Friday, July 31, 2009
My other quirk, which I am sure is more unusual, is that if a book is really good I will flip to the end and sample a bit of it. I just can't stand not knowing. I only do this with novels that I am really enjoying. Then I can go back to where I left off and enjoy a leisurely reading pace.
I am sure everyone has their own little reading quirks. Fess up, what are yours?
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Teddy Hastings is more of a doer than a thinker, a man who measures his life by what he has built: a successful career as a middle school principal, a solid marriage, two lovely if distant daughters. But once he hits fifty, in the shadow of his younger brother's death and a health scare of his own, Teddy feels the gravitational pull of his mortality and realizes he is no longer quite so in the middle, no longer building a life but maintaining one. He yearns for delivery and transcendence, for a hint of the sublime, and is determined to find it. What he gets instead is the "intrusion of the irrational in his affairs."
Oren Pierce, a perpetual grad student who has "made a mark, or left a smudge anyway" all over the place, has had more than enough transcendence in his life. Neither the extraordinary existence for which he assumed he was destined nor the woman with whom he assumed he would share it has materialized. In their absence he flounders in the possible, wondering what it will take to anchor himself to the supremely ordinary existence he both longs for and abhors.
The intersecting and diverging paths of these two men take them from the grids of New York City to the domesticated gardens of New England to the wildest, most unstructured landscapes of all -- the bedroom, the classroom, the darkroom, and the far reaches of East Africa, where Teddy at last finds something akin to what he seeks.The cover made me want to read the book, but the description, not so much. What do you think, are you inspired to read it?
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Eyewitness Books: Moon by Jacqueline Mitton
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Other winners included:
Best Thriller of the Year: The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver
Best First Novel: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Personally, I prefer to arrange my books by subject matter; gardening, cookbooks, etc. It works for me. You may want to try the innovative system suggested by one of our Librarians.
Do you organize your books? What technique do you prefer?
Friday, July 17, 2009
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Big Empty by J.B. Stephens
Cherry Heaven by L.J. Adlington
City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau
Declaration by Gemma Malley
Diary of Pelly D by L.J. Adlington
Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam
Epic by Conor Kostick
Exodus by Julie Bertagna
Feed by M.T. Anderson
Gone by Michael Grant
House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Mortal Engines (Hungry City Chronicles) by Philip Reeve
Secret Under My Skin by Janet McNaughton
Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Thursday, July 16, 2009
This is a great listen- read by the author. A middle-aged unpublished writer from NYC heads for a tiny Colorado town to write a play to celebrate the town's history. The cast of characters he meets includes a bald headed woman artist, a 90 year-old pistol-packing rancher embroiled in a land dispute with a pompous rafting entrepreneur, yuppie idealists, local cowboys, a retired Boston detective acting as sheriff (with his dead partner along), and various other townsfolk.
As the play progresses and history gets written and rewritten (depending on who's telling it), the court fight over property rights heats up and a potentially violent woman plots the town's destruction at the time of the play.
This is laugh out loud funny at times, but also thoughtful and warm. The language might offend some, but it's honest and true.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I read the book so long ago I need a refresher now. My sister has a firm rule that her kids must read the book before they see it as a movie. How about you, do you like to read the book first?
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
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Thursday, July 09, 2009
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
How about you, what words make you cringe?