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December 2013

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    So You Got An e-Reader As a Gift .... ()

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    And you'd like to download free e-books from the library?  We can help! 

    Ramsey County Library offers free e-books through two vendors:  Overdrive and 3M Cloud Library.  You can find the links to both sites, a list of supported devices, and more information on the eBooks and eAudiobooks page on our website.

    Getting started with Overdrive e-books can be slightly complicated, so library staff have put together instruction sheets to help you through the process.  Since each e-reader is a little bit different, we made help sheets...

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    My Top Ten of 2013 - Marcus L. ()

    The Luminaries

    Today's Top Ten is from Marcus L. of RCL - Roseville.  Over to you, Marcus!

    Happy end of the year everybody. My list is a bit tardy because I had to finish the Booker winner The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton about 1860's gold rush New Zealand and it lives up to the hype. 834 pages of captivating storytelling. So this year, I have 11 great reads on my top Ten

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    A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki - A diary of a Japanese teen washes up on a Pacific Northwest Island

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    My Top Ten of 2013 - Dominique M. ()

    The Alchemy of Murder

    It's Top Ten time again!  This list comes to us from Dominique M. of RCL - Roseville, who hopes that "someone, somewhere will enjoy one of these reads."  I think we can practically guarantee that!

    The Alchemy of Murder by Carol McCleary - Excellent murder mystery led by female heroin Nellie Bly. The year is 1899. Nellie is the investigative reporter racing to find a killer in a man’s world.

    The Abomination by Jonathan Holt - Crime/drama. Murder has a new place to hide. Carniva.

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    My Top Ten of 2013 - Carol J. ()

    Lost in Austen

    More Top Ten fun for your end (and beginning of year) enjoyment!  Today's Top Ten list is from Carol J. of RCL - Mounds View, for whom this year was "all about Austen."

    The Top Ten (or so) Best Austen Adaptations and Spin-offs that I Read (or Watched) This Year:

    Austenland - The movie adaptation of Shannon Hale's book was pretty awful.  However, I have to credit it with inspiring me to look for books and movies that do Austen better.  Thank you, Austenland!

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    My Top Ten of 2013 - Meg R. ()

    The Fun Stuff

    The Top Tens continue!  Today's Top Ten is from Meg R. of RCL - New Brighton.  She says, "I'm thinking that the following group of top titles all fit into the past calendar year but don't hold me to it."  A little poetry, a little essay and a whole lot of fiction fills Meg's list for 2013!

    The Fun Stuff and Other Essays by James Wood - I love Mr. Wood's brain and his insights. Whenever I read his criticism I come away with new ways to think. You can't get much better than that.

    The Best of It: New and...

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