Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Top 5 titles foraged from our processing trolleys

List by Danielle
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Even though it is a total myth that we just sit and read all day (*big* sigh for that myth), one of the greatest pleasures of working in a library is the proximity to what seems like an endless stream of new books. Want to take a peek on our processing trolleys? Here is a Top 5 from the books we've unpacked recently, which are soon on their way to the shelves...

Tea cozies 2 / Guild of Master Craftsman, 2009
Knit and crochet your own tea cosies (cozies?!) - I kid you not. A bit of an argument - well, a good-humoured expression of differing points of view, we being librarians - cropped up when I mocked the cozies as being more fit for David Bain's jersey wardrobe than for popping on a pot of tea. We have a cataloguer here who would happily whip up the 'strawberries and cream' model, or the 'cupcake'... actually, the 'funky punk' with it's felted spikes is actually kinda cool, even if it does look like Upsy Daisy on a bad day...

I haven't seen the movie - and the reviews I've seen have been fairly 'meh' - but the graphic novel actually comes with Joss Whedon's endorsement: "I'm down with THE LOSERS in a big way. It's tough to make international espionage fresh, and I love that book." I am such a geek, but that makes me want to take a look. Big, blocky graphics with bold colours - aqua, orange, shades of brown - suit the high action premise (betrayed Special Forces strike team fight back).

The time traveler's guide to Medieval England: a handbook for visitors to the Fourteenth Century / Ian Mortimer
"You will learn how to greet people on the street, what to use as toilet paper, why a physician might want to taste your blood, and how to know whether you are coming down with leprosy." Seriously cool way to approach history! It wouldn't be a quick or easy read, though - it does seem to be jam-packed with actual historical research - but what a novel way to structure your history lesson.

Sh*t my dad says / Justin Halpern
Weaves together some of the hilarious Twitter posts from Justin Halpern's famous Tweetstream, as well as the author's own memories of growing up with his now equally-famous dad ("like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair"). I think we can thank Tosca for this one, as it was her suggestion for purchase...

The demon's lexicon / Sarah Rees Brennan
New YA fiction that looks like a slightly younger version of the TV series 'Supernatural' on some sort of crazy steroids... two brothers with a murdered dad, a mum driven mad by magicians, a magic charm, demon marks, a 'deadly game of cat and mouse', lies about the past... Okay, it all sounds familiar with the vast flood of paranormal stuff out there right now, but I still want to give it a go, it has so much energy burning off it! You can feel the dark teen angst and bad magic just radiating off the pouty-lipped cover. I so want to read it!

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