New "50 Book Challenge" Suggestions

August 4, 2011 by
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August 4, 2011 // Filed under Uncategorized

Bernardsville Library “50 Book Challenge” for 2011 has reached the half-way mark, and participants recently shared some of their reading suggestions.  Ape House by Sara Gruen is a standout among the 50 Book members.  One reader proclaimed Ape House to be the best book she’s read this year and found it “astonishing, gripping, upsetting and triumphant.”  She notes that the author “explores the colorful eccentricities of humans and animals through their interactions with each other, leaving us questioning which is the more humane.”  Another book, Ransom, by Australian … Continue reading

Reflections on the 50 Book Challenge

January 12, 2011 by
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January 12, 2011 // Filed under Uncategorized

The first year of Bernardsville Public Library’s 50 Book Challenge has drawn to a close, but a new year means a new challenge!  The kick-off meeting for the next 50 Book Challenge will take place in the library on Saturday, January 22nd at 3:30 p.m., with Karen Vaias once again leading the program. For those readers who participated in the 2010 Book Challenge, it’s  time to reflect on what the challenge has meant to them and how it has affected their … Continue reading

Patrons Have Been Reading…

July 24, 2010 by
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July 24, 2010 // Filed under Uncategorized

Here’s a sampling of some of the books our patrons have been reading this summer.  Among the contributors are several members of the library’s 50 Book Challenge. Adrienne writes: “I’ve tortured myself reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera.  It’s part philosophical, part political (about the effect the events of 1968 had on people), and part emotional – a love story.  The first 100 pages were tough, but I kept going and actually wound up liking the book.”  … Continue reading

Recent Reading Choices from the 50 Book Challenge for 2010

June 9, 2010 by
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June 9, 2010 // Filed under Uncategorized

Participants in Bernardsville Public Library’s 50 Book Challenge have been busy reading a wide variety of books – both new and old, fiction and nonfiction.  Certain titles keep cropping up such as Ian McEwan’s Saturday, which was well received, and Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, a book of self-help principles on the nature of happiness. Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo elicited the most responses, some of them very positive, but a few quite negative.  Several readers thought the level of violence was … Continue reading

50 Book Challenge to the Rescue

March 31, 2010 by
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March 31, 2010 // Filed under Uncategorized

What do you do when adversity “takes you down” – at least for a while? In the case of this blogger with a nicely broken wrist, there’s not much else to do but read, and so I have plunged single-handedly into Bernardsville Public Library’s 50 Book Challenge for 2010. As luck would have it, someone recommended a good book to me the very night before my accident, so when I returned from the E.R., I took up Immaculee Ilibagiza’s memoir, … Continue reading

The "Challenge" Is On – What Are You Reading?

February 4, 2010 by
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February 4, 2010 // Filed under Uncategorized

Read any good books lately?  If you are participating in the 50 Book Challenge at Bernardsville Public Library, you may have read one or two by now.  The Challenge, which asks you to read 50 books in one year, has now begun. Participants have been given reading logs and instructions, but there’s still room and time for others to join the group.  Please access our information about the 50 Book Challenge on this blog or on the library’s Web site and become a member, too! … Continue reading

Turning 50 Isn’t So Bad

January 20, 2010 by
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January 20, 2010 // Filed under Uncategorized

Fifty never looked so good! Join the 50 Book Challenge at Bernardsville Public Library for a fun way to challenge yourself to read 50 books in one year. This new program is designed to inspire you to finish those half-read books and to seek out interesting new material available at the library. Read any book of your choice! You may read fiction and nonfiction or listen to audiobooks, if you prefer. You may even include graphic novels. All you have … Continue reading