Friday, October 26, 2012

Shared Reading

If you visit the website of National Reading Group Month, you will learn that October is the month for “celebrating the joy of shared reading.” Those of us who enjoy participating in a book group don’t need a special month because each meeting is usually a celebration of thoughtful discussion, shared ideas and a good bit of laughter.

The Fauquier County Public Library is home to five reading groups. The Warrenton library hosts Great Books, which meets one evening each month, and Mystery book club, which meets at noon on the third Thursday of each month. The Marshall library has two book groups, one meets in the evening and one in the afternoon. The book group at the Bealeton library meets in the evening.

The Warrenton groups have a relatively narrow focus in their selections. The groups at Bealeton and Marshall are more eclectic in nature, not focusing on any one theme or type of book. Some groups serve refreshments, some plan field trips in conjunction with their reading, and some have a more serious demeanor. Despite these differences, all the groups share certain characteristics: their participants are interesting people who offer varying perspectives on each book; they choose a variety of material which provides the opportunity for learning new things; meetings involve stimulating discussions in which many interesting ideas emerge; a sense of camaraderie quickly develops among participants.

For readers who might wish to start their own book group there are a number of books with pointers on how to get started.

The Reading Group Handbook by Rachel W Jacobsohn and The Book Club Companion by Diana Loevy have good organizational tips and also many recommended titles for building an initial reading list.

A Year of Reading by Elisabeth Ellington and Jane Freimiller provides handy synopses, short author biographies and discussion strategies for recommended titles.

Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust and More Book Lust are chock full of suggestions for reading on just about any topic, in just about every genre.

There are also a number of websites for readers and book groups, such as Goodreads, Reading Group Guides, and Shelfari, to name a few.

Reading for pleasure is a joy, and sharing that joy in a book group has the added benefit of broadening our horizons. It encourages us to read things we might not have chosen on our own. It helps us to think about the things we’ve read in terms of another person’s feelings or ideas. It encourages us to meet new people and develop new friendships.

Whether it’s a gathering of 2 or 3 people or 20 or more, there’s something special about reading groups. We invite you to join one of the lively book clubs at FCPL, find one in your community, or start one yourself.

See you at Book Club!

Maryellen, with the help of Jeanne, Beth and Deborah









Monday, October 22, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 10/21/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
2. NYPD Red by James Patterson & Marshall Karp
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
4. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
5. Mad River by John Sandford
6. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
7. A Wanted Man by Lee Child
8. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
9. Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
10. Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
11. Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
12. Phantom by Jo Nesbø
13. Into the Woods by Kim Harrison
14. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
15. The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
2. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
3. Who I Am by Pete Townshend
4. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.
5. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
6. Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
7. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
8. Into the Fire by Dakota Meyer and Bing West
9. Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
10. Mugged by Ann Coulter
11. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
12. Here Come the Black Helicopters! by Dick Morris
13. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
14. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
15. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Washington Post 10/21/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
2. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
3. Mad River by John Sandford
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
5. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
6. Phantom by Jo Nesbø
7. A Wanted Man by Lee Child
8. Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
9. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
10. Dark Storm by Christine Feehan

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
2. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
3. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.
4. The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward
5. Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
6. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
7. Guinness World Records 2013 (NOTE: Library has 2012 ed.)
8. Renegades Write the Rules by Amy Jo Martin
9. Mugged by Ann Coulter
10. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall is here and there’s a chill in the morning air. Sundays are full to the brim with football and friends. It is the perfect time of year to pull out the crockpot and find some great chili and/or soup recipes. If you come into the library, you can browse the aisles of cookbooks and be delighted in all the wonderful things you can make. And just imagine how wonderful your house will smell with a pot roast cooking all day long. Putting dinner in your crockpot will also give you time you might not otherwise have to do other more enjoyable things.


Perhaps you want to start thinking about Halloween and what you may want to cook or decorate for trick-or-treaters! Check-out (no pun intended) The Penny Whistle Halloween Book for some fun ideas. If you are planning a Halloween Bash, you may want to check-out Family Fun Tricks and Treats for ideas on costumes, crafts and food. You can have lots of fun making all those scary treats or tricks…

Are you cooking Thanksgiving Dinner this year? What are you going to make? Are you planning to decorate? You may want to browse our shelves of magazines. You will find all kinds of interesting ideas and perhaps inspiration for new dishes. When in doubt, Martha Stewart’s Living is always a great choice. Cooking Light, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living and Every Day with Rachel Ray are also great magazine choices for even the most novice holiday cook. You will be inspired not only in your culinary endeavors, but also in your decorating details.

And don’t blink because before you know it the Christmas holidays will be looming on the horizon. It is never too early to start planning for the winter holidays. Music always seems to put me in the holiday mood. Come in and browse our selection of holiday CD music. We have everything from A Celtic Christmas, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, to Kwanzaa Music and The Kiezmer Conservator Band Oy Chanukah. You can also find wonderful holiday cookbooks, magazines and don’t forget the DVD collection. It’s a Wonderful Life, A Charlie Brown Christmas and a few other classic holiday movies.

Just knowing that the library can provide these wonderful books, movies, magazines and music can take away a lot of unnecessary stress this holiday season.

We’ll see you in the stacks…

Dawn P. @ Warrenton.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 10/14/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
2. Mad River by John Sandford
3. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
5. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
6. A Wanted Man by Lee Child
7. Dark Storm by Christine Feehan
8. Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
9. Phantom by Jo Nesbø
10. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
11. This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong
12. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
13. Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
14. Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
15. In Sunlight and In Shadow by Mark Helprin

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
2. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
3. America Again by Stephen Colbert, et al.
4. Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
5. Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
6. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
7. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
8. Mugged by Ann Coulter
9. The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward
10. Into the Fire by Dakota Meyer and Bing West
11. One Last Strike by Tony La Russa with Rick Hummel
12. The Oath by Jeffrey Toobin
13. Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
14. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
15. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

NOTE: The Washington Post best seller lists were not published this week.

Friday, October 12, 2012

It Came From the Library

Young adults are invited to celebrate reading for fun during nationally observed Teen Read Week™ at all Fauquier County Public Library branches Oct. 14-20.

It Came From The Library® reminds teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms – books, magazines, audiobooks and more – and to make the library a frequent hangout. All week long there will be cool books on display to choose from. Any time of the year teens can chill in our comfortable seating areas. Bring a laptop and tap the wi-fi or surf the web on our public computers.

Need a suggestion on what to read? Ask a librarian! We have the latest bestsellers and popular series in stock. Looking for a favorite author or subject? Book lists and read-alikes are only a heartbeat away.

Be sure to check out the annual Teens’ Top Ten books to be announced during Teen Read Week. These “teen’s choices” are favorite books of the year, nominated and chosen by young adults nationwide. View the 2012 list of nominated titles to see if your favorite made the cut.

Here are a few of my favorites from the list:
If you’re into danger and fantasy, read about teenage Victor Frankenstein’s dark quest to save his twin in This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel.

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr paints a realistic portrait of abuse, teen pregnancy and turning your life around.

The teenage main characters in The Fault in our Stars by John Green are battling cancer so even though it’s a tearfest, it’s also poignant and funny.

Reading is free, fun and can be done anywhere! We dare you to read for the fun of it!

Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Best Seller Lists

New York Times 10/7/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
2. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
4. A Wanted Man by Lee Child
5. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
6. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
7. Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
8. Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
9. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
10. Rapture by J. R. Ward
11. Founders by James Wesley Rawles
12. Delusion in Death by J. D. Robb
13. Severe Clear by Stuart Woods
14. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
15. The Tombs by Clive Cussler & Thomas Perry

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
2. Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
3. Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
4. The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward
5. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
6. Mugged by Ann Coulter
7. One Last Strike by Tony La Russa with Rick Hummel
8. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
9. Into the Fire by Dakota Meyer and Bing West
10. Listening In by Ted Widmer
11. The Oath by Jeffrey Toobin
12. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
13. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
14. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
15. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Washington Post 10/7/2012  

Hardcover Fiction
1. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
2. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
4. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
5. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
6. A Wanted Man by Lee Child
7. Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
8. Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
9. Delusion in Death by J. D. Robb
10. Severe Clear by Stuart Woods

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
2. The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure by John Allison
3. The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward
4. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
5. It Worked for Me by Colin Powell
6. I Declare by Joel Osteen
7. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
8. Mugged by Ann Coulter
9. The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver
10. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough

Friday, October 5, 2012

Cookbooks and televsion and blogs...oh my!

