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Staff Summer Reading Suggestions 1

July 27, 2015 | Book Buzz | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

What are library staff members reading this summer? What do they recommend? We asked them.

Here are their responses:

Anna from Toronto Reference Library:

Confidence

Confidence by Russell Smith
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I have enjoyed previous books by this author and I love his style: very honest, witty, somehow sarcastic, but not without sympathy for his characters, who are usually somehow lost and miserable despite having seemingly comfortable lives.

Russell Smith writes about Toronto and its inhabitants in a very captivating way, touching such relevant themes as the impact of immigration, gentrification, political scandals, corruption, or different kinds of addiction.

It's hard not to be annoyed by the characters from the stories, but in the same time it's hard not to feel sorry for them and sympathize with them. A great book not just for summer!

Gloria from Bloor/Gladstone:

Station eleven

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
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Filled with haunting landscapes, strong emotions and multi dimensional characters, Emily St. John Mandel has created a post apocalyptic world that draws the reader in to a tale of ambition, fame and tragedy.

Lynn from Cedarbrae:

61 hours

61 Hours by Lee Child
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This addictive series follows Jack Reacher, a loner former MP who crisscrosses the country helping those in need with a single minded, cold logic and observation skills that mean Reacher is unmatched.

Susan from North York Central Library:

Lost daugher

The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante
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When I first read Elena Ferrante, I had to force myself not to read all of her books right away. I carefully rationed myself over the past year and have now read all her novels except for The Lost Daughter. I read slowly to fully appreciate the astringent, precise quality of her prose and the rage and directness of her narrative voice. The final book in her Neapolitan series comes out in September and I'll be ready.

Ted from Agincourt:

Play on now then and fleetwood mac

Play On: Now, Then and Fleetwood Mac, the Autobiography by Mick Fleetwood and Anthony Bozza
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He tells the story of the band he formed in the late 60s, with all the ups and downs. The comings and goings of members especially Stevie Nicks.

I have been a huge fan especially during the heydays of the 70s and 80s!

Stay tuned. Another installment of Staff Summer Reading Suggestions will be published next Monday, August 3. 

The Girl in the Spider's Web

July 24, 2015 | Andrea | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The Girl in the Spider's Web

Lisbeth Salander is back! Plot details have been heavily guarded, but the hacker heroine will reportedly take on both the cyber underworld and the U.S. National Security Agency in The Girl in the Spider's Web, the controversial continuation of Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium Trilogy.

 

 

 

 

Written by David Lagercrantz, the fourth book in the dark and gritty series will be published on August 27. It's authorized by Larsson's estate, but vehemently opposed by Eva Gabrielsson, the late author's partner of more than three decades. Since Larsson died intestate in 2004, Gabrielsson has been embroiled in legal and media battles with his official heirs. This Guardian article paints a larger picture of the situation.

The new installment in the Salander saga was brought into being by Lagercrantz and translators working on laptops with no Internet access. A single copy of the final manuscript was couriered to the chief editors of each international publishing house involved, and no advance copies have been released. Toronto fans have the opportunity to ask Lagercrantz about the whole cloak-and-dagger process when he visits the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library on September 17. Find out more about how to reserve your tickets.


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Fall in Love with Sports Romance Novels

July 22, 2015 | M. Elwood | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games have certainly livened things up this summer. If you can't get enough of sports, check out these romance novels. The athletes in these novels participate in sports (baseball, basketball, equestrian, marathon, rugby, soccer, softball, and taekwondo) featured at the Games.

Adult

Games divas play Good chase Let me be the one

Games Divas Play by Angela Burt-Murray
When Vanessa King moves to New York City with her basketball player husband, she is expects things to change but she doesn't foresee his affair with a model or a dangerous stalker.

The Good Chase by Hanna Martine
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Shea Montgomery is a whiskey expert; J.P. Byrne is a banker and rugby player. She is reluctant to take a romantic chance but he's not a man who gives up easily. Can they find common ground?

Let Me Be the One by Bella Andre
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Vicki Bennett needs a fake boyfriend fast. Her old friend baseball star Ryan Sullivan agrees to step in. Although it's supposed to be platonic, things begin to heat up.

Miracle road Remember summer Thrown by a curve

Miracle Road by Emily March
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A basketball coach who holds himself responsible for a tragic accident moves to a small town where he meets a woman who is haunted by a mistake she made. Can their relationship begin to heal their wounds?

Remember Summer by Elizabeth Lowell
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While training for the 1984 Summer Olympics, Raine Chandler-Smith discovers that her life is in danger from a hitman; handsome secret agent Cord Elliott is assigned to protect her.

Thrown by a Curve by Jaci Burton
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Sports therapist Alicia Riley is working with injured pitcher Garrett Scott but finds herself falling for him.

Teen

Breathe annie breathe Bruised SHUT OUT Stealing parker

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
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Shattered by the death of her boyfriend, Annie trains for the marathon he had planned to run. She doesn't expect to fall in love again but coaching assistant Jeremiah might change her plans. 

Bruised by Sarah Skilton
Taekwondo expert Imogen feels responsible for not intervening when she witnesses a crime in a diner. Now suffering from PTSD, she must rebuild her life and repair the relationships with those around her--including Ricky, another witness to the hold up.

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
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The fierce rivalry between the football and soccer teams is out of control. Lissa organizes a sex strike with the players' girlfriends until the teams put an end to the hostility. A modern day teen version of the Aristophanes play, Lysistrata.

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
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A smart, athletic softball player finds herself caught in a love triangle.

For the Rides: Audiobooks to Keep You Moving

July 17, 2015 | Lynn | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

It is the height of summer and some of us are spending a fair amount of time commuting to wherever we need to be and this is a great chance to listen to some great stories. Listening to a story rather than reading a story can be a different experience. When picking an audiobook you are not merely picking a story, but also a storyteller.  If you do not like the voice of the reader then you may not be able to enjoy the story. Some patrons choose books by reader, not author, for the voice alone.

You should also consider how you are listening to it, for example maybe you shouldn't listen to horror in the car if it makes you jump, and you may wish to reconsider a romance story on the subway if you are prone to crying. You want to enjoy your commute as best as you can, and an audiobook can go a long way to get you there.

Bad Blood                      Dark of the Moon                           Heat Lightning

Bad Blood   Dark of the moon   Heat lightning

Virgil Flowers is the main character in one of John Sanford's series set in Minnesota.  Flowers is as an agent of Bureau of Criminal Apprehension who loves catching criminals almost as much as he loves catching fish. 

Deeply Odd           Odd Apocalypse         Saint Odd

Deeply Odd   Odd apocalypse   Saint Odd

Dean Koontz makes me jump everytime at some point in his stories, one I would listen to at home, not in the car. This series follow Odd Thomas, a short order cook who can see the dead, but uses this ability for good. 

Harry Potter series

Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone  Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets  Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkeban  Harry potter and the goblet of fire   Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix  Harry Potter and the half-blood prince  Harry potter and the deathly hallows 

This series continues to be extremely popular and Jim Dale is a much praised reader. These books would be great for a ride up to cottage country with the whole family. 

Death of a gentle lady        Death of a Valentine 

Death of a gentle lady  Death of a valentine 

This cozy mystery features the popular character Hamish Macbeth, a policeman in the Highlands who would love nothing more than to be left alone on his beat. The reader of this series does a good Scottish accent, I believe.

All the light we cannot see

All the light we cannot see

Set in France in World War II a young blind girl must flee to the coast with her father. Meanwhile a young boy with a gift for radios rises through the Nazi ranks, ultimately meeting up with the young girl at the coast. This book won the 2015 Pulizter Prize among many other accolades.

Sink into these Books about Swimming

July 15, 2015 | M. Elwood | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

To celebrate the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, here are some novels featuring competitive swimmers:

Bone cage Cracks Swimming This is the water

The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou
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Ageing athletes Digger, a wrestler and Sadie, a swimmer must face the reality that their competitive careers are almost over. Who are they without the sports that have defined them? What will they do after retirement?

Cracks by Sheila Kohler
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Forty years after the star of their swim team disappeared, 10 women return to the remote South African boarding school for a reunion.

Swimming by Nicola Keegan
Pip starts swimming competitively as an escape from her difficult home life. This novel tells the story of her rise from obscurity to championship.

This is the Water by Yannick Murphy
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Parents of competitive swimmers become unhinged when a girl on the team is murdered.

