Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!


Summer 2014 was pretty awesome all the way around here in Cumberland!  We had record numbers of adults participate in the summer reading program, event attendance was awesome, and we were able to make some fun and much needed updates to the non-fiction collection.  The weather was not too hot, and our own Cumberland Little Leaguers (and their coach) made this a summer to remember.  But I will be honest here.  I LOVE THE AUTUMN!!!



Fall is, by far, my favorite season.  The crisp air, comfy sweaters, and hot apple cider signify a comfort that cannot be attained any other time of year.  I am a true New England girl and nothing can identify what that means more than the picturesque vision that is Fall.  And of course, cuddling up with my sweater and cider on my porch with one of the season’s newest releases makes for the sweetest of times.



Publishers love the Fall too!   They know you like to cuddle up with a good book and they also hope you will be giving some of their titles to friends and family for the holidays.  The fare is a little heavier.  After all, you did all of your guilty pleasure reading at the beach, right!?  But the stories will still capture your mind and, like Narnia, will allow you to escape into a new world for just a little bit. 


There is no shortage of star power releasing books this Fall!  Fan favorites Stephen King, Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Lee Child, Jodi Picoult, Danielle Steel, Dean Koontz, and Patrick Rothfuss all have books hitting the shelves in the next few months. 


In a somewhat surprise move, Anne Rice returns to the realm of vampires with her new novel, Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles.  Not so surprising, the next novel in the Game of Thrones series will not be out this Fall.  However, fans still have something to look forward to!  The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin is a comprehensive history of the Seven Kingdoms.  Even better, Martin has added new material!  So while he knows we would rather have the next installment of the series, at least he has given us something to hold over the rabid fans.


Non-Fiction is going to have a great autumn too by sneak peek of titles I saw!  Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, Neil Patrick Harris, and Nick Offerman are prepared to make you laugh until your belly hurts.  Henry Kissinger describes what World Order really means, Bill O’Reilly releases Killing Patton and Ken Burns gives us an intimate history of The Roosevelts.


Medicine hits the new release jackpot with Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicineby Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek MD, and Dr. Jan Pol’s Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow: My Life as a Country Vet.


Elvis’ fiancée when he passed opens up about her life with the legend in Elvis and Ginger: Elvis Presley's Fiancée and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story by Ginger Alden.  Russell Edwards solves the cold case of all time in Naming Jack the Ripper.  In Growing Up Social Gary Chapman discusses how to raise children in the social media age with interpersonal skills that will allow them to thrive and in Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It, Ian Leslie describes why we not only need to make sure we pull our head away from our screens more often, but how it has squashed our desire for true knowledge and growth. 


I can’t highlight the thousands of books that will be released this season here, but I can order them for you!  One of our regular blog features will be “What I Am Reading Now” (thanks Miss Jenn for giving us the idea!).  We will also give you tips about how to find out what books will be coming out soon and how to find read-alikes once you find an author or subject you love.



Until then, you always have us!  We love it when you visit the library! Our favorite part of the day is when we can recommend a great book or find the information you need.  If we don’t say it first, make sure to say hello when you come in and be sure to stop by the desk for a chat. 


But, be warned.  The changing leaves make me downright giddy!  You will not find anyone who is as excited about the autumn, so I tend to be full of ideas and recommendations this time of year.  The good news-you will leave with plenty of books to keep you company while you snuggle with your hot drink and comfy sweater this fall!



Happy Reading,




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