Allen's List

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Reader's Advisor, Allen Wight offers some fun themed (and unthemed) lists of things to read next and inspire you to read more. Here are some of Allen's Lists:

Funny Mysteriess

Every now and then, you want a laugh. Every now and then, you want a mystery. Sometimes you want both. If the latter is the case, consider reading the following:

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Vampires

Is there something in human nature that makes us want to be scared by mythical creatures we know can not hurt us? If so, that may provide part of the explanation for the popularity of vampires in film, television and books. Here are a just a few of the individual books and series available from the library:

If you wish to tackle a series, and there are many; consider one of the following:

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Made Into Movies

You may have seen the following movies, but have you read the book? If not, consider the following books which became movies:

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American Classics

One definition of a classic is a work of art of recognized and established value. This could be a painting, a piece of music or a novel. These American novels meet that definition of classic:

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Fantastic Fantasies

Wizards, witches, hobbits, elves and magic! Don't forget epic battles! If you enjoy these in great stories, consider these fantasy series:

Download all of them from NCLBPH for many hours of reading pleasure! - Allen

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The Sixties

The Sixties. A time of change for our country. Now more than a half century ago, it is part history, part mythology in our nation's consciousness. One product of that decade was literature. Consider some of the following novels from that decade:

Happy Reading! - Allen

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Alternative History

If you have ever entertained the question "What if...?" about a historical event; you might enjoy Alternate History novels. These are sometimes referred to as Alternate Timeline novels. A few to consider:

Enjoy these from NCLBPH. Happy Reading! - Allen

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Hard-boiled Mysteries

If you like your mysteries with a toughness and a bit of corruption in the air, consider a hard-boiled mystery. The detectives may not have the fanciest offices or the most respectable clients but they make for a great story:

Download them from NCLBPH! Happy Reading! - Allen

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Western Mysteries

Wide open spaces, small towns, coyotes, ranchers and murder. If these sound like a good combination, consider a western mystery. A few possibilities:

Available from NCLBPH! - Happy Reading!

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Early US History

If you have an interest in the Revolutionary War and the individuals who helped to shape our government; there are many books to read. A few to consider:

All are available from NCLBPH.

Happy Reading! - Allen

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Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction is what the name implies. A work of fiction with a historical setting. Often it will include historical individuals and fictional characters. Sometimes it may combine elements of romance or mystery. A few to consider:

Available from NCLBPH!
Happy Reading! - Allen

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Food Glorious Food

Food is a necessity for life. A great Chef can make food a wonderful experience! Books about food can help to you to be a better cook. Also they can teach you about a culture. A few books to consider:

Happy Reading and Eating! - Allen

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Entertaining Biographies

One of the most popular types of autobiographies and biographies are those of entertainers. A few in the NCLBPH library to consider are:

Happy Reading! - Allen

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The Martians Are Coming!

With the possible exception of the Moon, no heavenly body has loomed larger in literature than the planet Mars. Whether an invasion from the Red Planet or the colonization of it; there are many novels to consider.

Happy Reading!-Allen

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Female Detective Series

Some are amateurs. Some are professionals. Some are young. Some are not so young. All are sharp and great at what they do! There are many female detective series. A few to consider:

Happy Reading! - Allen

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Booker Prize Winners

"The Booker Prize for Fiction" is a literary prize for the best original novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom. It has been awarded each year since 1969. Some to consider, by year of the award:

Consider downloading them from the NCLBPH BARD
Happy Reading! - Allen

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Female Sci-Fantasy Writers

So often we have preconceived notions about authors of particular genres. Fantasy and Science Fiction have been perceived as male dominated fields. Even though what it is regarded as the first Science Fiction novel "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus", was written by Mary Shelley.
After reading "Frankenstein" consider some of these Fantasy and Science Fiction novels by female authors:

Happy Reading!-Allen

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Science for Non-Scientists

Many of us could benefit from having a better knowledge of science. Often it is difficult to find books on science written for the layperson. A few to consider are the following:

Happy Reading! - Allen

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Fabulous Funnies

Let's face it, we could all use a laugh! What better way than reading a funny novel. A few to consider:

