Monday, November 25, 2013

Time To Shop

Thanksgiving is almost here, and then its time for….
the official start of the holiday shopping season!

 How do you know what buy for your hairdresser for the holidays? Or what about your child’s teacher, your co-worker or that relative you see once a year? 1500 Great Gift Ideas By Lorraine Bodger is an essential reference when you need some extra help in the gift department. Download it to your iOS or Android Device, and take it to the mall with you ! It is full of clever suggestions for the technological person in your life, the outdoors person, the traveler, and many more! It also breaks it down for men, women, and children. You may not want to leave home without it between now and the New Year!

Are you talented enough to make your own presents? There are many options out there that you still have plenty of time to create if you’re a novice, or more experienced craftsperson.

 Homemade soap can be a wonderful gift for just about anyone! Soap Crafting by Anne-Marie Faiola is a step-by-step guide of how to make your own amazing soaps with beautiful designs and lovely scents. Detailed enough for a novice who will look like a professional when they give these!

Quick and Easy Quilts for Kids by Connie Ewbank is a marvelous resource of cute, cozy blankets that all levels of quilters will appreciate making for the child in their life. They are also perfect ideas if you will be quilting for charity!

Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson holds a treasury of inspiring ideas that can be completed in anywhere from two to ten hours. The book is actually organized by the time it takes to complete each delightful project. You will be amazed how such adorable designs can be made so quickly!

“ Lush color photographs…the directions are clear and easy to follow..”- Booklist

Necklaces and bracelets are other items that can be made at home without too much in the way of supplies or time…

When you’re ready to relax and take a break from shopping or gift making, treat yourself to a laugh! 

 ‘Shop ‘Til You Drop, Then Sit Down and Buy Shoes” is Cathy Guisewite’s witty wisdom at her best!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

                          Fall Book Club Picks

Looking for suggestions for your next book club discussion? Or even if your preference is a book club of one, we have some recommendations for you…

 In The Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctors Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta Ahmed

The startling memoir of a young British Muslim doctor who accepts a new job practicing in pre-September 11th Saudi Arabia. It’s a position she hopes to find rewarding and exciting. What she finds upon her arrival are insanely archaic rules for the citizens to follow; but a people still filled with humor and love. The wide spread anti -Americanism after 9/11 shocks and troubles her after becoming attached to some of the country folk.

“Ahmed still beautifully asserts her arguments and confronts the anti-Semitism, the sexism, and anti-western attitudes she experienced…In The Land of Invisible Women gave me a lot to think about..”- Adventures in Reading

“Well written and fascinating”-Bookopolis

“…a must read for everyone..”-Blog Critics

A Friend Like Henry by Naula Gardner

This international best seller is a warm, emotionally powerful true story of a young boy with autism and how his relationship with his dog helped him overcome this exceedingly common disability. The story chronicles the daily life of this boy and his family as they try to outsmart autism before it pulls the family apart.

“...fascinating and inspiring..”- Woman and Home

“An emotional rollercoaster”-Book Review

“....emotionally charged, this story raises powerful issues in a deeply personal and powerful manner”-Irish Examiner

 Brief, Gaudy Hour : A Novel of  Anne Boleyn by Margaret Campbell Barnes

Anne Boleyn was the Queen of England in the 16th century, but her name is one that we still know today. This depiction of her by well -known British Author Margaret Campbell Barnes brings to life the courage of this powerful young woman living in a man’s world.

“Barnes lucidly envisions the well-documented events of Henry VIII’s second wife’s brilliant, short- lived career…vividly depicts Anne’s hopes and fears”-Publishers Weekly

 Churchills’ Hour: A Novel of Defiance by Michael Dobbs

Now a full time writer, author Michael Dobbs was previously a prominent British politician. He was an advisor to Margaret Thatcher and deputy chairman of the Conservative party in 1994. Dobbs brings us Churchill  at his most desperate time from an English political insider’s point of view.

