Big Library Read is back – Read The Other Einstein from 12 to 26 June

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict is this month’s Big Library Read. You can get this eBook on OverDrive right now – no holds, no queues, unlimited copies. Meet Mileva Marić, The Other Einstein. Learn all about this remarkable woman by participating in the world’s largest global eBook reading club through libraries, Big Library Read.

In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow. This is the story of Einstein’s wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight.

Who ate all the pies? OverDrive Big Library Read – 16 to 30 March

Perhaps the question should be who made pie? Art of the Pie by pie-guru Kate McDermott is this month’s Big Library Read (March 16-30) on OverDrive, and quite frankly who doesn’t like pie? We can all take this Pie together right now – the Big Library Read means library customers around the world can simultaneously borrow an eBook.

I personally love a good pie and also appreciate Kate’s rules of pie making and life:

  1. Keep everything chilled especially yourself
  2. Keep your Boundaries
  3. Vent.

CoverThis book is American so we are talking sweet – apple pie, pumpkin pie and pecan pie and many more. We have pastry options including gluten free, vegan and no-bake and even tips for high altitude pie making.

What, no steak and cheese? Never fear there is a section on Meat Pies where you pick your own seasoning. Other international classics such as shepherd’s pie and English pork pie get a mention too.

Kate McDermott has taught the time-honoured craft of pie-making to thousands of people. Her pies have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Real Simple, Oprah.com, NPR and more. In the Art of the Pie she shares her secrets to great crusts, fabulous fillings, and to living a good life. Kate provides dozens of recipes for all the pie combinations you can dream up with hints and tricks helpful to even the most experienced pie baker.

Check out Art of the Pie and remember always blow on the pie!

Find Art of the Pie in our collection.

More about the Big Library Read

Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world simultaneously with an eBook, using Overdrive one of our eBook platforms. Discussions about the cookbook, recipes and more can be found on BigLibraryRead.com. The free program runs for two weeks from March 16 to 30 2017 and to get started reading, all that is needed is a Christchurch City Libraries card and PIN/password

Big Library Read on until 27 October -This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp is this month’s Big Library Read. You can get this eBook on OverDrive right now – no holds, no queues, unlimited copies. This is where it ends is a book for teens, and it’s a New York Times Bestseller.

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Here’s a taster:

Everyone has a reason to fear the boy with the gun.
10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.
10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

Find This is where it ends in our collection.

More about the Big Library Read

Big Library Read (BLR), facilitated by OverDrive, is a reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time without any wait lists or holds.

A Murder in Time – Join OverDrive’s latest global eBook club – 23 June to 7 July

{C04E4869-9DB3-4EF4-B0C1-544EF1AD7EF8}Img400Big Library Read is back in town. This time the title is a little less controversial than American Sniper. OverDrive’s latest for you eBook lovers is A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain. It involves time travel, murder, a clever FBI agent, and the quest for justice and truth.  Sounds brilliant, and a bit exhausting! Luckily you will have from 23 June to 7 July to access this eBook. Borrow now!

If you are not sure of what the Big Library Read is then it is basically OverDrive, one of our eBook providers, making an eBook title available (without limitations) globally on its platform. So people in Dublin, New York and Brisbane are participating in this global eBook club at the same time as you are!

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Here’s a more complete summary of this Big Library Read title:

Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.

While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place – Aldrich Castle – but in a different time: 1815, to be exact. Mistaken for a lady’s maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a young girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there’s some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.

If this eBook sounds like you, then pull up a comfy chair and download away – let yourself be filled with the joy of participating in the latest literary love-in.

American Sniper is our Big Library Read – 17 to 31 March

OverDrive has made the title American Sniper its Big Library Read and it will be available in both eBook and eAudiobook format from 17 March until 31 March 2016. You can put your holds on the eBook or eAudiobook now, and you’ll be notified when it is available.

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American Sniper was one of the bestselling books of 2015. The New York Times bestselling memoir of a U.S. Navy Seal was even the source for Clint Eastwood’s academy award nominated movie. This controversial title is considered to be ‘a first-rate military memoir’ by Booklist. It details the effects of modern warfare on the writer, his fellow soldiers and his family. The author Chris Kyle is considered the most lethal sniper in US history. His fellow soldiers during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head.

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You can find out more on the Big Library Read page, where you can also listen to the Professional Book Nerds podcast interview with Taya Kyle, widow of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and the author of American Wife.

We have had a number of Big Library Read events here at Christchurch City Libraries. These events are sponsored by OverDrive (one of our main eBook and eAudiobook platform providers). Every few months they choose a title and make it accessible to absolutely everyone for a given period of time. The idea is to create one massive worldwide book club. As a librarian I love this concept!

