Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Turning 50 Isn't So Bad

Fifty never looked so good! Join the 50 Book Challenge at Bernardsville Public Library for a fun way to challenge yourself to read 50 books in one year. This new program is designed to inspire you to finish those half-read books and to seek out interesting new material available at the library. Read any book of your choice! You may read fiction and nonfiction or listen to audiobooks, if you prefer. You may even include graphic novels. All you have to do is register for the program, pick up your reading log, and get started!

To make this as convenient as possible for you, reference librarian Karen Vaias has organized a kickoff party at 3 p.m. this Saturday, January 23, to be held in the library. Karen will explain the program at this time and help you set up your reading log. A selection of free books will be available and refreshments will also be served.

If you can't make the kickoff, please refer to the library's new 50 Book Challenge Web page. It is most comprehensive and informative. The Web page gives you great links to online resources and reading ideas, and you'll be able to print out your own reading log or create one online. Don't like to do things online? Just come into the library and register for the 50 Book Challenge at the circulation desk.

Although this is meant to be your own personal reading challenge, program participants will be invited to meet several times during the year for shared encouragement and discussion. If you achieve your goal of 50 books in 2010, your name will be entered into a drawing for prizes at year's end. Whatever your goal may be, this supportive program will help you attain it. Don't be afraid to turn "50."


Jilana said...

Jilana Dellal says:

Don't miss Barbara Kingsolver's latest "The Lacuna". Great book about a shy writer who gets involved with Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Trotsky in 1930's Mexico. I have read everything she's published and she's NEVER missed!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have read 2 books so far. I am jumping around and reading different things that I don't typically read. I have read ("Crazy Ladies" - pretty good), ("The Last Juror" Grisham - it was okay). I am currently reading ("Murder on the Orient Express"). I picked up these titles from other TOP book lists on the internet.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed Amy Bloom's book of short stories, "Where the God of Love Hangs Out." Definitely original and quirky.

Also, even if it gets a little predictable, "Love Walked In" by Marisa de los Santos, was an enganging and entertaining read.

I also read a few Young Adult novels: "Shiver" by Amy Stiefvater, which will feed your love of wolves and teen love, if such love exists. Also read "The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan; just made into a movie; it is a great book, even if I have aged out of the target age group audience.

Speaking of that, in J Fiction, I read Lois Lowry's The Willoughby's which is a quirky, fun (and not too long) story, as well as Margarte Haddix "The Missing." The premise of the book starts with an unexpected plane landing at an airport, and when airport employees enter the plane the plane is empty of adults, but has a baby strapped into every seat. Weird, right? It's a good read, even though it is aimed at a younger audience.