Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Inklings: Fall Reading Highlights

Welcome back, Scots!
We are off and running with a great year ahead of us. Don’t you love September? Everyone’s energy is up; people are catching up with friends and teachers, new friends are forming connections, 9th graders are making new friends and learning the ropes of high school, and everything just seems so full of good possibilities!

The library has been checking books out like mad. Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay was released the week before school and all of our copies are out (along with the first 2 books of the series.) But if you’re anxious to read any of these books, stop by the circulation desk and get your name on the reserve list.

But there are other great titles for you to consider. Take a look at our virtual bookshelf on this page – over on the right, underneath the database list. Rest your cursor on the cover image and a brief summary will pop-up to give you an idea of the book’s content or storyline.

I really liked Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and she also has written Linger which we just got in. Try Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers if you’re more of a non-fiction person; his books are thought-provoking and often surprising. With the release of the new Julia Roberts' movie of the same name, you might try reading Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love; movies can be great but the book is always better!

The Evergreen Award nominees are all in. (Well, with the exception of The Hunger Games but see the reserve list comment above.) There are 10 titles to choose from, all very different and all good reads. I just finished Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka – he is hilarious and uber-imaginative.

Popular authors around here are: Jodi Piccoult, Nicholas Sparks, Neil Shusterman, Walter Dean Myers, Chris Crutcher, Anna Godberson, and Sarah Dessen, just to name a few.

I hope you’ll read at least one book this year that stays with you, something that makes you smile or sigh or shiver just a bit. Reading not only provides an escape from our real lives but it introduces us to other lives, other ideas that make us a bit wiser, more compassionate, and empathetic. Read On…..

Choose to be happy!