Monday, December 18, 2017

Two and Large

Fiction Done By Touch Typing - oops, I looked down

The War Bride's Scrapbook by Caroline Preston. Graphic novel by bride who marries Army engineer. Told in scrapbook form. That's why the book is called "Scrapbook". Of course, it's not really a scrapbook, this is a printed book.


Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: the royal marriages that shaped Europe by Deborah Cadbury. Victoria tried to match up her 30 grandchildren for royal dynasty. Her grandchildren did not always agree.

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The touch typing is going okay. I've had to backspace less than 15 times.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Romance, Murder, Mystery, Amish, and Christmas Fiction


A Place At Our Table by Amy Clipston. Amish farmer who works as a firefighter is in a romance novel.

The Paris Secret by Karen Swan. Something about an art mystery and rich people.

A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase. A paperback romance and the library barcode is right on top of the author's first name.

The Plot is Murder by V.M. Burns. A mystery with poodles - according to the cover.

Year One by Nora Roberts. There is a crow with swept back wings on the cover. That image and the font makes this look like a fantasy novel. Let me check... Yep. Some sort of worldwide plague and "magick" replacing science.

The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans. Some sort of Christmas themed romance.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Been A While, Huh?


Promise me, Dad: a year of hope, hardship and purpose by Joe Biden. A year of Joe Biden's Vice Presidency as his son was dying with a brain tumor.


Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini. Another historical novel by the lady from Madison. Lord Byron's only legitimate child is a math genius and works with Charles Babbage.

Hidensee by Gregory Maguire. The font for the main title is very difficult to read on the cover. I suppose that does not much matter for a big name author like Maguire.

Mrs. Osmond by John Banville.  A sequel to Henry James's Portrait of a Lady.

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. Chakraborty is easier to spell then I first thought. You just end "borty" on the end of "chakra". Chakraborty is on the Twitter. Let's randomly find a "tweet". Here is one from November 28th: "My nerves and the lab are not doing well together."

Beau Death by Peter Lovesey. Lovesey is difficult to spell. I want to omit that second "e". I like the cover.

In the Midst of Winter by Isabelle Allende. You know who is a big name writer? Allende.


The wooden rails are preparation for the outdoor skating rink in Commons Park.

We order extra book copies for the schools. This is 100+ Harry Potter books for the middle school.

Adventures in collection weeding.

Veterans Memorial in Commons Park is well lit at night.

A temporary solution for the hazards of the steep asphalt section by the library's rear entry. The safety posts did not survive the high winds of December 5, 2017.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Books and Morrissey

The Magic of Computers Will Translate This Digital Code Into Magnificent Sound Waves

Low in High School by Morrissey. English singer sings in English about spending the day in bed.


The Library At The Edge of the World by Felicity HayesMcCoy. Make up your jokes about lost books. This is about a book mobile lady on the West Coast of Ireland. Seems like I recently read about or watched a film about a city in Western Ireland. Let me think... Oh, yeah, it was the Jack Taylor movies. They are set in Galway which is on the west side of the country.

Whispering Room by Dean Koontz.  I've read some of Koontz's books but not lately. Koontz really likes dogs.

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg. Some sort of Lonely Hearts Meet and Make Friends novel.

Past Perfect by Danielle Steel. I always want to stick an 'E' on the end of Steel.

The People Vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson. The tag on the cover says "Alex Cross goes on trial for murder."

Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford. Some romance. I think.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Singer Sings Into A Microphone and Those Sounds Are Recorded By A Computer and Then Encoded Into A Plastic Disc That You Borrow From the Library

Reputation by Taylor Swift. Big Name Singer sings songs of something or other.


Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron and John Goodman. Super spy does super stuff. Or something. I'm not sure.

Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron and John Goodman. Same as before except this time in BluRay high defintion.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New Fiction with Blathering Comments


Ghosts of Christmas Past by Rhys Bowen. Rhys is pronounced rees right? I cannot add in the proper pronunciation markers. Dang, I thought Rhys was a male name. Or, is it kinda like Chris or Pat?

End Game by David Baldacci. Another one of those novels by Baldacci about hired killers.  Baldacci started a foundation to promote literacy, that's pretty groovy.

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich. The popular bounty hunter returns. At least I think she is still a bounty hunter. Maybe she became a radio host. Let's check... yep, still a bounty hunter.

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich. I don't think I have ever read an Erdrich novel. Let me check her pub list... Nope, not yet, I'll get to it later. Plague of Doves has a great cover though.

American Drifter by Heather Graham and Chad Michael Murray. Graham has a new author photo, that's cool. I wonder how this collaboration worked. Max Allan Collins has written before about his collaborations and I think learning about about those working relationships is interesting.

Artemis by Andy Weir. The Martian was a massive, massive hit as Weir's first novel. I hope he does well with this story.  Crime novel set on a lunar colony.

Count to Ten by James Patterson and Ashwin Sanghi.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Popular Movie and BIG WORDS


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 starring [CGI stuff with some actors]. Popular featuring a music soundtrack of 1970s pop songs. Major error in not including The Kinks.

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Reacher is Reachs Wisconsin


Midnight Line by Lee Child. Reacher sees a West Point class ring in pawn shop in a "small town." I call BS on that. There are not many pawn shops in WI let alone small town WI.


In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury. Looks like some sort of romance. The cover sasy "The Baxter Family" so this must be part of a series. Hey, let's critique Kingsbury's author photo... it's a nice one. Kingsbury is wearing blue and a real photographer took the photo, it's not a cropped family snapshot like on some books. Well done.

The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith. Latest novel in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.  Now let's critique Smith's photo... Same photo as usual. Smith is outside and wearing a hat. The image is kinda grainy though. I wonder if that is a problem with the printing or the image quality.


State of Craft Beer by Matthew Janzen and Chris Walker. Wisconsin Wisconsinites write about Wisconsin beer and Wisconsin breweries by driving Wisconsin and visiting Wisconsin people in Wisconsin. Except Lake Mills, according to the index anyway. The book has lots and lots of pretty photographs and the entire book was produced in Wisconsin.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Here Are Some Books


Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle. Another one of those single older-person-meets-someone-new-(or old friend)-at-hometown.

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly. Another Bosch novel.

Crazy Like A Fox by Rita Mae Brown. Another one of those novels with a nice drawing on the cover.

A Christmas Return by Anne Perry. Another Christmas novel featuring Perry's Pitt characters.

Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison. The cover image says, "Trains. Train Tunnel. People running on top of the train."

Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. What is the deal with Alafair Burke? Does she teach full time? Because she publishes on a regular schedule and that has to take a good amount of time. If she is teaching law full-time and publishing that is very impressive.


What Unites Us: reflections on patriotism by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner. Essays on being a citizen and American.