Quick Reads

I thought I knew what being busy meant, but then I had a baby in December, and life is definitely not the same! Maybe you like to read but you don’t like the commitment of a series or a 400-page book. Or maybe you are too busy to pay complete attention to a book for too long. Since I’m trying to get back into the groove of reading regularly again (besides fantasizing about what sleep used to be like), I thought that I would compile a list of quick reads to get started.

The majority of these books have 200 pages or less and all are designed to keep your attention from the very beginning. You could also try reading plays or poetry to pad your reading belt or to try something new.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Teen Idol by Meg Cabot

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Only Child by Rhiannon Navin

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupéry

Night by Elie Wiesel

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Many of these books are considered Young Adult. If this is a genre you have never read before, you’re definitely missing out! I’m kind of a slow reader anyway, but Young Adult fiction tends to move quickly and has language that is easy to follow. The next time you’re here, browse the Teen section of the library or ask a staff member to help you find your next great read.

Do you have your own suggestions of quick, attention-hogging reads? I’d love to hear them!

Happy Reading!

March Author Birthdays

Do you share a March Birthday with your favorite Author?  Here is a look at some famous Authors who have birthdays in March.  

Theodor Seuss Geisel better known as “Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904

Dr. Seuss

Dr.  Seuss wrote and illustrated many children’s books some of which are considered the most popular children’s literature.  He wrote over 60 books and saw his books translated into over 20 languages in his lifetime.

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham

Please see the display in children’s section for many of our Dr. Seuss classics.

  Dr. Seuss display

David Murray “Dav” Pilkey Jr was born March 4, 1966. 

Dav Pilkey

Pilkey is the author and illustrator of The Captain Underpants Series which is a character that he created when he was in the second grade.

Pilkey struggled with Dyslexia and ADHD as a child. One of Pilkey’s elementary teachers told him that he could not make a living creating “silly books.”

The Adventures of Captain Underpants

The Adventures of Captain Underpants

Young adult fantasy and science fiction author, Sarah J. Maas was born March 5, 1986.  

Sarah J. Maas

Maas first book was Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass

In Throne of Glass, Eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien agrees to compete in a fight to the death battle to gain her freedom.  

Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning was born March 6, 1806  

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Some of her best known poems are “How Do I Love Thee” and “Aurora Leigh.”

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Selected Poems

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Selected Poems

This is a collection of some of Barrett Browning’s best known work.  

Children’s author Lois Lowry was born on March 20, 1937.

Lois Lowry

Lowry’s book The Giver was made into a movie in 2014.  

The GiverThe Giver DVD

Twelve year old Jonas comes to terms with secrets about his seemingly perfect community.  

Author James Patterson was born on March 22, 1947.  He is known for his many thrillers such as the Alex Cross series.   Patterson is the first person to sell 1 million e-books!

James Patterson

Along Came a Spider

Along Came a Spider

This is the book that introduced the world to detective Alex Cross.

Novelist John Irving  was born on March 2, 1942.

John Irving

Irving is also a screenwriter and won an Academy Award in 1999 for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules.

The Cider House Rules The Cider House Rules

Homer Wells has been raised in the orphanage at St Cloud Maine since he was born.  Dr. Wilbur Larch the founder of the orphanage becomes a father figure for Homer.


Children’s author Patricia MacLachlan was born March 3, 1938.  

Patricia Maclachlan

Maclachlan is know for her Newbery Medal winning novel Sarah Plain and Tall.

Sarah Plain and Tall

Children’s author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats was born March 11, 1916.

Ezra Jack Keats

His novel The Snowy Day is a classic.  The Snowy Day won the Caldecott Medal for illustrating in 1963.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats  

My favorite March birthday author is novelist and short story southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor  who was born on March 25, 1925.  

Fannery O'Connor

  O’Connor’s best known short stories are “Good Country People” and “A Good Man is hard to find.” 

The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor

The Complete Stories is a showcase of 31 of O’Connor’s best pieces.

 

Who is your favorite March born Author?  We would love to hear in the comments below.

