty for not having read. We have until November 15th to read the book we have chosen and to write a brief review of the book. Here is a list of the staff members participating, the books we have chosen, and why we feel guilty:
by Wilson Rawls
Growing up I heard so many people 
mention how good this book is,
but I never gave it a chance!

Karen K.
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck 
Because I love Steinbeck and can't
believe I haven't read this one.

 Susan C. 
Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Everyone said this was great but it
sounded like your average murder mystery
so I kept away from it.
Joanie S. 
Atonement by Ian McEwan
I need to read more fiction.

Sam O.
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I started to read it when I was 
younger, but then lost the book.

Katherine R. 
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. 
A classic that I never got around to reading.  
Plus, there are so many references to the 

Kerste F. 
Margaret Mitchell
I've seen the movie, and typically 
don't see the movie before I 
read the book...oops!
Jacob D.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Being an English major and a librarian, 
I feel a great sense of shame having 
never even opened this book.

Judy T. 
Khaled Hosseini 
Because I feel like I'm the only person 
connected to libraries who never 
read it.  I believe it is a book that 
really will hold my interest.

Cary H. 
Charles Dickens 
Because I Love A Christmas Carol and 
should give the guy a better chance!!

Zach H. 
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. 
I loved the movie as a kid, but I'm 
curious to find out how badly Spielberg 
butchered it.

Melissa P. 
Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence 
Always wanted to check out this 
scandalous piece of literary history.

Devin G. 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 
I love the show & would probably
 love the books. And it's a classic
 I know I should read.

Allie L. 
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 
This was a requirement in a high 
school class, but my teacher 
didn't care, so I skipped reading it!

Megan P. 
Divergent by Veronica Roth 
It's a popular young adult series and 
I've already seen the movie! I feel 
behind the times not reading it.
Gwen B.
Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison
I have always heard much about
Ellison's novel Invisible Man, but I
have never been able to get through
the first 3 pages. I felt his 2nd novel
published after his death might be
easier for me to get through.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Jill's Journey through the Man Booker List: Part 3

Posted by Jill S.

The Man Booker long list was announced on July 23rd, so I decided to read through the long list to see what the judges deemed as the 13 best novels written in English this year.   These are my personal thoughts only - not literary book reviews.   As we all know, personal preferences vary greatly, and that is part of the magic and mystery of reading.  Some books touch you and some are written for others!
I am using the Goodreads scale:  (1) I did not like it, (2) It was ok, (3) I liked it, (4) I really liked it, (5) I loved it
On September 9, 2014 the short list of 6 was released .  I have noted Short List next to the title if the book made the first cut. The winner will be announced October 14, 2014.

Be sure to also check out part 1 and part 2 in this series.

History of the Rain by Niall Williams (5 out of 5 stars)
Summary: Ruthie Swain, the bedridden daughter of a dead poet, tries to find her father through stories -- and through generations of family history in County Clare.

Jill: This book told a beautiful story in lyrical prose, but it certainly had a meandering storyline.  I loved the story of Ruth and her father, and I enjoyed reading it slowly and savoring it.  Some people, however, I understand do not connect with it.    Ah – the beautiful mystery of reading……..

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (3 out of 5 stars) Short List
Summary: After noticing his identity has been stolen and used to create various social media accounts, a man with a troubled past, dentist Paul O'Rourke begins to wonder if his virtual alter ego is actually a better version of himself.

Jill:  I liked this book but am surprised it made the short list.  It made me laugh out loud at times, and I certainly flossed my teeth a lot more than usual while reading it.  There are certainly funny parts, but there are also too many theological passages in the second half of the book about the fictional Ulms and their religion to be enjoyable for me.  The New York Times review states that it hits a high-water mark in the literature of dentistry, however limited that may be.  Exactly! 

Us by David Nicholls (3 out of 5 stars)
Summary: A novel about love and family, husbands and wives, parents and children.

Jill: An enjoyable charming easy read which I liked more than I expected to.  I felt engaged with the story and the characters. I liked it more than One Day, but I don’t think it is Man Booker worthy. 

Considering the books that I have read that made the short list, my vote for the winner of the Man Booker Prize would go to....

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan