Friday, April 29, 2016

LibrarReads list May 2016

Announcing the 
May 2016

LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and 
May's LibraryReads Favorite is:
 Britt-Marie Was Here
A Novel
by Fredrik Backman
(Atria Books)

“Britt-Marie is a woman who is used to her life being organized. But when she
leaves her cheating spouse and takes a temporary job as caretaker of the
recreation center in the tiny town of Borg, her life changes in unpredictable
ways. With its wonderful cast of oddball characters and sly sense of humor,
this novel is sure to capture readers’ hearts. Highly recommended.”
--Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads 
May Top 10:

The Fireman
A Novel
by Joe Hill
(William Morrow)

“The Fireman is a novel that will keep you up reading all night. No one really knows where the deadly Dragonscale spore originated but many theories abound. The most likely is that as the planet heats up, the spore is released into the atmosphere. Harper Willowes is a young, pregnant nurse who risks her own health to tend to others.This is her story and I loved it! This is one of the most creative takes on apocalyptic literature that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Highly recommended for all Hill and King fans.” 

Mary Vernau, Tyler Public Library, Tyler, TX

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven
by Chris Cleave
(Simon & Schuster)

“Set during World War II and loosely based on the author’s own grandparents, this was a strikingly honest look at the changes that war creates on a country's landscape and its people. These changes were so strongly shown by the progressive style of this novel. Bit by bit, we are privy to each character’s transformation. What a great tribute to what they endured. War gives birth to many endings, also to many beginnings. Bittersweet. “

Lori Elliott, Kershaw County Library, SC 

A Novel 
by Stephanie Danler
“At her new job at one of NYC's posh restaurants, Tess falls for a mysterious bartender and negotiates the politics of the service industry while building a social life. Danler drew from her own experience and the writing is vivid and stimulating.I'm always interested in a story about a girl trying to find her place in the world and her adventures, but anyone who appreciates writing that pulses with life will drink this down.”

Sonia Reppe, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, Stickney, IL 

I Let You Go
by Clare Mackintosh

“Five-year-old Jacob is killed in a hit and run, an event that sends the police in search of the driver. Jenna Gray flees to Wales to mourn the loss of her son and recover from her past.  As the anniversary of Jacob's still unsolved death approaches, a tip to police results in an arrest and a very different picture emerges. This self-assured debut combines jaw-dropping moments with complex, believable characters and an ending that is hard to see coming.”

Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ 

A Novel

by Dan Vyleta
“In an alternate historical London, people who lie reveal themselves by giving off smoke but the rules of how this works are complicated. There are some people who can lie and not trigger any smoke and this lends an interesting element to the story. The rules we are given are changeable. The setting lends itself well to the story. The writing is descriptive, and the tone is atmospheric. Similar authors that come to my mind are Neil Gaiman and China Mieville. This is a dark, delicious tale.”
Jennifer Ohzourk, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO

Redemption Road
A Novel
by John Hart
(Thomas Dunne Books)
“In Hart’s new suspense novel, we meet veteran detective Elizabeth Black, who is facing possible suspension for a suspicious shooting. At the same time, former police officer Adrian Wall is released from prison after serving time for the murder of Julia Stange. Stange’s son wants Adrian dead. Adrian has always claimed his innocence, but after his release, a couple of new bodies turn up at the church. This is a thrilling page-turner that starts at a rapid-fire pace and doesn’t let up. Great book for literary and thriller lovers alike.”

Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN 

City of the Lost
A Thriller
by Kelley Armstrong
(Minotaur Books)                               
“When Casey Duncan and her friend are invited to Rockton, a town for people who need to disappear, she's skeptical. Could it really be the haven it promises? She soon finds that Rockton has its own particular set of problems, including a designer drug and a murderer. As the town's new detective, Casey is soon plunged into the hunting of a killer in a town built on secrets. Armstrong introduces a fascinating setting and an intriguing cast of characters. Readers will find themselves hooked.” 
Elena Gleason, Coos Bay Public Library, Coos Bay, OR 

Wilde Lake:
A Novel
by Laura Lippman
(William Morrow)
“As Lu, the newly elected state's attorney in Howard County, prepares for a trial of a woman found murdered in her apartment, she begins to uncover secrets from her past. Bringing her back to the night her brother saved a life at the cost of another, Lu begins to question everything she's known about the events and her childhood. Lippman's newest standalone is sure to be another hit, perfect for mystery fans.”
Annice Sevett, New Hanover County Library, Wilmington, NC 

Sweet Lamb of Heaven
A Novel
by Lydia Millet
(W.W. Norton & Company)
“An arresting story about a wife manipulated and what she goes through to escape her husband's desperate means to keep her. When her daughter is born, Anna starts hearing a voice in her head that may suggest the supernatural or the divine. She and her daughter hole up in a motel where all the guests seem to hear a similar voice in their heads. The author jolts the reader into reading something unexpected and the effect is eerie and memorable. Highly recommended for a book discussions.”
Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

This is everything you want to see in children's fiction. Humor, memorable characters, friendships, easy plot and a bit of adventure. Three unlikely girls (Raymie, Louisiana, and Beverly) become friends after a summer of taking baton twirling lessons. Thanks Kate for another wonderful story!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Hotel Moscow by Talia Carner

This novel is based on the author's experience traveling to Russia in 1993 to begin an alliance between business women of America and Russia. It brings to light some of the conditions women lived in and the obstacles of mafia extortion and corruption at all levels that they faced when trying to start businesses. The main character, Brooke, finds herself the target of one such mob boss who is in a position of power in the government. She is fearful she will not be able to escape the country.
A very good story with accompanying photos and information.
When speaking with my own friends who lived in Russia just two years ago, I was surprised that they were advised by their company to have a certain amount of American dollars with them in case they had to exit the country in a hurry by buying their way out. Evidence of the fact that changing the mindset of a people and their government is a very slow process.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising is a science fiction story that takes place 700 years in the future when humans are inhabiting the other planets. On Mars the classes are defined by colors, the Reds are the lower caste that live deep below the surface and have the dangerous job of mining for helium. The Golds are the upper class people who are in control of all. As you might guess, factions are at work to infiltrate the Golds. Will the newest Red recruit, Darrow, be the one that is successful and raise his people up? If you liked the Hunger Games you will enjoy this trilogy by Pierce Brown that he concluded this year with "Morning Star".

Monday, April 11, 2016

White Queen by Philippa Gregory

While the men and boys are off fighting over who's to be King, Queen Elizabeth wife of Edward of York is hard at work plotting and arranging who her children will marry for power and money. As entertaining as those royal Brits can be it is a bit difficult to keep track of who's who with multiple Richards, Edwards, Georges and Henrys. Gregory's historical fiction is well researched and a must read for Anglophiles. This is the first book in her series the "Cousin's War".

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

April Library Reads list

Announcing the 
April 2016

LibraryReads list!

You voted, we counted, and April's LibraryReads Favorite is:
A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
by Curtis Sittenfeld
(Random House)

“Love, sex, and relationships in contemporary Cincinnati provide an incisive social commentary set in the framework of Pride and Prejudice. Sittenfeld’s inclusion of a Bachelor-like reality show is a brilliant parallel to the scrutiny placed on characters in the neighborhood balls of Jane Austen’s novel, and readers will have no question about the crass nature of the younger Bennets, or the pride—and prejudice—of the heroine.”
--Leslie DeLooze, Richmond Memorial Library, Batavia, NY
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads April Top 10:

The Obsession
by Nora Roberts

“Readers who love romantic thrillers will be mesmerized by the latest Roberts offering. The suspense kept me up all night! Naomi Carson, a successful young photographer, has moved across the country and fallen in love. She thinks she has escaped her past, but instead finds that the sins of her father have become an obsession. The serial killer premise makes it a tough read for the faint-hearted, but sticking with it leads to a thrilling conclusion.”

