Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Library Reads July 2015

Announcing the July 2015 LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and July's LibraryReads Favorite is:
by J. Ryan StradalKitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel
 (Pamela Dorman Books)
“This novel is  quirky and colorful. The story revolves around chef Eva Thorvald and the people who influence her life and her cooking. With well-drawn characters and mouthwatering descriptions of meals, Kitchens of the Great Midwest will appeal to readers who like vivid storytelling. Foodies will also enjoy this delicious tale.”
Anbolyn Potter, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads JulyTop 10:
Circling the Sun: A Novel 
by Paula McLain
(Ballantine Books)
“I couldn’t stop reading this fascinating portrayal of Beryl Markham, a complex and strong-willed woman who fought to make her way in the world on her terms. McLain paints a captivating portrait of Africa in the 1920s and the life of expats making their home there. Highly, highly recommended.”
Halle Eisenman, Beaufort County Library, Hilton Head, SC

Speaking in Bones
by Kathy Reichs

“This book lives up to all the expectations we have for a new book by Kathy Reichs. A compelling and dangerous mystery, lots of medical details, and good characterization make this a title that will be easy to recommend!”
Leslie Johnson, Jefferson County Public Library, Lakewood, CO

Crooked Heart: A Novel
by Lissa Evans
Crooked Heart is a rewarding, addictive read. Orphaned ten-year-old bookworm Noel, sent away to rural St. Albans, finds himself under the reluctant guardianship of Vee, aka Mrs. Vera Sledge. Amidst a chaotic background of bombings and uncertain futures, Vee and Noel gradually form a powerful bond. I highly recommend this darkly humorous, honest, and complex story. It is book club heaven.”
Janet Schneider, Oceanside Library, Oceanside, NY
Kiss Me: A Novel
by Susan Mallery
(HQN Books)
“As always, Ms. Mallery has given us a fantastic read. As soon as I pick up her titles, I can't put them down until I have finished them. They are feel-good, heartwarming--I need more synonyms. I love seeing all the previous characters, the friendships and families that have formed since Chasing Perfect came out five years ago. Thanks, Ms. Mallery, for another amazing read.
Jenelle Klavenga, Marshalltown Public Library, Marshalltown, IA

Those Girls
by Chevy Stevens
(St. Martin's Press)
Those Girls follows the lives of the Campbell sisters. After running away from their alcoholic father, they find themselves caught in a worse situation when they are kidnapped. Those Girls is a tale that will captivate readers and show just how strong the bond between family members can be.”
Annice Sevett, Willmar Public Library, Willmar, Minnesota

Love Lies Beneath: A Novel
by Ellen Hopkins

(Atria Books)
“An intriguing tale of sex, romance and deception. Tara is a brilliant, sexy forty-something. She's enjoying being single until Cavin, a handsome doctor, enters her exam room. They have a hot and steamy romance, of course, but there is much, much more to this story. Ellen Hopkins commands each word on the page, from her prose to verse.”
Laura Hartwig, Meriden Public Library, Meriden, CT
Second Chance Summer: A Novel
by Jill Shalvis 
(Grand Central Publishing)
“As always, Ms. Mallery has given us a fantastic read. As soon as I pick up her titles, I can't put them down until I have finished them. They are feel-good, heartwarming--I need more synonyms. I love seeing all the previous characters, the friendships and families that have formed since Chasing Perfect came out five years ago. Thanks, Ms. Mallery, for another amazing read.
Jenelle Klavenga, Marshalltown Public Library, Marshalltown, IA

Maybe in Another Life 
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
(Washington Square Press)
"Hannah Martin has just moved back to LA after ending a relationship. Her best friend, Gabby, takes her out to a bar on her first night home. Enter Ethan, the One Who Got Away, and suddenly, Hannah has to decide if she'll leave with Ethan or Gabby. We follow Hannah after choosing both options, alternating chapters to explore the consequences of each. A must for anyone who loves a hankie with their books!"                        
Tracy Babiasz, Chapel Hill Public Library, Chapel Hill NC

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/day 
by Leanne Brown
(Workman Publishing Company)
“Wow! This is a great looking book. Great for beginners with its details about ingredients and kitchen tools. Best of all, each recipe is made from ingredients that most everyone has; t here were only two ingredients in the whole book that I don't own. This book is just what my Doctor ordered, literally. I am a basic cook and like simple and tasty. This book is OUTSTANDING!
Nancy Chalk, Charlton Public Library, Charlton, MA

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

What I'm reading

I seem to be into mysteries right now. Here are three I recommend.

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
I just finished the latest installment of Alan Bradley's Flavia series.
In this one Flavia gets shipped off to a Girls school in Canada and finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery the night she arrives when a body slips out of the fireplace chimney in her room.
Always fun.

