Re-reading Challenge: That childhood favorite

mistyWe heard from a lot of people at the library who liked David W’s  Resolutions for Readers . Now that there are only two calendar pages left in the year, we’d like to challenge you to take on a few of these resolutions, starting with the first on the list: I will re-read a book I loved as a child.

Take a trip back in time and re-read a favorite book from your childhood.  It could be a title that was read to you (Hailstones & Halibut Bones) ; a title you read like a thousand times (Anne of Green Gables);  or maybe take on an entire series (Chronicles of Narnia).

Your expanded horizons might just make that book much more meaningful (Where the Red Fern Grows)– or maybe make you wonder why you ever loved it in the first place. If you still love it, you’ll have a possibility for a gift for that  niece or nephew.

For all the book groups out there, how about having a night where you share with each other.  You’ll learn a lot about each other and find some great reads as part of the bargain.

Maybe you remember a story but try as you might just can’t remember the title … come see us at the library. We have all sorts of resources to help you rediscover a part of your childhood. 

                                                ~ Julie C, Central Library

Reading Challenge: Scare your pants off

Are you up for a challenge? Because we’ve got one for you. How about reading a horror story in honor of Halloween? Classic horror, gory horror, audio horror, downloaded horror (as in downloaded books) — you name it, and if it’s scary, it counts for this month’s Reading Challenge.

But which scary story to read? One of our Fiction librarians has some suggestions in an earlier post today on New Horror to Keep You Up at Night and in this post on 2008 horror titles. And right this second there’s a copy of Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son, by the way) on the shelf waiting for you.  For woo-woo unsettling subtle horror, Thomas Tryon’s The Other is a great revived read. For Texas Chainsaw style how-much-can-you-take style horror, Joe Lansdale’s God of the Razor is about the limit. We got a neat new story collection called American Supernatural Tales or something that is nifty for Hallowe’en.eddie munster The recent graphic novel Necronomicon is a great creepfest. What? You want something right this second? Within the Shadows by Brandon Massey is  an eAudio that you can download immediately.

Need more? Drop us a line at Shelf Talk (shelftalk@spl.org) and we’ll have a librarian get back to you. And of course, leave a comment here with your horrific suggestions — and your progress on accepting our October Reading Challenge.