Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Book Madness: Meet the Winner!

For five weeks, Fauquier County Public Library patrons have been voting for their favorite books. We started with 32 books, narrowing it down each week. The final match-up came down to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte versus Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich.

In a landslide, Jane Eyre was chosen by library patrons as their favorite book!

Jane Eyre clearly is an enduring classic, but how much do you know about the tale and its author?

Did you know?
  • Charlotte Bronte wrote the soon-to-be classic under the "manly" pseudonym Currer Bell.
  • Jane Eyre became the literary success of 1847, the same year in which it was published.
  • Born on April 21, 1816, Charlotte Bronte would have been 198 this year.  
  • Emily Bronte, Charlotte's sister, also published Wuthering Heights in 1847.
  • Penguin Classics list Jane Eyre as its Number 2 classic to read.
  • Jane Eyre is listed as one of the 1001 Books you must read before you die.
It's also available on the big and small screens.
  • There are 4 movie versions of Jane Eyre. 1934, 1943, 1996 and 2011
  • It also appeared as a made for TV movie in 1961, 1970 and 1997.
  • In the years, 1973, 1983 and 2006 Jane Eyre aired as a TV Mini Series.
Want to read more about the author? Check out Books & Authors, one of the premium resources available from the Literature and e-books section on our database page. Read book reviews, find information about Charlotte Bronte and search for similar books in the read a like section. Also check out Biography in Context, also available on our database page, under Encyclopedias & Reference.


We have lots of classics to choose from --  be sure to visit our website, any Fauquier County Public Library location or our online catalog to get started.

Thanks to everyone who voted and happy reading! 


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Jody @ Warrenton Reference

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Best Seller Lists






New York Times 4/20/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. I’ve Got You Under My Skin, by Mary Higgins Clark
2. Keep Quiet, by Lisa Scottoline
3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
4. NYPD Red 2, by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
5. Missing You, by Harlan Coben
6. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
7. The King, by J. R. Ward
8. In Paradise, by Peter Matthiessen
9. Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover, by Ann B. Ross
10. Be Careful What You Wish For, by Jeffrey Archer
11. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty
12. Blossom Street Brides, by Debbie Macomber
13. By Its Cover, by Donna Leon
14. Frog Music, by Emma Donoghue

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
2. Face the Music, by Paul Stanley
3. Thrive, by Arianna Huffington
4. Big Tent, by Mallory and Elizabeth Factor
5. 10% Happier, by Dan Harris
6. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
7. Creativity, Inc., by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace
8. The Divide, by Matt Taibbi
9. Love Life, by Rob Lowe
10. A Call to Action, by Jimmy Carter
11. The Opposite of Loneliness, by Marina Keegan
12. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
13. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
14. Living With a Wild God, by Barbara Ehrenreich
15. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell

Washington Post 4/20/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. I’ve Got You Under My Skin, by Mary Higgins Clark
2. NYPD Red 2, by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
4. Carnal Curiosity, by Stuart Woods
5. Keep Quiet, by Lisa Scottoline
6. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
7. Cauldron of Ghosts, by David Weber & Eric Flint
8. Missing You, by Harlan Coben
9. In Paradise, by Peter Matthiessen
10. Power Play, by Danielle Steel

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
2. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
3. The Divide, by Matt Taibbi
4. Big Tent, by Mallory and Elizabeth Factor
5. How to Cook Like a Top Chef, by Emily Miller
6. The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead, by Charles Murray
7. My Paris Kitchen, by David Lebovitz
8. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
9. The Chopped Cookbook, by Food Network Kitchen
10. Face the Music, by Paul Stanley


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Sunday, April 20, 2014

We Recommend: Staff Picks & Tips (April 2014)

You have probably seen them - "We Recommend" bookmarks poking from the pages of books here at the Fauquier County Public Library. Or perhaps, while checking out a book, you have leaned in and asked "Is there a book YOU recommend?" If either of these are familiar to you, then you know how great it is to get a recommendation for a good read from a member of library staff.

In fact, staff members are asked for their recommendations so frequently that last month, we asked our circulation staff to give us some of their favorite recommendations and published it here in Book Notes. It was so popular (and they had so much fun pulling them together!) that we are making it a regular Book Notes entry.  

