Monday, May 25, 2009

My favorite book of the summer so far!

OMG!  I haven't had this much fun in a while.  This little book, due out June 16th, is the PeRfEcT beach read!  

Hothouse Flower is the story of a young woman in her thirties (it's quite appropriate to call her a bitter divorcee) doing ad work she doesn't particularly care for and working for a super sleazy boss.  Her job is empty, her apartment is empty, her life is empty.  Shouldn't she be doing something better with her life?  Well, Ms. Lila Nova decides to start with one plant.  She finds  a plant stall at the local market owned by a man not like any Lila is acquainted with.  He is tanned and strong and has dirt on his hands and clothes that is more than superficial.  He sells Lila a bird-of-paradise and offers her a whole lot more.  A whole host of surprising things happen for Lila, only the beginning of which is the success she has with the first exotic plant.  Her association with the plant man leads her to actions and places she never could have imagined, and they just may lead her to herself.

I love debut novels!  I love the new ideas, new voices, the sometimes unpolished moments I find in them.  Never be timid to try something completely new, you just might be in for a treat as I was with Hothouse Flower.  The analogy included in my ARC is that Hothouse Flower is Eat, Pray, Love meets The Orchid Thief with a dash of Romancing the Stone on the side.  Yes, yes, yes!  You have some over-the-top characters in some over-the-top situations and I loved every minute of it!  It was fun, exciting, sexy, and thoroughly enjoyable.  Also mentioned in the ARC is that Julia Roberts has bought the film rights and is scheduled to star as Lila.  I will SO watch this movie if/when it makes it to the big screen.

So, if you are ready for some rollicking, rolling, sexy, fun adventure, put this on your summer reading list for sure!  Also, I read this as part of my 100+ Reading Challenge and I'm on cusp of 50 books for the year so far!

Happy reading!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Calling all Mark Twain fans!

If you haven't left town for Memorial Day, I invite you to join the Genre Reading Group on Tuesday May 26th at 6:30pm in the library's Conference Room where we will be discussing the works of Mark Twain.  Bring your favorite Twain book and tell us about it!  I'll also tell you all about the library's second annual Adult Summer Reading program and the prizes that could be yours for participating!

Also, the library will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (May 23, 24, and 25) in observance of Memorial Day and will reopen Tuesday May 26th on Summer Hours.  See the Library Hours sidebar item for the particulars on Summer Hours.

Happy reading!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

New and Hot Summer Books!

The library's Brown Bag Lunch Series program this past Wednesday found Adult Services Librarian Katie Moellering and I previewing soon-to-be-published books for an enthusiastic audience.  Check out this list!  Where the item is already in the library system or isn't yet available but has a record for reserves, I have included a link to the library's catalog!  Even if there is not yet a link, all of these items will be ordered!


The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters 

The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlanskey 

The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith 


Shanghai Girls by Lisa See 


The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman 

Medusa by Clive Cussler 

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steel



Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City by Greg Grandin (available June 6th)


Roadside Crosses by Jeffery Deaver

Relentless by Dean Koontz


The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zaf√≥n 



Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

The Fate of Katherine Carr by Thomas H. Cook


Swimsuit by James Patterson (available June 29th)

Return to Sullivan's Island by Dorothea Benton Frank (available June 30th)


Persona Non Grata by Ruth Downie 

Black Hills by Nora Roberts


Wife of the Gods by Kwei Quartey 

The Best of Times by Penny Vincenzi

Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner

Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold

Rain Gods by James Lee Burke

Get Real by Donald E. Westlake (available July 17th)


The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underground and the American Dream by Patrick Radden Keefe

The Defector by Daniel Silva

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

The Dead of Winter by Rennie Airth (available July 23rd)


Young Woman and the Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World by Glenn Stout

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson 


The Arms Maker of Berlin by Dan Fesperman

In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect by Ronald Kessler

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon


The Magicians by Lev Grossman 

Once on a Moonless Night by Dai Sijie 

Intervention by Robin Cook

South of Broad by Pat Conroy

Rhino Ranch by Larry McMurtry


Vanished by Joseph Finder 

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

206 Bones by Kathy Reichs (available August 25th)

Happy reading!

Memorial Day closing schedule

The library will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (May 23, 24, 25) in observance of Memorial Day!  

We will reopen at 9am on Tuesday May 26th on Summer Hours.  Those hours are as follows:

Monday 9am-6pm
Tuesday 9am-9pm
Wednesday 9am-6pm
Thursday 9am-6pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday the library is closed

Please take note that the library will have evening hours on Tuesday nights only and will be closed on Sundays.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Summer Book Preview!

Pop over to the library today at 12:30 and bring your lunch! 

The summer book season is about to be in full swing and Katie and I are going to share our favorites today!  Come learn the latest and greatest due to be published in the next few months, perfect for your summer vacation plans!

Happy reading!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Now Hear This!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have you seen this?

Lev Grossman (Time Magazine book reviewer extraordinaire) has penned this new work of fiction about a boy obsessed with a magical world he read about as a boy. Get this ... the magical world is about five kids growing up in a school for magic. Sound familiar? It gets better - Grossman's protagonist is admitted to a very private school of sorcery where he attends college. Upon graduation his life is changed forever when he and his friends discover their magical world is very, very real.
Here's the publisher's blurb:

The Magicians: A Novel

The Magicians US CoverQuentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. He's a senior in high school, and a certifiable genius, but he's still secretly obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read as a kid, about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory.

Everything changes when Quentin finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the practice of modern sorcery. He also discovers all the other things people learn in college: friendship, love, sex, booze, and boredom. But something is still missing. Magic doesn't bring Quentin the happiness and adventure he thought it would.

Then, after graduation, he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real.

The Magicians will be published in May of 2009 in the U.K. and in August in the U.S. You can order it at any of these online bookstores.

Not only all this, but guess what else?
My very favorite author of the moment (George R.R. Martin) has THIS to say about the new novel:

“These days any novel about young sorcerers at wizard school inevitably invites comparison to Harry Potter. Lev Grossman meets the challenge head on ... and very successfully. The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. Solidly rooted in the traditions of both fantasy and mainstream literary fiction, the novel tips its hat to Oz and Narnia as well as to Harry, but don't mistake this for a children's book. Grossman's sensibilities are thoroughly adult, his narrative dark and dangerous and full of twists. Hogwarts was never like this.”

— George R. R. Martin, author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series

Could you DIE people?

If I cannot beg, borrow, or steal a copy of this new book from the publisher, I am going to buy it from

Seriously, I can't wait.



Friday, May 1, 2009

Edgar Award Winners Announced!

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious award in the mystery genre, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America.

Here are the 2009 winners!

Best Novel
Blue Heaven by C.J. Box

Best First Novel by an American Author
The Foreigner by Francie Lin

Best Paperback Original
China Lake by Meg Gardiner

Best Critical/Biographical

Best Fact Crime

Best Young Adult
Paper Towns by John Green

Best Juvenile
The Postcard by Tony Abbott

S&S Mary Higgins Clark Award
The Killer's Wife by Bill Floyd

Wow, there are so many good stories to read right now!  How can we possibly keep up?  Personally, I use Shelfari (look for the sidebar item to see My Bookshelf).  Katie uses LibraryThing.  What do you use to keep up with what you've read and what you'd like to read?  Take a look at these two and consider moving your paper lists online!

Happy reading!