Amazing Read

Have Book - Will Explode, Amazing Read Challenge Week 5

I hope you picked a savoAmazing Read Logory read for last week’s challenge. Myself, I fairly devoured Daniel Vaughn’s The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey through Texas Barbecue. For hardcore ‘cue geeks like me, the pictures can only be described as salacious.

That brings us to this week's challenge: Have Book - Will Explode. By now you're probably making preparations for your 4th of July festivities (don't forget to swing by your local HCPL branch beforehand to pick up some books, videos and music!), we have great books for kids about this most American of holidays, like Karma Wilson’s How to Bake an American Pie, or What Is the 4th of July by Elaine Landau. For grownups, there is 1776, David McCollough’s highly readable look at the Founding Fathers who, it turns out, were just Above-Average Joes you might hang out with at the icehouse (when they weren’t busy forging the Nation and raising the ire or bewigged (and wiggy) British monarchs, that is).

Have Book - Will Eat, Amazing Read Challenge Week 4

amazing readI can't believe we're already in week four of the Amazing Read.  I hope you've had a chance to keep up, because I'm going to up the ante this week and read two books for the theme, Have Book -- Will Eat.  I'm going to try Anthony Bourdain's book Medium Raw in the nonfiction category and revisit one of my favorite food books of all time, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.  My plans also include consuming way too many snacks at the same time, so I'm obviously still not getting Mr. Dahl's point. Maybe this time.

big mouthWhat are you going to read?  Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel?  Big Mouth by Deborah Halverson?  Babies Can't Eat Kimchee! by Nancy Patz and Susan L. Roth?  Bobby Flay's Barbeque Addiction?  We’d love to hear what you’re reading, so consider sharing with us through your Summer Reading Program log, by commenting on this post, or on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

Have Book - And They Turned it Into a Movie: Amazing Read Challenge Week 3

amazing read graphicThis week on the Amazing Read we challenge you to read a book that has been (or will be) turned into a movie!  For bonus points (not that we're keeping track) you could also watch the movie.  I always like to compare the two and see what they decided to change and which one I like better.  Spoiler alert: the book is (almost) always better.  I watched Warm Bodies, a zombie rom-com, over the weekend and I'm looking forward to reading the book this week.  We’d love to hear what you’re reading, so consider sharing with us through your Summer Reading Program log, by commenting on this post, or on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

In addition to the suggestions below, be sure to check out our Pinterest board: "Before They Were Movies."  Are we missing any of your favorites?

The Amazing Read: Summer Reading Challenge, Week 3

Amazing Read LogoI hope you liked last week's challenge to revisit a childhood favorite as much as I did. I dug out some of my old Classics Illustrated and gorged my way down memory lane: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. (yeah, I was kind of a creepy kid).

This week, let's saddle up and read a book about Texas, by a Texas author or set in Texas. I encourage you to learn a bit more about the Lone Star State's singular history; enjoy one of our great tale-spinners like Larry McMurtry, Mary Willis Walker or Cormac McCarthy; swoon over a rugged Texas hero; or--in the spirit of all great Texans--strike out on your own and find something that fits you like a good pair a boots. Whatever you choose, let us know about it!

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?

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?

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