Book Club Mom’s September recap – summer’s over!

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September is often the month for fresh starts and getting back on track after the lazy days of summer. The truth is, for me, summer can be busier than fall! It’s much quieter here now, with kids out of the house, going to school or working. I like the hustle bustle of a full house, but there are always books, right?


I read some good ones this month and was surprised that I had chosen three nonfiction books! I have always preferred fiction, but I’m noticing more and more interesting narrative nonfiction books that I want to read.

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
My Friend Anna – The True Story of a Fake Heiress by Rachel DeLoache Williams
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Library Book by Susan Orlean

In case you missed these author profiles:

Who’s That Author? Truman Capote
Who’s That Author? Linda Holmes
Who’s That Indie Author? Amy Tasukada
Are you a self-published or indie author? Email bvitelli2009@gmail.com
if you would like to be featured on Who’s That Indie Author.

And I wrote these random and spontaneous posts:

Library book strategies – managing (or not managing)
holds on the new and popular books
Grammar talk: misspelled words and other confessions
Social media book groups – are you in one?
Here comes fall – books to match the season!

I know it can be hard to say goodbye to summer, but I think September is a good transition month. Hope you are ready to ease into fall with a good book! What’s in your reading pile?

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Library book strategies – managing (or not managing) holds on the new and popular books

Last week I scored big on a library book. My Facebook friends group is about to discuss Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes. The holds list is a mile long, but I was able to grab the one-week rental copy (no holds allowed) and read it quickly! It worked out great. (Read my review here.)

But now I’m in a bit of a library holds bind. Many of my other holds on new and popular books have come in at the same time. I have one eAudiobook on my phone and three eBooks on my Kindle and the clock is ticking!

It’s a little ambitious to think I’ll be able to read the three eBooks in the two-week period, but I’m going to try. I’m not so sure if I’ll have time for the eAudiobook, though. The good news about that one is that my eBook hold of the same title is coming up soon!

Here’s what’s on deck. (All book blurbs are from Amazon.)


The Warehouse by Rob Hart

I’ve seen a lot of blog reviews about this one and have already started the audio of this one.

 

Cloud isn’t just a place to work. It’s a place to live. And when you’re here, you’ll never want to leave.

“A thrilling story of corporate espionage at the highest level . . . and a powerful cautionary tale about technology, runaway capitalism, and the nightmare world we are making for ourselves.”—Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter

Film rights sold to Imagine Entertainment for director Ron Howard!


The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

I didn’t think I’d get this one so fast. My mystery book club at work is going to read it…next June! I’ll probably read it twice.

 

“One of my favorite books of the year.” ―Lee Child

“Cancel all your plans and call in sick; once you start reading, you’ll be caught in your own escape room―the only key to freedom is turning the last page!” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“A sleek, well-crafted ride.” ―The New York Times

In Megan Goldin’s unforgettable debut, The Escape Room, four young Wall Street rising stars discover the price of ambition when an escape room challenge turns into a lethal game of revenge.


We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White

I saw this one reviewed by a few bloggers and it sounded interesting to me.

 

From the author of A Place at the Table and A Soft Place to Land, an “intense, complex, and wholly immersive” (Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author) multigenerational novel that explores the complex relationship between two very different women and the secrets they bequeath to their daughters.


Refugee by Alan Gratz

Saw this reviewed and wanted to read it!

 

 

A New York Times bestseller!

JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .

ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . .

MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe . . .

All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers — from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.


We have a feature at our library that allows you to “freeze” specific holds and not lose your place in line. I haven’t tried that, but I’m thinking it would be a good idea.

I’m going to try to read all of them before they are due. Which would you read first? What’s your library book strategy?

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Book on my radar – The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Have you heard about The Library Book by Susan Orlean? Released last week, it’s an inquiry into a devastating fire at the Los Angeles Public Library. The 1986 fire lasted 7 hours, reached 2000 degrees, destroyed 400,000 books and damaged another 700,000.

What happened? It may have been arson. Investigators initially arrested a 28-year-old man, actor Harry Peak, but he was never formally charged. And the mystery of how the fire started has never been solved.

In addition to the arson investigation, Orlean tells the story of the Los Angeles library’s beginnings, its colorful personalities, the broader story of libraries, and our meaningful association with books. One of the earliest figures was Mary Foy, who, in 1880 was named head of the library. She was only 18 years old! The author also connects the past to the present and describes the important role modern libraries play in our lives.

You can read about the fire here on the Los Angeles Public Library website and click here to read a great Los Angeles Times article about Orlean and the library. Included are some very interesting pictures of the fire.

Orlean is an award-winning reporter for the New Yorker and a New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including Rin Tin Tin, Saturday Night, and The Orchid Thief.

I’m on a long hold list for this book at my library, but I’m willing to wait. How about you?

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Life in a Library

photo: wisegeek.org

    photo: wisegeek.org

After twenty years at home with the kids, I’m slowly getting used to the working world.  I’ve received my badge (not a good picture of me, natch!), attended orientation, a workplace civility workshop and completed four library webinars.  And I’m beginning to master all the logins, sites, databases and other technology structures that hold a modern library together.  I thought I already had a lot of usernames and passwords.  Wrong!

My start date just happened to coincide with the beginning of three different spring breaks for four kids, plus an emergency college closing due to the norovirus.  So I hauled out the crock pot and filled it with the regular stuff and did a bunch of driving after work.  Nothing like making breakfast, bag lunches and dinner all before 7 am!

Anyone who has entered a library in the past few years knows that libraries are a lot more than books.  As an assistant, I get to move around a lot, splitting my talents between the adults and kids.  I’m the type of person who prefers standing to sitting, so that’s just right for me.

So if you’re wondering what a library assistant does at work, here’s what has kept me busy so far:

Photo: theguardian.com
Photo: theguardian.com
  • Working my way through a new employee workbook
  • Answering the reference desk phone
  • Helping people find books
  • Helping people with printing, copy machine and fax problems
  • Helping kids with computer game problems
  • Signing people up for a tax prep program
  • Signing people up for next week’s talk on hummingbirds
  • Pulling “Holds” off the shelf
  • Displaying new books at the entrance
  • Organizing the Learning a Foreign Language shelf
  • Finding books to add to a Horror Stories for Kids bookmark
  • Setting up tables for a Book Bingo session
  • Setting up more tables for a Mah Jongg tournament

There’s no time for book reading when you work in a library, but lots of time to learn what’s out there and plenty to look forward to.  We just got a 3D printer and I can’t wait to see it in action!

Doesn't this look cool? Photo: wedellortho.com
Photo: wedellortho.com

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