Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Presumption of Guilt: a summer reading club review

Someone is trying to kill Beth--and she knows his name. But coming up with the proof to convict an upstandng man--in the community's eyes--is another thing. The secret to freeing children's lives is in her hands--if she can overcome her past and trust God.

--Hannah K.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sundays at Tiffany's: a summer reading club review

Our monthly SE book club book for June. If you are not participating you're missing out. We've read many different genres and authors. This James Patterson has no real mystery, but some interesting twists and turns. Definitely a great love story and something a little different from a "normal" James Patterson novel. Try it--you'll like it!

--Chris R.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Enchantment Emporium: a summer reading club review

The Enchantment Emporium is a quick read as you get so caught up in the story that it is over before you know it and leaves you wanting to know more.

--Aubry W.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Stained Cotton: a summer reading club review

Stained Cotton by Quentin Carter. This book is a real page turner. Once you start you won't want to put it down!! It is one of the best books I have ever read and I look forward to reading all of his books!!

--Miesha W.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Albums to listen to for free!

What do Moby, Bjork, and Danger Mouse have in common? Well you might say their electronic, syncopated beats, or even their strange personalities. Or you even might say that you could find them all in the library, which would also be correct. But right now you can also listen to exclusive first looks at their new albums over on NPR music. I'm leaning toward Danger Mouse as my favorite.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

And now for something completely different...

Jaded. That's how I was feeling after reading too many mysteries and book reviews of mysteries. I would start books and not finish them because I could figure out not only what the ending would be but also what would happen on the way there.

Then, just as I was about to chance the uncertain waters of general fiction, an uncommon mystery came along. It's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. The heroine/sleuth is 11 years old, lives in a crumbling ancestral estate, and is passionate about poisons. She's Flavia de Luce. She has her own online fan club, and she is the most intriguing and entertaining fictional character I've met in ages.

If you haven't read it yet, lucky you! You have a treat in store. Even non-mystery readers will find a lot to enjoy within its pages.

Alexandria: [a Marcus Didius Falco novel]: a summer reading club review

If you enjoy murder mysteries and Roman history then you'll surely be attracted to this book. The main character Falco and his wife are on vacation in Alexandria, Egypt (around A.D. 72). The Head Librarian of the ultimate Library of its time is murdered mysteriously and Falco is picked to solve it. Ms. Davis' insights, attention to detail, with some humor, all mix into a great read!

--Paul R.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Nevermind the vampires, here come the werewolves

I grew up in a household that was a little obsessed with Halloween. And who could blame my stepfather? He was born on the day where (supposedly) the veil between the world of the living and the dead disappear. So I was brought up with Dracula. And even Rockula. My mother made me read Bram Stoker's Dracula before I went to see the movie. Ditto for Interview with the Vampire. So when the latest vampire craze came around, I had already read Twilight and Undead and Unappreciated as well as some of Laurell K. Hamilton's earlier books. But recently I've turned my attentions to werewolves. There are plenty of werewolves in vampire stories, including Sookie Stackhouse and the Undead and Unwed series (Mary Janice Davidson has written some stand alone werewolve stories elsewhere), but stories that are chiefly about werewolves are more id than superego, more animalistic than unnatural, and I like that sort of unformed sentimentality.

Patricia Briggs is my new favorite author, starting with Moon Called. The series female lead is Mercedes Thompson, VW Mechanic and Shapechanger. She is not the werewolf, but she grew up with them. She lives next door to the local packs leader, Adam. She also used to have romantic entanglements with Samuel, another dominant werewolf. Sparks fly. There are three other books in the series as well as a spin off series about Samuel's brother and his mate. Other books in this milieu include:
  • Magic Bites is the magic version of the Evanovich series on Stephanie Plum. Strong woman. Check. Gorgeous men. Check. Mystery. Check. Add werewolves and magic and they are definitely good books.
  • Wolfsbane and Mistletoe is a collection of short stories that have two things in common: werewolves and Christmas. It has a range of authors, from Charlaine Harris to Donna Andrews.
  • Blood and Chocolate is a young adult novel by Annette Curtis Klause. It is about a girl who wants to be like a normal teenager, but the once a month changes and the pack get in the way. Her other problem? Her human boyfriend doesn't know what she is. Will he still love her when he finds out? Intended for teens, this book has themes that resonate with adults.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Aunt Dimity's Death: a summer reading club review

Aunt Dimity's Death is the first in the series followed by Aunt Dimity and the Duke which takes place before her death! After that the reader feels compelled to read all the books in the series.

--Lucille H.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Acheron: a summer reading club review

Part of a continuing series of reviews by our patrons.

Acheron blends action, mythology, betrayal and love into a book you will burn the midnight oil to finish.

--Jared D.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Innocent In Death: a summer reading club review

Innocent In Death: Nora Roberts might write an intriguing romance novel, however as T.D. Robb she writes a compelling series set in 2060. Character Eve Dallas is a New York cop that leads you through murder investigations while balancing marriage, high society, publicity and competition with such ease that you are reading past midnight to reach the suspenseful conclusion. I can't wait to read the next adventure of Lt. Eve Dallas.