In the multi-media world we live in, bloggers who love to cook have turned to publishing their recipes as more traditional cookbooks.  Similarly, cookbook authors have taken to blogging, to draw in a larger audience.  Some of these folks have even gotten TV gigs and started popular cooking shows.  Here are some bloggers turned authors and authors turned bloggers.  As Julia Childs would say, "Bon Appetit"---whichever media you choose.

Blogs Turned Into Cookbooks:

(First line is blog, second is book title)

Molly Wizenberg
Orangette 
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table

Ree Drummond
The Pioneer Woman Cooks
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl

Shauna James Ahern
Gluten-free Girl 
Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back…And How You Can Too

Cathy Erway
Not eating out in NY
The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove

Sandy Coughlin
The Reluctant Entertainer 
The Reluctant Entertainer

Sarah Matheny
peas and thank you
Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love

Mrs. Q
Fed Up with Lunch
Fed Up with Lunch

Dinner: A Love Story
Dinner: A Love Story

Food in Jars 
Food in Jars

Smitten Kitchen
Smitten Kitchen

Cookbook Authors Who’ve Turned to Blogging
(Click on the author's name for books at the library; blog title follows author)

Nancy Baggett   Nancy Baggett's Kitchen Lane
Kathleen Flinn   Kathleen Flinn blog
Dorie Greenspan  In the Kitchen and on the Road with Dorie
Anissa Helou   Anissa Helou's blog
David Lebovitz   Living the Sweet Life in Paris
Michael Ruhlman  Translating the Chef's Craft for Every Kitchen
Bruce Weinstein   Bruce and Mark

Monday, October 1, 2012

Best Seller Lists


New York Times 9/30/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
2. A Wanted Man by Lee Child
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
4. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
5. Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
6. Severe Clear by Stuart Woods
7. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
8. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
9. Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
10. Midst Toil and Tribulation by David Weber
11. Delusion in Death by J. D. Robb
12. The Tombs by Clive Cussler & Thomas Perry
13. A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
14. Robert B. Parker’s Fool Me Twice by Michael Brandman
15. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Steadman

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
2. The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward
3. Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
4. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
5. The Oath by Jeffrey Toobin
6. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
7. The Amateur by Edward Klein
8. Life After Death by Damien Echols
9. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
10. Obama’s America by Dinesh D’Souza
11. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
12. Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
13. The Revenge of Geography by Robert D. Kaplan
14. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
15. I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had by Tony Danza

Washington Post 9/30/2012

Hardcover Fiction
1. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
2. A Wanted Man by Lee Child
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
4. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
5. Low Pressure by Sandra Brown
6. Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
7. Delusion in Death by J. D. Robb
8. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
9. Severe Clear by Stuart Woods
10. Midst Toil and Tribulation by David Weber

Hardcover Nonfiction
1. No Easy Day by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer
2. The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward
3. I Declare by Joel Osteen
4. Free Market Revolution by Yaron Brook
5. The Oath by Jeffrey Toobin
6. Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
7. Guinness World Records 2013 - NOTE: Library has 2012 edition
8. A Father First by Dwyane Wade with Mim Eichler Rivas
9. Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie
10. Unaccountable by Marty Makary

Book Group Discussions for October

The following books are under discussion at the Fauquier County library in the month of October.   See the library's website for details on meeting dates and times.

October 1:  The Moral Sense of Man and the Lower Animals by Charles Darwin (Warrenton Great Books Group)

October 10:  State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (Marshall Afternoon Book Club)

October 15:  The Botany of Desire: A Plant's Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan (Bealeton Book Club)

October 18:  any title in the Doc Ford series by Randy Wayne White (Warrenton Adult Mystery Club)

October 29:  American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard (Marshall Evening Book Club)