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Summer and Reading!

I certainly hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far! I know those of us at the library have been enjoying it when we can. Our director just returned from a garden tour of England and the circulation manager just returned from a mission trip to Cuba! I, your friendly neighborhood blogging librarian, will be heading to Las Vegas (Vegas Baby!) to attend the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference; I’ll be hanging out with a bazillion (number slightly exaggerated) in Vegas…this could be interesting.

Any hoo…In library news: We’ve adopted a stray stuffed bunny. The blue-ish bunny was left outside our temporary housing in Avila Hall just after the end of spring semester and appeared to have been run over. We found this rather disturbing and brought him in, washed him up, and now he’s doing just dandy. He’s gone on many adventures already since the beginning of May, mostly to check things out around campus. His most recent adventure is a trip to Texas with our part-time assistant Elisabeth for a cataloging class. He’s been a little shy down there, but we’ve received a couple pictures which will be posted on Facebook soon. If you’re interested in Jack’s story, please check our Facebook Page! He’ll be sending a friend with me to Vegas, and I do believe a friend of his went to Cuba. 🙂  Other news: We’re still in our temporary housing in Avila Hall. In fact, we’ll be camping out down here until mid-August! As far as we have been told, the library construction/renovation project is moving quickly and smoothly as well as the other projects on campus (yay more parking!). Finally, We’ve received news that our campus internet may (*fingers crossed*) be changing to…Google Fiber! If all goes as planned, we’ll be hooked up to the new Google-y juice for the fall semester. Huzzah!

On top of bringing you good tidings and a library update, I popped on to our little blog to send out some reading suggestions. These are all about what I’ve been reading and think many of you would probably get a kick out of (I’m looking at you 20 something women-folk!). These are in a particular order…Yeah, I’m ranking them. Here are 5 books to help you survive the summer:

#1  Cinder by Marissa Meyer. This is the first book in the “Lunar Chronicles” series. The front cover (for most copies) shows a foot with bionic looking parts in a red shoe…and gives you only one minor clue to what is going on in this story. Yes, there is a cyborg and her name is Cinder. Cinder spends her time serving the needs of her stepmother and sisters working as a mechanic (and around the house like a slave) in New Beijing. The future is a new place, with androids, cyborgs (with no rights, of course), a quickly spreading and very deadly plague, and people living on the moon called Lunars. It’s an exciting retelling of (you guessed it…) Cinderella. Pick it up, and if you enjoy it, there are already two more books in the series available (the fourth is due out in 2015): Scarlet and Cress.

#2 Dorothy Must Die by Daniell Paige. Yes, another retelling, but this seems to be the summer of retellings so it’s cool (Maleficent is magnificent if you’ve got some cash to spare, btw). This retelling is not a reworking of the original story, but a story that grew from the first. Some parts of the story you know have changed and this time Dorothy is not the beloved, tornado traveling girl from Kansas. But…someone does come through via natural disaster: Amy Gumm (“Salvation Amy” to her enemies in high school). So similar and yet different from the Dorothy we’ve grown to love, Amy is dropped in OZ and sent on a mission: Dorothy Must Die. Seriously. She’s awful. It’s a story of Oz, magic, and perhaps a bit of romance. And…it’s going to be a series!

#3 The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Yes…really. I know it’s a killer for “feels” but it really is a great book. The story is all about teenager Hazel Grace and her encounters with cancer, Augustus Waters, an alcoholic author, and just life in general. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and sometimes you’ll do both at the same time, but it is worth it. If nothing else, it gives you a different glimpse into a world I hope you will never experience.

#4 The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore. If you’ve read any of his other books, you’ve probably become accustomed to his humor…snarky, vulgar, and just right. If you’ve never experienced Mr. Moore, this is a decent starting spot, though you’ll miss out on Pocket’s origin story. I, naturally, suggest  you read anything this man has written, though. Anyway, this story is a retelling/mash up (I know, again…) up The Merchant of Venice, the Cask of Amontillado, Othello, and a smattering of other works by Poe and Shakespeare. It’s very irreverent, but a hilarious and fun read. You follow Pocket on his adventures in Venice while acting as a messenger (with his loyal Jeff and Drool) of his queen. There is death, fighting, lying, and loving and you’ll giggle your way through the whole thing. Also…the outside of the pages is dyed blue, so that’s pretty nifty.

#5 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. The neat old pictures scattered throughout this book and it’s sequel (Hollow City) would be enough reason to read it, but the story itself is pretty cool. Sixteen year old Jacob thinks he just a normal kid whose grandfather is a little nutty. After his grandfather’s mysterious death, around which Jacob saw something “spooky”, Jacob sets off on a mission to figure out who exactly his grandpa was. Some hilarity ensues along with wonder and suspense as we follow him to a lonely island off the coast of Wales.