“..riveting and controversial…Dobbs has the gift of taking you inside the subjects head”- Glasgow Evening Times

“..a gripping read”-Choice Magazine

Mr. Darcy’s Diary: A Novel by Amanda Grange

A delicious continuation of Jane Austen’s novel, “Pride and Prejudice”. Grange lets readers into the innermost thoughts of the seemingly stuffy Mr. Darcy . At times it feels as if you can hear his voice.  Anyone who has read the Jane Austen novel will be glued to this inspired and well researched “sequel”.

“Absolutely fascinating”- Historical Novel Society

“ Sensitive to the original but lots of fun”- Woman Magazine

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September 17, 2013

Cooler weather is coming our way….how about curling up on the couch with a blanket, the beverage of  your choice, and a good detective novel from the Freading site !

“Valentinto: Film Detective” by Loren Estleman is a intriguing collection of stories about a UCLA film archivist whose job it is to find lost movies. His work often sends him to remote locations and occasionally he discovers that not everyone wants these works to be found ! The author of this book has won 4 Shamuses from the Private Eye Writers of America for his detective novels, and 13 other major awards.

“The Night Detectives: A David Mapstone Mystery” by John Talton “….is thoroughly satisfying” says Publishers Weekly. Booklist  states “Mapstone’s seventh outing (after South Phoenix Rules, 2010) features tight prose and plotting and a pair of complex and fallible protagonists whose character development continues in a series that just keeps getting better."

This year marks the bicentennial of the first publication of “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.  You can read about Jane Austen’s life and unfortunate death in “The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen” by Lindsay Ashford.  Critics give it rave reviews…
 ”This solid historical puzzle will appeal even to readers with only passing familiarity with Austen's works." – Publishers Weekly
 "No zombies and none of the twee twaddle that characterizes too many Austen pastiches. Rather, this is a lively Regency romance about murder, serial adulteries, and other pastimes of your typical extended family…”- Library Journal

Other choices on Freading to warm you up without a blanket include:
 Fire In My Belly by Kevin Gillespie is a fresh, fun cookbook full of exciting ideas. In addition to recipes, the author shares entertaining stories about where food comes from.  Gillespie was featured on the XM Radio show “Cooking with Emeril”. He has also won and been nominated for many awards including “The People’s Best New Chef” from Food and Wine Magazine.  Fans of the television show “Top Chef” voted him as Fan Favorite
“Night of Flames: A Novel of World War II”  by Douglas Jacobson is a gripping war story told primarily through the eyes of a young polish couple who are separated for most of the war but play an important part in the Belgian resistance. Award Winning Author James Conryd Martin calls it "A taut and twisting thriller with memorable flesh and blood characters . . . Jacobson's clockwork plot draws the reader onto its roller coaster ride [and] clicks along at breakneck speed."

Wednesday, June 19, 2013




The Winter Sea
The Shadowy Horses
The Firebird
"Kearsley makes the impossible seem real...and makes history come alive." -Booklist

Take a Chance on Me
Millie's Fling
Miranda's Big Mistake
"Both laugh-out-loud funny and tear-jerkingly sad?You won't put it down."  -New Woman

Handling Sin
Dingley Falls 
Four Corners of the Sky
 "Devoted Michael Malone fans have been waiting more than twenty years for another Handling Sin, perhaps the greatest road novel since Tom Jones. The wait is over..."
Bill Ott, editor-in-chief, Booklist

Start with WINGMANThe first book in the bestselling, action-packed Wingman Series.
"With America in ashes, and lawlessness threatening to rule land, air, and sea, one pilot stands poised to pull his nation back from the brink of all-out anarchy."
*I won't bore you with all the details, but there are 17 books in Freading by Mack Maloney.

All eBooks in Freading are available all the time.  
That's right!  No more waiting!
Pack your bags, download your books and hit the beach already!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley now available in Freading

Beloved by readers as varied and adventurous as her novels, you will never forget spending time in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Susanna Kearsley's world.

Two Women.
One Mysterious Relic. 
Separated By Centuries.

Nicola Marter was born with a gift so rare and dangerous, she kept it buried deep. When she encounters a desperate woman trying to sell a small wooden carving called "The Firebird," claiming it belonged to Russia's Empress Catherine, it's a problem. There's no proof.
But Nicola's held the object. She knows the woman is telling the truth.

Download your copy of The Firebird from your library's Freading eBook database today.  
Don't worry about waiting in line.  
All Freading eBooks are available all the time!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Freading author Matti Friedman has received the 2013 Sophie Brody Medal for The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible

Freading author Matti Friedman has received the 2013 Sophie Brody Medal for The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible

A thousand years ago, the most perfect copy of the Hebrew Bible was written. It was kept safe through one upheaval after another in the Middle East, and by the 1940s it was housed in a dark grotto in Aleppo, Syria, and had become known around the world as the Aleppo Codex.
Journalist Matti Friedman's true-life detective story traces how this precious manuscript was smuggled from its hiding place in Syria into the newly founded state of Israel and how and why many of its most sacred and valuable pages went missing. It's a tale that involves grizzled secret agents, pious clergymen, shrewd antiquities collectors, and highly placed national figures who, as it turns out, would do anything to get their hands on an ancient, decaying book. What it reveals are uncomfortable truths about greed, state cover-ups, and the fascinating role of historical treasures in creating a national identity.

The Sophie Brody Medal, awarded by the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), demonstrates the importance of learning and memory in Jewish culture.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Pride and Prejudice and Kitties by Pamela Jane & Deborah Guyol

Chick lit meets kit lit! What if Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was told from a cat's point of view? This hilarious mash-up by children's author Pamela Jane and photographer Deborah Guyol spins a fresh, quirky take on two of the things we just can't get enough of: classic cats and classic Jane.
Pride and Prejudice and Kitties juxtaposes wacky photos of cats with the wicked humor of Jane Austin.

Pride and Prejudice and Kitties is a book for cat-lovers, Austen-lovers, and people who love to laugh-in other words, just about everyone. The adorable meets the absurd! With 100 color photos of adorable cats.

Download Pride and Prejudice and Kitties and thousands of other great books today from your library's Freading eBook database.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt now available in Freading

Another great read from bestselling author Caroline Leavitt!

When someone disappears, what happens to the people who are left behind? This is the central, heartbreaking question in Caroline Leavitt's exquisite new book. With characters so real they feel technicolor, a plot that beats like a racing pulse, and prose so lovely that sometimes I found myself repeating the words out loud, Is This Tomorrow is the novel you need to read today." --Jodi Picoult 

"Leavitt has a way of crafting the loveliest novels out of tragedy ... It's her examination of loss, grief, and disappointment that will engross readers." --Booklist

"This tale of domestic suspense builds to a shocking climax and will appeal to anyone immersed in suburban lore." --Library Journal

 Download your copy today from your library's Freading site.

Also available, Pictures of You.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Hard Ground: Woods Cop Stories by Joseph Heywood: PW Pick Best New Books for the Week of May 6, 2013

Hard Ground: Woods Cop Stories by Joseph Heywood has been selected as a  Publisher's Weekly Pick for: The Best New Books for the Week of May 6, 2013.

Hard Ground is a treasure chest of stories for lovers of the outdoors, fans of smart crime fiction, and, of course, the legions of Joseph Heywood fans. Featuring the game-warden colleagues of Woods Cop star Grady Service, the tales in this collection follow the men and women patrolling Michigan’s wilds as they encounter everything from poachers determined to defend their kills with deadly resistance to drug pushers selling their wares at an Elvis Convention camping retreat. These twenty-plus stories will delight Heywood fans and entice any reader who loves stories about the great outdoors or law-and-order. 
As an added bonus, one story features Woods Cop protagonist Grady Service early in his career, while another story stars Heywood's new series protagonist Lute Bapcat.

