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January 2015 Library Reads
Announcing the January 2015 LibraryReads list!
You voted, we counted, and January's LibraryReads Favorite is:
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley (Delacorte Press)
“After the unexpected recovery of her mother's body brings the de Luce’s family secrets to light, Flavia’s life is turned upside down. Now on her way to a Canadian boarding school, she must survive her first term--and more importantly, uncover the mystery of a corpse found in her dorm room chimney the night she arrives. A delightful installment in the series!”
Lizzie Gall, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI
You can download the PDFs of this month's list incolor or black & white--get your patrons excited about the new year of books to come!
And now, the rest of the LibraryReads January Top 10:
The Rosie Effect: A Novel
by Graeme Simsion
(Simon & Schuster)
“Don Tillman and Rosie are back again, and they’ve relocated to New York. Rosie is continuing her studies, while Don is teaching and even adding to his small circle of friends. But when Rosie announces that she is pregnant, Don is once again out of his depth. What follows are crazy situations that could only happen when Don is involved. Funny and heartwarming.”
Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, CT
Golden Son: Book II of the Red Rising Trilogyby Pierce Brown (Del Rey)
“After reading Red Rising, I was looking forward to seeing more of the politics of this world. Darrow has infiltrated the Golds and works to bring them down from the inside, end their tyranny, and free his people. There's so much political drama and action. Brown does a wonderful job describing it all through Darrow's eyes. It's exhausting, thrilling, and heartwrenching!”
Nita Gill, Brookings Public Library, Brookings, SD
Vanessa and Her Sister: A Novelby Priya Parmar (Ballantine Books)
“Told uniquely as part diary, part epistolary novel, Parmar focuses on the relationship of Vanessa (later Bell) and Virginia (later Woolf) Stephens, one filled with unspoken jealousy and a fierceness of love that will ultimately destroy their kinship. This well-researched novel with gorgeous prose brings the characters to life with a unique perspective.”
Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ
The Magician's Lie: A Novelby Greer Macallister (Sourcebooks Landmark)
“Arden is a famous illusionist whose show involves sawing a man in half, but one night, she grabs an axe instead of a knife and her husband is found dead under the stage. Can Arden, an expert at deception, get away with murder--or is she really innocent? Recommended to anyone who likes historical fiction, strong women characters, and surprisingly twisty plots.”
Paula Jones, Brockton Public Library, Brockton, MA
The Dress Shop of Dreams: A Novel by Menna van Praag (Ballantine Books)
“Tidy, romantic, and fine escapism. All the characters here have interesting back stories: Cora is believable as a no-nonsense gal trying to rebuff sweet Walt's advances, and Etta is someone I'd like to meet in real life. Reminiscent of Love Actually and P.S. I Love You, this cute little book is recommended to readers who want to be charmed by the possibilities of love.”
Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA
First Frostby Sarah Addison Allen (St. Martin's Press)
“First Frost is a great continuation of the stories of sisters Claire and Sydney, and Sydney's teenage daughter, Bay. Each of the Waverlys has their own somewhat supernatural gift, and all of them struggle with issues of identity and family. As with Allen's previous works, this novel will appeal to fans of Alice Hoffman, and readers who enjoy family stories that are not overflowing with angst and drama.”
Lauren Mitchell, Pima County Libraries, Tucson, AZ
The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead)
“Rachel is a washed-up thirty-something who creates a fantasy about the seemingly perfect couple she sees during her daily train ride into London. When the woman goes missing, Rachel manages to insert herself into the investigation of the woman's disappearance. In the vein of Gone Girl, this dark psychological thriller is fast-paced and features some very unreliable narrators.”
Andrea Larson, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL
The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison (Soho Crime)
“As a practicing Mormon, I felt Harrison did a great job of detailing Mormon culture and doctrine without evangelizing. I appreciated that the bishop is a good man, and the bishop's wife is a woman who has been through her own struggles. The bishop's wife sometimes can barely keep up with all the drama and mysteries around her. But she does, and does it quite well under the circumstances. This is a rather brave book.”
Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA
Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker (Sourcebooks Casablanca)
"Readers can always count on Walker to deliver a suspenseful, action-packed read, and she delivers on all counts. However, it isn't the heart-pounding adventure that makes this a fabulous story--it's the characters. Abby and Steady, college friends who were torn apart by a mutual loss, have great chemistry. Walker has created a complete and suspenseful narrative."
Vanessa Gempis, Dallas Public Library, Hampton-Illinois Library, Dallas, TX
Yes, we have the Witcher books! The basis for the next major Netflix series, this original story by Polish author Sapkowski could be as popular as the Game of Thrones.
The story-line is a fantasy, with the Witcher of Rivia as the main character who's job it is to slay monsters of all kinds on his own or with the help of wizards, sorceresses, elves, and occasionally humans. Subtlety and ingeniously inserted are references to the fairy tales we all grew up with.
After reading the first book I'm hooked and a fan. I hope that Netflix is up to the challenge of bringing this fantasy to life.
July 2019 LibraryReads
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
by Abbi Waxman
Published: 7/9/2019 by Berkley
“Nina likes her bookish life just fine. She works in a bookstore and is on a highly competitive trivia team. She is funny and snarky and great company (says this reader). Suddenly, a father she never knew dies and leaves her with a pack of brothers and sisters and Nina may be forced out of her comfortable reading chair. For readers who enjoyed Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey and The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald.” Eileen Curley, Hagaman Public Library, East Haven, CT
NoveList Read-alike: The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland
The Book Charmer
by Karen Hawkins
Published: 7/30/2019 by Gallery Books
“Sarah is the librarian in a small Southern town called Dove Pond. Her magic is matching the right book to the right reader at the right time in their life. Grace is a city girl, new in town and in need of a little magic herself. For read…