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Latest Additions February 28, 2011

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Honestly. Who can keep up with this crazy weather? And so I’ll move on to a different topic… No, not last night’s lovely display of glamour and fame, otherwise known as the Academy Awards. I’m thinking about an event yet to come, the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. This Wednesday, March 2, the NEA is asking “for every child to be reading in the company of a caring adult” to share their love of reading. But you know what? I think we could to a step further! I think Read Across America Day is a chance for all ages to celebrate their love of reading by: picking up a book, a magazine, a newspaper, or even… reading a blog! Right? I mean really. The NEA is encouraging us to show how much we like to read? Let’s do it! Maybe you’d like to select one of the latest additions to The Reading Room to read?

Virals by Kathy Reichs
Rosebush by Michele Jaffe
A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
The Flower Master by Sujata Massey

Maybe you could even challenge yourself? See how many books you could read on Wednesday? Or challenge a friend? How many can you read vs. how many your friend can read in a day? So many reasons to read! Who could say no?

— Stacey

Borders Bookstores February 23, 2011

Posted by Donna in New Books, Thoughtful Ramblings.
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 I guess I will need to rethink my retirement plans. For many years now I told others that when I retired, I would open a Readery-Eatery. I would get a chance to do what I loved to do…eat and read! One of my favorite television series from the early 2000s shown on the Hallmark Channel was Mystery Woman starring Kellie Martin as Samantha Kinsey, the owner of a mystery bookstore who solved real-life mysteries. I loved that series! There was also another sitcom on television in 2005 called Stacked starring Pamela Anderson who worked in a small family-owned bookstore. Ellen DeGeneres, starred in her sitcom in the mid1990s Ellen (originally titled These Friends of Mine for season one) as a bookstore owner of Buy the Book. Yes, I truly believed that if I couldn’t work in a library, I would work in a bookstore like Kellie Martin, Pamela Anderson and Ellen DeGeneres but with the news that Borders is filing Chapter 11 and closing about 30% of their stores nationwide, I am filled with dread that bookstores may be becoming extinct. Joseph-Beth Booksellers closed their store in Legacy Village after filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy too in December 2010. What’s happening to our bookstores? I don’t have the answers but I know that I will continue to support bookstores (and libraries too) by buying books…In fact, once I post this blog entry, I’m off to Borders with my coupon to buy the new J.D. Robb book, Treachery in Death. I might even start reading it tonight…. Happy Reading!   ~Donna

“A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.”        Jerry Seinfeld

Latest Additions February 21, 2011

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I had determined not to mention the weather yet again, but how can I keep from commenting on what I saw out my window and on the way to work today? Opening the curtain on my big picture window this morning was my first alert to the trouble outside. I couldn’t see a thing! The whole window was a sheet of ice! And then I went outside. Holy moly, the ice coating everything? Beautiful -and horrible. The trees are fully coated with a thick layer of ice and it makes them look like sparkly decorations. It’s hard not to be impressed by how glittery the trees are, but then you have to think about how much all that ice must weigh. It’s too much. How long can some of those tree branches last with all that ice? Yep. Beautiful and horrible… and it made it impossible not to mention the weather. Right?

Once you’re done marveling at all that ice, would you like to read a book? Maybe one of the books recently added to The Reading Room? Like one of these:

The Cypress House by Michael Koryta
The Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
Heidegger’s Glasses by Thaisa Frank
Damages by John Lescroart

Whatever you decide to do? Just take it nice and slow…

— Stacey

Happily Ever After February 19, 2011

Posted by Donna in Romance, Thoughtful Ramblings.
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The romance of Valentine’s Day may be over for another year but the love for romance novels continues to run “hot” in the publishing industry. According to the Business of Consumer Book Publishing 2010, romance books had the largest share of the consumer market in 2009 at 13.2 percent with over $1.36 billion dollars in sales! According to data gathered by Bowker, romance novels are now also the fastest growing sector of the e-book market. What’s the appeal of a romance novel? For myself, it is definitely not the gorgeous hunks on the cover (although I will admit that I do drool over some). I enjoy my romances for “the happily ever after.” Yes, during these unstable times, I truly can escape the troubles of the world for awhile by reading a juicy romance with a “happily ever after” ending. Life is good when I know that there will be “a happily ever after.” What about you? Do you read romance?           

            

Having reading as always!                                          Donna

Rosemary Sutcliff February 16, 2011

Posted by Donna in Adventure, Historical Fiction, Movies.
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 The new action movie, The Eagle, is based on Rosemary Sutcliff’s classic novel, The Eagle of the Ninth. Have you ever heard of the author, Rosemary Sutcliff? She was known primarily as a British children’s historical fiction author. She won the prestigious Carnegie Medal for her novel, Lantern Bearers, in 1959. She lived from December 14, 1920 and died while still writing on the morning of her death on July 23, 1992. As a child, she suffered from a children’s form of arthritis that forced her to spend most of her life in a wheelchair where she spent a lot of time listening to her mother retelling the old Celtic and Saxon legends. She would later use these legends in her books. Her first book written in 1950 was The Chronicles of Robin Hood. She is best known for her books that were set in Roman Britain in the early second century with her Eagle of the Ninth series. These books were The Eagle of the Ninth (1954), The Silver Branch (1957), the Lantern Bearers (1959) and Dawn Wind (1961). In The Eagle of the Ninth, Marcus, a Roman soldier sets off on a quest to find out what happened to the legendary Ninth Legion that mysteriously disappeared while under his father’s command in Northern Britain. He wants to find the lost eagle standard of the Ninth and to return the lost honor and respect back to his family’s name.

