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Adult Fiction Books

The Passage by Justin Cronin

This month at Towne Book Center & Cafe our book club is reading The Passage.  The book is over 700 pages long and quite daunting looking but the orange color is so pretty!

The tale reads like a realistic fiction book but it’s not until later that readers discover that there is actually a fantasy bend to the story.  To be sure, I was quite a ways into the book when I figured that out.

The pros: Great character development. I love character development as it lends to the credibility of the story.  That said, I am forced to admit…

The cons: I couldn’t finish the book.  There is so much background information that by the time Cronin got to the meat and potatoes of the story, I was spent.  I couldn’t go on.  I was emotionally drained.  And I still had another 350+ pages to go.

An Unconventional Librarian The Passage

Fortunately, there are over 20 people in our book club. I’m sure the discussion will be a lively one; no one will notice that I’ve not finished it.  Maybe I’ll just read the ending…

Have you read it? What did you think?

Our next book club pick is Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.

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Books

Books have a life of their own on YouTube

I stumbled across this piece from Entertainment Weekly which reminded me of Toy Story.  Everyone wonders what toys do when their owners are not around, right? They come to life and lead fascinating lives with interesting adventures. The video below is similar only it involves books.

What do books in a bookstore do when the lights are out?

http://youtu.be/SKVcQnyEIT8

 

Here’s a similar video that  involves organizing your bookshelf.

http://youtu.be/zhRT-PM7vpA

if only it were that easy, right?

 

And most importantly, visit an independent retailer.

Support a local business. Here’s my favorite, Towne Book Center & Cafe

And this weekend I’m excited to be visiting Harvest Book Company!

 

Do you have a video about books (or puppies or cats or babies) to share?

 

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Challenges

My first giveaway-Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight

My favorite local bookstore, Trappe Book Center recently celebrated 20 years in business last month with a number of popular authors popping by for a visit.  One of the authors who visited was Eric Wight, a young man who writes and illustrates his own books.  Wight has written a series of books about Frankie Pickle, a “kid with the world’s most amazing imagination!” As you can imagine, Frankie’s imagination leads him to adventure and trouble, it’s HILARIOUS!

Never one to want to be left out of a party and continuing the book store’s success I am excited to present my very first giveaway!!

I am giving a way a signed copy of Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom!  I’m Frankie’s (and Eric Wight’s) newest fan and I think you will enjoy him as much as do and here’s why:

  • It’s hilarious
  • Likeable characters
  • easy to read
  • BONUS: it’s part graphic novel!

Who doesn’t love graphic novels?

So, speaking of graphic novels, here’s how to get in on the goodies:

  • Comment on this blog.  1 comment = 5 points
  • Comment on any of my other blogs. 1 comment = 3 points
  • Follow me on Twitter = 1 point
  • Friend me on BlogFrog or any other way you can find me (I’m all over the place) = 10 points
  • Share your fave book blog for an additional 5 points

**Be sure your comments include the name of a graphic novel or children’s book you enjoy and why cuz I’m always looking for new stuff to read.**

There is no limit to the number of times you can enter. Show me lots of love and I’ll love you back!

(Professional sounding voice) Contest closes December 10th 2010.

THANKS for stopping by. I hope you win!

You can’t stay in your corner of the forest, waiting for others to come to you; you have to go to them sometimes. ~Winnie the Pooh