Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington

As his debut novel, Tarkington tells a coming of age story that takes place in the 70's. It is a story of brothers, families, first loves, betrayal, and forgiveness. I thought it was well told and true to the era. Enjoy!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

If you like Westerns, try this one. Although it is a juvenile chapter book it is a touching story of an orphan determined to get his horse back after it was sold without his consent. An easy enjoyable read.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Feb. LibraryReads list

Announcing the 
February 2016

LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and February's LibraryReads Favorite is:
 Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys
(Philomel Books)

“Titanic. Lusitania. Wilhelm Gustloff. All major maritime disasters, yet the last is virtually unknown. Ruta Sepetys changes that in her gripping historical novel. Told in short snippets, Salt to the Sea rotates between four narrators attempting to escape various tragedies in 1945 Europe. Powerful and haunting, heartbreaking and hopeful--a must-read for adults and teens.”
--Jennifer Asimakopoulos, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads February Top 10:

Black Rabbit Hall
by Eve Chase
(G.P. Putnam's Sons)

“Young Amber Alton and her family adore Black Rabbit Hall, and the joy and peace it brings to them all. That is, until a tragic accident changes everything. Three decades later, Lorna decides her wedding must be celebrated at the crumbling hall. As the book moves between these two time periods, secrets slowly unfold. Perfectly twisty with interesting characters and a compelling story that kept me up too late.”

Deborah Margeson, Douglas County Libraries, Parker, CO

A Girl's Guide to Moving On: A Novel
by Debbie Macomber
(Ballantine Books)

“Leanne and her daughter-in-law Nichole both leave cheating husbands to start over. They learn that it is never easy and that hardships abound, but they meet many wonderful people on their way to happily-ever-after. Believable characters and an enjoyable story made this perfect for relaxing reading—definitely one of Macomber’s best. An excellent choice both for long-time fans of the author and for those who have never read her novels.”
Linda Tilden, Cherry Hill Public Library, Cherry Hill, NJ

Be Frank With Me: A Novel
by Julia Claiborne Johnson
(William Morrow)
“Meet Frank. Frank is an odd 9-year-old boy who has a higher IQ than Einstein's and dresses as if he were on a movie set in the early 1920s--and he is someone with whom you are sure to fall in love. Frank's reclusive mother is an author whose publisher has just sent Alice Whitley to serve as an assistant and ensure the next book is completed. The relationship between Frank and Alice is magical. Readers will devour this book and want more. Just magical.”

Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Public Library, Commerce Township, MI


Flight of Dreams: A Novel
by Ariel Lawhon

Flight of Dreams chronicles an author's imagined scenario on the ill-fated last flight of the Hindenburg, which was shrouded in mystery. Lawhon does a masterful job by giving meticulous detail of the ship and delving into the lives of many of the characters on board. I read with mounting dread and intensity as the storyline of the disaster unfolded. Historical detail and wonderful storytelling make this a must read for historical fiction lovers.”

Kristin Fields, Farnhamville Public Library, Farnhamville, IA

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
by Mona Awad
(Penguin Books)
“Everyone loves Lizzie--she is the confidant, the late night go-to, and she is always there and hungry for attention. Lizzie becomes even more obsessed and needy when she no longer feels insecure about being overweight and it becomes painfully obvious that she will always feel bad about herself. It is a candid and sad look at how we mistreat people with different body types."
Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX

Fighting Dirty
An Ultimate Novel
by Lori Foster
(HQN Books)
“What. A. Ride! I absolutely loved this book. I loved finally getting Armie and Merissa's story. I also enjoyed being able to go back and revisit past characters and getting to know future ones! The story was fast-paced and dreamy. Armie's fight with himself over his emotions wasn't drawn out, nor did it get tedious to read. All around, this book was an absolute pleasure, and I can't wait to read more from Foster!”
Jessica McCroskey, Holston River Regional Library,  Johnson City, TN

Find Her: A Novel
by Lisa Gardner
“WOW. Find Her is intense. Those initial pages are a testament to the strength of Lisa Gardner's writing. I had to know what was going to happen! At times it was so bleak and dark, and yet I still had to know what Flora and Stacy were going to be doing. A very suspenseful, twisty, unpredictable page-turner.”
Allie Williams, Parnell Memorial Library, Montevallo, AL

The Opposite of Everyone
by Joshilyn Jackson
(William Morrow)
“Fans of Jackson's Someone Else's Love Story will be pleased to see William's acerbic friend Paula take center stage. A successful divorce lawyer, Paula's carefully constructed life starts to fracture when family secrets come to light, forcing her to try to come to terms with the power of her story to hurt and heal, and a growing need for family connections. A wonderful cast of offbeat, memorable characters make this book a winner.”
Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY


The Girl in the Red Coat
by Kate Hamer
(Melville House)
“There is not much more terrifying than losing your child. There’s the terror, the guilt, and then the relentless and unending chasm left behind by your child. I am grateful to not know that pain, and yet what Beth, the main character of this book, went through, resonated with me. I have had so many things on my to-do list, and yet I found myself delaying laundry and dusting and research so that I could find out how this story would unfold.”
Kim Dorman, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

This is a fictional biography of Beryl Markham who grew up a wild child on an African farm with her father who was a race horse trainer. Very much wanting to be her own person she ignored the English proprieties and forged her way in a man's world as a woman horse trainer. Her looks made it easy for her to make friends in the rich circles of society but bad choices also made her an outcast. Overall an interesting but sad story of a girl who never knew a mother's love.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Travelers Rest by Keith Lee Morris

A blizzard in Idaho forces a family, driving home to South Carolina, to stop for the night. Is it coincidence or were they somehow drawn to pick that particular exit for the town of Good Night? Good Night is an old abandoned mining town with only a few residents, who are considered souvenirs, and an old rundown hotel called Travelers Rest. Once at Travelers Rest will the family be able to leave at all?
This story is the stuff of the "Twilight Zone", reminiscent of "The Shinning" and a dream that keeps playing over and over that you can't escape or figure out.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

Here is a bit of American history that you may not have studied in school,(I know I didn't). Sure, we have all heard of the Barbary pirates but did you know that the pirates and Bashaws of the four Muslim nations of Morocco, Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli pretty much controlled which merchant ships could pass through and would charge exorbitant tributes? If a country could not pay the tribute then their ships would be captured and all persons aboard would become slaves. Thomas Jefferson worked for years to free up trade along the Mediterranean and the African coasts. This is an interesting and well written account of that first American war on foreign lands. There are many characters and vivid battle scenes. Very Good!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

What happens when your imagination becomes all too real?
This is a story of a young writer who on first reading has hidden paranormal abilities. I was hoping Koontz took this story in that direction but turns out he went a different route than I had the story going. Still a good read.