Tuesday, July 26, 2016

LibraryReads List August 2016

Announcing the 
August 2016

LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and 
August's LibraryReads Favorite is:
 A Great Reckoning
A Novel
by Louise Penny

"Armand Gamache is back, and it was worth the wait. As the new leader of the Surete academy, Gamche is working to stop corruption at its source and ensure the best start for the cadets. When a copy of an old map is found near the body of a dead professor, Gamache and Beauvoir race against the clock to find the killer before another person dies. A terrific novel that blends Penny's amazing lyrical prose with characters that resonate long after the book ends. Highly recommended."
--David Singleton, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, NC
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads 
August Top 10:

The Couple Next Door
by Shari Lapena
(Pamela Dorman Books)

"This book is so full of twists and turns that my head was swiveling. Who took baby Cora? Marco and Anne decide to leave their baby home alone. After all, they share a wall with their neighbors, with whom they are partying. They would take turns checking in on her baby monitor. But when they return to their flat the first thing they find is an open door and no Cora. Who's to blame? Could it be an unlikely suspect that you won't see coming? If you like a book that keeps you guessing until the very end you won't be disappointed.”

Debbie Frizzell, Johnson County Library, Roeland Park, KS

Watching Edie
by Camilla Way

"Twisty psychological banter makes this book a thrill ride. Edie was the girl in high school who had it all. Heather was the awkward girl who wanted so badly to be accepted. That was high school and now Edie is a single mom caught in a dead end job. She is about to lose it when Heather comes to her rescue. While Edie loves being able to get her life back, the hold that Heather has on her and the baby is disconcerting. The story jumps back and forth between past and present and you will change your mind about their friendship right up to the last page."

Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living
by Louise Miller
(Pamela Dorman Books)
"Talented chef Olivia Rawlings didn’t make the best decisions in her love life, but it takes an accident with a flambĂ©ed dessert to force her into a major life change. She flees to a small town in Vermont and takes a job at a small inn.  Miller’s writing is descriptive enough to imagine Olivia in this setting, smell her pastries baking, and hear the music in the story. Miller has captured the essence of a great character in a setting that could easily feel like home to many readers."
Jennifer Ohzourk, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO

The Dollhouse
A Novel
by Fiona Davis

"This is the story of the women who stayed in the Barbizon Hotel in the 1950's. A reporter is tipped off about one of the women, who still lives in the building over 60 years later. As she tries to research a murder and a case of switched identities, she starts becoming part of the story. The narration switched between 2016 and 1952, and as I read the novel, I soon got caught up in the next piece of the puzzle. It had history, romance, and a way to view the changing roles of women. Enjoyed it very much!"

Donna Ballard, East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, NY

The Book That Matters Most
A Novel
by Ann Hood
(W.W. Norton)
“A recently separated woman seeks solace and purpose in a local book group, while her daughter is dealing with her own life-changing problems that just might be resolved with a little literary assistance. The juxtaposition of the idyllic small town and the harsh reality of the seedier side of Paris, the weight of memory and regret,  and the power of human connection, along with the engaging characters all work together to  create an enthralling read. Readers will be carried away with the hope that these lovely and damaged characters can find their own happy ending.”

Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, South Huntington, NY

A Novel
by Laura McHugh(Spiegel & Grau)

“Arden Arrowood returns to the family home, a stately Second Empire mansion, after the death of her father. She is hoping to find some peace and possibly an answer to the decades old mystery of her twin sisters’ kidnapping. Arden, at age 8, was the only witness to their disappearance, but memory is a tricky thing. The spooky old house, the setting on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River Bluffs, the small town atmosphere, a creepy caretaker, and many family secrets make this novel Un-put-down-able! Highly recommended."

Mary Vernau, Tyler Public Library, Tyler, TX

Behind Closed Doors
by B.A. Paris
(St. Martin's Press)                               
"On the surface, Jack and Grace have the perfect marriage, the perfect house, and the perfect jobs. What lies beneath the surface is something so sinister yet so believable that it will horrify most readers. What happens behind closed doors and could, or would, you believe it? This is a superb story of psychological abuse that will have your heart racing right up to the end."
Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Public Library, Commerce Twp, MI 

First Star I See Tonight
A Novel
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
(William Morrow)

First Star I See Tonight is a satisfying addition to the Chicago Stars series. Cooper Graham has just retired as the quarterback when he meets private investigator Piper. Their relationship starts off with a mutual dislike that quickly turns into one full of sparks.  Watching them navigate the waters is fascinating.  In the end Cooper lays it all on the line in order to win his biggest game ever...a happily ever after. I highly recommend the book.”
Jennifer Cook, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire, WI 

Die Like An Eagle
A Meg Langslow Mystery
by Donna Andrews
(Minotaur Books)
"Meg and her family embrace America's favorite past time. It's the opening weekend for the Caerphilly Summerball baseball league and Meg finds a body in the porta-potty. Meg, her friends and family must catch a killer and figure out how to oust the petty league president before everyone's weekend is ruined. Reading Andrews' books are like a visit home to your favorite relatives, plus she weaves humor and fun while still penning an enjoyable mystery."
Karen Emery, Johnson County Public Library, Franklin, IN 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

A western-like read with post apocalyptic background referred to in the book as the "Big Stupid", this story centers on the survival of a young wild girl, Elka, who ran away from her Grandmother when she was seven and ended up being raised by a trapper in the woods.
I enjoyed this book even after the most horrifying reveal at the end.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

A debut quick read thriller. A murderous mess that had me glued to my seat until I had read the last page. Not for the squeamish.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Green and Ancient Light by Frederic S. Durbin

This book was simply a magical, delightful, reading escape. A boy, his grandmother, a Faun, and a wounded soldier, all in a magical ancient garden of statues that hold a puzzle to a secret, to be discovered one summer.

