Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Top 5 favourite NextReads eNewsletters for November 2010

List by Tosca

"Wear the old coat and buy the new book."
- Austin Phelps

I agree with the quote wholeheartedly. If it's a choice between anything and a new book, the book is always going to win :) People always look at me rather strangely when I tell them that the reason I work in libraries is because I heart books - little books, big books, bad books, brilliant books, fiction, nonfiction - if it's got words I'll read 'em! I have to guiltily admit that wherever I am I recommend titles for people to try *shamefaced look* As a result of this I find myself promoting books, and our library services, in the most unusual places: buses, Twitter, trains, standing in queues, with the checkout operator at Countdown Manukau, occasionally on Bebo, at the bus stop, on Facebook, over the counter and, last but not least, in our NextReads eNewsletters. Which, not-coincidentally, is the subject of today's post - a slightly long-winded list (I did *try* to keep it short and simple) of the top 5 November eNewsletters I enjoyed the most. Am I playing favourites? Yes. However, my favourites do change from month to month for various reasons. And my #1 choice might just surprise you :)

If you haven't yet heard about our eNewsletters then wow, where have you been? *hand on hip, foot tapping, pointed stare* Our NextReads eNewsletters are email newsletters that provide reading suggestions for all ages in more than 25 reading categories. There's something for everyone: kids, tweens, teens and adults. Each book is carefully selected by our editors, who add a brief summary. If you see a title that catches your fancy, simply click on the link and place your request. It really is that simple! And there's a wide variety of topics and genres to choose from. It's a fantastic way to keep up with newly released titles and quirky themes highlighting not-so-recent books you may have missed :) Our editors are friendly, informative, passionate about readers' advisory and always eager to receive email recommendations, queries, comments or suggestions.

Christian Fiction - Like a little faith with your fiction? These titles, representing a range of genres from historical fiction to romance to suspense, will hit the spot. The Christian Fiction newsletter is edited by the very clever Julia, Acquisitions and Reader Services.

Tosca's note: What I know about Christian Fiction can fit on the head of a pin and it's a genre I always wanted to become more informed about so I'm really glad that we now have something to offer customers who are looking for faith-based fiction :)

Thrillers and Suspense - Footsteps behind you...conspiracy theories...a race against time...horrific consequences...if you're seeking white knuckles and a racing heart; you've come to the right place.

Tosca's note: The Thrillers and Suspense eNewsletter is put together by the staff of Highland Park Library. I really enjoyed reading Lorraine's welcoming all-inclusive intro :)

Tween Reads - Too young to drive, but too old for kid stuff? These books (mostly fiction, with some nonfiction) are just right for the middle school set. The Tween Reads eNewsletter is edited by the wonderful Julia in conjunction with Acquisitions and the ever lovely Annie!

Tosca's note: I remember when I was about 11 or 12 I felt perpetually awkward and like I was forever 3 steps ahead of everyone else or, worse, 5 steps behind. It wasn't until about 3 or 4 years ago that I realised it was probably because I wasn't a child anymore but also wasn't quite a teen (oh noes, I can hear that Britney Spears song in my head, 'I'm not a child, and not yet a woman...'). It was that weird in-between stage, so I'm tickled pink to see that we have tween specific book recommendations for those making that transition. And I love love love how they explain what the Tween Reads newsletter is all about!

History and Current Events - Whether you're interested in ancient Greece or modern peace, you'll find the world - past and present - here. The History and Current Events eNewsletter is edited by Natalie, our very own wunderkind.

Tosca's note: This slides into the #2 spot on quirky theme factor alone: Animals in History. Believe it or not but the title I most want to read from this issue is 'Six-Legged Soldiers : Using Insects as Weapons of War' by Jeffrey Alan Lockwood. Can't wait to see what their next theme will be :)

What's On - Highlights include author talks, children's and teens' activities, heritage exhibitions, workshops and seminars, concerts, book clubs, computer classes and more. The fabulous Jo edits our What's On eNewsletter and she does such a fantastic job!

Tosca's note: Interestingly, in spite of the fact that I talk up books a lot, my #1 choice doesn't feature books! Haha, we're tricky like that. What's On is chockerblock full of snippets about events and activities taking place in and around Auckland Libraries. We've never had anything of this scale in Manukau and I'm quite excited to think I can get monthly events updates by simply subscribing. I'm also blown away by Jo's work and I know you will be, too. The next time you think about where to take the kids you might just find yourself spoilt for choice...

Remember, if you enjoy the newsletters, have a recommendation or simply want to ask the editors a query, you can flick us an email: librarynewsletters@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

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