Category Archives: book list

Wrapping up The Grapes of Wrath

Thanks for reading The Grapes of Wrath with me! If you’d like to read similar books, you  might be interested in:

The worst hard time : the untold story of those who survived the great American dust bowl by Timothy Egan

Rainwater by Sandra Brown

An Introduction to the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, written and produced by Dan Stone and the National Endowment for the Arts (audiobook on CD)


Water for Elephants: wrapping up

What do you think of the ending of Water for Elephants? Does the final reveal of what really happened that night of the stampede surprise you? Were there any clues in the text that led you to the conclusion before you read that far?

Did you enjoy the book? Would you recommend it to a friend? Why or why not?

If you’d like to read more like Water for Elephants, you may be interested in:

The Circus Fire: A True Story by Stewart O’Nan

The Final Confession of Mabel Stark by Robert Hough

The Last of the Wallendas by Delilah Wallenda

Thanks for reading with me!

Summer reading lists for school – it’s not too late

Does the middle- or high-schooler in your house still have books to read from the Albany City School District summer reading list? We can help!

Check our online catalog for titles from the list. You can place holds online and we’ll call or email you when the book arrives.

Can’t wait? Bookends, the used book store at the Main Library, has many of the titles on the Albany City School District’s middle and high school required summer reading lists. The books cost just $1 for students (student ID required).

We have many book list titles available, including Marley and Me, The Secret Life of Bees, The World Is Flat, Kite Runner, Tipping Point, Huck Finn, and Things Fall Apart. You can browse the Bookends inventory online.

Bookends is currently scheduled to be open:
Tuesdays: 11 am – 2 pm and 5 – 7 pm
Wednesdays: 11 am-2 pm and 3 -7 pm
Thursdays: 11 am – 2 pm and 3 -7 pm

You can also call Bookends directly at 427-4353.

Thrilled — NPR’s list of top thrillers

NPR’s just posted its top 100 list of listener-nominated thriller novels, a much more broad selection of classic and popular titles than I’d expect. Unsurprisingly, Stephen King places high on the list (although personally, he’s not the first writer I think of when I want to read a thriller), followed by strong showings from Dan Brown, Michael Crichton, Stieg Larsson, and Dennis Lehane.

Here’s the top 10 (click through to request a copy):

1. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
3. Kiss the Girls by James Patterson
4. The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
5. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Our November 2010 Read with Me pick!)
6. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
7. The Shining by Stephen King
8. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
9. The Hunt tor Red October by Tom Clancy
10. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

What do you think of the list? Which book would make your list of top thrillers?

Read with me in 2010!

The book selections for the rest of the year have been finalized. Of course, we’ve already started with January’s book, Henry James’ The Wings of the Dove— here are the titles for the remainder of the year:

February: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

March: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

April: The Doctor’s Wife by Elizabeth Brundage

May: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

June: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

July: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

August: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

September: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

October: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

November: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

December: Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

The 19th Wife: wrapping up

Thanks for reading David Ebershoff’s The 19th Wife with me! If you’re interested in reading more books like this one, here are a couple of ideas.

If the dual narrative, historical fiction or mystery aspect of The 19th Wife appealed to you, try:

Possession: a romance by A.S. Byatt

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Mathematics of Love by Emma Darwin

Brigham’s Day by John Gates

If you’d like to read more about Mormons and polygamy, try:

Under the Banner of Heaven: a story of violent faith by Jon Krakauer

Escape by Carolyn Jessop

Shattered Dreams: my life as a polygamist’s wife by Irene Spencer

Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall

Effigy: Mormons, polygamy, taxidermy, love by Alissa York

Wuthering Heights: more like this

Thanks for reading Wuthering Heights with me — the book was much more interesting than I thought it would be, and while I wouldn’t call it a great romance in the traditional sense, I really liked the gothic feel to it. If you’d like to read more books like Wuthering Heights, try one of these:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier

A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

Watch for tomorrow’s post — a new book to read with me in May!