Saturday, March 10, 2012

Book Love: Library Love

My apologies, readers, for dropping the ball(s) on my planned post(s).  But, onward and upward.  Today I bring you some book loooove.  Let's talk the libary, shall we?  Is the library the bestest and awesomest institution ever or what?  It is a secret dream of mine to work in a library one day.   I use the word secret loosely. 

So, today, my mother graciously volunteered to baby-sit my babies while they slept (gotta love joint nap-times) so I could go to the library and actually look around instead of zooming through.  Here's what I checked out:

Stolen: A Letter to My CaptorStolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

Goodreads Book Blurb:
It happened like this.

I was stolen from an airport.
Taken from everything I knew,
everything I was used to.
Taken to sand and heat, dirt
and danger. And he expected
me to love him. This is my story.

A letter from nowhere.
The Weird SistersThe Weird Sisters by Eleanor BrownAmazon Book Blurb:
Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can't solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father-a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse-named them after the Bard's heroines. It's a lot to live up to.
The sisters have a hard time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the shy homebody eldest sister, the fast-living middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Only that none has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents' frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them...

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Goodreads Book Blurb:
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life

The First Days (As The World Dies: A Zombie Trilogy #1)The First Days by Rhiannon Frater

Goodreads Book Blurb:
The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde.

Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

They find sanctuary in a tiny, roughly fortified Texas town. There Jenni and Katie find they are both attracted to Travis, leader of the survivors; and the refugees must slaughter people they know, who have returned in zombie form.

I realize that three out of four of them are kind of darkish, but really they're not (except for maybe Stolen).  They are all pretty easy reads.  I've never heard of the Weird Sisters, but I liked the title and the 3 girls are all named after Shakepearian characters (Rosalind, Bianca, and Cordelia) so how could I not read it?!

As for my Wednesday post, I will try to post a few kids activities we did last week either later today or tomorrow!


Super Cuppett said...

I have discovered the library more and more over the past, I don't know, 6 months or so. I like owning books, but the library is so much more practical. My favorite thing now is audiobooks that you can download from the site to your computer. I listen to them in the car, when I get ready in the morning, when I'm sick and not feeling up to reading a physical book. etc. More than half the books I've read this year so far have been audiobooks I borrowed. And I'm also keeping a list of books (both physical and audio) thst I want to borrow from the library, so I can remember them. It doesn't hurt that the main branch of the library is at the other end of the block from where I work. Love it!

michelle said...

I love the library more than words can say. I mean, I could write sonnets to the library if I understood poetry. Every time I walk in I feel automatically happier. Am I overstating? No, no, I am deeply in love with the library :)

Karole said...

I could never check out more than one book at a fact...i have had the same book out for months and have only read 100 pages! I don't think we have the same taste! ghosts and zombies??

Meg said...

Melissa, I am getting ready to take a road any audio rec's for me??

Michelle, great minds think alike ;)

Karole, I guess we can still be friends! ;) Actually, I just get in these book "moods" & creepy is where it's at right now. Awhile back, I was reading romances of all things! Oh, law, that is embarrasing to admit.

Super Cuppett said...

Hmm ... recommendations ...

I know you read the Maggie Stiefvater book "Shiver"; I just finished its sequel and I thought it worked well as an audiobook. The first audiobook I borrowed from the library was, I think, "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson. Robertson Dean was the narrator and it was really good. A little creepy, not too bad. I don't know if you like things like P.G. Wodehouse, but the audio "Carry On, Jeeves," narrated by Martin Jarvis, was lots of fun and not too long. And there's this interesting community-narrated version of "Wizard of Oz" that was done by the American Library Association or someone like that, that let lots of people (kids and adults, celebrities, tourists from other countries, etc.) narrate bits that were edited together. It's a fun way to hear the story.

Super Cuppett said...

Oh, I just thought ... if you have kids in the car who will listen to the book with you, obviously "I Am Legend" would be out. The narration itself has a creepiness to it at times. Not kid-friendly.