Thursday, August 11, 2011

Collection Confidential

True, sometimes I check out 50 books at a time. 
And my family occasionally worries that I want to live there.
But I do have some secrets I would love to share
about how I put collections together.

First, Get to know your local librarians. They are
super heroes disguised as smiling media specialists.
Yes, this is what my children believe. Shameful, aren't I?
Seriously, once a librarian knows your interests they are
the best resource for discovering great reads, music,
movies and more. And bring them cookies. They deserve them.

Second, become familiar with your library's website.
You can put media on hold in your pj's at 5 am if you want.
All you need is a library card. If you live in the
Charlotte area, click here for more information. I
usually start at their home page and type in the book
I'm looking for, then reserve it. If I need inspiration
I head over to their Reader's Club webpage. It
is a reader's treasure chest. I'm totally giddy now, friends!

Third, sign up for Wowbrary. Wowbrary alerts you
by email to the newest books, music, movies, etc. at your local
library. If you live in the Charlotte area, click here to learn 
more and how to sign up. The media you see below
was sent to me yesterday by email from Wowbrary. 
I have already requested Tony Bennett, the X-Men movie
and the fabulous Design Sponge book. 
In less than two minutes. 
If you don't live in the Charlotte area, click here.

Charlotte Mecklenburg LibraryAugust 10, 2011
This Week's Top Choices
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Soul Surfer    More Info  Borrow
From Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Amazon rank #8

The life of Bethany Hamilton, a promising amateur Hawaiian surfer who overcame a crippling shark attack at age 13 to succeed on the pro circuit, would likely make for a compelling, inspirational cinematic experience even if it consisted of a voice-over recounting her story on a blank screen. The actual film may stay firmly within the standard safe sports underdog movie guidelines (complete with a sneering nemesis clad in a black wetsuit), but Hamilton's incredible strength and spirit still manage to shine through, aided by a terrifically appealing lead performance by AnnaSophia Robb.

Heroes of Olympus, The, Book Two: The Son of Neptune    More Info  Borrow
By Rick Riordan. From Hyperion Book CH.
 (165 reviews)  Amazon rank #34

In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest:

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.
Who are the other four mentioned in the prophesy? The answer may lie in another camp miles away, where a new camper has shown up and appears to be the son of Neptune, god of the sea. . . .
Duets II    More Info  Borrow
Tony Bennett. From Columbia.
Amazon rank #36

DUETS II is the follow-up to Tony Bennett's multi-platinum CD, DUETS, which was released in conjunction with Tony's 80th birthday in 2006. DUETS won three Grammy Awards and was the singer's best selling album to date.

Now the legendary performer celebrates a milestone 85th birthday with the release of DUETS II. The singer has completed recording with Lady Gaga and Aretha Franklin, adding to a celebrated list of artists previously announced including Amy Winehouse, Michael Buble, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Queen Latifah, Carrie Underwood and many others.
X-Men: First Class    More Info  Borrow
From 20th Century Fox.
Amazon rank #46

When Bryan Singer brought Marvel's X-Men to the big screen, Magneto and Professor X were elder statesmen, but Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) travels back in time to present an origin story--and an alternate version of history. While Charles Xavier (Laurence Belcher) grows up privileged in New York, Erik Lehnsherr (Bill Milner) grows up underprivileged in Poland. As children, the mind-reading Charles finds a friend in the shape-shifting Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) and Erik finds an enemy in Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), an energy-absorbing Nazi scientist who treats the metal-bending lad like a lab rat.
Unlikely Friendships: 50 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom    More Info  Borrow
By Jennifer Holland. From Workman Publishing Company.
 (20 reviews)  Amazon rank #132

It is exactly like Isaiah 11:6: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid . . . ” Written by National Geographicmagazine writer Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most unexpected ways. A cat and a bird. A mare and a fawn. An elephant and a sheep. A snake and a hamster.
Where Country Grows    More Info  Borrow
Ashton Shepherd. From Mca Nashville.
Amazon rank #243

MCA Nashville singer/songwriter Ashton Shepherd will release her second album, Where Country Grows, on July 12. "Look It Up," the album's debut single and the first song she recorded for this project, has become the fastest-rising hit of her career.

Where Country Grows is the much-anticipated follow-up to her 2008 debut, Sounds So Good, and captures her impressive songwriting and singing evolution she's made over the last few years. She wrote or co-wrote 8 of the 10 songs on the new album, which was produced by Buddy Cannon.
Snuff: A Novel of Discworld    More Info  Borrow
By Terry Pratchett. From Harper.
 (8 reviews)  Amazon rank #1,027

The new Discworld novel from the master features the popular Sam Vimes, Commander of the City Watch.

According to the writer of the best-selling crime novel ever to have been published in the city of Ankh-Morpork, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse. And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe.
The Quest: The Global Race for Energy, Security, and Power    More Info  Borrow
By Daniel Yergin. From Penguin Press HC, The.
 (1 review)  Amazon rank #2,721

Renowned energy authority Daniel Yergin continues the riveting story begun in his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Prize, in this gripping account of the quest for the energy the world needs -- and the power and riches that come with it. A master story teller as well as one of the world's great experts, Yergin proves that energy is truly the engine of global political and economic change, as well as central to the battle over climate change.
Design*Sponge at Home    More Info  Borrow
By Grace Bonney. From Artisan.
(1 review)  Amazon rank #3,523

The long-awaited home décor bible by the beloved design blogger“Thank you,” wrote a reader to Design*Sponge creator Grace Bonney, “for teaching me that houses don’t have to be frumpy and formal. They don’t have to be matchy-matchy or rigidly modern.” They can just be comfy and unique and reflect who you are, no matter how small your budget or space.

That reader is one of the 75,000 unique daily visitors to Design*Sponge, who make it the most popular design site on the web.

Would love to hear some of your library tips ~ 
please share!

xoxo Michele  


Lula said...

what I am reading right now is
Finishing "The excellent wife" by Martha Pace
Re reading "Shopping for time" by Caroline Mahaney
re reading "The trial" by Kafka, for school, and re reading his biography by Hayman.

Also, I am reading "Stress less, weight less" by Holly Mosier, my mother in law bought it for me while I was recovering from the surgery and I thought it was funny but it is actually pretty good!

{darlene} said...

Hi dear!! Just wanted to let you know that I put in a bunch of requests for books with my local library screen up on one Tab and your Beautifully Balanced suggestions up on the other tab.
Thankful for you!!
I'll let you know how we like the "lucky" baseball book! hugs.

Michele said...

Lula, did you enjoy The Trial? I haven't read it for years, might have to pick it up again. I haven't read Shopping for Time, but I LOVED Margin by Richard Swenson - he also wrote the More Than Meets The Eye, which is one of my all time faves - cause I like the geeky science behind the sovereignty of God. If you haven't read him please do.

Dar - you are the sweetest!!! If the boys don't like Lucky this year - try again when they are a little older.

xoxo michele