Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Top 5 most requsted Auckland Libraries titles as of right this minute

List by Tosca

"This nice and subtle happiness of reading, this joy not chilled by age, this polite and unpunished vice, this selfish, serene life-long intoxication."- Logan Pearsall Smith

Here's a first for me: a nice, short and uncomplicated post that is, very simply, the top 5 most requested Auckland Libraries titles as of right this minute! I'm not quite vicarious about other people's reading habits (ok, maybe I am a little) but I do like to stalk the 'Recently Returned' shelves and trolleys. I have this idea that if other people have read these books they must be fantastic...of course, they may be terrible in which case that's why they've been returned. I'm almost 100% certain that 'terrible' is *not* the case with these titles below :)

The girl with the dragon tattoo / Stieg Larsson (525 requests)
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared off the secluded island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger family. There was no corpse, no witnesses, no evidence. But her uncle, Henrik, is convinced that she was murdered by someone in her own family, the deeply dysfunctional Vanger clan. Journalist Mikael is hired to investigate.

Tosca's note: This title is also available (17 discs read by Saul Reichlin, 6 discs read by Martin Wenner, 13 discs read by Simon Vance), large print and DVD.

Fall of giants / Ken Follett (527 requests)
Follows the fates of five interrelated families--American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh--as they move through the dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

Tosca's note: Also available in audiobook (12 discs read by Dan Stevens) and there's also a Spanish fiction copy.

The free range cook / Annabel Langbein (565 requests)
The companion cookbook to the TV series of the same name, Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook shares the secrets to cooking great food in a simple, natural way. Photographed around Annabel's lakeside cabin in Central Otago, The Free Range Cook is much more than a recipe book. Alongside the photographs of fresh, seasonal dishes, gorgeous images transport the reader into Annabel's country life - where she cooks on a simple double gas burner and chops wood to fuel an outdoor bread oven. Recipes are organised according to their source ... From the Garden, From the Farm, From the Oven, From the Larder, From the Orchard, and From Lake and Sea, and interspersed throughout the book are delicious menus taken from the TV series that provide three of four impressive courses to share with friends and family.

Tosca's note: We also have 'The free range cook' on DVD.

Minding Frankie / Maeve Binchy (619 requests)
"Noel and Lisa are among the most supportive parents at the nursery but in fact neither of them has a blood relationship with Frankie at all. They are there because of a promise that soon became a life-line to keeping their lives on track and their demons at bay. The problem is keeping the situation under wraps from the local social workers as if Frankie was taken away they have no doubt their lives would fall apart" -- Publisher description.

Worth dying for / Lee Child (706 requests)
In the corn country of Nebraska, ex-police officer Jack Reacher runs afoul of the local Duncan clan--and its criminal connections--when he investigates a decades-old, unsolved case of a missing child.

Tosca's note: Also available as an audiobook (11 discs read by Dick Hill) and large print.

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