That’s all for now folks. I realize 80% of those books would be considered “teen”, but lets be realistic…they’re usually quick to read and some of those stories really are fabulous. These titles will entertain and enthrall and, if nothing else, help you kill a long summer afternoon or a dreary and rain soaked day.

Check back for library updates, more summer reading suggestions, and as always some random factoids about random things!

Happy Summer Avila & My Dear Readers!


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Spring Break Recommendations!

Well…WordPress doesn’t want to work nicely for me today so I’m going to have to link you to today’s post. Sorry!

Anyway, today I’ve compiled a list of books, movies, and TV shows for you to read &/or watch during your Spring Break. If you’re interested in any of these recommendations, please click here! I promise it’s worth a peek.

Do you have any suggestions for reading, binge Netflixing, or general viewing pleasure during Spring Break??

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Looking for Something to Read Over Break?

Christmas break is just around the corner and students, staff, and faculty are all preparing for the festivities and, probably, a “long winter’s nap”. One of the best ways to unwind is with a good book. So, your ‘friendly neighborhood librarians’ at the Hooley-Bundschu Library have come up with a list of books that you may want to pick up while you’re enjoying some peace and quiet over the break. If you would like a more detailed list, click here!

Paige-Social Media & Information Literacy Librarian

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

By: Douglas Adams

Genre: Science Fiction, Humor

Why I think you should read it: It’s a fabulous book and a cult-classic to boot! I loved it when I first read it, and love it still today. I’ve adopted “Don’t Panic” into my general lifestyle (though I do not always carry a towel).

The Monuments Men: Allied heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

By Robert M. Edsel and Bret Witter (Contributor)

Genre: Nonfiction, History, WWII

Why I think you should read it: I am planning to read this in the near future mostly because it will be a feature length film starring:  George Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and others! So, read it, go see the move in February, and judge which was better. 🙂

Kathleen: Library Director

Want Not

By Jonathan Miles

genre: General Fiction, Satire

Why I think you should read it: It keep me reading and introduced characters I came to who I cared about.

May We Be Forgiven

By: A.M. Holmes

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Why I think you should read it: People behaving badly is a universal premise for any fiction, but I was cheered by these characters dawning recognition of how badly they had behaved and their attempt to make amends.

Larry Kramer: Electronic Resources Librarian

What the Dog Saw

By: Malcolm Gladwell

Genre: Nonfiction, Sociology, Business

Why I think you should read it: The answers about the implausible tale of the ketchup are most interesting. Gladwell, who writes for the New York Times,  also tells the story of a super-salesman, Ron Popeil,  and all his “Popeil Gadgets.”  He talked with a person who can calm the dog with the movement of his eyeball. The story of how “hair-coloring” for women got started is great. What is the difference between someone who “chokes” and someone who “panics” is also really good.

Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming

By: Peter Seibel

Genre: Nonfiction, Computer Science

Why I think you should read it: I am planning to read this. It’s reviews and contents are great for what I am currently working on.

Elisabeth Lomax: Library Assistant

Ocean at the End of the Lane

By: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Horror

Why I think you should read it: The author has done it again. The story of a suicide and how it changed a young boy’s entire life is hard to describe. It is definitely scary, yet heart-warming, as well. The characters are interesting and, as always in good supernatural horror fiction, the author asks us to suspend our disbelief in the impossible as he makes it absolutely worth our while in the end.

The Book Thief

By: Markus Zusak

Genre: Young Adult, History, WWII

Why I think you should read it: It is a standalone novel which follows a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents, the other residents of their neighborhood, and a Jewish fist-fighter who hides in her home during the escalation of World War II. It’s extremely interesting and, though upsetting, asks all the right questions.

Adonna Thompson: University Archivist

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

By: Brian Selznick

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult/Children, Fantasy, Mystery

Why I think you should read it: It is a beautiful story uniquely told through a blend of text and pen and ink drawings.

Whose Names are Unknown: A Novel

By: Sanora Babb, Lawrence R. Rodgers (Foreword)

Genre: Historical Fiction, American History

Why I think you should read it: I put this one on my list after hearing about it in the new Ken Burns documentary on the dust bowl. Powerfully moving.

Becky Nichols: Circulation Manager

Anne of Green Gables

By:  L.M. Montgomery

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Classics, Historical Fiction

Why I think you should read it: because she is so sassy! She works her way into trouble and then talks her way out of it.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

By: Barbara Robinson

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Humor, Holiday

Why I think you should read it: It’s a fun filled riot of a story. Great for the Christmas season.

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