Archive for January, 2011
To catch everyone up to speed, when Michael asks me whether or not I have read a certain book, usually it is followed by one of us disliking the book and the other liking it. In the 3 years that I have worked at GPL, there is only one other book that we have both wholeheartedly enjoyed. It was The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. You should read it if you haven’t.
I, of course, took the bait when Michael asked about If I Stay. I read it over a year ago and thought it was beautifully written, so my response was, “Yes.” He asked, “Did you like it?” I said, “Yes?” Then, I braced myself for the all of the reasons as to why Michael disliked the book that I liked.
Michael immediately grabbed his chest as though he was having a heart attack. I panicked. But don’t worry, he wasn’t having a heart attack. Michael was in shock because he enjoyed If I Stay, too. The practical side of Michael enjoyed its brevity, which is a sign of a good editor. The reader in Michael thought that it was a brand new story being told with characters that felt real and complex.
There you have it, folks. It is officially documented that Michael and I like not 1, BUT 2 books. Therefore, as a librarian, it is my duty to suggest that you pick up a copy of If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Hopefully, you will enjoy it as much as Michael and I did.
If you love mystery and adventure, this book is for you. If you love mythology and learning about history, this book is also for you. That’s two very popular genres in one book.
For you mystery and adventure people, in this book, monsters will stop at nothing to get you. Ancient weapons can appear out of nowhere by the will of a magician (after they’ve put it in their imaginary locker). There is also a bunch other stuff that I’m not mentioning. You’ll have to read the book to learn more.
And for you people who love mythology, there are many things in this book for you. First of all, the Egyptian gods are back. These gods were mostly ignored because of the Greek gods. But let me tell you something, these gods are even better. There is a god for pretty much everything. Not just 12 major gods like the Greek gods.
Now, let me describe to you the magic of these gods. They can change into any animal that is related to what they rule over. They can enter the body of any living thing and “share” the body with them. What I mean by this is that they totally take over.
Now, onto the story. It’s a normal Christmas Eve, and the main characters’ dad decides that they are going to the British Museum, which is not a surprise for them. Their dad is an archaeologist. But, things do not go according to the normal schedule of a museum visit. Their dad blows up the Egyptian wing of the museum.
Does this sound like an interesting book to you? If the answer is yes, go check out the book at your public library. If the answer is no, put the paper down now and walk away.
We have been doing early spring cleaning in the workroom, and, by “we,” I mean Stacy. During her excellent de-cluttering task, she found a box of GPL Rocks t-shirts! If you would like a FREE t-shirt, stop by the Front Desk and simply ask for one. Shirt sizes are large and x-large, and colors are red and gray. We will be giving away t-shirts while supplies last!