How to find great books to read

  • Thursday, June 19, 2014

My friend Susan recently pointed out a new book that just arrived at our library, written by one of my favorite authors, Nick Hornby. I was thrilled to discover it. It's called “Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books,” and it's a compendium of 10 years' worth of book reviews from Hornby's column in a magazine called “The Believer.”

Each column starts with two lists, entitled “Books Bought” and “Books Read,” and then Hornby goes on to give you his thoughts on the books he has read, and sometimes also on the authors, the subject matter and/or anything else that is tangentially related in his own mind.

Sometimes I agreed with Hornby's assessment of a book and sometimes I didn't, but I was always entertained.

Nancy Pearl is another author who appears to read voraciously and who writes about books. We have quite a few titles by her in our system. I discovered her with “Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason.” She went on to write “More Book Lust,” and “Book Lust to Go: Recommended Reading for Travelers, Vagabonds and Dreamers.” She also has three volumes of “Now Read This: A Guide to Mainstream Fiction,” as well as “Book Crush: For Kids and Teens.”

If you're looking for books for children (preschool to eighth grade or so), my very favorite option is “The Read-Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease. This book is full of wonderful suggestions for kids of all ages and will help you to find more great books than you can probably ever find time to read in this lifetime.


Wii Wednesday (all ages)

Wednesday, June 18 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Blast into fun with library Wii games.

Baby Bumblees Storytime (ages 6-24 months with a caregiver)

Thursdays, June 19 and 26 at 10 a.m.

Family Storytime (ages 2-6 with a caregiver)

Thursdays, June 19 and 26 at 11:30 a.m.

Allan Wolf: Summer Poetrypalooza (grades K-5)

Thursday, June 19 at 4 p.m. (tickets at 3:30 p.m.)

Be entertained by this international literary rock star.

STAR Therapy Dogs (all ages)

Saturday, June 21 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Read a book to your new furry pal.

Sock Rockerz (grades K-5)

Tuesday, June 24 at 4 p.m. (tickets at 3:30 p.m.)

Sing, dance, pop and rock.

“Hunger Games” Movie Marathon for Teens (grades 6-12)

Wednesday, June 25

10:30 a.m. – “The Hunger Games” (PG-13; 142 minutes)

1:30 p.m. – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (PG-13; 146 minutes)

Melvil Dewey, Hip Hop Librarian (grades K-5)

Thursday, June 26 at 4 p.m. (tickets at 3:30 p.m.)

Bust a move at this super-duper dance party.

Book Pass for Teens (grades 6-12)

Friday, June 27 at 2 p.m.

Read a South Carolina Book Award book and share your thoughts with other teens.

Lego Club (ages 4-11)

Saturday, June 28 from 2-3:30 p. m.

Blast into creativity with library Legos.

Summer Movie for Teens (grades 6-12)

Tuesday, July 1 at 2 p.m.

“Ride Along” Rated PG-13; 100 minutes.

Mount Pleasant Reel Club (adults)

Wednesday, July 2 at 2 p.m.

Book: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Movie: “The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. Rated PG-13; 142 minutes.

Email mtpreference@ccpl.org if you wish to receive a PDF copy of the programs being held each month at Mount Pleasant Regional.

Lua Wells works in the Circulation Department at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road.

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