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Adult Summer Reading Raffle Basket July 25, 2016

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This week our Adult Summer Reading Raffle Basket has some fun for the whole family!  We have indoor and outdoor games, Cavs gear, and a DQ gift card.

Click here for information on how to participate.

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Adult Summer Reading – Week 6 Prize Basket July 19, 2016

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This week we are going to stick to some of the best things in life: books, chocolate, and coffee!

 

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Click here  for information on how YOU could win this gift basket!

Latest Additions July 18, 2016

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Sunday was one of the more important holidays in my world, National Ice Cream Day. I’ve discovered through my life that even though many people love ice cream, particular preferences for  ice cream are very personal.  Growing up I was not exposed to much ice cream outside of the cardboard quarts sold in the grocery store, and any variety of mint chocolate chip, or cookies n’ cream was a delightful treat.  In the last few years I’ve had more opportunity to try some of the local and regional artisan ice creams, and my perspective has shifted.

About ten years ago I was introduced to Graeter’s Ice Cream, and since then, no other ice cream has been worth the time or calories to me.  And that is saying something, because I’m not one to moderate either of those things too well.  The Cincinnati ice cream company has slowly made its way up to the Northeast Ohio in local grocery stores so I’ve made able to get my fix on occasion.  As of a few weeks ago, Graeter’s has opened their first Cleveland area scoop shop, making this past National Ice Cream Day monumental for me.  I was able to indulge in my favorite Black Raspberry Chip ice cream on a sugar cone just a few miles from my home. It was pure bliss!

If you’re looking for a book to be as passionate about as I am about ice cream, maybe one of these titles recently added to our Reading Room is for you:

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orchestra of exile

river road

devil's dish

leaving

 

Happy reading!

Beth

 

 

Adventures in Stand Up Comedy July 14, 2016

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I love audio books. Getting a car with a CD player was so exciting; I had NO IDEA how much I would love listening to books in the car. Then I upgraded to a smartphone and a car with Bluetooth. My head nearly exploded with all the NEW listening options. Overdrive audio! Hoopla! Podcasts! Everything was awesome…until it wasn’t. A couple of months ago I hit my first ever listening slump and I panicked. Reading slumps happen all the time, but I have never grown tired of listening. In fact, I depend on audio books to keep me “reading” when I am in a book slump. Thankfully my dear friend and fellow librarian Beth stepped in with the solution: stand up comedy. Beth curates our extensive music collection and when she created a stand up comedy display she took me “shopping.” Since then I have been laughing my way through our collection. I am hooked! Now, fair warning, this stuff is NOT family-friendly, but if you have a stressful work commute, why not spend your time laughing?

I started with some oldies but goodies, some big names in the comedy world-

Louis C.K.

 

Mitch Hedberg

 

 

Craig Ferguson (Love the accent!)

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This was great. I was on a roll. I listened my way through Patton Oswalt and Jim Gaffigan, Dimitri Martin and Ryan Dalton. But then I realized I hadn’t listened to any funny ladies. Beth had me covered! She had recently added some new material and was eager to get it out there. Thanks to her I discovered some new favorites.

Beth Stelling  and Emily Heller were my favorites of this bunch, but seriously, all of these woman are hilarious.

I just finished listening to Aziz Anzari (oh my gosh, I love him) and Amy Schumer .

All of these albums are in our collection. I enjoyed them all, but I have saved the best for last. I rolled into work this morning laughing like a lunatic. Why? Because of this guy:

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Of course, I might discover a *new* favorite next week…

Happy Listening!

~Megan

 

Latest Additions July 11, 2016

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Having grown up here in Ohio, I can’t help but feel obligated to spend as much time outside during the beautiful summer days as possible.  When it’s really hot I try to make a mental note of how nice it feels to have the sun on my skin and the sweat dripping down my face, because I know that in January I’m going to be longing for that heat very badly. I love taking my book outside to enjoy, and there are just so many wonderful places outside to read. You can read on the porch.  You can read by the pool, on a beach, in a park, in the grass.  Did I miss somewhere?  Probably.  If you’re looking for a book to take outside, check out some of the titles we have recently added to our Reading Room.

 

as waters gone by

at the edge of the orchard

before the fall

britt-marie

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Happy reading!