As a prolific historical fiction reader growing up, I thoroughly enjoyed the adventurous stories of Rosemary Sutcliff. Unfortunately, most of her books are out of print and you won’t find too many of her books still in school or public libraries. Hopefully, with this new movie, there will be a renewed interest in her historical books to bring them back in print so that more readers will be able to enjoy her wonderful stories.

To find a complete list of her books, check out the Fantastic Fiction website.

Happy Reading!                                                    Donna

Thrilling First Novels Full of Surprises February 15, 2011

Posted by Evelyn in Adventure, Debut Author, First Novel, Mystery, New Books, Thoughtful Ramblings, Thrillers.
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I love to read first novels to find new authors I’ve never read. There’s no expectations from previous books and basically you just never know what you’re going to get. Here are a couple of my recent favorites.

In Daniel Palmer’s debut thriller Delirious, Charlie Giles, an up-and-coming software developer, has it all. His start-up company has just been bought by a major firm and his “In Vision” software will be the next big thing on everyone’s car. When strange things begin to happen at work, Charlie becomes paranoid because he can’t remember doing them. Soon he can’t tell if he’s becoming like his schizophrenic brother, or someone is really out to get him. Could he really murder someone and not remember?

This book is full adrenalin with an incredible “can’t put it down” plot. To me it felt a little like some of Joseph Finder’s books with the “ordinary man in too deep in a business setting” so I wasn’t surprised that Daniel is a friend of Joe Finder. I guess it shouldn’t have surprised me that his dad is Michael Palmer either because I’ve loved his books for years.

When middle-class college student Karen Clarke agrees to tutor the rich, free-spirited young actress Biba Capel,she soon becomes addicted to Biba’s bohemian lifestyle, friends, and ends up falling for Biba’s brother Rex. Karen learns that the Capel family has many secrets, but when Rex goes to prison for murder, Karen keeps the biggest secret of all.

The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly is a deep, dark, compelling story told in alternating chapters ten years apart. Not only will you not want to put it down, but you’ll want to find someone else who’s read it to talk about the shocking ending.

~Evelyn

Latest Additions February 14, 2011

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Dare I even mention it? Dare I mention how lovely it was yesterday and how today I saw grass poking up through the snow? Dare I? I do! And what a lovely Valentine’s Day gift that is, don’t you agree? I’m happier to see grass than I would be if I was about to get a big box of super special candy! And because I’m so happy, I think I’ll share some books that have recently been added to The Reading Room!

Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons by Blaize Clement
Delirious by Daniel Palmer
The Radleys by Matt Haig
Killer on a Hot Tin Roof by L.J. Washburn
Dead is Not an Option by Marlene Perez

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody!

— Stacey

Traffic made tolerable February 12, 2011

Posted by Julie in Audio, Music, Musically Inclined.
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Got stuck in traffic the other morning and normally it’d be a stinky way to start the day, but the positive was I finally got to listen to the whole Matt Morris cd. I’ve been enjoying the first half and the 2nd was also good. I knew before going in that he is a former Mouseketeer and fellow alum Justin Timberlake had produced it for his own label. Was this Disney nepotism? Would it sound like Britney Spears or J.C. Chavez? If so, I wasn’t too anxious to listen, but like Mikey, I tried it and I liked it. He’s got a mix of sounds going on – at various points I thought, Radiohead, Jason Mraz, Art Garfunkel, Coldplay – so there’s an interesting mix. It’s worth some time…especially helpful to make bad commute time go faster!

— Julie

February is Library Lovers’ Month February 10, 2011

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Gosh darn and there’s so much to love about RRPL (and don’t you just love these word clouds?)!

Happy Reading!           Donna

Latest Additions February 7, 2011

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I have no idea. Why did I think that one sunny day would mean that the bad weather was over? Why? This past week has been nasty! The snow, the ice, the snow, and the chilly temperatures? Bleck. I *am* enjoying the increase in daylight though. It’s wonderful to see the sun so early in the morning and know that it’s going to be there later in the evening too, isnt’ it? It might be just what we all need to get through the next couple weeks until .. SPRING! Wait, is that a daffodil I see? (Okay, obviously I couldn’t be seeing a real daffodil… but let’s all pretend, okay? Thanks!) Maybe while you’re waiting to see a daffodil of your own, you might want to read a book that’s been recently added to The Reading Room? Great! Here are our latest additions:

The Fat Man by Ken Harmon
The Hanging Tree by Bryan Gruley
Act of Will by A.J. Hartley
Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall
Here Lies Bridget by Paige Harbison
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
World’s Greatest Sleuth by Steven Hockensmith

Here’s hoping the snow melts soon! (p.s. Only 41 days left of winter!)

— Stacey

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