Coming soon! The 2nd Annual Pflugerville Reads One Book community-wide reading program!
There doesn’t seem to be a lot of interest in the online book discussion so I am reformatting the blog! I will post upcoming events and a selection of new acquisitions at the Library for adults!
Upcoming events for July 16-July 21
|MONDAY, JULY 16
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
TUESDAY, JULY 17
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
|THURSDAY, JULY 19
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
SATURDAY, JULY 21
10:00 am – 12 pm
This is the second book in a series but I don’t think it is imperative that you read the first to follow the plot. The chapters are short so it lends itself well to weekly online discussions.
Let’s begin with a summary:
Daniel X is a teenage alien hunter who thought he’d seen it all. Now he’s up against an alien who is filming a reality TV show on Earth for viewers on his home planet. The show consists of humans performing stunts and being killed for the entertainment of alien viewers. Oh, and apparently Daniel has a list of aliens to track down and this one is number 5. It looks like there are at least 4 books in the series so Daniel’s list must be pretty long. You can see other titles in the series at the Official James Patterson site or read reviews of Daniel X: Watch the Skies at Amazon.
Discussion question: I find the line between adult fiction and young adult fiction blurs often. Patterson writes for both audiences and I am interested in knowing for those of you more familiar with his work, do you find Patterson’s YA fiction carries enough weight to be engaging to an adult audience?
OK, next week we will start discussing Daniel X: Watch the Skies by James Patterson unless someone has a particular book they want to read by Mr. Patterson. If so, please use the comment area. I will check it this weekend.
The Library Board Vice Chair Clay Leben suggested the following two social reading tools
No one has voted on our next read yet. I will give it until the end of the week.
OK, overall I’d say this was a pretty good read. It was very short though and maybe a little Saccharin at times. One thing I did notice that bothered me was in the beginning of the book when Jennifer first takes off to the lake house after hearing of her grandmother’s condition there is something that doesn’t add up… the cats and the car. Did anyone else notice that? Jennifer takes her cats with her and goes straight to the hospital before going to the lake house. So the cats are left in the car for how long? We know it’s hot out because later in the novel there is a lot of swimming in the lake. So, that’s the one thing that bothered me. I don’t think a responsible pet owner (and we can assume she is because she takes her cats with her) would leave their pet in the car in the heat. Yes, I get her grandmother is in serious condition but dropping the cats off at the house wouldn’t worsen her condition.
I would like to read something of Patterson’s that is more reflective of his usual style. Any suggestions?
Don’t forget to vote on who to read next!
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Check out Karen’s comment on the previous post! Lots of good James Patterson background information!
By now you should be well into if not finished with this particular novel. It was a very quick read. So as not to spoil it for anyone who may not have read it, it is basically about a woman named Jennifer who is widowed and still emotionally fragile but through her Grandmother’s letters she learns to hope again.
OK, discussion question number two:
Do you think it is realistic for an author to write from the perspective of the opposite gender? If so, which authors do you think do the best job?
Don’t forget to read the comments on the previous post to see one reader’s great synopsis of Patterson’s work!
As you know we’ve chosen James Patterson as our next author. The book Sam’s Letters to Jennifer was selected as this month’s read because we have it available in a lot of format’s so those that want to can read along.
By now you should have gotten through at least the first part of the book. The chapter’s are very short, often one or two pages. We are introduced to Jennifer, a newspaper columnist who finds out her beloved grandmother is in a coma in the hospital. Jennifer and her two cats race to the lake house of her grandmother to be close to the hospital where she is convalescing. While at the house she discovers a series of letters from her grandmother addressed to her. She begins to unravel a side of her grandmother she never knew.
OK, I admit I have never read a James Patterson novel but I sense that this book is not typical for him. I’ve always thought of him as more of a mystery writer. Could some of you who are more familiar with Patterson’s work tells us if you think this novel is similar or different from some of his more popular titles and how?
OK, so no one voted in the last poll but in the previous one we had a four-way tie and one email vote that broke the tie.
Next we will be reading Jame Patterson’s Sam’s Letters to Jennifer. We have two standard print copies, one large print and the CDBK at the Library. If you would like to read along and join the discussion we will begin next week!
In the meantime here are a few upcoming programs: