Top 10 most downloaded eBooks overall for 2012

There’s a mix of biography, YA and adult fiction in the overall list from WCL’s eLibrary:

1- The Hunger Games: The Hunger Games Series, Book 1/ by Suzanne COLLINS
“In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.” (Overdrive summary)

2- The Help/ by Kathryn Stockett
“Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver. Some lines will never be crossed. Aibileen is a black maid: smart, regal, and raising her seventeenth white child. Yet something shifted inside Aibileen the day her own son died while his bosses looked the other way. Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is by some way the sassiest woman in Mississippi. But even her extraordinary cooking won’t protect Minny from the consequences of her tongue. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter returns home with a degree and a head full of hope, but her mother will not be happy until there’s a ring on her finger. Seeking solace with Constantine, the beloved maid who raised her, Skeeter finds she has gone. But why will no one tell her where? Seemingly as different as can be, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny’s lives converge over a clandestine project that will not only put them all at risk but also change the town of Jackson for ever. But why? And for what? The Help is a deeply moving, timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we won’t. Itis about how women, whether mothers or daughters, the help or the boss, relate to each other – and that terrible feeling that those who look after your children may understand them, even love them, better than you . . .” (Overdrive Summary)

3- The Fry Chronicles/ by Stephen Fry
“Thirteen years ago, Moab is my Washpot, Stephen Fry’s autobiography of his early years, was published to rave reviews and was a huge bestseller. In those thirteen years since, Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director and presenter. In January 2010, he was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the country. This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of the most turbulent and least well known years of his life with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you and, above all, surprise you.” (Overdrive summary)

4- Catching Fire: The Hunger Games Series, Book 2/ by Suzanne COLLINS
“Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy.” (Overdrive summary)

5- The Drop – Harry Bosch Series, Book 17/ by Michael Connelly
“The latest Harry Bosch thriller from the master of the genre. Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab’s DNA cases currently in court. Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving’s son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch’s longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation. Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.” (Overdrive Summary)

6- Hot Ice/ by Nora Roberts
“Reckless Whitney MacAllister possesses all the wealth and beauty every woman dreams of. Streetwise Douglas Lord has the good looks and quick wits to be a success at his chosen profession: larceny. She has the cash and the connections. He has the stolen documents leading to a fabulous hidden fortune. It is a business proposition, pure and simple.

But the race to find the treasure, from Manhattan to Madagascar, is only part of the game. For their fierce and dangerous attraction to each other soon threatens to overwhelm them–unless their merciless and shadowy rivals kill them first.” (Overdrive Summary)

7- Matched by Ally Condie
“On her seventeenth birthday, Cassia meets her Match. Society dictates he is her perfect partner for life. Except he’s not. In Cassia’s society, Officials decide who people love. How many children they have. Where they work. When they die. But, as Cassia finds herself falling in love with another boy, she is determined to make some choices of her own. And that’s when her whole world begins to unravel . . .” (Overdrive summary)

8- Nine Dragons – Harry Bosch Series, Book 14/ by Harry Bosch
“Harry Bosch’s most shocking case sees him working alone, without backup – and this time it’s personal.
Detective Harry Bosch is called to investigate the murder of a store owner in a tough LA neighbourhood. For Harry, it’s a trip down memory lane: he’s been to Fortune Liquors before and remembers Mr Li – a man who offered him sanctuary during LA’s notorious riots. Now the debt must be repaid.
Mr Li left a clue to his murderer’s identity, a clue that leads Harry into a parallel criminal universe ruled by the Triads. But as he gets closer to this shady underworld, the Triads send Harry a devastating message – they have taken something of his, something he holds very dear. As Harry’s life implodes, he must risk everything to track a killer who knows how to get under his skin…” (Overdrive Summary)

9- The Brass Verdict – Mickey Haller Series, Book 2/ by Michael Connelly
“A bullet speaks louder than words when Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller and LAPD Detective Harry Bosch team up in the gripping novel by Michael Connelly.
Defence lawyer Mickey Haller has had some problems but now he’s put all that behind him and is ready to resume his career.
Then another lawyer dies, leaving Mickey his entire practice – including a very high-profile and potentially lucrative murder case. Mickey is back in business.
Except that according to Detective Harry Bosch, the other lawyer was murdered. Odds-on by one of his own clients. And now it’s Mickey’s job to defend him. Suddenly it’s not just about winning. It’s about staying alive.” (Overdrive Summary)

