Tag Archives: Goodreads

Breaking Barriers, Rainy Day Reads, Walking, Walking, Walking…

Our Online Book Club has covered a lot of ground over the last few months. We kicked off this year with an 1100 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail with Cheryl Strayed in Wild. From there, we kept right on trekking though England, covering an additional 600 miles of ground in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. While there were a number of similarities between these two...
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Ways to Track Your Reading

You’re reading a book. You’re enjoying the book. Something about it feels natural, comfortable, even a little familiar. Then, about three chapters in, you have a light-bulb moment…the reason the book feels so familiar is because you have already read it! BAM! Cue the violins. Valuable reading time has just been wasted away. To me, bibliodejavu is annoying, frustrating, and totally unnecessary. With so many brilliantly written books out there,...
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The Best of the 2014 Best Book Lists

Lists are a great way to look back and celebrate the year that was. As the clock winds down on 2014, we are seeing more and more people release their best books of the year lists. Many organizations like CBC, NPR, & The Globe have released great lists. Looking through them, it quickly became apparent that we really need a list of lists.  I’ve checked it twice, and made it...
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Goodreads Book Club this November!

The results are in! We’ll be reading Half Blood Blues, the award winning novel by Esi Endugyan for the month of November. I’m so excited to read this great new book with all of you and am looking forward to leading exciting discussions through our WPL Goodreads page. Half Blood Blues looks to be a fascinating read. It’s the winner of numerous prestigious awards including the Giller Award and was shortlisted for...
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#BigLibraryRead is Back!

From now through October 28th, you have the opportunity to join the world’s largest global e-Book club through Overdrive’s Big Library Read.  The title for this round is ANATOMY OF A MISFIT by Andrea Portes, and for the next two weeks you can borrow the eBook or eAudiobook without any waitlists or holds. About the Book (from http://windsor.lib.overdrive.com/) In this Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower tale,...
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Online Book Club Update: “Two Women” & Teenage Drama

October is shaping up to be an eventful month for our online book club. We’re kicking things off by reading and discussing “Two Women” by Christene Browne. Two Women is a story about five women: Eva & Ava – twin sisters in their fifties who are blind, and who have lived a very sheltered life; Rose and Violet – two young women from opposite sides of the world who just so happen to share...
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Don’t forget to Vote for our November Goodreads club!

Have you voted for our November Goodreads book yet? The numbers are tight and every vote counts! So far we have Light Lifting in the lead with 41.7% of the vote but Half Blood Blues is following closely with 33.3% of the vote closely followed by Lullabies for Little Criminals 16.7% and The Imperfectionists  with 8.3%. So far no one has voted for The Sisters Brothers or Runaway (Stories) but there’s still time and anything could win....
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What would you like to read in November?

We’d love your input for the Goodreads book club this November. We’re running a month long poll (running until October 16th so we still have time to read the book) to help choose our WPL Goodreads book club pick for November 2014. We’re choosing between a number of Canadian novels: Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill; Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan; The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman; Runaway (Stories) by Alice Munro;...
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Online Book Club Update

For the month of September, our Online Book Club is reading/discussing “The Best Laid Plans” by Terry Fallis.  This comic novel about Canadian Politics won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor, and was crowned the 2011 winner of CBC Canada Reads. About this Book (Description from Goodreads): “A burnt-out political aide quits just before an election — but is forced to run a hopeless campaign on the way out. He...
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Goodreads Contest: Three More Days to Chime In!

Don’t forget to visit our Goodreads page between now and Saturday for your chance to win a $75 gift card.  As June has been unofficially declared Overdrive Challenge month here at WPL, our conversations have naturally taken a turn towards discussing eBooks and eAudiobooks in general (likes, dislikes, recommendations, etc.).  The conversation has been quite informative.  Our Goodreads page is also a great resource for suggested reads (both from WPL and...
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June 14-28: Chime in on Goodreads for your chance to win!