 

Happy Reading 🙂

 

Walking Books

Did you know the Aurora Public Library District offers a service to our patrons called Walking Books? We believe that everyone within our district should be able to benefit from the library. We offer every home-bound patron our Walking Book program. Anyone who is physically unable to come to our library due to age, injury or a disability is welcome to this program. You don’t have to be a Senior Citizen to qualify!

If you are interested, contact the Aurora Public Library to start the registration process. A Walking Books librarian will then visit with you to complete your registration and discuss the types of materials you are interested in. Materials will be delivered once each month and there will be no late charges applied to your account. However, you are responsible for the care of the materials and must be willing to pay for any lost or damaged items.

 

 

Women’s Murder Club Series

James Patterson, bestselling author of the Alex Cross novels Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and Pop Goes the Weasel, offers the first of a new series dubbed The Women’s Murder Club, featuring a four-woman team that occasionally works outside the system. None of the gritty darkness or frenzied action is lost in 1st to Die, although the female protagonists offer an even deeper emotional context to this suspense thriller.

Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department suddenly finds herself in the middle of two horrifying situations: The first is that she’s just learned she has an often-fatal blood disease. The second is a double homicide case she is now heading up that involves the murder of newlyweds on their wedding night. Burdened with Chris Raleigh, a new partner reassigned from the mayor’s office, Lindsay finds that she has too much to deal with and turns to her best friend, Claire, the head ME on the case. Claire offers helpful advice and human, friendly contact amid a job filled with violence, cruelty, and fear.

Soon a fledgling newspaper reporter, Cindy, makes contact with Lindsay looking for a career-making story. Although Lindsay can’t officially comment on the case, the two women form a rapport, and Cindy joins Lindsay and Claire for their weekly meeting. When a second pair of newlyweds is murdered, and later a third, the investigation leads to a prominent crime writer, Nicholas Jenks, who has a history of spousal abuse and a predilection for kinky, dangerous sex games. With the help of an understanding assistant D.A., Jill Bernhardt, Lindsay tries to make a case against Jenks, who even had an affair with one of the slain women. Eventually Jill joins the Murder Club, and the four ladies share private interdepartmental information in an effort to track and stop the killer before he strikes again.

The major subplot — Lindsay’s facing up to her illness even while she learns to fall in love again — carefully compensates for the novel’s coarse scenes of brutality. Lindsay Boxer is’t merely an obsessed cop trailing a maniac; she’s also a terrified woman confronting the onslaught of disease. The story lines balance out to show us the true mettle of someone who puts the safety of others before her own.

Again, Patterson’s skill for producing furiously paced fiction are evident as the novel breezes by rapidly. The short chapters keep the narrative leaping with increasingly taut plot elements, but there’s an emotional commitment that makes our protagonist even more amiable and involving. 1st to Die is a novel that works as an intense series of character portraits that will leave the reader touched and delighted. –Goodreads

This is one of James Patterson’s most popular series and one of the most checked out series we have in our library! If you like Eve Duncan or Rizzoli and Isles, then look no further than James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club Series!

 

 

The #1 bestselling female detective of the past 50 years is back. 

Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari team up to protect San Francisco from an international war criminal in the newest Women’s Murder Club thriller.

Three female schoolteachers go missing in San Francisco, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is on the case-which quickly escalates from missing person to murder.

Under pressure at work, Lindsay needs support at home. But her husband Joe is drawn into an encounter with a woman who’s seen a ghost–a notorious war criminal from her Eastern European home country, walking the streets of San Francisco.

As Lindsay digs deeper, with help from intrepid journalist Cindy Thomas, there are revelations about the victims. The implications are shocking. And when Joe’s mystery informant disappears, joining the ranks of missing women in grave danger, all evidence points to a sordid international crime operation.

It will take the combined skills of Lindsay, Joe, and the entire Women’s Murder Club to protect their city, and themselves, from a monster. –Goodreads

The 18th Abduction will be published April 29, 2019. Put your name in for a collection request today!

 

Carpe Librum!

Stephanie Plum Series

 

You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do?

If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man who took Stephanie’s virginity at age 16 and then wrote details on a bathroom wall. With pride and rent money on the line, Plum plunges headlong into her first case, one that pits her against ruthless adversaries – people who’d rather kill than lose.

