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Book Suggestion Series: Cheshire Red Reports

At CMLE Headquarters, we love books!

This is likely the most popular and most unifying statement you can possibly make when chatting with library people – but it’s true! On our weekly podcast, Linking Our Libraries, we always have a book segment so we can share some of the books we read. This is always popular with our listeners, so we are expanding that into other formats including a second podcast, Books and Beverages, coming out this fall. And we are building this series of Book Suggestions. You can submit books that you like! Just write it up a few reasons you liked a book and send it in to us; we will edit and add links – and we can all enjoy it!

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I always like to read books in a series – after I’ve invested a book’s worth of energy to learn people’s names and stories, I want to see what happens next!  This week I’m finishing a series that is way too short, from my perspective: only two books. But I’m enjoying them both, and if urban fantasy sounds interesting to you (books set in our world today, but with magic, and supernatural creatures), you might also like them. The series is called the Cheshire Red Reports, by Cherie Priest.

I listened to both in audio-book format, and if you have a choice I’d recommend that because the reader is really good. She helps to bring out different aspects of the characters and the story-line – a great feature of audio books! Continue reading Book Suggestion Series: Cheshire Red Reports

Book Suggestion Series: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

We love talking about books with our members, and on our weekly library podcast Linking Our Libraries. So we began this series as just another way to share what books we are reading or want to recommend!

Daring Greatly by  Brené Brown is a book  I listened to from Overdrive a little while ago, and I remember being surprised how much I liked it. I don’t read a ton of nonfiction and this one seemed like it could potentially have a preachy or self-help feel. However, this was not the case! I liked the experience of listening to this book because it allowed me to think about the concepts instead of just flying past them like I might do while reading.

Dr. Brown has done a ton of research in the areas of shame and vulnerability and how we can work to change the way we relate to these things in order to be a more productive, creative, and happier person. She makes the point in the book that it’s actually brave to be vulnerable enough to take a chance or try something new, even though we could fail miserably.

From Goodreads:
“Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.”

Check out Brené Brown’s other books:

The Gifts of Imperfection
Rising Strong
Braving the Wilderness

Watch her Ted Talk about the Power of Vulnerability:

 

 

 

Book Suggestion Series: The Signal and the Noise

I saw this book on Overdrive, and thought I should check it out. I am a fan of data, and I like to know things. So a book about figuring out information, and knowing about useful information is right in my area!  The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t, by Nate Silver

I follow Nate on Twitter:  @NateSilver538, and also his company FIveThirtyEight: @FiveThirtyEight. This is one of the fun things about social media – you can follow the ideas authors are sharing all the time. And when the author is someone like Nate Silver, he has a constant stream of ideas and research to share. 

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“Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger—all by the time he was thirty. He solidified his standing as the nation’s foremost political forecaster with his near perfect prediction of the 2012 election. Silver is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.com.

Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data. Most predictions fail, often at great cost to society, because most of us have a poor understanding of probability and uncertainty. Both experts and laypeople mistake more confident predictions for more accurate ones. But overconfidence is often the reason for failure. If our appreciation of uncertainty improves, our predictions can get better too. This is the “prediction paradox”: The more humility we have about our ability to make predictions, the more successful we can be in planning for the future.

In keeping with his own aim to seek truth from data, Silver visits the most successful forecasters in a range of areas, from hurricanes to baseball, from the poker table to the stock market, from Capitol Hill to the NBA. He explains and evaluates how these forecasters think and what bonds they share. What lies behind their success? Are they good—or just lucky? What patterns have they unraveled? And are their forecasts really right? He explores unanticipated commonalities and exposes unexpected juxtapositions. And sometimes, it is not so much how good a prediction is in an absolute sense that matters but how good it is relative to the competition. In other cases, prediction is still a very rudimentary—and dangerous—science.

Silver observes that the most accurate forecasters tend to have a superior command of probability, and they tend to be both humble and hardworking. They distinguish the predictable from the unpredictable, and they notice a thousand little details that lead them closer to the truth. Because of their appreciation of probability, they can distinguish the signal from the noise.”

Book Suggestions: Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

Books are one of our favorite topics both at CMLE Headquarters and on our weekly podcast Linking Our Libraries. 

Since this has been so popular with our readers and listeners, we decided to talk about books even more, in additional formats! This includes a second podcast about books coming out later this fall, and also includes some regular book suggestions here on our site.

(Books below have links to Amazon; if you follow them and make a purchase Amazon will donate a small percentage of your sale to CMLE! We appreciate it!!)

I’ve been listening to the YA book Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older and have really been enjoying it. It’s an urban fantasy that takes place in Brooklyn and it’s easy to imagine yourself running around with the main character Sierra, listening to music, painting murals, and dodging zombies. Sierra is piecing together a mystery that involves her grandfather’s connection with the spirit world and a rising threat that is placing her family in danger.

From Goodreads:

“Cassandra Clare meets Caribbean legend in SHADOWSHAPER, an action-packed urban fantasy from a bold new talent. Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “Lo siento” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.”

If you are interested in YA urban fantasy, YALSA has this genre guide and Kirkus has this list of books with reviews.  Or explore some of the titles below:

Book Suggestions: Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

We love books at CMLE Headquarters!

On our weekly podcast, Linking Our Libraries, we always have a book segment so we can share some of the books we are reading. Since this has been so popular with our listeners, we decided to talk about books even more, in additional formats! This includes a second podcast about books coming out later this fall, and also includes some regular book suggestions here on our site.

(Books below have links to Amazon; if you follow them and make a purchase Amazon will donate a small percentage of your sale to CMLE! We appreciate it!!)

Looking for a delightful story for middle-grade readers? I loved listening to Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver, narrated by Jim Dale (he also narrated the US version of the Harry Potter series). The story had a definite fairy-tale vibe, plus great villains, development of unlikely friendships, and using teamwork to overcome obstacles. Even though it is technically a book for middle grade readers, the story was easily enjoyed by an older reader as well!

From Amazon: “Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice—until one night a ghost named Po appears from the darkness.

That same evening, an alchemist’s apprentice named Will makes an innocent mistake that has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.”

Lauren Oliver has written many other books, some of which include:

What do you think? Have you read any of these books? Do you have other suggestions? We want to hear all about it in the comments section!