Category Archives: Recommendations

Book, movie, audiobook and Web site recommendations. Also known as Readers Advisory.

Reader Resources

These are a few of the online resources we use to help folks find that next great book, movie or music CD.  We hope you find them helpful, too!

  1. Amazon
    • Due to the sheer number of users and reviews, Amazon is a great resource for both reviews and suggestions
  2. Fantastic Fiction
    • A UK Web site we LOVE and use often to find recommendations from both authors and book lovers
  3. Goodreads
    • A social network for readers and a good source for reading lists
  4. Tastekid
    • Debbie’s personal favorite – “TasteKid is a recommendation engine and a community that enjoys discovering people with shared interests in music, movies, TV shows, books, authors and games.” (About page)
  5. What’s Next™: Books in Series
    • A database managed by the Kent District Library system that is our ‘go to’ site to answer the eternal question, “What’s the next book in this series?”
  6. Wowbrary for New Library Books
    • You can subscribe to the monthly newsletter and find out which new books we have added to our collection

Zinio Magazine Collection


Zinio provides over a hundred free digital magazines that can be downloaded to your computer, tablet, or mobile device. You can view Zinio magazines via a web browser or via an app. Sign in using your library barcode number and start reading today.  Titles are available in English, Spanish and even in French!  Go to Zinio.

As with OverDrive, the Zinio magazine collection is a shared collection.  Recorded Books is the company providing the platform and catalog Web site.  If you are accessing Zinio on your tablet through the App, you will need to return to the Shared Collection web site to find and ‘check out’ new titles.  The app itself may try to convince you to buy a subscription!  No need, the library has done that for you.

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Library staff have been playing with Zinio and are prepared to answer your questions and help you through the process of downloading the app and logging into the Web site!

Our shared collection has 110 titles!  The * means it’s a top circulating title.

  • American Craft
  • American Patchwork & Quilting
  • AppleMagazine *
  • Audubon
  • Backpacker
  • Bead & Button
  • Best Ever Home Shop Ideas
  • Best Ever Outdoor Projects
  • Best Ideas for Christmas
  • Best of Creative Jewelry
  • Bicycling
  • Bloomberg Businessweek*
  • Budget Decorating Ideas
  • Build Better Model Aircraft
  • Car & Driver*
  • ChickaDEE
  • Chirp
  • Christmas Ideas
  • Cloth Paper Scissors
  • Cosmopolitan *
  • Cosmopolitan en Espanol (Spanish)
  • County Living *
  • Cross Stitch Collection
  • Cycle World
  • Diabetic Living
  • Digital Photo
  • Discover*
  • Do It Yourself*
  • Dwell*
  • ESPN Magazine*
  • Eating Well*
  • Economist*
  • Elle*
  • Elle Quebec (French)
  • Esquire*
  • Every Day with Rachel Ray*
  • Family Circle*
  • Family Handyman*
  • Field & Stream
  • Fit Pregnancy
  • Food Network Magazine*
  • Forbes*
  • Games
  • Golf Tips
  • Good Housekeeping*
  • Good Housekeeping (Spanish)
  • Holiday: 301 Recipes & Decorations
  • Holiday Baking
  • Holiday Menus
  • House Beautiful *
  • Interweave Crochet
  • Interweave Knits
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • Knitter’s Magazine
  • Macworld*
  • Marie Claire*
  • Martha Stewart Living*
  • Martha Stewart Living Halloween
  • Martha Stewart Weddings
  • Men’s Fitness*
  • Men’s Health*
  • Mental_floss*
  • Model Railroader
  • Modern Patchwork
  • Mother Earth News
  • Motor Trend
  • National Geographic Interactive *
  • National Geographic Traveler*
  • Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness
  • Natural Health
  • Newsweek*
  • O, the Oprah Magazine*
  • OK! Magazine*
  • Organic Gardening
  • Outdoor Life
  • OWL
  • PC Magazine Digital Edition*
  • PCWorld*
  • Poets & Writers
  • Popular Mechanics*
  • Popular Photography
  • Popular Science*
  • Prevention*
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Quilting Arts
  • Reader’s Digest*
  • Redbook*
  • Rolling Stone*
  • Runner’s World*
  • Scholastic Parent & Child
  • Scrapbooks Etc. Page Planner
  • Seventeen
  • Shape*
  • Smithsonian*
  • Star Magazine*
  • Taste of Home*
  • Thrasher Skateboard
  • Town and Country Weddings#
  • Transworld Motocross
  • Transworld Ride BMX
  • TVYNovelas (Spanish)
  • US Weekly*
  • Vandidades USA (Spanish)
  • Vegetarian Times*
  • Weight Watchers*
  • Woman’s Day*
  • Woman’s Health*
  • Woodworker’s Journal
  • Working Mother
  • Yoga Journal*

New eBooks in November

With a $250 Grant from the Friends of the Library and additional money from the Board for our Non-fiction collection, I have ordered $900-worth of new eBooks and digital Audiobooks.  These purchases in OverDrive are especially for HVL card holders.

Friends of the Library eBook Grant

  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  • The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
  • Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Last to Die by Tess Gerritsen
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

New Adult Non-Fiction  

  • A Gift of Hope by Danielle Steel
  • Into the Fire by Dakota Meyer, Bing West
  • Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly (audio)
  • Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly (audio)
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (audio)
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

New Adult Fiction

  • My Kind of Christmas by Robyn Carr
  • NYPD Red by James Patterson (audio)
  • The Racketeer by John Grisham
  • The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel
  • Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich

Coming next, new titles for children and young adults, again courtesy of the Friends of the Library!

to read or not to read…

I often have to decide whether or not to read a new book or listen to the audiobook.. For Sophia Kinsella’s (the Shopaholic series) new I GOT YOUR NUMBER, I chose the audiobook. I enjoy listening to the British accent and appreciate the quirky language differences. It makes the droll British humor more alive. In this book, a new character, Poppy Wyatt is introduced. She becomes involved with legal and romantic problems a few days before her wedding. A good beach book. Today most popular novels and the accompanying audiobooks are released simultaneously.