10- Mockingjay: The Hunger Games Series, Book 3/ by Suzanne COLLINS
“Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena live, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.” (Overdrive summary)

Top 10 2012 – Audiobooks

Here are our most downloaded audiobooks for 2012:

1- Catching Fire: The Hunger Games Series, Book 2/ by Suzanne COLLINS, read by Carolyn McCormick
“Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the bestselling Hunger Games trilogy.” (Overdrive summary)

2- The Hunger Games: The Hunger Games Series, Book 1/ by Suzanne COLLINS, read by Carolyn McCormick
“In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.” (Overdrive summary)

3- Mockingjay: The Hunger Games Series, Book 3/ by Suzanne COLLINS, read by Carolyn McCormick
“Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survivied the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena live, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.” (Overdrive summary)

4- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Harry Potter Series, Book 3/ by J.K. Rowling, read by Stephen Fry
“Harry Potter, along with his best friends, Ron and Hermione, is about to start his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry can’t wait to get back to school after the summer holidays (who wouldn’t if they lived with the horrible Dursleys?). But when Harry gets to Hogwarts, the atmosphere is tense. There’s an escaped mass murderer on the loose, and the sinister prison guards of Azkaban have been called in to guard the school… ” (Overdrive summary)

5- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Harry Potter Series, Book 2/ by J.K. Rowling, read by Stephen Fry
“Harry Potter is a wizard. He is in his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The three friends, Harry, Ron and Hermione, are soon immersed in the daily round of Potions, Herbology, Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts and Quidditch. Then mysterious and scary things start happening. First Harry hears strange voices, and then Ron’s sister, Ginny, disappears…” (Overdrive summary)

6- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry Potter Series, Book 4/ by J.K. Rowling, read by Stephen Fry
“The summer holidays seem never-ending and Harry Potter can’t wait for the start of the school term. It is his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and there are spells to learn and (unluckily) Potions and Divination lessons to attend. But Harry needs to be on his guard at all times – his worst enemy is preparing a horrifying fate for him…” (Overdrive summary)

7- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Harry Potter Series, Book 6/ by J.K. Rowling, read by Stephen Fry
“It is Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As Voldemort’s sinister forces amass and a spirit of gloom and fear sweeps the land, it becomes clear to Harry that he will soon have no choice but to confront his destiny. Can Harry succeed in the death-defying tasks ahead?” (Overdrive summary)

8- A King’s Ransom – The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers Series, Book 2/ by Jude Watson, read by David Pittu
“The Vespers have ordered Amy and Dan to find a legendary map that belonged to Marco Polo, and the hunt takes them to Easter Europe where they make a terrifying discovery about one of their supposed “allies.”” (Overdrive summary)

9- Fry’s English Delight: The Complete Series/ by Stephen Fry, read by Stephen Fry
“Stephen Fry hosts four programmes on the joys of the English language – as heard on BBC Radio 4. Current Puns Why does our language groan with the weight of puns? What exactly is a pun? And who, or what, is the Thief of Bad Gags? Metaphor The English language is chock-full of maritime metaphors: cock up, taken aback, chip on your shoulder and show a leg. And, with the help of a Greek removals firm, we also find the origin of the word ‘metaphor’. Quotation The uses and misuses of quotations are revealed, and there is also a frank confession from a quotation compiler, which we cannot divulge here. Cliché Featuring sick parrots and the cliché crisis that affected the writing of Flaubert, Joyce and Eliot, and helped shape modern language and culture.” (Overdrive summary)

10- A Brief History of Time/ by Stephen W. Hawking, read by Michael Jackson
“”Lively and provocative… Mr. Hawking clearly possesses a natural teacher’s gifts-easy, good-natured humor and an ability to illustrate highly complex proposition with analogies plucked from daily life.” -The New York Times
“Charming and Lucid…( A book of) sunny brilliance”. – The New Yorker
“This book marries a child’s wonder to a genius intellect. We journey into Hawking’s universe while marveling at his mind -The Sunday Time (London).
“He can explain the complexities of cosmological physics with an engaging combination of clarity and wit… His is a brain of extraordinary power.”-The New York Review Books.” (Overdrive summary)

Top 10 2012 – Non-Fiction eBooks

Here are our most downloaded adult non-fiction eBooks for 2012 – yes it’s The Fry Chronicles again at number 1 :

1- The Fry Chronicles/ by Stephen Fry
“Thirteen years ago, Moab is my Washpot, Stephen Fry’s autobiography of his early years, was published to rave reviews and was a huge bestseller. In those thirteen years since, Stephen Fry has moved into a completely new stratosphere, both as a public figure, and a private man. Now he is not just a multi-award-winning comedian and actor, but also an author, director and presenter. In January 2010, he was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. Much loved by the public and his peers, Stephen Fry is one of the most influential cultural forces in the country. This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of the most turbulent and least well known years of his life with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you and, above all, surprise you.” (Overdrive summary)

2- Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia/ by Elizabeth Gilbert
“It’s 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She’s in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they’re trying for a baby – and she doesn’t want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her. A funny, tender, utterly beguiling story about a woman’s search for happiness.” (Overdrive summary)

3- Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals/ by Jamie Oliver
“If you love food and have hungry mouths to feed when you get home after a long day, then allow Jamie to introduce you to a revolutionary way of cooking. In 30-Minute Meals he’ll show you how to make a complete meal in the time you’d normally spend on one dish. What you’ll be able to achieve in 30 minutes will absolutely blow your mind! This is not about compromising on quality. It’s about being organised, working fast and using shortcuts and clever tricks to put insanely delicious plates of food on the table in no time. Each meal has been carefully crafted so that there’s no faffing about – just good, fast cooking. Jamie has created complete menus of foods that go beautifully together and planned the recipes in a unique and easy-to-follow way. This kind of cooking is all about using every minute wisely, having fun and reclaiming your kitchen for the job it was meant for. Once you start cooking this way, not only will you love it; you’ll never look back.” (Overdrive summary)

4- Civilization: The West and the Rest/ by Niall Ferguson
“If in the year 1411 you had been able to circumnavigate the globe, you would have been most impressed by the dazzling civilizations of the Orient. The Forbidden City was under construction in Ming Beijing; in the Near East, the Ottomans were closing in on Constantinople. By contrast, England would have struck you as a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war. The other quarrelsome kingdoms of Western Europe – Aragon, Castile, France, Portugal and Scotland – would have seemed little better. As for fifteenth-century North America, it was an anarchic wilderness compared with the realms of the Aztecs and Incas. The idea that the West would come to dominate the Rest for most of the next half millennium would have struck you as wildly fanciful. And yet it happened. What was it about the civilization of Western Europe that allowed it to trump the outwardly superior empires of the Orient? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, was that the West developed six “killer applications” that the Rest lacked: competition, science, democracy, medicine, consumerism and the work ethic. The key question today is whether or not the West has lost its monopoly on these six things. If so, Ferguson warns, we may be living through the end of Western ascendancy. Civilization takes readers on their own extraordinary journey around the world – from the Grand Canal at Nanjing to the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul; from Machu Picchu in the Andes to Shark Island, Namibia; from the proud towers of Prague to the secret churches of Wenzhou. It is the story of sailboats, missiles, land deeds, vaccines, blue jeans and Chinese Bibles. It is the defining narrative of modern world history.” (Overdrive summary)

5- The Quantum Universe: And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does/ by Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw
“The authors of the international bestseller Why Does E=mc2? present a simple theory that leads to concrete and quite astonishing predictions for the natural world” (Overdrive summary)

6- How to Do Everything iPad/ by Joli Ballew
“Tap into every feature of your iPad! Get the most out of the revolutionary iPad with help from this easy-to-follow guide. Covering both the Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G models, How to Do Everything: iPad shows you how to quickly master the basics, such as customizing your iPad, using the Multi-Touch screen, accessing the Internet through wireless and cellular connections, syncing, and backing up your data. Learn to use Mail, Safari, iBooks, iTunes, Maps, the App Store, and much more. View photos and video, create a slideshow, watch movies, use GPS, and play games. If you’re looking for a book as cutting-edge and streamlined as the iPad itself, you found it!” (Overdrive summary)