Friday, July 1, 2016

LibraryReads List July 2016

Announcing the 
July 2016

LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and 
July's LibraryReads Favorite is:
 Dark Matter
A Novel
by Blake Crouch

“Once on the fast-track to academic stardom, Jason Dessen finds his quiet family life and career upended when a stranger kidnaps him.  Suddenly Jason's idle "what-ifs" become panicked "what-nows," as the humble quantum physics professor from a small Chicago college gets to explore the roads not taken with a mind-bending invention that opens doors to other worlds.  This fun science fiction thriller is also a thoughtful page-turner with heart that should appeal to fans of Harlan Coben.
--Elizabeth Eastin, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton, NY
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads 
July Top 10:

The Woman in Cabin 10
by Ruth Ware
(Gallery/Scout Press)

“An intruder in the middle of the night leaves Lo Blacklock feeling vulnerable. Trying to shake off her fears, she hopes her big break of covering the maiden voyage of the luxury cruise ship, the Aurora, will help. The first night of the voyage changes everything. What did she really see in the water and who was the woman in the cabin next door? The claustrophobic feeling of being on a ship and the twists and turns of who, and what, to believe keep you on the edge of your seat. Count on this being one of the hot reads this summer!”

Joseph Jones, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH

The Last One
A Novel
by Alexandra Oliva
(Ballantine Books)

The Last One tells the story of twelve contestants who are sent to the wilderness in a Survivor-like reality show. But while they're away, the world changes completely and what is real and what is not begins to blur. It's post-apocalyptic literary fiction at it's best. With a fast pace and a wry sense of humor, this is the kind of book that will appeal to readers of literary fiction and genre fiction alike. It points out the absurdity of reality television without feeling condescending. As the readers wakes up to the realities of a new world, it becomes difficult to put down.” 

Leah White, Ela Area Public Library, Lake Zurich, IL

Among the Wicked
A Kate Burkholder Novel
by Linda Castillo
(Minotaur Books)
“In the small Amish locale of Painters Mill, police chief Kate Burkholder decides to take an undercover assignment in a community where the death of a young girl was reported. Her long time love, Agent John Tomasetti, is reluctant with her decision because of the lack of communication he will have with her. Burkholder begins to unfold the true horrors on the local farm and unearths the dangers the town officials suspected. She finds herself trapped in a life threatening cat and mouse game. This ongoing series is a true gem and a personal favorite.”

KC Davis, Fairfield Woods Branch Library, Fairfield, CT.

The Unseen World
A Novel
by Liz Moore
(W.W. Norton & Company)

The Unseen World is a compelling read with vibrant, finely constructed characters. Moore intertwines a complex coming of age story with the science of cryptology and the history of artificial intelligence, while simultaneously exploring the meaning of love, loss and belonging. The core of the novel explores the relationship between Ada and her scientist father David. When a tragedy upends their routine lives, Ada embarks on a journey of self-discovery that will eventually lead her to new truths. Elements of mystery and suspense keep you turning the pages in this multi-layered gem of a book.”

Janie  Hermann, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ

Truly, Madly, Guilty
by Liane Moriarty
(Flatiron Books)
“A typical afternoon barbecue among friends becomes something much bigger when one pivotal moment of inattention leads to repercussions for all in attendance. In trademark Moriarty style, the story flashes back and forth between the day of the barbecue and two months later, slowly revealing the events of the day and its consequences, creating a delicious momentum for the reader as the tension builds and the pieces fall into place. Moriarty has another sure-fire winner with this look at the complexities of friendship, marriage, and familial relationships.”
Halle Eisenman, Beaufort County Library, Hilton Head, SC

All Is Not Forgotten
A Novel
by Wendy Walker
(St Martin's Press)
“A dark, twisty, intricately-plotted psychological thriller about a teen girl, assaulted after a party, as she tries to regain her memories of the event after taking a controversial drug that erases traumatic memories. Walker’s many plot and character threads are carefully placed, and she weaves them all together into a satisfying, shattering conclusion. I’m betting we’ll be seeing this title in a LOT of beach bags over the summer.”

Gregg Winsor, Johnson County Library, Roeland Park, KS

The Hopefuls
A Novel
by Jennifer Close
“When Beth and Matt, an aspiring politician, move from NYC to DC, Beth initially hates it. But things start to turn around for her when they befriend another “transplant” couple, Ashleigh and Jimmy. Beth’s loyalty is tested when she is forced to admit to herself that Matt is just not quite as attractive, magnetic or charismatic as his rival-friend, Jimmy…..who harbors similar political aspirations.The Hopefuls is on point in its descriptions of young marriage, career ambition, and complicated friendships. The characters are completely compelling. I was overdue for a great read and this was it!”
Amy Lapointe, Amherst Town Library, Amherst, NH

by Delia Ephron
(Blue Rider Press)
“Michael and Lizzie are vacationing with another couple and their daughter, named Snow. As the story unfolds, the reader is introduced to infidelities. Ephron does a tremendous job in exposing the frailties of relationships and it feels like being intimate with other people's problems but without the guilt. Engaging and tough to put down. Great summer read!”
Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA

Nine Women, One Dress
A Novel
by Jane L. Rosen
Nine Women, One Dress sends the reader on a journey with many characters and the little black dress of the season.  From the soon-retiring dress designer and the first-time runway model, to the retail salespeople and an actor, this book relates how the dress touches and, often profoundly, changes the lives of all.  Even though there were many characters in this book, the author immersed the reader into their lives.  Romance, humor, and irony spark the plot as the dress travels from one life to another.  A charming read!”
Kristin Fields, Farnhamville Public Library, Farnhamville, IA