Vikings, and Tolkien, and Thor, Oh My!

I’ve been exploring Norse mythology and Viking history  off and on for the past year or so, and I thought I would share some of the items we have in the collection that I found interesting. Let’s set sail and travel through Viking history and lore:

Northmen: The Viking Saga, AD 793-1241 by John Haywood – This book is a good one to start with if you’re looking for an overview about the Viking Era. It also demonstrates how far their travels took them – from Europe, to Asia, and of course, North America. It’s informative and well-researched, and I found it really interesting with enough detail and examination to satisfy my curiosity. I also really liked how the author chose to organize the material based on geographical area. If you have a particular interest in English history, follow Northmen with The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England by Marc Morris which explores what led to the Battle of Hastings and its aftermath. For those of you interested in North American history, try Graeme Davis’ Vikings in America.  Although I believe some of Davis’ claims require more proof, and would have liked more information about the artifacts discovered, it may have identified some questions which could lead to further research into the extent of Viking expeditions to North America. Continue reading

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

There is something very satisfying about holding a book in your hands, turning its pages, and getting to know its characters. Recently, however, I tried my very first audiobook, and absolutely loved it. When enthralled by a book, I often find myself constantly on the edge of my seat, or staying up way past my bed time to find out how it ends. I become so invested in the story and its characters that I cannot put it down. This was the case with Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. But, since I did not have the physical book with me, I found myself driving a little slower, or taking an extra side street to get home, just to be able to get through one more chapter. Big Little Lies weaves together the lives of Madeline, Celeste and Jane, each with their own family, story, and secrets. Each play their part in a murder investigation, schoolyard drama, and complicated relationships. At the heart of it all? Their big little lies. I enjoyed this book so much, that I will be watching the TV adaptation by the same name – starting Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley.

Adult Summer Reads: Armchair Travel

Travel the world from the comfort of your own home, no passport required.

Adult Summer Reads

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I’m excited to bring you the Armchair Travel edition of the Adult Summer Reads, the entire 15-item list of which you can find on this list on Bibliocommons: VaughanPL: Adult Summer Reads: Armchair Travel.

This installment is the Armchair Travel edition, which will take you around the world from Antarctica to Scotland to… well, around the world, all from the comfort of your very own armchair (armchair not included – you’ll have to provide your own). You don’t have to worry about packing, or the dollar, or your passport, or anything else, which frees you up to simply enjoy the vacation-of-sorts in its entirety. Hurrah!

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