The New York Times Book Review calls Stephanie Plum “a Jersey girl with Bette Midler’s mouth and Cher’s fashion sense.” In Stephanie Plum, Evanovich has created a resourceful and humorous character who stands apart from the pack of gritty female detectives. –Goodreads

Stephanie Plum is a 26 book ongoing series that is filled with just enough romance and laughter to keep you reading on! If you’re a fan of Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson series and are sad that it’s ended, this is a series for you! If you’re looking for a series to start, look no further!

 

Carpe Librum!

 

PBS Documentaries at the APLD

Who doesn’t like a good documentary every now and then? I’m always itching to get more knowledge! I will be the first to admit that sometimes finding a good documentary is difficult, but the Aurora Public Library is here to hook you up!

We have so many amazing kinds of documentaries on many different subjects that they take up mostly two shelves of our DVDs! PBS has a whole line of documentaries that are appropriate for all ages to enjoy!

If you like history, math, buildings, science, animals, myths, art, and mysteries look no further than PBS Documentaries!

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. day I wanted to republish this post, first posted Feb 13, 2017.

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is a celebration of accomplishments by African Americans. It’s also a time to recognize how African Americans helped shape this nation. The US is not the only country who dedicates a month to celebrating black history, Canada and the United Kingdom do, as well.

Black History Month actually started out as a single week called ‘Negro History Week’, by Carter G. Woodson in 1926. They chose the second week of February because of the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

In decades that followed, cities across the country issued yearly proclamations recognizing the week. In the late ’60s, around the same time as the civil rights movement and the growing awareness of black identity, the week evolved into the month. President Gerald R. Ford was the first president to officially recognize the month in 1976

To help celebrate Black History Month, below are some books showing African American History.

      

 

 

Reading Challenge for 2018

I know it’s crazy to even write the year 2018, but it will soon be upon us! Are you looking for your next reading challenge? Here are some suggestions that might help you get started!

Read a book recommended to you by a librarian. (This is easy because we LOVE to recommend books to you here at the Aurora Public Library District! Or you can always check the blog to see what books we’ve been writing and raving about.)

Read a book that’s been in your “To Be Read” pile for way too long. Or read a book that you own but you haven’t gotten around to reading yet.

Listen to an audiobook. (This is easy for people who love audiobooks, but for those who have a hard time letting go of the words on the page, it can be a real challenge! You can do it!)

Read a book where the main character or the author is different than you; this could be ethnicity, religion, culture, ability, etc. Try to see the world through someone else’s eyes. You could also read a book from a nonhuman perspective.

Read a book written by multiple authors. (See if you can pick out the different writing styles of each author as you go along.)

Read a book written by someone you admire.

Read a classic. Or you could read a book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t. (I won’t tell.) You could even read a children’s book you never got to read when you were small.

Read a book by an author who uses a pseudonym.

Read a bestseller from a genre you wouldn’t usually read.

Read the first book in a series you’ve never read before.

Read a book that was published in 2018 or that is becoming a movie that year.

Read a book that was published the year you were born.

Read a book set in more than one time period.

Read a book based on a true story.

Read a book you love so much, it always makes you smile. This could even be a beloved children’s book.

Read a book that someone close to you loves more than any other book that you’ve never read before.

Read a book set somewhere drastic, like during a war, in the wilderness, or the characters are trying to survive, etc. Read something to get your heart pumping.

Read a book solely based on the cover; literally judge a book by its cover without reading the summary of what it’s about.

Read a book that will make you smarter.

Read a book that everyone but you has read. This could be that book everyone was raving about last year that was made into a movie.

Read a book with an unreliable narrator.

Read a book with pictures! (How fun would this be?!)

Read a book that’s a story within a story.

Red a book that’s won a prestigious award.

I know that our lives are busy and that it can be hard to even find time to sit down, let alone read a book. But even if you cross just a few of these off the list, you’ll come out of the challenge as a better, more well-rounded person than you were last year. But who am I to dictate what you should and shouldn’t read? Create your own reading challenge for 2018 and let us know how you do! I’d love to be inspired by you!

