Books like the Game of Thrones

I am suffering from Game of Thrones withdrawal. How about you?? These books will help get you through the Long Winter. I've started on the Kingkiller Chronicles The Name of the Wind, and so far it's really good!! Which book will you read to help you make it to season 8??

Weather Wonders Weather Books for Kids

If your kids are anything like my kids, then they are fascinated by weather. As the Tampa Bay area is in the middle of hurricane season, and with Hurricane Harvey all the news, these books will help to keep your kids excited about the weather, even when it's not making headlines!  Clicking on the title of the book will take you to the library catalog so you can check to see if we have the book at your branch!

Weather Wonders
Extreme Weather : Surviving Tornadoes, Sandstorms, Hailstorms, Blizzards, Hurricanes, and More!
by Thomas Kostigen

Draws on cutting-edge science and first-person accounts to explore the role of climate change in extreme weather, describing manifestations of dangerous weather systems while revealing how everyday kids can make a difference. 
Extreme Weather
by Edward Close

Introduces extreme cases of weather disasters, including sudden tornadoes, destructive hurricanes, and unexpected flooding, and describes how to become a storm chaser.
The Weather Disaster
by Matthew McElligott

Dr. Cosmic's class of clever monsters confront snow, floods and a dangerous thunderstorm as freak weather conditions threaten their school, in an wacky introduction to the science behind weather. 
Detecting Hurricanes
by Samantha Bell

Introduces hurricanes, their causes, and the damage they do; describes how scientists can determine that a hurricane is coming; and provides advice on preparation and survival.
Eye of the Storm : NASA, Drones, and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code
by Amy E. Cherrix

Traces the work of cutting-edge NASA scientists who are re-purposing military drones to conduct hurricane science in order to assess the threat of potentially dangerous storms and maximize evacuation times. 
How Could We Harness a Hurricane?
by Vicki Cobb

Engineers use the knowledge we get from science to design solutions to problems--and a hurricane is a BIG problem. No one has yet designed ways to weaken a hurricane or steer it to someplace where it can die a natural death without harming people or property. But this doesn't mean that people haven't been thinking about it and imagining what could work. This book tells the story. 
by Elizabeth Raum

This photo-illustrated book describes hurricanes, or as they are known in other parts of the world, cyclones and typhoons. Explains how hurricanes are formed, how they are predicted, what can be done to stay safe in areas prone to hurricanes.
When the Sky Breaks : Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and the Worst Weather in the World
by Simon Winchester

The best-selling author of When the Earth Shakes combines engaging facts and first-person accounts with striking photography in a narrative exploration of violent storms and their relationship to climate change. 
Detecting Tornadoes
by Marne Ventura

Introduces tornadoes, their causes, and the damage they do; describes how scientists can determine that a tornado is coming; and provides advice on preparation and survival.
Survive a tornado
by Chris Bowman

Amazing photography accompanies engaging information about how to survive a tornado. The combination of high-interest subject matter and light text is intended for students in grades 3 through 7.
by Elizabeth Raum

This photo-illustrated book describes tornadoes, or as they are known in other parts of the world, cyclones. Explains how tornadoes are formed, how they are predicted, what can be done to stay safe in areas prone to tornadoes.
Tornado terror : True Tornado Survival Stories and Amazing Facts from History and Today
by Lauren Tarshis

Provides information about infamous tornadoes that have caused major destruction, including the Tri-State Tornado in 1925 and the Joplin Tornado in 2011, and presents personal accounts of these events.
by Seymour Simon

Updated with new text and photos, an introduction to the Earth's strongest wind storms by the award-winning science writer shares amazing facts about tornadoes while explaining how they occur and how to protect oneself from dangerous weather.
How to Survive a Tornado
by Marne Ventura

Provides information on the causes and effects of tornadoes, looks at how people have survived these destructive phenomena, and suggests ways to be prepared.


Best Audiobooks of 2017

I listen to a TON of audiobooks. And yes, in my professional opinion, listening to an audiobook COUNTS AS READING!!

No surprise to see that my favorite human on the planet (other than those people that live in my house) won for BEST Audiobook of the Year! Lin-Manuel Miranda and his book Hamilton: The Revolution. A few others that I have listened to recently were also winners. Salt to the Sea (oh my goodness, I cried) was an excellent audiobook. The story is heartbreaking, so have tissues ready.