7- Loving Sex/ by Laura Berman
“Loving Sex is a frank, approachable book for couples. It is the first contemporary sex guide to put as much emphasis on emotional connection as on physical pleasure, providing the foundation for a lifetime of intimacy.
Written by Dr Laura Berman who has over 20 years’ experience of helping couples achieve greater intimacy, Loving Sex is guaranteed to help you experience the heady heights of physical ecstasy and emotional intimacy.” (Overdrive summary)

8- iPad 2: The Missing Manual/ by J. D. Biersdorfer
“The iPad is an amazing media device, once you really know how to use it. In this entertaining book, New York Times tech columnist and iPad expert Jude Biersdorfer shows you how to get the most out of this sleek tablet to surf the Web, send and receive email, watch movies and TV shows, read eBooks, listen to music, play games, and even do a little iWork. It’s the book that should have been in the box.” (Overdrive summary)

9- Arguably/ by Christopher Hitchens
“A collection of the most important and controversial writings from the unapologetically provocative yet universally admired Christopher Hitchens.” (Overdrive summary)

10- iPad 2 Fully Loaded/ by Alan Hess
“Apple’s new iPad 2 offers new functionality, WiFi or 3G connectivity, a choice of data plans, and a new and more powerful iOS 4 operating system in a thinner, lighter device. This book shows how to get the most from every feature. It covers the two front- and rear-facing cameras, advice on using the multitouch display, and the pros and cons of WiFi vs. 3G. Then it explores video chatting with FaceTime, streaming music and movies to your HDTV, tips on shooting HD video, how to sync the iPad to your computer and transfer content, and much more.” (Overdrive summary)

Top 10 2012 – Fiction eBooks

Here are the most downloaded adult fiction eBooks for 2012:

1- The Help/ by Kathryn Stockett
“Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Black maids raise white children, but aren’t trusted not to steal the silver. Some lines will never be crossed. Aibileen is a black maid: smart, regal, and raising her seventeenth white child. Yet something shifted inside Aibileen the day her own son died while his bosses looked the other way. Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is by some way the sassiest woman in Mississippi. But even her extraordinary cooking won’t protect Minny from the consequences of her tongue. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter returns home with a degree and a head full of hope, but her mother will not be happy until there’s a ring on her finger. Seeking solace with Constantine, the beloved maid who raised her, Skeeter finds she has gone. But why will no one tell her where? Seemingly as different as can be, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny’s lives converge over a clandestine project that will not only put them all at risk but also change the town of Jackson for ever. But why? And for what? The Help is a deeply moving, timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we won’t. Itis about how women, whether mothers or daughters, the help or the boss, relate to each other – and that terrible feeling that those who look after your children may understand them, even love them, better than you . . .” (Overdrive Summary)

2- The Drop – Harry Bosch Series, Book 17/ by Michael Connelly
“The latest Harry Bosch thriller from the master of the genre.
Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two.
DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? The latter possibility could compromise all of the lab’s DNA cases currently in court.
Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving’s son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch’s longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation.
Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.” (Overdrive Summary)

3- Hot Ice/ by Nora Roberts
“Reckless Whitney MacAllister possesses all the wealth and beauty every woman dreams of. Streetwise Douglas Lord has the good looks and quick wits to be a success at his chosen profession: larceny. She has the cash and the connections. He has the stolen documents leading to a fabulous hidden fortune. It is a business proposition, pure and simple.
But the race to find the treasure, from Manhattan to Madagascar, is only part of the game. For their fierce and dangerous attraction to each other soon threatens to overwhelm them–unless their merciless and shadowy rivals kill them first.” (Overdrive Summary)

4- Nine Dragons – Harry Bosch Series, Book 14/ by Harry Bosch
“Harry Bosch’s most shocking case sees him working alone, without backup – and this time it’s personal.
Detective Harry Bosch is called to investigate the murder of a store owner in a tough LA neighbourhood. For Harry, it’s a trip down memory lane: he’s been to Fortune Liquors before and remembers Mr Li – a man who offered him sanctuary during LA’s notorious riots. Now the debt must be repaid.
Mr Li left a clue to his murderer’s identity, a clue that leads Harry into a parallel criminal universe ruled by the Triads. But as he gets closer to this shady underworld, the Triads send Harry a devastating message – they have taken something of his, something he holds very dear. As Harry’s life implodes, he must risk everything to track a killer who knows how to get under his skin…” (Overdrive Summary)

