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!

Welcome Back!

1Q84-book-coverHi everyone! Welcome back after our 2 month holiday hiatus. We’ll be meeting tonight Tuesday 1/24/17 at 7:30 pm in Napper Tandy’s of Norwood to discuss “1Q84” by Haruki Murakami. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure this is the longest book I’ve ever read. Sweeping, meditative, fantastical, and chock-full of literary and sci-fi references, we’re going to have a lot to talk about! And please do come even if you haven’t finished yet – you’re probably not alone 🙂

Crooked-letter-crooked-letter-book-coverIf you can’t join us tonight, copies of February’s book and audiobook are ready to pick up at the Reference Desk. For Tuesday 2/28/17, we’ll be reading “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter” by Tom Franklin. Set in rural Mississippi, this gritty Southern mystery was both nominated for and won a pile of crime/mystery awards. Plus, it’s plot-driven and under 300 pages – the sort of palate-cleanser we could all use after working through the heady tome “1Q84.” (Calgon, take me away!…)

Winter-reading-iconFinally, you could be scoring major points on our Winter BINGO! You can count any books, audiobooks, and graphic novels you’ve finished back through December, and BINGO goes through March 10th. Every finished BINGO row counts as a single entry in the prize drawing, and each book can be counted only once. Learn more here. Gift certificate sponsors include these local businesses: Cafe Paprika, Olivadi’s, Big Y, and Salon 599. Download the pdf or pick one up in the library. Good luck, readers!

True Crime Field Trip!

My-favorite-murder-podcast-logogSQEEE! “My Favorite Murder” podcast is coming to the Wilbur Theater on Friday March 3!!! This is the true crime comedy podcast Sarah and I have been raving about. If you haven’t listened, visit your favorite podcasting app and get on board.

We’re both going to see them on March 3 – anyone else want to join? Think fast because tickets are going on sale on Friday 12/16, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this sells out. If you’re interested in a field trip email Liz at lreed@minlib.net.

CORRECTION: The tickets are now on presale and I have the code to order now. Please let me know ASAP if you want to join!

Kick back and relax

Because we’re in for one heck of a long book. The group voted at November’s meeting and even after a recount the vote was close – the top three choices were all one vote apart. However, the winner is….

1Q84-book-cover“1Q84” by Haruki Murakami (woot!). We’re reading a long book because we don’t meet in December, so we have two months to make it through what may possibly be the longest book this humble librarian has ever read. I think the trip will be worth it, though! “1Q84” was a NYT Notable Book of the Year in 2011, translated from Japanese. The Q stands for question mark in this novel paying homage to “1984,” because one of the main characters, Aomame, slips over to a parallel universe that’s full of questions. Meanwhile, another character, Tengo, becomes wrapped up in the chaotic life and work of an author looking for a ghostwriter. Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this epic novel full of strange and truly unique characters. Part love story, mystery, fantasy, dystopian science fiction, and journey of self-discovery, Murakami’s work is testament to imagination.

Copies of the book and audiobook are available to pick up at the Reference. Seriously, come pick one up before these teetering piles collapse and seriously injure us. We meet again on Tuesday January 24 at 7:30 in the left-hand-side bar of Napper Tandy’s. Happy Holidays everyone!

Maybe let’s not meet in a public place

Station-eleven-book-coverAlright, so our November title, Station Eleven, is really really good, but I’ve never been more uncomfortable working in a public place and breathing other peoples’ air. Germaphobes beware.

But seriously, Allison P. chose a really good book, and we’re meeting Tuesday 11/22 at 7:30 pm in the left-hand-side bar at Napper Tandy’s to discuss.

Not only will we be discussing a fantastic book, we’ll also be voting on which book to read over December and January! Since we don’t meet in December, we like to take the opportunity to read a longer book that we normally wouldn’t try to fit between usual meetings. If you can’t attend 11/22, please tweet @titlesontap or comment below with your vote. We’ll rank choices 1-5, with 5 being your top choice, 4 being your second choice, and so on. And the contenders are:

Jonathan-strange-and-mr-norrell-book-coverJonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

 

1Q84-book-cover1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

 

the-rook-book-coverThe Rook by Daniel O’Malley

 

Night-film-book-coverNight Film by Marisha Pessl

 

Orphan-master's-son-book-coverThe Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

 

Believe me, you’re lucky there are only five choices. Vote electronically if you can’t join us, otherwise we’ll see you Tuesday at 7:30 pm!

 

On the one hand, there’s Big Brother…

Security-book-cover…and on the other, there’s “Security.” The first half of this mystery/thriller reads like the script to a horror movie, and the second half reads like a stream of consciousness philosophical rambling, with the middle transition serving up a steamy romance. We’re sure to have an interesting discussion this evening at Napper Tandy’s! Meet us on the left-hand-side bar at 7:30 pm.

Station-eleven-book-coverFor November, we’ll be reading another member-chosen book: “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel. This National Book Award Finalist, and winner of many other book awards, is science fiction-lite set in a post-apocalyptic world. The story moves back and forth through time, exploring the world before, during, and after the collapse of civilization. What does the sudden heart attack and death of a Hollywood Shakespearean  actor have to do with the onset of a sudden pandemic flu? And how can a future traveling troupe of Shakespearean actor/musicians save both art and humanity? And what’s the deal with this grave-digging prophet guy? This novel about truth, beauty, and survival looks good.

Copies of the book and audiobook are available to pick up at the Reference Desk. The ebook and e-audiobook are available through Overdrive, but you’ll want to place a hold soon in order to get it in time. We meet on Tuesday November 22 at 7:30 pm – see you then!