Another day, another library haul. During flu season, you ask? Why yes, even bibliophiles can live on the edge. 😉
And gold stars to you if you get the reference in my title.
Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Book in Her Life (Annie Spence)
Description from Goodreads: Librarians spend their lives weeding–not weeds but books! Books that have reached the end of their shelf life, both literally and figuratively. They remove the books that patrons no longer check out. And they put back the books they treasure. Annie Spence, who has a decade of experience as a Midwestern librarian, does this not only at her Michigan library but also at home, for her neighbors, at cocktail parties—everywhere. In Dear Fahrenheit 451, she addresses those books directly. We read her love letters to The Goldfinch and Matilda, as well as her snarky break-ups with Fifty Shades of Grey and Dear John. Her notes to The Virgin Suicides and The Time Traveler’s Wife feel like classics, sure to strike a powerful chord with readers. Through the lens of the books in her life, Annie comments on everything from women’s psychology to gay culture to health to poverty to childhood aspirations. Hilarious, compassionate, and wise, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is the consummate book-lover’s birthday present, stocking stuffer, holiday gift, and all-purpose humor book.
Why I Chose It: I can’t help it, I’m so in love with books that I even like reading books about books. ::shrugs:: This one looked cute and, thankfully, has been fairly spoiler free so far. 🙂
The Lost Conspiracy (Francis Hardinge)
Description from Goodreads: On an island of sandy beaches, dense jungles, and slumbering volcanoes, colonists seek to apply archaic laws to a new land, bounty hunters stalk the living for the ashes of their funerary pyres, and a smiling tribe is despised by all as traitorous murderers. It is here, in the midst of ancient tensions and new calamity, that two sisters are caught in a deadly web of deceits.
Arilou is proclaimed a beautiful prophetess, one of the island’s precious oracles: a Lost. Hathin, her junior, is her nearly invisible attendant. But neither Arilou nor Hathin is exactly what she seems, and they live a lie that is carefully constructed and jealously guarded.
When the sisters are unknowingly drawn into a sinister, island-wide conspiracy, quiet, unobtrusive Hathin must journey beyond all she has ever known of her world, and of herself, in a desperate attempt to save them both. As the stakes mount and falsehoods unravel, she discovers that the only thing more dangerous than the secret she hides is the truth she must uncover.
Why I Chose It: I LOVE Francis Hardinge. Every book of hers that I’ve picked up, I ended up binging in one or two sittings. I’m kind of out of YA books for her, though, so now I’m delving into the Children’s section.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr Holmes (Loren D. Estleman)
Description from Goodreads: Accompanied by Dr. Watson, master sleuth Sherlock Holmes has already encountered the evil young hedonist Edward Hyde, and knew he was strangely conected with Henry Jekyll, the wealthy, respectable London doctor.
It was not until the Queen herself requested it, however, that Holmes was officially on the case of the savage murder of Sir Danvers Carewthe blackest mystery of his career! Although Robert Louis Stevenson published his tale of Jekyll and Hyde as fiction, the hideous facts were true, insofar as Stevenson knew them.
Here, then, is the entire firsthand account of that devilish crime as recorded by Dr. Watson, with an explanation of why Holmes’s personal involvement had to be kept secretuntil now…
Why I Chose It: Dude, it’s called Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes …why on Earth would I NOT choose it?!? 😉
City of Beasts (Isabel Allende)
Description from Goodreads: Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold is about to join his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime. An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America, on a mission to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast.
But there are many secrets hidden in the unexplored wilderness, as Alex and his new friend Nadia soon discover. Drawing on the strength of their spirit guides, both young people are led on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery…
Why I Chose It: One of the blogs I frequent discussed Isabel Allende the other day and, having never heard of her, I thought I’d look her up. Most of her books didn’t look anywhere close to up my alley, but this one seemed interesting.
The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster)
Description from Goodreads: For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams…
Why I Chose It: I’m doing the PopSugar Reading Challenge this year and I needed a “Children’s Classic” that I hadn’t already read or seen the movie of. This one fit the bill.
So what are you all reading?