September Book-o-scopes

September 17th, 2018

film projectorYour next read is in the stars! Let book psychic Allie suggest titles based on your sun sign. Here are some recent books that have recently been adapted to the television or silver screen, or were just announced that they will be soon!

Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Your desire for justice will draw you to this buzz-worthy Young Adult book about sixteen-year-old Starr Carter who witnesses the murder of her childhood best friend Khalil. The movie will be in theaters starting October 19, but the audiobook version is available right now on the Hoopla app. Download it today!

Pisces: February 19 – March 20
Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
This is a perfect mash-up for you: a romantic comedy about music, love, and loneliness. The movie was recently in theaters, and will be coming out on DVD in the next few months, so you have time to read the book.

Aries: March 21 – April 19
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series
Your active spirit will enjoy the Jack Ryan series, created by Tom Clancy. The political thriller series follows former U.S. Marine Ryan, who later joins the CIA. The TV show premiered on Amazon Prime on August 30.

Taurus: April 20 – May 20
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
Shaffer’s book about a writer in post-WWII London who develops a relationship between a stranger through letters has delighted readers since its publication a decade ago. Taurus, you love a good love letter, so you’ll thoroughly enjoy this novel. Then watch the movie on Netflix after you finish!

Gemini: May 21 – June 20
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
A physician is called to oversee a patient at the crumbling Hundreds Hall, where the owners seem to be haunted by something more than an illness. This Gothic novel will captivate your imagination. The movie is in theaters now.

Cancer: June 21 – July 22
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
You’re sentimental, Cancer, and who better to pull on your heart strings than the incomparable Mr. Rogers? Learn about his life in this new biography. The movie edition, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” is on DVD, so put it on hold at your local branch. Both the audiobook and the ebook are available on hoopla.

Leo: July 23 – August 22
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Pick up Patchett’s famous book about an American opera singer who is taken hostage while performing at a private concert for a rich industrialist in South America. The movie is out in theaters on September 14.

Virgo: August 23 – September 22
Mr. Mercedes: Bill Hodges Trilogy: Book 1 by Stephen King
Virgo, you love solving puzzles and crime. Dive into King’s high-suspense series about three unlikely heroes trying to stop a serial killer. Then watch the TV show; the first season is on DVD now. Put it on hold at your local branch today.

Libra: September 23 – October 22
Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Meth Addiction by David Sheff
You are always there for the ones you love, so you’ll be engrossed in this memoir about a son’s addiction to drugs and a father’s persistent support.  The movie goes to theaters October 12.

Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Halloween falls in Scorpio season, so a ghost story is a perfect match. Four characters arrive at the infamous Hill House—and one of them won’t come out. The adaptation hits Netflix on October 12.

Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
You love adventure, so pick up this dark comedy western set in the 1850s about two brothers who are ordered by their boss to kill a man. The movie is to hit theaters on October 12th.

Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
The Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith
You’re a determined worker, so a procedural detective series featuring a war veteran with a chip on his shoulder and his dedicated assistant will surely entertain. The fourth book in the series, Lethal White, will be on bookshelves September 18. If you’d like to see the adaptation, it’s available on Cinemax.

If you want more personalized picks, try our reading recommendation service Book Mate! Fill out a short form about your likes and dislikes and one of our book experts will choose 3-5 titles for you. Who knows? They might suggest your next favorite book! Try Book Mate online at http://ow.ly/Xn9K30fBOi6, or stop by any branch and pick up a form there!


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Quiz: What July New Book Should You Read?

July 27th, 2018

What are you most interested in reading?
A. Historical Fiction
B. Dark comedy
C. True story

Pick a character.
A. Rasputin
B. Rip Van Winkle
C. Captain Hook

Where would you go on vacation?
A. Somewhere cold
B. Somewhere isolated
C. Somewhere hot

Pick an appetizer.
A. Charcuterie board
B. Roasted brussel sprouts
C. Soft pretzels with mustard

The Romanov EmpressIf you picked mostly A’s, you may enjoy…
The Romanov Empress by C.W. Gortner
C.W. Gortner spins the story of Maria Fedodorovna, the Danish princess turned Russian empress who gave birth to the last Russian tsar. The book chronicles her life up until the crumbling of the Romanov empire. Other titles you may enjoy: Sisi by Allison Pataki; Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison; The Romanov Bride by Robert Alexander

If you picked mostly B’s, you may enjoy…
My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
Moshfegh returns with another strange, dark comedy—this time, a young college graduation in New York City has decided to leave behind reality and spend a year “hibernating”. Other titles you may enjoy:  Ottessa Moshfegh’s first novel, Eileen; Look at Me by Jennifer Egan; The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Between the Desert and the SeaIf you picked mostly C’s, you may enjoy:
The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast by Michael Scott Moore
In 2012, journalist Michael Scott Moore is captured by Somali pirates while on an assignment. For three years, he is a prisoner, until his eventual release. A harrowing hostage memoir that investigates economics, history, foreign policy, and religion. Other titles you may enjoy: Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle by Ingrid Betancourt; Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle by Marc Gonsalves; A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

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