Liane Moriarty

I’ve recently discovered a new author and she’s drawn me in from page one. Liane Moriarty writes about the normal every day secrets in what seems like perfect families. Whether you’re into romance, chick lit, or even mysteries, she’s the gal for you!

The first book I’ve read by her is Big Little Lies and it’s such a great and easy read it’s no wonder that it’s a television show on HBO starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley.

Big Little Lies tells the stories of Madeline, Celeste, and Jane. Madeline’s life is in turmoil, her ex-husband and the father of her oldest daughter enrolled his new daughter into the same school Madeline’s youngest daughter goes to. Her oldest daughter is pulling away towards her father’s new wife, Bonnie. Celeste has two twin boys in the same class as Madeline’s daughter and her ex-husband’s daughter. She and her husband Perry, seemingly have the perfect life, but what meets the eye isn’t all there is. Then there’s Jane. She’s a young mother who just moved to the beach with her son, Ziggy. Jane is literally a ‘Plain Jane’ and is secretive. At the orientation, her son is accused of choking a little girl. From there, we learn how Celeste’s, Madeline’s and Jane’s lives intertwine without their knowledge and the big blowout at the end will have us all gasping for breath!

After finishing this book, I fell in love with the way Liane’s writing made me feel. So I picked up another one of her books and checked it out!

Liane is an Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels with two number 1 New York Times bestsellers.

Her fifth novel, ‘The Husband’s Secret’, sold over three million copies throughout the world and was the number one UK bestseller, an Amazon best book of 2013, and has been translated into over 40 languages. It’s spent over a year on the NYT bestseller list, and CBS currently holds film rights.

She’s also written a children’s book series under the pseudonym L.M. Moriarty.

Liane currently lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband, son and daughter. She has two younger sisters, award winning author Jaclyn Moriarty and Nicola Moriarty.

Liane has sold over six million copies of her novels worldwide.

 

 

Hate List

Jennifer Brown filled every single page of this 405 page novel with such a beautiful story. Never before have I read a story that made me think differently about certain people and those who loved them. Hate List is a wonderful story and in today’s world, it fits perfectly within.

Hate List tells us the story of Valerie Leftman’s recovery after her boyfriend of three years, Nick Levil, shot and killed several people in their high school, including her and himself. The beginning of the story introduces us to Valerie and her first day back to her school after the shooting occurred. It shows us her pain and confusion that Nick killed himself and others. We watch as she struggles between hating Nick and forgiving him as well as herself. This book gives us some type of inside pain to those who loved the people we call, ‘monsters’, in today’s world. Though we don’t know why the character Nick did what he did, we do know that Valerie continued to struggle with his decision and the all the pain he caused afterward.

This story captivated me and tore my heart out with every word and punctuation mark. It made my heart ache for every character within, including Nick. The sadness the author included within these pages just enveloped me and hugged me until the hope finally won over.

Atonement

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We all have that one book that we read again and again, because it didn’t only change our lives but it stole our hearts as well. I’ve never had this experience with just one book until I read Atonement: By Ian McEwan.

I’d seen the movie first and absolutely fell in love with the characters, mainly because James McAvoy and Keira Knightly brought them to life just so well. When I found out that it was a book, I jumped at the chance to read it. Once I checked the book out, I immediately fell even more in love with the story of Cecilia and Robbie. Mr. McEwan brings the story to life in such a unique and fascinating way that the story engulfed me from beginning to ending.

“There did not have to be a moral. She need only show separate minds, as alive as her own, struggling with the idea that other minds were equally alive. It wasn’t only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding, above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you. And only in a story could you enter these different minds and show how they had an equal value. That was the only moral a story need have.”

-From Atonement

This story takes place in 1934, and takes the innocence of thirteen year old, Briony and extends her innocence to levels that we have not yet grasped. Young Briony witnesses a moment of flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia and their servant, Robbie. When Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives causes her to tell a lie that tears them apart for years to come. Through carnage and chaos, love and pain, the story follows the repercussions of such a lie.

This book is a masterpiece made of words. Not only does it help you grasp the meaning of life, but it also helps you realize the repercussions of lies and how they can affect everyone involved for the rest of their lives. It captivated me and still remains with me to this day.

“Nothing as singular or as important had happened since the day of his birth. She returned his gaze, struck by the sense of her own transformation, and overwhelmed by the beauty in a face which a lifetime’s habit had taught her to ignore. She whispered his name with the deliberation of a child trying out the distinct sounds. When he replied with her name, it sounded like a new word – the syllables remained the same, the meaning was different. Finally he spoke the three simple words that no amount of bad art or bad faith can ever quite cheapen. She repeated them, with exactly the same emphasis on the second word, as if she had been the one to say them first. He had no religious belief, but it was impossible not to think of an invisible presence or witness in the room, and that these words spoken aloud were like signatures on an unseen contract”

-From Atonement

The movie was just as amazing as the book. The characters are brought to life and showed us a side of them we don’t see in the book. The book spoke not only Briony’s thoughts but Cecilia and Robbie’s thoughts as well and helped us understand them more as characters and human beings.

 

Programs for Children Return!

Mark your calendars for October 4th, October 5th and October 7th!

We took a small break following the Summer Reading Program, but Peggy is eager to get our regular programs for children started again in October. The days and times for Preschool Storytime (ages 3-6) will remain the same: Tuesdays at the Dillsboro Public Library at 11 am and Wednesdays at the Aurora Public Library at both 11 am and 1 pm. We do ask that you take the time to register your kids for these programs, so we can be sure to have enough craft materials on hand.

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Some of the upcoming themes for Storytime are: Friends, Grandparents, Farm Animals and, of course, holiday themes. We hope you will choose to make our Storytime part of your Tuesday or Wednesday routine.

When the Leaf Blew In    On the Farm

This is the Feast    Last Stop on Market Street

We will be starting a new program on Fridays at the Aurora Public Library called Side-by-Side Sharing. This will be for children under the age of 3, and will be designed for caregivers to participate with their child. If you are a preschool or day care provider, please check with Peggy about a different time to bring your group to the library. This program will be every Friday at 11 am beginning on October 7th, and does not require advance registration. There will be stories, but also lots of music and movement! Your child will be building social and pre-literacy skills while sharing some quality interaction time with you.

Both Storytime and Side-by-Side Sharing are planned using the five activities recommended by the Every Child Ready to Read Program: reading, writing, playing, singing and talking. These fun activities are so important in helping children gain the skills they need before they begin their formal schooling. So, yes, you will get to hear Peggy sing! Just come prepared to sing along with us. If you’d like to learn more about the Every Child Ready to Read Program, here’s a great link provided by the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy.

Thanks for a Great Summer!

What a Summer! Our theme of “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” allowed us to interact with all ages in our community as we promoted literacy and an active lifestyle. Thank you to all the parents and caregivers who made the effort to get kids involved in programs, and who encouraged them to experience the joy of books. These photos only begin to show how much fun we had!

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Thanks also to all of our community sponsors who enabled us to provide quality programs.

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We will be taking some time to evaluate past programs and put plans in place for programs that will begin in the fall. Until then, there will be no LapSit, Toddler Time or Storytimes. Meanwhile, please let us know what you have enjoyed about our programs and what new programming you would like to see. You can stop by anytime to chat with Peggy about Children’s and Youth Services or send an email to peggy@eAPLD.org. Of course, I am always available to help you with book selection or literacy tips.