Download your copy on Tuesday, May 7th from your library's Freading eBook database.
You can sleep in though....with Freading all eBooks are available all the time!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

THE MAGICIAN: A Novel by Sol Stein now Available in Freading

The Magician: A Novel by Sol Stein

Over 2 million copies sold in print and now available in digital format for the first time!
At their big prom, Ed Japhet scares the wits out of the attendees with his fantastic and dangerous feats of magic. Then, when the young man and his girlfriend leave, they see four figures sitting inside his father's car, one with a chain around his fist. That's only the beginning of this story of a screwed-up justice system and a high-school student who decides to use his magic tricks to stop a tough gang of extortionists from bothering him and his girl.

The New York Times says, "I cannot recall a gripping novel of this type with greater pleasure."
The Library Journal declares, "A shark-like bite that won't be easily forgotten. Fast moving, incisive, angry, fine, and dramatic!"

First published in 1971, this literary thriller shows off the masterful storytelling skills of its legendary author, Sol Stein.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

ODDKINS: A Fable for All Ages by DEAN KOONTZ

ODDKINS: A Fable for All Ages

Blockbuster author Dean Koontz’s first novel for young readers.  A beautifully illustrated and visually stunning story about a magical band of living toys who learn to overcome the fears we all face in the dark.

Download your copy today from your library's Freading eBook database.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Freading eBook Newsletter is now available

Use this link to view the Freading newsletter in your browser.

Be sure to check out all the fantastic travel guides recently added from Globe Pequot.  

Insiders Guides: These guides are the essential source for in-depth travel and location information.

FalconGuides: Great source of hiking and backpacking  information just in time for summer.  

GPP Travel: GPP is the leader in United States regional travel publishing.  Look for the Cheap Bastard's Guides, Day Trips and Food Lovers series.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The 2013 MLB season officially opened on Sunday.  Start the season off right with Freading.

TALES FROM THE DUGOUT: Boston Redsox, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres, Angels, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox & Minnesota Twins.
The Funniest Baseball Book Ever: The National Pastime's Greatest Quips, Quotations, Characters, Nicknames, and Pranks
You're The Umpire: 139 Scenarios to Test Your Baseball Knowledge
Working At The Ballpark: The Fascinating Lives of Baseball People- from Peanut Vendors and Broadcasters to Players and Managers
It Takes More Than Balls: The Savvy Girls' Guide to Understanding and Enjoying Baseball
***Diamond Dishes: From the Kitchens of Baseball's Biggest Stars 
            (This one looks yummy!)
Baseball Between Us: 16 Years. 32 Ballparks. 43,000 Miles  
The Baseball Hall of Shame: The Best of Blooperstown 
The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums
Playing with Purpose: Baseball
Goodnight Baseball
World Series Winners: What It Takes to Claim Baseball's Ultimate Prize

Friday, March 22, 2013

Freading eBooks Newsletter

The Freading newsletter is now available for your viewing pleasure.

Kick back and download a good book for the weekend. :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Author Amy Stewart has done it again!  Just released as an eBook,
 The Drunken Botanist received a starred review from Library Journal 
and is already a best seller!

"This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology--with more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners--will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party."

Check out The Drunken Botanist, and Amy’s other books; Wicked Plants, Wicked Bugs, From the Ground Up, Flower Confidential and The Earth Moved from your library’s Freading eBook database today.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

30,000 eBooks - Always Available From Freading!

Library Ideas is pleased to announce our Freading eBook database now features over 30,000 always available eBooks!!

Thousands of adult, young adult and children's titles have been added this month!

Please visit our websites for more information!

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Freading Newsletter is now available!

Follow this link to view this week's Freading eBooks newsletter.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI: Titles Available in Freading

A recent article in Publishers Weekly states that "Sales of books about Pope Benedict XVI have skyrocketed since his resignation."

