We are pleased celebrate the culture of people who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico,  and other Spanish-speaking nations during Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th to October 15th.  If you wish to expand your knowledge of Hispanic culture, here are some books you may enjoy.

 In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez


If you've never read The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, now is the perfect time to do so.  Why?  Because September is National Honey Month, in honor of the U S's 212,000 beekeepers and 2.41 million colonies of honeybees.    

¡Feliz Aniversario Paulo Coelho!

Today is the birthday of Paulo Coelho.  He was born on August 24, 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  A lyricist and novelist, Coelho is best known for writing The Alchemist 


The calendar says summer won't be over for another month, but many people will begin their new school year next week.  Since June the books have been practically flying off the library book shelves.  Lately I've noticed more high school and college students, racing around, earnestly attempting to complete assignments from their lists of recommended summer reading, lists which are largely comprised of classics.

Bestsellers in Manga

As promsed in last week's post, I highlighted selections listed in The New York Times' Graphic Novels Bestsellers List. Listed below are popular graphic novels in the Manga genre. I also included links to multiple series' anime counterparts (if available) for your enjoyment.

Bleach 1

Hamlet in America

My neighborhood book club just read The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, by David Wroblewski. It's a retelling of Hamlet, set in America, and the hero, Edgar, is a mute teenager, whose family raises and trains a unique breed of dog. Edgar's father dies, and then Edgar is visited by his ghost who reveals that Edgar's uncle murdered him.



There's something irresistibly intriguing about a diary.  It might contain a totally bland description of a humdrum day, BUT there's a chance that within those pages lies an extraordinary insight, strange confession, or shocking secret about the writer.  Do you read it and intrude on someone's private life and thoughts without their permission?  



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  

  • 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. 

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:

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