Subscription Lending of Books

Wanted to post this article and comment. The company Oyster, and others, offers unlimited access to their book library for $10 a month. It is an interesting idea, but they are charging too much. It may seem like a deal to those who buy over-priced ebooks regularly, but for someone who rarely can afford to buy a book, it sucks. The library is a better choice for those not all that interested in ebooks.  My library is trying to increase access for those also, but they have a poor contract with the publishers. You wait in line for the book, which isn’t a big deal. But the book loan ends after 2 weeks, which is often not enough time to read the books I read. Still, the only way I could see this would be worth it is for a family account and great access to nonfiction. As is said in the comments, it would be better with a different device. I could not read a book on the iPod. We have a Kindle and Amazon Prime. We should try their free ebooks, but the ones they advertise are not interesting to me. Another comment suggested $2.99 per month. That might be acceptable, but I don’t want to see the libraries non-supported to make room for these businesses.


Picture Book of the Month for November 2013

I am spotlighting two books by the same author for this month. These books were published in Canada at the same time as the United States, starting in the 1980s. The books are popular in our area. Perhaps because we are also close to nature here, as they are in Canada. The woodcut art form works well for forest depictions and has a timeless quality.

I have a sense of awe reading these books. The author was depicting his region in Japan, but the setting is much like my home. The stories have a gravity, but they also show humor and compassion.

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Book of the Month for November 2013

This month’s selection is a book I have put off reading for a few years. It was highly recommended by my son. A near future, social issues novel, with an emphasis on technology and communication.

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Picture Book of the Month for October 2013

Awesome! This is a very exciting picture book! Brian Floca has, over more than a decade, created a few books that are about the workings of vehicles, 4 that I have seen now. The first,  Five Trucks, is simple in wording and pictures, yet more complex than usual in concept. There is inferred content, which engages the child’s mind.  Lightship still has simple text, but it is about a type of ship that is unusual and largely not heard of. There is also the addition of an author’s note, explaining the historical content.  Moonshot describes the cultural experience of the moon landing event, besides the workings of the equipment and people involved. With this book, Floca has progressed to a level that most picture books do not reach.  Locomotive  is his new creation, and he has moved again to a higher level.

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Book of the Month for October 2013

I am falling behind on my reading a little, due to reading more adult books. I haven’t been seeing many children’s fiction books that grab me. So, if you have some suggestions, please share.

This month’s selection intrigued me with the format of the book. It is a little lower level than expected, but the interaction between characters is well done, and it handles the subject sensitively and passionately. A family deals with the inescapable reality of cancer. It seems to me that we can’t go out anymore without hearing that someone we know has cancer. Several people in the past year have faced it, so this feels appropriate.

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Picture Book of the Month September 2013

Time for a picture book for October, and I realized I didn’t write a blog post for last months, though I did add one. The book is not a new book. I hadn’t seen it before, and the author is someone I go back to again and again for historical subjects.

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Book of the Month for September 2013

I guess I have read an odd selection of books this month. Wasn’t greatly impressed with the fiction, so I am going with an adult history book. It is highly accessible and not particularly long. It is civics oriented and biographical, plus sheds light on a time period that tends to only get cursory attention in school. It shows how fascinating history can be.

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Picture Book of the Month for August 2013

Still trying to catch up.

This month’s selection is another Caldecott. I have to say this year’s choices are ones I actually agree with, mostly. So often, I wonder what they were thinking. I haven’t seen many of the other new picture books, because the Borders in our area closed and has not been replaced by anything worthwhile. Bonus – I hadn’t heard of the author or illustrator before.

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Book of the Month for August 2013

This month’s selection is a short story collection that is about 10 years old. It is one of the strongest collections I have come across. One might ask why I am choosing older book. This is the 1st time I have seen it, and if it deserves some attention, I do not care if it is older.

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Picture Book of the Month for July 2013

I know I’m falling behind this month. We got back recently from vacation.

This selection is all about the illustrations. It is more simplistic than I tend to choose, but awesome nonetheless.

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Note: I have made a point of including books that people of all ages can enjoy. Try some books that are a challenge and some for younger people too--no matter your age.

**Most of the books on this site were written for children and young adults. There are some adult books included because they appeal to younger readers too and because they are transitional for teenage readers.



***Many libraries now have their catalogues online. You can search them for books from home if you choose not to buy books. If you don't know your local library's name, type library location (for ex. library Bangor, Me).

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