Ahoy, Mateys!

Yes, it’s that time of year again….International Talk Like a Pirate Day! And what could be more fun than pirate books!

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There is never a shortage of pirate-themed books, it seems, ranging from picture books, to craft books to YA fiction and even adult. So, hoist them sails and get ye o’er to th’ library fer some excitin’ pirate tales!

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And if you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate today, check out the variety of Pinterest boards based on the theme.

Published in: on September 19, 2014 at 3:08 am  Comments (2)  
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Long Lists Announced

The National Book Awards Long Lists are now being announced in various categories. These awards can go a long way toward bringing an author to the forefront, but they also strive to recognize great literary fiction.  This week, the Young People’s Literary Long List was announced, and the books are so great, I don’t know how they’ll choose a winner.

If you’ve been reluctant to get into Young Adult fiction because of the hype, these books are a wonderful place to start. There are seasoned authors as well as debut authors here, but we hope to keep seeing more from all of them.

The long list includes:

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THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson

GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles

SKINK-NO SURRENDER by Carl Hiaasen

GREENGLASS HOUSE by Kate Milford

THREATENED by Eliot Schrefer

THE PORT CHICAGO 50 by Steve Sheinkin

100 SIDEWAYS MILES by Andrew Smith

NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley

REVOLUTION by Deborah Wiles

 BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Get reading!

Published in: on September 17, 2014 at 3:51 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Final Trailer

For those who’ve been waiting, the final trailer for MOCKINGJAY : PART 1 has just been released.  If you’re itching to see it, you’ll have to wait until November, but for now, give this a watch. It looks great!

 

Published in: on September 16, 2014 at 3:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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As You Wish!

You’d probably have a hard time finding someone who doesn’t know the line, “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”  (Although that said, this phrase emblazoned on a t-shirt caused quite the uproar when a passenger wore it on a flight a few years back. Maybe not such a good idea when traveling.)

But the popularity of the cult classic, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, has only grown since the film was released in 1987. In fact, it was ranked by the American Film Institute as one of top 100 Greatest Love Stories, and by the Writer’s Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time. This movie still goes out of the library on a weekly basis, and the book by William Goldman is also popular. And now, one of the film’s most popular actors, Cary Elwes,  is releasing a new book called, AS YOU WISH: INCONCEIVABLE TALES from the MAKING OF THE PRINCESS BRIDE.

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It promises lots of behind the scenes stories, photos we’ve never seen, and interviews with cast members and crew. If you’re starting to think about gift giving for the upcoming holiday season, this might be a great choice for the fan on your list! The book comes out in stores Oct. 16th, and we have it on order for the library. You can place a hold on it now and we’ll call you when it’s your turn to pick it up.

To the pain!

Published in: on September 15, 2014 at 3:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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Get Infected with Knowledge

The Tulsa Community College Library made this great YouTube video to inspire people to go to the library, and know what to do when you get there. “Get Infected with Knowledge” in a zombie theme is BRILLIANT!  Here’s your Friday giggle…

Published in: on September 12, 2014 at 3:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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How Much???

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Forbes just announced their estimates on the world’s top earning authors. Not surprisingly, there are several conventional names, such as James Patterson and George R.R. Martin, but there are also a few children’s authors (Jeff Kinney, with his WIMPY KID series, and Rick Riordan of the PERCY JACKSON books), and of course, the growing in popularity YA authors, such as Veronica Roth and John Green.

Here is the complete list, along with the estimations of what they earned between June of 2013 – June of 2014.

James Patterson $90 million
Dan Brown $28 million
Nora Roberts $23 million
Danielle Steel $22 million
Janet Evanovich $20 million
Jeff Kinney $17 million
Veronica Roth $17 million
John Grisham $17 million
Stephen King $17 million
Suzanne Collins $16 million
JK Rowling $14 million
George R.R. Martin $12 million
David Baldacci $11 million
Rick Riordan $10 million
El James $10 million
Gillian Flynn $9 million
John Green $9 million

Any surprises there for you?  You can read a full article from Forbes right here to see just how the numbers are calculated, and to find out a little more about each author. Are there any names you think are missing? I guess only time will tell. Get out there and buy those books!

Published in: on September 11, 2014 at 3:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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