A guide to books we're reading and talking about this year.
Last Updated: Jul 23, 2014
Week Three - Where do you look for a book?
Talking to Lloyd made me think about the many ways in which books come our way. Although of course EvCC Reads is your favorite place to get ideas, look below for links to some fun sites available on the Internet. And then, be sure to take the survey and vote for your favorite source!
- What Should I Read Next?
If you've ever had trouble finding something to read, this might be worth a try. According to the website, you "Enter a book you like and the site will analyse our huge database of real readers' favorite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.
- Choices Based on Childhood Favorites
This is kind of fun! Its a list of 22 adult books that you might like based on childhood favorites. If you enjoyed A Wrinkle in Time, for example, the list recommends Swamplandia! by Karen Russell.
- Top Book Recommendation Sites
You may have used Good Reader and even Library Thing but ever heard of Olmenta or Book Bub?
How do you choose what to read next? Vote now for your preference!
Lloyd Weller, Photography Faculty, is our reader for the week of July 14th.
Growing up in west Seattle, Lloyd visited the bookmobile during its weekly neighborhood rounds and found this to be a great source of books. These days, he continues to use the EvCC library and the Everett Public Library as well as perusing the book reviews from the Seattle Times and the New York Times as well as online sources like Good Reads. He has a particular interest in historical fiction and the World War II era. Lloyd has a knack of finding books that have multiple narrators, as you will notice in the list below. When he retires at the end of summer quarter, you can be sure that Lloyd will be taking books along in his Westfalia van during those many adventures ahead.
The Pillars of the Earth
Publication Date: 2010-06-29
This is a good example of the "well told story" that Lloyd enjoys. From Library Journal: "A radical departure from Follett's novels of international suspense and intrigue, this chronicles the vicissitudes of a prior, his master builder, and their community as they struggle to build a cathedral and protect themselves during the tumultuous 12th century, when the empress Maud and Stephen are fighting for the crown of England after the death of Henry I."
The Last Child
Publication Date: 2010-03-09
Lloyd picked up this book when he was in need of something to read while in an airport. He has since read several more by this bestselling author. From Booklist: "Somebody has abducted Johnny Merrimon’s twin sister, Alyssa. Thirteen-year-old Johnny hasn’t been able to let her go, and even now, a year later, he is still scouring his North Carolina town, looking in every dark place, in the belief that his sister may still be alive and close by. Keeping an eye on Johnny, while fighting his own personal demons, is Clyde Hunt, the police detective who’s spent the last year working the case ..."
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Publication Date: 2009-03-31
As mentioned above, Lloyd has a penchant for finding stories told from multiple points of view and this is an outstanding example of that writing style. From Booklist: "Inspired by Vedran Smailovic, the cellist who, in 1992, played in a bombed-out Sarajevo square for 22 days in memory of the 22 people who were killed by a mortar attack, this is a novel about four people trying to maintain a semblance of their humanity in the besieged city."
Publication Date: 2009-06-23
Although Lloyd said that he did not find the dancer himself to be likeable, he thought the book was worth recommending. From Library Journal, this is "a fictionalized account of the life of Rudolph Nureyev-the Cold War danseur noble lauded as the world's first "pop star dancer"-as told by those who knew him. Among the narrators are the irrepressible Yulia, the daughter of Nureyev's first ballet teacher; Margot Fonteyn, Rudik's brilliant dance partner; Victor, a gay hustler from the Lower East Side with a penchant for blow, bath houses, and back talk; and others. What emerges is a pastiche of both the man and the myth ..."
Publication Date: 1982-10-20
Ivan Doig is definitely a Seattle author worth knowing about and Lloyd recommends this title, especially due to the local interest. From a Good Reads review, this is "a study of the prolific writings of a Pacific Northwest pioneer of the 1850s (James Gilchrist Swan) and of Doig’s present day effort at spending a winter retracing the diarist’s steps while reading through a forty year collection of at least 2,500,000 handwritten words."
Publication Date: 1995-11-01
If you look back at the "what we're reading this summer list" you might notice that Lloyd just finished another book by author Greg Iles. Lloyd would agree with this review from Booklist which called it a "stunning, horrifying, mesmerizing novel will keep readers transfixed from beginning to end. Iles' latest book tells the story of a physician from Georgia and a German Jew who manage to forestall Hitler's use of poison nerve gas during World War II by destroying a secret laboratory hidden in a Nazi death camp."
The Violin of Auschwitz
Publication Date: 2010-08-31
Lloyd pointed to this as an especially important book and one worth a second read. This novel is the story of Daniel, a prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp whose craftsmanship as a violin maker is discovered. Daniel is challenged to successfully produce a violin as part of the Kommandant's wager or to be turned over to the camp doctor for certain torture.