Big things in 2012

2012 marks the commemoration of three historical events. This year celebrates the Diamond Jubilee (sixtieth) of Queen Elizabeth 11. A best-selling biography, ELIZABETH THE QUEEN by Sally Bedell Smith may make a good summer read.

In April many will focus on the TITANIC; James Cameron is releasing the movie in 3D. There are numerous new books relating mostly to the lives of the survivors. One that is interesting is called THE DRESSMAKER; it is a novel with an unusual plot and a wide variety of characters.

A less spectacular occasion is the two hundredth birthday of Charles Dickens. Although he is best known for DAVID COPPERFIELD, OLIVER TWIST AND A CHRISTMAS CAROL, My favorite is A TALE OF TWO CITIES. Set during the French Revolution, it demonstrates that there is no time limit to espionage, brutality, and bloodshed.

Heart Healthy cookbooks

As we approach the end of February, the month that marks an increased awareness of heart health in our country, it’s important to note that living a healthy lifestyle should be a year-round focus. The Huntingdon Valley Library is here to help you do just that! We have some great cookbooks that will give recipes to help in living a healthier lifestyle – something the whole family can benefit from! Come in to check out these great titles, and many more!

Family Health Cookbook: Good Food That’s Good for You by Melanie Barnard and Brooke Dojny, from the American Medical Association

Low Cholesterol Cuisine by Anne Lindsay

Prevention’s Health Guaranteed Cookbook by the Food Editors of Prvention Health books

The Joslin Diabetes Great Chefs Cook Healthy Cookbook by Frances Towner Geidt and Bonnie Sanders Polin

Low Fat, Low Cholesterol Cookbook by the American Heart Association

The New American Heart Association Cookbook by the American Heart Association.

With so many options, there’s no reason we shouldn’t all be eating healthier diets!

And the Oscar goes to…

It’s Oscar Time! Among all the gold and glitter are statuettes in various categories whose films were created from books. Some examples: THE HELP (Stockett); WAR HORSE (Monpurgo); EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE (Safran Foer); TINKER, TAILOR, SOLIDER, SPY (Le Carre); MONEYBALL (Lewis); and THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO (Larsson) – English version. I always prefer reading the book before seeing the movie. Try it!

What’s your favorite love story?





There are many writers of romantic fiction; however, the most interesting aspects are usually the covers. Perennial authors such as Danielle Steel, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Fern Michaels, Eileen Goudge, and Barbara Delinsky still pique our reading appetites. One contemporary author Adriana Tigiana has a series with a fictional character named Valentine. She is a volatile maker of shoes (not a shoemaker!), who delights us with colorful Italian characters. One of her books is being made to a movie. None of them can capture the greatest love story in book and screen genres: GONE WITH THE WIND. What is your favorite love story?

Snowy Reads

Since it looks like we’re going to get off relatively easy this winter in the weather department, it seems prudent to take a day like today, where there is actually snow in the forecast, to take a moment to acknowledge some favorite snowy reads.

For kids:
Ezra Jack Keats – The Snowy Day
For 51 years, readers have been enchanted with Peter’s snowy adventure around his town in this Caldecott winner
Snowball Fight by Jimmy Fallon
In the late night talk-show host and comedian’s snowy story, even the most rambunctious reader will enjoy the rhythmic repetition of “snowball, snowball, snowball fight!”
Snow by Uri Shulevitz
Mr. Shulevitz is a long-time favortie of mine, and in this gentle and beautiful story, the essence of the magic a snowfall holds for children is elegantly captured.

For Pre-teens and Teens:
Sweet Treats and Secret Crushes by Lisa Greenwald
Three friends who live in the same New York City Apartment building find themselves snowbound, with their school Valentine’s day plans gone awry by the blizzard outside.
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
This snowy tale based on a Nordic legend will satisfy readers of fantasy and fairy tales, and will remind readers that things are not always what they seem.
When the Snow Fell by Henning Mankell
14-year-old Joel marks the beginning of his new year with the first snowfall every year, and his resolutions this Novemeber begin to launch him along the road to adulthood.

For grownups:
Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher
This is a favorite snowy day read of mine; the story tells the tale of a collection of loosely connected acquaintances who find them sharing a house in Scotland in the midst of the winter solstice, and the joy they come to find even after the heartache life has dealt to each of them.
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
This tale, at once romantic and heartbreaking, is set in America’s Northwest during World War II amid the era of Japanese Internment Camps.
Deception Point by Dan Brown
The story opens in the Arctic, where NASA has made an amazing discovery deep in the ice, which may well prove that life on other planets does exist. Of course, as with any book by Dan Brown, the story takes many twists and turns as forces are at work to try and cover up the truth.

upcoming works from popular authors

As we anticipate the arrival of spring, many of our favorite authors are “springing into action” creating an array of popular new novels. Among the A-List are Baldacci, Connelly, Picoult, Woods, Higgins Clark, Roberts, Steel, and Kellerman (Jonathan). James Patterson is in a class by himself. His popular numbered series will introduce ELEVENTH HOUR. This is just one of his forth-coming works. He has even started “hawking his wares” on television. Does the man never sleep?

Written by Joanne DeCardona