Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Murder in Time by Julie McElwain
Ted Talks by Chris Anderson
Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon
Roach has managed to answer questions you never knew wanted to know about humans at war. True to Mary Roach’s writing style I found myself being both entertained and enlightened all at once. Fans of non-fiction can’t go wrong with this title.
I’m Thinking of Ending Things-Iain Reid
This was the first novel for Reid and I can’t wait to see what he does next! While there were a few loose ends not quite tied up in the end, it was a fast paced thrill that kept you wondering…….long after the final page.
Sleeping Giants-Sylvain Neuvel
This book was told through journal entries and case files. I was not sure how it was going to read at first, but then I found myself unable to get enough! If you liked Andy Weir’s The Martian, then your going to want to give this one a try!
Hoover is one of my new favorite authors this summer. After reading November 9 at the beginning of summer, I was thrilled to see Dawn found a new title to add to the collection. In Confess we are taken into the lives of people who know love in all its many forms. It was heartbreaking and yet hopeful. I even found myself enjoying the art.
On this official FIRST day of summer 2016, I thought I’d post some books that I have recently read that would be great to pick up for the summer!
First pick is “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” by new author Iain Reid. WOW. WOW. WOW. This small, 244 page book kept me reading late into the night and when I finished it I wanted (needed) to start all over again! I immediately came into work the next day and told Sam that ‘she had to read it’ and when she did she said the same thing. What the heck was going on in this book?? I’d love to discuss it with anyone. Great read and an author that I will be watching for in the future.
Other titles that I feel are worthy of picking up are:
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
If I Forget You by Thomas Christopher Greene (Author of “The Headmaster’s Wife” which was a favorite of mine last year)
The Children by Ann Leary
The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
Call us to put one of these titles on hold for your summer list!
Hostage Taker-Stefanie Pintoff
This thriller’s backdrop is St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC. It’s Christmas time in the city that never sleeps when a deranged man takes the city’s most iconic building and its inhabitants hostage. Eve Rossi and her team of ex-cons are thrust into the job at a time when their own lives are beginning to unravel. The story was fast paced and easy to follow. It kept you on the edge of your seat from first page to last. Fans of Lisa Gardner and Tami Hoag will enjoy this book.
The Things We Keep- Sally Hepworth
I really liked Sally’s last title-The Secrets of Midwives and was anticipating another fantastic story. I was not disappointed! This book is a heart wrenching journey of a young woman facing early onset Alzheimer’s. Her story is one of love, loss and compassion.
When Breath Becomes Air- Paul Kalanithi
This book had me thinking about it days after I finished the final chapter. In searching for the meaning of life the author finds he must face his own death after learning he has stage 4 terminal cancer. The brilliant doctor becomes the struggling patient in this moving and unforgettable memoir. Warning: After reading you may find that you have been forever changed.
Wow. I read this book with tears in my eyes. Makes you really think about your priorities in life. A must read. ~ dawn
For readers of Atul Gawande, Andrew Solomon, and Anne Lamott, a profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living? ~ From Goodreads
Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
Disclaimer – Renee Knight
Nora Webster – Colm Toibin
The Children’s Crusade – Ann Packer
The Water Knife – Paolo Bacigalupi
The Jesus Cow – Matthew Perry
Black River – S. M Huise
This winter Sam has gotten some serious reading done! But in all the books she’s read it’s the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre that has really caught her interest. Burned written by Karen Marie Moning is the long awaited book two of the Dani O’Mally series, a continuation to the Fever series that were in Mac’s point of view. The writing was fast paced and full of details that you have been dying for since Iced. The only complaint I have is having to wait for the next book!
The Golden Son is also book two of a series, this one a trilogy, was written by Pierce Brown. The book seamlessly brings you back into the saga of Darrow and his struggle to do the right thing for all.The characters are all so vivid that you either love or hate them on the spot. The book reads like you are in an action adventure movie, I even found myself holding my breath during the tense parts! If you are anything like me your left wondering why the clock says hours have passed when it feels like you have only been reading for minutes!
