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Scene Stealing Pets in Romance

animal attractionI'll readily admit that I'm the sort of person who carries on conversations with the dogs and finds herself unable to look away from those incredibly sad SPCA commercials, even while sobbing.  So, obviously I am predisposed to like books with animals in them.  While I was reading the latest Jill Shalvis book, Animal Attraction, set in a busy veterinary clinic, I realized just...

Romance Read-Alikes

in bed with a highlanderYou can probably figure it out without a definition, but a read-alike is a book or series that shares a commonality with another book or series that might appeal to the same reader.  It could be a similar tone, setting, depth of characterization or type of plot.  A good read-alike connects the elements you enjoy through different books and authors.

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True Love: A Girl and Her Kindle

enchantedI was overjoyed last week at the announcement that library eBooks would now be compatible with my Kindle.  After many years of believing that I would always be a "paper" reading person, I broke down and got the Kindle last year. I fast became addicted to the instant gratification of being able to quickly download my reading material, no matter the time or place.  With library checkouts here, maybe my entire paycheck won't have to go to Amazon.

So, as soon as I could, I started going through the Digital Media Catalog, ready to snap up some new titles.  Since eBooks are very popular, I need to wait in line for the hottest titles,...

Does the Point of View Matter to You?

rebeccaI recently saw a copy of an old series romance I liked when I was a teenager in a used bookstore, and decided to pick it up to see if we were still compatible when aged by a couple of decades.  There were truly some cringe-worthy moments in the book, but clothing and hairstyles and cultural attitudes weren't the reasons I no longer connected with the material. I realized that most modern romances feature multiple points of view and this book was only giving me the story through the eyes of one character, the heroine.  I am a nosy person.  I like to know what all of the characters are thinking and feeling, eve...

Congratulations to Staff SRP Winner Cindy Cowell

cindy cowellCongratulations to Cindy Cowell, who was the winner from the drawing of staff registrants in the adult summer reading program, ReaderNation.  Seventy staff members from library branches across the county took part in the program, each with the goal of reading and logging four books over the course of the summer.  Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Harris County Public Library, we were also able to award a $50 Amazon gift card to one staff participant again this year. 

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Gulf Coast Reads One Amazing Thing

one amazing thingGulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page is an exciting new initiative supporting community reading and discussion that will be held each September.  This program replaces and expands the Big Read and Books on the Bayou programs from previous years and brings together libraries and community groups from Houston, Harris County and surrounding counties.

The premise of the program is that people living in Harris County and the surrounding areas along the gulf coast will all read the same book at the same time, generating discussion among co-workers, friends, families and classrooms. The goal of Gulf Coast Reads is to cultivate a culture of reading...

New Releases in Romance

canyons of the nightPerhaps my perception is off, but it seems like August and September are full of an extra helping of new release romance goodness.  Take a look through the list below and see if one of your favorite authors has a book hot off the presses or the eBook equivalent.  Maybe there's one you forgot about and you can place your hold today!

 

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Escape the Heat at Your Local HCPL Branch

reading at evWith temperatures often in the triple digits these days, we invite you to cool off at any of our branches. All branches have air conditioning and plenty of places to sit and relax. You might want to peruse our collection of books, DVDs, and audios, take a free computer class or bring your child to storytime. All branches offer a variety of programming this summer to expand your mind and help keep you cool.

County health officials offer these tips to keep cool:

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Jacinto City Branch Renovations Begin August 15th

jacinto city branch libraryStarting August 15, 2011, grant funded renovations will begin on the Jacinto City Branch Library to update the building and add a meeting room for public use.  The library will be closed during renovations, which are expected to be completed by March, 2012.  While the Jacinto City Branch Library is closed, customers may use the nearby North Channel Branch Library, which is located at 15741 Wallisville Road.  In the upcoming months, the South Houston Branch Library and the Galena Park Branch Library will undergo their own renovations.  Information about these locations will be shared as it becomes available.   For more ...

Are Dragons the New Vampires?

Okay, I don't really think dragon romances are going to become as popular as vampire romances.  But, there are several excellent new series featuring dragons available from the library and I wanted to bring them to your attention.  I actually think the fantasy/urban fantasy romance blend has overtaken the vampires in popularity, and I consider the dragon books part of that trend.

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