Readers’ Advisory

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What’s in a Series?

James Bond’s Skyfall marks the 50th anniversary of the film franchise. At 23 films, almost 50 books, comics, video games, as well as television and radio adaptations, James Bond is certainly one of the most successful and longest running series. After seeing Skyfall, my husband expressed curiosity as to what the world’s longest running book series might … Continue reading

Read Anything Canadian Lately?

In this place popular culture so often refers to as North of the border we sometimes struggle to define ourselves. Canadian culture is so very closely tied to American culture, in the food we eat, the stores we visit, the television shows we watch, the books we read… And yet, there is something distinctly Canadian about … Continue reading

5 Unique Books: Being Creative with Format

Librarians think about different appeal factors when we make book suggestions. Appeal factors are the reasons people like and dislike books: richly detailed setting, character-driven stories, pacing (Is the book a page turner or a leisurely read?) and the narrator’s point of view (Is the story told in the first person or is the narrator … Continue reading

10 Oft-Overlooked Storytelling Methods

1-The Murder Mystery Party Yesterday evening, as a post-Halloween event, my sister and I hosted a Murder Mystery dinner party. Along with 6 of our closest friends we dressed up, adopted daft accents, imagined and embellished the lives of our characters, and solved a murder mystery. In essence it was an evening of storytelling, but … Continue reading

The memoir of a year

I just finished reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. This book falls into an increasingly common “genre” of book: the one year experiment, the memoir/autobiography of a year, a year in the life, stunt non-fiction. You know the genre… the author takes on a challenge, turns his/her life around, breaks out of the routine and lives … Continue reading