--Sherry W.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Flanuer: a summer reading club review

The Flaneur is a unique look at Paris from the eyes of a knowledgable wanderer. White is a foreigner, but has detailed knowledge of this beautiful city, including some little known history. This is a short, enjoyable read.

--Michelle C.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Without a Backward Glance: a summer reading club review

The first in an ongoing series of reviews by our patrons.

Without a Backward Glance is a wonderful novel about a family abandoned by their mother in the 1960s. Set in Australia, the book tells the different stories of the four grown up siblings and their father, now suffering from dementia. How the children form their own families and face their mother 40 years after she leaves them makes a great story.

--Tricia D.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Resource Spotlight: National Audiobook Month

Those of you who prefer to let your eyes relax and do your reading with your ears will be glad to know that June is National Audiobook Month! Whether you listen to books in your car, or while doing housework, going for a walk, or lounging poolside, the library has you covered with a wide variety of novels and non-fiction books recorded in several different formats. We've had books on CD or cassette tape for years, and our newest physical format is MP3 CD, which can hold up to 16 hours on a single disc! Take a look at this list of some of our most recent acquisitions to get you started. We even have a collection of audiobooks that you can browse and use at any time without having to leave the comfort of your air conditioned home or office! Our downloadable audiobooks, which can be accessed through the library's website, may be listened to on any computer, on most MP3 players, or in some cases be burned to CD. Best of all, the books you listen to can be counted towards participation in the Summer Reading Club and can help qualify you for the prize drawing held at the end of the summer! Prizes include gift certificates to local bookstores and restaurants, passes to the Fort Worth Zoo, symphony tickets, special packages for grilling or gardening, and much more. A chance to enjoy literature and win prizes all while avoiding undue eye strain? Sounds to me like summer is off to a great start.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Summer Reading Club Help

Need some books to read for the Adult Summer Reading Club? Then the Southeast Arlington Reading Group has the help you need. Since January 2006 the group has read and discussed 39 works. We meet the third Thursday of the month at 7:00pm at the Southeast Branch Library. On June 18th we will be discussing Sundays at Tiffany's by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet and on July 16 No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Thus you have no excuse for not finding a book to read. At the Southeast Branch Library we have a display of the books, so you don't even have to go looking on the shelf for them. You can choose from a wide variety of selections to meet your reading tastes.


Jan 26 - When the news went Live ----Wise, etc
Feb 16 – The five people You Meet in Heaven ---Mitch Albom
March 16 – October Sky ---Homer Hickam
April 20 – Before you know Kindness ---Chris Bohjalian
May 18 – 13 Steps Down ---Ruth Rendell
June 15 – The Kite Runner ---Khaled Hosseini
July 20 – The Life of Pi ---Yann Martel
Aug 17 – Straight Man ---Richard Russo
Sept 21 – Ladder of Years ---Anne Tyler
Oct 19 – The Life of Elizabeth I ---Alison Weir
Nov 16 – Cold Mountain ---Charles Frazier
Dec 21 – Peace Like a River ---Leif Enger


Jan 18 – For one more Day ---Mitch Albom
Feb 15 – Angry housewives Eating Bon Bons ---Lorna Landvik
Mar 15 - The Kite Runner ---Khaled Hosseini
April 19 – Plainsong ---Kent Haruf
May 17 - Bean Trees ---Barbara Kingsolver
June 21 – The Art of Mending ---Elizabeth Berg
July 19 – No Nest for the Wicket ---Donna Andrews
Aug 16 – The Summer I Dared ---Barbara Delinski
Sept 20 – Blue Shoe ---Anne Lamott
Oct 18 - Kalahari Typing School for Men ---Alexander McCall Smith
Nov 15 - The Notebook ---Nicholas Sparks
Dec 20 - Finding Noel ---Richard Paul Evans


Jan 17 - Seizure ---Robin Cook
Feb 21 – Lights Out Tonight ---Mary Jane Clark
Mar 20 - Wish You Well ---David Baldacci
April 17 - Sunday Philosophy Club ---Alexander McCall Smith
May 15 – Innocent Man ---John Grisham
June 19 - A is for Alibi ---Sue Grafton
July 17- Can’t Wait to Get To Heaven ---Fannie Flagg
August 21- Loving Frank ---Nancy Horan
Sept 18 - Secret Life of Bees ---Sue Monk Kidd
Oct 16 - The Maltese Falcon and Movie ---Dashiell Hammett
Nov 20 - Back When We Were Grownups ---Anne Tyler
Dec 18 - Skipping Christmas ---John Grisham


January 15 - The Year of Pleasures ---Elizabeth Berg
February 19 - Reader’s Choice
March 19 - Dark Tort ---Diane Mott Davidson
April 16 - True Believer ---Nicholas Sparks
May 21 - Last Lecture ---Randy Pausch
June 18 - Sundays at Tiffany's ---James Patterson
July 16 - No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency ---Alexander McCall Smith

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Mysteries Recommendations site

One of our patrons at SW has been raving about a cozy mysteries recommendation site and I thought I would pass it on. It is called Cozy-Mystery.com. It has author interviews, cozy mystery sub-genres (supernatural, vacations, animals, etc.), and a section of movies and television shows that might be interesting to a cozy mystery reader. Thanks to Barbara for the suggestion!