My bookshelf @ the library

Since we’re allowed to get personal at least once a month on this blog, I thought it would be fun to talk about what I’m reading now. Because I work for the busiest library systems in the country, most of what I read comes right off the shelves.

I read a lot of Young Adult books because my friend, Jerene, the Coordinator for Education and Teen Services can make any book sound so fascinating you feel like you need to drop everything and sit down and read it. Fortunately, she never recommends a book that isn’t fabulous, so I trust her instincts.

Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton is the beginning of a series set in an alternate post-Katrina New Orleans. The heroine is tracing the final days of her birth mother, trying to find some resolution in her life, only to stumble on a nightmarish secret that involves ancient myths and a horrible curse. I can only say, I did NOT see the twist coming, and I love it when an author surprises me.

The other Young Adult novel I’m reading is the final book in Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series. Darkest Mercy is tying up all the various characters in the series, and the Summer Faery Queen, Aislinn, who was transformed from mortal to fae is facing the toughest challenge of her short reign, as war comes to the faeries.

I just finished Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard, and I think it’s an amazing blend of hard Science Fiction, (if you’re a Trekkie, you’re gonna love the spaceships and gadgets in this book) and romance. I think it’s hard to keep a balance in that sub-genre, and she keeps the plot moving while the relationship simmers. She just won a Reviewer’s Choice Award from Romantic Times, and is nominated for a RITA.

For real science that can scare the bejezzus out of you, read Hot: Living through the Next Fifty Years on Earth by Mark Hertsgaard. Real science is really scary when you realize that you will not be able to take a vacation from climate change, because it’s coming whether you’re ready or not. We do need to make changes in our daily lives, but we will be mitigating the effects not avoiding them. I’m cheered up to discover that King County, (where I live), was one of the first governments to begin preparing, but less than happy to consider the world my granddaughter will grow up in.

So, what are you reading?

Deborah Schneider

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8 responses to “My bookshelf @ the library

  1. Raymond Bolton

    I think it’s wonderful you have so many resources at your finger tips. Must be like living in a candy store. I’m surprised you manage to get any work done. *grin*

  2. Jar O' Marbles

    Working at a library might just be my dream job. Maybe. My current job is pretty dreamy too.

    I’m currently re-reading the Harry Potter series in preparation for the last film. But before that, I read Gone with a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West which incidentally I picked up at the library. It was an amazingly hilarious read.

  3. What am I reading? About five things. The Happiness Project. Keith Richard’s Life. Our Man in Tehran (about the Canadian ambassador who snuck out the Americans at the beginning of the revolution). I always have two or three or four non-fiction books on the go.

    Fiction-wise – I’m reading The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – lovely story set in Seattle’s Chinatown and Japantown during WWII and in the present. I’m almost finished my re-reading (after three or four years) of Mercedes Lackey’s Serpent’s Shadow. I’m also reading books about (close your eyes if you need to at this point) on the Kama Sutra, tantric sex and… you get the picture.

    Kate

  4. I seem to spend all of my time reading screenplays, even though I love a good book. My trouble is I am a slow thoughtful reader, however i can remember everything in your screenplay, it seems forever; which is odd that I have a hard time remembering your name.

    Wally

    • Raymond, if they would only let me read while I’m working, it would be heaven. But, I have to keep the reading for home. It is hard to visit a library and not walk out with books, even though I have them delivered to my desk when I’m at work.

      Jar’ O’ Marbles, I just read “Becoming Jane Eyre” to prepare for seeing the movie, and I’ve been recommending “Water for Elephants” for several years, one of my favorite books of all time. I can’t wait for that movie!

      Kate, I met Jamie Ford last month, he’s very sweet. And I’ve had the chance to meet Mercedes Lackey several times, and drive her around King County. She and her husband are so nice. That’s the other thing I like about my job, the chance to meet so many authors and talk “shop”.
      I think Josee must be reading all those books about sex for her new series, right?

      Wally, I forget a lot of what I’ve read too. I like to think it’s not my age, it’s because I have so much to remember that something just has to GO!

      Thanks for commenting folks.

  5. Deb, I’ve met Mercedes and Larry too – they’re fun. And yep, I’m reading all those sex books for the new series. In fact, I’m off next week on an excursion to check out toy stores (*wink, wink, nudge, nudge*).

    Kate

  6. I’m finally getting around to reading The Help because everyone assumes that I’ve read it already and they all want to talk about it. I’ve always got several books going at once, so I’m also reading a new collection of short stories by Tamora Pierce, and the “Temeraire” series by Naomi Novik (a lovely blend of Hornblower + dragonrider!)

    I just finished the audiobook of Connie Willis’ double-decker book Blackout and All Clear which was practically perfect in every way, and before that, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society kept me from falling asleep during the evening commute!

  7. I love Melissa Marr’s books!

    Currently I’m digging my way through a strange book involving the Lincoln assassination and a conspiracy, a scary! zombie book called Patient Zero by Johnathan Mayberry, and hubby just bought me a book on impossible battles in history for my birthday.

    K

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