Monday, July 27, 2015


Next month, our book club will be reading Unbroken:: a World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.  Unbroken follows Louis Zamperini as he trains for the Olympics and enlists in the war.  It is a captivating read, and I could not put it down. 

Laura Hillenbrand is also the author of Seabiscuit: an American Legend, and both of her works have been made into movies.

For more information on Laura Hillenbrand and her work, visit her website:

Already finished reading Unbroken?  Here are some other books you may want to try.

Devil At My Heels: a Heroic Olympian's Astonishing Story of Survival as a Japanese POW in World War II by Louis Zamperini

An American Plague: the True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

Krakatoa: the Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester

Lost in Shangri-La: a True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

Ghost Soldiers: the Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission by Hampton Sides

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown

Into Thin Air: a Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer

Shadow Divers: the True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson

Double Cross: the True Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre

Check one out today!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015


This month's selection for Book to Movie Club is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  Lee's novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, and the movie starring Gregory Peck won 3 Oscars: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium, and Best Art Direction.  It was also nominated for Best Picture!

And, as I am sure you are aware, Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman is now available.

Can't get enough of To Kill a Mockingbird?  Try one of these read-alikes!

Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
A Time to Kill by John Grisham
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine
A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora
Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington

Remember, Book to Movie Club meets on Thursday, July 30th at 6:00pm at Creekside Place!

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Monday, July 13, 2015


How do you choose the next book you will read?  Do have a running list of titles, or do you wait for recommendations from others?  Do you just pull a book at random off the shelf, read blogs, or browse the shelves of your library or bookstore?  There are so many books out there, and sometimes it is hard to know what to read next.  Why not choose one based on your favorite color?

The books featured here today are all YA books with a color in the title.  Pick a color, and see what you will find!

Don't see anything you want to try?  Just type in your favorite color as your search term in RockCat, and see what pops up.

A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler
Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ronald Koertge
Ruby Red by Kerstin Geir
Mister Orange by Truus Matti
At Yellow Lake by Jane McLoughlin
Green Witch by Alice Hoffman
Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin
Burning Blue by Paul Griffin
Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn
Passion Blue by Victoria Strauss
White Fang by Jack London
The Winter of Red Snow by Kristiana Gregory
A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

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Monday, July 6, 2015


What is a graphic novel?  In the simplest of terms, a graphic novel is a book that is made up of comic panels.  A graphic novel can be one story, or it can be made up of anthologized works. 

There are original graphic novels, adaptations of classic novels, and adaptations of current bestsellers.  There are even graphic novels that are nonfiction!  Some of the most recognizable names of graphic novels include Watchmen, Maus, and The Dark Knight Returns.

Take a look at the variety of graphic novels that can be found through RockCat, and put one on hold today!

Adult Section:
Watchmen by Alan Moore
Astonishing X-Men. Volume 1, Gifted by Joss Whedon
300 by Frank Miller
Batman: Year One by Frank Miller
The Sandman. Volume 1, Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore
Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
King Lear by Gareth Hinds

Young Adult Section:
Castle Waiting by Linda Medley
Scott Pilgrim. Volume 1, Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs
March by John Lewis
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Naruto. Volume 1, Uzumaki Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

Children's Section:
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Babymouse: Queen of the World by Jennifer L. Holm
A Wrinkle In Time: The Graphic Novel by Hope Larson
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires
Lunch Lady. Volume 1, and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett Krosoczka
Squish. Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm
Star Wars: Episode I, the Phantom Menace. Volume 1 by Henry Gilroy

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