Monday, June 20, 2016


Sue Hill

3 Stars

June 20, 2016

When he set out to visit all of the planet’s countries by age thirty-five, compulsive goal seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his journey’s biggest revelation would be how many people like himself exist – each pursuing a challenging quest.  And, interestingly, these quests aren’t just travel-oriented.  On the contrary, they’re as diverse as humanity itself.

The author advocates that each of us should pursue what we really want to do, rather than doing what is expected of us. He casts this in light of finding your quest. He also finds a number of individuals doing interesting things with their lives and writes about them.

Unfortunately Guillebeau's approach is superficial and quickly becomes formulaic. His interviews seem to consist of a short talk in a coffee shop or over the phone, or a quick email exchange. I never felt like he really found out why people are doing these interesting things, or what the pros/cons of their experiences were. This applies to the author's own quest as well. As you'll read about (repeatedly) in the book, he visited every country in the world over a 10-year period. That's quite an accomplishment! Unfortunately, the reader never finds out why he did this or what he got out of the experience, except for learning how to wait in airports.

The book ends with three curious appendices. The first is a four-page summary of the main lessons from the book. The second is a list of the 54 people he discusses in the book. And the third is a list of quests with suggestions about how to "dumb down" each quest into something easy to do - suggestions that seem to violate the fundamental premise of the book. Frankly, you can read the appendices and get most of the value from the book.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Top Ten OverDrive eBooks at the Brigham City Library

See which titles have circulated the most over the last 6 months in our eBook collection on OverDrive:

Me Before You
Me Before You
By Moyes, Jojo
2013-07 - Penguin Books
9780143124542 CHECK CATALOG

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life--steady boyfriend, close family--who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for a former athlete and adventurer who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident. Soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. …More

The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train
By Hawkins, Paula
2015-01 - Riverhead Books
9781594633669 CHECK CATALOG

The #1"New York Times"Bestseller, "USA Today"Book of the Year, soon to be a major motion picture.

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives.

Nothing is more addicting than"The Girl on the Train." "Vanity Fair

" "The Girl on the Train"has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since"Gone

The Nightingale
The Nightingale
By Hannah, Kristin
2015-02 - St. Martin's Press
9780312577223 CHECK CATALOG

National Jewish Book Award (2015), Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (2016)

#1 "New York Times" bestseller
Named a top five book of the year by Amazon
Named a best book of the year by: Buzzfeed, iTunes, "Library Journal," "Paste,", "The Wall Street Journal," "The Week"
In love we find out who we want to be.

In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as …More

All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See
By Doerr, Anthony
2014-05 - Scribner Book Company
9781476746586 CHECK CATALOG

ALA Notable Books (2015), Alex Awards (2015), Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence (2015), Colorado Blue Spruce Award (2016), Dayton Literary Peace Prize (2015), Idaho Library Association Book Award (2014), Indies Choice Book Awards (2015), National Book Awards (2014), Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (2015), Pulitzer Prize (2015)

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. …More

The Martian
The Martian
By Weir, Andy
2014-10 - Broadway Books
9780553418026 CHECK CATALOG

Green Mountain Book Award (2016)

When a freak dust storm brings a manned mission to Mars to an unexpected close, an astronaut who is left behind fights to stay alive. …More

Rogue Lawyer
Rogue Lawyer
By Grisham, John
2015-10 - Doubleday Books
9780385539432 CHECK CATALOG

On the right side of the law. Sort of.

Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee, his driver, who's also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and

Fool Me Once
Fool Me Once
By Coben, Harlan
2016-03 - Dutton Books
9780525955092 CHECK CATALOG

#1 "New York Time"s bestseller Harlan Coben delivers his next impossible-to-put-down thriller.

You think you know the truth. The truth you know is nothing.

In the course of eight consecutive #1 N"ew York Times" bestsellers, millions of readers have discovered Harlan Coben's page-turning thrillers, filled with his trademark edge-of-your-seat suspense and gut-wrenching

After You
After You
By Moyes, Jojo
2015-09 - Pamela Dorman Books
9780525426592 CHECK CATALOG

The sequel to "Me Before You," which is soon to be a major motion picture releasing 6/3/2016"

" We all lose what we love at some point, but in her poignant, funny way, Moyes reminds us that even if it's not always happy, there is an ever after. "Miami Herald


You're going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated

The Guilty
The Guilty
By Baldacci, David
2016-03 - Grand Central Publishing
9781455586431 CHECK CATALOG

Will Robie is the government's most professional, disciplined, and lethal assassin. He infiltrates the most hostile countries in the world, defeats our enemies' advanced security measures, and eliminates threats before they ever reach our shores.

But now, his skills have left him. Sent overseas on a critical assignment, he fails, unable to pull the trigger. Absent his talents, Robie is

Tricky Twenty-Two
Tricky Twenty-Two
By Evanovich, Janet
2015-11 - Bantam
9780345542960 CHECK CATALOG

#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER Something big is brewing in Trenton, N.J., and it could blow at any minute.

