Each Tuesday we’re posting a new entry in our Online Book Club to share with you what you’re reading. Join in with the conversation! We’re focusing on a specific genre each week. Leave us a comment about what you’re reading or what you think about the genre, and you could win one of these super-cute reading-themed coffee mugs. We’ll pick a winner each week from the comments below.
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Today we’re reading books in the Fantasy Genre, and today’s post is brought to us by Shannon, a Youth Services Librarian at Vinings. You know her from her weekly Willard posts, her Japanese entries, and her “I read these books!” posts. (She writes a lot on the blog, thankfully!)
Take it away, Shannon!
What is Fantasy? According to J.R.R. Tolkein, fantasy must contain “first, the creation of an internally consistent secondary world and second, the use of Faerie (the use of magic and enchantment)”.
from Genreflecting: a guide to popular reading interests by Diana Tixier Herald
What do you like about this genre? Fantasy allows me to experience a world that is sometimes a bit different and sometimes completely different from my own, and it nurtures my love of make-believe.
In the Genre:
What was your favorite book when you were young? The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (check our catalog for the book: http://cbpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/results?qu=”the+little+prince”). An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.
What was the most recent book you enjoyed? Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel (check our catalog for the book: http://cbpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/results?qu=”such+wicked+intent”). When his grieving father orders the destruction of the Dark Library, Victor retrieves a book in which he finds the promise of not just communicating with the dead, but entering their realm, and soon he, Elizabeth, and Henry are in the spirit world of Chateau Frankenstein, creating and growing a body.
Name one of your favorite books. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (check our catalog: http://cbpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/default/search/results?qu=alice%27s+adventures+in+wonderland). A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.
More of these can be found in our OverDrive Collection:
Tender Morsels, by Margo Lanagan: Tender Morsels is a dark and vivid story, set in two worlds and worrying at the border between them. Liga lives modestly in her own personal heaven, a world given to her in exchange for her earthly life. Her two daughters grow up in this soft place, protected from the violence that once harmed their mother. But the real world cannot be denied forever–magicked men and wild bears break down the borders of Liga’s refuge. Now, having known Heaven, how will these three women survive in a world where beauty and brutality lie side by side?
A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray: It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls–and their foray into the spiritual world–lead to?
Have you read these books? Do you like the Fantasy genre? Let us know in the comments below and you could win the super-cute library-themed coffee mugs!
*Limit of 10 entries per person for the Kindle; each person will be entered to win the iPad once.