Marilyn Sieb, L. D. Fargo Public Library, Lake Mills, WI

The Murder of Mary Russell:
A Novel of Suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
by Laurie R. King

“Worried about Mary Russell? Well, you should be. She’s opened her door to the wrong man and deeply troubling secrets are set to tumble out, rewriting her history and putting herself and the people she loves in a dangerous spot. Once again, King spins a tantalizing tale of deception and misdirection for her readers' delight and scores a direct hit in her latest Russell-Holmes mystery.”

Deborah Walsh, Geneva Public Library District, Geneva, IL

'Til Death Do Us Part
by Amanda Quick
“Gothic atmosphere meets tender romance in Quick’s latest Victorian era tour de force. Calista Langley asks crime novelist Trent Hastings for assistance in unmasking a twisted secret admirer that seems to have singled her out, and the two become tangled up in more than just an investigation. Quick perfectly balances setting, characters, plot, and relationship development--the end result being a story that will delight her legion of fans, as well as earn her new ones.”

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

Lilac Girls:
A Novel
by Martha Hall Kelly
(Ballantine Books)

“This is story of the Ravensbruck Rabbits: seventy-four women prisoners in the Ravensbruck concentration camp. Using alternating first-person narratives, the characters relate their experiences from 1939 through 1959. Drawing upon a decade of research, Hall reconstructs what life was like in Ravensbruck. More than a war story, this is a tale of how the strength of women’s bonds can carry them through even the most difficult situations. Lilac Girls is a solid, compelling historical read.”

Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL 

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts
by Joshua Hammer
(Simon & Schuster)
“For centuries, Arabic manuscripts were collected by private households in Mali, particularly Timbuktu: gilded manuscripts painted with real gold, showing vibrantly colored illustrations of nature. These highly valued manuscripts were handed down within families who acted as caretakers. As radicalized Muslim leaders came into power, the manuscripts were seen as corruptions of true Islam, requiring intervention. History and adventure at its best.”
Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Public Library, Commerce Township, MI

Every Heart a Doorway
by Seanan McGuire
“What happens to children who find a doorway into a fantasy land, and then come back into the mundane world? It’s certainly not a happily ever after scenario for these children, but those that find their way to Eleanor West's school are learning to cope. Shortly after Nancy comes to the school, a series of horrific events occur. It's up to her and others at the school to figure out who is committing these atrocities. This book is so wonderfully written.”

Jennifer Kelley, Kershaw County Library, Camden, SC

Best of My Love
by Susan Mallery
“Shelby has a plan to help herself overcome her relationship issues: asking Aiden to be her friend. Aiden agrees, because he realizes that he does not treat women very well and wants to learn how to treat them right, even though he doesn’t want to get married. The situation seems to work well for both Aiden and Shelby, until they realize they feel much more than friendship for each other. Mallery never fails to deliver a great story full of love and friendship. Another fantastic read.”
Jenelle Klavenga, Marshalltown Public Library, Marshalltown, IA


A Murder in Time:
A Novel
by Julie McElwain
(Pegasus Books)

“Kendra is a smart, confident protagonist who is familiar with the hustle it takes to stay afloat in a male-dominated profession. Thrown into a situation completely alien to her, she manages to assimilate to her surroundings, albeit roughly, while using her wits to catch a ruthless killer. She can be abrasive, and I found myself cringing, curling my toes, and muttering out loud. It will be fun to watch her mature in future books. McElwain has created a highly entertaining story.”

Randee J Bybee, Upland Public Library, Upland, CA

Tuesday Nights in 1980
by Molly Prentiss
(Gallery/Scout Press)
“Following the lives of three individuals in New York on the cusp of 1980, this book was structured in such a unique and original way. Lucy is in her early twenties, experiencing life in a big city; James who after college finds himself the reigning critic of the art world and Raul, escaping the post Peron Dirty War in Argentina will find himself the art world’s new favorite; these three will find their lives entwined in many ways. A tragic accident will change all these characters and others close to them. This is a wonderful book that I wasn't ready to finish.”
Diane Scholl, Batavia Public Library, Batavia, IL