Thursday, October 30, 2014

It's National Novel Writing Month

Do you have a book inside of you? National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, challenges you to produce a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days.

If you've always wanted to write a book, NaNoWriMo is an exhilarating writing marathon. Get started on their website, where you'll find rules, forums, and a calendar of in-person meetups.

If you write, consider joining one of the library's writing groups. We have groups for adults at the Warrenton and Bealeton branches and for teens grades 6+ at all three library locations. No registration is required and all are welcome.

To get started as a writer, all you need is a pen or keyboard and a willingness to try something new. Still, it can be helpful to learn about how other writers approach their writing. Here are some books on writing that I recommend:



On Writing is hands-down the best introductory writing book I've read. Pick it up even if you don't normally read Stephen King.

King talks candidly about his journey as a professional writer, discussing his failures as well as his successes. Then he introduces his writing "toolbox"—the techniques that he uses to craft effective stories. It's an excellent crash course in the skills required to write contemporary fiction—skills, King argues, that anyone can develop through practice.



I think of Gardner as an "old school" twentieth-century literary novelist, and The Art of Fiction is just a bit stodgy—you'll have to overlook, for instance, his use of "he" / "him" to refer to young writers.

This book is nevertheless a superb, thought-provoking introduction to the writing craft. Gardner discusses the origins of fiction and the basic techniques of crafting sentences, scenes, and stories. By getting you to think deeply about stories, The Art of Fiction will help you make confident decisions about your storytelling.



This book bills itself as an alternative to Strunk & White's Elements of Style, the writing manual that champions a style of writing that is correct and concise—but maybe not very much fun.

The goal of Plotnik's book is to produce writing that is "bold and radiant" as well as readable. He helps you understand the rules of language and style—and gives you pointers on when to break those rules.

If grammar makes you want to pull your hair out, we have many up-to-date titles about grammar and style, such as Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing.

Happy writing!

Becky @ Warrenton

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Best Seller Lists



New York Times 10/26/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
2. Deadline, by John Sandford
3. Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett
4. Burn, by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
5. Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, by Jan Karon
6. Lila, by Marilynne Robinson
7. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
8. Personal, by Lee Child
9. Some Luck, by Jane Smiley
10. The Narrow Road to the Deep North, by Richard Flanagan
11. Winter Street, by Elin Hilderbrand
12. Mr. Miracle, by Debbie Macomber
13. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
14. Nora Webster, by Colm Toibin
15. Blue Horses, by Mary Oliver

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
2. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
3. As You Wish, by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden
4. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
5. The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson
6. Neil Patrick Harris, Choose Your Own Autobiography
7. Worthy Fights, by Leon Panetta
8. What If?, by Randall Munroe
9. Stop the Coming Civil War, by Michael Savage
10. Rocks, by Joe Perry with David Ritz
11. I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai
12. Jesus on Trial, by David Limbaugh
13. 13 Hours, by Mitchell Zuckoff / Annex Security Team
14. How We Got to Now, by Steven Johnson
15. Not My Father’s Son, by Alan Cumming

Washington Post 10/26/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult
2. Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett
3. Burn, by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
4. Deadline, by John Sandford
5. Lila, by Marilynne Robinson
6. Nora Webster, by Colm Toibin
7. Mr. Miracle, by Debbie Macomber
8. Some Luck, by Jane Smiley
9. Counterfeit Lies, by Oliver North & Bob Hamer
10. Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, by Jan Karon

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Worthy Fights, by Leon Panetta
2. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
3. Even This I Get To Experience, by Norman Lear
4. The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson
5. As You Wish, by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden
6. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
7. Stop the Coming Civil War, by Michael Savage
8. Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success, by Steve Harvey
9. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
10. How Google Works, by Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Creepy Reads

October is a month for stormy weather and haunted hayrides... just the season for curling up with a scary story.

On Sunday, October 26 at 2 pm at the Warrenton Library, you can get in the Halloween mood with a showing of the 1999 film The Mummy (part of our Archaeology Film Fest).

We also have horror fiction on display at Warrenton through the end of the month. If you're looking for a scary read, here are five celebrated horror novels to give a try.

Lisey's Story

I couldn't resist starting off with a Stephen King title. Two years after his death, Lisey's novelist husband is still a haunting presence in Lisey's life. So is the otherworldly realm that was the source of her husband's creativity since childhood.

As Lisey is terrorized by a fan of her husband's novels, she uncovers the supernatural secrets of her husband's past. A complex parable about writing and love, Lisey's Story is a good choice for adventurous readers who wouldn't normally pick up a King novel.

The Haunting of Hill House

This novel has been adapted twice for the screen, most notably as the classic 1963 film The Haunting.

Four strangers are invited to stay in a haunted house one summer. Of the four, Eleanor is increasingly disturbed by eerie phenomena, but it's not clear if their source is the house or Eleanor herself.

Unlike many contemporary horror novels, the horror elements in this novel are largely "off-screen," which makes for an atmospheric, suspenseful read.

A Dark Matter

Like Stephen King, Peter Straub is a horror fiction legend, and A Dark Matter is one of his most celebrated works.

In 1966, four high school friends attempt an occult ceremony that ends in disaster. Decades later, each of them is interviewed about the incident and its aftermath and tells a slightly different story of what happened. The result is an intense masterpiece of psychological suspense.

The Little Stranger

This novel set in postwar England will appeal both to fans of ghost stories and of historical fiction.

Dr. Faraday is summoned to a decaying country estate. He becomes increasingly close with the family who lives there, but finds they are haunted both by the past and by the supernatural.

The Little Stranger is a tribute to classic ghost stories as well as a portrait of the decline of the landed aristocracy in Britain.


