Between the Covers: More Picks from the Central Library
One-Pot Cookies by Bookman Schloss
I made Ginger Peach Butter cookies, and they were delicious!
The Pink Palace by Marlon McCaulsky
Mo'Nique & Nikki learn the hard way that out of every bad experience comes something or someone good. While Vanessa & Damien get their just desserts, Jayson & Dre reap their just rewards, and revenge.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
always think a book that can take you somewhere you've never been &
make you feel like you live there is special, and I never wanted to
live in Alaska! Magical without being a fantasy story. Most imaginative
story I've read in a long time.
The Second World War by Winston S. Churchill (Volumes 1-4)
Sir Winston Churchill was asked, "How will anyone be able to grasp the events of WWII?" Churchill assured the person that the history of WWII will be properly told, "because I intend to write the history"--he did--six volumes at 800 pages per volume.
The Good Fight by Harry Reid and Mark Warren
The Good Fight was
a great memoir of a United States senator. Senator Reid gave us a
personal & professional insight to the working of Washington, D.C. and personal anecdotes about his life. I highly recommend this book.
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
I read the entire series in a week. The books are easy, and engaging, though uncomplicated.
Histoire de Montreal Tome II by Robert Rumilly
This is a fine and very detailed historical account, following Quebecois social & political evolution from around the year 1760 up through the middle of the 19th century. It includes an array of details having specifically to do with the United States.
Sugar by Bernice L. McFadden
Loved the development of characters. So happy she made a sequel. The characters jumped from the pages.
The Last Stormlord by Glenda Larke
A very different twist to fantasy. An interesting world she created.
The Breakup Bible by Melissa Kantor
It reminded me of all the emotions I had as a teen. I felt for her--dramatics & all! Yet I laughed silently & aloud at her dread, sarcasm, & wit through it all after I realized...I was once that teen, decades ago.
God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew
It's very inspiring. I love Brother Andrew's story, and his faith is amazing.
Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon
About a hot reporter named Susan Michaels who was writing good stories until she got a story to report about major police cover-ups. She adopted a cat named Ravyn who turned out to be a shapeshifter and that starts the story.
Walking with Comrades by Arundhati Roy
Interesting perspective. Excellent writing. Thoughtful approach to studying a problem and explaining a political struggle.
Matched by Ally Condie
The story of Cassia is intriguing. I wanted to keep reading to see how she would handle the differing feelings she had for her best friend turned Match and the quiet friend appearing out of nowhere.
Revelry by Samuel Hopkins Adams
This is a fictional treatment of the fall of the Administration of President Warren Harding. It tells the story very well: it is not long and tedious; and the author uses the vernacular of the period to good effect.
Wash This Blood Clean From My Hand by Fred Vargas
All of the books in this series are worth reading for the characters, the conversations and interactions, and the little philosophies of living. This book is perhaps a little less unique than some of the others. It does take on rather a lot: the main character, Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, the chief of police of one of Paris's districts, is on the run, wanted for a murder he cannot be sure he did not commit. There are details here that make the story believable and not gimmicky or over-the-top with suspense. Other incidents move along the story that arcs through the series.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The first time I read this book in the 7th grade, I really liked it; the second time I read it in high school, I loved it, and now reading it again, I treasure it. This has been on my top-10 favorite books list for well over a decade now, and I am glad I got the chance to revisit it only to realize that my tastes as a 12-year-old bibliophile have evolved, but not changed. I like being able to examine my own childhood through Scout’s eyes. The way the book is written made me feel as if I was part of Maycomb, with details that only a resident would know. It took me back to my early years, which is impressive given that the author couldn’t be a more polar opposite of me. I guess in some levels all childhoods are the same: seeing the world around you with a certain sense of awe, coming up with your own opinions on things and people, being disappointed in humanity and reassured in a select few. I can’t really say that the book is eloquently written, but it sure is expertly written. The characters, plot development, multiple story lines, and authentic conversations leave the reader feeling completely immersed in both Scout’s and their own childhood. The obvious racial overtones of the book leave me wondering how many unjust prejudices I carry around with me daily, while the subtle adventurous nature of the book makes me wonder if childhood will ever be the same. The author makes it so that Maycomb turns into everyone’s small town, with its triumphs and defeats. It was like growing up again in under 400 pages.
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
I loved the way the author unfolded the story, revealing the main characters slowly and constantly changing the perspective in which you viewed them. The writing was exquisite and poetic. The coming-of-age nature of the book reminded me of classics like Catcher in the Rye.
The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie
In a similar way that the Old Testament of the Bible can be viewed as an anthology of important works from various sources, this book is The Golden Dawn's amalgam of mystical knowledge from various sources: the Qabalah, astrology, alchemy, Tarot, Egyptian mythology, and the Enochian tablets. Also included are the systems and methods of teaching and initiating into the various levels of membership. The text is somewhat suspect: Israel Regardie was taught by Crowley before being initiated, but was only a member for a few months, and he was not supposed to reveal any of what he had learned, and the information, if valid to The Golden Dawn, was taken from various sources based on what Crowley and other founders felt worked. Some of the rituals are relatively simple and easy to perform, others seem ridiculously complex. Descriptions of the creation and consecration of tools are very specific. It is a difficult book to read, even with some background in the source mysticism; it is more of a book to skim, pick-and-choose, and reference.