If you have ever visited the Madison County Public Library, you will probably already be familiar with how creative our library staff members are when it comes to making book displays to encourage circulation of books and other materials.
The cleverness of this idea will come as no surprise to you then. One of our Library Assistants in Richmond, Laritza Gomez Flores, created a display of "Books we DIDN'T love," based on suggestions from other library staff. Each book in the display has a bookmark that says why it was not a favorite.
I love this idea, because almost has a reverse psychological effect on me. I really want to read some of these books to find out for myself why someone didn't enjoy it!
So this week's booklist features some of the titles from Laritza's display. Some you may agree with, and some will make you ask "Really? I loved that one!" And the rest you may just want to read for yourself.
Topping the list is one I actually enjoyed -- The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
"F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story is of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his new love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted 'gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,' it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s." From GoodReads.com
It's available for check-out in print in Richmond and Berea, audio in Berea, and eBook and eAudio from Kentucky Libraries Unbound with your MCPL card and PIN.
My addition to the list was one that many people actually love, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.
"The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.
"Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior -- to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature." From GoodReads.com
Available in print in Richmond and Berea, audio in Berea, and eBook and eAudio through KY Libraries Unbound
Some other that made the display include "classics" and even book club favorites.
The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman
"For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.
"Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people's thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.
"From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.
"The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy." From GoodReads.com
Available in print in Richmond and Berea, large type in Berea, and eBook and eAudio through KY Libraries Unbound
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
"At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies is perhaps our most memorable novel about 'the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart.'" From GoodReads.com
Available in print in Richmond and Berea, and eBook and eAudio through KY Libraries Unbound
Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
(this is one of my favorite books!)
"Gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric--a masterpiece of suspense which leaves us shaken and changed.
"Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award 1995 and the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award
"San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man's guilt. For on San Pedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries--memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo's wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched. Gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric, Snow Falling on Cedars is a masterpiece of suspense--one that leaves us shaken and changed." From GoodReads.com
Available in print in Richmond and eBook and eAudio through KY Libraries Unbound