Thursday, July 30, 2009

NPR Audience Picks 100 Best Beach Reads




Over 16,000 people voted in NPR's recent "Best Beach Reads Ever " poll. The top twenty results are posted here. You can find the rest of the list at the NPR website,
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106983620 .

1. The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
2. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
3. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
4. Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding
5. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
6. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells
7. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
8. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
9. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, by Fannie Flagg
10. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
11. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
12. Life of Pi, by Yann Martel
13. The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan
14. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
15. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
16. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
17. Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
18. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
19. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
20. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Adult Reading Program

We would just like to thank everyone who participated in this year's Adult Reading Program. Over 200 reviews were submitted. Even though the program ended Friday, July 17th; you can still visit the ARP site and read through those reviews. The direct link is http://host7.evanced.info/calcasieu/sr/homepage.asp

Also a reminder, the End of Summer ARP party is Thursday July 23rd @ 6pm in the upstairs Central Library meeting room. For those who completed the program, prize drawings will be held. If completed the program but are unable to attend the party, don't worry, we'll send the prize to you later.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Genre Spotlight: Historical Fiction

Take a walk through a period of history by checking out one of these books.


The Forgotten Legion by Ben Kane is set in the Republic Era of Rome 265-230 B.C.

The Fall of the Templars by Robyn Young takes place during the last days of the Templar Knights, during the rule of Richard I, 1239-1307 A.D.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe alternates between the Salem Witch Trials of Colonial Massachusetts and a grad student in the 1990's studying them.

Roanoke by Margaret Lawrence is a reimaging of what could have happened to the lost colony of Roanoke during the 16th century.

The Disagreement by Nick Taylor is about a Med Student during the American Civil War.