Early in November, my daughter excitedly told me she knew what we could get my husband for Christmas. I was puzzled (and a little suspicious) at her exceedingly early holiday preparations. As a rule, we generally begin our holiday shopping on the 23rd. Our out-of-town friends and family know to expect New Year’s, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, or even, I’m ashamed to admit, Canada Day gifts, rather than Christmas gifts. It’s the thought that counts, not when it actually arrives, as I’ve pointed out to my niece on numerous occasions.
Not only am I a procrastinator when it comes to gift buying, but I really, really hate picking out something for my husband. He’s impossible to buy for, as he always answers the question, “What would you like for Christmas/your birthday/our wedding anniversary?” with a shrug and a mumbled, “Whatever you think I might like.” This year, my daughter saved me from hours of annoyed shopping at the mall by stating that we would buy her dad a Kobo Vox™. Not only would he love having a new electronic toy, but the price couldn’t be beat, she explained. As an added bonus, she would get her own eBook reader back, as he’s been hogging it since the summer.
I know we won’t be the only family opening a new eBook reader this holiday season. In fact, WPL has been busy preparing for the expected surge in demand for eBooks. Since November we selectors have purchased over 1,500 ePUB titles, with more to come next week. Now, I won’t list ALL 1,500 new titles, as I suspect that the blog editors might get a bit cranky. Here then, for your future reading pleasure, is a small selection of titles I want to read myself (when I get to hog my daughter’s eBook reader):
Angels of darkness, by Ilona Andrews, Nalini Singh and Sharon Shinn. Three masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance explore the rapture of the heavens above, and the darkness below in three all-new stories of angels and guardians, and good and evil.
Down these strange streets, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. This all-new collection of urban fantasy stories explores the places where mystery waits at the end of every alley and where the things that go bump in the night have something to fear.
1Q84, by Haruki Murakami. A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s — 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination.
Falling Backwards, by Jann Arden. Jann Arden is funny. And sincere. She has legions of devoted fans. And a radio show. She is a darling of the music scene–always candid, always unplugged. You thought you knew Jann Arden, but there is more–to her readers’ delight, in Falling Backwards Jann reveals her childhood, her bond with family, her struggle in the formative years, and what keeps her so grounded in the whirlwind entertainment industry. Jann has always been true to herself, except for a minor lapse when she was young. Oh wait, wasn’t that all of us?
Knocking on heaven’s door: how physics and scientific thinking illuminate the universe and the modern world, by Lisa Randall. Dispelling the idea that science is based on unchanging rules, Harvard physicist Randall offers an insider’s view of modern physics, a vital, continually “evolving body of knowledge” in which previous ideas are always open to change-or even disposal, when researchers discover a theory which better fits observational evidence.
The novice: a story of true love, by Thich Nhat Hanh. A poignant and beautiful teaching novel from one of our great spiritual leaders, a timeless parable about the first Buddhist nun.