Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Despite being only 7 when Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was first published, I always wanted to read the modern classic. I’m not sure when I first heard about the book, but the title stayed with me for a very long time. Who can’t resist a title like that? And that cover! Gorgeous.

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I found the book very intriguing, and a wonderful portrayal of the city pre-tourism boom. I really enjoyed reading about the various characters in Savannah and the culture, especially the history surrounding the restoration of old houses in the area, and Lady Chablis’ story.

** spoiler alert **

The end of the audible version included an interview with the author and we learn the murder took place at least a year before Berendt arrived in Savannah. In the book it happens halfway through, and readers are led to believe the author had already developed a friendship with Williams. Knowing the truth, I don’t know how I feel about his credibility.

The other interesting thing with the Audible narration? The narrator is the same as that of Looking for Alaska by John Green. Very jarring for me originally since the two books are very different. #audiobookproblems.

Now to watch the movie

Popsugar Reading Challenge: *New York Times Bestseller
*it’s not a best seller now, but it was when published.

Pikachu, I Choose You!

Unless you live under a rock, you know all about the new gaming phenomenon: Pokemon Go. I created an account for the sole purpose of discovering if my library is a Poke Gym or Poke Spot (my husband got super excited about going hunting for Pokemon together, but that’s another story). Turns out my library is a Poke Spot, and I created signs and displays. I’m hoping to do more programming to draw in my age group (18-35), or those who grew up with TV show and trading cards.

For example, I personally was not a fan of the show, but my younger brother would tape it on a VHS tape every day and watch it after school. The only episode I remember is when Pikachu finds a herd(?) of other Pikachus and has to decide if he is going to stay with Ash or his fellow Pikachus. I admit, I cried a bit, despite not knowing any other parts of the story.

Back to programming. I am clearly not the target demographic for this game. I didn’t watch the show or play the original games, and I aside from the occasional Mario Kart, I also avoided video games. Luckily other people have come up with ways to incorporate Pokemon Go in the library. Here are several postings with ideas, big and small. Many ideas are targeted at kids, so if you find any emerging adult themed programs, let me know!

 

Life Lately

This past week in Minnesota, and the rest of the United States, was terrible. The shooting of Philando Castile happened less than 5 miles from my house. I can’t bring myself to drive past the spot, and I certainly cannot even begin to imagine the pain and grief his family, friends, and those who knew him are feeling.

There are many ways to get involved, and work towards peace and justice, but as this is a library blog, I want to share this wonderful editorial by Colin Whitehurst, of Portage District Library in Michigan.

I feel like today more than ever, the Library reminds us that we can work together. We have this place in each of our communities that stands up proud and tall and invites everyone in to be fed emotionally, intellectually, and yes sometimes literally.

Red Queen

I saw this book coming through the library constantly. Aside from Harry Potter, I generally do not enjoy fantasy. However, I figured I should try this book out, and knock out a category for the Popsugar Reading Challenge. Two birds with one stone, right?

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I downloaded Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and started listening sometime in mid-June. As I write this, I already forgot some of the plot points because I just did not find them memorable. One review I read described the series as The Hunger Games meets X-Men, which pretty much sums it up. While that description sounds awesome it all felt old–we’ve seen this, or read this, and Aveyard added nothing new to the tried plot. Except maybe an excessive use of flowery language. She really needed a strict editor…

The story follows Mare, a Red girl with no future prospect outside the military and pickpocketing. In Mare’s world the Reds, or those with red blood, are the servant/workign class, while the silvers (those with silver blood) are the elites. Aside from the different colors of blood, the silvers mutated and now have “abilities,” like the ability to control fire or metal, or someones mind. Through a series of events, it is discovered that Mare has an ability of her own, something that could change the dynamic of the kingdom forever.