Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, a tale of a marriage gone toxically wrong, is still soaring high at No.5 after 62 weeks on the hardcover NYT fiction list. We have 109 copies and all are checked out. OverDrive has 52 downloadable copies, and most of those are checked out too. Readers and librarians have compiled lists of books that are similar to Gone Girl.
Even though I sometimes bemoan the fact that new movies are all sequels and remakes, I actually love when classic stories are modernized or told from a new perspective.
I read in an article that I came across while searching for information on the speed of yachts for a library customer that the number of yachts in China will increase to about 100,000 in 2020 from about 3,000 last year. Two recent novels reflect this growing Asian market for consumption of luxury goods.
Recently one of my colleagues wrote about what to read while you were waiting for the latest installment of Game of Thrones. Because, seriously, there is no denying it, we are all waiting on Game of Thrones in one way or another. Aubrey had some great suggestions for what to read in the interim and I wanted to add one more to the list: Megan Whalen Turner.
It seems like I inadvertently write a blog every year about how the library can improve your road tripping experience. It’s really not intentional but it’s also not terribly surprising given how much I like road trips and how good the library is at improving all sorts of things!
I just started reading the first book in George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. It’s easy to see how people get hooked, what with all the intrigue, alliance-making and betrayals, shocking reveals, and such impressive world-building.
The new book about Washington DC, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral -- Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! -- in America's Gilded Capital, by Mark Leibovich has familiar themes: huge egos, lust for power, greed, and betrayal. But the reporting is great and the writing full of zest.
The most unusual question I was ever asked for an interview was who my favorite character on Sesame Street was. The answer was easy: Linda who was deaf and taught Sign Language on the show.