Stephanie Plum might not be the world's greatest bounty hunter, but she knows when she's being played. Ken Globovic (aka Gobbles), hailed as the Supreme Exalted Zookeeper" "of the animal house known as Zeta fraternity, has been arrested for beating up the dean of students at

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What We're Reading

Here's a snapshot of what the library staff is reading.

What are you reading right now? Recommend books to others in the comments section.

By Meyer, Marissa
2015-11 - Feiwel & Friends
9780312642983 CHECK CATALOG

The #1 "New York Times "Bestselling Series
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. …More

The Tin Snail
The Tin Snail
By McAllister, Cameron
Author Usher, Sam
2016-01 - Delacorte Books for Young Readers
9780553536386 CHECK CATALOG

"Half-silly, half-serious and full of human interest."--"The Wall Street Journal"

Get ready for a wild ride with this classic and fun World War II adventure about a boy who helps invent a car the Nazis would love to get their hands on

Thirteen-year-old Angelo knows that his father's job is in jeopardy. Only one thing can save it: inventing a car the world has never seen

The Good Thief's Guide to Paris: A Mystery
The Good Thief's Guide to Paris: A Mystery
By Ewan, Chris
2009-09 - Minotaur Books
9780312578053 CHECK CATALOG

Charlie Howard--mystery writer and professional thief--is flush with the success of his Paris book-reading when he agrees to show a novice how to break into an apartment. The next day, Charlie's hired to steal an ordinary-looking oil painting--from the same address. …More

Prayers the Devil Answers
Prayers the Devil Answers
By McCrumb, Sharyn
2016-05 - Atria Books
9781476772813 CHECK CATALOG

Sharyn McCrumb, "New York Times" bestselling author of the acclaimed Ballad series set in Appalachia, explores the ties between a reluctant female sheriff and a condemned man in this stunning and powerfully written Depression-era novel.

"Years later, after the tragedy, someone remembered the Dumb Supper and what had happened there. That was the cause of it, they said, because the

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
By Covey, Stephen R.
1990-09 - Free Press
9780671708634 CHECK CATALOG

Guided by Covey's remarkable step-by-step program, readers can find more meaning and satisfaction in relationships, be better able to achieve personal and professional goals, and can look forward to lasting happiness and success. "A wonderful book that could change your life."--Tom Peters, author of "In Search of Excellence." …More

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
By Yousafzai, Malala
With Lamb, Christina
2015-06 - Back Bay Books
9780316322423 CHECK CATALOG

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. …More

Best Foot Forward
Best Foot Forward
By Bauer, Joan
2006-10 - Puffin Books
9780142406908 CHECK CATALOG

The Newbery Honor author pens this companion to her "New York Times" bestseller, "Rules of the Road." Here she tells a funny and poignant story about honesty, self-esteem, the demands of loyalty, and the redemptive power of "sole." …More

Claws for Alarm
Mary Ann
Claws for Alarm
By Lotempio, T. C.
2015-11 - Berkley Books
9780425270219 CHECK CATALOG

The "purrfect "sleuthy duo * is back, and this time murder hits close to home for Nora Charles and her partner Nick, a stealthy little feline gumshoe groomed to solve a shocking crime.

Since inheriting her mother's sandwich shop, Nora Charles is more about hot grilled paninis than cold-blooded murder until her sister Lacey is arrested. The victim, an esteemed art collector and

By Webster, Jean
Illustrator Webster, Jean
Introduction by Ibbotson, Eva
2011-06 - Puffin Books
9780141331119 CHECK CATALOG

This edition of the classic tale of an orphan who is taken under the wing of a mysterious benefactor features a new Introduction by the author of "Journey to the River Sea." …More

The Jewel of Gresham Green
The Jewel of Gresham Green
By Blackwell, Lawana
2008-08 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764205118 CHECK CATALOG

To protect her daughter from danger, Jewel Libby flees to Gresham and friends direct them to the vicarage. But they arrive to find the vicar Andrew Phelps and his wife immersed in their own troubles. Soon Jewel finds the tables have turned and she is the one offering support and a source of strength. …More

At Home: A Short History of Private Life
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
By Bryson, Bill
2011-10 - Anchor Books
9780767919395 CHECK CATALOG

With his signature wit, charm, and seemingly limitless knowledge, Bill Bryson takes us on a room-by-room tour through his own house, using each room as a jumping off point into the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, in the …More

By Lackey, Mercedes
Author Martin, Cody
2016-04 - Baen
9781476781235 CHECK CATALOG


Teenager Staci's father has just remarried, and now she finds herself being shunted aside by her new stepmother. Shunted all the way to the run-down and dying Maine town of Silence, in fact, and the custody of her alcoholic mother.

