2017 Nobel Prize in Literature Announced

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2017 is awarded to the English author Kazuo Ishiguro! I ALWAYS read the books by authors that win the "big prizes" so I was so excited when I saw this announcement and then went to the library catalog and we had a few copies of his books in the system! But not only did we have many titles, but we had a copy in my branch!!

I'm not quite sure how this author escaped me since this book description sounds like something that I would enjoy reading. From Booklist "It is a fable-like story about an elderly couple, Axl and Beatrice, who reside in a village that is made up of underground warrens and is sometimes menaced by ogres. One day they get it into their heads to track down their son, who vanished years ago, although they cannot remember exactly why. In fact, their whole village seems to be struggling with memory loss, with residents forgetting from one day to the next key incidents and people from their pasts. Despite their advanced years and their many aches and pains, Axl and Beatrice set out on a perilous journey, encountering along the way a smooth-talking boatman, a wailing widow, and, most momentously, an ancient, garrulous knight and an intrepid warrior. Ishiguro’s story is a deceptively simple one, for enfolded within its elemental structure are many profound truths, including its beautiful and memorable portrait of a long-term marriage and its subtle commentary on the eternity of war, all conveyed in the author’s mesmerizing prose."

Have you read anything by Kazuo Ishiguro? 



2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Longlist Announced

I love reading books that have been nominated for awards. The longlist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence was just released. Let's take a peek at the titles and see which novels I have already read and which ones I need to add to my TBR stack!
So without further ado, here is the list, in alphabetical order by author LAST NAME. I have highlighted the ones I have read:


Aslam, Nadeem. The Golden Legend.

Auster, Paul. 4 3 2 1.

Barry, Sebastian. Days without End

Boyne, John. The Heart’s Invisible Furies. 

Clemmons, Zinzi. What We Lose

Dawkins, Curtis. The Graybar Hotel. 

Egan, Jennifer. Manhattan Beach. 

El Akkad, Omar, American War.

Erdrich, Louise. Future Home of the Living God.

Eugenides, Jeffrey. Fresh Complaint

Fridlund, Emily. History of Wolves. 

Garcia, Cristina. Here in Berlin

Greer, Andrew Sean. Less. 

Hamid, Mohsin. Exit West. 

Kang, Han. Human Acts. 

Kunzru, Hari. White Tears

La Farge, Paul. The Night Ocean

McBride, James. Five-Carat Soul. 

McDermott, Alice. The Ninth Hour. 

Miller, Kei. Augustown

Roy, Arundhati. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.

Rushdie, Salman. The Golden House

Saunders, GeorgeLincoln in the Bardo.

Van Reet, Brian. Spoils

Ward, Jesmyn. Sing, Unburied, Sing



Alexie, Sherman. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir.

Bowden, Mark. Hué 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam.

Chernow, RonGrant.

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy.

Davis, Jack E. The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea.

Ellsberg, Daniel. The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

Else, Jon. True South: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize, the Landmark Television Series That Reframed the Civil Rights Movement.

Farrell, John A. Richard Nixon.

Forman Jr., James. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.

Gay, Roxane. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body.

Grann, David. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

Greenblatt, Stephen. The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve

Isaacson, Walter. Leonardo Da Vinci.

Kolhatkar, Sheelah. Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street

Pearlman, Wendy. We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria

Sedaris, David. Theft by Finding: Diaries, 1977-2002

Tan, Amy. Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir.

Taubman, William. Gorbachev: His Life and Times.

Wadman, Meredith. The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease.

Wallis, Michael. The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny.

Young, Kevin. Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News.


Okay, so I have certainly read more fiction on the list than non-fiction. I really enjoyed 4 3 2 1 by  Paul Auster. Lincoln in the Bardo I had a heck of a time getting through it. I may have to give it another try.

Traditionally I wait for the shortlist to be announced and then read all the books on the shortlist. This year the six-title shortlist (3 fiction, 3 non-fiction) will be announced on October 25, 2017. The two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards (BMAs) event at American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Denver on Sunday, Feb. 11, 5–7 p.m.

Have you read any books on the longlist? Which one(s)? What did you think??

Florida Prepaid College Foundation Win 2 FREE Years of College

It's that time of year again. The time of year when the kids go back to school, the weather starts to turn cooler (provided you live anywhere BUT Florida), and college football is dominating the TV. College. Just the word brings back such fond memories for me. I loved college. It's still hard to believe that in a few short years the #TampaTrio will be having their own college experiences. Here they are on the first day of school this year. When I grow up I want to be a...
Haley 8th grade: a musician 
Ella 7th grade: a marine biologist 
Ronin 6th grade: a video game engineer

That's right. I have 3 kids in middle school this year. And you know what that means? I am going to have 3 kids in college AT THE SAME TIME! Sometimes when I think about all the money I'm going to spend on college for these 3, I start to panic. Have I done enough? Is their Florida Prepaid account going to be enough? The additional 529 Plan I opened for each of them this summer is helping to take some of that panic away, but still, come on. 3 kids, in college, at the same time, is enough to make anyone freak out a little bit. 

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