The Escape by David Baldacci
This military spy ring mystery has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.

White Fire by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
The indomitable FBI Agent Pendergast is back helping his protegee after she gets herself in some serious trouble in a wealthy Colorado ski town while trying to gather information on some old bones from bodies that were supposedly killed and eaten by a bear in the 1800's. Another mystery for Pendergast to solve unfolds as a wealthy family is murdered by being set on fire inside their home.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

June Library Reads list

Announcing the June 2015 LibraryReads list!
Update: We can't believe it is already time for the June list!  Below find the
JUNE (not May) LibraryReads favorites!
You voted, we counted, and June's LibraryReads Favorite is:
Eight Hundred Grapes
by Laura Dave (Simon & Schuster)
"Take your time and savor the family dynamics. Enjoy the romantic twists in this tale of a career-minded young woman circling back to her roots at a California winery.  The appeal is broader than that of a romance since it delves into the complexities of various relationships-- parent to parent, parents and children, even winery and owner. This is an excellent summer read!"
Joan Hipp, Florham Park Public Library, Florham Park, NJ
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads June Top 10:
The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows
(The Dial Press)

“It is 1938 in a rural West Virginia town and
a young woman arrives to write the town's history. Layla doesn't really know what to expect from the town, and the town doesn't know what to make of her. This is the heart
of the South, the soul of small towns, where everyone looks out for you and knows your history. Sweet story tailor-made for fans of Billie Letts, Fannie Flagg, Pat Conroy and Harper Lee.”

Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX

The Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel
by Erika Johansen

“The Mort are coming! Johansen introduces new characters and enticing bits of history, with the second volume of her intriguing tale of fantasy, mystery and royal politics. Kelsea, the new Tearling Queen, has broken the Red Queen's treaty and prepares to suffer the consequences as her nation is about to be invaded. Readers will be eager for the final volume in the Tearling saga.”
Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO

The Precipice: A Novel
by Paul Doiron
(Minotaur Books)
“When two women go missing while
hiking a difficult part of the Appalachian Trail, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch helps in trying to determine where the women were last seen. Mike then
discovers there is no shortage of people whose behaviors make them suspicious. With a puzzle that keeps the reader guessing, and a main character that you can't help but empathize with,
The Precipice is another home run.”
Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
The Book of Speculation: A Novel
by Erika Swyler
(St. Martin's Press)
“A roller coaster of a read! This is the story of a librarian from a splintered family with a tragic past who is gifted a mysterious book that leads him to dive deep into his family's history, all while his present life seems to be falling to pieces around him.
If you loved Morgenstern's The Night Circus or Kostova's The Historian, this is
a book for you.”
Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA

In the Unlikely Event: A Novel
by Judy Blume
“The obvious ‘unlikely events’ of Blume's latest--the three plane crashes afflicting Elizabeth, NJ in one horrifying winter--set the framework for everyday unlikely events around love, family, friendship, relating all that can go so wrong, and so right, with all three. Readers will enjoy the period detail and relatable characters that feature in this hybrid domestic/disaster tale.”
Becky Bowen, Kenton County Public Library, Independence, KY

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel
by Fredrik Backman

(Atria Books)
“From the author of one my favorite books of last year, A Man Called Ove, this book packs
a similar emotional punch at the end, but has some significant differences. It is told from
the point of view of Elsa, a seven-year-old child who loves Harry Potter, fairy tales, and her grandmother. Once I stopped trying to make the story fit my adult view of the world and entered into Elsa's world, I had a whale
of a time.”
Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC

The Little Paris Bookshop:  A Novel
by Nina George
“Quirky and delightful, George's book focuses on Jean Perdu, owner of the Literary Apothecary, a floating bookshop. When a new tenant in his apartment building sets in motion events that force Jean to re-evaluate his past, he finds himself floating off down the rivers of France in search of lost love, new love, and friends he didn't know he needed.”
Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

The Rumor: A Novel
by Elin Hilderbrand
(Little, Brown and Company)

“Hilderbrand has done it again! Grace is married to Fast Eddie, a successful real estate broker on the island. They live with their twin teenage daughters in a beautiful house with three manicured acres overlooking the harbor. Financial troubles, affairs or supposed affairs, teenage angst and shady deals kick the rumor mill on the island in high gear. The Rumor is the ideal beach book for this summer!”
Claudia Silk, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
by Robert Kurson

(Random House)
“This is the journey of Tracy Bowden, John Chatterton, and John Mattera as they follow a quest to find the sunken pirate ship named the Golden Fleece. I think anyone would be interested in the treasure of a famous buccaneer, Joseph Bannister. Many people, including me, have dreamed of digging up a treasure chest of gold. What could be more fun than traveling along with treasure hunters to find a lost pirate ship?”
Linda Payne, Lake Placid Memorial Library, Lake Placid, FL

