23. March 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Apocalyptic, Fantasy, Fiction, Tammy · Tags:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, 333 pages, read by Tammy, on 03/04/2015

station eleven  This novel set in the future explores what life would be like for the survivors of a world-wide pandemic. Part of the story takes place in the characters past when the illness was just starting, part takes place in their current time and other sections take place in the characters memories of their own past. This may sound confusing but the writing and the way the chapters are organized makes the story flow smoothly. The survivors past lives interconnect in an interesting way and the inclusion of a story within the story set in a graphic novel is unique as well. The novel explores the different ways people react to the same circumstances and how their decisions affect all those around them.

23. March 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Humor, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

Off the Leash: The Secret Life of Dogs by Rupert Fawcett , 158 pages, read by Tammy, on 03/10/2015

off the leash  Collection of cartoons originally published on Facebook. Rupert Fawcett’s cartoons have developed into a daily online comic.This collection features the secret thoughts and conversations of dogs of every size, shape and breed. This collection will appeal to pet owners and those who just wish they owned a pet.

23. March 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Humor, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Texts from Dog by October Jones, 100 pages, read by Tammy, on 03/08/2015

texts from dog  Author October Jones shares the text between him and his pet bulldog. His endearing Dog and his alter-ego Batdog were born. Texts from Dog features his attempts to keep the neighborhood safe from the enemy otherwise known as the Postman. Stories about his arch-enemy Cat-Cat are also included. Some stories are laugh out loud funny. However, keep in mind that these texts are between two young adult males (one human, one dog) about whatever it is they are thinking. Not child friendly humor.

20. March 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Apocalyptic, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Tammy

Annihilation (Southern Reach #1) by Jeff VanderMeer, 195 pages, read by Tammy, on 03/17/2015

annihilation  Book one of a trilogy. Annihilation is set in Area X. An area cut off from the rest of the continent for decades that has been reclaimed by nature. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

Now the twelfth expedition is entering Area X. This group is made up of four women, an anthropologist, surveyor, psychologist a biologist. The biologist is our narrator and the psychologist is the leader of the group. Their mission is to map the terrain, collect specimens, record all their observations of their surroundings and one another. And most importantly avoid being contaminated by Area X and watch for signs of contamination in others.

This mystery/adventure story is wonderfully written. The text moves you along quickly and pulls you right into the world of Area X. It is different to read a whole novel and never learn the characters names or much about what they look like. This first book brings up lots and lots of questions. I checked with other staff who have finished the trilogy and some questions are answered but not a lot. If you can enjoy reading for the way it is written and pondering about the mysterious of life and our universe then this is for you. If you need solid answers by the end of the series, skip this one.

 

20. March 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Business, Informational Book, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: ,

What If?: Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue by Steve L. Robbins, 182 pages, read by Tammy, on 03/09/2015

what if  Corporate speaker Steve L. Robbins using examples from his own life including his children as a minority to assist companies large and small to increase diversity in the workplace. His stories and follow-up questions can also help individuals to look at the world from a different perspective than they may have ever experienced.
What If? also presents specific ideas of what organizations can do to engage our global world, build core competencies in diversity and inclusion, and benefit from the best talent available – regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, race, or disability. Thought-provoking short essays to inspire a better workplace and perhaps to inspire the reader to be a better member of our increasingly global society.

20. March 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Mystery, Tammy, Teen Books

Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers, 392 pages, read by Tammy, on 03/06/2015

inherit midnight   Seventeen-year-old Avery has been sent to a boarding school by her outlandishly wealthy Grandmother who has raised her. She is the ostracized illegitimate granddaughter of a drunk son and has no love for her cousins or uncles. She rarely sees her father. Now her Grandmother has set up a competition to see who deserves to inherit the entire VanDemere fortune. It’s family member against family member as they race around the globe and solve puzzles from the mines of Venezuela to the castles of Scotland. Since she is under 18 Avery has to be accompanied by an adult. Riley the son of her Grandmother’s lawyer goes along. But is her to help her or just protect his father’s interests at staying employed by Grandma. Is she falling in love with him and further complicating things? If Avery loses she knows she’ll have to go back to the horrible boarding school but is that motivation enough to get her through all the challenges? Who will the one and only heir be? Who can Avery truly trust? And is winning worth her life?

23. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Steam-punk, Tammy, Teen Books

Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School, #3) by Gail Carriger, 298 pages, read by Tammy, on 02/20/2015

waistcoats & weaponry Sophronia continues her second year at Lady Genevieve’s Finishing School for Ladies of Quality. This semester they learn how to use a fan as a defensive weapon. This is especially usually if the fan has blades on the tips. Sidheag receives an upsetting letter from home dealing with werewolf politics of grandfather’s pack. While attending the engagement party of her brother, Sophronia, Dimity and Soap end up on an unexpected adventure on a stolen train. To their surprise Monique is also on board the train but who is she working for and what are they up to?

12. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Steam-punk, Tammy, Teen Books

Curtsies and Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger, 310 pages, read by Tammy, on 02/11/2015

curtsies The second book in the Finishing School series. Our young heroine, Sophronia has now been attending Mademoiselle Geraldines Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality for six months and her first major reviews are coming up. Will she pass the normal reviews of social skills of a high class Victorian lady to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s satisfaction? How will she do with the reviews of the real lessons of the school – being a spy? Sophronia enjoys sneaking around the school, a floating dirigible with multiple levels and ships connected together, at night to visit the ship’s boiler room as well as eavesdrop on the teachers’ quarters. Who among her friends can she trust? What about the teachers? Who is the schools secret patron? Someone high up in the queen’s inner circle, a vampire, a werewolf or other business interests?

12. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Humor, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations from Grumpy Cat by Grumpy Cat, 112 pages, read by Tammy, on 02/10/2015

grumpy cat Grumpy Cat lends her grumpiness to every situation… even rainbows. Her she presents her de-motivational guide to life, love and friendship. With new photos of her famous Grumpy face and a couple of her in normal cute cat poses (Shhh! don’t tell Grumpy Cat). For anyone with an inner grouch, dark humor or sarcastic streak.

If you are a Grumpy Cat fan you may also want to check out the library’s copy of the Christmas movie, Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever on DVD. The movie is actually a little sweeter than I expected but still had some grumpy moments as well as holiday cuteness.

09. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Tammy · Tags: , , , , ,

Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society by Amy Hill Hearth, 259 pages, read by Tammy, on 02/01/2015

miss dreamsville A group of social misfits join together to form a book club at their small town library. Set in the south in a small town in Florida during the sixties the group is made up of a divorcee, an old maid, a gay man, a Northerner, a young black woman, an ex-con and the librarian with secrets of her own. The way these quite different individuals become friends and end up affecting each other’s lives is a lovely tale.

31. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, Inspirational, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Lessons from a Dog by Patrick Moberg , 64 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/12/2015

lessons from a dogDogs may slobber and shed but they are loyal, sensitive and affectionate. Illustrator Patrick Moberg illustrates lessons we can learn from man’s best friend on how to be a better person. Sweet and fun.

28. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Memoirs, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: ,

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, 259 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/26/2015

as you wish Cary Elwes, better known to The Princess Bride fans as Westley, shares his experiences filming the cult classic, The Princess Bride. He shares behind the scenes stories and quotes and comments from other actors as well as directors and stuntmen. Much more of a personal story than a technical making of the movie tale. I had forgotten that The Princess Bride was made without any kind of green screen or CGI affects. The story holds up well and carries you along perhaps in part because of the lack of modern special affects.

rescue artist On the morning of the 1994 Olympics in Norway, two thieves entered the National Gallery in Oslo. They stole one of the world’s most famous paintings, Edward Munch’s The Scream. Humiliated the Norwegian police called on Scotland Yard and one of their art detectives, Charley Hill.

Charley Hill is a half-British, half-American policeman who was currently working undercover in the small art team of Scotland Yard. He has since become and independent detective recovering art and other national treasures.

In this narrative Edward Dolnick takes us inside the art underworld. Briefly discussing some well-known cases in the past and leading up to more current crimes which now often involved crimes of opportunity and organized crime members. He follows Charley along on his search for The Scream sharing the successes and failures of other police inquiries along the way as well.

22. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, History, Humor, Informational Book, Tammy

Bed Manners: A Very British Guide to Boudoir Etiquette by Ralph Hopton , 151 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/15/2015

bed manners Ever wonder how to avoid offending your spouse with your evening sleeping habits? Or perhaps wonder what the challenges might be of sleeping with another person if you never have? This could be the guide book for you. Originally published in the 1930s the book addresses bedroom etiquette with a sense of humor. It is amazing how few of the basic problems have changed over the years. Husbands and wives still bicker over whose job it is to investigate noises in the middle of the night, who has to get up to get another blanket or close the window or do we even want the window open.

22. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Tammy · Tags: , , , ,

Jane Austen Cover to Cover: 200 Years of Classic Book Covers by Margaret C. Sullivan , 223 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/14/2015

jane austen A history of Jane Austen’s novels and how they were published. Includes full-color photos of the covers of each edition and information about the printing process. It is interesting to see how cover art has changed through the years.

22. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: History, How To's, Informational Book, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags:

Downton Abbey: Rules for Household Staff by Charles Carson , 117 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/14/2015

downton Some items refer specifically to the household of the television show Downton Abbey, but most information given is historically researched. Even includes recipes and instructions for everything from cleaning silver to properly storing seasonal clothes to protect them from dust and bugs. For fans of the show as well as those looking for traditional cleaning information.

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Kitty) by Jeremy Greenberg, 64 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/13/2015

Letters from the feline of the house with accompanying photo of the cat writing the letter. I had read the dog letter book by this author, and most of the dog letters are addressed to Dear Pack Leader. The cat letters vary greatly in how they are addressed. Some examples are food provider and fur-less mommy. Funny snap shots of life with an indoor cat.

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Humor, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Doggie) by Jeremy Greenberg, 64 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/11/2015

sorry i pooped This is a funny collection of 50 letters from man’s best friend, his dog. Each letter is accompanied by a photo of the dog “writing” the letter. Whether the letter is an apology, an explanation of what human’s think are weird habits of dogs or just a suggestion of dogs and people can cohabit better together, all are relate-able to anyone who has ever had a dog. The letters over insight into your dog’s point of view as well as human nature.

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Tammy

Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: War Cry Collection (Jim Butcher's Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher, 136 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/12/2015

war cry  A new story in the Dresden Files that was not previously told in one of the novels in the series. This graphic novel collection tells the story of Dresden as a Warden during the war with the Red Court and a pivotal assignment that he and his young green recruits receive. Introduces some background for these future wardens that appear in the novels and their relationship to our hero, Harry.

16. January 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin , 260 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/10/2015

storied life A heart-touching story about a curmudgeon who owns a bookstore on a small island. His wife has died (she was the people person)and the bookstore is experiencing its worst financial year ever. On his own, he’s not sure if he and the bookstore will make it. Does he even want to? Especially after his favorite, most valuable book is stolen. But then a special package arrives and his life will never be the same. Sections of the bookseller’s life are related to books or passages in books that have helped him throughout his life. Illustrates how literature can influence your everyday life and how love can change everything.