On my morning stroll around the block, I noticed several pumpkins decorating a neighbor's porch. It was a cool, grey morning and small, yellow leaves were already lining the road where I walked. It felt like Halloween was just around the corner. A few hours later the sun was up and the temperature was on it's way to the high 70s. But it's still October, so grab a pumpkin latte (or pumpkin beer) and learn how to cook, carve and cultivate your own perfect pumpkin.
Debut novels can be especially exciting. Reading an author for the first time, who is just publishing their first book, give you a chance to discover their work, with out the expectations of established writers. If you're lucky, you'll find a new author to enjoy for years to come.
If you haven't already discovered them, check out one of these debut novels, recommended by Booklist.
Happy Labor Day. The unofficial end of summer has arrived, and its time to trade fluffy beach reads for some some serious fall books…or some bestselling non-fiction. Here are three titles that combine the interesting characters and strong story of a novel with real-life events. As they say, “truth is stranger than fiction,” and just as interesting.
Have you read The Fault in Our Stars? John Green's story of teenage love and terminal illness has been on the best sellers list for over a year, while the movie based on the book has done well at the box office. If you haven't read it, you can find The Fault in Our Stars in our eBook collection.
If you have read it, here are three more titles you might also like.
When I finish reading a really enjoyable book, I want to flip back to page one and start reading again. Of course, its never the same as the first read, and if it isn’t a series, then I have to find a new title that’s just as good. This usually means bugging family, friends and other librarians for recommendations.
In case you haven’t found a good follow-up read for this year’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, here three titles with similar themes.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Beside creating a punch line for one of my favorite The Far Side comics, this little jingle reminds us of the nearly universal appeal of ice cream, especially in summer time. Even if we haven't hit the hottest temperatures yet, its still a good time to enjoy your favorite flavor.
If you feel like giving local favorites like Graeter's or Jeni's a run for their money, check out these eBooks about making your own ice cream, and other cool treats.
We add new eBooks to our collection every month, but recently, we've been able to add titles that we couldn't before.
In April, Harper Lee announced that her classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, will be available in eBook for the first time. You can place a request now, the book will be release on July 8th, Ms. Lee's 88th birthday.
Just last week, publisher Simon & Schuster announced they would make their entire eBook catalog available to public libraries. This adds authors like Stephen King, Janet Evanovich and David McCullough to our eBook collection. You can view more titles by using the Advanced Search to browse books published by Simon and Schuster, or their imprints, like Scribner.
It's now officially summer, even if it has felt that way for a little while. The Fourth of July is just around the corner and I've now seen three lemonade stands.
To celebrate, here are three books set in the good old summertime.
- Summer of Beer and Whiskey tells how the owner of a beer garden and a group of saloon keepers founded the American League.
- In Hitchhiking with Larry David, the author's chance encounter with Larry David (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) while hitchhiking on Martha's Vineyard helps him deal with a painful break-up.
- One Crazy Summer is the story of the Delphine and her two sisters, who visit their mother in California during the hot and crazy summer of 1968.
Lists have become incredibly popular. Originally, the domain of grocery store runs and Classical music (Listz, get it), now they are everywhere. I would guess that the humble list became more interesting when David Letterman saw in them a vehicle for his wacky brand of humor. Since they, we've become list-crazy. Bestsellers (another list) tout the value of keeping check lists. Social media and website overflow with the “Top 5 this” and the “Top 40 that.” Speaking of top 40, it's still going strong as a radio format.
So, to feed your list-mania, here are the top 10 eBooks checked out by UAPL patrons in the last 3 months.
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- Sycamore Row by John Grisham
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
- The Racketeer by John Grisham
- The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
- Inferno by Dan Brown
- Never Go Back by Lee Child
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth
And, if you haven't read them yet, you can find three titles below with available copies.
Celebrate the beginning of the summer reading season with a new eBook mystery, and don't worry, it won't be checked out. UAPL is participating (again) in the Big Library Read program, which makes one eBook title available to an unlimited number of patrons. The current title is A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson, a mystery that introduces amateur sleuth Melanie Travis and a passel of Poodles. You can start reading anytime between June 3rd and June 18th.
To add more incentive, reading this book is on the activity list for Adult Summer Reading Club. For each completed activity, you are entered in our weekly prize drawing. Make sure to sign up first at ualibrary.org or at your local branch, to be registered for the grand prize drawing, a Nexus 7. A perfect way to read more eBooks.
If you've checked out eBooks before, you can check out A Pedigree to Die For the same way. If you haven't tried eBooks yet and you want some help, contact our Media Services department and schedule a 1-on-1 training.