Friday, February 25, 2011

Three by Ted Dekker

It’s I LOVE TO READ MONTH, and today I’m going to feature a favourite from the Christian Fiction genre.

Wendi, in our Altona branch, enjoys books by Ted Dekker, and one her favourites is Three. The book is a high-intensity psychological thriller that starts with a bang.

Kevin Parson, a young seminary student receives a mysterious call from a stranger, telling him that he must solve several riddles in a given amount of time, and he must confess his sin to the world or bombs will explode and people will die. The problem is, Kevin has no idea what that sin might be. He soon realizes that this game is deadly and very real, and he must face his own dark secrets if he hopes to survive.

The book is a rollercoaster ride that will leave one’s head spinning – a top-notch thriller.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Romancing Miss Bronte by Juliet Gael

It’s I LOVE TO READ month and I have another staff pick. Romancing Miss Bronte by Juliet Gael artfully combines fact and fiction, and the result is a well-written, splendid read.

The story begins in Haworth England where the sisters, Charlotte, Anne, and Emily turn to writing as a way of escaping their difficult circumstances. The novel follows their writing careers – beginning with poetry and eventually turning to novels. The sisters must deal with harsh criticism and raving success, and each handles these in her own unique way. Eventually the story focuses on Charlotte who must decide on her fate and her future.

Esther in our head office enjoyed the book immensely, stating that she was completely entranced and never bored by it. Michele Leber has written in Booklist that “Gael sprinkles Charlotte’s actual letters into this portrayal of the poverty and isolation of the Bronte family, and the tragedies that beset it, in language that seems true to the times. A moving view of a literary giant and the emotion that fueled her work.”

Readers have commented that it has made them want to read everything written by the Bronte sisters.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I LOVE TO READ MONTH

It’s I LOVE TO READ MONTH and I know that many schools are promoting reading and holding read-a-thons this month. One great benefit of having the library in our community is the wide variety of materials that are available. Adults don’t all like to read the same books, and neither do children. During I LOVE TO READ MONTH, and always, we encourage adults and children alike to browse the library shelves for something that will fill their unique interests and tastes.

One new non-fiction series that has caught on with boys is Dirt Bike World. There are 4 titles in this set: Enduro Racing, Motocross Racing, Freestyle Motocross, and Supercross. All of the books in the series are laid out in a similar format that includes: the track and gear (including safety precautions), pro racing, the stars of the circuit, a glossary and internet sites. Photos are colourful and dramatic and the reading level is easy, but the interest level is high.

Whether it’s dirt bikes, princesses, dinosaurs, or history - fiction, or non-fiction - the library has something for everyone.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell by Samantha James

It’s I LOVE TO READ MONTH, and Valentine’s Day is coming up, so maybe it’s time to feature something from the Romance Genre. One of our romance readers has enjoyed The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell by Samantha James.

Due to a cruel twist of fate, Simon Blackwell vows to shut himself off from the world and deny his emotions and desires forever. One day, in a moment of weakness, he gives in and shares a passionate kiss with Annabel McBride. Annabel’s reputation is compromised and the two are married. But – this is a marriage in name only and Simon intends to eventually divorce Annabel. The fiery Annabel eventually melts his cold heart and Simon realizes that this is a second chance at love, happiness and family.

This Victorian romance is well paced, well written, and features lovable lead characters. A great suggestion for Valentines or any cold winter day.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Chalice by Robin McKinley

February is “I Love to Read Month”, and as I’ve done in other years, all this month I’ll be passing on some of the titles that staff have loved to read during the past year.

It’s not too often that I feature fantasy, so when one of the staff recommends something from the genre, I’m eager to pass it on. Linda in our Winkler Branch strongly recommends Robin McKinley’s new book, Chalice.

The demesne of Willowlands, is in a state of crisis. The former ruler and his Chalice had abused their power and died without heirs. Now the land is literally and metaphorically being torn apart. Mirasol, a bee keeper is stunned to learn she is the new Chalice despite having no training. The new Master is no longer quite human and cannot touch anything without burning it. Together they must heal their broken land.

Lynn Rutan, in Booklist writes “Themes of stewardship, beekeeping, and the power of duty and love flow through the story like the honey described so temptingly”.

During I Love to Read month I hope you share a book you’ve loved.