Showing posts from January, 2016

John Grisham: The Tumor--Free Book

John Grisham just released a free e-book, The Tumor, to highlight the work of the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, which he supports and serves as a board member.  He wrote the book to raise awareness of the foundation and focused ultrasound.

In the book, a fictional patient is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2015, and he undergoes several treatments before dying.  In an alternate reality, set in 2025, the same patient receives treatment that includes focused ultrasound and survives.

The Tumor:  A Non-Legal Thriller is available for download at Amazon.

Notable Children's Books--2016

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), part of the ALA (American Library Association), released their latest list of suggested books for children birth through age 14.  The books are listed by categories:  Younger Readers (preschool-age 7), Middle Readers (ages 8-10), Older Readers (ages 11-14), and All Ages (preschool-age 14).

Weather Map for Book Lovers

Graphic illustrating the expected levels of snow over this past weekend on the East Coast.  Clever!

Useful Tool

With bibliographies for over 30,000 authors and over 350,000 books featured, Fantastic Fiction is a great place for finding your next book to read or making certain you've read everything by an author you particularly enjoy.

My favorite category on the site is Years.  After choosing a particular year from the Years page, you get information like authors who were died or born in that year and book award winners.  The exact information you find depends on which year you select.  Of course, there isn't any information yet on which authors were born in, say, 2015!

My second-favorite category on the site, just because I'm always curious about what's of interest to other people, is Top Authors.  This pages lists the top 250 authors' pages most often checked by site visitors from the United States.  James Patterson is currently in the top spot.

Maya Angelou Quote


Happy Birthday, A.A. Milne!

A.A. Milne (1/18/1882-1/31/1956).  Thank you for sharing Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh, and all the other parts of the Hundred Acre Wood with us.


In gatesnotes:  The Blog of Bill Gates, the billionaire shares what he's reading, in addition to lots of information about areas of interest to him (HIV-AIDS, education, philanthropy, etc.) and his interactions with others.  The home page provides instant access to recent posts, popular posts, and his reading list.

Quote on Books



9 Books to Read if You Like Outlander
by Crystal Paul

If you like Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, here's a list of TBR books for you.  Each entry includes a summary and the book cover.

Benefits of Reading Infographic

Interesting Benefits of Reading Infographic by Raphael Lysander.  The list of references provides some more interesting reading.

Stephen King

11 Books that Scared the Master of Horror, Stephen King, and Will Terrify You, Too
by Amy Sachs

There is a summary and the cover included for each book.

I tend to agree with Sachs that anything frightening to King would be frightening to me, too.

Top Books Circulated at NYPL in 2015

The New York Public Library Announces Top Book Check Outs for 2015
New York Public Library

Top 10 lists are provided for the overall system, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.  The top check out is also provided for each branch within the three boroughs.

Top Circulation for OPL in 2015

Omaha Public Library Announces Top Circulating Titles from 2015

The categories listed are Adult Fiction Print Books, Adult Nonfiction Print Books, eBooks (Fiction and Nonfiction together), Print Magazines, Digital Magazines, Adult Fiction DVDs, Young Children's Books, Youth/Teen Titles, Music CDs, Freegal Songs, Audiobooks, and Adult Nonfiction DVDs.

Indigo Bridge

Have you made a visit to Indigo Bridge yet for books, games, cards, toys, jewelry, or a cup of coffee and a snack?  There's plenty of room to relax for a while.   

What you need to know to go:

701 P St., Suite 102
The Creamery Building
Lincoln, NE

Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Book Club: Reading Self-Challenge 2016

Book Club: Reading Self-Challenge 2016: This is a great idea!  I will try it with you!  Sharon

Reading Self-Challenge 2016

Someone in a book reading subgroup of a letter-writing group I belong to is promoting a fun reading challenge for the year.  They have prizes for reaching various levels of the challenge (complete 12, 24, etc.), plus a special prize for hitting 52 categories. 

I think this challenge could easily be done on an individual basis, either with or without self-prizes (massage?  that special piece of jewelry?), too.  I don't belong to the book reading subgroup, so I decided to create my own 52 suggestions for anyone interested in pursuing a self-challenge.

If you decide to pursue the self-challenge, let me know, and keep me posted on how you're doing, please.

Read a Book
Where the first word in the title starts with the letter JWith a mostly blue coverWhere a water word is included in the title (examples--river, lake, water, rain)By an author who shares either your first name or your last namePublished in 2016That is a collection of short stories, either by the same author or various…