Strap yourself in. It’s time for my “new and favorite Christmas/Hanukkah books” post. Christmas and Hanukkah books are my favorite type of holiday books, and every year brings terrific new titles.
When I look for new Hanukkah books, I’m drawn to stories that place Hanukkah within the story, rather than a “this is what we do during Hanukkah” book. We have many excellent books that show families preparing for and enjoying the holiday so I’m more apt to buy a Hanukkah book if it offers something different. (more…)
Fairy tales are no longer just for children. From the Brothers Grimm dark and gruesome plots to Disney movies featuring evil spells, many of these tales also appeal to older readers. Here are some tales from the young adult collection that have gotten a makeover.
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Inspired by the classic fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Crimson Bound” traces the efforts of reckless magical apprentice Rachelle to protect the king’s bastard son and save her world from the threat of eternal darkness.
Goose Chase by Patrice Kindl
Rather than marry a cruel king or a seemingly dim-witted prince, an enchanted goose girl endures imprisonment, capture by several ogresses and other dangers before learning exactly who she is.
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The first book in the series is Cinder, a futuristic take on the Cinderella story in which a plague ravages the overcrowded Earth. Observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world.
Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli
This retelling of Snow White from the evil step mother’s point of view features 15-year-old Dolce, who grows up on islands in a Venetian lagoon where she learns how to make mirrors. When her mother dies she is taken in by a widower and his daughter while she secretly continues making mirrors but slowly goes mad from mercury poisoning.
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
After a werewolf killed their grandmother and almost killed them, Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls. The sisters learn how to lure the werewolves with red cloaks and occasionally enlist the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman’s son.
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
The tale of Sleeping Beauty and the dark tale of the Holocaust are twined together in a story of darkness and redemption.
∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library
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New York Times
1. The People vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson
2. The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
3. Origin by Dan Brown (more…)
The Fauquier County Public Library will discuss the following books during the month of December. Visit our Reading Page for more information on our adult book programs. Book clubs are a great way to share your love of reading! Please join us; new members are always welcome! (more…)
With the calendar turning to December, we are full-speed ahead for Christmas and Hanukkah. If pies are the quintessential treat for Thanksgiving, then cookies are probably the same for Christmas. To celebrate National Cookie Day (December 4), here are some tasty titles to devour while you’re waiting for the cookies to bake:
One of the universal aspects of Christmas is leaving treats for Santa Claus/Father Christmas/Babbo Natale/Ded Moroz/etc). A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World is a darling introduction to the various treats left for Santa in many countries. Santa may enjoy milk and cookies in the States, but he won’t turn down pudding in Denmark or mincemeat pie (and Guinness) in Ireland! (more…)
Library staff has compiled a list of books that make great gifts for children and teens. Visit our catalog to learn more about each book. Ready to purchase? Make your purchase via Amazon and the library automatically receives a monetary credit; simply purchase using this link.
The Bolds Series by Julian Clary; illustrated by David Roberts (Ages 8-11)
Chicken Squad Series by Doreen Cronin (Ages 6-9)
Game On 2018: Your Guide To All The Best Games, Editor in chief: Jon White (Ages 8-14)
Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter (A companion to Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn) written and illustrated by Kenard Pak (Ages 3-6)
Lego: Absolutely Everything You Need To Know by Simon Hugo (Ages 8-12)
Marta! Big & Small by Jen Arena; Illustrated by Angela Dominguez (Ages 4-7)
The Marvelous Thing That Came From A Spring: The Accidental Invention Of The Toy That Swept The Nation by Gilbert Ford; illustrated by Greg Endries (Ages 5-7)
A Pocket Full Of Colors: The Magical World Of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville; Illustrated by Brigette Barrager (Ages 5-8)
Princess Truly In I Am Truly by Kelly Greenawalt; illustrated by Amariah Rauscher (Ages 3-7)
Who Is/Who Was/What Was/Where Is (Ages 8-11)
Chasing Space by Leland Melvin
Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, a Life in Balance by Simone Biles
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
I Am a Secret Service Agent by Dan Emmett
The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
The Legends of Luke Skywalker/Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Ken Liu and Claudia Gray
Let’s Pretend We Never Met by Melissa Walker
Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell
Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds
Well That was Awkward by Rachel Vail
A gift recommendation list for adults is also available.
Library staff has compiled a list of books that make great gift for adults. Ready to purchase? When you make your purchase via Amazon, the library automatically receives a monetary credit; simply purchase using this link.
Aerial Geology: A High-Altitude Tour of North America’s Spectacular Volcanoes, Canyons, Glaciers, Lakes, Craters, and Peaks by Mary Caperton Morton*
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras
The Ballad of Black Bart by Loren D. Estleman
Black Tudors: The Untold Story by Miranda Kaufmann*
Collected Poems by Galway Kinnell and Edward Hirsch*
Explorers’ Sketchbooks: The Art of Discovery & Adventure by Huw Lewis-Jones, Kari Herbert
France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child by Alex Prud’homme, Katie Pratt*
God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs by Timothy Keller, Kathy Keller
The Great British Baking Show: Complete Seasons 1-3 DVD Collection
King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking From Around the World by Joan Nathan
National Geographic Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer by Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark W. Patterson*
National Geographic The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals by Joel Sartore, Douglas H. Chadwick
Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages That Shaped Europe by Deborah Cadbury*
The Planets: Photographs From the Archives of NASA by Nirmala Nataraj*
∗ Both a great gift suggestion and a title the library would like to add to its collection. If you would like to give one of these books to the library, visit the holiday tree at your local library and select an ornament bearing the title of the book you would like to donate to the library. Donation details can be found on each ornament.
A gift recommendation list for children and teens is also available.
New York Times
1. Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
2. Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich
3. End Game by David Baldacci (more…)
Let’s wrap up Picture Book Month with these fabulous picture books for elementary school students.
I adore Big Red Lollipop. It’s an endearing tale of sibling rivalry in an East Asian (author Rukhsana Khan immigrated to Canada from Pakistan when she was 3) family. (more…)
Veterans Day has passed, but Fauquier County Public Library honors veterans during the entire month of November through a visual tribute of photos posted at all library locations.
If you have family members who served our country, you may be interested in researching their service. Start by asking these questions: (more…)