Fiction

The Dog Days of Summer

It’s hot out there folks. It’s the type of heat that makes you want to stay inside and not do much of anything at all, except maybe read a good book. Read a good book while sitting next to a fan, with the A/C on full blast, with a glass of iced tea next to you. Apparently, as I found out during my quick internet search before writing this blog, the term ‘dog days of summer’ can’t actually be used during any ole’ month, no matter how hot it is. The idiom is supposed to be used during the period of time when Sirius, the Dog Star and the brightest visible star from any part of Earth, rises at the same time as the sun: usually somewhere between July 3rd to August 11th.

I don't remember the title BUT...

We’ve all been there, right? You’re wandering the aisles when you see a book you think is interesting but you don’t bring it home and you forget to write down the title or take a picture to help you remember. Now, all you can recall is some vague shapes and random not-quite-right words but the cover-oh the cover was BLUE. Only a few lucky ones will discover their lost book again but hey, if I can help you out I will. That being said, here are some books, separated by children’s, young adult, and adult that are not just really excellent reads but, you guessed it, all happen to share one particular, memorable color on their covers.  

 

 

A Novel Idea: JUNE BOOK REVEAL! @High Meadows Branch Library

june book clubWe are happy to reveal that our June Book Club selection is Shari Lapeña’s The Couple Next Door.

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all-a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. One hot summer night they are invited to a dinner party next door, and a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents, but the truth is a much more complicated story. Inside the Conti's house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco soon discover that the other is keeping secrets they’ve kept for years. What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family-a chilling tale of deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness.

Mental Health and Teens

May is Mental Health Awareness month, started in 1949 in order to raise awareness and educate the public about mental health, what it’s like to live with these conditions and strategies for getting help. Talking about mental health can be scary; there's a stigma around it that makes people want to shy away from the subject, but here's the thing: it's important. One way that stigma can be erased is by representation. We all want to see ourselves in the books we read, and some authors have worked hard to create compelling, rich characters that happen to suffer from mental illness. From depression, to schizophrenia, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, agoraphobia and more, here are thier stories:
 

Literary Siblings

bronte sisters image from wikipedia

Celebrate National Siblings Day with a collection of famous (and not so famous) literary siblings. From real-life sibling authors, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, to fictional siblings, the Baudelaire trio of a A Series of Unfortunate Events. 

Fictional Siblings

• The Famous Five from Enid Blyton
• The Baudelaires from a Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
• The March sisters from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
• The Bennet sisters from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Bestseller Readalikes at Maud Marks

The New York Times Best SellersAre you on the hold list for Dan Brown's Origin, John Grisham's The Rooster Bar, Nora Roberts's Year One, James Patterson's The People vs Alex Cross, Lee Child's The Midnight Line, Andy W

Gulf Coast Reads News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Gulf Coast Reads starts October 1! Join Harris County Public Library and libraries all across southeast Texas for book discussions and special events.

Dr Seuss Storytime @ Stratford Library - Highlands!

Join us to Read Across America with Dr Seuss!

 

Thursday March 2

11 AM

Read and check out Dr Seuss books and make your own

red and white striped hat!

A Portrait of Harris County in 50 Books: HCPL's Most Checked Out Books of 2016

Here are 2016's most checked out books at Harris County Public Library. Taken together, they paint a pretty good likeness of Harris County. That is to say, if all of you were squeezed into one body, you could do worse than using it as your online dating profile. Here is what the lists say about you: you like a little mystery in your life and are a bit of thrill-seeker; you like to eat, but you're watching your weight; your house, well, frankly, your house could use a little tidying up. Your kids are fond of stories with talking animals, dorks and wimps and they really, really, really like Mo Willems.

Want to know more? Keep reading.

 

Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016) and Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)


It was a shock to those of a certain age.  Maybe to everyone. 

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