Not normally that into non-fiction, but this winter Sam discovered some great finds! Check out This is what you just put into your mouth? by Patrick Di Justo, The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield, and Working Stiff-Two years, 262 bodies, and the making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek M.D.
Marie’s Staff Picks
I just finished reading It’s What I Do by Lynsey Addario and I am still thinking about this memoir. Addario is a photographer documenting wars and its effects on the surrounding population. Her book explores what it is like to be a woman in a male dominated profession and how she had to learn to balance her career with her personal life. I found this memoir to be inspiring, informative and a great example of determination.
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion is an amusing audiobook that had me laughing, especially at the end. This book can be over-the-top, but if you have read the prequel, The Rosie Project you will have a better understanding and appreciation of the quirky main character to suspend disbelief.
This past month, I have been reading books on the Maine Readers’ Choice Long List. The Maine Readers’ Choice Award is an award given to a work of fiction. Mainers get to vote on the titles that a committee of Maine librarians, booksellers and other readers select. For more information, the website is http://mainereaderschoiceaward.org/ The following books are on this list.
The Sleepwalker’s Guide To Dancing by Mira Jacob is a gentle, humorous and haunting story about an American-Indian family. The characters are well developed and likeable in this original work.
My favorite of the list so far is Lila by Marilynne Robinson. Lila is an outsider who haltingly finds home in the town of Gilead. I loved this book and at the end wanted to meet Lila. The writing is so great that the reader is immersed in Lila’s world and begins to understand her way of thinking and acting.
Redeployment by Phil Klay is a collection of short stories about being on the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The writing is clear and powerful.
Nickolas Butler’s Shotgun Lovesongs has one of the most amusing and memorable scenes that I have read in a long time. Though sometimes the main characters were frustrating, this is a solid down-to-earth read about family and home.
The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd is my favorite book of 2014 thus far. Inspired by a true story, this historical novel follows the lives of a slave and her mistress, who also happens to become an abolitionist and suffragist, through the 1800s. Bright writing and even pacing make this a great read.
I hesitate to put The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon on this list based on title alone after another bitterly cold and windy spring day in late March. However, I did enjoy the story in this chilling mystery-horror crossover. Linking the present to the early 1900s with a diary that chronicles a way to keep the dead alive, this story follows a teenager’s haunting search for her mother in present-day rural Vermont.
Taking place in turn-of-the-century Manhattan, The Golem And The Jinni by Helene Wecker tells the stories of a Jewish golem and an Arabian jinni separately exploring their new home in New York. Eventually, the stories merge together leading to a suspense-filled ending. I enjoyed following this inventive story that reads like historical fiction with a hint of fantasy.
Robin Oliveira’s I Always Loved You is another work of historical fiction that I enjoyed. Taking place in Belle Epoque Paris, the story follows Mary Cassatt’s life, focusing on her relationship with fellow artist Edgar Degas. Cassatt’s interactions with the other artists of the time period hum in the background and add to the creative atmosphere of this novel.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon Chip describes as the best book he’s read since Harry Potter!
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
How does tragedy and time affect a person’s memories? This was the premise in The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene that I loved. When I got to the half way mark in the book, I stopped and said WOW. So far it is my best book of 2014! Can’t wait to see what others think of this book.
Loved, loved, loved the beautifully written novel Benediction by Kent Haruf. Not much happens in this book but it is about life’s everyday rewards and struggles. It takes the ordinary and makes it special and memorable. Another book that I just thought was so beautifully written is Alice McDermott’s Someone. These two books have been passed to many people!
The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh is a well written and suspenseful novel that deals with the mystery of two women, one who was murdered and one who disappeared. This is McHugh’s first novel and I will be sure to be on the lookout for her next one!
Wiley Cash hooked me with A Land More Kind than Home so I couldn’t wait to pick up his latest This Dark Road to Mercy. Great story and an emotional ride. He is an author that is now on my ‘must read’ list.
A few other titles that I’ve read:
The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls
Orange is the new Black by Piper Kerman (I had to read this after being obsessed with the NETFLIX series!)
Golden State by Michelle Richmond
The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna
Let us know what you’ve been reading!!