Looking for a booklist for inspiration for your next read? Want to join a book club? We at Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Libraries have you covered!
NEW Fiction of 1977 Still in the Noel Wien Collection
Often, when libraries move into bigger quarters, they have ordered a nice-sized batch of brand new items to put on those rows and rows of nearly empty shelves. This is what happened when the George C. Thomas Library moved into the new Noel Wien Library building. This month’s booklist has all the NEW Fiction titles (for all ages) published in 1977 that are STILL in the Noel Wien collection – just over 180 titles! Some very interesting fiction was first published in 1977. (In case you’d like to check, the NWL collection still has about 250 Non-Fiction titles first published in 1977 on its shelves. Just search the online catalog by publication date.)
Unusual Protagonists (and some secondary characters) in Fiction
October is the month of Halloween with lots of people costumed as different beings. Well, sometimes authors like to write books “peopled” with different beings (and not all of these are in Science Fiction or Fantasy). Here’s a potpourri for your reading enjoyment.
This list is for the reader who is not sure that non-fiction can be ‘readable,’ enjoyable, and as emotionally satisfying as a good novel. Whether one’s favorite genre is mystery, romance, historical fiction, speculative fiction, westerns or….., there’s a good chance at least ONE book on this list will meet your reading & enjoying criteria. AND – if nonfiction is your reading of choice, you just might find something nifty that has slipped past your reader’s radar.
FNSBPL Book Clubs
- LET'S TALK YA
- COOKBOOK BOOK CLUB
- GREAT BOOKS
- LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
- LIFELONG LEARNING
- SCIENCE BOOKS
- SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY
Let’s Talk YA Book Club
Reading List for 2017
NOTE: meetings are held on the first Wednesday at 7 PM in NWL Conference Room
The Let’s Talk YA Book Club is open to all interested in discussing Young Adult (YA) titles. This is an adult book club, with teens welcome. YA literature has become a go-to for many adults – featuring a cross section of genres with themes that are appealing at any age: self-reliance, love, friendship. Also, too, the generally faster pace can make these books quite addicting. The titles selected represent a variety of genres and range from those recently published to older books of enduring interest.
September 6 – Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (Contemporary/Romance)
- Maddy has a rare disease that keeps her stick inside her home, only ever seeing her Mother and nurse. One day, a boy named Olly moves in next door with his dysfunctional family. Maddy knows this means trouble because, after the two lock eyes, she is sure she is going to fall in Olly. A story of first love and the length each will take to be together. The film adaptation was released May 2017. (2015. 307 pages)
October 4 – Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kistoff (Science Fiction)
- Kady and Ezra broke up that morning and thought the break up would be the worst thing that day. Sadly, they were wrong. Two mega corporations began an all out war over Kady and Ezra’s planet with no concern for people living on he planet. Now the survivors have fled on spaceships with a warship following close behind. Plague, space battles, and secrets are the survivors new world. A story told through interviews, computer messaging, word pictures, and more make this story not only gripping but quite original. Brad Pitt is set to produce film adaptation. (2015. 608 pages)
November 1 – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Realistic Fiction)
- Junior, an aspiring cartoonist, lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He decides to leave the struggling reservation school and go to high school in a farm town. Here he discovers there are no other Native Americans except the school mascot. Inspired by the author’s own life experiences, the story of Junior is both heart wrenching and humorous. Drawings by Ellen Forney depict Junior’s artwork in the story. Hugh Jackman is a producer of the planned adaptation. (2007. 230 pages)
December 6 – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (Fantasy)
- In the Martial Empire, anything by loyalty and obedience is punishable by death. Laia is a Scholar, a group of people under the barbaric rule of Martial Empire. One night her world is irreversibly altered when her brother is jailed for treason. Laia falls in with a group of rebels who send her to the Empire’s most brutal military academy as a spy. There she meets Elias, a soldier who has his own struggles with the Martial Empire. Laia and Elias become entangled in the Empire’s inner workings and discover their actions have unexpected consequences. A fantasy based on the ancient Roman Empire, with fierce characters and bloody politics. The film adaptation is in development. (2016. 446 pages)
Coordinator: Samantha Enters, LetsTalkYABookClub@gmail.com
Library Contact: Adult Services Librarian, 459-1064 or firstname.lastname@example.org