Read Like Mad Men
The final season of Mad Men has begun and an intrepid librarian at the NYPL, in addition to blogging about the series, is partnering with AMC and has compiled an official reading list of books read by the characters on the series. How many of these classics have YOU read, or always wanted to?
If you are a fan of author Hilary Mantel's brilliant novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, you shouldn't miss the Masterpiece Classic (PBS) mini-series starting Sunday night. Wolf Hall is a fictionalized biography documenting the rise to power of Thomas Cromwell in the court of King Henry VIII through the death of Sir (and Saint) Thomas More. Wolf Hall won both the Man Booker Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Attention Call the Midwife Fans
Season 4 of the hit PBS show, Call the Midwife, premiered last Sunday night on Channel 13. Jennifer Worth wrote a touching memoir, The Midwife, based upon her experiences as a midwife in the East End of London during the 1950's and the series is based on the book. If you visit the PBS website, each week (on Friday) they will be featuring a paper doll of one the the characters. This week features lovable Trixie! I can't wait to collect all four. Have fun reliving your childhood with these charming paper dolls.
March (Book) Madness 2015
Book Madness, in the spirit of college basketball's popular tournament known as "March Madness", is the creation of website Out of Print - a literary competition where they pit classic book title against classic book title and you decide which will advance to the next round. In the end, only one book will be left standing. To play along, click here and enter the contest to win a $500 gift card. Print out the bracket page here. Have fun!!
One Month Till Spring ...
... and we have a remedy for the late Winter Blues -- a list from "Off The Shelf" of 10 Beachy Reads that are a perfect way to take your mind off snow, sleet and freezing cold and transport you to warmer climes.
The Edgar Award Nominees Are ...
The nominations are in for the best mysteries of 2014. The Edgar Awards, are awarded annually for the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2014. Winners will be announced on April 29th in NYC. We love award lists like this as they provide so many ideas for good, quality reads ~ of the creepy sort, of course.
Read More Books in 2015
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to turn off the TV and read more books in 2015, this article from the Huffington Post offers some good suggestions. I strongly agree with the tip to stop reading something you don't like if it feels like a chore. Remember, life is too short to read books you're not interested in and there are so many good ones out there.
It's Back ... Season 5 of Downton Abbey
At long last, Season Five of Downton Abbey premieres this Sunday night @ 9:00 p.m. on Channel 13. As the series progresses, you might like to check out these books considered "Downton Abbey Read-a-Likes". We also have a display set up at the library right now to get you in the Victorian mood. If you are new to the series, you can quickly get up to speed by "binge watching" our DVDs of Seasons 1 through 4.
Get a jump on 2015
The January 2015 Library Reads list (the top ten books published next month that librarians across the country love) is out. Put your reserve in NOW to be one of the first to get a copy in 2015!
Tired of Best Books Lists?
If you need an antidote to all the best books lists published at this time of year, check out Entertainment Weekly's 5 Worst Books of 2014. Be assured we have all five here at the library as well as the majority of the books on many Best of lists.
2014 NYT Notable Books
2014 notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.
A very diverse list -- see how many you have already read and chose a few to catch up with in 2015.
Lionizer, Endurance or Judge?
Take the What's Your Reading Personality Quiz from Oprah Magazine and find out what type of reader you are. There are no wrong answers on this 'test' and at the end you will get reading suggestions based on your personality. Have fun with it.
20 Debut Authors Under 40
Not sure if I love the 'out with the old' sentiment but regardless, BuzzFeed Books has compiled a great list of 20 debut authors under 40 to watch. I am currently reading Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and it's a great read, as promised. Hope these 20 come out with their next book very soon.
Goodreads Choice Awards 2014
Election Day is tomorrow and we want you to vote -- for the best books of 2014! The Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards decided by you, the readers. And please, remember to vote in the general election on November 4th too.
Literary United States
Did you "Read Your Way Across the USA" @ the Rockville Centre Public Library this summer? If you did, were any of these Literary United States books on your list? You may find some new books to add to your "TO READ" list among these classics compiled by Brooklyn Magazine.
2014 Shamus Awards
Vacation Reads for a Literary Summer
One of the, pardon the bad pun, "hottest" reads this summer is Emma Straub's The Vacationers -- a deftly observed novel about the secrets, joys and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of an American family’s two-week stay in Mallorca. For a list of other suggestions to tuck away on your vacation, check out 10 Vacation Reads for a Literary Summer or ask one of the librarians at the Reference Desk. We are always happy to suggest your next great read. If you haven't participated in our Adult Summer Reading program yet, ask how you can join in on the fun and perhaps win some great prizes as well.
It's hot and steamy outside but if you want goose bumps and cold shivers down your spine, try curling up with one of these Summer Chills Mysteries/Thrillers.
The outbreak of a mysterious affliction in teenage girls spreads panic through a tight-knit suburban community, unraveling friendships, exposing family secrets and turning girls' lives upside down.
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Months after a crazed hit-and-run driver kills several attendees at a Midwestern job fair, a depressed retired cop and two unlikely allies join forces to find and stop the killer, who has sent a letter threatening another attack.
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
The daughter of a prominent Chicago judge and his socialite wife, inner-city art teacher Mia Dennett, is taken hostage by her one-night stand, Colin Thatcher, who, instead of delivering her to his employers, hides her in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota to keep her safe from harm.
After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman
Working a 26-year-old cold case involving the murder of a convicted felon's mistress, retired Baltimore detective Roberto Sanchez becomes tangled in a web of bitterness, jealousy and greed that spans 30 years and connects five women whose lives will never be the same once the truth is exposed.
The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
Daniel doesn't know who to trust when his dad calls to say his mother had a breakdown and then his mother tells him of a crime that implicates his father.
Eden in Winter by Richard North Patterson
While the death of his father is being investigated, CIA agent Adam Blaine finds himself increasingly drawn to a possible suspect — his father's mistress.
If your idea of a perfect summer day is slipping a cool beverage while reading a terrific thriller, have we got a list for YOU. Bookish.com compiled a list of gripping mysteries sure to keep you on the edge of your lounge chair all summer long. We own all the books so be sure to come in to get a copy soon.
Our Summer Reading Program starts July 7th and we would love you to take a Read Trip USA with us. Inquire at the Adult Reference Desk for more details on this fun program.
Summer Books Preview
Saturday, June 21st is the official first day of summer but tradition has it beginning after Memorial Day. If you are planning your summer reads, along with your vacation or 'staycation', the LA Times has compiled a wonderful listing of suggested reads. Start placing your reserves now so you will have your book in time for your trip or time off.
Books That Inspired Current TV Shows
Some of our best loved books (The Book Thief, The Fault in our Stars, etc.) have recently been adapted for the movies but do you know that many of the popular television series/mini-series on today are also based on books?
A few of our favorites include Call the Midwife (Season 3 airing now), Orange is the New Black (Season 2 airing now), House of Cards (Season 3 coming 2015) and Washington's Spies (Season 1 airing now). Shows to look forward to later this year include Outlander (Airs 8/9), The Strain (Airs this Summer), Olive Kitteridge (mini-series airs this Fall), The Leftovers (Season 1 airs 6/29) and Death Comes to Pemberley (mini-series airs this Fall).
Check out some of these popular and highly anticipated shows to see if you are happy with the book to TV transition.
World Book Night Recap
Yesterday, the RVC Public Library staff were out and about the village giving away over 300 paperback books in celebration of World Book Night. Our mission was to spread the love of reading to light or non-readers around town. We hope you met up with us at the train station, outside local supermarkets, gyms, restaurants, movie theatre, the high school & middle school or the senior center. The response we received from grateful 'recipients' was heart warming and we hope our gesture plants the seed for the love of reading for many years to come.
Spring Break Reads
Whether you're headed for a much needed vacation in the sun —or taking a mental vacation at home— sit yourself down and read something entertaining and ' unputdownable'. A few of our current favorites include: The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin, You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz, The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman, Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead and Bread and Butter by Michelle Wildgen.
Don't forget that your dedicated reference staff is always willing to recommend your next great read so be sure to stop by the desk and check in with us. We love hearing what wonderful books you have read as well. Please share some of your favorites with us.
Wishing everyone a Happy Passover and a Blessed Easter.