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall

Here is an epic fantasy for those of you who like the Game of Thrones books. Marshall creates a mid-evil world where fighting is hand to hand combat, travel is by animals or walking and rule is by fear. Throw in some more modern day banter for humor and few horned wolves, devils and old Villains that have come out of retirement and you have an action packed fantasy that culminates on a battle field where something unprecedented takes place. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Library Reads List

Announcing the May 2015 LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and May's LibraryReads Favorite is:
by Naomi Novik (Del Ray)
“A young girl is unexpectedly uprooted from her family and becomes involved in a centuries-old battle with The Wood, a malevolent entity which destroys anyone it touches. Fast-paced, with magic, mystery and romance, Novik's stand-alone novel is a fairy tale for adults.”
Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads May Top 10
(now with corrected cover for
Little Black Lies):
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
(Bloomsbury USA Children’s)
“The human world is in peril. Feyre, a semi-literate girl, hunts for her family's survival. After she kills an enormous wolf, a fierce fey shows up at her doorstep seeking retribution. Feyre is led to beautiful eternal springs, but the journey is not without danger. Maas masterfully pulls the reader into this new dark fantasy series which feels like a mix of fairy tales, from Beauty and the Beast to Tam Lin.”
Jessica C. Williams, Westlake Porter Public Library, Westlake, OH

The Knockoff: A Novel
by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

The Knockoff is a digital-age mash-up of old-school movies The Women and All About Eve, set in the Devil Wears Prada world of a high fashion magazine. I absolutely loved this fresh, charming, addictive and ultimately heroic story of 40-something cancer survivor Imogen's quest to rescue and rebuild her career, despite the machinations of a younger tech-wiz rival.”
Janet Schneider, Bryant Library, Roslyn, NY

The Ghost Fields
by Elly Griffiths
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
“Griffiths has written another strong entry in her excellent Ruth Galloway series. Here, Ruth is called in when a World War II plane is excavated, complete with pilot--but the pilot is in the wrong plane. Strong characters combine with an absorbing puzzle to create a hard-to-put-down mystery.”
Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

A God in Ruins: A Novel
by Kate Atkinson
(Little, Brown and Company)
“In A God in Ruins, we become reacquainted with Teddy Todd, the beloved little brother of Ursula from Atkinson's last book. As with Life After Life, this novel skims back and forth in time, and we see the last half of the 20th century through Ted's eyes and the eyes of his loved ones. At times funny and at others heartbreaking, Atkinson revels in the beauty and horror of life in all its messiness.”  
Jennifer Dayton, Darien Library, Darien, CT

Early Warning: A Novel
by Jane Smiley
“In the second book of the Langdon trilogy, the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist follows the next generation of the unforgettable Iowa family introduced in Some Luck. Beginning with the death of the patriarch Walter in 1953, Smiley chronicles the social consciousness in America of the 1960s. The book goes up to events in the 1970s and early 1980s that touch each family member in unforeseen ways.”
Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

Our Souls at Night: A Novel
by Kent Haruf

“Beautiful, elegant and poignant, this novel is a distilled experience of Haruf's writing. The story of how two elders attempt to poke at the loneliness and isolation that surrounds them will stick with me for a long time to come. I’m amazed at how Haruf says so much with such spare prose. He will be missed.”
Alison Kastner, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

The Water Knife: A Novel
by Paolo Bacigalupi
“Bacigalupi’s novel looks at the possible struggle for water rights in the southwestern United States. Reading Bacigalupi’s novel made me thankful for the current easy access to clean drinking water, yet fearful for our future. A great read for any fan of dystopian fiction.”
Lindsay Atwood, Chandler Public Library, Chandler, AZ

Seveneves: A Novel
by Neal Stephenson
(William Morrow)
“Stephenson’s back in fine form with this hard science fiction masterpiece, combining the detail of Cryptonomicon with the fast-paced action of Reamde. Fans of Anathem will appreciate Stephenson's speculation about the possibilities of human evolution. This book is a great follow-up for readers who enjoyed the science of Weir's The Martian. I heartily recommend Seveneves to SF readers.”
Keith Hayes, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC

Little Black Lies
by Sharon Bolton
(Minotaur Books)
“Set in the Falkland Islands, this novel grabs you from the opening paragraph. A child is missing, and he’s not the first. The incident sets off a chain of events leading to multiple characters confessing to murder. Accustomed to living in an idyllic community, fear and anger escalate among the locals. Bolton has created a page-turner of a story with a surprise ending.”
Elizabeth Kanouse, Denville Public Library, Denville, NJ