Here are ALL of the winners: 


2017 Audie Awards Winners

The winners of the 2017 Audie Awards have arrived! On Thursday, June 1—just in time for June is Audiobook Month—the Audio Publishers Association doled out the Oscars of audiobooks at the Alliance Française in New York City, in a ceremony hosted by comedian Paula Poundstone. (You can watch a video of the event on Facebook.) And the winners are:

Audiobook of the Year

Hamilton: The Revolution, by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, narrated by Mariska Hargitay with the authors, published by Hachette Audio



In the Embers, by Brian Price and Jerry Stearns, narrated by Robin Miles, Edwin Strout, Dean Johnson, et al; music by Mike Wheaton, published by Great Northern Audio Theatre / Blackstone Audio


Autobiography / Memoir

The Greatest: My Own Story, by Muhammad Ali with Richard Durham, narrated by Dion Graham, published by Graymalkin Media


Best Female Narrator

Be Frank with Me, by Julia Claiborne Johnson, narrated by Tavia Gilbert, published by HarperAudio


Best Male Narrator

Jerusalem, by Alan Moore, narrated by Simon Vance, published by Recorded Books


Business / Personal Development

Humans Need Not Apply, by Jerry Kaplan, narrated by John Pruden, published by Tantor Media, a division of Recorded Books



Marriage Games, by C. D. Reiss, narrated by Sebastian York and Elena Wolfe, published by Flip City Media, Inc.


Excellence in Design

Geek Feminist Revolution, by Kameron Hurley, design by Jessica Daigle, published by HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books


Excellence in Marketing

Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000, by L. Ron Hubbard, narrated by Josh Clark, Scott Menville, Jim Meskimen, Phil Proctor, Stefan Rudnicki, Fred Tatasciore, and a full cast, published by Galaxy Audio


Excellence in Production

Alien: Out of the Shadows: An Audible Original Drama, by Tim Lebbon and Dirk Maggs, narrated by Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, Kathryn Drysdale, Laurel Lefkow, Andrea Deck, and Mac McDonald, published by Audible Studios



The Hike, by Drew Magary, narrated by Christopher Lane, published by Brilliance Publishing



Sister of Mine, by Sabra Waldfogel, narrated by Bahni Turpin, published by Brilliance Publishing


History / Biography

In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors, by Doug Stanton, narrated by Mark Boyett, published by Audible Studios



I’m Judging You, written and narrated by Luvvie Ajayi, published by Macmillan Audio


Inspirational / Faith-Based Fiction

Risen: The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture, by Angela Hunt, narrated by P. J. Ochlan, Alana Kerr, Paul Aiello, and Kevin Reynolds, published by christianaudio


International / Faith-Based Nonfiction

The Awakening of H. K. Derryberry, by Jim Bradford and Andy Hardin, narrated by Milton Bagby, published by Thomas Nelson


Literary Fiction and Classics

Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi, narrated by Dominic Hoffman, published by Penguin Random House Audio / Books on Tape


Middle Grade

How to Train Your Dragon: How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury, by Cressida Cowell, narrated by David Tennant, published by Hachette Audio


Multi-Voiced Performance

Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult, narrated by Audra McDonald, Cassandra Campbell, and Ari Fliakos, published by Penguin Random House Audio / Books on Tape



The Crossing, by Michael Connelly, narrated by Titus Welliver, published by Hachette Audio


Narration by the Author or Authors

A Life in Parts, written and narrated by Bryan Cranston, published by Simon & Schuster Audio



Hillbilly Elegy, written and narrated by J.D. Vance, published by HarperAudio


Original Work

The Dispatcher, by John Scalzi, narrated by Zachary Quinto, published by Audible Studios



Ghost Gifts, by Laura Spinella, narrated by Nicol Zanzarella, published by Brilliance Publishing



Dirty, by Kylie Scott, narrated by Andi Arndt, published by Macmillan Audio


Science Fiction

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by Alan Dean Foster, narrated by Marc Thompson, published by Penguin Random House Audio / Books on Tape


Short Stories / Collections

The Brink: Stories, by Austin Bunn, narrated by Austin Bunn, Luke Daniels, Tanya Eby, Ralph Lister, Amy McFadden, Mikael Naramore, and Nick Podehl, published by Blunder Woman Productions via ACX


Thriller / Suspense

Cross Justice, by James Patterson, narrated by Ruben Santiago Hudson and Jefferson Mays, published by Hachette Audio


Young Adult

Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys, narrated by Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris, and Michael Crouch, published by Listening Library


Young Listeners (up to age 8)

28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World, by Charles R. Smith, Jr., narrated by Dion Graham, William Jackson Harper, Zainab Jah, January LaVoy, Robin Miles, Lizan Mitchell, Jonathan Earl Peck, and Carter Woodson Redwood, published by Live Oak Media