The Pope’s War
by Matthew Fox
The Pope's War* offers a provocative look at three decades of corruption in the Catholic Church, focusing on Josef Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI. Matthew Fox presents insights from his 12-year, up-close-and-personal battle with Ratzinger, tracing the historical roots of degradation in the Church and offering a new way to understand why Benedict XVI is now mired in crisis as Pope. Fox then outlines his vision for a new Catholicism-one that is not Vatican-based but truly universal, celebrating critical thinking, diversity, and justice.

Pope Benedict XVI: In My Own Words
by Daniel Michaels Ph.D. (Compiler, Editor)
This collection of writings reveals the Holy Father's beliefs on religious truth and freedom, Church and culture, the Eucharist, Christian unity, and ministry and service. These words display Benedict's zeal and provide hope for the church.

Look for "The Pope's War", "Pope Benedict XVI: In My Own Words" and other great titles in your library's Freading collection.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Checkmate, My Lord by Tracey Devlyn: PW Starred Review

Checkmate, My Lord by Tracey Devlyn (Sourcebooks Casablanca)
The second book in Devlyn’s Nexus series (after A Lady’s Revenge) craftily combines espionage in Regency England with a healthy dose of sizzling romance. Widow Catherine Ashcroft has asked Sebastian Danvers, Lord Somerton, to examine her husband’s last letters to her, believing they hold the clues to Ashcroft’s murder. Sebastian, a spy for the Crown, agrees to assist her; he has little else to do, having been banished from London while his ties to a double agent are investigated. As Sebastian resumes his neglected duties as lord of Bellamere Park, Catherine helps him to regain the trust of his tenants. Her willingness to embark on a love affair with him baffles Sebastian, who clearly wants no long-term relationship and wonders whether her persistence masks hidden motives. Catherine’s struggles as a widow and the mother of a young daughter reveal a hidden strength not often present in Regency-era heroines, and Sebastian’s dark, emotionally guarded demeanor is laced with complexity that only the most stalwart heroine can unravel. Devlyn’s seamless writing will entice readers and keep them eager for the next installment.

*A Lady's Revenge (Book 1 of the Nexus series) also available in Freading. 

"Devlyn delivers an emotional, powerful read." ~ RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

"Devlyn's edgy and sexy series is gaining momentum, and historical-romantic suspense fans, particularly those who enjoy Brenda Joyce, will delight in this." ~ Booklist 

"Love the characters, lots of mystery, murders, spies and lots of romance!!!!!!!! CHECKMATE MY LORD is an edge of your seat exciting read!" ~ Fresh Fiction

Once Again a Bride by Jane Ashford: Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Once Again a Bride by Jane Ashford (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Ashford (Bride to Be) delights with a smoothly told Regency-era double romance in which gentry and faithful servants alike find family, love, and belonging. Young Charlotte Wylde was abused and neglected by her husband, Henry. When he’s murdered by footpads, Charlotte is surprised to be taken in as family by the busy household of Henry’s kind nephew, Sir Alexander Wylde. Though Alec’s young sisters only have friendship on their agenda, Alec’s aunt and nephew are less forthright in their expectations about the relationship. Alec slowly realizes what a gem Charlotte is as she discovers her freedom. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s maid, Lucy, catches the attention of sweet, sassy footman Ethan. This simple novel offers a near-perfect example of everything that makes this genre an escapist joy to read: unsought love triumphs despite difficult circumstances, unpleasantness is resolved and mysteries cleared, and good people get the happy lives they deserve. 

"A bit of gothic suspense, a double love story and the right touches of humor and sensuality add up to this delightfully fast-paced read about second chances and love's redeeming power." -- RT Book Reviews 4 stars

"Ashford spices up the plot of her latest Regency historical with an intriguing thread of mystery while at the same time realistically tempering the story with details about the social and political unrest of the time." -- Booklist

World Book Night 2013

I'm a giver!  

I had such a great time last year participating in World Book Night; I decided to do it again this year.

World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.  Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers.  In 2012, World Book Night was celebrated in the U.S., the UK, Ireland, and Germany.

World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories. 

Applications to become a WBN 2013 Book Giver are now closed. 

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