Winter Book BINGO: Spotlight on LGBTQIA

The Merry Spinster

by Daniel Mallory Ortberg
Confessions of the Fox

by Jordy Rosenberg
RubyFruit Jungle

by Rita Mae Brown

by Garth Nix
Less: a novel

by Andrew Sean Greer
So Lucky

by Nicola Griffith

by C.L. Polk

Lists of books with an LGBTQIA authors or character:


Books to movies!

One of the types of books I love to read are books that end up getting adapted to movies. I enjoy seeing the differences between my interpretation of a characters physical description and the actors that are casted for roles. What is also an intriguing but can be frustrating is what is left out of movies, changed, or added to make the movie more profitable. Below are a few of the books that I’ve read that have been adapted into movies. I hope you enjoy it and get an idea for your next book to read and movie to watch.

5-people The Five People You Meet in Heaven is written by my favorite author Mitch Albom. This was the first book by Mitch Albom that I was introduced to it. At the time, when I first read the book, I was in grade school. The book was released in 2003, the movie premiered as a TV movie the following year.

mebeforeyouMe Before You by Jojo Moyes is a sweet, warm-hearted story of finding love in unexpected places. Louisa Clark lives a basic life, has a job, close to her family, in a steady relationship. Once she receives notice that the coffee shop she works at is closing, Louisa is in desperate need of a new job, any job. She interviews to be the companion/ care-giver for wheelchair-bound Will Traynor. Louisa tries her best to improve Will’s happiness given the circumstances. Through they’re time together they both find happiness and love but they can’t live happily ever after. A decision Will made even before he met Louisa prevents this. A movie was adapted from the book with Emilia Clarke as Louisa and Sam Claflin as Will, released last February.

how-to-be-singleHow to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo was the perfect book to read at the timing of a recent breakup. This book was not at all what I was expecting, given the title but as a book I complete enjoyed it. The story follows the main character as she travels to various countries to learn what it means to be single in those cultures in contrast to what it means to be a single woman in the USA. The book originally published in 2008 was not adapted to a film until February of last year. I saw the movie right after reading the book and was completely disappointed. This is a perfect example of how different a book and movie adaptation can be.


immortallifeThe Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks  by Rebecca Skloot follows two stories. The first is the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman as she undergoes cancer treatment in the 1950s. The second story follows the author as she journeys to Boston to find the full story of Henrietta Lacks. Intrigued by the only information she found in a medical text book, that a woman named Henrietta Lacks had cancer cells that continue to grow even after her death. Rebecca meets with Henrietta’s daughter Deborah Lacks who helps her on her quest to write the book to tell the full story of Henrietta, not just about the HeLa cells. I started reading this book a couple years ago but when I saw in the newspaper that it would be adapted to an HBO TV movie, I had to finish it. The movie is scheduled to air on April 22 with Rose Byrne playing the role of Rebecca Skloot and Oprah Winfrey as Deborah Lacks.


theshackIn William Paul Young’s The Shack, Mack returns to the Shack. This old abandoned building was the last location that Mack’s youngest daughter was thought to have been when she was abducted from a nearby camping grounds in Oregon during a family vacation. Mack was intrigued by a note he received in the mail to return to the shack, addressed by God. In this visit, Mack meets all three forms of God, gets understanding of life’s mysteries and finds peace. If you have ever wanted to have a deep meaningful conversation with God, this is the book for you as it was for me. I read this book last year for the department’s monthly book discussion but did not find out it would be adapted to film until last week. I am extremely excited for the release this weekend staring Sam Worthington as Mack and Octavia Spencer as Papa.

I hope you enjoy reading and watching!



Write On with NaNoWriMo


The first week of NaNoWriMo has come to an end, but there is still time to get started on your novel. National Novel Writing Month is a world-wide event that encourages people to write 50,000 words in 30 days. The NaNoWriMo community is designed to motivate and support writers as they develop or strengthen writing habits. Yesterday the library hosted a panel of seasoned NaNoWriMo writers and they had great advice for people interested in starting a novel. In addition to discussing different approaches to writing programs and generally encouraging new writers, they also gave a little plug for libraries when they lamented the challenges of writing at home. Basically, all four panelists agreed that home writing, if not impossible, is really difficult to do. Most of them do their writing on work breaks, in restaurants, coffee shops, and libraries. Libraries are great places to write! They are quiet (sort of), full of writing resources, and honestly, they provide some pretty great people watching. Whether you write solely for yourself or have dreams of publishing, the NaNoWriMo program and community is a great place to start. Need a little more encouragement? Check out one of these books that started as NaNoWriMo projects:

water for elephants

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is a New York Times Bestseller and a feature film starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson!

night circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern began as a NaNoWriMo project in 2004, seven years before it was published. The film rights have been optioned by Summit Entertainment, the same company that brought us Harry Potter. Speaking of Harry Potter, Jim Dale, the brilliant reader for the Harry Potter audio books also reads the audio of The Night Circus. It’s amazing!


