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Library Corner

June 16, 2014

Time to get started on your summer reading

Don’t forget to take advantage of the Big Read offered on our Download Zone. For a limited time, we’re offering the ebook “A Pedigree to Die For” by Laurien Berenson, which can be read by multiple people at the same time. Typically, digital books are “checked out” like a print book; one book, one patron. This is a great opportunity to try an ebook or to start a quick summer read that can be shared by your book club. Check out this ebook through Wednesday.

The New York Times Best Sellers list has started posting lists for the combined sales of print and ebooks as well as a separate list for each. This week, the No. 1 book in hardcover fiction, ebook fiction and the combined groups is “Skin Game” by Jim Butcher. This is the 15th Dresden Files novel featuring the Chicago wizard Harry Dresden. If you’re not a fantasy reader but would like to give it a try, then based on popularity, this series might be a good place to start.

New to the hardcover best-seller list this week and at No. 2 is “Ghost Ship” by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown. Cussler is a perennial favorite and as with many of the top selling authors, he’s added a co-writer to meet the large demand for new books from his fans. I’ve heard that the new books just aren’t as good as the older, single-author books but they’re still popular and we’ll continue to purchase them for you. “Ghost Ship” is the 12th NUMA Files adventure that follows the 2013 “Zero Hour.” Both books are co-authored by Brown.

The longest-running book on the hardcover best-seller list is “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt. Do you know anyone who hasn’t read this book? I read it as an ebook while traveling this spring and I can’t wholeheartedly endorse it. It’s long and long-winded. I like detail and description, but this book made me feel like a poor student who couldn’t pay attention to the whole lesson. The point was made long before the description was completed. I’m obviously in the minority in my opinion of the book, though, and perhaps the contrast between vacationing in sunny Spain and reading about the trials of a motherless child was just too great.

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