Friday, June 29, 2012

Summer Reading Week 2

Welcome to Summer Reading 2012. At the end of the second week we had 298 people sign up! 66 people read 170 books.
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Don't Blink Don't Blink
By Patterson, James
Author Roughan, Howard
2010-09 - Little Brown and Company
9780316036238 Check Our Catalog

While conducting a once-in-a-lifetime interview with a legendary baseball bad-boy, reporter Nick Daniels accidentally captures a key piece of evidence that lands him in the middle of an all-out war between Italian and Russian mafia forces.

Tick Tock Tick Tock
By Patterson, James
Author Ledwidge, Michael
2011-01 - Little Brown and Company
9780316037914 Check Our Catalog

A rash of horrifying crimes tears through New York City, throwing it into complete chaos and terrorizing everyone living there. Immediately, it becomes clear that these offenses are not the work of an amateur, but of a calculating, efficient, and deadly mastermind. All too soon, another appalling murder leads Detective Michael Bennett to a shocking discovery that exposes the killer's pattern and the earth-shattering enormity of his plan.
A killer is on the loose!  Detective Michael Bennett has to leave his vacation at the beach to help solve the case.  Michael has love interests-the nanny, Mary Catherine, who helps take care of his 10 adopted kids, and also the FBI agent Emily Parkers.  Interesting!

Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog
By Pearse, Emma
2012-01 - Da Capo Lifelong Books
9780738214672 Check Our Catalog

The remarkable true story of a family's beloved dog lost at sea, her amazing survival on an isolated island for five months, and her extraordinary return home …More

The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult
By Cheroux, Clement
Author Apraxine, Pierre
Author Fischer, Andreas
2005-10 - Yale University Press
9780300111361 Check Our Catalog

The mesmerizing photographic history of occult phenomena, from levitations and apparitions to spectres, ghosts, and auras.
Some of the images are enough to give you nightmares.

Treason at Lisson Grove Treason at Lisson Grove
By Perry, Anne
2011-04 - Ballantine Books
9780345510587 Check Our Catalog

In her first Charlotte and Thomas Pitt mystery in three years, "New York Times"-bestselling author Perry delivers a tale of high-stakes murder and conspiracy with a cast of characters as rich as the Victorian London Perry evokes. …More

Hearts Aglow Hearts Aglow
By Peterson, Tracie
2011-03 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764206139 Check Our Catalog

Adventure and romance in 1880s Texas; when a young woman feels her dreams are thwarted at every turn, can she find her heart's desire?
Book 2 in a series about an educated woman in a logging family who has aspirations of becoming a nurse.

Hope Rekindled Hope Rekindled
By Peterson, Tracie
2011-06 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764206146 Check Our Catalog

After a spirited matchmaker in 1880's eastern Texas finds her own match, will overwhelming obstacles prevent her from finding happiness and fulfillment?
Book 3 in a series about an educated woman from a logging family struggling with questions concerning love, having a family vs a nursing career.

Eating for Life: Your Guide to Great Health, Fat Loss and Increased Energy! Eating for Life: Your Guide to Great Health, Fat Loss and Increased Energy!
By Phillips, Bill
2003-11 - High Point Media
9780972018418 Check Our Catalog

Like Bill Phillips' Body for Life, this is a tell-it-like-it-is book. There's no promise of a quick fix. No metabolic tricks or so-called miracles. Just straightforward, clear, concise, practical and appropriate principles for eating right... for life. …More

Wings Wings
By Pike, Aprilynne
2010-04 - Harper Teen
9780061668050 Check Our Catalog

When a flower blooms in the middle of her back, Laurel discovers that she is a faerie and was placed with human parents as a child. As Laurel learns about her true background and the dangers that face the faerie realm, she struggles to find her place in both worlds.
Excellent read!  Great set up to the rest of the series!

The Day of the Storm The Day of the Storm
By Pilcher, Rosamunde
1997-02 - St. Martin's Press
9780312961305 Check Our Catalog

On the last day of her mother's life, Rebecca learns that she has a family in Cornwall, and she sets out to find the Grandfather and cousin she has never known. But only the enigmatic Joss Gardner, the outsider who seems to be the apple of her grandfather's eye, can help her understand the dark currents that lay behind her family's loving reception.
Occasionally when incredibly overwhelmed by "real life", a sweet story of Rosamunde Pilcher wherein the hero/heroines often wander on the sea shore of Cornwall taking this reader briefly away from the mundane.  Somehow her characters usually have more world travel than most minimum wage shopkeepers I know, and often her stories involve an eccentric artist.  They are charming stories and Day of the Storm is no exception.  If you enjoy Rosamunde Pilcher, Shell Seekers is a favorite of many.  Also consider writing of her son Robin Pilcher, although he tends to incorporate a lot of technical information like firework "pyrotechnics" which may be offputting to those seeking mostly charm and sweetness in their escapism.

