Readers Dozen – July

We’re halfway through 2020 – and if you don’t already feel like time has been shifting in wild ways already this year, you might want to take on this month’s challenge to read a book about time travel.

You can always pick up a classic; we like Time and Again by Jack Finney, or The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, or Kindred by Octavia Butler. Find more via the links below and then don’t forget to enter it before August 7!

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20 of the Best Time Travel Books (Book Riot)

Time Travel Books (Goodreads)

25 of the Best Time Travel Books (Top SciFi Books)

A Reading List on Time Travel (Electric Literature)

50 Best Time Travel Books (Bibliofile)

Readers Dozen June

Readers Dozen for June is to read a book translated from another language. This is perhaps easier than you think, since several “classic” authors have written in languages other than English. Here are a few to try:

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Homer – The Iliad, The Odyssey
Alexandre Dumas – The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo
Leo Tolstoy – Anna Karenina, War and Peace
Jules Verne – Around the World in 80 Days, The Mysterious Island
Isabel Allende – The House of the Spirits, Zorro

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Or, pick up one of these titles:

So Long a Letter – Miriama Ba

Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Malice – Keigo Higashino

The Dinner – Herman Koch

The Three-Body Problem – Cixin Lui

The Cairo Trilogy – Najib Mahfouz

In the Country of Men – Hisham Matar

The Housekeeper and the Professor – Yoko Ogawa

We – Yevgeny Zamyatin

Suite Francaise – Irene Zemirovsky

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Or, take a look at these lists:

Women in Translation (Goodreads)

Best Translated Books You Missed in 2019 (Words Without Borders)

Translated Literature (National Book Awards)

20 Best Books in Translation You’ve Never Read (Publishers Weekly)

 

Here’s the link for the June Readers Dozen online entry form. Read on!

Summer Reading 2020!

We are gearing up for another great Summer Reading program this year, and even though it’s not going to look exactly like it has in years past, we’re still going to offer fun, cool ideas, and of course, good books to read!

Check out our Summer Reading page for more information, and join us on our social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – for an awesome season!

Readers Dozen – May

It’s May 1st, so it’s time for our next Readers Dozen challenge and this month we’re challenging you to read a book set at sea. So, whether you choose fiction or nonfiction, adventure or disaster, silly or serious, choose a seaworthy craft, and sail on!

We’re also continuing on with our very first online Book Club – we’re reading Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. It’s not too late to join us, either here on the blog or on our Facebook Group TFPL Book Buffet, and if you do, you can count this book towards the May Readers Dozen! Here’s the online form for May.

If you’re not set on Treasure Island, here are a few suggestions:

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Nautical Novels (Goodreads)

Narrative Nonfiction: Set at Sea (Goodreads)

7 Books About Disasters at Sea (Electric Literature)

Mystery Books at Sea (Cozy Mystery List Blog)

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Readers Dozen – April

Readers, you probably know that we should never judge a book by it’s cover, but that’s definitely easier said than done (even with two clichés in one sentence!). Still we’re asking you to take on that challenge this April by tackling a book with a tacky cover!

Of course, ugly covers are always subjective (but we’re including a couple of links below, anyway), so it’s all up to you to decide the worthiness of what you choose. Maybe it’s a book you inherited from a great-uncle, or a book you picked up at a garage sale, or even one that’s a reprint of a classic you always thought you’d read. For whatever reason, if the cover has been preventing you from trying it out, April’s the time to finally do it!

Then, when you’re done, fill out our online form before May 7. Maybe you’ll find that love at first site is overrated!

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Check out these links for some fun with ugly covers:

Read Harder 2018: A Book with a Cover You Hate (Book Riot)

When Bad Covers Happen to Good Books (Crushing Cinders)

These Book Covers Are So Terrible, You Won’t Believe They’re Real (Electric Literature)

Readers Dozen March

Spend some of your self-isolating time with a good book and get rewarded for it! March’s Readers Dozen challenge is to read a book published in the 1990s – and you might even have one or two lying around the house that will fit that bill. If not, take a look through the lists below to find a cool read:

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Lithub: A Century of Reading: The 10 Books That Defined the 1990s

Book Riot: 100 Must-Read Books from the ’90s

Goodreads: Best Books of the Decade: 1990’s

Buzzfeed: 19 Quintessential Books Of The ’90s

HuffPost: 20 Books That Are As Great Today As They Were In The 90s

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Check our Overdrive service for e-books and e-audiobooks, and RBDigital for e-audiobooks. Also, remember that you can complete your entry form online, instead of coming into the Library! You have until April 7 to complete the form.

And, you might even be able to get started on April’s challenge – Read a book with a cover you hate!

Learn Something New with the Great Courses

If you’re tired of binge watching all the same movies and tv shows, try something just a little different… the Great Courses!

Each Great Course is an educational journey created and taught by expert professors and professionals, designed especially for lifelong learners looking to broaden their knowledge of the world.

With topics that range from photography to the economy to history to cooking (and even more!), we invite you to browse through our audio and video Great Courses collection. It might lead you to a subject that could change your life, or at least your weekend! See what we have here.