Children's Books You Need to Read Again as an Adult
The Youth Materials Specialist (how is THAT for a title) from the New York Public Library has compiled this list of the 23 Children's Books that you need to read again as an Adult. Excellent recommendations to be sure but what about two of my favorites, Tuck Everlasting and The Cricket in Times Square? Are any of YOUR childhood favorites missing?
New Books for Spring
After our brief taste of Spring fever this weekend, it's time to start thinking about the books being published over the next few months. Publisher's Weekly has put together their editors list of Most Anticipated Books for Spring 2014. So many books, so little time ...
If you've read Gillian Flynn's blockbuster novel Gone Girl, you're already up on the latest publishing phenomena -- Marriage Thrillers! These books are portraits of relationships gone terribly-- and terrifyingly -- wrong. I've been calling them pyschological thrillers but love this new name. Some of our favorites, also delightfully called "Chick Noir" are A.S.A. Harrison's The Silent Wife, S.J. Watson's Before I Go to Sleep and Liane Moriarity's The Husband's Secret. For more suggested titles, check out this article in the U.K.'s Guardian or our newest booklist, Marriage Thrillers ~ a.k.a. Chick Lit.
NPR Best Books of 2013
National Public Radio (NPR) is trying something different this year. They know people get tired of the yearly "Best of" Lists so they developed a Book Conceirge to help you decide what you would like to read. A very creative concept, check it out.
Books Set on Long Island
If you're in the mood for a book set here on (not in) Long Island, Newsday has compiled a list of 35 suggested reads. I would add to the list, The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer, a poignant memoir of growing up in Mahhasset.
In Memoriam 2013
The news of the passing today of Nobel Prize winning author Doris Lessing got us thinking about the other authors who have died this year. The literary world lost some big names; Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn and Elmore Leonard, to name but a few. Click herefor the complete list (year to date) of all the writers and authors who have departed in 2013. We have a book display of Ms. Lessing's works here at the library so check them out, literally AND figuratively, the next time you are in.
"Best of" Lists are Starting
Now that the end of 2013 is clearly in sight, with only two months to go till we ring in the New Year, those ubiquitous Best of Book lists are starting to pop up. We'd like to bring you the first one of this year, from Publisher's Weekly, known to us in the trade as PW :-) See how many you've read or get some suggestions for books to put on your Must Read list.
Most Famous Book Set in Every State
When I first saw this I thought it was such an interesting idea but had no idea the controversy it sparked. One debate is about the wording "famous" rather than "best". Also, a lot of people are questioning the choice of author representing their state. I saw a resident of New Jersey question a relative newcomer like Junot Diaz beating out native son Philip Roth. Guess we New Yorkers are lucky to have such a slam dunk as The Great Gatsby as our pick. So, read the list and see how many of these books YOU have read and what you think of the choices.
National Book Award Finalists
The 2013 finalists for the National Book Award were announced this morning. Winners will be announced on November 20th. In the Fiction category, I'm rooting for The Lowland by Lahiri. Which book is YOUR favorite?
Sounds Better Than the Book
Audiophiles know that the narrator of an audio book can either make or break their read. And, listening to a book helps pass the time during long drives, workouts and house cleaning sessions. Oprah magazine has 7 books that are better to listen to than read. Why not try one or two to see if you agree. All I can say is Colin Firth can read me his grocery list and I would be happy.
Banned Books 2013
What do The Glass Castle, The Kite Runner, Beloved and The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian have in common? They were among the top 10 most challenged books in libraries last year. To see the full list of challenged books, check out this article from The Washington Post and read a banned book during Banned Books Week - 9/22 to 9/28.
Put Your Reserves in Now
Here is a list of 21 must reads for Fall 2013 from The Daily Beast. Put on a reserve now so you can be one of the first to read these hot new titles.
Summer Reading-Top 10 Novels
These past few days of cool weather are a sure sign the days of summer dwindling down. It's not too late to catch up with 10 of the best bets for summer reading, recommended by Kirkus, a professional journal for librarians.
Best Bets for Book Clubs - Fall '13
Librarians here are constantly being asked to recommend a great book discussion book. A given is that the book has a lot to discuss and we also recommend it not be too new or 'hot' (a lot of holds on it) and should be available in paperback in case some people chose to buy it rather than borrow from our library. These books on the Huffington Post blog meet those requirements and are excellent choices for your reading group.