Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"The Secret of the Old Clock" by Carolyn Keene

What is your experience reading "The Secret of the Old Clock" by Carolyn Keene?  Is this the first time you are reading it? Or did you read it in your childhood? Does the story 'hold up' after all this time?

For information about the Nancy Drew series, check out:

For information about Mildred Wirt Benson, (who wrote 23 of the first 30 original Nancy Drew books), check out:

For information about the Stratemeyer Syndicate, and Edward Stratemeyer, who created many childhood book series of yesteryear, check out:

For information about "The Secret of the Old Clock" and its revisions, check out:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

"Executive Privilege" by Phillip Margolin

Phillip Margolin writes a taut, fast paced thriller in "Executive Privilege".  Were you able to anticipate who the murderer was?  Or were you led astray by his 'red herrings'?

For more information about the author, check out:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"Wailing Wind" by Tony Hillerman

In Tony Hilllerman's "The Wailing Wind", one of plot threads focused on the disappearance of Linda, Wiley Denton's wife.  As a reader, were you able to anticipate where she had gone?

For more information about the author, check out:

To read his obituary in the New York Times, check out:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"Like Water for Chocolate" by Laura Esquivel

What role does tradition play in this book? Is it always a negative role, as exemplified by Mama Elena?  What might the author be suggesting about familiy or cultural customs in general?

For more discussion questions and  information about the author, check out:

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"The House of Silk" by Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz was given permission by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to create a new Sherlock Holmes story.

When following Holmes's logic, do you believe that he is drawing the right conclusions and assumptions based on the evidence provided in the novel? Would his conclusions be probable in the real world or in the historical narrative?

For more information about the author, check out:

1st to Die by James Patterson

"1st to Die" is the first book of the Women's Murder Club by James Patterson.  Was the last chapter of the book really necessary?  Would it have been a more satisfying read if it ended with the revelation of the murderer and not gone further?

For more information about the author, check out:

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Wayne Public Library Adult Summer Reading "Between the Covers"!

All Wayne residents age 18 and up may read a book or listen to an audio book, write a brief review, and place the review in the "Bed" (EntryForm Box) at the Reference Department's "Between the Covers Reading Station;" or blog about it below!

The more you enter, the more chances you have to win the Grand Prize of a $50* suprise gift card goody package! (Winner chosen at random) "Between the Covers" entry forms will be available at "Between the Covers" Reading Station in the Adult Reference Area of the library. Also available at the Preakness Branch Library or can be printed off our website.

Here's What you need to do to blog about your book online!

1) Find a great book to read!

2) Read it!

3) Write a review or summary and tell us if you thought it kept you "Between the Covers"! or Not!

4)Scroll down just a bit.

5) Click on "Comments"

6) Type in your Name, Library Card # and Phone number, book information and book summary.

7) Type in the Word Verification

8) Select Anonymous

9) Then Publish

10) Your review will not actually get published until it is reviewed/approved by our librarian. She will then print out your entry and place it in the "Bed" at the "Between the Covers" Reading Station, and then remove your name, card number and phone number and publish it on our Book Discussion Blog. The more books you read and review or blog about, the closer you are to winning. Remember one winner will be chosen at random and winner will be notified on September 5th, 2012!

Monday, June 25, 2012

"Maine" by J. Courtney Sullivan

Many of the characters in this novel keep substantial secrets for one reason or another. Whose is the most damaging?

For more information about the author, check out:

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

"Long Gone" by Alafair Burke

Alice Humphrey's life has changed. In her new reality, "people she thought she knew are turning into people she doesn't know. Identities are changing, including her own".  Can she continue to trust her instinct, even with everything changing around her?

For more information about the author and her other books, check out:

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Andy Barber has been an ADA in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But after a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student, but is he guilty or not? This mystery will not disappoint readers!
So do you think Jacob inherited the murder gene? What do you think was on Laurie's mind? Did Laurie come to her own conclusion  about Montego Bay or do you think she may have found the truth?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"Motherless Brooklyn" by Jonathan Lethem

How is each of the "Minna men" described by Lionel early in the book -- and how does each change? Additionally, how do their individual relationships with Lionel evolve?

For further informaiton about the author, check out:

For further information about Tourette syndrome, go to:

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"The Postmistress" by Sarah Blake

“Get in. Get the story. Get out.” That is Murrow’s charge to Frankie. Does The Postmistress make you question whether it’s possible to ever really get the whole story? Or to get out?

For more information about the author, check out:

For an interview with the author on the NPR program "All Things Considered", check out:

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

How would you classify this novel? Is it a murder mystery? Science fiction? Morality Tale? Love Story? Philosophical treatise? Or all of the above?

For more information about the author, check out:

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lovely Knits for Little Girls by Vibe Sondergaard

Lovely Knits for Little Girls is truly a contemporary collection of ideas, shape, texture and color for little girls. I think knitters will enjoy making these patterns for their little girls, the patterns are just adorable!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Cowboys & Aliens starring Daniel Craig & Harrison Ford

Daniel Craig wakes up in the middle of a desert wounded without any memory of who he is and a strange looking device on his arm which he cannot remove. He wanders into a town into a preachers house. The Preachers helps to mend his wounds and clean him up. Harrison Ford who plays a wealthy rancher with a spoiled son who seems to like trouble and can usually get away with it because of who is "Daddy is", at least until he shoots a sheriff's deputy after trying to shoot Daniel Craig. It's odd that no one at first knows who Daniel Craig is. Then all of a sudden everyone knows who he is and the sheriff arrests him and a strange woman is following him around. Well daddy's boy and Daniel Craig wind up in the jail together and then all hell brakes loose in the town. Space ships come out of know where and people get snapped up and disappear in a matter of minutes. The the "bad boys" become friends along with the strange woman and together they battle the "demons" from outer space! Wow! this is the first western vs science fiction I have ever seen! Not sure if I liked it, very action packed and way out there!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sweet Shawlettes by Jean Moss

Sweet Shawlettes is sweet! A wonderful selection of patterns in a variety of skill levels! There is something for every knitter in this book and they would make nice gifts! The yarns selected are available online or in yarn shops and a list of the yarns with details is included in the book. Instructions are available on how to read the charts. (The charts in the ebook version are very difficult to decifer lets hope it changes at publication time.) And included is advice on selecting buttons and other accessories to use with the knitted patterns. Overall, I love the book and can hardly wait until it comes out in print!