Archive for the ‘Adult Readers Advisory’ Category

M.C. Beaton

January 23, 2020

A longtime favorite British author of mine recently passed way on December 31st, 2019.  M.C. Beaton (Marion Chesney), age 83, was popular for her Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin series along with her earlier romance books.  Her latest Agatha novel (“Beating about the Bush”) was released this past December and was a television show (as was the Hamish series).  Beaton wrote over 150 books and was known for her cozy mysteries and humor.  I will miss her reliable 2 titles per year and always wonder if Agatha would have married Sir Charles in the end? We will never know….

Beating About the Bush: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin Mysteries) Death of an Honest Man (Hamish Macbeth Mystery) The Dead Ringer: An Agatha Raisin Mystery (Agatha Raisin Mysteries) Death of an Outsider (A Hamish Macbeth Mystery) Death of a Perfect Wife (A Hamish Macbeth Mystery)

More Than Anger

January 19, 2020



This middle-grade novel-in-verse is a thoughtful look at a common issue: parents who are fighting.

It is no secret that Anna’s parents are going through a rough patch. When that rough patch turns positively volatile, Anna starts to wonder why her parents are staying together at all. Will their anger destroy everything Anna has ever known? Can Anna allow herself to fall in love when she sees how it can turn so easily to hate?

This book explores Anna’s attempt at balancing her chaotic life and home and her life at school with her friends. I’m sure  many tweens and teens can relate to her feelings on the matter – and it was a nice read as well.

Dr. Doolittle

January 16, 2020

The Story of Doctor Dolittle Another movie edition of the 1923 Newbery-winning classic opens this month in theaters.  The first book in the series published in 1920 is “The Story of…” The most recent movie seems to be mostly based on book #2,  “The Voyages of Doctor Doolittle.” A not-to-be-forgotten classic, the Doolittle stories are great read-alouds for kids.  The doctor’s amazing ability to speak the languages of animals always amazed me.  Take yourself to the movie and don’t forget to read the books, too!

Making Space, Clutter Free

January 15, 2020

indexI’ll admit it, I definitely need to learn some decluttering tips. And this book does suggest quite a few. Tracy Mccubbin suggests to start by identifying your specific emotional”clutter block” (she explains there are 5) or why you tend to accumulate clutter in your home.

The other main point is the five questions to ask yourself :
1) Do you use it on a semiregular basis? (at least once a year)
2) Is it making you money?
3) Can you buy it again for a reasonable price or borrow it?
4) Do you have a place to put it away in your home?
5) Do you love, love, love it?
If the answer is yes to any of these, then you can keep it. If no, it’s time to get rid of it by either selling, donating, recycling or throwing it out!

Paddington Bear live

January 9, 2020

  From page to stage. Paddington Bear appears in “Paddington Gets in a Jam” at the DR2 theater on Manhattan’s east side.  In this young theater event from the people that presented The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Paddington show is perfect for cubs ages 4-9.  While kids may have read the books and seen the movies, there’s nothing like live theater.  Paddington live is a comedy about our favorite bear from Peru who lives with Mr. and Mrs. Brown at 32 Windsor Gardens.  A new Paddington TV series is set to begin this year on Nickelodeon so be sure to take your little ones to see him in person.  Running through March 2020, the theater is close to Union Square and Irving Place.

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