2. People like to be scared - as long as they know they're safe. R.L. Stine credits the popularity of his children's Goosebumps series with the principle of the "safe scare." Admit it; there are probably a few scary books you've enjoyed reading while snug in your home, too.
3. Free candy makes life sweeter. With Winter Reading Club starting soon, you will soon get your own sweet treat in exchange for reading.
4. It's okay to object to things. Maybe you disapprove of sexy Halloween costumes, or of the holiday in general. Chances are, you have strong views on fiction, too. Not to worry, your Community Library prides itself on having reading material for people from all idealogies. Sign up for a NextReads email newsletter to get the inside scoop on favorites from all genres, including Christian Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
5. Sometimes, you just have to get outside of yourself and pretend to be someone you're not. Part of the joy of fiction is in escapism. Escape with a good book from your Community Library!
this issue of Shelf Awareness, that's exactly what happened to new author Kaui Hart Hemmings. Set in Hawaii, her book The Descendents tells the story of wealthy landowner Matthew King, his two out-of-control daughters, and his comatose wife, whom they are about to remove from life support. Now, the author of The Descendents is counting her blessings; the movie adaptation of her book is premiering November 18th, and you'll see plenty of the author's friends and family as extras in the background. Reserve this book before the rush here at your Community Library!
Jacqueline Kennedy: Historical conversations on life with John F. Kennedy has jumped to the top of the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. The popular book is built around transcripts of a seven-part interview recorded in 1964. Reserve a copy today!
Enjoy sampling new literary talent? Debut novels are almost always high-quality, because publishers will only gamble on an unknown author if they really believe in his or her book. Plus, reading debuts allows you to discover a new author before anyone else does! In this article from Booklist, the top ten debut novels of 2011 are highlighted. Some, like The Family Fang, The Language of Flowers, and The Submission have been featured previously on this blog. Other first novels on the list available from your Community Library include The Arriviste, The Art of Fielding, The Borrower, Swamplandia!, The Taker, When God was a Rabbit, and The World Beneath. Are there any 2011 debuts you especially enjoyed? Leave a comment!
Master of horror Stephen King is having one of his books turned into a miniseries. Deadline reports that King's book Bag of Bones will be released as a 4-hour, 2-night special on A&E. The publisher describes Bag of Bones as "a tale of grief and lost love's enduring bonds, of haunting secrets of the past, and of an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire." In the story, a grieving widower returns to the lakeside getaway he once shared with his wife, and finds the town under the control of a powerful, vindictive millionaire. Nothing is quite as it seems; read the book and/or watch the forthcoming miniseries to find out more!
- The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht - Struggling to understand why her beloved grandfather left his family to die alone in a field hospital far from home, a young doctor in a war-torn Balkan country takes over her grandfather's search for a mythical ageless vagabond while referring to a worn copy of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book."
- The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka - Presents the stories of six Japanese mail-order brides whose new lives in early twentieth-century San Francisco are marked by backbreaking migrant work, cultural struggles, children who reject their heritage, and the prospect of wartime internment.
- Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman - Presents a collection of short stories that focus on the trials and tribulations of a group of Northeasterners.
- Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward - Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups.
this article from The Millions features a pessimist's reading list styled as "troubled reading for troubled times." Highlighted titles available from your Community Library include The Night Manager by John Le Carre, which deals with illegal drug and arms trafficking, and The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, where a dystopian future is ruled by calorie companies that regulate the Earth's dwindling food supply. Check one out, or for additional troubled-times reading selections, take a look at this earlier post about top-ten schadenfreude novels.
discounted train trip to New York City on 10/29/2011, then chances are good that you'll soon see the giant billboard in Times Square advertising The Marriage Plot, a forthcoming book by Pulitzer-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides. In this story of love triangles and self-actualization, Madeleine Hanna breaks out of her straight-and-narrow mold when she enrolls in a semiotics course and falls in love with charismatic loner Leonard Morten. However, things are complicated by the resurfacing of man who is obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is his destiny. Interested? Reserve your copy today.
Catch-22, Joseph Heller's famous novel about the absurdity of war, is turning 50! Inspired loosely by Heller's own experiences as a soldier in World War II, this book was published in 1961 to mixed reviews. However, with public frustration building over the conflict in Vietnam, the book resonated with many readers. Since then, the book has become so universally known that its title has entered our language: the phrase "catch-22" means a bureaucratic trap, or a situation from which there is no escape. If you haven't yet read this classic novel, check it out from your Community Library today!
The Magicians or is recently-released sequel, The Magician King? You're not alone; in fact, the books have achieved such popularity that Fox has bought the rights and plans to produce a television series. Deadline reports that the writers of the forthcoming show will be none other than the ones who penned the blockbuster movie X-Men: First Class. In the story, Quentin Coldwater graduates from a secret, exclusive college of magic in upstate New York and finds that a fictional land from a series of childhood fantasy novels is real, but is more darker and dangerous than he could have imagined. If you haven't yet treated yourself to this humorous portal fantasy described as "at once psychologically piercing and magnificently absorbing," then reserve The Magicians today!
New York to Dallas, has just come out, immediately jumping to second place on the New York Times bestseller list (superceded only by Kathryn Stockett's ever-popular book The Help). In this newest series installment, Lt. Eve Dallas is pursued by a revenge-obsessed child molester whom she had sent to prison early in her career. New York to Dallas is the 33rd book in this wildly popular series of thrillers; the complete and chronologically ordered list of titles is available here.