Sunday, October 27, 2013

World Book Night 2014 Book Choices

On October 24th the book choices for the 2014 World Book Night were announced.

2014 Book List

To download the list with ISBN's please click here.
The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
The Ruins of Gorlan: The Ranger's Apprentice, Book 1 by John Flanagan
Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (Large Print edition) by Jamie Ford
The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Pontoon by Garrison Keillor
Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim
Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan
Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee
Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean
Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin
Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan
Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago
Cuando Era Puertorriqueña by Esmeralda Santiago
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Large Print edition) by Maria Semple
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff
100 Best-Loved Poems edited by Philip Smith

To see book covers and learn more about the selected books follow this link

Also applications are open to be a book giver.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wow, Neil Gaiman!! You are the best!!!!!

The very day I was dis-ing Neil Gaiman's book The Ocean at the End of the Lane, he was standing up for reading and libraries at the Barbican in London. The Reading Agency's annual lecture series was initiated in 2012 as a platform for leading writers and thinkers to share original, challenging ideas about reading and libraries.

Wonderful, wonderful and much in agreement with my view of books, reading, libraries, and learning

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Take the time to follow the link and read his speech.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Neil Gaiman

 I have just finished Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Whoa...he is dark. Previously I read The Graveyard Book and American Gods. I liked the premise of American Gods. Reminded me of the way Mt. Olympus had moved to America in the Percy Jackson series. And The Graveyard Book was a Newbery Winner. This most recent book is written for adults, but it was very troubling to me.  What sort of mind creates these works?  I liked the Hempstock women. Interesting characters. I did not very much like the narrator, main character. When I finished I sought out some reviews to see if my take was the same of others...probably not.

Here are links to several you may want to check out for yourself.

As for me, glad I read it, but it was discomforting and I didn't like it...not even the cover.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Quotation 13 from my Book of Quotes

"Still later I learned that grace has a timing of its own. You're never prepared for it, and you must always prepare for it"

                                                         from All About Women
                                                          by Andrew M. Greeley