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is the author’s third published novel. She wrote Fangirl during NaNoWriMo 2011 and it joined Attachments and Eleanor & Park (and bumped Rainbow Rowell to the top of my must-read-whatever-they-write list).

cinder scarlet cress

Cinder, Scarlet and Cress by Marissa Meyer all began during NaNoWriMo. This futuristic retelling of well-known fairy tales is amazing and I am anxiously awaiting the final title in the series, Winter, which comes out this week! Like Fangirl, you’ll find this series in the Teen collection, but I encourage all you adult readers to check them out. Don’t be shy, they are so much fun!

So, check out a bestselling NaNoWriMo book, or get started writing your own! Either way, the library is here to help.

Happy Reading!


Read It Before You See It! Your 2013 Books Into Movies Guide

So, you’ve seen Breaking Dawn Part 2 (it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Embrace the teen vampire romance. It’s ok, we won’t judge.), Life Of Pi, Rise of the Guardians, and Cloud Atlas. You are all ready for The Hobbit to come out in a couple of weeks and Catching Fire won’t be out for ages. What is a book buff and film fanatic to do in the meantime? Well, if you are like me, you’re going to head to the library and pick up some of these awesome books and get busy reading so you are all prepared for their big screen debuts in 2013. Some of these books are found in the Teen collection, but since you are already hip to The Hunger Games, you will fit right in. Here a just a few of the book to movie adaptations that I am looking forward to in 2013. Zombie lovers, this is your year.


January 25: Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters. Start the new year off with a new spin on a classic tale!

hansel witch hunter


February 1: Warm Bodies, based on the book with the same title by Isaac Marion, is a zombie romance. Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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February 13: Beautiful Creatures, based in the novel with the same title by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. So excited about this one!

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February 14: Safe Haven, based on the novel with the same title by Nicholas Sparks. Witches and Zombies aren’t your thing? Never fear! Here is a more traditional romance movie for you.

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March 8: Oz the Great and Powerful based on the world of Oz, created by L.Frank Baum. James Franco as Oz? Yes please!

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March 29: The Host, based on the novel with the same name by Stephenie Meyer. This book is nothing like Twilight. It’s an awesome science fiction novel about a race of parasitic aliens that take over the earth. Crazy, right? I am really excited about this one.

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May 10: The Great Gatsby based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Finally! Right? The movie poster says Christmas. It lies, but it’s so darned pretty.

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June 21: World War Z, based on the novel with the same title by Max Brooks. Holy speedy zombies! Have you seen the trailer yet? I *will* be seeing this one in the theater.

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July 21: Wolverine, based on the comic by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont.

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August 16: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, based on the novel by Rick Riordan. Ok, the first Percy movie was really terrible (in my opinion), but I have high hopes for this one. Honestly I will see it solely based on the fact that Nathan Fillion is Hermes! No movie poster for this one yet.

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August 23: Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on the novel by Cassandra Clare. This is the one I can’t wait for!

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October 18: The Seventh Son, based on the book the Revenge of the Witch, book 1 in The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney. No movie poster yet, but fans of The Game of Thrones will be happy to know that Kit Harington will be in this movie.


November 1: Ender’s Game, based on the novel by Orson Scott Card. It looks like 2013 will be the year that I can finally cross this book off my To Be Read list!

November 22: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, based on the book by Suzanne Collins. Why is it not November, 2013 right now?!?

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December 22: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Obviously no movie poster for this yet.

You may also be interested to know that Romeo and Juliet (February 14) and Carrie (March 15) are being remade. Again.

I know I have some reading to do. First up, Warm Bodies.

Happy Reading!


Pleased to Meet You Stephanie Plum. Jack Reacher, You’re Cool Too.

