Greetings and welcome to the Perseid Meteor Shower Edition of You Are What You Read. This year’s shower is supposed to be spectacular with upwards to 200 per hour. So, if this heat hasn’t left you done-in and cowering in a dark air-conditioned room, please make the effort to get outdoors tonight and make some wishes. You can get the 411 on that here.
There were no offerings this week, but Blanche is no longer MIA and we could not be more pleased. This is way better than taffy.
In Animals Run Amok news, The Traveling Companion wants to make everyone aware of a presence that is lurking in the rough of the golf course at the Olympic venue in Rio. The Capybara is the largest rodent in the world. They can grow to be over 4 feet in length and weigh between 78 to 140 pounds with the largest recorded weight was clocked in at over 200. Sadly, they are herbivores, so they won’t be adding any excitement to the games by suddenly darting out of the rough and dragging a golfer or their caddy off into its giant rat nest. Too bad, because then golf may actually be something I would want to watch. Think about it. It’s quiet and bucolic, complete with whispers and polite golf claps, and then here lumbers a gi-normous rodent. It comes shambling up on the green and has its way with some dude in plaid poly pants. Admit you’d watch that. I’d watch that for sure. You can read about that here.
The Always Engaging Bette P (her real name) pointed me in the direction of this fascinating fact that she came across in Times this week. Scientists have done some research exploring the relationship between reading and longevity. It would seem that those of us who read print material everyday have a longer life expectancy. This does not shock or amaze frankly. I mean, of course you’re not going to die in the middle of a good book! You’re going to want to know the ending! Thanks Bette! You can read about that here.
Next week you all are on your own, as I am taking a much needed week off. **The Traveling Companion ** and I will be Stay-cationing this year. If you see us, pretend you don’t. Carry on People and I’ll see you in two weeks.
This week we have mountains, a roller coaster, Pennsylvania, and college.
Playlist? DJ Jazzy Patty McC is back! And she’s on it.
Let us begin!
The Amazing Amanda is still heading back to the mountains of Virginia with Maggie Stiefvator. "The third book in this quartet is Lily Blue, Blue Lily. I cannot get enough of adventuring with the Raven Boys and Blue. This book shows us the consequences of what has happened in the previous two volumes. There are moments that make me gasp, make me giddy, and make me stop the book so I can revel in the delight. I turn those moments over and over in the palm of my mind so I can see them from all angles. This said, there are some tropes which feel tired. Of course, the big villian here is yet another man. Of course, no one is going to say what they really mean. But I love these books. I'm racing as fast as I can through them. The end is in sight with only one more to go before all the stories that can be told are finished. I'm already anticipating the reading hangover which will occur once all the secrets have been revealed. I'm listening to volume four as soon as I finish this book."
Pat T is listening again this week. “I listened to the audiobook, All is not Forgotten, by Wendy Walker and I must say it was a roller coaster ride all the way to the end! The story is about a teenage girl who is brutally raped during an party that involved alcohol and drugs in an affluent, fictional CT town. When her distraught parents get to the hospital, they give their consent to the attending doctor to administer Jenny an experimental new drug that eradicates the victim's memory of a traumatic event. After the event, as the investigation takes hold, Jenny meets with the psychiatrist, Dr. Alan Forrester, who works with Jenny to retrieve her memory of this event thus reversing the effects of the drug since he believes that you can only heal from a catastrophic event if you recall the memory and deal with the emotional fallout. This is the perfect suspenseful thriller to be enjoyed on a summer beach vacation!”
**Steph **is reading ahead this week. “This week I’m reading Cruel Beautiful World, by Caroline Leavitt, which comes out in October. In 1969, sixteen-year-old Lucy runs away to rural Pennsylvania with her English teacher, a free spirit who she loves desperately. As you can imagine, this doesn’t go that well for her. The book switches between her point of view, and those of her older sister Charlotte and guardian Iris—Lucy as she slowly realizes what her life has become, and Charlotte and Iris as they search for her and try to live as normally as they can. The backdrop of the late 1960s is perfectly unsettling, and the inner life of each character is richly drawn. Haven’t finished yet, but I’m already looking forward to neglecting the laundry when I get home to read this instead.”
Anna is new to the Library and can be found in the Children’s Library. Won’t you join me in wishing her welcome? “Did you know Darien Library has the entire collection of the friendship-filled young adult series Giant Days available for download on Hoopla? This graphic novel series begins with three very different girls (goth, hipster, and nerd) starting their first year in college and figuring out who they are and how to do this thing called “adulating”. Be ready to laugh out loud on your commute!”
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from That State Up North with the playlists and what she’s been up to since last we saw her. What’s good Pats? “After returning from my trip Up North, I was completely geeked to view the Perseid Meteor Shower last night. My urban living choices had other plans. Due to the excessive lights necessary for my area, I saw nothing but a few planes, the moon and some stars. No shooting meteors for this gal. I’m not giving up hope and will be out again tonight stargazing and hoping that I catch a few. I encourage you to do the same. Find a nice dark park, lie back on the grass and take in the marvelous light show and make a wish.