Books

The Psychology of Everyday Life

Why do we remember the lyrics to a song we last heard five years ago, yet can't recall where we left our cell phone just this morning? How come we spend twenty minutes trying to find a good parking space only to spend five minutes in the store? If you have ever wondered why we act the way we do, these books may help you understand the rationale behind some of our strange ways.

Mysteries in History

AlienistI love to read historical mysteries.  I don't know if this began when I read Caleb Carr's The Alienist for the first time or with my discovery of Anne Perry's William Monk series, but the fascination hasn't dimmed.  Most people who read in this genre are attracted to a particular historical era and some of my favorite settings include Victorian England, post-World War I Europe, and Ancient Rome.  In just the World War I category are great authors like 

Vampiric Delectables in Graphic Novels Part 2: Manga

In last week's post, I highlighted graphic novels with vampire themes. This week, I chose a few series in our Manga collection that also deal with vampires and the supernatural.

If you are unfamiliar with manga, let me give you a brief 101. Manga originates from Japan and loosely means "comic book." Manga is very popular with teens and older children; however, adults can find entertainment with them as well. Unlike American comic books, manga is read from right to left. Most series will include a little illustration of how to the read pages as well as the order of cells.

PRIZES FOR ADULT READERS

ReaderNation

Have you registered for ReaderNation yet?  This is Harris County Library's Summer Reading Program for adults, and it's not too late to sign up!  Registration closes at midnight on August 8, 2009.  Once you're registered, read and log 4 books in order to be eligible for great prizes from amazon.com.  

  • 1st prize $200 gift card 
  • 2nd prize $150 gift card
  • 3rd prize $100 gift card 

Each branch library will also select a winner from a random drawing of iReaders completing the program. The prize will be a $50.00 gift card, and the drawing will take place on or about August 17th. 

My Sweet Secret

I have a secret. I will tell you, but you have to promise not to tell anyone.

I am crazy about candy!

There! I said it! You are now witness to my big weakness; handfuls of sugary sweet goodness, big bowls of candy bars, tubs of taffy, fountains overflowing with chocolate. I love them all.

Books for the Beach

Are you planning a trip to the beach and looking for something to read?  Take some inspiration from NPR.  NPR asked their book-loving listeners to pick their best beach reads in a Best Beach Books Ever poll.  The top pick, not surprisingly, is the Harry Potter series.  The top five books are:

Julie & Julia - The Books

Julie & JuliaDo you like to read the book before the movie comes out?  Or do you see the movie & then the book?  I sometimes find I'm disappointed by the movie because the book is SO much better. 

I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT

Does anyone else have as much trouble as I do, sticking with a series?  I don't know if it's because I'm easily bored, have a teeny tiny attention span, or if I'm just not acquainted with those that are well written (suggestions welcome).  For some reason I'm predisposed to pass on books if they're in a series.  Maybe I've seen one too many movies where the sequel and sequel's sequel are promoted and marketed and touted until I'm all steamed up and then I see the sequel and it's never as good as the original and I could just whistle Dixie.  

On the Shelf: Shelter Me

In her beautifully written first novel, Shelter Me, Juliette Fay invites us to accompany Janie LaMarche, undone by grief and anger following her young husband’s death, on a journey to hopefully-ever-after.

Her mourning disrupted by a builder contracted to add a porch to her house - her husband’s last gift to her – Janie begins to see a future filled with new and unexpected possibilities, if only she can find a way to let go of her sorrow.

Shelter Me is one of the best books I

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