If you haven’t taken part in what is basically a worldwide book club event then maybe this is the title that will change all that. See what you think …

Double the reading fun with the Big Library Read!

Ever wanted to join a book club or reading group but never got round to it? Here’s your opportunity! It’s quick, easy and doesn’t require venturing out in dismal weather.

OverDrive Big Library Read

I am talking about the OverDrive Big Library Read, which is coming back from 7 to 21 October. The Big Library Read is a global book club: during this period, millions of readers around the word have unlimited simultaneous access to the selected eBooks – no need for waitlists or holds.

And, this time, the Big Library Read offers not one but two titles to choose from. You can place a hold now and you’ll be notified when the eBook is available:

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The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley
(Suitable for ages 10 and up)
Ensorcelled princesses … a frog that speaks … a magical hind — Newbery Medal winner Robin McKinley opens a door into an enchanted world in this collection of original and retold fairy tales.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
(Suitable for ages 14 and up)
Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

So get ready to join the global book club!

Eyes on you by Kate White – Big Library Read on OverDrive

Come and join in the Big Library Read – millions of readers around the world will be reading the eBook and listening to the audiobook Eyes on You by Kate White:

Eyes on You is a breathless and terrifying psychological thriller full of twists that will leave readers guessing until the final pages. Enter the world of Robin Trainer, a popular cohost of a nightly television show and bestselling author who discovers that her success has come with danger and an adversary with a dark agenda. This book is sure to have you reading late into the night as Robin desperately tries to unmask her enemy before it’s too late.

You can join in too – it runs from 9 June to 23 June 2015. Go to OverDrive to find out more.

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Book cover of Anatomy of a MisfitIt’s Big Library Read time again, and this time it’s a young adult title! People of all ages are enjoying the ‘teen-lit’ renaissance and now you can join in with readers from all over the world.

The Big Library Read is a program in which libraries worldwide offer a single eBook to their members in order to create a global library book club. As a Christchurch City Libraries member you are invited to join in the fun. You can download, listen to and read Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes on OverDrive from Tuesday 14 October until Wednesday 29 October – there is no limit on how many people can check this title out, tell your friends, your family, people on the bus, all readers are welcome!

Described as a mix of Heathers and Mean Girls (with a dash of The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Anatomy of a Misfit is about the third most popular girl in school and her choice between the hottest boy in town and a lonely but romantic misfit (swoon!). The narrator, Anika is a sarcastic bad girl who you may love and hate in the same chapter, and who needs to decide if she is going to maintain the status quo or rock the high-school-clique boat.

Join library members from Christchurch, and around the world and download Anatomy of a Misfit. Then let us know what you think of it and the Big Library Read in the comments.

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Become a champion mystery solver with Laurien Berenson

AvailableAsEbook-smallA Pedigree to Die For is available for download as an ebook right now

 

From June 4th till  June 18th A Pedigree to Die For is available as as part of a ‘global book club’– no waits, no holds.

The apparent heart attack that killed kennel owner Max Turnbull has left seven pups in mourning, and his wife Peg suspecting foul play. But the only evidence is their missing prize pooch—a pedigreed poodle named Beau.

Enter Melanie Travis. With her young son happily ensconced in day camp, the thirty-something teacher and single mother is talked into investigating her uncle’s death—unofficially, of course. Posing as a poodle breeder in search of the perfect stud, Melanie hounds Connecticut’s elite canine competitions, and finds an ally in fellow breeder Sam Driver. But her affection cools when she’s put on the scent of Sam’s questionable past…and hot on the trail of a poodle-hating neighbor and one elusive murderer who isn’t ready to come to heel.

For, as Melanie soon discovers, in a championship dog-eat-dog world, the instinct for survival, and winning, can prove fatal.

A Pedigree to Die For is available for download as an ebook right now.

 

Unlock Your Inner Cook with Aida Mollenkamp

Food Network and Cooking Channel star Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen is available for download as an ebook right now. No waiting.

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Aida Mollenkamp lays an invaluable foundation for cooks in Keys to the Kitchen. Her comprehensive manual collects more than 300 innovative, contemporary recipes as well as colour photographs, plenty of informative illustrations, a substantial technique primer, and helpful how-to information on subjects as wide-ranging as rust removal, throwing a cocktail party, and knife skills.

For members of the tech-savvy new generation who can’t cook but want to, this essential reference guide makes an ideal starting place and for those already at ease in the kitchen it’s full of “who knew” moments for expanding their repertoire of great recipes.

From February 18th through March 5th Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen is available as a download from Overdrive – no waits, no holds.