The Wonder of Neil Gaiman

Posted on Saturday, March 15, 2014 by Robyn_Bookworm

Stardust This past weekend Neil Gaiman was in San Jose receiving the Maverick Spirit Award at the Cinequest film festival. The award honors individuals who represent the spirit of innovation in storytelling, a fitting testament to Gaiman's diverse and beloved list of works. I was lucky enough to be in the audience to hear Gaiman speak and his wit and humor inspired me to revisit my . . . more »

Complicated Romance

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by Robyn_Bookworm

The Rosie Project I like romantic stories as much as the next reader, but sometimes I get tired of the same boring plots. I want characters who are complicated and unpredictable, and who may not be perfect for each other after all. The path to love is messy and complex, but sometimes it is all about the journey and the people you meet along the way. The Rosie . . . more »

New Year's Reading Resolutions 2014

Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2014 by Robyn_Bookworm

1984 Happy new year everyone! Last year, Campbell staff made reading resolutions in the hopes of finally crossing off some of the books that have been on our "to-read list" for years. It's that time again, so here are our new year's reading resolutions for 2014. 1984 by George Orwell -Kay, Library Page Great Expectations by Charles Dickens -Todd, Library Clerk The Great Gatsby by F. . . . more »

This Year's Most Talked About Books

Posted on Saturday, December 7, 2013 by Robyn_Bookworm

Inferno Need some small talk for all the holiday gatherings you are attending this year? Make sure you have read a few of these books; according to Google they are some of the most frequently mentioned books on the web this year. They also have high ratings and enthusiastic reviews from your fellow library users. Check out what everyone is saying and get in the conversation . . . more »

Staff Pick: Doctor Sleep

Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Robyn_Bookworm

Doctor Sleep Note: If you have not yet read The Shining, you may not want to read this review! Doctor Sleep by Stephen King It’s been over thirty years since The Shining introduced the world to Danny Torrance and the ghosts of the Overlook hotel. When Stephen King announced last year that he would be writing a sequel to the cult classic, fans like myself waited eagerly . . . more »

End of Summer Beach Reads

Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013 by Robyn_Bookworm

A Hundred Summers Summer is starting to wind down, but there are still a few more sunny days left to get outside and enjoy the beach. Here are a few promising titles that will make perfect beach-day companions. A Hundred Summers -Beatriz Williams Set largely on the beaches of 1930’s Rhode Island, this book has all the classic qualities of a beach read. Romance, gossip, rich socialites, marital . . . more »

Read Beneath the Surface

Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2013 by Robyn_Bookworm

Neverwhere Summer reading isn't just for kids; adults and teens can join in too. Just for signing up, adults and teens will receive a free book bag filled with goodies including a free ice cream gift certificate (while supplies last). Plus, adults and teens who read at least five books will be entered into a drawing for a Nexus 7 or an iPad mini! Sign up . . . more »

For the Love of Animals

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by Robyn_Bookworm

A Big Little Life Celebrate your furry friends with one of these heartwarming memoirs. A Big Little Life - Dean Koontz Bestselling author Dean Koontz is well-known for his best-selling thrillers and suspenseful novels. But according to Dean, it wasn’t fame that transformed his life, it was a golden retriever Trixie. A Big Little Life is the story of Trixie’s impact on Dean’s life and the amazing changes she . . . more »

Discover the Mortal Instruments

Posted on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by Robyn_Bookworm

City of Bones I am a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. The series has developed a life of it’s own since the first book was published in 2007, spawning an additional prequel series (The Infernal Devices), graphic novel adaptations, and a movie! Click here to watch the trailer. The Original Trilogy City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass The Mortal Instruments . . . more »

Staff Pick --The Dinner by Herman Koch

Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 by Robyn_Bookworm

The Dinner The Dinner by Herman Koch Originally published in in the Netherlands in 2009, "The Dinner" received high praise from readers and became an international bestseller before making its way to the U.S. early this year. The story is deceptively simple: Two sets of parents meet for dinner to discuss the recent misbehavior of their children. It is clear the kids have done something horrible, but . . . more »

Spotlight on Bay Area Authors

Posted on Saturday, March 2, 2013 by Robyn_Bookworm

The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or The Bay Area is an inspiring place. Authors and poets ranging Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Frost, Jack London, and even Mark Twain found inspiration here. The tradition continues, and many of today's bestsellers are created by authors who grew up or moved to the bay area. Here is a small list of some of the most popular names today. Laurie R. King was born . . . more »

Classic Romance from Beyond the Grave

Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by Robyn_Bookworm

Romeo and Juliet Romance lovers, eat your heart out --literally. Celebrate Valentine’s day with one of these classic love stories; or explore the darker side of “undying love” with each classic’s grisly counterpart. Romeo and Juliet -William Shakespeare Romeo & Juliet & Vampires -Claudia Gabel Pride and Prejudice -Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice and Zombies -Seth Grahame-Smith Wuthering Heights -Emily Bronte Wuthering Bites -Sarah Gray Jane Eyre -Charlotte . . . more »