And the Shofar Blew And the Shofar Blew
By Rivers, Francine
2004-01 - Tyndale House Publishers
9780842365833 Check Our Catalog

"He seemed like the perfect pastor to lead Centerville Christian Church. She was the perfect pastor's wife."
When Paul Hudson accepted the call to pastor the struggling church, he had no idea what to expect. But it didn't take long for Paul to turn Centerville Christian Church around. Attendance was up-way up. Everything was going so well. If only his wife could see it that way. Still, he tried not to let her quiet presence disturb him. She knew something wasn't right, and it hadn't been for a long time. . . .
Eunice closed the bedroom door quietly and knelt beside her bed.
" I'm drowning, God. I've never felt so alone. Who can I turn to but you, Lord? Where else does a pastor's wife go for help when her marriage is failing and her life is out of control? Who can I trust with my anguish, Lord? Who but you?"

Grasping her pillow, she pressed it tightly to her mouth so that her sobs would not be heard. …More

Unafraid: Mary Unafraid: Mary
By Rivers, Francine
2001-10 - Tyndale House Publishers
9780842335997 Check Our Catalog

Mary is one of the most revered women in history, but she also was an ordinary woman striving to please God in the same way that women still do today. Readers are sure to gain a new appreciation of the familiar story through Francine's signature style. …More

Unspoken: Bathsheba Unspoken: Bathsheba
By Rivers, Francine
2001-06 - Tyndale House Publishers
9780842335980 Check Our Catalog

The compelling story of Bathsheba and David as told by award-winning author Francine Rivers. Readers will see the familiar story unfolding in a whole new light through the eyes of Bathsheba. This timeless story has contemporary meaning for today's readers. A study on the biblical text is included for personal or group study. …More

Betrayal in Death Betrayal in Death
By Robb, J. D.
Author Roberts, Nora
2001-03 - Berkley
9780425178577 Check Our Catalog

Berkley reveals one of its best-kept secrets with the release of "Betrayal in Death", written by best-selling author Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb. This surprising new addition to the "New York Times" bestselling series won't leave fans of Robb and Roberts disappointed. …More

Born in Death Born in Death
By Robb, J. D.
2007-04 - Berkley Trade Pub
9780425215685 Check Our Catalog

In this latest In Death thriller by the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author, Lieutenant Eve Dallas has a grisly double homicide to solve when two young lovers--both employees of the same prestigious accounting firm--are brutally killed on the same night. …More

Divided in Death Divided in Death
By Robb, J. D.
2004-08 - Berkley
9780425197950 Check Our Catalog

The first hardcover in the futuristic series by the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author is now in paperback. Hard-edged Lieutenant Eve Dallas has one very human weakness--enigmatic Irish billionaire, Roarke. And when a trusted employee of Roarke Enterprises is a suspect in a double-homicide, Roarke comes to Eve for help. …More

Survivor in Death Survivor in Death
By Robb, J. D.
Author Roberts, Nora
2005-08 - Berkley Publishing Group
9780425204184 Check Our Catalog

In her newest novel in the #1 "New York Times" bestselling series, Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb returns to the New York city of 2059, where Lieutenant Eve Dallas will struggle to solve murder of a seemingly ordinary family, and protect one small, terrified survivor. …More

The Lifeboat The Lifeboat
By Rogan, Charlotte
2012-04 - Reagan Arthur Books
9780316185905 Check Our Catalog BookPage Notable Title

Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die. …More

The Inquisitor The Inquisitor
By Smith, Mark Allen
2012-04 - Henry Holt & Company
9780805094268 Check Our Catalog

"Geiger has a gift: he knows a lie the instant he hears it. And in his business--called "information retrieval" by its practitioners--that gift is invaluable, because truth is the hottest thing on the market. Geiger's clients count on him to extract the truth from even the most reluctant subjects. Unlike most of his competitors, Geiger rarely sheds blood, but he does use a variety of techniques--some physical, many psychological--to push his subjects to a point where pain takes a backseat to fear. Because only then will they finally stop lying. One of Geiger's rules is that he never works with children. So when his partner, former journalist Harry Boddicker, unwittingly brings in a client who insists that Geiger interrogate a twelve-year-old boy, Geiger responds instinctively. He rescues the boy from his captor, removes him to the safety of his New York City loft, and promises to protect him from further harm. But if Geiger and Harry cannot quickly discover why the client is so desperate to learn the boy's secret, they themselves will become the victims of an utterly ruthless adversary"-- …More