Happy Birthday to US! Our Goodreads Online Book Club has been up and running for about a year now, and what an eventful first year we have had.  Globe trotting, time traveling, serial killers, child abductions, missing moms, and a zombie apocalypse – PHEW – we made it! Now it’s time to celebrate.  For the next two weeks (June 14-June 28), anybody who comments on a discussion or votes in a...
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Aboriginal Fiction To Celebrate Aboriginal Awareness Week

Join the Windsor Public Library this week in celebrating Aboriginal Awareness Week. Taking place May 20-23, AAW was created to honour the Aboriginal people of Canada and to bring attention to issues affecting the Native and Indigenous members of our community. In commemoration of this event, WPL has been promoting organizations and resources that can provide information on Aboriginal peoples and culture. We have already highlighted organizations in the Windsor-Essex County area that serve the...
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May Goodreads

The results are in from our Goodreads poll and it looks like WPL’s readers enjoy reading young adult (YA) books! 66.7% of respondents let us know that they “sometimes” read YA books with 22.2% reading them “often.” The combined total of 88.9% reading YA titles either sometimes or often is pretty strong. It looks like we love YA! Only 11.1% of readers said they read them “rarely” with no one...
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Book Sequels That Are Worth The Read

When discussing books it is often claimed that the sequel is never as good as the original. Unlike authors who plan a long running narrative over a series of books, the continuation of an original self-contained story can sometimes feel unnecessary or (at worst) a poor attempt to cash in on the success of the first work. While there certainly are follow-ups that fail to capture the elements which made...
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Graphic Novels (For Those Who Can’t Stand Superhero Stories)

For a lot of people the terms “comic book” and “graphic novel” bring to mind images of over-muscled men in tights fighting super-powered criminals. There is no denying that tight-and-cape tales have been a staple in the comic industry for almost seventy years, but this medium should not be overlooked for its ability to tell complex and innovative adult oriented stories outside of the superhero genre. Windsor Public Library’s extensive graphic...
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Really? You’re Not in a Book Club?

A recent opinion piece from the New York Times titled “Really? You’re Not in a Book Club?” explores the book club boom of the last few years.  According to the author, James Atlas, it’s pretty safe to assume that most people belong to a book club in some way, shape, or form. Book clubs have been meeting for ages, but they’ve often been associated with living room chats for the...
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Goodreads Book Club Gets Author’s Attention

Haven’t joined WPL’s online book club yet? Now would be a great time to start! We’re currently reading Erik Larson’s fascinating non-fiction book, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America and we’re already getting some lively discussions going. Everyone has a different first impression and we’re all looking forward to the upcoming movie staring Leonardo Dicaprio! In fact, the discussion is...
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Help WPL Celebrate The Anniversaries Of Great Books

Anniversaries mark a time for celebration, so what better way to celebrate the anniversary of a piece of literature than by cracking it open and giving it a read? 2014 is a milestone year for a number of books and WPL is encouraging you to help us celebrate by reading some of these classic titles!   Turning twenty-five is Amy Tan’s best selling novel The Joy Luck Club. This popular title, which has been adapted...
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Online Book Club: Help Us Choose a Book for March

Our Online Book Club is off to a great start this year.  For the month of January we have been reading and discussing “The Girls” by Lori Lansens. “The girls, Rose and Ruby, were born joined at the head (craniopagus twins) in a rural community in 1974.  Abandoned by their mother, they were adopted by an eccentric nurse who attended their birth. Now almost thirty-years-old, Rose has developed a passion...
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Good Reads, Great Discussion: Online Book Club Update

Have you heard? Windsor Public Library now offers an Online Book Club through Goodreads.  We’ve only been active for a few months, but we sure have been covering a lot of ground. Cleopatra’s Daughter, by Michelle Moran. We kicked off June with a journey to Imperial Rome, where we experienced the people and events of this glorious and tumultuous period in human history through the eyes of Selene, surviving child...
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