5- The Brass Verdict – Mickey Haller Series, Book 2/ by Michael Connelly
“A bullet speaks louder than words when Lincoln lawyer Mickey Haller and LAPD Detective Harry Bosch team up in the gripping novel by Michael Connelly.
Defence lawyer Mickey Haller has had some problems but now he’s put all that behind him and is ready to resume his career.
Then another lawyer dies, leaving Mickey his entire practice – including a very high-profile and potentially lucrative murder case. Mickey is back in business.
Except that according to Detective Harry Bosch, the other lawyer was murdered. Odds-on by one of his own clients. And now it’s Mickey’s job to defend him. Suddenly it’s not just about winning. It’s about staying alive.” (Overdrive Summary)

6- The Scarecrow – Jack McEvoy Series, Book 2/ by Michael Connelly
“Crime reporter Jack McEvoy, who made his career when he broke the story of The Poet, is onto another story that will bring him face to face with evil in this gripping thriller from the international bestselling author Michael Connelly.
Crime reporter Jack McEvoy is at the end of the line. With cuts being made, he’s got 30 days left on the job. His last assignment? Training his young replacement. But Jack has other plans. He is going to go out with a bang – a final story that will win journalism’s highest honour: a Pulitzer Prize.
Jack focuses on a 16-year-old drug dealer who has confessed to a brutal murder. But he soon realises that the so-called confession is bogus. The investigation leads him to a killer known as The Scarecrow who has worked completely below the police radar.
Jack is off and running on the biggest story he’s had since The Poet crossed his path twelve years before – but The Scarecrow knows he’s coming…” (Overdrive Summary)

7- Angels Flight – Harry Bosch Series, Book 6/ by Michael Connelly
“Harry Bosch investigates when a lawyer is murdered two nights before the beginning of his landmark trial against the LAPD.
When the body of high-profile black lawyer Howard Elias is found inside one of the cars on Angels Flight, a funicular railway in downtown LA, there’s not a detective in the city who’ll touch the case.
Murdered on the eve of a lawsuit on behalf of Michael Harris, Elias’s speciality was prosecuting cases of police brutality, corruption and racism. Like every other cop, Harry Bosch believed Harris guilty as accused of the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl. Elias’s civil action was supposed to expose the LAPD and reveal the real killer. Now it’s all down to Bosch and it means digging deep into a minefield of suspicion and hate buried in his own backyard.” (Overdrive Summary)

8- The Overlook – Harry Bosch Series, Book 13/ by Michael Connelly
“An execution on the overlook above the Mulholland Dam entangles Harry Bosch with FBI Agent Rachel Walling and Homeland Security.
In the early hours of the morning, Harry Bosch is called to a crime scene. A physicist has been murdered in LA, and it seems the killer has no fear of publicity, leaving the body on The Mulholland overlook, a site with stunning views over the city.
But this is no random killing. Before he died, the victim turned over a quantity of a lethal chemical to his killer – and Harry knows he has more than just a single death to worry about.
Alongside the forces of Homeland Security, Harry must solve the murder or face unimaginable consequences…” (Overdrive Summary)

9- Sing You Home/ by Jodi Picoult
“After Zoe and Max’s last attempt to conceive fails tragically, their marriage breaks apart. When Zoe falls in love again and considers having a family, she remembers that there are still frozen embryos that were never used. But who do they really belong to? An honest and moving story of contemporary relationships and the consequences when love and desire collide with science and the law.
Zoe Baxter has spent ten years trying to have a baby, and finally it looks as though her dream is about to come true – she is seven months pregnant. But a terrible turn of events takes away her baby and breaks apart her marriage to Max. In the aftermath she throws herself into her career as a music therapist. When Vanessa, a guidance counsellor, asks Zoe to work with a suicidal teen, Vanessa and Zoe’s relationship moves from business to friendship and then, to Zoe’s surprise, blossoms into love.
When Zoe allows herself to start thinking of having a family again, she remembers that she and Max still have frozen embryos they never used. Max, meanwhile, has found peace at the bottom of a bottle, until he is redeemed by an evangelical church where the pastor has vowed to fight the ‘homosexual agenda’ that threatens traditional family values. This mission becomes personal for Max when Zoe and her partner want permission to raise his unborn child.
Sing You Home is an honest and moving story of contemporary relationships and the consequences of love and desire colliding with science and the law. From tragedy to self-discovery and joy, Zoe, Vanessa and Max will realise the undeniable truth – that you can’t choose who you love.” (Overdrive Summary)