 

Beth

It’s a Suspenseful and Thrilling Summer! July 11, 2016

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We each selected a book that could be described as suspense (lots of action in a short period of time and appeals to reader’s sense of unease) or as a thriller (a specific, often exotic, world that emphasize defeating the villain.) And then we discussed those books we picked! Ready? ‘Cause here we go:

Beth: Flynn Berry’s debut novel Under the Harrow is a fast paced thriller packed with unpredictable turns. The protagonist, Nora, takes a routine trip to the country to visit her sister, but upon arrival discovers her sister has been brutally murdered. The rest of the book uncovers secrets from the past as a grief stricken Nora tries to solve her sister’s murder.

Carol: In She’s Not There by Joy Fielding, Caroline Shipley’s life crumbles when her two-year-old daughter, Samantha is kidnapped on their family vacation in Mexico. Caroline’s marriage ends, her relationship with her older daughter suffers, and Caroline is vilified by the press for the perceived parental negligence that led to the kidnapping. Now, fifteen years later, Caroline gets a call from a young woman who says she thinks she is Samantha—and things tailspin once again. Though at times an emotional read, this novel psychological suspense is relatively free of the graphic violence often associated with suspense/thrillers.

Emma: In Darkness by Karen Robards, ornithologist Dr. Gina Sullivan is on a research expedition with other scientists on the island of Attu, Alaska. Gina is out on a lake in severe winter weather when she witnesses a plane crash. There is one survivor, James MacArthur Callahan (Cal). Gina rescues him, but danger sets in immediately. Together they battle the environment and countless enemies who are after Cal. I feel the cover of the book is a little misleading. This is not a light romance but an interesting serious thriller.

Sara: I read the book The Good Goodbye by Carla Buckley. This is a story of two cousins, Arden and Rory, who have been like sisters their whole lives. They end up as roommates at a college neither girl wanted to attend because of the financial mistakes of their parents who own a restaurant together. There is a terrible fire in their dorm, both girls are critically injured and comatose, and one boy is dead. As police investigate the blaze, they begin to suspect that Arden started the fire. Her mother Natalie is sure of her innocence, and digs for details of her daughter’s life to find the truth. In doing this she finds she did not really know her daughter or niece at all, and that the girls knew more about the family secrets than they had ever let on. Told in the voices of Arden, Rory and Natalie this book is hard to put down and full of surprises til the very end.

Dori: In Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall, a private plane unexpectedly crashes off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard shortly into the flight and there are only two survivors: a down on his luck painter, invited at the last minute, and the small son of the wealthy family who had hired the plane. What happened? As the National Transportation Safety Board and the FBI investigate the crash, we learn about the passengers and their backgrounds, trying to discover who caused the crash. There’s the head of a FOX TV-like media conglomerate, a man about to get arrested for selling arms to terrorists, an Israeli bodyguard and the painter, whose last paintings depict a series of disasters, including a plane crash. Hawley, a television writer and producer, keeps us turning the pages and delivers a completely unexpected outcome.

Steve: Velocity by Dean Koontz is a horrific thriller that finds small town bartender Billy Wiles drawn into a nightmare after finding a note under his windshield wiper offering an unwinnable 6 hour ultimatum. If he doesn’t go to the police, a blond schoolteacher will be killed, and if he does go to the police an elderly charity worker will die. Billy and his friend, who happens to be the sheriff, play it off as a sick joke, but he next day a blond school teacher is found dead. Things get exceedingly worse for Billy.

Megan: The Trespasser by Tana French is the sixth installment in the Dublin Murder Squad series. Detectives Antoinette Conway and Stephen Moran are the newest members of the squad and therefore are usually assigned the cut and dry cases. This seems to be the situation when they are handed a murder case that appears to be a simple lover’s quarrel turned deadly. However, as the pair digs into the details they become increasingly convinced that this case is just a little too simple. Conway begins to doubt her instincts as well as her partner’s intentions as the evidence piles up to indicate someone on her own squad is out to get her. Is she being paranoid or is there more to this case than meets the eye? This is another brilliant addition to the series. The psychological tension and suspense kept me up late into the wee hours. This book doesn’t release until October, so if you aren’t familiar with the Dublin Murder Squad now is the time to get started!

Lauren: Lydia Millet’s Sweet Lamb of Heaven finds Anna hiding out in a motel in Maine with her young daughter, Lena. They have left their home in Alaska and fled from Anna’s husband, an uncaring and increasingly dangerous man who has never shown the slightest interest in his daughter until he aims for a political career and begins his first campaign for office. Then he needs a trophy family and Anna and Lena find themselves on the run. Holed up in the motel with a small group of other guests and keeping constantly vigilant, Anna slowly realizes that she and the other guests may not have come together by chance at all.

