‘Twas the night before Christmas,

Orphan-master's-son-book-coverWhen I’d just begun,
To read for Titles on Tap, “The Orphan Master’s Son.”

Winning the vote in our last meeting, by a landslide, was “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson. We don’t meet in December and will instead meet again on January 23 to discuss this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about deceit, violence, coming-of-age, and romance in North Korea. We have copies of the book and audiobook available to pick up at the Reference Desk, and the ebook and audiobook are available through Overdrive. Pick up a copy and join us – we could all use a good book discussion after our long winter’s nap (ha! nap…).

Winter Reader’s BINGO returns to the library! Any books you read in December, January, February, and early-March can be counted on your BINGO sheet, and every completed row equals one entry in the prize drawing in March 2018. Prizes are being donated by local businesses. Find all the contest details here – happy reading!

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Hungry, anyone?

Girl-with-all-the-gifts-book-coverWhen you’re good, you’re good – and M.R. Carey is really quite good. Titles on Tap will be meeting tomorrow, Tuesday 10/24 @ 7:30 pm, to discuss his book, “The Girl with all the Gifts,” which was made into a movie last year. This sci-fi/horror/thriller is a very well-told story with engaging characters and fast-paced plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. With all the twists, I can’t say much for fear of giving something away, but you should definitely join us at Napper Tandy’s for a fun discussion.

Dark-matter-book-coverCan’t join us in October? Then we’ll see you in November! One of our group members chose “Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch as our next title. What if you’re knocked unconscious, and when you wake up your life is not your life? Maybe this new life is better in some ways, but you’ve also lost those people and things you loved in your other life. Which life is the dream? And how can you go back? This sci-fi thriller takes the audience through questions of choices made, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to reach the lives of our dreams. Copies are available to pick up at the Reference Desk. See you Tuesday November 28 at 7:30 pm!

Think: Carmen San Diego meets Flavia DeLuce

Whered-you-go-bernadette-book-coverWe’ll be meeting on Tuesday July 25 at 7:30 pm in Napper Tandy’s (hopefully on the back deck!!) to talk about “Where’d You Go Bernadette” by Maria Semple, chosen by one of our group members. From the description: “When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.” There’s still plenty of time to blaze through this book if you haven’t read it yet, so pick up a copy at the Reference Desk and join us on Tuesday?

Postmortal-book-coverIn case you have to miss July’s meeting, join us on Tuesday August 22 at 7:30 pm. We’ll be reading another group member selection – “The Postmortal” by Drew Magary. This is a humorous near-future science fiction exploring what would really happen to society if we could suddenly cure aging and, potentially, live forever.

With all this reading you’re doing, you should get credit! You can win weekly prizes but logging your books here, and you can play Readers’ BINGO all summer long for chances to win prizes donated by local sponsors. Learn all about it on our Summer Reading for Adults 2017 page!

Everything I Never Told You

Everything-i-never-told-you-book-coverOur book for June will be the bestselling debut novel, “Everything I Never Told You,” by Celeste Ng. After the favorite daughter of a family in 1970s Ohio is found dead under mysterious circumstances, her family starts to unravel, each member spiraling out in their own way.  Meet us at Napper Tandy’s on Tuesday June 27 at 7:30 pm. If the weather cooperates we’ll be on the back deck, otherwise you’ll find us in the left-hand-side bar.

Copies of the book and audiobook are available to pick up at the Reference Desk, and the digital audiobook is always available through hoopla digital and Overdrive.

By the way, Summer Reading for adults will be happening again this year. Kicking off the last week in June, submit books as you finish them to be entered in weekly prize drawings, and fill out a reader’s BINGO sheet for bigger prizes at the end of the summer. Look for more info after we reopen from the library recarpeting project in June.

It’s a great cult-ure

The-girls-book-coverRemember that time you were 14 and ran away to join a cult and took drugs in the desert and fell in love with a girl who had fallen in love with Charles Manson? Yeah, this coming-of-age bestseller is just like that. Join us tonight, Tuesday 4/25 at 7:30 pm at Napper Tandy’s to discuss “The Girls” by Emma Cline.

Galore-book-coverAnd if you can’t come tonight, join us on Tuesday 5/23 at 7:30 pm for “Galore” by Michael Crummey. This historical fiction is set in exotic Newfoundland, and has elements of magical realism, family feud drama, and Canadian folklore. Let’s just say – it’s a whale of a tale! (sorry, I had to go there) Copies of the book and audiobook are available to pick up at the Reference Desk, and the audiobook is also available instantly through hoopla digital. Fingers crossed that May will be warmer and we can sit on the back deck!

What could go wrong?

The-girls-book-coverTeenage girls slavishly following the whims of a charismatic older man, squatting on an abandoned film set and stealing cars to trick out for the upcoming race war apocalypse, all while tripping out of their minds on enough LSD to cause permanent brain damage? I mean really, there’s no way this could go wrong. Definitely good life choices being made.

One of our Titles on Tap members chose Emma Cline’s hit novel of last summer, “The Girls,” a fictional account of a teen who joins the Manson family in the 1960s. At first drawn in by a group of apparently carefree hippie girls, Evie Boyd’s new life of counterculture communal living soon turns to a chaotic cult experience. This psychological novel about the consequences of the desire for belonging and approval was a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2016, and is sure to spark good discussion.

Copies of the book and audiobook are available to pick up at the Reference Desk. Grab a copy and join us at Napper Tandy’s on Tuesday April 25 at 7:30 pm. And think Spring! Maybe it will even be warm enough for us to claim the back deck. Cheers!

Simple Dog or Helper Dog?

Hyperbole-and-a-half-book-coverHeck, why not both! If you’ve ever read Allie Brosh’s popular blog, Hyperbole and a Half, you know Simple Dog and Helper Dog. For the month of March we’ll be reading Brosh’s graphic novel “Hyperbole and a Half,” a compilation from her blog as well as new material. Even though this is a graphic novel with fairly simplistic illustrations, believe me – it’s not a children’s book. Funny, sad, poignant, honest, Brosh’s novel goes a long way toward breaking the stigma surrounding mental health. And even though it seems strange to say since it deals with depression – did I mention it’s really really funny?

Ever since one of our group members chose “Hyperbole and a Half,” I’ve heard from several people that this is their all-time favorite book. Definitely pick up a copy from the Reference Desk and join us at Napper Tandy’s on Tuesday March 28 at 7:30 pm!