Happy Reading! - Allen

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Young Readers Rule

One of the best habits that children can develop is reading for pleasure. There are many great books out there for younger readers. Some have been around for decades, others are more recent. Some to read:

Happy Reading! - Allen

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The Great War

The Great War - World War One. The War of trench warfare, new technologies, massive deaths. The War which set the course for the Twentieth Century.
Some books concerning World War One:

Happy Reading! - Allen

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Spies and Espionage

The world of dead drops, double agents, covert operations and in one case, shaken not stirred martinis. Spy & Espionage Thrillers can make for a great read. Some to consider:

Happy Reading! - Allen

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Nordic Mysteries

Over the last twenty years or so, there has been a growing appreciation in the United States of Nordic mysteries. Often dark and violent with lonely heroes, they present an image we do not necessarily associate with the Nordic countries. Some you might wish to read:

Happy Reading - Allen

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Harry S. Truman

May 8th is the anniversary of President Harry S. Truman’s birth. Underestimated when he took office; he is now routinely ranked among “The Great” or “Near Great” Presidents. He oversaw the end of World War Two, the founding of the United Nations, the desegregation of the United States Armed Services and the rebuilding of Europe. As he said about the presidency “The buck stops here!” A few good books about him:

Happy Reading! - Allen

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Mother's Day

This Mother’s Day, consider downloading the following books for your Mother, or yourself:

Happy Reading! - Allen

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Hodge Podge of Favorites

Here's some novels that have no unifying theme other than I enjoyed them when I read them. Sometimes what you need is a hodge podge! They are all available from NCLBPH:

Happy Reading! - Allen

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First Novels by North Carolina Authors

There is something special about reading a first novel by an author from your home state. You may recognize the settings. You may recognize individuals in the novel. You may know the author. A few first novels by North Carolina authors to consider reading:

Happy Reading! - Allen

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Nobel Laureates

Since 1901 the Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded annually to an author from any country. The criteria set forth by Alfred Nobel is that the author has produced “in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”. Some books by Nobel Laureates to consider:

Happy Reading! - Allen

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day is traditionally the start of Beach Season in much of the country. So with that in mind, these books all have a beach setting (and the word Beach in the title). They are from different genres. So here they are:

Happy Reading and have a good Memorial Day! - Allen

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Gothic Classics

A bit of horror, a bit of thriller, a bit of romance (often doomed of course). Noble families and great houses decaying over the generations. Today’s list consists of Gothic Classics. A few to consider:

Happy Reading  - Allen

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Baseball Novels

America’s pastime is baseball. While games are not being played at this time, consider some novels about baseball. Here are a handful:

Happy Reading - Allen

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A Really Scare - Good Horror

Sometimes you want a really good scare in your books. If you would like a book that will have you on the edge of your seat, consider one of the following:

Happy Reading - Allen

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Football Fiction

There is something about sports which lends itself well to the novel. The books on today’s list revolve around football. You may recognize a few of the titles from movies.

Happy Reading! - Allen

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Los Angeles Novels

Los Angeles. The City of Dreams, The City of Angels. Also, the setting for some great novels. So if you would like to read a book set in La La Land consider one of the following:

Happy Reading! - Allen

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Chicago Books

Chicago.  A distinctively American city of hard work and machine politics. Also, it is the setting for some great fiction, from science fiction to mysteries and steamy romance. Also, one novel which brought about significant changes in government policy. However, first start with a poetry collection:

Happy Reading! - Allen

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Alaska Novels

Alaska. America’s last frontier. The land of the gold rush. Also the setting for many novels. Consider the following including one of the great classics in American literature:

Happy Reading - Allen

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Fourth of July

 

The Fourth of July is more than just a day for fireworks. This year it may be a good day to stay inside and listen to a book. A few appropriate ones for the day include:

Happy Fourth of July! -Allen

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Presidential Campaigns and Elections

It is political convention time here in the United States of America! The NCLBPH has some great audio books on presidential campaigns and elections. From the earliest days of our nation to the 2016 election, a few to enjoy:

As you may guess from the titles, there is little similarity in the way the authors approach the subject. 

Happy Reading! - Allen

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These are available to download or reserve from our online catalog or from BARD.