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Have You Read the Latest in Romance?

into the dreamingTime for another update on the latest available by your favorites to hit the library catalog.  Even with a job that focuses so much on books, sometimes I forget to check for the latest releases.  Take a look through the new listings below and see if one of your favorites is yet to be read:

 Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie Moning    Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Samurai Game by Christine Feehan                Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand

Summer Reading is for Babies, Too!

alise flemingMeet Alise, the youngest participant to complete the Summer Reading program at the Northwest Branch Library.  This seven-month-old is a regular at Baby Time and is a fan of Dr. Seuss books read to her by her mom, Shaneeca.  Her older sister is currently reading her way to completion of Summer Reading.  All children who read 10 books or log 500 minutes of reading get to pick out a paperback book from our special selections and she chose The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig.  Congratulations, Alise!

We Have a Winner at Parker Williams Branch Library

nook winnerCongratulations to Traci Patterson, winner of a Nook Simple Touch in the second 2012 Adult Summer Reading prize drawing!  Don't forget to register and keep reading this summer for your chance to win.

Wild Things at Fairbanks Branch Library

A couple of "wild things" stopped by the Fairbanks Branch Library to celebrate Summer Reading and share the famous book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak with the crowd.  Don't miss the Summer Reading Fun at your branch library!

wild things

The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge, Week 4

amazing readWe're almost at the halfway point for Summer Reading!  Last week, we did some homegrown Texas reading.  My choice was Texas Soundtrack: Texas Stories Inspired by Texas Music.  By eating ice cream while I read, I was able to achieve a trifecta of personal favorites.  I highly recommend this book, Texas music, and ice cream.

Since we went local last week, let's have a global challenge this week:  Read worldwide.  You can try a book by an author from another country, follow Bill Bryson or Rick Steves on their travels, spend time learning another language, or read about a culture different from your own.  I've downloaded the audio of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo for my choice.  What are you reading?

Meet the I-Team

breaking pointI don't know if I've told you this before, but I'm kind of a hoarder.  A book hoarder, that is.  I buy books and put them in the bookcase and then sometimes forget to read them.  Recently, a novella I purchased for my Kindle led me to the discovery that I had almost all of Pamela Clare's I-Team series in my bookcase.  Once I actually read the first one, I didn't stop until I had finished the entire series.

The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge, Week 2

amazing readI hope everyone enjoyed last week's mystery challenge!  My choice (Started Early, Took My Dog) introduced me to a British mystery series that I will definitely revisit.  

Let's get a bit nostalgic this week:  Read or share a childhood favorite.  If you are an adult, re-read a book that you loved as a child or share it with a child in your life.  If you are not yet an adult, ask a family member to share their favorite childhood book with you or get them to read your favorite book.  Don't forget to tell us all about it.

I'm going to re-read a book that I carried around with me for an embarrassing number of years -- Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary.  It's checked out from the Digital Media Catalog and loaded on my Kindle.  What are you reading?

First Adult Summer Reading Prize Drawing June 11th

woman readingIf you haven't yet signed up for Adult Summer Reading at HCPL, now's the time!  We'll be drawing from registered readers to win a Kindle Touch eReader on Monday, June 11th.  Every two weeks of the program, we'll randomly draw from current registrants for an eReader prize, either a Kindle Touch or a NOOK Simple Touch.  At the end of the summer, we'll have drawings from readers who complete the program for one $30 Amazon gift card at each branch library and two grand prize drawings  -- one for a Kindle Fire and one for a NOOK Color.

Thanks to the Harris County Friends of the Library for providing the prizes and their generous support of Summer Reading!

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The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge

amazing readWelcome to Summer Reading 2012!  This year, we'd like to challenge our readers to read a little differently, maybe outside of your normal comfort zone.  Each week, we'll post a different reading challenge and ask you to respond by sharing your reading choice through your Summer Reading program log, comments on the blog post, through FacebookTwitter or Pinterest, or just tell everybody you meet.

We'll start off easy with this week's challenge:  Read something that solves a mystery.  It can be from the mystery or thriller genres, a true crime book, an article that explains a scientific principle, a blog post that demystifies Stonehenge, well, you get the picture.  I'm going to start with the audiobook of Kate Atkinson's Started Early, Took My Dog.  What are  you reading?

Romance at the Beach

beachcomberIt's time for the wonderfully long holiday weekend, and another dose of bibliotherapy, romance style.  If your plans don't call for venturing any farther than the back patio, you can still take a trip to the beach.  The titles below feature many different styles, but they all include a sunny setting.  So, check one out, stick a little paper umbrella in your orange juice, and relax!

Summer Reunion by Kasey Michaels       Hurricane Bay by Heather Graham  

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