Southern Lights Southern Lights
By Steel, Danielle
2010-10 - Dell Publishing Company
9780440243328 Check Our Catalog

Steel sweeps readers from a Manhattan courtroom to the Deep South in her powerful new novel--at once a behind-closed-doors look into the heart of a family and a tale of crime and punishment. …More

Letter from a Stranger Letter from a Stranger
By Bradford, Barbara Taylor
Author Bradford
2012-03 - St. Martin's Press
9780312631680 Check Our Catalog

Justine lost her beloved grandmother a decade ago--the person who was the only source of comfort in her life. When she inadvertently opens a letter addressed to her mother, she discovers that her grandmother is alive and her mom has deliberately estranged the family from her. …More

All Necessary Force: A Pike Logan Thriller All Necessary Force: A Pike Logan Thriller
By Taylor, Brad
2012-01 - Dutton Books
9780525952626 Check Our Catalog

Retired Delta Force officer Taylor--whose debut thriller, "One Rough Man," was a national bestseller--continues his electrifying Pike Logan series. …More

An Unmarked Grave: A Bess Crawford Mystery An Unmarked Grave: A Bess Crawford Mystery
By Todd, Charles
2012-06 - William Morrow & Company
9780062015723 Check Our Catalog

The critically acclaimed, "New York Times"-bestselling author of the Ian Rutledge mystery series, Todd once again spotlights World War I nurse Bess Crawford in a gripping, powerful, and evocative masterwork that unfolds during the deadly Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918. …More

A Leap Second Will Be Added to Clocks

From the Blog:

A Leap Second Will Be Added to Clocks:
On Saturday, the Naval Observatory will add a “leap second” to the world’s clocks at 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This corresponds to 7:59:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time.
Time, including seconds, has historically been defined by the rotation of the Earth around other objects in space. The invention of atomic clocks allowed us to more precisely define time.
In 1970, an international agreement established two timescales: one based on the rotation of the Earth and one on the atomic clock. These timescales are not exactly the same so extra seconds are added or removed to keep them within 0.9 seconds of each other. Saturday’s “leap second” will help sync the two timescales.
The Naval Observatory and National Institute of Standards and Technology are responsible for determining the time in the United States.
Learn more about the addition of this leap second to the clock. (PDF)

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Summer Reading-week 2

Welcome to Summer Reading 2012. At the end of the second week we had 298 people sign up! 66 people read 170 books.
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Bloodthirsty: A Lomax & Biggs Mystery Bloodthirsty: A Lomax & Biggs Mystery
By Karp, Marshall
2008-06 - MacAdam/Cage Publishing
9781596922884 Check Our Catalog

Fast-paced, razor-sharp, and intensely funny, "Bloodthirsty" reunites Detectives Lomax and Biggs--the mystery genre's new dynamic duo.
Hollywood needs to watch out who they use and abuse now.  Roger and Aggie will be there to set things right.  In this mystery Hollywood is no longer safe for those producers and directors who think the staff or wanna-be actors are free to do whatever too.

Revan Revan
By Karpyshyn, Drew
2011-11 - Lucas Books
9780345511348 Check Our Catalog

The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but the price of redemption was high. His memories have been erased. All that's left are nightmares--and deep, abiding fear. What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can't quite remember, yet can't entirely forget. Somehow he stumbled across a terrible secret that threatens the very existence of the Republic. 272 pp. …More

Gun Games: A Decker/Lazarus Novel Gun Games: A Decker/Lazarus Novel
By Kellerman, Faye
2012-01 - William Morrow & Company
9780062064325 Check Our Catalog

In the next exciting installment of Kellerman's "New York Times"-bestselling series, Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus face off against psychopath Chris Donatti and his son, Gabe. …More

Darkfall Darkfall
By Koontz, Dean R.
Read by Lane, Christopher
2008-05 - Brilliance Corporation
9781423339403 Check Our Catalog

At first the police thought they were dealing with a psychopath or a vicious gangland war. Then, they saw the silver eyes in the night. In a city paralyzed by a blizzard, something watches--something whose ultimate victims are young and innocent. Unabridged. 9 CDs.
Who will belive a child after suffering a minor breadkown after her mother died, that's what Penny Dawson is wondering after she starts hearing noises and seeing scary dwarf like creatures following and scaring her.  Will her father, a police detective, be able to save her and his son from the night things that are trying to silence him?