Here goes: Staff Picks & Tips for April, 2014 

Julia in Warrenton enjoyed The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, which reveals life on an early 1800’s tobacco plantation through the eyes of a young Irish immigrant, Lavinia. Orphaned while in route to Virginia, Lavinia must serve as an indentured servant under the care of plantation slaves. As she reaches the end of her servitude, she is eventually accepted into the “Big House."  She is forced to straddle two very different worlds while her love and loyalty remain in the kitchen house.

Maryellen often recommends A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn. Maryellen describes this book as “basically a romance set in 1920’s British Kenya, but with social and historical overtones. The characters are diverse and interesting. I love the author’s style of writing. Deanna Raybourn also writes a mystery series, but this is a stand-alone, at least for now."

Carol likes to recommend Giant George: Life with the World’s Biggest Dog by Dave Masser. This is a “sweet and funny” story of a 245 pound Great Dane who has appeared on Oprah and has his own global fan club.  

And for those interested in personal finance, Carol suggests The Frugalista Files: How One Woman Got Out of Debt Without Giving Up the Fabulous Life by Natalie McNeal. This book is “particularly enjoyable, clever and fun to read” while offering personal and professional advice. Another non-fiction recommendation from Carol is The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison. Carol shares that it made her “really appreciate what is important in a mom’s life” as the author tells of her own appreciation of the little things as her children grew and left home.

From our biography shelf, Ellie recommends We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals by Gillian Gill. Ellie describes Gill’s account of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s marriage as “beautifully written and a great pleasure to read." A must-read for historical readers who like royalty.

And here's a tip to help you stay informed about what new titles are being added to the library's collection: subscribe to Wowbrary to be notified weekly on books, CD's and audio resources new to the library's collection.

Psst - if you want to put a "face" with the recommendation, check out the staff photos from National Library Week here

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

If You Like Lilian Jackson Braun ...

Lilian Jackson Braun (1913-2011) was celebrated for her immensely popular Cat Who Mystery Series. The characters, a former newspaper reporter named James Qwilleran, and his two Siamese cats, KoKo and Yum-Yum, solve crimes in these cozy, classic mysteries.

If you like Lilian Jackson Braun's lighthearted Cat Who Mystery Series, you may also enjoy these authors and titles:

Lydia Adamson  - Alice Nestleton Mystery series
Donna Andrews - Meg Langslow Mystery series
Nancy Atherton  - Aunt Dimity Mystery series
Marian Babson  - Brimful Coffers mystery series
Cynthia Baxter - Reigning Cats and Dogs Mystery series
M. C. Beaton - Hamish Macbeth Mystery series
Rita Mae Brown - Mrs. Murphy Mystery series
Dorothy Cannell  - Ellie Haskell Mystery series
Blaize Clement - Dixie Hemingway Mystery series
Susan Conant - Scratch the Surface
Diane M. Davidson - Goldy Culinary Mystery series
Carole N. Douglas - Midnight Louie Mystery series
Dorothy Gilman - Mrs. Pollifax Mystery series
Carolyn Hart  - Death on Demand Mystery series
Joan Hess - Arly Hanks Mystery series
Carl Hiaasen - Sick Puppy
Miranda James - Cat in the Stacks Mystery series
Sharyn McCrumb - Ballad series
Shirley R. Murphy - Joe Grey Mystery series
Spencer Quinn - Chet and Bernie Mystery series
Cat Crimes For the Holidays (short stories by various authors)

Happy Reading!


