Tuesday, July 28, 2009

If you like Jane Austen ...

Jane Austen is one of the most beloved authors of all time. Her mixture of romance and wit has enchanted readers over the past 200 years.

Amanda Grange has created five novels based on Jane Austen’s most popular works. They are in the form of diaries written from the male hero’s perspective. Many sequels and spinoffs have been written over the years; however, this series remains gloriously true to the original stories.

If you love Jane Austen’s books, you will love this series!

Click on the Amanda Grange titles below (on left) and/or the corresponding Jane Austen titles (on right) to check availability or to place a hold:

Monday, July 13, 2009

If you like Harry Potter...

With the next installment in the Harry Potter series coming to movie theaters this week, like a host of others, I decided to re-read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince so that when I view the movie, I'll be up on all the details...even those they leave out of the movie. I must say that I enjoyed the book just as much this go round as I did the other 2 (or is it 3?) times that I have read it.
Whether you are young or just young at heart, the Harry Potter series is entertaining, well written, and has the classic good vs. evil plot line that many of us find so appealing. But once you have read and re-read the Potter series, what next?

Fortunately, the Library has a great list of Harry Potter read-alikes that includes books for readers of all ages. If you like books in series check out Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Baron, Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce or His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. And of course, if you haven't read Tolkien's classic Lord of the Rings series or C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, this might be just the perfect read (or re-read) for you at the moment.

Happy Reading.