Bleach, Volume 1 Bleach, Volume 1
By Kubo, Tite
Illustrator Kubo, Tite
2004-06 - Viz Media
9781591164418 Check Our Catalog

Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn't change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki, a shinigami and member of the mysterious Soul Society.
Loved it, can't wait to read it again.

Crazy Enough: A Memoir Crazy Enough: A Memoir
By Large, Storm
2012-01 - Free Press
9781439192405 Check Our Catalog

"Crazy Enough" is performer Storm Large's rough, raw memoir about living under the pall of mental illness.
Slutty is funny!

X Files YA #06 Fresh Bones X Files YA #06 Fresh Bones
By Martin, Les
Author Nielsen, Cliff
1997-09 - HarperEntertainment
9780064471800 Check Our Catalog

Is there life after death? There is at the Haitian refugee camp in Folkstone, North Carolina. Special Agents Mulder and Scully are called in to investigate and find themselves wrapped up in a mystery in which the victims can't seem to rest in peace. When a U.S. Marine is found wandering the state highway--several days after he was killed--it's clear that there's a dark force at work. …More

X Files YA #08 Host X Files YA #08 Host
By Martin, Les
Author Nielsen, Cliff
Illustrator Nielsen, Cliff
1997-11 - HarperEntertainment
9780064471817 Check Our Catalog

A man's body is discovered in the New Jersey sewer system, and a 'routine' murder investigation ensues. But when several workers are attacked by a vicious sewer-dwelling monster, it becomes clear that something much more sinister is going on underground. Mulder and Scully soon find themselves on the slimy trail of a creature as disgusting as it is dangerous. …More

The Judgment The Judgment
By Lewis, Beverly
2011-04 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764206009 Check Our Catalog

Lewis, a "New York Times"- and "USA TODAY"-bestselling author and the top name in Amish fiction, pens a tale of two sisters struggling to find love, acceptance, and their place in the Amish community. …More

The Mercy The Mercy
By Lewis, Beverly
2011-09 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764206016 Check Our Catalog

The Amish and modern worlds clash in this moving conclusion to "The Rose Trilogy" as two sisters love young men lost to the English world. …More

No Safety in Numbers No Safety in Numbers
By Lorentz, Dayna
2012-05 - Dial Books
9780803738737 Check Our Catalog

First in a series.  I won't be finishing the sereis.  I have no connection to the characters.

The Mermaid's Mirror The Mermaid's Mirror
By Madigan, L. K.
2011-09 - Graphia Books
9780547577357 Check Our Catalog

A message. A key. A mirror. A secret world unlocked. Lena has lived her whole life near the beach, walking the shore, breathing the salty air, swimming in the cold water, and watching the surfers rule the waves. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Lena vows to learn to surf. Her father forbids it. But something Lena can't identify at first--an ancient, powerful magic--keeps drawing her to the water. One day, she finally catches sight of it: a beautiful woman, with a silvery tail. Now nothing can stop Lena from seeking the mermaid, not even the dangerouswaves at Magic Crescent Cove.
And what Lena sees in the mermaid's mirror will change her life forever. …More

The Lola Quartet The Lola Quartet
By St John Mandel, Emily
2012-05 - Unbridled Books
9781609530792 Check Our Catalog

The last thing unemployed Gavin wants to do is return to his hometown in Florida, but he's in no position to refuse when he's offered a job by his sister to foreclose homes. When Gavin returns, he discovers the secret life of his ex-girlfriend and begins to track her down. …More

My Happy Days in Hollywood: A Memoir My Happy Days in Hollywood: A Memoir
By Marshall, Garry
2012-04 - Crown Archetype
9780307885005 Check Our Catalog

In "My Happy Days in Hollywood," Marshall takes us on a journey from his stickball-playing days in the Bronx to his time at the helm of some of the most popular television series and movies of all time, sharing the joys and challenges of working with the Fonz and the young Julia Roberts, the "street performer" Robin Williams, and the young Anne Hathaway, among many others. …More

A Year in Provence A Year in Provence
By Mayle, Peter
Illustrator Clancy, Judith
1991-06 - Vintage Books USA
9780679731146 Check Our Catalog