We’re Celebrating Idaho Day All Month Long!

Though Idaho Day was March 4, we’re finding having just one day to celebrate Idaho is not enough! And since the Idaho Day theme this year is “Inspiring Idaho Women,” it fits nicely into Women’s History Month. With that in mind, drop in and see our display of “Inspiring Twin Falls Women” inside the Library throughout March.

If you want even more history, subscribe to our newest e-newsletter: New in Local and Idaho History! Every other month, we’ll offer a unique story, a peek at our incredible historical photo collection, upcoming events, and a look at what’s new in books for our region. Subscribe sometime this month and we’ll even enter you into a drawing for a copy of the coffee table photo book, Magic Valley Memories, Vol 3! Here’s where to subscribe.

Take Ten: New Fiction by Black Women Writers

It’s late February, which is Black History Month, and as we leap into March, which is Women’s History Month, this weekend, we thought it was a good time to highlight both with a look at new titles by black women. Some will be familiar – Zora Neale Hurston, Mildred Taylor, N.K. Jemisin – but many may be new to you. And, whatever genre is your favorite, you might just find a new go-to author! (Annotations are courtesy of NoveList Plus. Log in to NoveList Plus for more great book information.)

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All the Days Past, All the Days to Come – Mildred D. Taylor

  • A long-awaited conclusion to the story that began in the Newbery Medal-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry finds young adult Cassie Logan searching for a sense of belonging before joining the civil rights movement in 1960s Mississippi.

Butterfly – Ashley Antoinette

  • Morgan Atkins has always been a spoiled girl and she tries to have it all, but when she’s forced to choose between a good man and a bad boy, someone will end up hurt. Someone just may end up dead.

The City We Became – N.K. Jemisin

  • This first book of an exciting new series by the Hugo award-winning author takes readers into the dark underbelly of New York City where a roiling, ancient evil stirs in the halls of power, threatening to destroy the city and her six newborn avatars.

The Girl with the Louding Voice – Abi Daré

  • Adunni, a 14-year-old Nigerian girl who longs for an education, must find a way for her voice to be heard loud and clear in a world where she and other girls like her are taught to believe, through words and deeds, that they are nothing.

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance – Zora Neale Hurston

  • Featuring eight lesser-known stories, a collection of Harlem Renaissance tales by the revered folklorist and author of Their Eyes Were Watching God explores subjects ranging from class and migration to racism and sexism.

It’s Not All Downhill from Here – Terry McMillan

  • Confident that her best days are still ahead, a successful businesswoman relies on close friends and her resourcefulness when an unexpected loss turns her world upside down.

Lakewood – Megan Giddings

  • Forced to drop out of school to help support her family, Lena takes a lucrative job as a secret laboratory subject before devastating side effects make her question how much she can sacrifice.

Remembrance – Rita Woods

  • Looks at present-day Ohio, 1791 Haiti, and 1857 New Orleans, in which house girl Margot is sold just before her 18th birthday and her promised freedom, and, desperate, she escapes and tries to find Remembrance, a rumored stop on the Underground Railroad.

Such a Fun Age – Kiley Reid

  • A story about race and privilege is centered around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

They All Fall Down – Rachel Howzell Hall

  • Delighted by a surprise invitation, Miriam Macy sails off to a luxurious private island off the coast of Mexico with six other strangers. Danger lurks in the lush forest and in the halls and bedrooms of the lonely mansion. Sporadic cell-phone coverage and miles of ocean keeps the group trapped in paradise. Strange accidents stir suspicions, as one by one…they all fall down.

 

 

 

Choose Your Own Adventure Books for Grownups!

Remember those “CYOA” books you read as a kid? You know the ones – there’s a setup, like you’re in a hot air balloon, or about to step inside a previously-unknown pyramid, or paddling down the Yukon. Then, a choice has to be made and the rest of the story follows from those choices. Those books could be read with a hundred permutations – some with happy endings and some in quicksand.

Fortunately, you don’t have to stop reading them just yet. Here are a few crafted especially for adults. Grab one for a day of making choices that don’t have consequences! (Annotations are from NoveList Plus – log in with your TFPL card for more great book resources!)

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Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? – Max Brallier

  • Imagines a world beset by a gory zombie apocalypse and invites readers to make decisions about survival, heroism, and morality.

Lost in Austen: Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure – Emma Campbell Webster

  • A delightful, hilarious, romantic romp through Austen-land: all of the landmarks, halls, gentlemen callers, and sisters playing whist you could ever imagine.

Million Little Mistakes – Heather McElhatton

  • This multiple-choice book begins with the simple question, “What would you do if you won the lottery?” and asks readers to make a series of decisions that lead to different sections of the book and to completely different outcomes.

My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel – Kitty Curran

  • The romance novel that lets you pick your path, follow your heart, and find happily ever after. You are the plucky but penniless heroine in the center of eighteenth-century society, courtship season has begun, and your future is at hand.

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography – Neil Patrick Harris

  • The Emmy Award-winning star of How I Met Your Mother shares his experiences as a child star, Broadway performer and father in an over-the-top, humorous account creatively designed in the style of the popular interactive adventure series.