Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Staff Picks 2015: Part 4

This week it's time for Miss Cherrie's picks of reads from 2015.  Miss Cherrie has declared 2015 her year of non-fiction books, so this list is heavy on the non-fiction with a few fiction titles thrown in for good measure!

In no particular order, Miss Cherrie's picks are...

Non-fiction Titles

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew--Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby and Suzanne Oliver

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

The Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Medicine, Madness, and The Murder of a President by Candice Millard

Fiction Titles

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

The Storied Life of A. V. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


--Posted by Ms. Angie

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Staff Picks 2015: Part 3

It's time for part 3 of this year's Staff Picks series.  If you wish to read previous installments from this year or the previous year, you continue scrolling through the blog for those entries and links to the previous year's series.  Keep reading for Timothy's top picks for 2015!

Book: The Martian by Andy Weir; Timothy says that he enjoyed the dry humor in this novel.

Album: Daoko by Daoko

Video game: Splatoon

Graphic novel series: Assassination Classroom written and illustrated by Yusei Matsui

App:  Neko Atsume

Monday, January 11, 2016

Staff Picks 2015: Part 2

It's time for Part 2 of the second annual Staff Picks series, and this week it's my turn to share my picks from the past year.  All of my selected picks for books and one of my selected movies have been reviewed previously on the blog, so you can click those links to find full reviews of those titles!  Oh, and why don't you leave me a comment about your 'best of' picks from the last year.

Books

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry; at the time of the review post for this book I'd already read this one a couple or three times.  I've since read it again and bought a copy for my cousin's newborn baby because that's how much I love this book.  I don't care that it's a picture book for young children.  I. Love. This. Book.

Longbourne by Jo Baker; this list wouldn't be complete without British period drama and Pride and Prejudice, okay, so deal with it.  I loved this new perspective on the events of Pride and Prejudice told from the point of view of the servants at the Bennets' home at Longbourne.

The Other Side of Midnight by Simone St. James; this list also wouldn't be complete without a title by St. James on it because English period drama supernatural/ghost story!  Two of St. James's titles made my picks for last year and the link for this review contains links to the previously reviewed titles.  I can't recommend St. James's novels enough.

Movies/Mini-series

Sons of Liberty (mini-series); this mini-series is a highly fictionalized telling of the years leading up to the American colonies' declaration of independence from Great Britain.  The star is the rebel, Samuel Adams, who enjoys sticking it to the British. [The link goes to the review for the first episode of the series; navigate to reviews for the last two episodes in the reviews Archive on the right side of the page!)

About Last Night; a re-make of an older movie by the same title, this comedy is the hilarious tale of two couples who meet and struggle to make their relationships work.

What I'm looking forward to in 2016:

The next Simone St. James release in the spring, and the release on DVD of Midwinter of the Spirit, a British supernatural drama (surprise, surprise!).


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Staff Picks 2015: Part 1

Miss Shayne is starting off the series with her picks for 2015.  Read on to see what she picked for her 'best of' for the year!

Books

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi:

Miss Shayne says she loved the strong, female lead character who starts with nothing and works to get to a powerful position.  Miss Shayne also liked the journal that the lead character kept throughout this beautifully written book.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Miss Shayne recommends this good ghost story that stars a girl who's relatable.  The girl has to make new friends to solve a murder mystery.

Movie: Jurassic World

Music 

1000 Forms of Fear (album) by Sia

Sale el Sol (album) by Shakira

Minutes to Midnight (album) by Linkin Park

What Miss Shayne is looking forward to in 2016:

Sia's new album, This Is Acting

Shakira's next new release, rumored to be in 2016

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Staff Picks 2015 & Scheduling Note


We began the year with a new annual series called Staff Picks, and we are starting to gather up those picks around here.  The 2015 series will kick off in the new year with a brand new installment of Staff Picks each week.  If you want to catch up on what we read or watched and loved last year, you can click on the links below.

Now for a scheduling note: in light of the holiday, the blog will likely take next week off.  We may be back between Christmas and New Year's with a final review to close out the new year.  We here at the Matthews Public Library wish you and your family a very merry holiday and good tidings for the new year!