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Best Seller Lists







New York Times 4/13/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. The King, by J. R. Ward
2. I’ve Got You Under My Skin, by Mary Higgins Clark
3. NYPD Red 2, by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
4. Missing You, by Harlan Coben
5. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
6. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
7. By Its Cover, by Donna Leon
8. Destroyer Angel, by Nevada Barr
9. Power Play, by Danielle Steel
10. Be Careful What You Wish For, by Jeffrey Archer
11. Warriors, by Ted Bell
12. Blossom Street Brides, by Debbie Macomber
13. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty
14. Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
15. Frog Music, by Emma Donoghue

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
2. Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff, by Matt Kibbe
3. Thrive, by Arianna Huffington
4. 10% Happier, by Dan Harris
5. A Call to Action, by Jimmy Carter
6. The Women of Duck Commander, by Kay Robertson, et al.
7. Not Cool, by Greg Gutfeld
8. Uganda Be Kidding Me, by Chelsea Handler
9. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
10. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
11. John Wayne, by Scott Eyman
12. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
13. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
14. The Promise of a Pencil, by Adam Braun with Carlye Adler
15. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer

Washington Post 4/13/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. I’ve Got You Under My Skin, by Mary Higgins Clark
2. The King, by J. R. Ward
3. NYPD Red 2, by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
4. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
5. By Its Cover, by Donna Leon
6. Power Play, by Danielle Steel
7. Missing You, by Harlan Coben
8. Blossom Street Brides, by Debbie Macomber
9. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
10. The Phoenix Project, by Gene Kim

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
2. Success Through Stillness, by Russell Simmons, et al.
3. The Promise of a Pencil, by Adam Braun with Carlye Adler
4. Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff, by Matt Kibbe
5. Thrive, by Arianna Huffington
6. Things a Little Bird Told Me, by Biz Stone
7. The Hungry Girl Diet, by Lisa Lillien
8. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
9. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
10. A Call to Action, by Jimmy Carter


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

April 2014 Consumer Reports: Looking for a New Vehicle?




Every April issue of Consumer Reports magazine is devoted to automobiles, new and used.  The 2014 top picks include two Honda and two Subaru models, as well as models from Tesla, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Hyundai, and Chrysler.

This year's ratings section compares over 260 new vehicles, from subcompacts to SUVs.  The vehicles are rated on road test scores, fuel economy, reliability, and more.

The used cars section includes an article on reliable used cars for every budget, and an article with tips for used-car buying.

To go along with the vehicle ratings, this issue features an article on the top tires (in seven categories). One especially interesting article is on the feasibility of self-driving cars, and how the crash-avoidance systems in some of today's cars are just the beginning.

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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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Best Seller Lists






New York Times 4/6/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. NYPD Red 2, by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
2. Missing You, by Harlan Coben
3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
4. Blossom Street Brides, by Debbie Macomber
5. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
6. Power Play, by Danielle Steel
7. Be Careful What You Wish For, by Jeffrey Archer
8. Tempting Fate, by Jane Green
9. Stone Cold, by C. J. Box
10. Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
11. The Auschwitz Escape, by Joel C. Rosenberg
12. The Bootlegger, by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
13. Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett
14. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty
15. Night Broken, by Patricia Briggs

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Thrive, by Arianna Huffington
2. A Call to Action, by Jimmy Carter
3. Uganda Be Kidding Me, by Chelsea Handler
4. 10% Happier, by Dan Harris
5. Not Cool, by Greg Gutfeld
6. Killing Jesus, by Bill O’Reilly
7. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
8. The Promise of a Pencil, by Adam Braun with Carlye Adler
9. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
10. Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg
11. Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer
12. The Future of the Mind, by Michio Kaku
13. The Story of the Jews, by Simon Schama
14. A Nice Little Place on the North Side, by George F. Will
15. How About Never – Is Never Good For You?, by Bob Mankoff

Washington Post 4/6/2014

Hardcover Fiction
1. NYPD Red 2, by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
2. Missing You, by Harlan Coben
3. Blossom Street Brides, by Debbie Macomber
4. Power Play, by Danielle Steel
5. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
6. The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
7. The Bootlegger, by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
8. Every Day is for the Thief, by Teju Cole
9. Be Careful What You Wish For, by Jeffrey Archer
10. Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. A Call to Action, by Jimmy Carter
2. Thrive, by Arianna Huffington
3. The Hungry Girl Diet, by Lisa Lillien
4. Strengths Finder 2.0, by Tom Rath
5. The Trident, by Jason Redman
6. Asia’s Cauldron, by Robert D. Kaplan
7. The Blood Sugar Solution, by Mark Hyman
8. Breakout, by Newt Gingrich
9. Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
10. Look at More, by Andy Stefanovich

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