I will be the first to admit that I am often late to the party, so to speak. In the case of Janet Evanovich’s spunky bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, I am beyond fashionably late for this party. I have to admit, this seventeen book series (plus four novellas, and a collection of short stories) is a daunting undertaking, but I am game!

It all began with One For the Money, way back in 1994 when a newly divorced and unemployed Stephanie went to work for her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie. She was looking for an office job, but after a little convincing, finds herself employed as an apprehension agent. Her first cases are to find Joe Morelli, a cop from the Burg accused of murder and Benito Ramirez, a professional boxer and homicidal madman. Of course Stephanie is not left to flounder on her own. She gets a crash course in Bounty Hunter 101 from the dark and mysterious Ranger. With her hamster Rex around for moral support, and a comically insane family around to feed her, Stephanie survives to draw another case.

I now understand why there are so many books in this series and so many fans! These books offer the perfect blend of suspense, humor, steamy romance, and unforgettable characters. They are the ultimate pleasure read because they are fast-paced and fun. I am up to Three to Get Deadly and I am not longer overwhelmed by the number of books in the series, I am excited that there are fourteen more for my reading pleasure! The best part? I can finally start participating in some Ranger vs Morelli debates, just in time for the movie!

Lee Child’s Jack Reacher is another character who has been around for a while (sixteen books and counting). I am currently getting to know him in his debut, The Killing Floor. Back in 1997 Jack Reacher was a drifter. The former U.S. Army Military Police Major spent six months travelling the country with nothing more than some cash and an expired passport in his pocket. He never stayed in one place for very long, until the fateful day he got off the bus in Margrave, Georgia. When an unidentified man is found dead in a town that has been crime-free for decades, the most likely suspect is the strange newcomer. And so begins Jack Reacher’s involvement in the deadly affairs of a small town. The corruption spreads far and deep, but Reacher, upon learning he is connected to the dead man, is bent on revenge. With the help of the only two cops who believe him, he sets out to learn the truth about the brutal murders plaguing Margrave.

I haven’t finished this yet, but it is certainly a page turner. Jack Reacher is a cool, calm, and calculating hero. Despite his stoic and aloof nature, he is still a likeable guy. I look forward to more adventures with this wandering hero.

Are you all caught up on your favorite series?



The Help (the Book, the Movie)

Minnie is Aibileen’s friend.
Aibileen is a maid in the Lefolt household.
Skeeter is one of Elizabeth Lefolt’s best friends.
When these three women very quietly join forces in the extremely segregated Jackson, Mississippi community of 1962, great things just might happen.
Read The Help by Kathryn Stockett; see the movie on August 10th.
This is one of the very best books I’ve read this year, and if you’ve missed it it’s not too late. It is especially wonderful as an audio book (read by Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and Cassandra Campbell). The library owns the title in many formats- book, large print book, audio book, downloadable audio book, and downloadable e-book.


Beauty and the Beast

 The movie Beastly will be coming out in early March. This movie is based on the young adult novel by Alex Finn that came out in 2007. Check out our Reading Room review of the book. I, for one, loved this retelling of the fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast and really recommended this book to friends and family. When news came out this novel was being turned into a movie, I was excitedly looking forward to seeing the movie. However, having seen some of the early trailers on the television, I wonder how much of the movie stays true to the book. Hmmmm….one wonders when the original cover looked like this:and the new paperback version that is out now for the movie looks like this:  

In the book, Kyle is changed into a beast…one with fangs, claws and lots of hair! Kyle in the movie is turned into a beast but he certainly doesn’t look too hairy to me! I’m also having a hard time picturing Mary-Kate Olsen as Kendra the witch who puts Kyle under her magical spell. I also wonder how the Unexpected Changes chat group that Kyle goes to online will be portrayed. I hope the ending won’t be changed!….I’m sure glad that I have read the book first and once again, I think the book will be much, much better than the movie! We’ll see….

Happy Reading!             ~Donna

Of course, they have been many other novels based on the fairy tale, The Beauty and the Beast. If you’re interested, check out these titles from our Reading Room:

Beauty: A Novel by Susan Wilson, A Moment in Time by Judith Gould and The Bride Finder by Susan Carroll.

Remember….I’m the reader who loves Happy Endings….well, I just finished another novel based on The Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. It is the new historical romance paperback by Eloisa James titled When Beauty Tamed the Beast. I loved it! There’s the Beauty and naturally, there’s the Beast and a happy ending for all! Yeah!