Nos4A2

Nos4A2 is an ambitious supernatural thriller that blends adventure and horror.

Victoria has a supernatural talent for finding things. Charlie Manx resides in an otherworldly amusement park called Christmasland and makes children disappear. Years ago, Charlie tried to take Vic... and now he wants Vic's son.

Vic's adventure through a spooky, occasionally gruesome fantasy world will delight fans of speculative fiction.

We also have special programs for children - Halloween Hoopla and Monster Mash are theme'd story times that will include games, crafts and spooky stories. 

Happy reading!

Becky @ Warrenton

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 10/19/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Deadline, by John Sandford
2. Burn, by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
3. Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett
4. Lila, by Marilynne Robinson
5. Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, by Jan Karon
6. Personal, by Lee Child
7. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
8. Some Luck, by Jane Smiley
9. Paris Match, by Stuart Woods
10. The Children Act, by Ian McEwan
11. Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
12. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
13. The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters
14. Nora Webster, by Colm Toibin
15. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, by Hilary Mantel

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
2. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
3. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
4. The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson
5. Stop the Coming Civil War, by Michael Savage
6. Worthy Fights, by Leon Panetta
7. What If?, by Randall Munroe
8. Rocks, by Joe Perry with David Ritz
9. Jesus on Trial, by David Limbaugh
10. 13 Hours, by Mitchell Zuckoff / Annex Security Team
11. Waking Up, by Sam Harris
12. Rebel Yell, by S. C. Gwynne
13. Dancing With Myself, by Billy Idol
14. How We Got to Now, by Steven Johnson
15. World Order, by Henry Kissinger

Please NOTE: The Washington Post Best Seller List was not published this week.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

If You Like...Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl is a popular psychological thriller that has readers looking for similar books. The author, Gillian Flynn, also published two previous books, Sharp Objects and Dark Places.

The plot of Gone Girl is as follows: "On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?"

The recent release of the movie Gone Girl and the soon-to-be released movie Dark Places, have sparked even more interest. If you enjoy suspense or mystery books, you may enjoy books written by these similar authors:

Megan Abbott
Carol Anshaw
Linwood Barclay
Alafair Burke
Thomas H. Cook
Louise Doughty
Jennifer DuBois
Karin Fossum
Tana French
John Grisham
Mark Haddon
A.S.A. Harrison
Elizabeth Haynes
Zoƫ Heller
Holly Goddard Jones
Andrea Kane
Stephen King
Dean Koontz
William Landay
Laura Lippman
Hilary Mantel
Liza Marklund
Kimberly McCreight
Joyce Carol Oates
Chris Pavone
Ivy Pochoda
Cornelia Read
Erica Spindler
Lisa Unger
Minette Walters
S.J. Watson

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 10/12/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Burn, by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
2. Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett
3. Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, by Jan Karon
4. Personal, by Lee Child
5. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
6. The Children Act, by Ian McEwan
7. The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
8. The Lost Key, by Catherine Coulter & J. T. Ellison
9. The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters
10. Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
11. Bones Never Lie, by Kathy Reichs
12. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
13. The Secret Place, by Tana French
14. A Sudden Light, by Garth Stein
15. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
2. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
3. What If?, by Randall Munroe
4. How We Got to Now, by Steven Johnson
5. The Sense of Style, by Steven Pinker
6. 13 Hours, by Mitchell Zuckoff / Annex Security Team
7. Jesus on Trial, by David Limbaugh
8. World Order, by Henry Kissinger
9. This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein
10. Rebel Yell, by S. C. Gwynne
11. A Path Appears, by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
12. One Nation, by Ben Carson & Candy Carson
13. The Roosevelts, by Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns
14. Waking Up, by Sam Harris
15. The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs

Washington Post 10/12/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. Burn, by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
2. Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett
3. The Lost Key, by Catherine Coulter & J. T. Ellison
4. Personal, by Lee Child
5. Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good, by Jan Karon
6. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
7. The Children Act, by Ian McEwan
8. Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
9. The Secret Place, by Tana French
10. Bones Never Lie, by Kathy Reichs
11. Festive in Death, by J. D. Robb

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard
2. Not That Kind of Girl, by Lena Dunham
3. A Path Appears, by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
4. How We Got to Now, by Steven Johnson
5. Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success, by Steve Harvey
6. What If?, by Randall Munroe
7. World Order, by Henry Kissinger
8. Mayor for Life, by Marion Barry, Jr.
9. Guinness World Records 2015 NOTE: Library has 2014 edition
10. The Sense of Style, by Steven Pinker

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

October 2014 Consumer Reports: Sneak Peek at 2015 Vehicles



The 2015 automobiles will start appearing this fall. This month's Consumer Reports cover article has a sneak peek at a few of the new arrivals. The article also notes which of the 2014 models measured up to the hype, and which ones did not. 

You've heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?  Check out the "Breakfast Matters" article--it tells you why you should eat in the morning, and how to get the most from your breakfast. Ratings for cereal (ones whose names suggested they might be nutritious) and Greek yogurt are included. 

You've heard of Google Glass?  Consumer Reports spent months testing Google Glass--their findings are given in this issue.  Also check out the information on other wearable tech, such as smart watches, activity trackers, and medical sensors.

With winter approaching, it's time to think about heating your home. This issue includes information on and ratings for windows, space heaters, thermostats (with and without remote access), and generators.

Other useful articles in this issue include:
  • Ratings for steam irons
  • Ratings for point-and-shoot cameras
  • Article on "5 ways to fight the flu this year"
  • How to plan for retirement
  • Article on low-mercury fish

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2010 up to the current issue. The Find It Virginia databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009. You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your valid Fauquier County Public Library card.

Reference Staff @ Warrenton

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