Orange Award Winner – The Tiger’s Wife

The Tiger’s Wife

by Tea Obreht

The Orange Prize winning debut from a truly extraordinary talent. ‘Having sifted through everything I have heard about the tiger and his wife, I can tell you that this much is fact: in April of 1941, without declaration or warning, the German bombs started falling over the city and did not stop for three days. The tiger did not know that they were bombs…’ =>

All you need is love – the Class of 2011

In over 40 speeches given at graduations this year, the words used most were love, passion and fear, while at the bottom of the scale were words like happiness, job, career. Read more =>

For Young Adults – “Uglies” by Scott Westerfield


Scott Westerfeld

Tally lives in a world where your sixteenth birthday brings aesthetic perfection: an operation which erases all your flaws, transforming you from an ‘Ugly’ into a ‘Pretty’. She is on the eve of this important event, and cannot wait for her life to change. As well as guaranteeing supermodel looks, life as a Pretty seems to revolve around having a good time. But then she meets Shay … more here => along with fiction activities

Preloved – Goodnight Nobody

Goodnight Nobody
by Jennifer Weiner

Chick Lit star Weiner’s fourth novel, following In Her Shoes (2002), which has been adapted as a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, follows bored, upper-middle class, suburbanite mother of three Kate Klein as she becomes entangled in a local murder case.
Goodnight Nobody is chock full of plot twists and turns. Weiner’s readers will root for Kate, whose humor and warmth amidst her struggles to transcend the roles of mom and wife make her a loveable, fully realized character.

Selling for just $5.50 at Pivotal Preloved Books

For release later this year – from David Baldacci

Zero Day

Busy Baldacci, already on his third hardcover of the year (after The Sixth Man and One Summer), here launches a new series starring combat veteran John Puller. Now a top-notch investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division, Puller is asked to look into the murder of an army man and his wife, a Pentagon contractor, in their isolated rural home. =>

There is a real library for magic in Manhattan [Video]

One thing is for certain: If Hermione Granger was real and living in New York City, she’d be at this library reading every single book in it (again). The Conjuring Arts Resource Center in midtown Manhattan holds 11,000 books about the history of magic “and its allied arts” (which includes psychic phenomena, hypnosis, and slight-of-hand techniques) and functions primarily as a research library. Don’t you love it when things like Hogwarts and Ray’s Occult Books join imaginary forces to form something real? =>

Celebrating doodles with Doodleday


by Ross Collins
Mom has just one thing to tell Harvey on Doodleday–no drawing allowed! But surely drawing one little fly can’t hurt. Not until Harvey’s fly comes to life and starts to wreck the kitchen, that is! What can Harvey draw that will catch it? A spider! But the spider proves to be even more trouble. Only one thing is capable of stopping Harvey’s rampaging doddles…Mom!

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Sidney Sheldon’s “If Tomorrow Comes”

If Tomorrow Comes
~ by Sidney Sheldon

Lovely, idealistic Tracy Whitney is framed into a fifteen year sentence in an escape-proof penitentiary. With dazzling ingenuity she fights back to destroy the untouchable crime lords who put her there. With her intelligence and beauty as her only weapons, Tracy embarks on a series of extraordinary escapades that sweep her across the globe. In an explosive confrontation Tracy meets her equal in irresistible Jeff Stevens, whose past is as colorful as Tracy’s.

I have a preloved copy for just $6.00 here …

Awesome Infographic: Commonly Misunderstood Words in English

Hmmm …. some of these have got me thinking!!

Read the book of the movie, Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer

Michael Connelly

The acclaimed thriller from the award-winning No.1 bestselling author – adapted into a major film for spring 2011
For defence attorney Mickey Haller, the clock is always ticking. Operating out of the back of a Lincoln car, and with two ex-wives and dozens of guilty clients, he can’t afford to miss a trick.

more here = the trailer of the movie =>