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Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins

Rollins latest Sigma Force novel is an action packed adventure ride. From deep in the caves of the Croatian mountains to the Beijing Zoo and then to the hidden underground secrets of mankind in the Andes, this story that hinges on the beginning of man's intelligence and the Great Leap Forward will keep you turning the pages and rooting for the young gorilla test subject Baako.

2015 Library Reads Favorites

Announcing the
Favorites of Favorites 2015

LibraryReads list! You voted, we counted, and the LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites is:
The Girl on the Train: A Novel  by Paula Hawkins
“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

Happy Holiday Reading!

I don't know about you but I am finding it hard to get extra reading done lately and I have a feeling that will be the case through the holidays. My regular reading takes place for about one hour, everyday in the early morning, with a cup of strong coffee, sitting in my favorite reading chair. My extra reading takes place in the evening after all the dishes are done and the house is picked up. Then I can relax and enjoy.
If you are like me now is the time for holiday planning, cooking, and shopping. This year I am making two Thanksgiving dinners. One for a small bunch and one for a large bunch of family. I love doing it but it is a lot of work and like I said it cuts into my extra reading time.
If you have this same problem here are some quick reads (nothing too heavy) that will keep you satisfied but not overstuffed.

Slade House by David Mitchell

Every nine years certain people are lured to a haunted house which can only be entered through a small iron door down Slade Alley. That is all I will say about the story itself. I don't want to give anything away. It is one of the best ghost stories imagined in some time! A very quick page-turning read. Don't be put off by all the English jargon. You can easily glean the meaning in the context. I recommend this book!

Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Swyler weaves an intricate story of a family who's women for generations were a part of the circus either as tarot card readers or as side show curiosities (they were presented as mermaids, for having the ability to hold their breath for a very long time).  All of these women drowned on the 24th of July including his own mother and that date is just around the corner. Simon becomes very worried when he finds this out after receiving a very old book in the mail. His sister works in a traveling carnival. Is she doomed to follow the same fate?  He himself can hold his breath for 10 minutes. Is he the one that will drown? Simon, being a librarian, begins research in earnest hoping to find clues to break the pattern.
A very good story with a great setting of an old house on a bluff that creeps closer and closer to the edge as the rain and water erode the bluff.

Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

Sorry but Atwood's latest book was a swing and a miss for me. The premise is a down-and-out married couple in a time where there is a lot of that and living in their car. They respond to a TV advertisement to come live in a controlled community where they will have all they desire. Of course they sign up for that and of course it is not all that.
I found the characters as rigid and sterile as the prosti-robots they were making in the story. The possibilities for them were there in the story but were not taken.  The only character I wanted more of was Connor, the bad boy brother but he wasn't in the story much.
What did you think?

Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. Fikry is a small bookstore owner on Alice Island off the east coast. Depression sets in after loosing his wife in an accident. Then he feels the world is against him after having a rare book stolen. He is saved and finds love again with the help of his friend Chief Lambaise, a cute publisher's rep and a baby left on his doorstep named Maya. A very nice story albeit a tragic ending.

November Library Read List

Announcing the
November 2015 

LibraryReads list!
You voted, we counted, and November's LibraryReads Favorite is: The Japanese Lover: A Novel  by Isabel Allende

“Irina is a young Moldavian immigrant with a troubled past. She works at an assisted living home where she meets Alma, a Holocaust survivor. Alma f