"I don't remember the title but it's got a blue cover."

July 13, 2015 | M. Elwood | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Dietland Let me explain you Maybe in another life
Necessary end New neighbor Summer by the sea Summer secrets
Taking pity Those girls Wild oats Wrong man

Dietland by Sarai Walker
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Dinner with Buddha by Roland Merullo
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Let Me Explain You by Annie Leontas

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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A Necessary End by Holly Brown
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The New Neighbor by Leah Stewart
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Summer by the Sea by Susan Wiggs

Summer Secrets by Jane Green
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Taking Pity by David John Mark
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Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
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Wild Oats by Veronica Henry

The Wrong Man by Kate White
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Funny? Beautiful?

July 9, 2015 | M. Elwood | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

First we are told that women in science spend too much time crying and falling in love. Now this.

Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner recently said that "the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman". He predicted that the comment would get him in trouble. He was right about that at least. 

Funny is subjective. So is beautiful. Here are some humour books written by women. Are the authors beautiful? Does it matter? Are they funny? Check them out and decide yourself.

Field guide to awkward silences Gawky Has anyone seen my pants How not to calm a child on a plane

A Field Guide to Awkward Silences by Alexandra Petri
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Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase by Margot Leitman

Has Anyone Seen My Pants? by Sarah Colonna
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How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane: and Other Lessons in Parenting from a Questionable Source by Johanna Stein

I can't believe it's not better Laughing all the way to the mosque Misadventures of awkward black girl People i want to punch in the throat

I Can't Believe it's Not Better: a Woman's Guide to Coping with Life by Monica Heisey

Laughing All the Way to the Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz
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The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
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People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges by Jen Mann
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If your funny bone isn't tickled yet, here's another list of books to check out:

Read Alikes: Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Upcoming Books to Movies - Summer 2015

July 3, 2015 | Kelli | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Once again, books have provided inspiration for many of the films scheduled to be released this fall. If you are looking for something to read during your summer vacation, have a look at this quite varied list of fiction and nonfiction that have been made into movies coming to theatres soon.

Dark places A walk in the woods Into thin air Black mass Martian

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 
Libby Day was only 7 when her mother and sisters were murdered at the family's farmhouse. At the time, Libby's testimony sent her older brother to prison for life. Twenty-five years later, Libby is forced to rethink her memories of the murders after meeting with the Kill Club, a group of crime enthusiasts who investigated the case. Another thriller from the author of Gone Girl.
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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Bryson, returning to the U.S. after 20 years in England, decided to reconnect with his homeland by hiking the length of the Appalachian Trail. Not an experienced hiker, he faces the challenges of the Trail with humour and meets an interesting cast of characters along the way.
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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer 
While not directly based on Krakauer's book, the upcoming movie Everest describes the same events that took place on Mt. Everest in May 1996. After Krakauer began his descent after reaching the summit of Mt. Everest, he passes twenty other climbers who are still pushing their way to the top. When an unexpected snowstorm began to ravage the mountain, Krakauer barely made it back to his tent. Sadly, not all of his fellow climbers were so lucky.  A fascinating story.   
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Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill
A true crime story.  John Connolly and James Whitey Bulger grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the late 1970s, Connolly had become a major figure in the FBI and Whitey was the godfather of the Irish Mob. A deal between them to trade secrets and take down Boston's Italian Mafia spiraled out of control, leading to murders, drug dealing, and racketeering indictments.

The Martian by Andy Weir 
After a freak windstorm abruptly ends a mission to Mars, the crew leaves Astronaut Mark Watney behind, believing that he has been killed by flying debris. However, Watney is very much alive. Finding himself alone on Mars, he must figure out how to survive and contact NASA.   
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Brooklyn Frankenstein Danish girl In the heart of the sea Revenant

Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín 
Eilis Lacey is a skilled bookkeeper, but cannot find a job in post-War Ireland. When a priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor her emigration to America, Eilis realizes she must go, although it means leaving her fragile mother and sister behind. Eilis thrives in Brooklyn, finding a job, going to school and slowly falling in love with Tony. As she starts to look forward to her future, news from Ireland threatens her new life.
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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 
Victor Frankenstein is fascinated with the secret of life and works feverishly to create a creature out of old body parts. When he successfully brings the monster to life, he is horrified by his creation and abandons it. This leads to devastating consequences for the young scientist.  
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The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff  
In 1931, Danish painter Einar Wegener became the first man to undergo a sex-change operation. Although fictionalized, Ebershoff based his novel on Wegener's story and explores the nature of love.

