Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Bad Beginning



Title
The Bad Beginning
Author
Lemony Snicket
Call Number
PS 3558.A4636 B33 1999
Location
3rd Floor Muth
Rating
Recommended
Book Review
This is the first in the Series of Unfortunate Events books. It is unusual for a young readers book (at least for me) in that it makes no bones about the fact that the orphan protagonists are not going to have a happy ending. At least not yet. That being said, the narrator has an engaging style that turns a dark tale into a humorous page turner. I didn't expect to like the book as much as I did and look forward to picking up the next one. And a bonus discovery: the audiobooks are read by Tim Curry!
Submitted By
Rebecca Green
Department or Major
Schmid College
Status
Staff
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The BFG



Title
The BFG
Author
Roald Dahl
Call Number
PR 6054.A35 B44 1993
Location
3rd Floor Muth
Rating
Highly Recommended
Book Review
I loved this book!! Another magical adventure that I somehow missed during my own childhood, The BFG is an exciting tale following curious, kind people (and a Friendly Giant, of course.) I'm not sure which I liked better - the BFG blowing good dreams into the bedrooms of kids across the world, or the morning tea with the Queen of England. I'm going to have to pick up copy of my own!
Submitted By
Rebecca Green
Department or Major
Schmid College
Status
Staff
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The Nest



Title
The Nest
Author
Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Call Number
MCNAUGHTON
Location
1st Floor McNaughton
Rating
Somewhat Recommended
Book Review
D'APrix Sweeney has written an interesting read in developing characters. They are each faulty and aware of their faults, and areset up against an easy antagonist of supposed inheritance. However, the biggest character developments seem to take place in other rooms, or have just happened in a sequence   that the reader is only somewhat privy too as an after effect of it happening - while you're in the room for some of the more mundane frustrations. Still compelling and interesting to read through, but a one time only read for me.
Submitted By
Brittany Hanson
Department or Major
Strategic Marketing and Communications
Status
Staff
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Night Circus



Title
Night Circus
Author
Erin Morgenstern
Call Number
PS3613.O74875 N54 2010
Location
2nd Floor Humanities
Rating
Highly Recommended
Book Review
I love this book.  Like LOOOOVE!  It's the most bizarre, colorful story about Celia & Marco in a magical competition.  The vivid descriptions make you feel like you are walking through this magical illusion of a circus.  I couldn't put it down.  Also - I really want to go to this place!!!
Submitted By
Jami McCoy
Department or Major
Advancement
Status
Staff
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Fear of Dying



Title
Fear of Dying
Author
Erica Jong
Call Number
MCNAUGHTON
Location
1st Floor McNaughton
Rating
Highly Recommended
Book Review
This book hit pretty close to home for me actually.  Erica writes in a witty manner about the getting older, death and her grown daughter.  Watching your parents pass (my grandparents for me) and questioning your mortality is an issue I don't think a lot of folks like to discuss. This book is filled with humor and heart warming realizations.  Loved it!
Submitted By
Jami McCoy
Department or Major
Advancement
Status
Staff
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