Musings

Charley Davidson: A Series

Finally, I’d found a series that I could enjoy and stay entertained with! Darynda Jones‘ Charley Davidson series is the perfect series for romance lovers, mystery lovers, paranormal lovers, and even action lovers! Charley Davidson is the heroine of this beloved series (Of course! It’s named after her!), and she is amazing and kicks butt! Reyes Farrow is her love interest and is drop dead amazing and swoon-worthy! Cookie is her beloved best friend who keeps Charley on her feet! Every character within this series is so amazing and likable that you can’t help but love each and everyone of them, despite their faults!

Private investigator Charlotte Davidson was born with three things: looks; a healthy respect for the male anatomy; and the rather odd job title of grim reaper. Since the age of five, she has been helping the departed solve the mysteries of their deaths so they can cross. Charley’s dealing with a being more powerful – and definitely sexier – than any spectre she’s ever come across before. With the help of a nuisance skip tracer, a dead pubescent gang member named Angel, and a lifetime supply of sarcasm, Charley sets out to solve the highest profile case of the year and discovers that dodging bullets isn’t nearly as dangerous as falling in love. –Goodreads

Darynda Jones makes it her mission in writing to portray Charley as human, even though she’s supernatural, Charley makes mistakes and suffers with the same things that anyone would–all while the dead pass through her! She struggles with her life and everything she goes through in the series, that it’s sometimes hard to read her describe how she feels. Though, Darynda Jones will make anyone laugh! Charley is a hilarious and unique character that stays the same beloved person through the whole series!

If you enjoy Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series, then Charley Davidson should be your next series to read! There’s twelve books out and the thirteenth and final book comes out this January! Be on the look out!!!

Become an Armchair Traveler

The long nights and gloomy weather of January and February always make me dream of being someplace else. Winter is a perfect time to snuggle up in a comfortable chair and read about exotic locales. Whether you are planning your next trip or just wanting to live vicariously, these titles are just what you need to satisfy your wanderlust. The books shown below are all published in the last ten years, but you can’t go wrong with older books by authors like Paul Theroux or Bill Bryson.

Starting in Asia, here’s a quick trip around the world in recent travel books. There are many wonderful books out there, so if we don’t have what you want to read, be sure to let us know!

Walking the Kiso Road by William Scott Wilson

Wild by Nature by Sarah Marquis

 

Learn about a historic route through the mountains of Japan in Walking the Kiso Road : a Modern-Day Exploration of Old Japan by William Scott Wilson.

 

Fans of Wild by Cheryl Strayed will enjoy Wild by Nature, a memoir about one woman’s hike across the Gobi Desert.

 

 

 

To the Moon and Timbuktu by Nina SovichItalian Ways by Tim Parks

Trips do not always proceed according to plan, but Nina Sovich persists in To the Moon and  Timbuktu: a Trek through the Heart of Africa.

There’s just something magical about traveling by train. Experience the beauty of Italy in Italian Ways : On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo by Tim Parks. For a classic railway book, try Ghost Train to the Eastern Star : On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux.

 

 

 

The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill BrysonWalking the Americas by Levison Wood

 

You may know Bill Bryson best from A Walk in the Woods, a memoir about hiking the Appalachian Trial. In Road to Little Dribbling, Bryson rediscovers the joys of  Britain.

 

Hop back across the Atlantic for three books that explore Central and South America.

 

 

 

The Wonder Trail by Steve Hely

All Roads Lead to Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith

 

In her travels through Latin America, Amy Elizabeth Smith uses the universal appreciation of Jane Austen to explore the themes that unite us across cultures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time to head north with The Longest Road by Philip Caputo. Ride along in his aging pickup as he drives all the way from Key West to the Arctic Circle.

One last epic adventure awaits in Kings of the Yukon : One Summer Paddling Across the Far North by Adam Weymouth.

Happy traveling!

 

 

Smithsonian Exhibit Coming to Dillsboro Branch Library

The Aurora Public Library District received exciting news recently—we have been selected to host a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street exhibit at our Dillsboro Branch location. The exhibit will be open for viewing whenever the Dillsboro Library is open, between September 7, 2019 and October 20, 2019. It is particularly exciting to us, as we are one of only six locations in the state of Indiana to be hosting the exhibit and the only public library among the six.

