Reading Addict

Make Mine a Moriarty by Laura Raphael

Recently, another librarian and I were batting around title ideas for a new book discussion group when I had to stop and double-check the names for two authors. Was I remembering their names correctly? Surely they didn’t BOTH share “Moriarty” as a last name. I mean, that’s kind of unusual, isn’t it?

Be a Book Giver by Cindy Hulsey

Eighth grade.  I was sitting in Mrs. Wolffes’s English class wearing bell-bottom hip-huggers and a smock top.  I wore small gold wire-framed glasses and my nails were perfectly manicured in frosty lilac.  At the end of class Mrs. Wolffes approached me and said she had just finished a book she thought I would enjoy.  She gave me the title and the author’s name; Zelda by Nancy Milford.

Sublime Novels by Cindy Hulsey

When Donna Tartt published her first novel, The Secret History, in 1992 I was smitten.  For me, she had written the perfect book—one that appealed to me on every level—the setting (college in New England), the characters (intellectuals with a dark side), the plot (taught psychological drama), and exquisite language that made me read slowly to savor every word.

Books Change Lives by Cindy Hulsey

I recently stumbled upon a new book that caught my attention; Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates.  Who could resist such a provocative title? I must admit that as a librarian I already subscribed to the notion that books have the power to change lives, so the author was preaching to the choir.  However, this book made me think about a lot of things, not the least of which was the U.S. prison system.

Reading the Season by Rebecca Howard

Last year I started a tradition with my (then) 2-year-old niece, Scarlett. Her Christmas Eve gift from us would be a new pair of pajamas, hot chocolate, and 1 or 2 seasonal stories for bedtime.  I wanted to give her a tradition that she could always associate with warmth, family, and reading.  I had a wonderful time exploring all of the holiday picture books last year—many of which I remembered from my own childhood. 

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