It happens at least once a month. Things will be quiet and average here at the library and then wham! A book shows up either fresh from Headquarters, comes in for a hold, or is returned – or suddenly, it’s as if a dam has burst. I’m not talking about a new bestseller or even a movie – I’m talking about picture books.
I have just discovered a genre of books that I never thought I'd like - the thriller. I've always told myself that I was not a mystery reader, but after reading a couple of these impossible-to-put down stories, I'm hooked!
The best thing about discovering a new genre is that there are so many new authors to explore. So far, I've enjoyed reading selections by John Sandford, Linwood Barclay, Cody McFadyen, Harlan Coben, Tom Rob Smith, and Lee Child.
"With this life, I give you the gifts of nobility, certainty, and faith so that you can lead the Clan in the ways of the Warrior Code." Bluestar mews. Stepping back, she and the other cats of Starclan called out, "Firestar! Firestar! Firestar!"
As a parent, you can never be too careful what you read, especially to your children. You read them a charming little picture book thinking that your child might find the book funny or memorable, and then before you quite realize it's happening, the book is speaking to your very own soul.
If you enjoyed reading Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, you will be sure to enjoy March by Geraldine Brooks. This book contains the story of Little Women as perceived by their father, March. March comes in contact with the real world with all its ugliness and brutality, and a world of fantasy changes into a bleak reality. March reminisces about his years before marriage. He lives through poverty and wealth. Then, he finds himself in the middle of the Civil War, and he takes his place as chaplain at age forty.
Dogs can make wonderful gifts, but unlike material gifts, they aren't as easy to return if the fit isn't right. Make sure the new owner is ready to make a commitment for the dogs lifetime, and is prepared for the responsibilities involved in having a new family member.
While researching at the Midwest Genealogy Center, have you ever found that we did not have a certain book on your family? There is a way you can still get it (for free!), and it is called WorldCat, which stands for World Catalog.
Are you interested in knowing the value of your keepsake decorations? For several years, I have been an avid collector of Hallmark ornaments. I discovered a book entitled Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Value Guide by Nicki Pierce that I found very interesting, and I was surprised to see what my collectibles are currently worth.