The mission of Museum on Main Street is to provide access to the Smithsonian for small-town America. This exhibit, entitled Crossroads: Change in Rural America, will include interactive displays exploring the themes of community, identity, land use, and managing change. The Library District will be adding local content and will be hosting programs of local interest during the six-week period. There will be lots of work to do before we will be ready for the exhibit, but we will share the progress over the next several months. As the time grows nearer, we will also share more information about the exciting programs that will be offered in conjunction with the exhibit.

 

Young Hoosier Book Award Nominees

Young Hoosier Book Award

If you are looking for a good book to read why not check out the Young Hoosier Book Award nominees? The Aurora Public Library District is proud to offer many of the titles on the YHBA list. The 2018-2019 complete list of YHBA books can be found by clicking here 

Why choose a YHBA book?

  • The “Young Hoosier Book Award” is a program that is sponsored by the Indiana Library Federation.
  • YHBA books are titles that are chosen by a panel of teachers, librarians and students all across Indiana.
  • There are 3 categories: Picture, Intermediate and Middle Grade.
  • 20 titles are chosen for each category.

YHBA Picture Books:

Books in the Picture book category are books that are for children in grades K-2.

Are We There Yet?

by Dan Santat

Are We There Yet by Dan Santat

“Are We There Yet?” is a question that every parent has heard if they have taken a long car ride with their children.  “Are We There Yet?” is a great story that shows the power of imagination.   A young boy is very bored on a long car trip with his parents.  Suddenly through his imagination he is no longer in a car.  His imagination transports him back in time to a land of dinosaurs and ancient adventures.

Dog Rules

by Jef Czekaj

Dog Rules by Jef Czekaj

This picture book is a silly tale about two dogs who are tricked into raising a baby bird as if it were a puppy.

YHBA Intermediate Books:

Books in the intermediate category are books that are intended for children in grades 3-6

The Lincoln Project 

by Dan Gutman

 

What would it be like to get a picture and a recording of Lincoln giving the Gettysburg address?  A group of students go back in time to find out!

Wish

by Barbara O’Connor

Wish by Barbara O'Connor

A young girl discovers that family does not always mean the people you are related to by blood. She discovers that people will love you for being you with the help of a very special dog.

YHBA Middle Grade Books:

Books in the middle grade category are books that are intended for children in grades 6-8

Wolf Hollow

by Lauren Wolk

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

 

A story of courage and compassion.

A Night Divided

by Jennifer A. Nielsen

A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen

A 12 year old girl suddenly finds her family divided when the Berlin Wall is built.

Happy Reading 🙂

Aurora Public Library District 2019 Reading Challenge

The Aurora Public Library District challenges you to 52 individual book challenge to test your love of reading.

  1. A book written by H.G. Wells
  2. A book written by a debut author
  3. A book recommended by a librarian
  4. A book from an author you don’t know
  5. A bestseller from the year you were born
  6. A nonfiction book about a controversial topic
  7. A book with a child narrative
  8. A book you chose based on the cover
  9. A science fiction book
  10. A book from a genre you haven’t read before
  11. A book from a two person narrative during two different times
  12. A books set in the past
  13. A book written in a point of view you don’t normally read
  14. A book with a day of the week in the title
  15. A book that has been translated
  16. A book published the month you were born
  17. A fiction book written by an actress/actor
  18. A book about murder
  19. A ‘classic’
  20. A YA book with a male hero
  21. A fantasy book
  22. A book on your TBR list
  23. A book that became a film
  24. A book written for kids (JFic)
  25. A True Crime Book
  26. A book you’ve already read
  27. A graphic novel or manga
  28. A memoir
  29. A book about royalty
  30. A book written by an author living in a different country
  31. A book to improve your mental health
  32. A book from our Staff Picks on the homepage of eapld.org
  33. A popular book club book
  34. A book published in 2019
  35. A book you think should be turned into a movie
  36. A book inspired by mythology
  37. A book with Love in the title
  38. A book about family
  39. An ‘own voices’ book
  40. A sequel to a series written by a different author
  41. A book from 2005
  42. A book based during a war
  43. A book that has someone’s name in the title
  44. A book you read as a child and loved
  45. A romance set in the future
  46. A book with nature on the cover
  47. A book written with an author that has the same initials as you
  48. A book that has a vampire in it
  49. The first book in a series with more than 4 books
  50. A book talked about in one of the blogs on eapld.org
  51.  A book with more than 400 pages
  52. A thriller written by two authors

Think you can do it?

