Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Library Life

 

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This is my librarian win for the week. This is a Polish language edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I was chatting with a lovely resident of one out the senior living apartment buildings while I was dropping off books recently. She said would love to read a book in her native language. Even though she’s very proficient in English, she missed reading the Polish language.

When I got back to the library, I asked my colleague who’s our inter library loan specialist if it would be possible to request a foreign language book from another library. She jumped right on the task to see if any libraries in our state had Polish language books in their collections.  She found several and with Google Translate’s help, we were able to figure out some titles. She submitted the request for Pride and Prejudice and it arrived at our library a few days later. I’m so excited to deliver this book tomorrow and surprise our patron. ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope she enjoys it! 

QOTD: do you know any languages besides your native language? 

Sadly I don’t. I had a few years of Spanish back in high school but I don’t remember much anymore. Use it or lose it. I also took Latin in high school. It was mandatory. And I took a year of Greek in high school because that got me out of taking physics. I never would’ve been able to pass a physics class. 

#librarylife #libraryoutreach #lovemylibrary #interlibraryloan #prideandprejudice #janeausten #nativelanguage #polish #bookstagram #booksbooksbooks #reading #readingislife #readingisfundamental 

Friday, May 5, 2023

Drowning

 

Author: T.J. Newman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Release date: May 30, 2023

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I was a kid who grew up on 1970s disaster movies like The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, and Airport. So naturally, I loved T.J. Newman’s 2021 debut thriller Falling. But I wondered, could she make a career out of airplane disaster stories? 

It appears the answer is yes, she can. Drowning is another fast paced thrill ride. Shortly after takeoff, a commercial airliner crashes into the ocean off the coast of Hawaii. The beginning of this book grabbed me right off the bat and never let go. Newman’s description of the plane in distress and then crashing into the ocean is so realistic it creates a visceral sensation. But I was truly surprised at the turn the story took. A handful of survivors are still inside the plane when it sinks in the ocean. Now it’s a race against the clock as first responders try to figure out how to rescue the small group before they run out of oxygen or the entire plane floods. Whew! I couldn’t stop listening. Lots of edge of your seat suspense! 

Steven Webber and Laura Benanti provide a fantastic narration for the audiobook. This is a pulse pounding story that never lets up. This one will be one of my top ten books for the year. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Drowning is out May 30th. Thank you @simon.audio and @librofm for the complimentary review copy. 

QOTD: any plans for the weekend? 
I’m going out to lunch with some friends tomorrow. One friend just got back from a trip to Italy. So I can’t wait to hear all about her adventures. 

#drowning #tjnewman #simonaudio #librofm #audiobook #audiobookreview #audiobookstagram #publishingsoon #airplane #disaster #thriller #thrillerbooks #survival #survivalstory #familydrama #contemparyfiction 

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Fearless

 

Author: M.W. Craven

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Publishing date: July 11, 2023

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Ben Koenig was head of the US Marshall’s Special Ops unit. He and his team hunted the worst of the bad guys. During a mission, Ben killed the son of a powerful Russian mobster and suddenly had a bounty on his head. So Ben disappeared. The only way to stay alive was to become a nameless, faceless drifter. Until an old friend needs Ben’s help and special skills. Can Ben find his best friend’s missing daughter before someone can collect the bounty on his head? 

Ben Koenig feels like a mashup of Orphan X and Jack Reacher. Orphan X is highly trained in the use of weapons and assassinations. Reacher is a highly trained investigator and brawler. But Ben has one trait Reacher and Orphan X don’t have. Ben has a rare brain condition that doesn’t allow him to feel fear. And that makes him very dangerous. 

M.W. Craven’s Fearless was an entertaining thriller with a lot of action. There were a few spots where I thought the plot slowed down a little too much for my taste. But other than that I enjoyed the book. Looks like this is the first book in a planned series, so it’ll be interesting to see where the next book goes. 

I definitely recommend this one to Reacher and Orphan X fans and fans of Mark Greaney’s The Gray Man series or Nick Petrie’s Peter Ash series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you @netgalley and @flatiron_books for the digital review copy. Fearless publishes July 11th. 

QOTD: what’s something unusual you’re afraid of? 

Recently it’s been bats for me because we’ve had about six in our house this spring. Also, moldy food skeeves me out. 

#fearless #mwcraven #flatironbooks #netgalley #netgalleyarc #crimefiction #thrillerfiction #mysteryfiction #revengethriller #bookstagram #bookreview #netgalleyreview #usmarshall #drifter #bounty

Monday, May 1, 2023

April Wrap Up

 


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Happy May! April flew by & I can’t believe it’s May. April was a good reading month for me. Thank you Simon & Schuster Audio for the gifted copies of Drowning, A Hidden Affair & The Only Survivors. Thank you NetGalley & Flatiron Books for the digital arc of Fearless.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
๐ŸŽงDrowning -edge of my seat listening! 
๐Ÿ“–She Rides Shotgun - nonstop action in this revenge novel. I really need a sequel. 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
๐Ÿ“–Fearless - a US Marshall must come out of hiding to help a friend
๐Ÿ“–Something Bad Wrong - a podcaster investigates decades old murders
๐Ÿ“–The Pallbearers Club - a shy and introverted teen befriends a mysterious woman & his life is changed forever. 

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๐ŸŽงA Hidden Affair - didn’t realize this was a sequel 
๐ŸŽงThe Only Survivors - survivors of a tragic accident find themselves in danger years later

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๐Ÿ“–Klara and the Sun - this was my book club’s pick for April. General consensus was that the concept was interesting, it just wasn’t well executed. 

QOTD: what book are you kick off May reading? 

I have to pick my next read. I have some arcs and a bunch of books sitting on a shelf waiting for my attention. Decisions, decisions. 

#readingwrapup #monthlywrapup #crimefiction #thrillerbooks #mysteryfiction #drowning #sheridesshotgun #audiobooks #alwaysreading #simonaudio #flatironbooks #netgalley 

Under Your Spell

  Author: Laura Wood Narrator: Ellie Heydon Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Year: 2024 ๐ŸŽง๐—”๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐ŸŽง Many thanks...