Archive for December, 2010

Top Ten Favorites

Top Ten Favorites

Cindy: We could post top ten lists for the next month and still not run out of ideas, but the 2011 publications have been coming in and we need to move on. Hey, Lynn, maybe we should post a list of the ten forthcoming books that we most want to read? My 2011 stack is […]

Best discussions in 2010

Best discussions in 2010

While I’m compiling the lists of discussion titles for the three book groups I work with, I’m recalling those titles that gave us the best discussions of the past year. Before I post our forthcoming reading, I’m going to take one look back at 2010 and the conversations that brought some new faces into my […]

New Year’s Reading Resolutions
By December 30, 2010 4 Comments Read More →

New Year’s Reading Resolutions

As a new year approaches, I always like to take time to ponder my reading habits and make a few resolutions for the upcoming year. Here are my reading resolutions for 2011: 1) MAKE TIME TO BE CAPTIVATED BY BOOKS As a professional book person, I have a dozen tricks to sneak a few extra […]

Cindy and Lynn's Top Ten Books for 2010

Cindy and Lynn's Top Ten Books for 2010

Lynn: I LOVE reading Top Ten lists and Best of the Year lists!  It doesn’t have to be books either, I’ll read the Top Ten Idiotic Quotes of the year, the Ten Best Websites to Waste Time On or even the Top Ten Places to Fall Off Mountains  – and I’m afraid of heights!  Anyway, […]

Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages
By December 29, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages

I came across a copy of Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages by Phyllis Rose at a library book sale. I have passed by copies of the book many times, but did not decide to read it until I bought a copy. I am a slow nonfiction reader typically, and I read this slowly, but I […]

Discussing “The Reef”
By December 29, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Discussing “The Reef”

At the last meeting of my Edith Wharton study group, I learned that the famous American author had a love affair that influenced the writing of some of her novels — a relationship that she kept secret during her lifetime, not even mentioning it in her autobiography.  The affair, which ended unhappily, did not come […]

Top 10 of 2010
By December 29, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

Top 10 of 2010

I’ll play, too…although I’m glad I waited until the very end of the year, so I could add the book I just finished last week! Here are the best books that I read this year.  Most of them are probably not really good discussion books, (I like to read purely for entertainment.  Not to say […]

The Great Gatsby Times Three
By December 27, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

The Great Gatsby Times Three

The Greendale Public Library where I work just did our annual fall (or in this case, winter) book discussion and this year we decided to do The Great Gatsby.  We did not pick it for this reason but Gatsby is one of The Big Read titles from the National Endowment for the Arts.  One of […]

We've been looking…

We've been looking…

Lynn: Even before our school district decided to adopt the International Baccalaureate program we spent a lot of time trying to find books set in other countries or about other cultures.  Now with IB in the mix, those books are even more important for our curriculum.  So the two picture books we are reviewing today […]

Reading the Screen: Band of Brothers
By December 27, 2010 0 Comments Read More →

Reading the Screen: Band of Brothers

In December, 1944, the Wehrmacht — the German army — was trying to push through the Ardennes mountains in Belgium. Easy Company, of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, was among the defenders in what came to be known as the Battle of the Bulge. Stephen E. Ambrose chronicled this, and other Easy Company missions, in his […]

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