Do You Have a Reader On Your List?

It’s that time of year….yes, the time when we’re all either glued to our laptops, trying to pick out the perfect items for those on our shopping lists, or running around from store to store to find them. Well, I’m here to help you, especially if you have a reader (or librarian) on your list!

The Ontario Library Association has a wonderful Holiday Gift Guide–and shop—to help you find the perfect book-themed items. From card catalog socks, to colouring books, to puppets, they have all sorts of wacky and wonderful items that anyone who reads would love. Personally, I’m hoping for this Hand-Lettering book:

9781441322012_1024x1024But don’t wait too long. Many of the items are already sold out (sorry to anyone who would have picked the Cats on the Go Tech Decals, but they still have some Cattoos!), so get on this right away. I wish I’d known about this before our Teen Book Club Christmas party…..but maybe next year!

Happy shopping!

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Man Booker Longlist Announced

If you follow literary awards, the 2014 longlist has just been announced for the Man Booker Prize!  It includes quite a diverse group of books and authors. You can click on the links to find out more about each author and their books.

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TO RISE AGAIN AT A DECENT HOUR by Joshua Ferris

THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH by Richard Flanagan

WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES by Karen Joy Fowler

THE BLAZING WORLD by Siri Hustvedt

J by Howard Jacobson

THE WAKE by Paul Kingsnorth

THE BONE CLOCKS by David Mitchell

THE LIVES OF OTHERS by Neel Mukherjee

US by David Nicholls

THE DOG by Joseph O’Neill

ORFEO by Richard Powers

HOW TO BE BOTH by Ali Smith

HISTORY OF THE RAIN by Niall Williams

Have you read any of these books, and if so, do you have a favourite?  Let us know your choice!