Monthly Archives: May 2012

Hunger Games

I finally gave in to all the hype about the Hunger Games trilogy. I dove into the first novel expecting it  not to be anywhere as good as all the talk.  Now  I can’t put them down. I’m halfway through Mockingjay and can not stop! The constant suspense keeps me turning pages to find out who will survive, will they get anything to eat, what will the Capital do next…? Both of the main characters,  Katniss and Peeta, are very likeable in their own ways so how do you choose a winner from the two? The bigger question is, do we want a future like this? With cage wrestling, ultimate fighting, street violence, bullying, will our young people become so insensitive to violence that this kind of future is possible? It’s a very scary view of where we might be headed. Keep up with what the young people are reading and you will have something very interesting to talk about.

I don’t want to give anything away but will say the book has plenty of twists and turns and if you want some easy summer reading that will take you away to another time and place, this could very well fill the bill.




















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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Honestly, I can’t remember ever reading this before. It amazes me when I find a wonderful story that I should have read and  somehow to avoid it !

I’m enjoying  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn so much. I love the true to life people that I can identify with and enjoy it even more because I am very familiar with the streets and neighborhoods mentioned in the book. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the world through a child’s eyes and I especially appreciate reading this  book as I am presently working with children who live in the city and come from less affluent neighborhoods. Francie’s take on things really speaks to me. I hope you will enjoy it too. Perhaps this could be this year’s “book to movie.”

Now, my news: I will be retiring on May 31. I will miss the library very much and don’t know what will happen with this blog. I have heard that I will not be replaced until July, so we’ll see. It has been a pleasure working with you all and I expect I will become a participant in the Book Klatch in the future.


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The Forgotten Garden

Despite the format that Kate Morton chose to write this story, once I got into it, I have to say I truly enjoyed it. She kept me wondering what Nell’s background really was and why it was kept such a secret and why someone would take her away as they did. I was very intrigued by the garden and the maze. Can’t imagine living with such a romantic and enchanting garden in my own backyard.

This Mother’s Day my husband and I went to Sycamore Hills Garden in Marcellus, NY. For a little while I felt like I was at Blackhurst Manor in Eliza’s garden and maze (we got lost in the maze at Sagamore and couldn’t find our way to the center). It was magical! Hope you enjoy The Forgotten Garden as much as I did.

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