10- Before I Go To Sleep/ by S. J. Watson
“Each night when Christine Lucas goes to sleep her mind erases the day.
Each day she wakes in a strange bed with a man she has never seen before. He explains that he is Ben, her husband, that she is forty-seven years old, and that an accident long ago damaged her memory.
Each day she tries to reconstruct her life, her identity, her marriage.
But how can she know who she is if she forgets her past?
How can she love someone she can’t remember?
Are there things best forgotten?” And why is she so frightened?” (Overdrive Summary)

Need a bilingual dictionary? Or any dictionary at all?

Studying a language? Brushing up your French/German/Spanish/Italian for an overseas trip? Oxford Reference Online has bilingual dictionaries available for all of the above – and it’s free to use for library cardholders. (Also included are Irish, Welsh and Latin dictionaries.)

Languages don’t interest you? Oxford Reference Online also includes subject reference resources like science dictionaries, medical dictionaries, dictionaries of quotations, names and places, law, mythology, folklore, psychology – pretty much any kind of dictionary or companion guide you can imagine.

(I think my personal favourite in terms of resources I never expected to encounter, but am chuffed exist, would have to be the Dictionary of Opera Characters, closely followed by the Oxford Companion to the American Musical. Log in and check them out)

As a side note, here’s a selection of other language learning resources you might be interested in:

  1. Q's course in Māori Spanish Language Builder Le chat chapeauté The Very Hungry Caterpillar ; translated into Chinese Arabic practical dictionary At the library: Language kits – the library has these available to borrow in many different languages and they’re $3 to borrow for 4 weeks. We also hold foreign language novels for adults and picture books for children (here’s an example of the French language children’s ones – replace ‘French’ in the search box with your language of choice to search for these in another language), magazines, grammars, vocabularies, and of course dictionaries that you can borrow. Want something more visual? We have foreign language films with English subtitles you can borrow to brush up on your listening comprehension skills (these are $4 for 1 week). Try our languages subject guide for tips on searching for these on our online catalogue.
  2. Also via the library, but this time online: downloadable language learning audiobooks. Try a search on Overdrive Audio in our eLibrary for languages – you’ll be surprised how many language learning audiobooks come up. Easily transferred to your mp3 player of choice.
  3. PressReader – another database the library subscribes to that cardholders can access for free. PressDisplay gives you instant access to over 1700 newspapers from 92 countries in 48 languages. Want to read Le Monde in French while eating breakfast at home? Now you can – and it will appear on the screen laid out exactly like the print version.
  4. BBC Languages – this should be your first stop online. Free audio and video courses, quizzes, and all kinds of excellent resources.
  5. Yahoo News/Google News in different languages, e.g. here’s the German language Google News. Change the country code at the end, e.g. .nz for New Zealand, .de for Germany, .fr for France, to get the version you want. Similarly, reading Wikipedia articles in other languages can be a good test of your reading skills in that language as well, and if you know the subject matter of the article, you’re on familiar territory anyway – which can help! Here are all the different language Wikipedias.
  6. Browser extensions for language learning. There are a great deal of these for Firefox – have a browse and find one you’d like to try. (You’ll need to scroll down the page for a fuller list of popular language learning add-ons).
  7. iPhone apps. We found this article that lists 50 iPhone apps for learning languages, for all you lucky people who happen to have an iPhone. Flash cards!
  8. In-person resources in Wellington… For a small fee (not specified on their website), you can get a public membership to Victoria University’s Language Learning Centre at their Kelburn campus. Other paid courses are run at the Goethe Institut – for German, and the Alliance Française for French. And we’re sure there are more – maybe try a search on FeelingGreat.co.nz?
  9. Sometimes iffy, but often useful: Google Translate. Will give you a (very!) loose translation, and can be good if you need an idea of what a page in a language you don’t read is saying. Oh, and did you know there’s a Te Reo interface for the Google search engine.
  10. Hm, and the World Cinema Showcase is coming up too!