Internet Homes for Booklovers

Ever wonder where people of the internet go to hear about all the new books coming out? Here are some of the places around the internet built by and for booklovers:

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Goodreads is a huge social database of books that link outward to authors, reviews, interviews, quotes, publication information, etc for books and authors. Members of Goodreads (like Facebook, it is a free service) can keep track of the books they read and even swap reviews of their favorite titles. The website even offers a yearly challenge, allowing readers to set themselves a goal of so many books to read in a year, and keep track their progress.

With added access to authors and actual blog-style articles published about any number of books, Goodreads is a good well-rounded database of book related information.

See also: Worlds Without End aka Goodreads for SF, Fantasy, and Horror nerds

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Posting on anything and everything to do with books, Book Riot publishes videos, articles, podcasts, and pretty much any other format of media you can think of. They tend toward a liberal, internet saavy new adult audience, but also include articles for teachers, librarians, and other authority figures trying to get kids into reading.

Try some:
Getting through Brutal Books (Video)
Read or Dead: the mystery and thriller podcast (Podcast)
Supporting Public Libraries Through the Trump Presidency (Article)

 

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If you like to read about reading, this is a spectacular place to find free book-related listicles, essays on authors and writing, short stories and poems from up-and-coming authors, and lots of pieces examining literature over time and themes. If you are an academic at heart, or just really like analyzing works of writing, this is absolutely the place for you.

Try some:
11 Worst Weddings in Literature
 Living without a Mind’s Eye
Agatha Christie’s Sassy Nature

 

And for fun, try glancing through some of these simple, but fun sites:

CoverSpy – where a team of book nerds hits the subways, streets, parks & bars to find out what New Yorkers are reading now, then posts their finds to this tumblr. An wide and varied collection of books and descriptions of the people who were caught reading them.

WhichBook – pick what kind of book you’re in the mood for, and this site will give you some recommendations.

BookNotes – where you can read about, and sometimes listen to, the music authors listened to when they wrote each of their books

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Librarians Recommend: A Man Called Ove

Dawn Recommends: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

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Written by Fredrik Backman and translated by Henning Koch

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

I absolutely loved this book and how we got to follow this old, curmudgeon of a man who just made you wonder why anyone would put up with him, from completely unlikeable to someone you could understand and even sympathize with. It was such a lovely read.

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Review Round Up – Six of Crows

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Watch the book trailer here.

#1 New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
New York Times Notable Book of 2015

Yeah, we’re a little late to the party on this one, but it’s in the library now, and one of our librarians will not stop pushing it everyone’s faces. Is it really as good as she claims, though?

NPR praises the skill with which Bardugo crafts her heist, expounding upon her cleverly handled characters and impressive world building, but comments that her characters seem a bit too mature for their 17 years, with one of them sounding more like a 50-year-old hardened criminal than a teenager.

Disability in Kidlit praises depictions of PTSD and physical disability in the book, while noting the lack of time spent with the queer characters and queer romances in comparison to their straight counterparts.

In her BookTube review, gingerreadslainey praises how well-rounded the book is, giving the character and world and plot equal weight and development, and drawing on real world research extensively to craft a world so real that it made her want to jump in and join it.

Entertainment Weekly generally enjoyed the page-turning qualities of the story, but struggled to get through the first chapter of exposition and into the story itself.

What do you think? Ready to grab our copy of this book (and its sequel) and give it a go? Think it sounds too low-brow for you? Tell us in the comments below.

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Weekly Building Challenge: Week 4

Build a hat or build some shoes.
Build a skirt or build a shirt.
Build a cape or scarf or gloves,
be a paper bag designer!

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We’ve got paper lunch bags, masking tape, scissors and markers all ready for you at the library. Stop by any time the library is open:

Tuesday & Thursday 3-7
Friday & Saturday 9-1.

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Author Feature: Mo Willems

Looking for a laugh? Try something by the enigmatic Mo Willems. You probably know him for his series about Pigeons driving buses, or the Knuffle Bunny series, or maybe for his spectacular We are in a Book!. But did you know that he used to write for Sesame Street? Or that he once wrote to Charles Shultz and asked if he could take over writing Peanuts once he died?

Curious? You can read more about his Funny Failures, or maybe listen to one of his hilarious interviews.

Or better yet, come in and try some of his books for yourself!

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Because why have pigs when you could have dinosaurs?

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No seriously, they’re in a book. Just try not to laugh at their banana-tastic antics.

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That subtitle, though. Doesn’t that sound intriguing?

There are no pigeons featured in this post, but that’s just because they have their own website here.

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Weekly Building Challenge: Week 3

It’s Lego time!!!

This week we decided that one challenge was boring, so we prepped a whole bunch of different ones!

Can you complete them all?

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Stop in any day we’re open this week to give it a try!

Tuesday 3:00 – 7:00
Thursday 3:00 – 7:00
Friday 9:00 – 1:00
Saturday 9:00 – 1:00

Happy Building!

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New Books!

Rise & Shine Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick

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Moonstone for empathy. Azurite for memories. Lapis lazuli for truth… In the quiet village of Noon Sun, Benedict Stone has settled into a complacent and predictable routine. Business at his jewelry shop has dried up; his marriage is on the rocks. His life is in desperate need of a jump start…

And then a surprise arrives at his door.

Novels about love and second chances abound right now, but Patrick’s follow-up to her debut, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, rises to the top with its clever plot, utterly charming characters, and warmly believable conclusion. 

 

A House Among the Tress by Julia Glass

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Is it possible for an author to be too generous to her characters?

When the revered children’s author Mort Lear dies accidentally at the Connecticut home he shares with Tomasina Daulair, his trusted assistant, she is stunned to be left the house and all its contents, as well as being named his literary executor. Overwhelmed by the responsibility for Lear’s bequest, she must face the demands of all those affected by the sudden loss of this man they all loved.

 

 

 

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

The engine of Roy’s story is a hijra (India’s third gender) named Anjum, and the story begins with her unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. Anjum’s charisma draws a vibrant assemblage of outcasts to join her–other hijras, Kashmiri freedom fighters, activists, orphans, low-caste Hindus and Muslims, and a host of animals. Anjum’s home is a place where the formerly unwanted embrace each other’s true selves.

As this ravishing, deeply humane novel braids these lives together, it reinvents what a novel can do and can be. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness demonstrates on every page Arundhati Roy’s storytelling gifts.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is a novel of maddeningly frayed edges, wonky pacing and occasional longueurs. But its patchwork of narratives, painful, funny, sexy, violent, earthy, otherworldly, its recurring images of lost and recovered children, individual sacrifice and self-denial, and its depiction of the constant battle toward self-assertion in a society still held in thrall to the taxonomy of caste and class, make for a disturbing and memorable return to the land of make-believe.

 

 

 

 

 

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