They had been there often as tourists. They had cherished the dream of someday living all year under the Provencal sun. And suddenly it happened.
Here is the month-by-month account of the charms and frustrations that Peter Mayle and his wife -- and their two large dogs -- experience their first year in the remote country of the Luberon restoring a two-centuries-old stone farmhouse that they bought on sight. From coping in January with the first mistral, which comes howling down from the Rhone Valley and wreaks havoc with the pipes, to dealing as the months go by with the disarming promises and procrastination of the local masons and plumbers, Peter Mayle delights us with his strategies for survival. He relishes the growing camaraderie with his country neighbors -- despite the rich, soupy, often impenetrable patois that threatens to separate them. He makes friends with boar hunters and truffle hunters, a man who eats foxes, and another who bites dentists; he discovers the secrets of handicapping racing goats and of disarming vipers. And he comes to dread the onslaught of tourists who disrupt his tranquillity.
In this often hilarious, seductive book Peter Mayle manages to transport us info all the earthy pleasures of Provencal life and lets us live vicariously in a tempo governed by seasons, not by days. George Lang, who was smitten, suggests: "Get a glass of marc, lean back in your most comfortable chair, and spend a delicious year in Provence."

The Missing Girl The Missing Girl
By Mazer, Norma Fox
2008-02 - Harper Teen
9780066237763 Check Our Catalog

In this suspenseful and compelling story, Newbery Honor author Mazer ("After the Rain") offers a rare glimpse into the mind of a predator. …More

Morgan's Run Morgan's Run
By McCullough, Colleen
2002-01 - Pocket Books
9780671024185 Check Our Catalog

Following the disappearance of his only son and the death of his beloved wife, Richard Morgan is wrongly convicted of a crime and exiled to England's 18th-century penal colony in Australia. Morgan refuses to surrender to his fate, and begins a soul-trying test to survive in this hostile new land where, against all odds, he would find a new love and a new life. …More

The Thistle and the Rose The Thistle and the Rose
By McGoldrick, May
2009-07 - Createspace
9781448640331 Check Our Catalog

The brave and beautiful Celia Muir has been assigned a dangerous task--to protect the infant King James V from the approaching British army. For her clandestine mission to succeed, she has to convince a handsome Scottish warrior to help her--without surrendering to her own growing desire for him. …More

Pegasus Pegasus
By McKinley, Robin
2010-11 - Putnam Publishing Group
9780399246777 Check Our Catalog

A "New York Times"-bestselling author and Newbery Medalist ("The Hero and the Crown") delivers a gorgeously written fantasy about the friendship between a princess and her Pegasus.

Demons in the Spring Demons in the Spring
By Meno, Joe
Illustrator Burns, Charles
Illustrator McFetridge, Geoff
2010-08 - Akashic Books
9781936070091 Check Our Catalog

"Eclectic, funny, constantly surprising--these are the things a short story collection should be allowed to be, and Joe Meno's Demons in the Spring absolutely is . . . a rich, unforgettable stew of a book."--Dave Eggers
The limited-edition hardcover of Demons in the Spring was a finalist for the 2009 Story Prize, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2008, a Time Out Chicago Best Book of 2008, and it drew starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. It is a collection of twenty short stories with illustrations by twenty artists from the fine art, graphic art, and comic book worlds.
Joe Meno is the best-selling author of five novels, including the smash hits Hairstyles of the Damned and The Boy Detective Fails (both published by Akashic Books), and two story collections. He was the winner of the 2003 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction and is a professor of creative writing at Columbia College in Chicago.
An okay assortment of short stories.  Some were really good while others fell flat.  My favorite:  Stockholm 1973.

Deadline Deadline
By Michaels, Fern
2012-01 - Kensington Publishing Corporation
9780758266033 Check Our Catalog

No sooner have Toots Loudenberry and her three best friends -- Sophie, Ida, and Mavis -- returned from Sacramento, where Sophie provided some much-needed psychic advice to the First Lady of California, when another situation demands their attention?Laura Leigh, a Hollywood starlet whose main talent seems to be landing in trouble, is missing. …More

So Far Away So Far Away
By Moore, Meg Mitchell
2012-05 - Reagan Arthur Books
9780316097697 Check Our Catalog

Thirteen-year-old Natalie Gallagher is trying to escape: from her parents' ugly divorce, and from vicious cyber-bullying. She discovers a dusty old diary and is inspired to unlock its secrets in an affecting story of mothers and daughters. …More

I'll Be Your Everything I'll Be Your Everything
By Murray, J. J.
2012-03 - Kensington Publishing Corporation
9780758258977 Check Our Catalog