Happy Reading!

Scary Stories for Halloween

It’s the spookiest time of year again! What better way to spend these long fall nights than to be scared senseless (or just a little spooked) than by reading creepy stories to get you in the mood for Halloween?

The Aurora Public Library District has lots of Halloween picture, ABC, and Easy chapter books for your little ones. These books are easy to locate because they are shelved according to their titles rather than by the author’s last name, which is how the rest of fiction is shelved throughout the District. So if you’re looking for books about Halloween, pumpkins, ghosts, bats, witches, etc., start by looking for these books on the shelves by subject. If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, we can search our catalog by subject and pull up more titles for you. Let us help you find that perfect title with just the right amount of scary for your little ones!

For our older elementary age readers, we have plenty of eerie books to get you in the mood for Halloween, like the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series, the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine, or Darren Shan’s various series. You can check out The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, Tales for the Midnight Hour: Stories of Horror by J.B. Stamper, The Scary Story Reader, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, The Doll Bones by Holly Black, Thornhill by Pam Smy, and more! We’ll find a story with just the right amount of creepy just for you!

For our teen and young adult readers, there are many chilling series, like the Thirst series by Christopher Pike, The Mediator series by Meg Cabot, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs and more. There are standalone titles like Wickedpedia by Chris Van Etten, The Omen by David Seltzer,  Teeth: Vampire Tales by Cassandra Clare, or anything by Joe Hill or Jonathan Maberry. You can check out The Walking Dead series in our graphic novels section, too, if you want a visual of the gory details on the page.

There are plenty of horror stories for adults, too, whether you’re looking for classic or contemporary reads. You can check out Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, Dracula by Bram Stoker, Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice, or The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. You can also read pretty much anything by Stephen King, John Saul, Heather GrahamPeter Straub, Laurell K. Hamilton, Dean Koontz, or Richard Bachman. Other standalone titles are Obedience by Will Lavender, Where Are The Children by Mary Higgins Clark, and The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker.

As always, feel free to peruse the Indiana Digital Download Center for more spooky titles or ask one of us for help.

Happy Reading!

TV Shows From Books: A Discovery of Witches

 

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery, so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks, but her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries–and she’s the only creature who can break its spell. ~ Goodreads.com

Finally, the film adaptation of Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy is under way. If you have not read the New York Times Bestselling author’s “The All Souls Trilogy” including:

 A Discovery of Witches,

 

 

 

 

 Shadow of Night,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and The Book of Life, then stop by the Aurora Public Library or Dillsboro Public Library and pick up a copy. We also have digital copies available on the Indiana Digital Download Center.

 

Deborah Harkness, magical history scholar and professor, invites us into a world where vampires, witches, and daemons have coexisted with humans without raising the suspicions of humans, but only because of the covenant. The covenant is an ancient pact between vampires, witches, and daemons to never interfere in human religion or politics, as well as, never allowing the species to intermix. When Diana Bishop comes in contact with the manuscript, Ashmole 782, the entire community of creatures take notice. Most significantly Matthew Clairmont, geneticist scholar, professor, and antiquated vampire, is determined to discover the secrets Ashmole 782 has been hiding. His determination is diverted by his surprising curiosity and attraction to Diana. When Diana is then threatened by another witch over the whereabouts of Ashmole 782, Matthew’s protective instincts are activated and the epic saga of Matthew and Diana’s alliance begins.

To stay current on all things “All Souls” check out Deborah’s website. With input from Deborah, the television show is being produced by Bad Wolf studios based in Wales and although we do not know when or where it will be broadcast we do know that Bad Wolf has agreed to work with the partnership of SKY and HBO. Also, being published on May 8, 2018 is The World of All Souls: The Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life , which gives insight into Deborah’s creative process, and includes fun facts, fan art, and character inspiration. Although the “All Souls Trilogy” is a completed story unto itself, Deborah has spoken about working on more novels to be added to the universe. I am beyond excited to see Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode depict the magic of Matthew and Diana, so keep checking out Deborah’s Facebook page for insider tidbits.