In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick 
In the early 1820s, the whaling ship Essex was in the South Pacific when it was repeatedly rammed and then sunk by bull sperm whale. The surviving crew of Nantucket sailors decided to head for the distant coast of South America. During their ninety days at sea in three tiny boats, the survivors clung to life as one by one, they succumbed to hunger, thirst, disease, and fear.  
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Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke
Hugh Glass is an experienced frontiersman of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. After being viciously mauled by a grizzly, he his abandoned by two of his fellow trappers. Despite his horrendous injuries, Glass sets out across more than 3,000 miles of uncharted American frontier to fulfill his one desire - revenge.

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If you liked The Girl on the Train

June 26, 2015 | Melanie | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

I just finished reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (also available in eBook and Audiobook format). This book was touted as the next Gone Girl, another addition to the dysfunctional female character thriller genre. While I didn't think it was the best book that I've ever read, it was certainly worth the long wait on the holds list.  

Some people who've also read the book thought that the first bit of the book was a bit monotonous - I agree, as there was quite a bit of time spent with the main character's train rides. Once I got past the first few chapters, I found that the story "sped" up immensely, and I literally spent every second of my spare time reading it, until the book was finished. The story kept me guessing "who did it" until almost the very end. 

Check out these other books that have girls doing thrilling things:

 Girl on the Boat Girl on the escalator Girl on the fridge Girl on the landing Girl on the stairs

Here are some recommended titles to read if you enjoyed Girl on the Train - or if you are still waiting for a copy of The Girl on the Train:

 Good girl  Silent wife Luckiest girl alive Before i go to sleep

The Good Girl, Mary Kubica
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The Silent Wife, S.A. Harrison
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 The Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll
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 Before I go to Sleep,  S.J. Watson
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• Talking Book (Restricted to print disabled patrons) 

 Unravel  Dear daughter  Unbecoming  Devil you know

Unravel, Calia Read
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 Dear Daughter, Elizabeth Little
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 Unbecoming, Rebecca Scherm
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 The Devil you Know, Elisabeth De Mariaffi
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Did you enjoy The Girl on the Train? 

Extraordinary Tales: A Reading List Inspired by Christopher Lee (1922-2015)

June 19, 2015 | Andrea | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Extraordinary Tales, an animated anthology featuring the voice of legendary actor Sir Christopher Lee, is the latest adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's stories. But the true extraordinary tale is that of Lee, who passed away on June 7 at the age of 93, a man who led an amazing life that included remarkable careers in the military and in heavy metal music. Audiences were thrilled by his portrayals of Dracula and Frankenstein's Creature in the heyday of Hammer horror, and he was introduced to another generation of viewers as Count Dooku and Saruman. Here is a small fraction of his filmography represented in books. 

The Devil Rides Out Gormenghast The Man with the Golden Gun The Three Musketeers The Wicker Man

The Devil Rides Out by Dennis Wheatley

The 1968 horror movie written by Richard Matheson (one of Lee's own personal favourites) is based on this 1934 novel of black magic.

The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake

In the BBC adaptation of the Gothic fantasy saga, Lee played the gaunt, spooky Mr. Flay who serves the lord of the castle.

Lee played the titular villain, one of 007’s most famous foes, opposite Roger Moore as James Bond.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Lee sported an eyepatch as the sinister Rochefort in the 1973 adapation of Dumas’ classic tale of swashbuckling spirit.

The Wicker Man by Robin Hardy and Anthony Shaffer

Lee was justly proud of his disquieting portrayal of Lord Summerisle. This novelization by director Robin Hardy and screenwriter Anthony Shaffer is not the same as David Pinner's Ritual, the original book on which the cult classic is based. (Ritual is currently available to read in the library at the Toronto Reference Library and the Merril Collection.)

Check out some of his other film and TV work. In addition, you can find out more about Lee’s astounding life by reading this tribute in the Guardian, penned by Alex Hamilton, the journalist who co-wrote his autobiography, Lord of Misrule.

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