Summer Reading 2014

Gone Girl is emotionally charged

July 8, 2013 by  

By Jamie Bayne, BCPL Information Services supervisor Poignant prose has become a rare commodity in a world where people want information in a nanosecond (or less).  Twitter requires our thoughts and conversations to take no more than 140 characters; texting demands we get our message out in 160. In a world of such abbreviated dialect, finding a novel like Gone Girl: A Novel becomes almost ritualistic in its beauty.  What begins with a seemingly innocent story of boy meets girl, … Continue reading

Ring of Fire series

June 27, 2013 by  

by Renee Schmutz-Sowards, BCPL circulation specialist Someday I’ll write a review about a standalone book – really, I will. But not today! Today I want to talk about a series that I love, but that at the same time can be slightly … “whelming” (which is not quite overwhelming). I am talking about the notable and prolific sci-fi writer Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire series. (Here’s where the confusion starts, because it is alternately known as the 1632 series. I … Continue reading

The Pandora of Books

June 7, 2013 by  

readers advisory

by Barb Biggs, BCPL Branch Manager One of the many services we perform for patrons at Boyd County Public Library is something called Readers’ Advisory. If there is a particular author that you like and you have read all of his or her books, we can steer you toward a similar author. Think of us as the Pandora or iTunes Genius of books!  For example, if you love Dorothea Benton Frank’s books, we could suggest a few like authors. If … Continue reading

If I Stay

May 10, 2013 by  

if i stay

by Amy Colegove, BCPL information specialist All I can say is, “Wow!”  As a consistent reader of young adult fiction I can honestly say I have never read a book as powerful as “If I Stay,” by Gayle Forman. It raises the question: Do we really have the option to decide if we live or die? How do we even begin to make that decision?  I’m not sure that I am capable of doing that now as an adult, much … Continue reading

Before I Go to Sleep

May 10, 2013 by  

before I go to sleep

by Amanda Clark, BCPL adult programming supervisor Before I Go to Sleep is the first novel by British author S.J. Watson. I recently read it as part of the Novel-Tea Book Club (which meets at the Main Branch of Boyd County Public Library on the 4th Monday of each month at 1 p.m.) The book is billed as a psychological thriller. Since that’s not what I typically enjoy reading, I put it off until the last possible minute. In fact, … Continue reading

J.R. Ward’s Lover at Last

May 7, 2013 by  

Lover at last

The long awaited 11th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Lover at Last, by J. R. Ward is now available. Lover at Last features the burgeoning love story between Quinn and Blay.  This is a first for Ward as she has not previously delved into the intricacies of same-sex relationships. Like all the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, there are some rather steamy intimate scenes as well as lots of Lesser fighting and action-movie style scenes. If you haven’t read … Continue reading

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