Category Archives: books

downloading library books

I knew that the library loaned iPads and DVDs and books on CDs but I hadn’t really paid attention to downloading audio books. A few weeks ago I sat down and opened my public library’s website and did some research about audio and eBooks. It wasn’t difficult and it didn’t take long for me to discover that I needed to download an app called OverDrive and then sign in with my library card.

I downloaded OverDrive and borrowed Laura Lippman’s After I’m Gone. I spent a lot of time in the car this week and thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story while driving. I kept listening on Saturday while I did errands and household chores and finally sat down to really focus on the last chapter!

As soon as it ended I logged back in and downloaded another one. The coolest thing is the books return themselves when the 14 day loan period expires!

Who knew?! What a gift. Yet another reason to support your local library.

HAR

public library

I have been on the board of our local library foundation for the past six years and helped with the planning of the signature fundraising event – A Celebration of Authors.

Each year we invite four authors to participate in a panel discussion. They tend to be from New England since we have a small budget for travel. This year we had Anita Diamant, Joseph Finder, Lily King and Ann Leary. It is a terrific event and I would encourage you to attend author events if your library or local college host them. Then borrow their books from the library.

It’s fascinating to learn a little about the inner workings of a writer…how they motivate themselves, where they get their inspiration, and what they like to read! Our event has a terrific moderator who asks interesting and unusual questions that makes it a great evening. Over the years I have listened to at least 15 authors at the Celebration of Authors and it makes reading their work so much richer.

Support your library!

HAR

friday favourite – wandering inside the words

I have been writing marketing and advertising words for more than 25 years. But I’m pretty sure no one has ever wanted to get right inside anything I’ve written – hanging on the next word, wondering where the advertising message would take them. And that’s okay…I wouldn’t expect them to.

That’s why I especially love when I find books that make me want to climb right inside them. I admire and marvel at the craft of writing.

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I just read one I couldn’t put down – wandering through the wilderness with the four lost hikers in Lori Lansens’ The Mountain Story. It’s my friday favourite.

Maybe it’s the hiker in me that identifies with stories like this. But I’m pretty sure it’s much more than that. It’s the carefully crafted combination of everyday words that has me living and breathing and gasping with the characters.

What’s the last book you read that you couldn’t put down?

CJR

books we haven’t read

We keep thinking we will write a post about all the books we’ve been reading but it never seems to happen.

So instead, here is a list of books I haven’t read but are on my nightstand, waiting for my attention! Feel free to add yours to the list!

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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. A recent article in the NYTimes about the Naples of the media-averse Elena Ferrante caught my eye, so I bought the book and it sits on my nightstand.

I loved Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann and so I bought Transatlantic and have yet to crack the cover.

Julianna Baggott was a guest author at an event I helped plan at our local library last fall and I received a copy of her latest novel Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders. I would like to read it!

My friend who once owned a bookstore recommended The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I bought it. I haven’t read it.

What haven’t you read???

HAR