Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bill Gates' 2015 Reading List

The billionaire founder of Microsoft has offered his suggested reading list for 2015. Once again, he lists “Business Adventures” by John Brooks as his #1 recommendation.  Mr. Gates is quoted as saying “it’s still the best business book I have ever read”. That is quite a statement from a self -described avid reader who clearly knows what business is all about. He also stated that Warren Buffett recommended the book to him. I can’t think of two people I would rather get business advice from. The full April 20th article from is available if you copy and paste this address in your browser:

“Business Adventures” is available on Freading.

Friday, April 17, 2015

2015 Teen's Top Picks

Teens across the country have voted for their favorite books and the top nominees were just announced by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Two of the top picks are on Freading:

My Life With the Walter Boys by Ali Novacs
Intended for grades 9 and up, it is the fascinating story of the organized and always proper Jackie Howard who does not like change. Her life is turned upside down when she loses family to tragedy and must move in with a family of all boys.

Boys like you- Juliana Stone
Also for High School age students, characters Nathan and Monroe start a teenage romance while going through life changing events.

" A contemporary romance-with-a-conscience...Stone writes it with confidence and style" - Kirkus

"The story handles challenging subjects like sex, drunk driving, and faith after tragedy in a sensitive and age-appropriate way without veering into melodrama...just what readers need. " - School Library Journal

Brand New USA Today Best Sellers

Two April releases have already made the USA Today Best Seller list. They are : A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsely and The Dukes Disaster by Grace Burrowes. Neither author is any stranger to this list but these new titles are certainly climbing fast. Here is what the critics have to say:

Praise for Grace Burrowes:
"Burrowes has a knack for giving fresh twists to genre tropes and developing them in unexpected and delightful directions [with] consistently excellent writing, deep and layered stories, and intelligent and compassionate characters." –Publishers Weekly
Warmth, sensuality,and humor infuse Burrowes' writing." -Booklist
"Burrowes continues to captivate and enchant!" -Fresh Fiction
Praise for Susanna Kearsley:
Kearsley's decision to offer a fully developed, romantic lead with the perspective of Asperger's is a welcome and refreshing idea. Incorporating rich historical details that feel as vivid as the present enables readers to quickly lose sense of time as the author weaves threads from two eras into one dramatic tapestry." - Library Journal

"Kearsley is an expert at seamlessly merging contemporary and historical fiction... The colorful history and romance of the 18th century, combined with the contemporary mystery, create a tale readers will savor." - RT Book Reviews

Thursday, April 9, 2015

25th Anniversary of Hubble Telescope Launch

April 22nd marks the 25th anniversary of the worlds first space telescope being launched. The Hubble telescope examines stars, galaxies, and has helped revise our knowledge about the age of the Universe. If you have ever wondered what else might be going on out there while we humans are busy with daily life, here are some informative and entertaining resources to start with:

Exploring The Solar System by Mary Kay Carson
*Winner of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Children’s Literature Award.
Although it is intended for ages 9 and up, there is plenty for adults to be interested in. This book is a fascinating mix of facts, history and hands-on activities.

Beyond The Solar System by Mary Kay Carson
·      Winner of NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 for 2014 list
Another amazing book by Ms. Carson. Here she offers mini-biographies of famous astronomers, a time line of major events, lessons in history, more activities, and also a suggested reading list.

Martian Summer by Andrew Kessler
A humorous but quite informative perspective of working at NASA by an “average” person. Author Andrew Kessler is not a rocket scientist but he is a producer on the Discovery Channel who was allowed to shadow the Pheonix Mars Lander Mission. He explains what a control room is really like in fascinating detail.

Moon Shot : The Inside Story of America’s Apollo Moon Landings by Alan Shepard

Author Alan Shepard was one of the original Mercury astronauts.  In this exciting true story, he teams up with another astronaut and two veteran space reporters for a first hand account of the program’s early days.

It's hard to believe, but most teens and people in their early twenties don't remember Americans walking on the moon. This book, written lovingly by two of the most respected astronauts in U.S. history, will remedy that…expect much demand”- Booklist

For more information on the Hubble Telescope and for recent photos taken from it, go to: