are you still HUNGERY?

Have you finished the Hunger Games trilogy and are still hungry for more? Looking for the “what next” to read?
 
Well here you go . . . a list of books that you might enjoy if you enjoyed the Hunger Games. They are in no particular order, other than alphabetical (I am a librarian after all — it’s what we do!).
 
For more info., simply click on the book that looks interesting and you will be linked to that book in the MEI Secondary Library catalog. Of course you are welcome to drop by the library and I can point you in the right direction as well.

200 years and going strong

Charles Dickens would be 200 years old this year…and even though he died 142 years ago, we’re still talking about him! Yesterday, the National Post wrote an article called “Ten things you might not know about Charles Dickens“:

1. He had a thing for nicknames
Dickens not only named many of his ten children after his favourite authors but he also appointed nicknames to each other them including “Chickenstalker,” “Skittles,” “Lucifer Box” and “Plorn.” His own nickname? “Boz.”

2. He was obsessive-compulsive
Looking in the mirror and combing his hair was an obsession of Dickens. He would do this hundreds of times each day as well as rearranging furniture in his home because if it wasn’t in the “correct” position, he wouldn’t be able to concentrate. He also made sure that his bed was always aligned north-south, he believed that this would improve his writing. He’d touch certain objects three times for luck and was so fixated on cleanliness that he would frequently clean other people’s homes too.

3. Study secret
Inside Dickens’ study was a secret door designed like a bookcase. The shelves were filled with fake books that had witty titles such as Noah’s Arkitecture, a nine-volume set called Cat’s Lives and a multi-volume series called The Wisdom of Our Ancestors that dealt with subjects like ignorance, superstition, disease and instruments of torture. There was a companion book that went with The Wisdom of Our Ancestors called The Virtues of Our Ancestors that was super narrow.

4. He practiced hypnotism
Dickens was always interested in mesmerism and often practiced on his wife (a hypochondriac), his children and friends — to great results.

5. He was epileptic
At a young age, Dickens suffered from epilepsy and applied that to some of his characters, describing three, specifically, as having seizures. For a time where little was known about this disorder, doctors were impressed by how accurate and descriptive he could be. The characters that had seizures were Edward Leeford (Oliver Twist), a headmaster (Our Mutual Friend) and a maid (Bleak House).

6. Spontaneous Human Combustion
Dickens believed that humans could die from spontaneous combustion and even wrote in his novel Bleak House that one of the characters, Krook, died from it.

7. A Christmas Carol
Most of the characters in A Christmas Carol were based on people he actually knew, like Ebenezer Scrooge (a counselor in Edinburgh). This was also Dickens’ first unserialized piece of work.

8. Train crash
In June 1865, Dickens and his mistress Nelly Ternan were in the Staplehurst rail crash. They were in one of the eight cars that didn’t crash into the river below and he helped out some of the other passengers to safety before running back to save the manuscript for his novel Our Mutual Friend.

9. Canadian connection
Dickens’ son, Francis Jeffrey Dickens, was a member of the North-West Mounted Police from 1874 – 1886.

10. There’s a Charles Dickens amusement park
Dickens World in Kent, England is a Dickens themed attraction that promises to “take you back to an authentically themed Dickensian England.”

Sounds like an interesting fellow hey?
Makes you want to come on down to the library and check out something he wrote doesn’t it?!

get lost




lost

Get lost this summer . . . lost in a good story!

The public library, FRASER VALLEY REGIONAL LIBRARY, has 24 branches where you can find a stack of books to enjoy this summer.

They also offer a variety of online features that are worth checking out while you enjoy the slower pace of summer.







fvrlebooksAvailable 24 hours a day, free for downloading, are a large variety of eBooks and audiobooks. . . (all you need is a library card, which is also free!) Click on the link to go directly to the eBook section of the FVRL website.






fvrlnextIf you are always on the hunt for suggestions of what to read next, try signing up to the NEXT READS eNewsletter; recommendations by genre sent right to your email. Click on the link for more information and directions on how to sign up.






fvrlteenclubCalling all teens . . . like to talk about what you read, discover new great books, and have a chance to win prizes? Then the TEEN SUMMER READING CLUB is something you want to join. Click on the link for more information.






For further information about summer suggestions, click HERE for the previous post “summer roadtrips”.



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If your summer adventures lead you to a new book or series you would love to see at the MEI Secondary library, please tell me all about it! Click HERE to SUGGEST A BOOK.

have you heard?

Our own Mrs. D. Thiessen is a published author!relax

Come check out her book: “Relax, You’re Going to Have a Baby!”

Summary: The journey to parenthood may be rockier than you anticipated. Getting pregnant may not be as easy as you were warned it would be as a teenager. Or you may already be pregnant and are flooded with feelings of fear about the process, your changing body and your aptitude as a mother. In the face of all this stress you need to relax and remember that God is there. He is faithful — follow his lead!

a conversation with God

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I was so intrigued by the idea of author Larry Crabb in writing “66 Love Letters”, was excited to get my hands on a copy, and captivated by what I read. I have always thought of the Bible as God’s love letter to us and appreciated the relational and nitty gritty way that Crabb summarized the truths God has revealed in His love letter to us. The book has short chapters, one for each book of the bible, and is further organized into 7 parts; providing an overall view and quick glimpse at God’s plan for mankind. The more I poked around this book, the more brilliant the organization of it proved to be. Although the chapters are brief, they encourage the reader to delve into God’s word and ponder what they find; I found Crabb’s writing to convey Biblical truths. I appreciate the honesty and sincerity that is woven throughout these pages; it does not come across as a know-all or absolute in knowledge. It reads more like a diary of the musings and wisdom of a fellow follower. Come check it out!

epic page turner

“The Skin Map”, a Bright Empires Novel, by Stephen R. Lawhead is a hold-your-breath beginning to a new series. This novel mixes ancient history, time travel, alternate realities, mystery, physics, and fantasy, to create a story so compelling that I find myself recommending it to any who will listen.
The unlikely Kit Livingstone finds himself in the center of a life threatening race to find the Skin Map; a map of symbols tattooed onto the abdomen of a brave explorer. These symbols hold the mystery of ley line travel, pathways to other worlds, and not merely British legend. As all good epic stories include, evil plots to destroy good and unexpected twists and turns maintain a heart-pounding pace. The only disappointment I felt was that I have to wait until the fall of 2011 for the next installment of the Bright Empires series!

Jesus around the world

Want to take a closer look at Jesus in the lives of people around the world? Want to learn more about prayer? Come have a look at these new books.
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***”After the Heavy Rain” is by the same author as “The Tears of My Soul”.
***Ms. Penner says that “Power through Prayer” is a must-read. It will change the way you think and do prayer and conversations with God.