It gets worse. Silence seems

Monday, May 23, 2016



Sue Hill

4.5 Stars

May 23, 2016

I'm a breakfast person. But not breakfast for breakfast most of the time. I like breakfast all day!
"These books make you want to eat your way through the land of the free . the variety and types of recipes is actually quite nice. There are omelets, crepes, donuts, breakfast sandwiches, and even pop tart recipes included. the title and premise are a bit misleading. The authors don't highlight ALL of the states. In fact, they hop skip and jump straight from LA, San Francisco, and Portland over to Omaha, Kansas City, St. Louis, Cleveland, and Ohio with nothing in between. That's a whole lot of states not covered by even one highlighted breakfast spot!  Regardless of the problem that not all States are in the book, I look forward to making many of the breakfast recipes,  The first recipe to be tried is Lemon-Blueberry Waffles from Lucky's Cafe in Cleveland Ohio.
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    Cooking - Courses & Dishes - Breakfast

Friday, May 20, 2016

Top Ten Non-fiction Titles at the Brigham City Library

See which titles have circulated the most over the last 6 months in our non-fiction collection:

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
By Kondo, Marie
Translator Hirano, Cathy
2014-10 - Ten Speed Press
9781607747307 CHECK CATALOG

This #1"New York Times" best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?


The Cokeville Miracle: When Angels Intervene
The Cokeville Miracle: When Angels Intervene
By Wixom, Hartt
Author Wixom, Judene
2015-06 - Plain Sight
9781462117611 CHECK CATALOG


Rising Strong
Rising Strong
By Brown, Brene
Author Brown, Brenae
2015-08 - Spiegel & Grau
9780812995824 CHECK CATALOG

Books for a Better Life (2016)


When we deny our stories, they define us.

When we own our stories, we get to write the ending.

Social scientist Brene Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of

Garfield Tons of Fun
Garfield Tons of Fun
By Davis, Jim
2015-03 - Ballantine Books
9780345526014 CHECK CATALOG

There's more of Garfield to love

In this nifty collection, Garfield contemplates the advantages of growing older--and fatter Whether he's settling in for a catatonic evening of TV viewing, testing the first law of physics on his back, or just hunting burgers in the kitchen, Garfield is sure to go light on the action and heavy on the laughs. So grab a seat and get ready for "Tons of

Scholastic Book of World Records 2016
Scholastic Book of World Records 2016
By Morse, Jenifer Corr
Author Morse, Jennifer Corr
2015-10 - Scholastic Paperbacks
9780545826235 CHECK CATALOG

Whether kids want to know what the world's deadliest snake is, which country eats the most chocolate, who has the most career touchdowns in the NFL, or which state has the largest water park, "Scholastic Book of World Records" has all of the answers and much more. Full color. …More

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
By Gilbert, Elizabeth
2015-09 - Riverhead Books
9781594634710 CHECK CATALOG

The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller

Named a Hot Fall Read by "USA Today, Vanity Fair, Newsday, ""O Magazine," the"Seattle Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Mashable, Pop Sugar, "and the" San Antonio Express-News

"Named a Best Book of the Year by "Brainpickings "and" Book Riot"

"A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life... I dare you not to be

Lego Awesome Ideas
Lego Awesome Ideas
By Dk
Author Lipkowitz, Daniel
2015-09 - DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
9781465437884 CHECK CATALOG

LEGO(r) "Awesome Ideas" is an all-new ideas book that unlocks the secrets of LEGO building and shows fans how to create a world with their imagination. Beautifully clear photography and informative text demonstrates how entire models are built up while also providing step-by-step visual breakdowns and offering alternative ways to build models.
Explore each chapter as it steadily creates a …More

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive: 101 Inspiring Stories about Growth, Wisdom, and Dreams
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive: 101 Inspiring Stories about Growth, Wisdom, and Dreams
By Newmark, Amy
Author Slocum, Loren
2015-05 - Chicken Soup for the Soul
9781611599473 CHECK CATALOG

These 101 amazing and inspiring storiesabout growth, wisdom, and dreams will show you how to thrive a road map to living the best life you can make for yourself

It's your time to thrive and these stories show you how You'll learn how to take charge of your life, make time for what's important, and do what's right for you These stories, from regular people who have taken control of

Human Anatomy: The Definitive Visual Guide
Human Anatomy: The Definitive Visual Guide
By Roberts, Alice
2014-04 - DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley)
9781465419545 CHECK CATALOG

For students of anatomy, biology, and the biomedical sciences; medical professionals; and curious families, DK's "Human Anatomy" will be a definitive resource.
Written by acclaimed anatomist, Dr. Alice Roberts, "Human Anatomy" is an up-to-the-minute study of the body. Spectacular digital images show the body in incredible, true-to-life detail. Exhaustive annotations provide the names of organs …More

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity
By Qureshi, Nabeel
2014-02 - Zondervan
9780310515029 CHECK CATALOG

Christian Book Award (2015)

An Unexpected Journey from Islam to Christianity
InSeeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam toChristianity, complete with friendships, investigations, and supernaturaldreams along the way.
Providing an intimatewindow into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion forIslambeforediscovering, almost against his will, …More