I’m a big fan of historical fiction, especially if it’s based on royal figures in British history. Phillipa Gregory’s books are right up my alley. I have steadily been making my way through her Cousins' War series, which is set during England’s War of the Roses. I just finished The White Princess, which I read in a day, and now I am left wanting more!
Did you know the Library was ninja? This summer, while you were reading up a storm and logging your books for the teen Summer Reading Program, your name was being entered for a chance to win 1 of 6 Kindle Fire HD eReaders. Make no mistake about it, reading this summer has paid off for 6 lucky teens. Let me be the first to congratulate:
We all know how the story goes. There’s an evil witch who casts a sleeping spell on Snow White who awakes when kissed by Prince Charming. The same is true for sleeping beauty; Rapunzel is trapped in a tall tower saved by Prince Charming’s heroics. Finally, Cinderella hooks up with Prince Charming only through the help of a fairy godmother.
The recent demise of beloved actor James Gandolfini inspired me to get out my Sopranos complete series box set and begin watching the series all over again. I loved this show. It was truly the best drama/soap opera ever. In an age of DVRs and “waiting until it comes out of video,” The Sopranos still saw people arranging their Sunday evenings around the television schedule.
It seems like every week I discover a new research database that helps me with conducting better and more thorough genealogy searches. One of my favorites is the National Park Service’s Soldiers and Sailors Database. Compiled using thousands of Civil War records, the Park Service indexed the names of participants who served during the American Civil War. A successful search will list the ancestor’s name and their service record, along with a detail of the action seen by their units.
Bad Poetry Day is August 18th, and apparently, a good contender for worst poet ever is Scotsman William McGonagall. Around 1877, when he was about 50 years old (it’s hard to say for sure, because his exact birthdate is unknown), he believed God spoke to him and told him to write; and that’s what he did for the rest of his life, which amounted to about 25 more years. McGonagall seemed oblivious to all criticisms of his work and retained an amazing level of self-confidence in his abilities as a writer.
The 2013 Summer Reading Program has come to an end, and it has been a great success. This year, just like every year, I have had numerous parents come up and ask me for suggestions for a good book for their son. Finding a book for a boy can be difficult because there is a stereotype being passed around that boys don’t like to read. As a result of this false generalization, books in the Juvenile and Young Adult sections seem to be geared increasingly towards girls.