Feel free to come into the library and ask for any recommendations or any clarifications! I’ll be doing this challenge with you as well and I will blog about it! If you want to talk about a specific book you fell in love with because of this challenge, find me and I will gush with you!

Carpe Librum!

Inspirational Quotes from literature for the New Year!

From To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

“People generally see what they look for and hear what they listen for.” 

From Lemony Snicket’s a series of unfortunate events

“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” 

From Stephen King’s Different Seasons 

“Get busy living, or get busy dying”

From The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

“None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.”

Stan Lee 1922-2018

Stanley Martin Lieber, aka Stan Lee, was born on December 28, 1922 in NYC to two Romanian immigrants. During most of his childhood, he grew up during the Great Depression with his younger brother, Larry. Stanley Lieber, who later changed his name to Lee, went on to be hired as an assistant at Timeley Comics in ’39 and quickly became an acting editor for the company in the early 1940s. Lee also served in the Army during World War 2 from home, working as a writer and illustrator.

 In the early 1960s, Marvel Comics (Timely’s new name) called upon Lee to create a new series that could compete with Justice League of America, from Marvel’s rivals, DC Comics. Lee cites that he was influenced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Jules Verne, while receiving encouragement of his wife, Lee did away with the normal conventional ideas of a superhero and with the help of co-creator Jack Kirby, came up with Fantastic Four in 1961.

Following the Fantastic Four, was a huge group of new characters from Lee and his Marvel legions. This includes the Hulk, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil and the X-Men.

He was mainly known for imbuing his characters with a sense of humanity, tackling real-world issues like drug use and bigotry, which continues to influence comics. As an outgoing and humorous man, Lee developed many slogans including a “Excelsior!”, a Latin word to rise.

As Marvel Comics grew in popularity, Stan Lee was promoted to editorial director and publisher in ’72. He eventually moved to the West coast to be more involved in Marvel’s films and he eventually retired but could continue to be chairman of Marvel.

Eventually, Lee became involved in many different multimedia projects while serving as an ambassador for Marvel, even while filing lawsuits against the company and the subject of debate over appropriate compensation for comic creators. Lee has watched Marvel develop into a leading entity by inspiring blockbuster films in entertainment like X-Men and the Avengers franchises.  He started his own company called POW! Entertainment in 2001 and eventually published his autobiography, Excelsior! The Amazing Life of Stan Lee. 

He eventually received the Medal of Arts honor from President Bush and launched Stan Lee’s Superhumans  on the History Channel. The show looked at people with remarkable skills and remarkable abilities.

The very active 90 year old, Stan Lee lost his wife of nearly 70 years, Joan, in July of 2017. He then checked into a hospital with an irregular heartbeat and shortness of breath the following January giving many comic book fans and movie fans a scare! He was shortly discharged and announced he was ready to continue as Black Panther, was soon to be released.

On November 12, 2018, the world lost a magnificently creative man. The world weeped as the knowledge of never seeing another cameo of Stan Lee in anymore Marvel movies came to light.

The Aurora Public Library District owns many Marvel movies and currently has a display up on the first level in the JFic area. Please, feel free to check any item on the display out to celebrate Stan Lee’s life!

 

Information Derived from the following websites:

https://www.biography.com/

https://d23.com/walt-disney-legend/stan-lee/

The Best Books of 2018

Are you looking to give your favorite bibliophile a gift they’ll never forget this holiday season? How about one of the best books of 2018?

Here is a list of some of the best books (fiction and nonfiction) published this year that would make perfect gifts for the book lovers in your life:

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays by Alexander Chee

French Exit by Patrick DeWitt

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristen Harmel

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zynab Joukhadar

The Outsider by Stephen King

The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity by Sally Kohn

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

There There by Tommy Orange

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

You’re on an Airplane by Parker Posey

You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

You can never go wrong with the gift of a book! Follow the links to check out certain titles from the Aurora Public Library District yourself!

If you’re looking for a bargain, then look no further than the Dillsboro Public Library Book Sale! For the rest of November, fill up as many bags as you want with books and only pay $1 per each bag! The Book Sale is ongoing whenever the Library is open, so be sure to stop in and browse even if you miss the November deadline. The third Friday and Saturday of every month is also the $1 Per Bag Sale, but you better hurry in now before everything is gone!

What books would you add to this list? We’re always looking for recommendations to add to our own collection!

Happy Reading!