Stacey: The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood is what they like to call a “literary thriller” (in the library biz.) As the story begins, a small group of women have been abducted and taken to a remote location in the Australian Outback, had their heads shaved, and dressed in rough cloth to begin their punishment for promiscuity. As the women fight to survive harsh conditions, the tension builds around who’s responsible and when will they reveal their ultimate goal in holding these ladies hostage.

Next time? We’ll all be reading a Beach Reads book (ie something we’d be happy to take to the beach -or the porch!) Find something you’d like to read in the sun, or shade, just because it’s summertime!

enjoy!
Stacey

Family Fun! Week 4 of Adult Summer Reading July 7, 2016

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We are already into our fourth week of summer reading! This week our raffle basket features goodies for some outdoor family fun.  We have a handheld bubble machine, water paddle ball set, books, a Dairy Queen gift card, and a Cleveland Cavaliers Moondog hand puppet, all included in a stylish beach bag.  Be sure to get your reading entries in before we draw the name for this basket!IMG_4743

 

For participation information, click here!

Happy reading!

Beth

A Mid-Summer Report July 7, 2016

Posted by Megan in Audio, Beach Reads, Book List, Fantasy, First Novel, Mystery.
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If you ask me, mid-summer is an ideal time to compile a Best Of list. People have a little more time to read and listen to books. Maybe you are trying to catch up on your to read list or maybe you are looking for a hot new summer read. Whatever your needs, we have you covered! With my own personal reading I have been doing a little bit of both. Here’s what I have been reading and loving so far this summer:

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A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl is the story Alex and his mother and their journey from New York to L.A. via the world of Cons. It’s about the comic book industry, it’s about feminism and fandoms and a family that is going through traumatic changes. This story was so beautiful and the relationships that are explored will stick with you. For another coming of age story try The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extent.

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So, I took the plunge into J.D. Robb’s long-running In Death series (psst-this is Nora Roberts, in case you didn’t know that already). What have I gotten myself into? Naked in Death introduces Eve Dallas, a NYC police lieutenant. The year is 2058. Prostitution is now legal, but crime is still crime and murder and political corruption are at the heart of Dallas’s case. I can totally see the appeal of this series! It’s a futuristic crime-thriller with lots of sexy bits! I will definitely keep plugging away at this series, which is currently 43 books and counting!

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Speaking of long-running and on-going series, I started Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Milhone series in preparation for the author’s visit to Rocky River (save the date, October 14 and check back with us for more details!). I started with A is for Alibi way back in January and am currently waiting for N is for Noose to be available for me! These books, starring PI Kinsey Milhone are quick, easy, and fun reads. Perfect for summer!

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Finally, how about a little magic for your summer reading? Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (aka, Mira Grant) is a dark and mysterious novel that answers the what if the magic doorways, wardrobes, and rabbit holes that swallow children up are real? The children at  Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children is a place for children to go after their magic fantasy world has gives them the boot. When this once safe-haven becomes the site of vicious murders Nancy, the newest arrival, sets out to figure out what is happening. This short book is lovely and weird.

What are you reading this summer?

~Megan

Latest Additions June 27, 2016

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I love road trips!  I love being able to get in the car and watch the scenery change as I travel beyond my normal routes.  I love arriving at new destinations and taking in the local flavor.  I love exploring new places and meeting new people.  I love having an audio book accompany me on my travels.   Personally, I prefer to listen to nonfiction books on audio.  On a recent day trip to Pittsburgh we listened to Thirty Million Words by Dana Suskind.  We haven’t finished it yet, but so far it is fascinating.

If you’re looking for some reading or listening suggestions, check out some of these recently added titles to our Reading Room.

darkness

empire of sin

versions of us

 

Happy reading and listening!

Beth

 

 

 

Week 3 of Summer Reading: Windians! June 27, 2016

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Last week Cleveland was all about our Cavs champs, but this week it’s Tribe time.  This week’s Adult Summer Reading  gift basket raffle prize features a Cleveland Indians towel, drink cozy, awesome books, and ballpark snack favorites.IMG_4809

 

There’s still plenty of time to get your entry submissions in either at the reference desk or through our website.  For more information about how to participate in our summer reading program, click here.

 

Roll Tribe!

Beth

 

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